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Author: William Lee Mooney and Steve Zinner

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Join co-hosts Lee Mooney and Steve Zinner in conversations with some of the most colorful people and organizations with a connection to Harford County, Maryland … and beyond. Inspired by the spirit of "Main Street" and believing that everyone has a tale worth telling, we share stories from old-timers, newcomers, or even those who have moved on as they relate how living in or near Harford County has shaped their lives and identities.
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By day, Harford County native Jessica Hart is part of a team that's preparing to launch the James Webb Space Telescope into orbit on December 18th.  In her other life, she plays goalie in a Harford County adult league for a "men's" team that just won its first championship.  In this episode of the Mainstreet Podcast, Jessica also shares some advice for young people who  want to pursue a career in the sciences.  Please like and follow the Mainstreet PodcastFacebook: @USAmainstreetWebsite: https://themainstreetpodcast.com/Email: info@themainstreetpodcast.comAnd please consider giving us a five-star rating and review wherever you listen to podcasts. In other words, just show us some love.  Like to sponsor an episode of Mainstreet?  Contact us and we'll discuss your best options. 
Nelson White is part of the 5 North Main project headed by Kevin Jablon, the president and founder of Spartan Surfaces in Bel Air.  In July of this year, the 5 North Main team opened the CoffeeBar.  Housed in the same building that was once the Argonne Theater, the CoffeBar is part of a complex that includes tenant space for businesses and a state-of-the art podcast studio.  A native New Englander and die-hard Boston sports fan,  Nelson has been a proud resident of Harford County since 1987, is deeply involved in the community, and plans to remain here after he retires, if such a day ever comes.  In our conversation, he talks about these things and how he stays relevant and viable and how he lives by the motto from the quote: "Leaders lead people. Managers manage tasks."  Visit 5 North MainIn person: 5 North Main St. Bel Air, Md. 21014Website: https://5nmain.com/Facebook: @5northmainPlease like and follow the Mainstreet PodcastFacebook: @USAmainstreetWebsite: https://themainstreetpodcast.com/Email: info@themainstreetpodcast.comAnd please consider giving us a five-star rating and review wherever you listen to podcasts. In other words, just show us some love.  Like to sponsor an episode of Mainstreet?  Contact us and we'll discuss your best options. 
In this brief episode, Steve gives his thoughts on Sister Jane, the novel by Havre de Grace author Irmgarde Brown (episode #34). After Steve's review, we  ponder what we'd do if we possessed the gift of healing.  Next, we share our thoughts about our recent dinner we had with Bob Pettebone, our elementary school teacher and the subject of episode #38.  Finally, we make a request for local sponsorship.  Thanks for listening and we'll be back with a full episode on November 8th, an interview with a member of the team that CoffeBar to Bel Air's Main Street.  Please like and follow the Mainstreet PodcastFacebook: @USAmainstreetWebsite: https://themainstreetpodcast.com/Email: info@themainstreetpodcast.comAnd please consider giving us a five-star rating and review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Forest Hill author Noah Kempton stops by Mainstreet to talk about his coming of age fantasy novel Origins: The Compound, published in August of this year and available on Amazon. Home-schooled until he was 14, Noah also talks about how that experience, a mission trip from his church to a Native American reservation in Arizona, and a summer in Dublin, Ireland all contributed in shaping his worldview and developing his love of imagery and storytelling.  Along with his love of writing, Noah studied filmmaking at Towson University and now uses what he learned  as a videographer of weddings and other special events.  If you are in need of a videographer to capture the memories of your special event, contact Noah here: Email: noahkempton@gmail.comTo purchase Noah's book on Amazon, follow this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09DJG474B?pf_rd_r=G940GEH7DTDQD2WGEK34&pf_rd_p=1ab92b69-98d7-4842-a89b-ad387c54783f&pd_rd_r=998366d2-0bcd-40f4-ac81-8a7fa70e6df7&pd_rd_w=dPFUp&pd_rd_wg=opm4a&ref_=pd_gw_unkPlease like and follow the Mainstreet PodcastFacebook: @USAmainstreetWebsite: https://themainstreetpodcast.com/Email: info@themainstreetpodcast.comAnd please consider giving us a five-star rating and review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Listen to Lee and Steve talk to longtime Perry Hall resident, Steve Freeman, about growing up in Perry Hall, making music in the 70's and 80's, and getting to work with the Baltimore Orioles.Please like and follow the Mainstreet PodcastFacebook: @USAmainstreetWebsite: https://themainstreetpodcast.com/Email: info@themainstreetpodcast.comAnd please consider giving us a five-star rating and review wherever you listen to podcasts.
You'll have to forgive Steve and me for at times sounding, to use Steve's word, giddy during our conversation with retired Baltimore County teacher and administrator Bob Pettebone.  Except for a brief phone conversation to schedule our interview for this episode, I hadn't had any contact with  Mr. Pettebone since the mid-1970s. Steve has seen him only a couple of times over the same time span. Talking to him after so many years, I had the strange sensation of regressing to my fourth-grade self. And I liked it!  Hearing him describe how at Gunpowder Elementary he came to call me "Lerch" for the way I sat in my chair, especially, in his recollection, when next to a cute girl, led me to two conclusions.  First, the man has a phenomenal memory.  Second, in addition to trying to get to know my cute classmate better, I wonder if I was also trying to copy her homework. So, again, forgive our occasional giddiness, but few students who were blessed to have Mr. Pettebone as a teacher walked away unchanged for the better.  We hope you enjoy hearing about his illustrious career in education as much as Steve and I did. Please like and follow the Mainstreet PodcastFacebook: @USAmainstreetWebsite: https://themainstreetpodcast.com/Email: info@themainstreetpodcast.comAnd please consider giving us a five-star rating and review wherever you listen to podcasts.
In roughly 15 minutes, Steve and Lee discuss their experience on Main Street in Cooperstown, Ellicott City, and Salisbury.  Lee wonders if a brawl has ever broken out at an induction ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame between, say, Red Sox and Yankees' fans, or Phillies' fans who among only themselves still find reason to fight?  Steve, then,  poses the following question: Should Harford County have a county fair?  Imagine a county fair held at an agreed-upon location where each town in Harford County can showcase their best features. Finally, we thank Mainstreet's first sponsor: Kempton Cottage Bakery https://www.facebook.com/KemptonCottageBakeryPlease like and follow the Mainstreet PodcastFacebook: @USAmainstreetWebsite: https://themainstreetpodcast.com/Email: info@themainstreetpodcast.comAnd please consider giving us a five-star rating and review wherever you listen to podcasts. Use for post-roll
This episode is sponsored by Kempton Cottage Bakery. https://www.facebook.com/KemptonCottageBakeryBonnie Habyan has achieved much since graduating from John Carroll High School.  Stints as Miss Harford County and Miss Oriole led to early career pursuits in broadcasting and communications and eventually marriage to former O's pitcher John Habyan and the birth of their daughter.  Being the wife of a Major Leaguer meant frequent moves and changes in career paths.  Eventually, Bonnie found a way to use her experience in communications to launch a successful new career in real estate.  In addition to stories from her career and family life, Bonnie relates to Steve and Lee her enduring fondness for Harford County and the education she received at John Carroll.  She also shares her excitement about being a soon-to-be published author with a book compiling a lifetime of quotes from her mother that sometimes baffled Bonnie when she was growing up but ultimately revealed motherly wisdom and truth. Look for The World According to Bess  in June wherever you buy books.  To learn more about Bonnie: Website: https://meetbonnieh.com/Facebook: @authorBonnieHabyanInstagram: @meetbonniehEmail: bonniehabyanauthor.comPlease like and follow the Mainstreet PodcastFacebook: @USAmainstreetWebsite: https://themainstreetpodcast.com/Email: info@themainstreetpodcast.comAnd please consider giving us a five-star rating and review wherever you listen to podcasts. Use for post-roll
We welcome back to Mainstreet Billy Boniface, Chief Advisor to Harford County Executive Barry Glassman.  Assigned by County Executive Glassman to ensure the Ma Pa extension stays on course, Mr. Boniface is uniquely qualified to update us on current developments - the segment two connection that will extend the trail from MD 924 (North Main Street)  to North Avenue, and the segment three extension that will link to the existing stretch of the trail in Forest Hill. Once completed, the Ma Pa Trail will total eight miles and run from Edgeley Grove Park in Fallston to Friends Park in Forest Hill.  For our listeners living outside of Harford County, the Ma Pa Heritage Trail is a multi-purpose trail popular with walkers, runners, and bikers. It takes its name from and follows the path of the old Maryland-Pennsylvania (Ma Pa)  Railroad, which at one time passed through Harford County but ceased passenger service in 1954. Like any project, the Ma Pa Trail has not been without delays. Mr. Boniface enlightens us on reasons behind those delays and also answers a couple of questions from our listeners.  If you'd like to learn more about Billy Boniface and his family's long history in Harford County, please listen to episode #8, from March 8, 2021. Please follow and like The Mainstreet Podcast:Facebook: @USAmainstreetWebsite: www.themainstreetpodcast.comEmail: info@themainstreetpodcast.comAnd if you like what you hear, please consider leaving a 5-star review and glowing review on Apple, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please support our sponsors:https://www.facebook.com/KemptonCottageBakery Use for post-roll
After 28 years  as a librarian in the Harford County Public Library system, Havre de Grace resident Irmgarde Brown decided to write a novel.  On episode #34, this sometimes impulsive but talented Indianapolis native  stops by Mainstreet to talk about how she wound up living in Havre de Grace after stops in Chicago, New York, and Atlanta, and how along the way she studied acting,  got married, raised a family, and in June of this year became a published author with the release of her critically-acclaimed novel "Sister Jane." Ms. Brown also attempts to teach your humble hosts how to pronounce her name -- with mixed results.  To learn more about Irmgarde and "Sister Jane." Website: IrmgardeBrown.comFacebook: @IrmgardeBrownTwitter: @irmbrownInstagram: @irmbrownEmail: info@irmgardebrown.comYouTube: Trailer for "Sister Jane" https://www.youtube.com/embed/C6bfyyrYLPkAmazon Author's Page: https://www.amazon.com/Irmgarde-Brown/e/B097NR84FJ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1631560772&sr=8-2To read the Kirkus review of "Sister Jane," please follow this link: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/--57/sister-jane/Please like and follow Mainstreet: Facebook: @USAmainstreetWebsite: Themainstreetpodcast.comEmail: info@themainstreetpodcast.comAnd if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a five-star rating and review wherever you listen to podcasts. 
Bel Air's Main Street is constantly evolving.  What we have now is a mixture of professional services, shops, and restaurants or cafes. Our guest on episode #32, long-time Harford County resident Jerry Taylor, shared memories of working or going on dates on Main Street. Will future generations have fond memories of life on Main Street today?  What do you like about Bel Air's Main Street in 2021? Are there any changes you'd like to see?  More of something? Less of something? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section.  
Record hops at the local high school, The Buddy Deane Show, and marrying the girl next door. These are just some of the memories Forest Hill photographer Jerry Taylor, Bel Air High School Class of 1962, shares on episode #32 of Mainstreet.  Jerry also leads us on a yesteryear walk down Bel Air's Main Street, sharing mostly happy times but also shedding light on the unfair policies that existed during the civil rights era.  A retired licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, Jerry now devotes much of his life to his lifelong passion for photography.  He shares some practical tips for any level photographer and tells the story behind a series of photographs he took of gypsy children in Romania.  We barely scratched the surface with Jerry in this episode and we'll try to have him back at some point for a follow-up conversation.  At the end of the interview, Jerry even serenades us, proving there is truth to the saying, "like father like daughter." More on Jerry: Check out Jerry's work at Jerrytaylorphoto.comMore on Mainstreet: Facebook: Like and follow us at @USAmainstreetWebsite: www.themainstreetpodcast.comEmail: Info@themainstreetpodcast.com Use for post-roll
Sean Creel and a business partner are bringing eco-friendly lawn care to Bel Air.  On episode #31, Sean fills us in on why Luminary Lawns is the cleaner, quieter, safer way to care for your lawn.  Sean also shares some helpful hints that you can use whether you use a lawn care service or take care of your lawn yourself.  To learn more about Luminary Lawns, check out their website. https://www.luminarylawns.com/Like and follow us on Facebook: @USAmainstreetWeb: https://themainstreetpodcast.com/Email: Info@themainstreetpodcast.com
Al Redmer and David Marks are household names in Perry Hall and Baltimore County.  As private residents and public figures, they've in one way or another spent their adult lives serving the community.  On episode #30 of Mainstreet, we are pleased to have them as guests for a relaxed conversation about the past, present, and future of Perry Hall. Website: https://themainstreetpodcast.com/Facebook: @USAmainstreetEmail: info@themainstreetpodcast.com
On episode #29, 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.  Like and follow The Mainstreet Podcast on Facebook: @USAmainstreetTo learn more about Whittington Pet Sitting, please follow this link: https://whittingtonpetsitting.com/
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.  
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. 
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. Website: https://www.themagiccontinuesmd.com/Facebook: @TheMagicContinuesInstagram: @themagiccontinuesmd
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. Facebook: @HavredeHauntshttp://www.havredehaunts.com/
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." 
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