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The Tillamook Beekeepers Association (TBA) has announced a Honey House extraction facility for use by all members. The Honey House will be operational in July 2019 and members may now begin to reserve a 4-hour block of time during an eight-week period between July 22 and September 13. The Honey House Open House took place on Tuesday, July 9 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Port of Tillamook Bay old Officers’ Mess Hall.

The TBA Honey House is a room about 240 square feet within the old Officer’s Mess Hall located on the WWII Naval Air Station – the home of blimp squadron during World War II, now under management of the Port of Tillamook Bay (POTB). The room is located on the back-side dock (East End).

“The space was donated for our use by the POTB and we are extremely grateful for their generous gift,” said Brad York, president of TBA, in an article he wrote for the Oregon State Bee Line publication.

The TBA fixed up the room with a new tiled floor and a fresh coat of paint. They installed the plumbing, including stainless-steel sinks with hot and cold water for all clean-up needs. Other available equipment includes a Lyson W230 electric motorized extractor, an uncapping tank, uncapping tools, a small shop vacuum to capture stray bees, and an eight feet long kitchen-style counter top. TBA will supply soaps, shop towels, a mop and bucket, trash bags, and other necessary supplies for your extraction needs.

The TBA is currently preparing for their annual participation at the Tillamook County Fair on August 7-10. You can visit them and taste honey, check out their observation hives, and learn fun things about the honey bee.

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