Hello and welcome. This forum is a friendly place to learn more about bees and beekeeping.
A few tips:
1) Update your profile to include your location. Since much of beekeeping is location-specific, we will be better able to answer your questions when we know where you are. (We aren't likely to remember that you're in Maine!)
2) The forum has a nice 'search' function. Many times I've been able to find an immediate answer to my questions because they've been discussed before.
3) Sounds like you could use some "up close and personal" help with your bees. Are you involved with a local bee club? Clubs are great places to find mentors and get connected with nearby beekeepers. There are a number of clubs in Maine:http://www.mainebeekeepers.org/MSBA_Chapters.shtml