Our Town

#67 Andy Okinczyc

(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.


#66 Daniel Knudson

(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.


#65 Daniel Evans

(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.


#64 Sheriff Dave Stanko

(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?


#63 Hillary Metzger

(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.


#62 Fiona Schaffer

(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.


#61 Kris Nelson

(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.


#60 Dave Timmons

(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.”


#59 Ron Myhre

(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.”


#58 P. D. Sandhu

(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.


#57 Sam Johnson

(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.


#56 Jordan Eades

(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.


#55 Jim Parker of JeffCo PUD #1

(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.


#54 Frank DePalma and Heather Dudley Nolette

(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.


#53 Daniel Knudson

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.


#52 Amanda Mulholland

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.


#51 Jessica Wall

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.


#50 Scott Rosecrans

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.


#49 Tatiana Faleolo-Nolan

Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Tatiana Faleolo-Nolan, a teenager who just graduated from the Wooden Boat School. Other kids march off to college – Tatiana sees boat building as a dream job.


#48 Dick Schneider

Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Dick Schneider, the owner of Rain Coast Farms, about his innovative program to bring orchids back to life. Schneider runs a unique “Orchid Recovery Program” where people bring in their wounded or dying orchids. After a year or more of intensive care he brings them (or most of them) back to life. He then donates the flowers to hospitals, hospice or even individuals who are recovering from serious illness.


#47 Bonnie Masi

BABY, IT’S COLD IN HERE.  Maryanne McNellis interviews Physical Therapist Bonnie Masi, who uses a cold laser to relieve the aches and pains of her patients. Light therapy can be used for much more than you realize.


#46 Really Contented Cows Eat Grass

Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Roger Short, the dynamo behind Short’s Family Farms. Roger fell in love with dairy farming at the age of three. He recounts his transition from a traditional dairy farmer to a “beyond organic” approach to raising grass-fed cattle. Cows wear pedometers these days and Roger’s not against all science.


#45 Christel Hildebrandt

A Place Where Everyone Knows Your Name.  Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Christel Hildebrandt, the owner of the Uptown Pub, a neighborhood favorite for the past 31 years. Like the show Cheers, there’s room for Norm or other local characters to hang out with friends.


#44 Floating in a Dreamy Waterworld

Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Francie Loveall, the owner of “Get Tanked.” Advocates say float tanks are the ultimate stress reducers and can help everything from depression to back pain. The brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins as you float in warm water mixed with 850 pounds of Epsom salt.  It’s an indescribable experience.


#43 Why the Drug Court isn’t really “Hug Court”

Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Michael Haas, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney. This is the third part of a series on Drug Court, a remarkable program that is saving lives and families by helping people out of addiction. This isn’t just a cause for bleeding heart liberals. The dollars and sense reality is that society save big bucks by not incarcerating non-violent people who recover from addiction.


#42 Meth Addiction

(first airdate:  June 16, 2015)  The Harrowing Escape from Meth Addiction.  Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews two former meth addicts who have graduated from Drug Court, an innovative program that addresses addiction head on. Jodi Reuther and Charles Little talk candidly about becoming addicts as young teenagers and living on the street or in jail. They walked away from lives both sordid and desperate and are now courageous role models for many.

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