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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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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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Throwback Thursday Photos

A Throwback Thursday Album, because there are too many wonderful moments here for one photograph to capture.

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Project SAIL

  Our Spring session of Project SAIL 2014 is in full swing. What a phenomenal group of teens! Many of these students are Bhutanese refugees who have lived most of their lives in refugee camps in Nepal  Project SAIL Coordinator, Amanda Loose, summed it up best when she said, ” While we try to teach our students about life, our students teach us what life is all about!” Click here to learn how you can apply to Project SAIL       Great job, everyone!  The “Mighty Oak” looks amazing.  

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New Bayfront Maritime Center Programs to Help Veterans, Promote Rowing

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.    

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Thank you From BMC

Thank You! This has been an unprecedented week at the Bayfront Maritime Center. The 2nd-Annual Small Boat Festival went off without a hitch, both the Cardboard Boat Regatta and the Presque Isle Bay Messabout. Thousands came out and showed their support! As if this wasn’t enough, on Tuesday the 13th, generous benefactors donated $4,040 to BMC on Erie Gives Day 2013, which more than doubles last year’s total. The Bayfront Maritime Center would like to thank everyone who has aided BMC in continuing its mission to deliver engaging, hands-on programming that produces extraordinary students. With your support, the Bayfront Maritime Center continues to flourish and shine. Thanks again for being

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Erie Admirals volunteer at BMC

The Erie Admirals National Premiere Soccer League team came out to BMC to help re-roof the boatshed. The guys were a really fun group of volunteers! We encourage everyone in Erie to go out and support them at one of their games! http://erieadmiralsnpsl.com/

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BMC in the Perry 200 Parade

Come out to the Perry 200 Parade on May 25th! BMC’s float will be the St. Ayles Skiff, built by Erie High School students in the Bayfront Alternative Education Program and BMC’s after-school program, Project SAIL. Over 60 teenagers have worked to build the rowing skiff since beginning in mid-September. It is 22’ long, 5’8” wide, and will be powered by four people rowing with a coxswain steering. There are 20 high schools in the United States currently building or rowing St. Ayles Skiffs. This skiff is the beginning of Erie’s first Community Rowing Program.

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Thank You Cathedral Prep!

BMC would like to thank Cathedral Preparatory School for their AMAZING volunteer work yesterday! Students and teachers helped install our new outdoor classroom and prepared boats for sailing season.

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