I just found this site, and I think you can't have too many beek friends, so I joined. I'm a fairly new beekeeper. I just started with one hive last April. I plan to add another this spring. So far the first one's doing well. A nice 3lb package of Italians with a good queen. She went to town raising brood last summer. I was even able to steal a little bit of honey. I'm in Illinois, close to Springfield, and St. Louis,Mo. Nice to meet you all.