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The Clam Man

Like many Westporters who love Compo Beach, Irene Penny is fascinated by a man she sees often, clamming by the shore.

Irene is a talented photographer. The other day she asked if she could take some shots. He said people ask that a lot.

They got to talking. Irene learned his name is John.

He was digging for clams for a few retired friends. He does it for exercise, so he doesn’t have to go to the gym. He used to pour concrete foundations.

John said nobody else goes out there anymore. They just buy their cherrystone clams from the grocery store.

(Photos/Irene Penny)

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