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George Imirie's PINK PAGES

About This Project

Got Back Issues?
What's New
Important Note!
About This Project
Status of This Project
Notes About Editing
About Me

Got Back Issues? Send Them In!

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Do you have issues of George Imirie's Pink Pages that I don't have on this site? I welcome Pink Pages issues submitted in any format (though I prefer electronic!) - please email me at My Email Address so we can work out the details! Specific stuff I need:
  1. Copies or scans of the ORIGINAL 2001 AND EARLIER issues. My copies for these years were obtained electronically, and they're all mixed up; I'd like to get this corrected.
  2. Issues I am missing! Did George publish any more issues in 2005 or later? I last spoke with George in 2005 and he was in poor health at that time.

What's New

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NEW 2015! I am DONE converting ALL PINK PAGE ISSUES IN MY POSSESSION as of December 2015! Look for the "NEW 2015!" tag on the TOC and Monthly Index pages for the newly-converted and uploaded issues. I have also added a custom Google search bar to allow easy searching of the archive.

I switched to GreenGeeks.com as my new hosting provider on Wednesday afternoon 2013-11-27, during which there was a blip in website availability (my fault - not theirs). Hopefully all is now good, but please email me at My Email Address if you encounter any problems with the site on its new host. GreenGeeks.com is a "Green" hosting provider BTW - hopefully less impact on the planet. See here for further details...

Important Note!

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The intent of this archive is to provide access to what I believe is a valuable repository of beekeeping information compiled and documented by George Imirie. Yet as I write this (2013), even the most recent of George Imirie's "Pink Pages" is nearly 10 years old; much has been learned and many things have changed (e.g. CCD, SHB) with regard to beekeeping since George's passing. I still believe much of the information in George's "Pink Pages" is valuable, but I also think it's crucial to read George's recommendations with the added context of current information and knowledge. For example, varoa treatments have changed considerably since 2005 and earlier when George compiled his recommendations.

Please enjoy the information you find here. But please also take the time to expand your beekeeping horizons using current information and literature. Consider subscribing to one of the beekeeping magazines to keep up on the latest research. Join one or more of the numerous beekeeping forums like beesource.com and beemaster.com, and seek out one or more of the excellent beekeeping websites like Michael Bush's fantastic site (my personal favorite). And of course, consider joining your local beekeeping organization, which in the case of the Montgomery County (MD) Beekeeper's Association was the original recipient of George's hard-won wisdom via his "Pink Pages."

Many thanks to David Winkler, a friend of George Imirie who took the time to send me scans of 18 issues I did not have in my archive. All of these "new" issues have been converted to html and posted on the site.

About This Project

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When I first stumbled upon copies of George Imirie's Pink Pages online, I knew I'd discovered a valuable source of beekeeping information. Add to that the fact that George's opinions were often quite entertaining, and I knew I'd have to read more.

Unfortunately, there was no single site where I could go to read all of George's Pink Pages newsletters. Even worse, when I found copies scattered across the web, they were always in widely differing formats and often difficult to read, difficult to print, or both. And of course without a single source, there was no alphabetical index that let me quickly find information on a specific topic.

So I started scouring the web for copies of Pink Pages newsletters. George's own site was the source of many of the copies I found, but even George didn't have them all, and while he did have a table of contents, he didn't have an index. I also found issues of Pink Pages on various other sites across the web, in all sorts of different formats. I downloaded every issue I could find and began the painful task of reformatting every one into html so I could present them on this site. By now my goals for this project had become:

I first put up my newly formatted copies of Pink Pages in late 2005, before I'd found all the issues I have now, and before I'd indexed very many issues at all. I indexed when I had time, but typing, reformatting, and indexing was time-consuming and I eventually let it fall by the wayside after indexing only back through 2002. I got back into the indexing job again in late 2006, but didn't finish due to other priorities, and I lost my personal site in 2008 when I cancelled my Comcast subscription.

Fast-forward to December 2009. I have Comcast again, and when I did a recent Google search for some information on George Imirie, my old page came up #1 on the list! Apparently some of you found this information valuable enough to mention it and link to my pages, so (after nearly two full days of html and css cleanup - my original html/css was a MESS!) I've put this content back online.

By now I've put quite a bit of time into this effort, which I hope others find useful; I will do my best to keep this site up and available for as long as I have internet space. Until I decide to purchase a site specifically for this and other beekeeping content, this material will be available here. If you like this site, please send me an email at My Email Address and let me know!

Status of This Project

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While I still have quite a bit of work to do here, all Pink Pages content in my possession as of December 2015 has been converted, cleaned up, formatted, and uploaded to this archive (see checklist below). All pages should be displaying correctly. If you run across a problem with any of these pages, please email me at My Email Address with the details and I will do my best to correct the problem as quickly as possible. I have also added a custom Google search bar to allow easy searching of the archive. The one outstanding task is indexing, which is extremely time-consuming, and I do not expect to get back to it any time soon. That said, enough issues have been indexed that most important topics are included in the index at least once.

Update (2015-12-02): I have completed conversion, cleanup, formatting, and upload of all remaining issues in my possession. Look for the "NEW 2015!" tag on the TOC and Monthly Index pages for the newly-converted and uploaded issues. I have also added a custom Google search bar to allow easy searching of the archive. Got back issues I don't have? Send them to me!

Update (2013-11-04): I just converted and put up two additional pages (Jan/Mar 2005) from my 18 scanned issue backlog, which leaves 16 issues remaining to be converted and uploaded. I hope to complete these over the next month or two (ETC by the end of 2013).

Update (2009-12-08): Over the past day I've gone through EVERY page and updated it so it is properly formatted XHTML. This means it should look correct and work properly in most modern browsers. I haven't had a chance to check EVERY page in EVERY browser (and I won't!), so if you run across a problem, please let me know. I do test the major page functionality (e.g. overall layout, the menu and links) in the latest versions of Firefox and Google Chrome.

Stuff I still have to do:

Indexing is very tedious and takes a long time, so while I've made some pretty significant progress on all this in the past few days, please don't expect the indexing to come along anywhere near as quickly. It's just not fun :(

Notes About Editing

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In formatting these issues, I have made as few edits as possible, with the following general exceptions:
  1. Spelling errors have been corrected
  2. Missing/extra words have been corrected
  3. Formatting hyphens have been removed
  4. Miscellaneous formatting changes have been made (e.g. all caps in a heading changed to a larger, bold font; data reformatted in tabular form)
  5. George's contact information has been removed

About Me

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My name is Pete Chrisbacher, and I've been keeping bees since 2004. Depending on the time of year, I have between 20 and 30 hives and nucs, which are split across three bee yards in Royersford, Montgomery County, PA and Kennett Square, Chester County, PA. Nearly all of my colonies are by this point descended from removals and swarm captures I have done here in southeast Pennsylvania. It is my hope that many of my bees are from surviving feral stock and as a result have the genetic diversity and/or resistance to tolerate the many diseases, pests and other pressures that plague honeybees here in North America. I manage my bees "my way," though I have been heavily influenced by the management practices and teachings of both Michael Bush and Michael Palmer.

I am also an experienced Agile Coach, available to coach agile organizational transformation and software development engagements as Chrisbacher Consulting LLC.

If you have questions or comments about this site or its content, please email me at: My Email Address