The others have answered your question, so I'll just welcome you to the forum.
First, add your location to your profile. When you post questions we probably won't remember you're in VT. Having your location visible will help to provide more accurate answers.
Second, are you connected with a local beekeeping club? Online forums such as this are great places to learn about bees, but nothing beats having a mentor or knowing a few nearby beeks who can help show you the ropes.http://www.vtbeekeepers.org/page2.html
Third, I use the forum's 'seach' function a lot. Very often I find that my question has been discussed previously so I can find an answer immediately. If you're impatient - like me - that's very useful!