(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(first airdate: July 19, 2016) WAVING THE FLAG DOWN AT THE LEGION HALL. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Andy Okinczyc, the new Commander of Port Townsend’s American Legion Post. It’s much more than a social club. The legion plays a vital role in assisting Vets with the VA. Other activities include the Winter Shelter for the homeless; a vibrant scholarship program and support for Boys State and the Scout Park.
(first airdate: July 5, 2016) A RACK OF ELK FOR YOUR SUMMER BARBECUE? Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews raconteur Daniel Knudson who dishes up a Dijon mustard, expresso bean & sugar recipe for the perfect rack of Elk. The Key City stalwart also opens up about the juicy Jefferson County restaurant scene present and past.
(first airdate: June 21, 2016) R2AK: THE AMERICA’S CUP FOR DIRT BAGGERS. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Daniel Evans, the Race Boss for the upcoming Race to Alaska (R2AK). This year’s race has 66 entries – everything from stand up paddle-boards to custom-made French boats. There are eight Canadian teams, four all-female teams, and a full range of determined salt-bitten sailors. Everyone’s invited to the send-off party on June 22 and the launch at 6 a.m. on June 23.
(First Airdate: June 7, 2016) Sheriff Stanko’s Report Card. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Sheriff Dave Stanko, who officially took office in January 2015 after a highly controversial election. Stanko vowed that citizens would become more involved with the Sheriff’s department and that his people would be thoughtfully and thoroughly trained. So how’s he doing?
(first airdate: May 24, 2016) BREATHING EASY, EVEN WHEN IT’S HARD. Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Hilary Metzger, who runs the Pulmonary Rehab program at Jefferson Health Care. Back in the day, Hilary and her husband fled civilization and were blissfully homesteading in Alaska. Then the diaper duty for two babies prompted a decision to return civilization – or the Port Townsend version of civilization. Hilary is now in charge of an innovative Pulmonary Rehab program which is helping hundreds of Jefferson County residents use their lung capacity fully and live longer.
(first airdate: May 10, 2016) Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Fiona Schaffer, Port Townsend’s 2016 Rhodie Queen. Cheerleader Fiona and her court will be riding a brand new float in the parade on Saturday, May 21.
(first airdate: April 26, 2016) Gastro Visions for Port Townsend. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Kris Nelson, the sole owner of three of Port Townsend’s most popular restaurants – Sirens, Alchemy and the Old Whiskey Mill. Kris explains the different concepts behind each venue and how her ‘secret weapon’ (her Dad) helps turn her visions into reality.
(first airdate: April 12, 2016) Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Dave Timmons, Port Townsend’s City Manager. Timmons walks a tightrope of expectations from gentrification to housing trusts that could somehow make affordable housing a reality instead of a vision. It’s not an easy job – it was so tense when he first took over that his dog would literally growl when anyone spoke the words “city manager.”
(first airdate: March 29, 2016) THE HAUNTING SOUNDS OF SINGING BOWLS. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Ron Myhre, owner of one of Port Townsend’s most eclectic shops – The Curator’s Eye. His tiny closet of a shop, tucked under the Bishop Hotel, houses many mysteries including Tibetan “singing bowls.”
(first airdate: March 15, 2016) GASOLINE, GROCERIES & GROWLERS. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews the ambitious young entrepreneur P.D. Sandhu, president of Pacific Liquors. P.D. purchased both the Chimicum gas station (aka Templetons) and the Port Hadlock Liquor Store. He’s all about customer service and is combining the two franchises into a venue where you can gas up, buy chicken and even shop for liquor. It’s a very California concept where the liquor stores really are the convenience stores.
(first airdate: March 1, 2016) WOULD YOU LIKE FRIES WITH THAT, DEARIE? Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Sam (Sandra) Johnson, a long-time waitress at Don’s Pharmacy’s Soda Fountain. Sam spills the beans about the regulars lingering on “their” particular stools and dishes up dirt about the alternative “city council meetings” held at Don’s every Saturday morning.
(airdate: February 16, 2016) DANCING ON THE ROOF TOPS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Jordan Eades, co-owner of Hope Roofing and the new President of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Jordan and Zack Eades are young professionals who bring tremendous energy to the business scene. They love a good party too.
(airdate: February 2, 2016) WHO DO YOU CALL WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT? Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Jim Parker, the head of Public Utility District #1. Jefferson County voters chose a PUD over a for-profit electric company but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. Still, 98% of our electricity now comes from non-carbon sources.
(Airdate: January 18, 2016) THE FLUID WORKPLACE OF THIS CENTURY. Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Frank DePalma and Heather Dudley Nolette, founders of The CoLab, a shared workplace for people who are “location independent.” Sometimes telecommuting from home or a coffee shop is not all that business-like. The CoLab is an innovative professional workspace serving a diverse community of entrepreneurs.
FEAST WITH YOUR EYES FIRST. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews culinary legend Daniel Knudson on the best and worst of holiday feasts. Knudson, who is currently a fixture at Key City Fish, reveals secrets to the perfect (or more perfect) holiday meal.
Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Amanda Mulholland, the new Director of the Jefferson County Farmers Market. Amanda grew up in PT, but it was her stint in Uganda with the Peace Corp. that focused her passion on safe, sustainable food. She’s had elaborate gardens and raised chickens at home. But running the Farmer’s Market gives her scope to broaden her mission, taking our Farmer’s Market to the next level.
Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Jessica Wall, a young, ambitious banker with First Federal. Wall says that banking is one of the few industries where you can start at age 18 with no degree (as she did) and work yourself up into the executive ranks. This single 20-something also manages find time to to play and party in Port Townsend.
Should the Mentally Ill Go to Jail? Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Scott Rosecrans, the former prosecutor who was instrumental in setting up Jefferson County’s Mental Health Court. This innovative approach attempts to give mentally ill people the tools to stay out of jail.