MEXICO — The Western Maine Beekeeper’s Association will hold the annual Beekeeping School starting Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Region 9 School.

Ten weekly classes are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays. The sessions are taught by area beekeepers, so the information is both practical and relevant to the climate in western Maine.

Class subjects will include acquiring honey bees, setting up hives, harvesting honey, disease prevention and hive management for each season. Students will have the support of club members as they gain hands-on experience with their honey bees.

Throughout the spring, summer and fall, club members hold open hive meetings to demonstrate the application of the information that was presented in class.

Registration will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the cafeteria of the Region 9 School. Preregistration is not required. The cost is $40, which includes the classes, books, handouts and a one-year membership in the Western Maine Beekeepers Association.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Bee School or the club can contact Lynn Lamb, 207-578-1705 or [email protected]

A bee feeds on a thistle flower on the north shore of Lake Auburn in 2011. (Jose Leiva/Sun Journal file photo)

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