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!
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.
A huge THANK YOU to all everyone who came out and supported a great cause tonight! And what a fantastic group of volunteers we had, too! Such a cool event. #ales4sails
A few of the photographs from when the Bayfront Maritime Center was just getting underway, in 1998. Since then 92 boats have been built; over 17,000 students and adults of all ages have sailed, rowed, paddled, built boats, learned about the environment, studied navigation, acquired USCG Masters Licenses, and more!
THANK YOU to Highmark for their work at BMC on Highmark’s Make a Difference Day. Working with BMC staff and volunteers, the Highmark volunteers built 30 wooden storage boxes that will help organize BMC’s tools and supplies. Thank you!
THANK YOU Gannon University for planting three white oak trees on Saturday on our campus! Gannon planted 170 trees around the city in a grant funded program called “TreeVitalize”.
Check out this post to see Channel 12’s coverage of the St. Ayles Skiff hull turning, a promotional video about the Cardboard Boat Regatta, and a amateur video from when Happi 92.7 participated in the Regatta.
After seven weeks of hard work, the Bhutanese apprentices enrolled in the current Project SAIL session shared their culture and cuisine with Project SAIL apprentices, volunteers, and staff as the winter session nears completion.
The Sunday Erie Times News ran a story today covering BMC’s 2 new programs that will begin this spring. Thank you to the Erie Insurance Giving Network for supporting BMC’s important new program, Veterans at EASE, designed to help United States Veterans.
Some of the Erie Boat building crew, circa 2000, with the hull still upside down in the original BMC Ice Palace. Even older, 1998, rowing in the Holland Street slip with some young boatbuilders – BMC’s first summer program.
Dennis Williams, BAEP principle at BMC was in the boat shop today, continuing his great work with at risk youth, and helping BMC further serve the Erie Community. The Bayfront Alternative Education Program at Bayfront Maritime Center in Erie, PA, is for 8th -12th grade students who are struggling in the traditional classroom setting. Hands-on, project based curriculum creates a culture of experiential learning which engages students and challenges them to develop teamwork and problem solving skills. We follow the Seven Commitments of Sanctuary ** Culture of Nonviolence ** Culture of Emotional Intelligence ** Culture of Inquiry & Social Learning ** Culture of
Come taste EIGHT local craft brews, sample delicous food by Stephany Catering, and enjoy music byMillennium Sound Professional Disc Jockey Service all while supporting positive youth development in Erie! Tickets may be purchased online athttps://bmc.ticketbud.com/ales_for_sails or purchased at BMC, 40 Holland Street, directly behind Blasco Library.
GE’s Employee Community Service Fund has generously donated $5,000 to BMC for the purchase of Smart Board technology for BAEP, Project SAIL, and other BMC programming. BMC also had a group from GE Transportation do groundskeeping and assist in installing a Peace Pole, with the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in fours languages: English, Spanish, Nepali, and Hawaiian. These languages represent the diverse cultures that learn, teach, and work at our waterfront campus. BMC would like to thank GE’s Employee Community Service Fund, GE Transportation, and other GE associates who support BMC’s mission to provide engaging, hands-on programming for the Erie community.