The day started sunny and bright. Dark clouds loomed and the forecast called for rain. 35 intrepid new beekeepers watched two VBA certified beekeepers unwrap and inspect the overwintered hives. It was a great first open hive workshop with excellent questions from everyone. Thanks to Bill Mares,Scott Wilson, and Pedro Salas for guiding the workshop. Oh, and the rain started just as the workshop was ending!
It has been a few days of dreary weather but the future is looking bright. The rain will certainly provide the moisture needed for the flora to pop when the warm weather comes. BEE Ready!
Bethel, Vt. — William James Floyd, Jr., passed away in the afternoon of Friday, April 17, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Newark, N.J., on Nov. 30, 1942.
In the early 1960’s, he moved to Randolph Center when his parents, Bill and Madeline, purchased the General Store. As a young man, he owned one of the first Mustangs in Vermont, a blue 1964½ white-topped convertible. In 1969, he married Mary Ryan. They spent their married life in the community of Bethel, where he enjoyed his family, his home, caring for his gardens and orchard, and raising bees and producing honey to sell at the Farmers’ Market. Bill was an active participant in the Bethel Business Association and the Forward Festival, in Scouting as a den leader, and was a member of the Vermont Beekeepers’ Association. He was a dedicated patron of the Bethel Public Library.
Bill was proud to have been hired by the creators of Vermont Castings, Duncan Syme and Murray Howell, as their first employee. He worked in many parts of the company, always welcoming new challenges. He and Mary owned Bethel’s Brick Store, where he actively pursued his love of a good conversation, especially from behind the antique soda fountain. He was an avid home brewer who freely shared his love of making beer, wine, and cider with his children and many friends. He enjoyed photography and was a skilled carpenter and woodworker.
Bill is survived by his wife and their three sons, Jamie and his wife Lisa; Colin and his wife Careen; and Wade and Emilie Hall. He treasured his two grandsons, Will and Camden. He is also survived by his brother, Al Floyd of Randolph Center, and Al’s two daughters, Bridget and Jill.
His family is extremely grateful to the many caring and dedicated medical professionals who assisted Bill and empowered him to do the things he enjoyed. A private memorial service will be held in the orchard at his home.
Donations in Bill’s honor may be made to the Bethel Public Library, 106 Main St., Bethel, VT 05032 and the Vermont Beekeepers’ Association, PO Box 764, Burlington, VT 05402.
Here is a list of the typical work to be done during a Vermont April.
Go through all hives, on a 60+ degree day, clean bottom boards, check all brood frames for AFB(2X this month), other diseases, mites.Evaluate queens, brood patterns, food reserves. Mark colonies to re-queen. Begin to equalize colonies; reverse strong colonies end of the month. Apply medications and mite controls as needed.
(Activities by month may vary due to location, elevation and weather conditions of your particular site.)
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The Capitol City Farmers' Market is currently looking for Honey Vendors for the 2015 season.
If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Grodinsky at 802.223.2958 for additional information and details.