More than 100 people gathered at East End Beach and jumped into the Casco Bay at the break of dawn on St. Patrick's Day. After the frigid dip, and hopefully a quick change of clothes, the participants headed over to RiRa's for a live auction and free breakfast buffet. The 10th annual RiRa's "Paddy's Day Plunge" raises money for the Portland Firefighters Children's Burn foundation.
Photo by Alexander Kreher (www.alexanderkreher.com)
Sara Franklin and Jessie Wright-Mendoza of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies combine photos and interviews to take a look at year-round life in Isle au Haut.
"On Isle au Haut, life is hard, the population is dwindling, and the community's future hangs in the balance." — Sara and Jessie from the Salt Institute.
In this collage, five Port Clyde residents describe their sense of pride in the place they live. A young lobsterman, a banjo player, a commercial fisherman, a mother of three, and a retired dentist each express why they embody Port Clyde.
Produced by Molly Jean Bennett, Emily Chin, and Katrina Herzog.
Photos: Katrina Herzog
Audio Editing: Emily Chin
Multimedia Editing: Molly Jean Bennett
From the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
The description of a place through the lens of postcards sent home. The piece asks the question: why go to Port Clyde? Eight people answer this in their own unique way, via a postcard home.
Produced by: Jordan Fletcher, Radio Producer. Maria Reyburn, Radio Producer. Lisa Mattingly, Writer, Photographer from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
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.
When Noah DeFilippis left Maine for San Francisco at the age of 17, he sought a sense of the urbane. In his return to Portland a few years ago, DeFilippis found that cosmopolitanism nestled improbably amongst Maine’s famous Pick-and-Paws and flea markets. DeFilippis and his wife, Amy Teh, started “Pinecone + Chickadee,” a business named for Maine’s state tree and bird in a tip-of-the-cap to Vacationland.