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!
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!
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!
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
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!
The Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience, EASE, began in 2000. Today is the start of the 15th season. The BMC adaptive fleet has grown to five Access Dinghys,and includes a Liberty, a cat-rigged Breeze, and three 303’s. EASE is organized and run by a dedicated and accomplished crew of 20 volunteers lead by Kathy and Bren Lindell. The Bayfront Maritime Center hosted the Access Dinghy National Championships in 2004. EASE is the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania. A HUGE THANK YOU to Eric Guerrein and Lakeshore Towing Services, Inc., who allow us to run EASE from the Wolverine Park Marina.
Thank you to the Sigma Sigma Sigma – Epsilon Delta Chapter of Gannon University for their Day of Caring service at BMC. The Tri Sigmas did a fantastic job sweeping, mopping, dusting, vacuuming, and picking up trash around our waterfront facility. BMC appreciates the support of our community benefactors.
It has been another busy week at the Bayfront Maritime Center, and it’s not over. The AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteers In Service To America Volunteer Thank You Celebration is tonight!
Spring is here, and the Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience (EASE) will soon be underway. Here’s a look into the EASE program, the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania.
Over the weekend Bren and Mike picked up the new EASE Access Dinghy covers. They are fantastic! Thanks to the friends and family of the late Donald L. Smith, for the memorial contributions sent to BMC. Don was an avid sailor and a boat builder, so his daughter thought that it would be fitting that the funds be used for our adaptive sailing program, EASE. Due to this kind gesture, we were able to purchase new tarps for our Access Sailing Dinghies, which BMC use to teach sailing to children with developmental and physical disabilities.
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.
Veterans, Veterans Administration personnel, and BMC volunteers and staff were aboard for the inaugural Veterans at EASE sail on Friday October 4th. For the full story, see Veterans at EASE . Veterans at EASE would like to thank the Veterans on Deck program for their inspiration and support.
THANK YOU to the brothers of Alpha Phi Delta and Dr. Duane Prokop, who assisted BMC on Gannon GIVE Day 2013 by cleaning and organizing our boat shop. BMC appreciates the support Gannon University gives BMC and the Erie community.
On Sunday September 15th, about 80 children and adults with special needs and their families, and the 25 extremely dedicated volunteers who make EASE, the Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience adaptive sailing program happen, met on the BMC waterfront campus to celebrate the 12th great year of sailing. The event included: – A barbeque picnic, – Prizes and awards for the sailors – Premier viewing of the 2013 EASE Video – Sailboat rides for the sailors and their families on Taco the Town,BMC’s 35’ racing catamaran, and the EASE escort vessel – Games THANK YOU to the many dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to make EASE happen in Erie! EASE is the
BAEP students are fortunate; the Tall Ship Festival is happening right outside BMC’s facility! Students were given a tour of all the ships, and learned about working and living on a tall ship.
In conjunction with and with the support of the Perry 200 Celebration, the Bayfront Maritime Center announced the launch of a new program, Veterans at EASE, designed to help local veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As part of this program, BMC and Veterans Administration staff will sail with veterans. Some pilot excursions will get underway this fall, and it is hoped the full program will begin in the spring of 2014. This announcement was made as part of the Perry 200 festivities this weekend commemorating Erie’s role in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812.This new initiative is
Join us in welcoming our new AmeriCorps*VISTA for 2013-2014, Klaus Kirschner! Klaus graduated with honors from Gannon University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts, English degree and minors in both, Pre-Law and Business Administration. His past experience includes an internship at the Erie Art Museum and several years working as a Television Production Assistant at WQLN Public Media. He also worked as a Constituent Services Assistant in the Office of Senator Robert Casey. His other interests include working as a youth basketball coach and referee, playing piano, writing for the school newspaper and reading. Klaus has already proved himself invaluable,
Allegheny students spent part of their Alternative Spring Break at BMC. They did a fantastic job cleaning up the boatshop and organizing our safety equipment.
Big thanks to Gannon University for their GIVE Day project! Students from the Environmental Club and professors from the Chemistry department came down to BMC to help us clean up the boat shop and pick up some trash outside.