Just a new beekeeper wanting to drop in and introduce myself. I have just purchased my first hive in the past week and a half. It is an established hive from a big beekeeper in NW Pennsylvania. My current passion is making maple syrup. I have a small operation of 300 (but expanding to 500) taps. Have wanted to raise bees for many years and finally just bit the bullet. I would like to increase to 4-5 hives in the next couple of years. The lifecycle of the honeybee just amazes me. The potential diseases and problems that I have read about on here and in magazines is almost overwhelming, however. I am in Ashtabula County, Ohio.