September 12th Meeting

September 12th Meeting: Preparing for winter with Dr Rick Fell and Richard Reid

Dr Fell will present the biology of the wintering honeybee and Richard Reid will discuss the practical aspects of wintering colonies in our area.

Dr. Richard Fell is a retired professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.  He is still involved as a professor emeritus.

Dr. Fell has contributed significantly to the understanding of entomology through his research, extension work in apiculture, and by conducting training workshops for beekeepers focusing on colony management, queen production, and the pests and diseases affecting honey bees.

Dr. Fell has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses ranging across the full entomology curriculum, placing strong emphasis on standards and student learning. He has also taught study-abroad courses in South Africa, Mali, Ecuador, Belize, and the Dominican Republic.

More recently, he served as interim head of the Department of Entomology.

Richard Reid is a long-time member and valued leader of the NRVBA.  He started beekeeping when it was easy to be a “beehaver” in the early ‘70s.  Then varroa came in the early 90s and all of Richard’s bees died out by 1995.  The equipment was stored for about a dozen years until 10 years ago when he started beekeeping the second time. 

In an effort to become a fulltime beekeeper, Richard tried to retire from a career in construction a little less than 4 years ago.  Out of the last 10 years, he has managed to expand his operation each of those years except one.  His management has changed to adapt to problems, but the one constant that makes his operation sustainable is expansion through splitting utilizing nucleus colonies.

Based just outside of Blacksburg, Richard enjoys operating Happy Hollow Honey for honey and nuc production, and he raises a few extra queens for sale after the splits are made.

Please join us on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg[E1] 

Meeting Agenda


  • Treasurer’s report
  • Apiary report
  • Apparel Committee            
  • Montgomery Museum Heritage Day   August 24th   Bob Winton
  • Hokie BugFest October 5th
  • Annual Meeting October 10th

-What you should be doing with your bees:  Tips and ideas from     successful Association members.

– Featured Presentations:  Dr Rick Fell and Richard Reid

-The Buffalo Jack Raffle: Please note: there will be no intermission so buy your tickets before the meeting or, quietly, any time during the meeting in the back of the room.   

Items will include:

24 invertible plastic 1-lb honey jars

A medium 10 frame box, unassembled

A Varroa Easy Check kit

8-frame medium box assembled and painted with, one piece plastic foundation

10 deep frames with plastic foundation; unassembled

-Close of formal meeting.  Join in for socializing, refreshments, and a time for asking questions.  Please consider bringing a snack or beverage to share.

-Emory B. Altizer, NRVBA President

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