The Mainstreet Podcast

The Mainstreet Podcast

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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December 6, 2021 50 min

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman leads a thriving Jewish community at the Harford Chabad, now located  on Bond Street but its future home will be on East Broadway.  Steve and I were both unaware that such a community existed in Bel Air and were curious to learn  more about the community's history, mission, and beliefs. 

Thankfully, Rabbi Schusterman was willing to come on Mainstreet and answer some of our questions.  Jewish and non-Jewi...

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To help promote this episode,  Edgewood resident BangTam Miller sent us two photos. Instead of a photo merely showing herself, the photos showed her with family.  That reveals a great deal about who BangTam Miller is and what she values.  In this episode, we chat with BangTam about the experience that brought her from war-torn Viet Nam to Edgewood, the strong values imparted to her and her siblings from her father, and her tireless...

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November 22, 2021 32 min

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.  

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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,  N...

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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 ...

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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 imager...

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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.


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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 ma...

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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?  Imagi...

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This episode is sponsored by Kempton Cottage Bakery.
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Bonnie 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 m...

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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 stre...

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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 ye...

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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...

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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.  

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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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.  

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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 i...

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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 Co...

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