Our Town

#93 Steve Bergstrom of Bergstrom’s Sewing Machines

(First airdate: August 15, 2017) THE SECRETS OF SEWING FROM STEVE BERGSTROM. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Steve Bergstrom, the owner of Bergstrom’s Sewing Machines. It’s a traditional business that has helped several generations of Jeffersonians. Steve includes a lesson with every sewing machine and he’s always there if you need a little consultation about your quilt, or your tutu for that matter.


#92 Mike Gaede of Rain Coast Farms

(First airdate: August 1, 2017) MIKE GAEDE: A MAN WITH AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Mike Gaede, the new owner of the experimental farm, Rain Coast Farms. Mike’s life is one adventure after another. Previous careers include park ranger, builder of carbon fibre racing yachts in New Zealand, fisheries biologist, general contractor and even dog sled runner on Alaskan glaciers. Rain Coast Farms, with its 32 varieties of tomatoes and endless varieties of other fruits and veggies, is his latest challenge. Master Gardeners already know and love Rain Coast, and Mike’s going to give it more of a public face.


#91 Roger Short of Short’s Family Farm

(First airdate: July 18, 2017) Eating Beef and Dirt from Short’s Family Farm. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Roger Short, the owner of Short’s Family Farm in Chimacum. After decades as a traditional dairyman, Roger converted to grass-fed beef. He passionately believes in the health benefits of grass-fed vs. grain-fed beef. Jefferson County foodies agree with gusto. Short’s other line of business is selling “magical soil.” He sells some to a New Yorker who repackages it (to eat) and sells 4-oz. packages for $107. Roger sells it for considerably less to local gardeners and most of them don’t even eat it.


#90 Robin Bergstrom of Bergstrom’s Antiques & Classic Autos

(First airdate: July 4, 2017) DRIVING DOWN THE SUPERHIGHWAY OF AMERICAN DREAMS. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Robin Bergstrom, owner of Bergstrom’s Antique & Classic Autos. Robin sells vintage cars and extraordinary dream cars – such as the one that one Oscar winner had customized to the point where the door posts were carved into replicas of his treasured Oscars. But the shop is selling much more than cars: it’s an emporium of the all-American obsession with motor vehicles. It’s as much a museum as a shop and plenty of Robin’s personal collection is not for sale. Enter the door to “petrolomania,” a fantasy world suitable for any man cave (or woman cave, for that matter).


#89 Brian Kuh

(First airdate: June 20, 2017) FIGHTING FOR JOBS ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Brian Kuh, executive director of EDC Team Jefferson. Visitors have long fantasized about starting their own company here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. But few manage to get past the daydream stage. Brian and his team at the Economic Development Council are working behind the scenes, helping entrepreneurs turn those dreams into reality.


#88 Ned Schumann of olympus.net

(First airdate:  June 6, 2017) HOW MANY WIFI SHED BOYS ARE THERE? Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Ned Schumann, the founder of olympus.net, the Olympic Peninsula’s own ISP (Internet Service Provider). Schumann offers tips on how to improve your security and privacy online. But he also notes that generally you get what you pay for: if you pay for an internet service or application, you are the customer. But if it’s free – you are the product. And, yes, you can be a wifi shed boy and mooch “free” internet service. But, as he explains, there are certain risks.


#87 Mike Glenn

(First airdate: May 23, 2017) THE CASE FOR BETTER HEALTH CARE. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Mike Glenn, the CEO of Jefferson Healthcare. Careful scrutiny of the demographics of Jefferson County is driving the hospital to focus on cardiology, oncology, orthopedics and dermatology. And while the national debate on healthcare continues, hospitals such as Jefferson Healthcare are trying to focus on improving care.


#86 Puffin Shoe Repair

Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Colleen Swantner & John Shortess, the team behind Puffin Shoe Repair. Puffin has been a fixture in Port Townsend since the early 1970s. It’s the place to go to save your favorite cowboy boots, dancing shoes, or even leather jackets or guitar cases.


#85 Don’s Pharmacy

(First airdate: April 25, 2017) DON’S PHARMACY: THE HOME TOWN ALTERNATIVE. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Don Hoglund, the owner of Don’s Pharmacy in Port Townsend. Don’s father – also named Don – founded the pharmacy but he died unexpectedly when his son was only 17 years old. Don, Jr. stepped right up to the challenge of taking over the family business. He has made Don’s Pharmacy one of the true success stories in Jefferson County. Whether you want to fill a prescription, order a classic milk shake, or buy school supplies or toys, Don’s is the local place to shop.


#84 Earll Murman

(First airdate: April 11, 2017) A LASER FOCUS ON IMPROVING PORT TOWNSEND. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Earll Murman, a retired MIT professor who brings his passion and finely trained scientific mind to many community issues: United Good Neighbors, LION (Local Investment Opportunity Network), the Jefferson County Community Foundation, the proposed new swimming pool, and simplifying corporate structure are all on his crowded agenda. Earll is determined to make Port Townsend a better place for all.


#83 Peter Braden

(First airdate: March 28, 2017) IF YOU ARE SIX YEARS OLD, HE’S YOUR SUPER HERO. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Peter Braden, first-grade teacher at Grant Street School. The curriculum has changed over the 29 years he’s been teaching, but his boundless enthusiasm for learning hasn’t. Peter is now teaching the kids of moms and dads who were once his students. And those parents appreciate and love a superhero teacher from classrooms past and present.


#82 Jim Emery

(First airdate: February 28, 2017) PTSLUGs: TECHNOLOGY AS EASY AS APPLE PIE. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews computer specialist Jim Emery of Elakha Consulting. Jim is also President of PTSLUGs – a group as eclectic as its name (PTSLUGs stands for Port Townsend’s Seriously Laid-Back Users Group). Other computer clubs come and go, but this one’s over 30 years old. The laid-back techies meet like clockwork every month and ponder the power of all things Apple.


#81 Arran Stark

(First airdate: February 14, 2017) CHEF STARK: A FOODIE WITH FOCUS. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Arran Stark, Director of Food Services and Executive Chef at Jefferson Hospital. He calls it a blue collar job with a white collar aura. But Chef Stark revels in the artistry of a “trade” that engages every sense – the visual presentation, savoring the smells, listening to the sizzle, and even rolling it around in your mouth.


#80 Michael Vicha

(First airdate: January 31, 2017) THE CREATIVE WIZARD BEHIND THE BAR AT ALCHEMY. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Michael Vicha, bartender at the popular Port Townsend Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar. Michael is a renaissance man – a vegan animal rights activist who lived off the grid for years. But now he’s somehow combining his love of theatre and working with his hands by imagining, creating and serving fabulous craft cocktails at Alchemy.


#79 Jeanette Best

(First airdate: January 17, 2017) DOING HER BEST FOR ART IN THE NORTHWEST. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Jeanette Best, one of the founders and the guiding spirit behind the Northwind Arts Center. This unique institution connects arts and the community through a variety of innovative programs with partners, including the Boiler Room, the Port Townsend Library and the Rose Theatre. The Center’s two galleries often feature art that’s not even for sale – something rather unusual in the world of galleries.


#78 Safeway’s Dr. Thor

(First airdate: January 3, 2017) Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Steven Willden, the new chief pharmacist at Safeway in Port Townsend. Steve’s a fan of LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) and dresses as the action figure “Thor” during LARPs. He decided that some kids (and adults) might be more comfortable receiving flu shots from Dr. Thor instead of a boring pharmacist, so he came in during his free time to administer vaccinations in full armor. You’d be surprised who showed up!


#77 Dana Petrick

(First airdate: December 20, 2016) A DESIGNING WOMAN WITH AN EYE FOR BEAUTY & STYLE. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Dana Petrick, the owner of Dana Pointe Interiors in Port Ludlow. Interior design has always been her passion and she shares insights about getting rid of “debilitating clutter.” Petrick also thinks that the “ugly stepchild” of Jefferson County (the Tri-Area of Port Haldock, Irondale and Chimacum) is a glowing gem and could help solve our affordable housing crisis.


#76 Bazaar Girls

(First airdate: December 6, 2016) IT’S A BAZAAR AND IT’S NOT THAT BIZARRE. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Kerri Hartman and Numahka Swan, the duo behind the fiber emporium Bazaar Girls. It’s a haven and heaven for crafters who knit, crochet, felt, spin or do anything at all with fiber. On one level, Bazaar Girls is a shop. But with events such as “Crafternoon” or the evening “Nip & Knit” it’s also a vibrant community center.


#75 Sam Johnson (Reprise of #57)

(First airdate: March 1, 2016, Reprise airdate: November 22, 2016) Step Back in Time & Meet Me at the Soda Fountain.  Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Sam Johnson, long-time waitress at the Soda Fountain at Don’s Pharmacy. There’s semi-official designated seating for regulars and the shadow City Council meets every Saturday morning. If you are a 90-year-old regular and miss your usual coffee time someone’s going to call you . . . it’s just that kind of place.


#74 Carr Tyndall

(First airdate: November 8, 2016) Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Carr Tyndall, the general manager of the Port Townsend Paper Mill, which is the biggest employer in town. Since opening in the 1920s, the mill has constantly evolved to meet changing markets and regulations. Tyndall details some of the innovative practices the mill is using to reduce its carbon footprint. The latest? Trucking in compressed natural gas. That move will result in a 25% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.


#73 Mayor Deborah Stinson

(First airdate: October 11, 2016) Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Port Townsend Mayor Deborah Stinson. Stinson started her career as a techie at the jails in Oklahoma and rose through the ranks until she saw her company acquired by Microsoft. She fell in love with “jaw droppingly gorgeous” Port Townsend the first time she saw it. After moving here, her passion for local issues propelled her into political office for the first time in her life.


#72 Kinetic Sculpture Race

(First airdate: September 27, 2016) THE KINETIC SCULPTURE RACE: WHERE MEDIOCRITY WINS. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Janet Emery, President for Life of the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. The queen (“kween”) will be crowned (“krowned”) Saturday night, Oct. 1, at the Koronation Kostume Ball at the Legion Hall. But don’t forget the competition in the quicksand, the dismal bog and even the obstacle course. Lunacy prevails when engineers live out their artistic fantasies.


#71 Police Chief Michael Evans

(First airdate: September 13, 2016) READING THE POLICE BLOTTER IN BUCOLIC PORT TOWNSEND. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Port Townsend Chief of Police Michael Evans. Although our crime rate is relatively low, police here must be prepared for everything from petty shoplifting to an “active shooter” situation. Chief Evans explains how our police work closely with the sheriff and fire department to resolve issues as peacefully as possible. Treatment via mental health and/or drug court is a preferred option in PT. The old ‘lock ’em up and throw away the key’ mentality is largely a thing of the past.


#70 Steve Hiegel & Amy Recker

(First airdate: August 30, 2016) PADDLING AROUND WITH P.T. PADDLESPORTS. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Steve Hiegel & Amy Recker, the owners of Port Townsend Paddlesports. Stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and bikes are staples of summer fun down at Fort Worden. But Steve won’t let anyone get on the water without a life jacket and a stern lecture on safety. It’s fun, not fright.


#69 Liza Mathias

(first airdate: August 16, 2016) THE ARTIST AS DENTIST, WORKING IN PORCELAIN & GOLD. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Dr. Liza Mathias from Uptown Dental. Most people don’t consider dentistry an art form. But Dr. Mathias does. Her tiny, perfect crowns and bridges combine her technical skills as a dentist with her artistic talent and eye for perfection.


#68 Kim Hunt

(first airdate: August 2, 2016) A NEW PARK FOR SPARKY THE WONDER HORSE (& FRIENDS) Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Kim Hunt, board member of the Jefferson Equestrian Association. The group just received approval for Jefferson County’s first horse park. Like many others, Hunt currently rides her horse Spartacus (aka Sparky) along the Larry Scott Trail. The talented and considerate Sparky has been trained to step off the trail and into the bush when he needs to relieve himself. Hikers rejoice! The new park will be open to all – no horse required.