Big Ideas Learning, a subsidiary of Millcreek Township-based Larson Texts Inc., has pledged $100,000 over the next six years to help the Bayfront Maritime Center complete construction of its Porcupine schooner project and to provide maritime-themed math curriculum for onboard programming. Rich Eisenberg, executive director of the Maritime Center, and Larson Texts CEO Matthew Totzke announced the partnership Friday morning during a news conference inside the Maritime Center’s boat room at 40 Holland St., where work on the Porcupine is ongoing. When completed, the Porcupine, a historical representation of a War of 1812 square topsail schooner, will be known as
Jeff Szumigale, Senior Vice President at PNC Financial Services Group, presented a check to BMC Executive Director, Richard Eisenberg. The PNC Foundation donated $5,000 to support the construction of Erie’s historic 1812 Schooner Porcupine, which will sail as the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay. Thank you so much!
The Bayfront Maritime Center is excited to announce a new addition to our team! Among many skills, Scott Hitz brings with him experience in sailing, technology, farming and business administration. A native of Ripley, NY, Scott has lived and worked in Erie for twenty-four years. Scott is engaged to Missy Monacella (Monacella Massage & Kinesiology) a practicing massage therapist in Erie. Scott is an enthusiastic sailor who races in the weekly Wednesday night JAM races at the Erie Yacht Club.
Welcome aboard! We’re glad to have you.