Educator Jim Doolan to be Honored at Maritime Museum Boat Launch

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On Thursday May 21, 2015, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will launch its newest Champlain Longboat, “Jimmy D.” The 32’ pilot gig is named after Jim Doolan who 40 years ago founded the Diversified Occupations Program (D. O.), a public special education program based at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, Vermont. “Doolan has been involved in the building of fourteen …

Notes from a Rower – Icebreaker Race

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Rudderless Rowers Triumph The competition knows we are in the lead and they are worried. Our backs to the buoy we row long and hard. Bill, our coxswain, looks behind at the other rowers hot on our heels. I know that look, the look that means we’re coming to the corner. Bill says, “Starboard: flip and push, Port: power strokes!” …

Lake Champlain Rowing Boat to Join US Navy Fleet

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Last month, a boat built by Lake Champlain high school students was the latest vessel to join the U.S. Navy fleet. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum delivered the Lake Champlain boat to the U.S. Navy crew of the USS Constitution on October 25, 2014 (at the 2014 Head of the Weir River Race), making it the newest vessel in the Navy’s …

Youth Rowing Races at Button Bay – Lake Champlain

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James Wakefield Rescue Row On Saturday October 11, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats Program held its fall youth rowing race, the James Wakefield Rescue Row at Button Bay State Park. The race is named after James Wakefield who rowed out to the Burlington Breakwater through a fierce winter gale in December 1876 to rescue the passengers and crew of …

The 417 Boy Scouts of Three Rivers District

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417 Boy Scouts from Vermont’s Three Rivers District took over the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum this past Saturday for a full day of fun, learning, and hands-on activities. These young men are from Chittenden, Franklin, Grand isle, and Western Lamoille counties in Vermont, and they had their Spring Camporee at Button Bay State Park, and with us! They toured the site, …

Parents’ Night at the Boatshop

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Wednesday, March 23 was Parents’ Night at the LCMM Boat Shop. Since January, students from the Diversified Occupations (D.O.) program at Middlebury’s Hannaford Career Center have been hard at work building a 32′ pilot gig at LCMM’s Boat Shop four days a week – it’s all part of LCMM’s Champlain Longboats program. On Wednesday, after a hard day’s work, the Diversified …

Regional Rowing Teams travel to “Snow Row”

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On Saturday March 12th, four youth teams, two from Vergennes Middle and High School, one from Mount Abraham Union Middle and High School and one from Burlington High School traveled to Hull, Massachusetts as part of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats program to participate in the Snow Row, a 3 ½ mile rowing race sponsored by the Hull …

Notes from the Boatshop: Planking and a field trip

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By Nick Patch Eight boat builders from the Diversified Occupations (D.O.) program at the Hannaford Career Center along with D.O. program teachers, volunteers and LCMM boat building staff have been hard at work on our new 32’ pilot gig. We are installing plank number seven out of eleven planks. Planking should be finished at the end of February. The next …

Notes from the Boatshop: Gig building and repair

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by Nick Patch Eight students from the Diversified Occupations (D.O.) program at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, Vermont are coming to the LCMM boat shop four days a week through May to build a 32’ pilot gig.  They are accompanied by D. O. teachers Wendy Lynch, Betsy Stine and Jim Doolan. LCMM boat builders Nick Patch and Andrew Lang …

Girls Only!

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This summer, six Vergennes Middle School Girls teamed up with Vermont Teacher of the Year Jen Lawson and LCMM Champlain Longboats trip leader Jessica Frank on a four-day outdoor rowing adventure on Lake Champlain. They started in pilot gigs (six- and eight-oared boats built by high school students in our Champlain Longboats program) below the site of the Crown Point …