This story focuses on the relationship between a grandfather and grandson and the family legacy passed down between generations. Highlighting the Anderson family of Port Clyde, Maine, this short documentary is a portrayal of the strong influence of grandfathers on grandsons. In this family, where fishing has been a historical way of life, ever-changing times raise the issue of impermanence.
As shoppers flocked to stores on Black Friday, marking the official start of the holiday shopping season, two Salt radio producers, Jordan Fletcher and Jessie Wright-Mendoza, headed to the Maine Mall and brought back this story.
On September 24, 1970, an explosion and fire flattened the Port Clyde Sardine factory. "The explosion, it went hundred of feet, those great big timbers went hundreds of feet in the air," remembers volunteer fireman Wayne Hilt in Memories of a Fire, a video produced by Alex Acquisto, Ashley Cleek, Nellie Large, and Emma Weatherill, students at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. "When I looked up, those great big timbers, 24-foot long ones, went spinning. Cans, wood, timbers. I said, 'This is it. I've had it.'"
The lobster processing business is vital to the Maine economy. Port Clyde's prominent business is fishing, including lobster. Local fishermen, however, have been shipping their catch to Canadian processing plants. Salt students Jessie Wright-Mendoza, Katrina Roi, Wolfgang Daniel, and Gillian Fish paid a visit to Port Clyde and interviewed two processors: Kyle Murdock and Linda Bean, the granddaughter of the famous L.L. Bean, are both are attempting to bring this important industry back to the local community.
Port Clyde has been sending fishermen to sea for generations, the products of their fathers' and grandfather's legacies. The community takes a great deal of pride in its fishing past, and its role sustaining and protecting the culture of fishing livelihoods in the Northeast. But with these traditional livelihoods come sacrifices for fishermen and their families.
On February 18, The New York Times ran a story about how Maine’s Own Organic Milk, a collective of 10 Maine dairy farms that formed in early 2010, is struggling to stay viable selling its slow-pasteurized, organic milk.
On a rainy Sunday in March, the heavy doors of Portland's New Church welcomed the boisterous sounds of shape note singing. The tradition originated in New England and is now experiencing a regional resurgence, having been sung mostly in the American South for the past century. Rachel James spent the afternoon speaking with folks at the New Church.
The Longfellow Chorus in Portland sponsors an annual festival that celebrates poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's birthday. On February 26, the festival kicked off with the inaugural "February Frostbite" road race. Sixty runners joined the event, possibly the shortest and coldest race in Maine. Ali Kuzmickas was at the starting line, asking runners and costumed Longfellow look-alikes why they were racing.
Salt students Nic Tanner and Pierce McCleary attended the Maine Restaurant Week kick-off event on Monday night at the Masonic Temple in Portland and brought back these amazing photos and sounds. Enjoy the party, and make sure you participate in Maine Restaurant week which is running now through March 12.
In Saco, along a stream that empties into a tidal marsh, there is a rectangular stand of woods. The woods are flanked by the following: to the west, the marsh; to the north, a golf course; to the east, a quiet highway and summer homes; and to the south, the Atlantic Ocean. Inside these woods, crammed in by humanity and the sea, spring has begun.