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SALT telling Maine stories. Published by the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Number 65. 2007-2008.


  • 2 The ABCs of ESL a photo essay by Maisie Crow. Stephen Dyro teaches Beginning ESK in the very same classroom where he was a student at Portland High School. Some of his students were never literate in their native language; now they are learning to read and right.
  • 10 “Peacy Keen and Wonderful” written by Kelsey Abbott, photography by Ashley Bailey. Lee Hudson and her husband, Heath, harvest, and market mussels and seaweed through their company, Frenchman Bay Fisheries. They have struggled to persevere through regulatory changes, but now they are days away from potential bankruptcy—and the creditors keep calling.
  • 20 Tears and Tiaras written by Haley Anson. Nine-year-old Aryn Markee tries to uphold a family tradition at Boothbay Harbor’s Miss Shrimp Princess Pageant.
  • 21 The Angel Warrior on His Way to the Top a radio story produced by Brooke Shuman, photograph by Maisie Crow. At Maine’s Unity Speedway, amateur racers compete in home-designed stockcars modeled after Nascar pro vehicles. Mike St. Germain, known locally as The Angel Warrior, says he is racing for God.
  • 22 Lost in Translation written by Genevieve Lysen, photography by Kirk Torregrossa. Fleeing car bombs and death threats, 14 Iraqui interpreters resettle in Maine. But life in America presents a new battle.
  • 30 Beginnings: A Family Portrait a photo essay by Amanda Kowalski. Sasha Hom and Dylan Bolles planned on wintering in Baja, living out of their 15-passenger Ford van, and continuing life on the road. However, cars break down and life takes unexpected U-turns. So Sasha, Dylan, and their 10-month-old daughter, Naima, found themselves beginning a new life in a winter rental on Peaks Island.
  • 38 Dylan Volk in the Spotlight written by Pamela Cragin, photography by Natalie Conn. A teenage comic finds success on stage. Off stage, it’s a different story.
  • 48 Living in a “Harlequin Jungle” written by Heah Chernikoff. At 91, Maine painter Dahlov Ipcar gears up for a new show.
  • 49 Taxi Line a radio story produced by Nina Jacobi, photograph by Garrett Hansen. Most of the cabbies in line at the Portland International Jetport are refugees from Somalia. To pass the time in the taxi lot, they play cards, listen to the BBC, kick around an old soccer ball, sip Dunkin Donuts coffee.
  • 50 Shy Girl a photo essay by Morrigan McCarthy The making of an 18-year-old stripper.
  • 58 Days Like This written by Anne Bardaglio, photography by Suzannah Hoover. The school on Matinicus Island has no principal, guidance counselor, school nurse, or secretary, and hardly any state funding. One room, seven different grades and 10 kids. Some days, teacher Dotti Carter wonders how long she can hold on.
  • 68 Winter Weather Warning written by Katie Arrants. Meterologist Roger Griswold tries to get the forecast right.
  • 69 Except Me a radio piece produced by Erin Davis, photograph by Erica Burkehart. Fifteen-year-odl Marissa is a normal teenager. But her 11-year-old brother, Andrew, has Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism.
  • 70 The People’s Station written by Molly Finnegan, photography by Hannah Quimby. With a shoestring budget and an ever-changing group of volunteers, the staff of Portland's Community Television Network celebrates 20 years.
  • 80 Go, Baby, Go... a photo essay by Alexi Mann. When Vicky Sanzone is on the road, freight comes first. A long-haul trucker from Auburn, Maine, Vicky can cover more than 2,600 miles in a week, carrying everything from dog food to paper as far south as Florida and as far west as California.
  • 88 Two Weeks a photo essay by Emily Bender, a radio piece produced by Andrea Silenzi Laurie “Crow” Williams is dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Inside her trailer in Brunswick, Maine, all of her hospice caregivers want to help her find God.
  • 96 Contributors
  • Alumni Interview Inside back cover.


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