Welcome cheese head I am a cheese head to I was born in Milwaukee mean moon ago.
From what i read you have a good food supply black-cap raspberries if you have a lot of them makes a good food for your bee's an makes a nice honey.
Now for your gear an this is "A MUST HAVE"
Bee veil ( use to protect one's good looks "face an head" )
Smoker ( use to calm the bees an make them move down in the super an hive )
Gloves (I am a welder so i use my welding gloves you will need cowhide leather or goatskin with long gauntlets but in time you will be working the bee's without gloves)
White coveralls with elastic or draw string wrists and lower legs ( bee's do not like dark colours like blue jeans an in time you will move in to a white jacket with elastic or draw string wrists )
Hive tool ( a small flat crow bar use to pry supper's and frames apart an to scrap )
Frame Grip ( use to life frames from hive )
Frame perch ( use to hold frame removed from hive when you inspect also help to keep trash off bottom of frame )
Frame cleaner ( use to clean wax an propolis ( bee glue ) form frames an frame rest )
Stop sting ( cream to help stop stung pain an yes you will get stung that's bee keeping )
Now for the hive
I use large supper's for the brood clamber two of them it gives the bees more room for brood an helps to keep them cool in the summer an warm when it get cold yes i know all about Wisconsin winders for pollen nectar an honey stores I use medium suppers two each per hive Queen excluder "DO NOT USE" an if you are good with your hands a lot of the wood work like inner covers screen bottom boards you an make yourself it will save you a lot of money an it is fun to do. You said you are going to use a screen bottom boards that is a "GREAT" it helps in cooling an to check on varroa mite infestation ( more on varroa mites later). An for foundation in your frames it is up to you I myself do not use them i just wire my frames without foundation an my junk yard bee's do the rest an so far they are doing a GREAT job at it why fool with Mother Nature I am just a gear head Hippie (lol). =^..^=
I hope all of this helps you feel free to pick my brain OH check out mannlakeltd.com an brushymountainbeefarm.com they are good people an a lot of information for new-bees. =^..^=
Take care peace be with you and your family.