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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.  https://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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Artist-in-Residence

     

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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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BAEP Students Make Mother’s Day Gifts using Computer-Aided Design and CNC

Our BAEP students made some beautiful Mother’s Day gifts!

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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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Catch Our Drift; Join the BMC Mailing List

Sign up for our mailing list to receive the latest news about BMC’s hands-on programming, updates on events like Ales for Sails and the Cardboard Boat Regatta, and follow the Porcupine Project’s progress. Click here to sign up: http://bayfrontcenter.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=e1280799d9df918f51a087ac4&id=339d2b7fda

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Thank you!! Ales for Sails 2015 SOLD OUT!

 

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Join Us for the 2014 Small Boat Festival

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – AUGUST 15th and 16th!

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Retro BMC Videos

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.

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Taco the Town Is Back in the Water!

Taco the Town is back in the water! BMC’s 35′ racing catamaran is locally designed and locally built.

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Anything That Floats

A BLAST FROM THE PAST! The precursor to BMC’s Cardboard Regatta, The great ‘Anything That Floats’ race of 1998!  

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Welcoming Our 2014 Allegheny Bonner

We are so pleased to have Allegheny College Bonner student, Xzavier Scott, working with us this summer. Xzavier is from New York City and will be beginning his junior year in the fall. Last year, he worked as a community coordinator and as a computer literacy tutor in Meadville. He’s excited to have his first office job, especially one with such a beautiful view!

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