Caring teachers change lives. In this episode, retired Baltimore County teacher Bob Pettebone shares memories from his illustrious career in education.
August 9, 2021
Jessica Hare Whittington of Whittington Pet Sitting shares tips and stories from her experience caring for her own and other people's pets. Near the end of our chat, Jessica brings some harmony to Mainstreet.
To learn more: https://whittingtonpetsitting.com/
August 2, 2021
On this almost full-length "mini" episode, the most beloved small-town podcast hosts in America look back to their early days of podcasting - January to June of this year - and share what they learned and remember about each guest.
July 26, 2021
In the first of two episodes about our hometown of Perry Hall, we speak with Marianna Weaver, widow of legendary O's manager Earl Weaver, and her daughter Kim Benson. From 1968 until 1982, Earl and his family lived in a modest home on Dundawan Road in Perry Hall during an era that saw the O's capture two world championships, four pennants, and six division titles. It was a magical time to follow the O's and to live in Perry Hall. Marianna and Kim share memories of the neighbors they knew, Earl's patience and humor, and the unique way a 10 year-old Kim used a friend's baseball card collection to make clear that a new sheriff was in town to replace Hank Bauer.
July 19, 2021
After the pandemic hit, Harford County native Sydney Phipps's career as a singer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines hit a snag. Her stage experience and love of performing, however, found a new outlet in The Magic Continues, the local Character company she started with her mother. On episode #26, Lee and Steve talk with Sydney about her life as a cruise ship entertainer, the turn of events that allowed her to start The Magic Continues, and her plans to return to sea. And for the second time in Mainstreet history, we are treated to a brief but magical moment of song.
July 12, 2021
Join Lee and Steve for a conversation with Havre De Haunts owner Lisa Lopez on episode #25 of Mainstreet. Lisa's family has a long history in Havre de Grace, dating back to before the War of 1812. For the past 16 years, she's been leading History and Hauntings tours of probably the most haunted town in Harford County. Hear Lisa also talk about her interest in the paranormal and her own experiences with the supernatural.
To learn more about the tours and Lisa's company Havre De Haunts Tours and Paranormal Research, please follow the link below.
July 5, 2021
Nothing says summer is here more than baseball and this week's guest is a well-known name to all O's fans. Join the Mainstreet hosts and this week's guest, former O's great Gregg Olson, for a conversation about his lifelong athletic achievements, his stellar career with the O's, and the injury that led to his disappointing departure from the team and eventual return to form with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gregg also shares his thoughts about some recent rule changes and brings us up to date with his successful battle with prostate cancer and and his work with actress Kylie Bunbury for the TV series "Pitch."
June 28, 2021
It's hard enough for people to move across towns, cities, and even states by themselves . Claudia joins Lee and Steve, for a discussion on her move from her hometown in Venezuela, to the United States, and how she ended up, as a boss in Aberdeen, Maryland.
June 21, 2021
In our first podcast devoted to pie crust, Harford County native Sandy Kempton, aka "The Queen of Pie" stops by Mainstreet to share her passion for baking pies fresh from the oven at Kemper Cottage Bakery.
Also on this episode of Mainstreet, the first-ever pieola scandal, a live singing performance, and tips on how to avoid soggy bottoms.
To learn more about Kempton Cottage Bakery, follow this link;
June 14, 2021
Local entrepreneur Tanya Morris decided to turn her lifelong passion for home décor into a part-time business she runs with her sister Tiffany. Though she chooses her words carefully, Tanya admits that inspiration can come from anywhere. Of her style in home décor, Tanya simply says, "I like what I like when I like it." In similarly succinct fashion, Tanya also reveals on episode #21 of Mainstreet why she chose to start a business during the pandemic, what obstacles she had to overcome, and where she and her sister hope to take Monica Elle Home Goods and Home Design.
To learn more about Monica Elle, please follow this link.
June 7, 2021
On our third mini-episode, Steve asks you to consider the following:
Imagine you have out-of-state family or friends coming for a first-time visit to Harford County. You want to show them around. Which three places or events would you take them to have a true Harford County experience?
Before that, Steve and I discuss the tremendous feedback we got from the question we posed in our second mini-episode: What should be done about Harford Mall? We share some of the many ideas we received from our listeners and look forward to seeing more for this question.
May 31, 2021
Ian Raistrick, owner of KC's Comics in Fallston, stops by Mainstreet to share his experience on collecting, grading, and enjoying comic books. Ian also reveals if he's a frustrated comic book artist himself, the identity of his favorite superhero, and which superhero he'd like to be.
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May 24, 2021
We Rock the Spectrum is a kids gym in Forest Hill that welcomes kids of all abilities and backgrounds. Owners and long-time Harford County residents Nikki and Trey Wooten stop by Mainstreet to talk about what makes their gym unique and the perfect place for kids and parents to escape the summer heat and cicadas. Both are Mississippi natives with backgrounds in children's education and a love of family and community. In this episode, they also educate us on the Mississippi accent and some cultural differences between the Deep South and Maryland.
May 17, 2021
Jolene Forrester from JoRetro stops by Mainstreet to talk with Steve and Lee about her background and what led her to open a vintage shop right in downtown Havre de Grace. Jolene also educates us on what vintage products are trending, her fondness for Pyrex, and the mid-century modern aesthetic.
And for those wishing not only to shop but live the mid-century modern lifestyle, Jolene shares her latest passion -- her mid-century modern Airbnb, located above JoRetro.
To learn more, follow the ink below:
May 10, 2021
The current revival in vinyl recalls in some ways the glory days of record buying from the 60s through the early 80s. History, however, never exactly repeats itself. Jason Chaillou, manager at Bel Air's REB Records, stops by Mainstreet to talk about 2021 record buying habits -- who's buying, what they're buying, and why.
Have an old record that you're sure is worth enough to pay for your child's tuition? Jason also reveals some common misconceptions about what makes a record valuable.
To learn more about REB Records, check out their website:
Or contact them in person:
4 N. Main Street (next to Savona)
May 3, 2021
Steve begins this brief episode talking about a book written by a former guest and local author Michele Chynoweth (episode #9).
We then launch into a discussion about what to do about Harford Mall. Like many malls, Harford Mall is far past its prime. As the economy gradually begins to recover from the effects of the pandemic, is it also time to reimagine the Harford Mall location?
What do you think should be done with Harford Mall? Please leave your comments under the episode #15 posting on our Facebook page.
April 21, 2021
Fred Creutzer has a knack for explaining sometimes complex financial concepts in simple language that anyone can grasp. He stops by Mainstreet to share his years of expertise in investing and financial planning.. A Forest Hill resident who has his office right on North Main Street, Fred is also a regular contributor to WBAL-TV. No matter where you are in your career -- just starting out or starting to think about retirement, Fred has some strategies that you may not have considered. He also shares three common personal finance mistakes and ways to avoid them.
April 14, 2021
Even as a first grader in a talent show at Victory Villa Elementary School, drummer Jamie Miller knew how to win over a crowd with his musicianship.
Now a drummer for Bad Religion, the Baltimore native and Los Angeles-based musician stops by Mainstreet to talk about playing music with his father, early local gigs, and the many bands he's played in, including, since 2015, Bad Religion. And if you've ever wondered what it's like to have Christmas dinner with the Osbournes, check out episode #13.
Here are some links to follow if you'd like to learn more about Jamie, Bad Religion, and his other music projects.
April 7, 2021
John Carroll graduate and retired aerospace engineer, Chris Jones, Ph.D, was corporate vice president and president for Northrop Grumman's Technology Services. In 2016, he was named Black Engineer of the Year at the STEM Global Competitive Conference in Philadelphia.
Chris stops by Mainstreet to talk about how growing up in his diverse, blue-collar neighborhood of Havre de Grace helped groom him for later personal and career success. He reminisces about his high school days and gives us a glimpse into the hobbies of an aerospace engineer.
Even as he enjoys his retirement, Chris's work remains undone. He brings us up to date on his ongoing mission of mentoring students and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to pursue further study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
If you are or know a young person interested in a career in the STEM fields, reach out to Chris at:
March 31, 2021
With wedding season approaching, we've invited Dana Michele, make-up artist and owner of Magic Moment Artistry, to Mainstreet to talk about a topic that your humble hosts obviously know nothing about.
On this episode, we also learn why this Brooklyn native and her husband decided four years ago to move from New York to start a new life here in Bel Air. Dana reminisces about growing up in Brooklyn, marvels at the friendliness of people in Harford County, but also shares the difficulty she experienced here in finding a decent chicken cutlet.
Dana loves her work and considers it an art form, but also stresses the importance of establishing a relationship with her clients. Finally, Dana shares some make-up and skin care tips with our listeners and reveals that along with preparing brides for their wedding day, she also loves transforming clients, on suitable occasions, into zombies.
To learn more, email Dana at:
Or follow her on Instagram at "Magic Moment Artistry"
March 24, 2021
Director of the Historical Society of Harford County, Maryanna Skowronski, stops by Mainstreet to talk about the enduring qualities that make Harford County unique and the HSHC's past, present, and future events. Maryanna also shares her own childhood memories of life on Bel Air's Main Street, and her enthusiasm for Turkey, Bollywood, and the game of cricket!
To learn more about the Historical Society of Harford County, check out their website:
Or call them at:
March 15, 2021
Local author Michele Chynoweth takes stories from the Old Testament and updates them into fast-paced novels for modern readers. She stops by Mainstreet to discuss faith, writing, and the personal and professional challenges she's faced in her life and career, and where in the midst of it all she found God and her true calling.
To learn more about Michele's books, book coaching services, and upcoming master class on Zoom, please check out the following links:
March 8, 2021
Billy Boniface, scion of one of Harford County's more prominent families, visits Mainstreet this week to talk family history, Deputed Testamony, and Bonita Farm. Billy also shares how he and his wife dealt with the sudden loss of their son in 2012 and ultimately transformed their heartache into something that honors their son's memory and contributes to the enjoyment and health of our entire community. We conclude our latest episode with a discussion about Billy's political past, present, and future as he campaigns to be Harford County's next County Executive.
To learn more about Billy:
To donate to the Ben Boniface Deer Creek Valley Fund
To learn more about Bonita Farm
March 1, 2021
From a galaxy not so far away comes AstroDad, who stops by Mainstreet to share his sonic fabrics of intergalactic magic, and snippets of interstellar stardust that he stitches together to create a quasar quilt of sound, color, and extraterrestrial textures. And in The Mainstreet Podcast's first true scoop, AstroDad reveals for the first time how he came up wit the name joe Glorioso.
Check out AstroDad here:
Check out Joe's graphic design work here:
February 20, 2021
We're doing something a little different on Mainstreet this week. Instead of our usual interview, we're asking listeners to join the conversation by answering this question with as many or as few examples as you wish.
The question: What is something you have yet to achieve but still plan to accomplish? Please give your answers in the comment section of this post.
February 15, 2021
Seldom photographed himself as a child, Jim Nelson developed a keen interest in, naturally, documenting other people's lives on video. Jim's wife Kelly shares this passion and together they own and operate Nelco Video Enterprises, a local company committed to helping others tell their stories and preserve their legacies. On episode #5, Jim and Kelly stop by Mainstreet to share their own story and tell us why Nelco continues to thrive even as technology and social media habits continue to evolve. We also learn that every family has an Uncle Bud and that you should be careful if Jim compliments you on your nails.
February 8, 2021
Shea Welsh is an accomplished musician, producer, composer, and educator living in Los Angeles, yet continues to consider himself at heart a "Bel Air boy." On episode #4, Shea stops by Mainstreet to talk about his many projects, the famous musicians he's played with, the children of famous Hollywood stars he's taught, and his environmental and philanthropic work as Director of Education for Junglewood Panama
February 1, 2021
A family farm, July 4th parades, apple festivals, a general store where everybody knows your name, and, of course, an abiding love of horses. What could be more evocative of the small town USA dream that's still alive in Harford County? Amy Hopkins Daney, General Manager of Elberton Hill Farm in Darlington, has family ties to Harford County that date back to the 1600s. She drops by Mainstreet to talk to Lee and Steve about all of these things and more, including why you should never change the name of a race horse.
January 25, 2021
Join Lee and Steve in conversation with John Carroll graduate Larry Clarke and hear stories from an acting career that has taken him from Baltimore's Center Stage to the theater in New York and ultimately to Hollywood.
Besides sharing memories of growing up in Bel Air, Larry takes us behind the scenes of his time working on "Law and Order" and remembers early career encounters with Vin Diesel and Robin Williams. Also on this episode, hear Larry talk about his experiences acting alongside the late great character actor Brian Dennehy and Oscar winners Meryl Streep and J.K. Simmons.
Finally, we learn how Larry's own life and what he calls "the business of dying" inspired him to write, direct, and star in his own film, "3 Days with Dad."
Along the way, Larry Clarke has learned a few things and we're pleased he's sharing them with us on this episode of The Mainstreet Podcast.
January 18, 2021
In our premiere episode, we learn how Essex native and Aberdeen resident Jim Miller taught himself to play left-handed bass to become "Paul McCartney" in Beatles' tribute bands. Jim also shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the band as we discuss all things Beatles.
If you'd like to appear on our podcast or have an idea for a guest with a connection to Harford County, let us know.