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« on: March 09, 2011, 08:01:18 PM »

I mentioned in another thread about a visit I made to the governor's mansion in Harrisburg on Monday to go over the final details of installing an apiary. Not an observation hive, but working hives.

I did not see Governor Corbett, as he was finalizing the state budget that was just unveiled.

The best location, will be in the private residence garden. There are a number of other gardens including an English rose garden, but with the number of socials and functions, the traffic in close quarters to the beehives, may not be good.

The hives will be maintained by the Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association. It is part of our "open apiaries" program which is also placing 10 observation hives this spring in nature centers and environmental centers all across the state. A real accomplishment for an association not even a year in existence.

These are the "brick and mortar" programs that expand public knowledge and build bridges. I would encourage bee associations in other states to install bee hives also.

At a later time, we will have an official "unveiling" and we invited the Governor and first lady to be honorary members of our association.

We will be getting English style beehives. And are considering a special label for any honey produced.

Hopefully we can garner support in the future and benefit from such endeavors. Planting seeds now, may grow into great things later.

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 08:18:11 PM »

This sounds like a great project. Keep us posted along the way!
I think it would be a great idea for other associations to pursue something like this in other states.
Could you imagine an apiary at every governors mansion in the lower 48?
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011, 09:51:11 PM »

Great work , hope all goes well and allot of non beekeepers get interested in beekeeping  grin

Lots of luck ..

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011, 09:55:57 PM »

Bravo Mike...you've given me some ideas for our next club meeting!

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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 11:20:02 PM »

Mike i think its great that you are going above and beyond for everyone not only the beekeepers but the people in general.  Lots of respect to you for everything you do for me and everyone else in beekeeping  thanks for everything that you do and have done  cheer   Chris
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 11:49:16 PM »

I proably could not pass the "EPA" , methane gas releasement by honey bees  act. Proper paint used on outside of hive body act. Contents of the sticky gooey green stuff that fills cracks and  bonds so well act. Nope not me. Thanks for asking though.
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 12:02:13 AM »

How is this apiary funded?  Is it self supporting, or does it use funds from other folk's pocketbooks in any manner, public or private?  As this venture is on public property, are all profits going to the public, or will money end up in private pockets?

Often, things that folks claim 'expand public knowledge and build bridges' are nothing more than special interest groups trying to spend someone else's money to advance their agenda. (and often paying themselves from other people's money too)

How do you plan to deal with locations that are neglected, or you can't get volunteers to manage the hives in a timely fashion?  How do you plan to deal with swarms?  How do you plan to deal with neglected hives?  How do you plan to deal with the backlash of an angry public if they get stung?  How do you plan to deal with citizens who are allergic to beestings suing the State because of the added danger if they visit this public property?  Who will pay for the added costs of medical personnel to have medical care providers close at hand in case anyone gets stung?

Who is liable if someone gets stung, is allergic, and dies?

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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2011, 02:46:51 AM »

Wow!!!!!! I never thought of all that stuff!!.....My bees are dead in the morning....I can't handle all that stress....Thanks for the heads up shocked
I'm going back to watching paint dry...much less stress. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011, 02:54:16 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2011, 06:27:57 AM »

I proably could not pass the "EPA" , methane gas releasement by honey bees  act. Proper paint used on outside of hive body act. Contents of the sticky gooey green stuff that fills cracks and  bonds so well act. Nope not me. Thanks for asking though.

About the only requirement we had to consider, is some "green" policy which does not allow pressure treated wood to be used, like on a hive stand. We plan on keeping the wood natural and using a "Danish oil" type coating. No others concerns at this point.
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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2011, 06:29:49 AM »

How is this apiary funded?  Is it self supporting, or does it use funds from other folk's pocketbooks in any manner, public or private?  As this venture is on public property, are all profits going to the public, or will money end up in private pockets?

Often, things that folks claim 'expand public knowledge and build bridges' are nothing more than special interest groups trying to spend someone else's money to advance their agenda. (and often paying themselves from other people's money too)

How do you plan to deal with locations that are neglected, or you can't get volunteers to manage the hives in a timely fashion?  How do you plan to deal with swarms?  How do you plan to deal with neglected hives?  How do you plan to deal with the backlash of an angry public if they get stung?  How do you plan to deal with citizens who are allergic to beestings suing the State because of the added danger if they visit this public property?  Who will pay for the added costs of medical personnel to have medical care providers close at hand in case anyone gets stung?

Who is liable if someone gets stung, is allergic, and dies?

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2011, 06:35:56 AM »

Kudos, Mike. Can't wait to see some pictures.
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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2011, 06:36:47 AM »

I think most on this thread appreciate what is being done here.
It's no wonder people are so less generous committing time and efforts to causes .
We have a forum with 3300 members,most with a positive outlook on things.It's too bad the few with such a negative outlook at everything have to bring their dark clouds to rain on the parade.
To them, I say to all members,put up your umbrellas,don the slickers and stay for the parade.  Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2011, 07:00:48 AM »

Wow!   How the tide turns when it is our parade and not someone else's rolleyes   I'm thinking a coupe of Warre hives would look nice at the governor's mansion.
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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2011, 07:33:49 AM »

Wow!   How the tide turns when it is our parade and not someone else's rolleyes   I'm thinking a coupe of Warre hives would look nice at the governor's mansion.

We had actually thought about a couple TBH's. But decided with the standard hives.

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« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2011, 07:54:55 AM »

Yet another inspiring effort from Bjornbee.  Very cool cool

What was that old saying?........

"People go to heaven for the weather, people go to hell for the company" grin

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« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2011, 08:39:20 AM »

That's a neat idea, sounds like a lot of work!

What is there for the bees in the area?  I always see the perfectly manicured lawns, perfect gardens and wonder if there is any living insect life remaining there.
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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2011, 12:08:33 PM »

Why is it everywhere i go to relax i run into a person who loves life and people as much as countryboy
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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2011, 01:39:47 PM »

It should do a good job in promoting beekeeping in PA, good job!  Now, if they can just outproduce those White House bees, that would be even better.  Of course, that could never happen 'cause the government will simply tax the PA bees to no end and inflate their own production figures.   rolleyes
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2011, 01:55:39 PM »

Very cool Bjornbee! I would like to get some more info on this from you if I could. A group of us are getting ready to petition our local city council to recind and ordinance banning beehives in the city limits and can use all the ammo we can get.   
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