Welcome to The Portage County Beekeepers Association website!

Updated on February 18, 2014 by Mary Ann Amoroso

The Portage County Beekeepers Association is an organization for the novice and professional beekeepers in the Portage County Ohio area. Joining is easy. For just $5.00 per year you can enjoy all the benefits of our organization including our meetings, Field Day and Summer Picnic.  Dues are payable at any of our meetings (see the calendar below). 

During Field Day we have a hands-on learning experience. We open hives, check for the queen, look for warning signs of problem, such as varroa mites or hive beetles, and have many experienced beekeepers ready to answer your questions. You don't want to miss this opportunity.

We have a mentoring program for new beekeepers or anyone who would like some personal help. Feel free to contact any of our mentors from the list on the left.

Thank you for looking and we hope to see you soon.

Updated on May 16, 2014 by Mary Ann Amoroso

Field Day and other Information

The Portage County Beekeepers annual Field Day is this Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Norm Mack's Apiary,  8259 St Rt 88, Ravenna Ohio.  Don't forget to bring your jacket or veil because bees will be flying. We will be assessing the health of a hive looking for the queen and brood, doing demonstrations on queen grafting and how to take a sample of bee to send in for disease testing.

The sign up for the Portage County Fair is always well in advance, so start looking for that, or any other fair in your area.  Be sure to enter your honey and wax - candles - soaps - etc.  There are plenty of categories for bee related items. 

For the Annual Picnic on July 20, 2014:  Bring your own meat to grill, a dish to pass, your own tableware and a lawn chair.  The club will provide charcoal for the grill, beverages and Condiments.  If you have games such as corn hole, croquet or horseshoes, bring them along too.  We will once again be at the beautiful lake side in West Branch Park - Parking Lot A - Shelter 1.  


Updated on January 26, 2014

Tracy Alarcon, Portage County Bee Inspector

In 2014 our Bee Inspector for Portage County is Tracy Alarcon. His phone number is 330-396-1352 and his email address is tntalarcon@juno.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a meeting.


Updated on January 1, 2013

Apiary Registration

Here is the link to Apiary Registration. The price is only $5.00 for a beeyard. You might want to call or email to avoid a late charge (I don't know if there is one, but best to be prepared).

Updated on March 12, 2012

Volunteers Needed

The Portage County Beekeepers Association is looking for a few good men and women for the Calling Committee. What is the Calling Committee? Those are the people who contact you by phone about a week before our meetings as a friendly reminder. As a member of the committee you will be given a list of 5 to 10 names and phone numbers and all you have to do is give them a call. To volunteer, please contact Tracy Alarcon. His phone number is 330-396-1352.

bzzzz 2014 Calendar of Events

    All meeting are held at Maplewood Career Center (look for the map on the Contact Page)
      • January 16, 2014 7:30pm - Our speaker is Thomas Schmidlen,professor of geology at Kent State University.  Don't forget to pay your 2014 dues (still only $5.00)
      • March 20, 2014 7:30pm - Our speaker is Roy Hendrickson speaking on Spring Management
      • May 18, 2014 2:00pm - Field Day at Norm Mack's apiary - 8259 St Rt 88 Ravenna. Bring a lawn chair and a veil.
      • July 20, 2014 2:00pm - Summer Picnic at West Branch Park - Parking lot A, Shelter 1
      • September 18, 2014 7:30pm 
      • November 20, 2014 7:30pm 
    Stay tuned for the 2015 Portage County Beekeepers meeting schedule

      Mentors

      • Dan Kaminski
        330-673-0664
        Brimfield-Kent
      • Ed Kibler
        330-296-4690
        Ravenna
      • Jerry Guyette
        330-562-8916
        Mantua
      • Fred Lauck
        330-673-7432
        Brimfield-Kent
      • Tracy Alacron
        330-396-1352 
        Portage County
      • Please feel free to contact a mentor in your area.