Hey everybody, Greeting from North Central Connecticut! My name is Mark, and I started beekeeping back in the 1980's with one hive that eventually expanded to 12 hives under the tutelage of two great old time bee keepers. They taught me a lot, and I have many fond memories working with both of them. I even did bee removal jobs with one of them whose name was Emil Pagan a well known beekeeper who lived a few miles from me! After a number of years, I had to give it up since our two daughters came along and it became too much to tend. I sold my bees and equipment to a well known beekeeper from Bristol, CT whose name was Norman Farmer, who has since passed away. He was a big time beekeeper and had hundreds of hives and did pollination as well. A couple years ago I retired from teaching art for 38 years and decided to get back to raising 'my girls' again. I now have 3 hives w/two more additional ones planned for this spring. Looking forward to expanding the apiary, but I'm not going to get to 12 hives again. I can't lift like I used to! Trying to catch up with my reading and remembering. Lots to re-learn, but it's slowly coming back! I'm glad to be here and learn more. I'm looking forward to reading other beekeeper's comments, progress and information.