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Safe Boating Course

  The Erie Power Squadron is offering an 8 week ABC3 Safe Boating Course at the Bayfront Maritime Center, 40 Holland Street, Erie, PA. Class meets Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. March 6, 2017 through April 24, 2017. Registration begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 6th. Fee for books, materials, shipping and handling is $50. There is also a fee for piloting supplies, if needed. Instruction is free. Those who pass the course earn a Pennsylvania Boating Safety Certificate and can save money on boat insurance. The course is mandatory for those born after Jan. 1, 1982, who

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Ales for Sails Tickets Now Available

  Ales for Sails  Please join us on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6 to 9 PM for BMC’s Fifth Annual Ales for Sails fundraiser. Tickets are now available through Eventbrite. Click it for ticket  –  Ales for Sails Tickets

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Ales for Sails Fundraiser – February 10, 2017, 6 – 9 pm.

SAVE the DATE!!! Cheers to Five Years!!!  Come to our 5th Annual Ales for Sails event featuring local craft beer, delicious food provided by Stephany’s Catering, music by Millennium Sound and more! This event sells out every year, so be sure to order your tickets early. All tickets will be sold in advance and will go on sale the first week of December. Must be 21 years old to attend. We are excited to welcome local breweries Voodoo, Lavery Brewing, Blue Canoe, Erie Brewing, Erie Ale Works, Timber Creek, 5 & 20 Spirits and Brewing, The BrewErie and (new this year) Millcreek Brewing

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Tall Ships Festival 2016

It’s been an exciting week on the bayfront!  Eight beautiful tall ships descended upon Erie for the Tall Ships Festival.  Thanks to the Flagship Niagara League, our Bayfront Alternative Education students were able to tour several of the ships. Our rich maritime heritage inspires us all!  

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Thank You to our Erie Gives Day Donors!

We received a check today for nearly $5,000 from the 46 donors who so graciously took the time to donate on August 9, 2016. Thank you!!

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Project SAIL 2016-2017

BMC’s after school program, Project SAIL, is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  Teens, ages 15-18, who live in Erie County, are eligible to apply. Fall classes begin on September 12, 2016 and run through November 1, 2016. .  For more information  

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Summer Programs Begin at BMC

Check out our summer newsletter and get all the latest news from the Bayfront Alternative Education Program, Project SAIL after school program, EASE, Bayfront Summer Credit Recovery Program, Schooner Porcupine and the Cardboard Boat Regatta. http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e1280799d9df918f51a087ac4&id=43014010f6

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Project SAIL Spring Session Begins April 4th!

Applications are being accepted for the Spring Session of the Project SAIL After School Program. Choose either Monday/Wednesdays or Tuesday/Thursdays; both classes begin at 3:30 pm and end at 5:30 pm. Paid work experience for teens aged 15 – 18 years old.  http://bayfrontcenter.org/education/project-sail/ Two Project SAIL students, Gage and Tyler, completed the program and then went on to finish a year long apprenticeship in carpentry at BMC.

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Ales for Sails 2016 is SOLD OUT!

We’d like to thank our supporters for another sell-out event – four years in a row!!

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BMC Volunteer Featured in Erie Yacht Club’s Log

The Erie Yacht Club‘s Log recently had a feature article on Christopher Laird, one of BMC’s dedicated volunteers and a inveterate sailor. Chris is a mentor for our Project SAIL and Project VOYAGE apprentices, assists with our events and boat projects, and participates in our Community Rowing Program. Chris also volunteers as an ESL tutor at the Multicultural Community Resource Center. Way to go, Chris!

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THANK YOU to Gannon University’s Chemistry Department and Environmental Science Club!

THANK YOU to Gannon University‘s Chemistry Department and Environmental Science Club for doing their 2015 Day of Caring service at BMC. The volunteers did maintenance work on our gravel driveway and picked up trash around our waterfront campus. BMC loves its volunteers!

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Spring Session of Project SAIL Underway

The spring session of Project SAIL started this week and we have another crew of motivated high-school students who are engaged and preparing for their futures. Apprentices are learning essential skills for succeeding in their education and careers, and becoming self-confident leaders for their peers and community. Way to go, apprentices!

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BMC Purchases Cutting Edge SawStop Equipment

Thanks to the generous support of Erie Insurance, BMC staff and students are assembling a new SawStop table saw. Table saws cause tens of thousands of serious injuries every year. In fact, there is a table saw accident in the United States every 9 minutes, and 10 amputations every single day. SawStop minimizes these injuries by stopping the blade within 5 milliseconds of contact, ten times faster than your reflexes can respond to danger. Learn more: http://www.sawstop.com/why-sawstop/benefits

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BMC Through the Years Collage

Through the Years: Building a canoe under the watchful eye of Buzz 1998; A new garboard for the Friendship Sloop Momentum 1999; Looking up; Early EASE Program, the first and still the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania 2000; A boatload of sailors aboard Taco the Town 2001; Young Helmsman, timeless.  

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1896 Lake Erie Fisherman

In 1896, Erie was the freshwater fishing capital of the world, (1880-1915). Blue Pike was the main catch; they are now extinct. Perch and whitefish were also caught, as well as sturgeon. I’m not sure what this particular boat was in the 1896 photo. The primary fishing boat in use in in Erie’s fishing heyday was the 29′ Erie Boat. We built a reproduction with school students, 4th grade through 12 grade.

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