Community Tides

Community Tides ~ 2/03/23

(Airdate: February 2, 2023) In this edition of Community Tides, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker, and co-host Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, join Jacob Perritt-Cravey, Founder of Tree Ring Consulting, to talk about his relationship with the Economic Development Council as he works to develop its Creative Entrepreneurship Network on our Peninsula. With creative outreach, he’s working with rural and indigenous communities to explore unique opportunities that can resource community effort and build a resilient, interconnected network,  Led by creative entrepreneurs, or “makers,” our communities can articulate an emerging, robust, and visible Jefferson County economic identity.

Community Tides ~ 1/20/23

On this week’s edition of Community Tides, co-hosts Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, have a frank and meaningful conversation about the affordable housing dilemma that not only affects our own community, but also countless others across the country. It’s the elephant in the room that we can no longer ignore when we live in a market-based economy guided by supply and demand. What’s affordable to an average buyer wanting to pursue the “American Dream”?  What are the factors that prevent some from participating and others not?  How can we think creatively to solve the problem of inequality in opportunity?  And how do we make it possible for young families and those employed here with jobs that provide infrastructure for our of life to be counted as a real part of this vibrant community?  In short, how do we reconcile “market rate” with the Common Good, and how are doing here with regard to solutions?

Community Tides ~ 1/06/23

On alternate Fridays during the Noon Hour, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker joins co-host Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, to explore new developments, new paradigms, and the panorama of Good Work our vibrant community continues to do day in, and day out. Dr. Linda Rosenbury was appointed superintendent of the Port Townsend School District on July 1, 2021. She came to Washington State as a Doctoral Resident in Highline Public Schools. Previously, she worked in New York City as a teacher and middle school principal. Linda got together with Siobhan and Chris back in August of 2021, and we thought it would be a great conversation to reflect on what she and her colleagues have accomplished over these past months, as well as what she herself has learned from this unique community, along with her thoughts on wellness, equity, voice, and connection.

Community Tides ~ 12/16/22

Community Tides comes to you twice each month, with hosts Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation. We join special guests to discuss fresh ideas, new developments and new paradigms as we travel into the months ahead. Today, Chris and Siobhan visit with Dick Schneider, who lovingly tends to orphan orchids at Raincoast Farms, a magical place tucked away among fir, hemlock and old growth cedars, just minutes from Port Townsend. In two greenhouses, Dick has a collection of unique species of tropical plants and selected hybrid orchids. Once he rehabilitates donated orchids to flower and health, he re-homes them to Jefferson Health Care.

Community Tides ~ 12/02/22

Nestled handsomely and quietly at the Jefferson County International Airport, the Port Townsend Aero Museum invites curiosity from passers-by to and from the airport proper. Inside, there’s an amazing display of vintage restorations, and always an eager volunteer present to regale you with histories and stories. Not only that, an amazing mentoring program exists for teenagers, who can learn about flight—the mechanics, the skill, and the art of it all. They explore career options by volunteering their time once a week, and in exchange, they will ultimately have the opportunity to take flight training free of charge. With us for a tour is Michael Payne, the Museum’s Director, who also shares his own life journey among the clouds.

Community Tides ~ 11/18/22

In this edition of Community Tides, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and his co-host Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, discuss year-end charitable giving and how donors can have the greatest impact. Then they welcome Kathy Ryan, volunteer food grower for the Food Bank Farm & Gardens. Over time, this network of farms, gardens, and gleaners has become a huge supplier for local food pantries. They talk about the United Good Neighbors Campaign, which specifically includes organizations that provide for basic human needs.

Community Tides ~ 11/04/22

(Airdate: November 4, 2022) The Community Boat Project is a job-training program aligned with the nearby Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Based out of Port Hadlock, Wayne Chimente and his talented crew of adult mentors provide hands-on, meaningful and organic learning experiences, by partnering with teens in unique programs that focus on real work, critical thinking, and human-social skills. Wayne is a Master Mariner, Master Rigger and Sailmaker, and he has 31 years in sail training. On-the-water programs with twenty different schooners and square-riggers throughout the world have given him and the Project a unique view of the horizon. Interns and students from the Community Boat Project have also been building tiny houses to help address the need for local transitional and affordable housing. Co-Hosts Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty settle in for a great conversation with Wayne about the importance of all of it.

Community Tides ~ 10/21/22

(Airdate: October 21, 2022) This week on Community Tides, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, find out more about the history of Quimper Grange and the movement that sparked it. Over time, the building has enjoyed a physical renaissance to become a welcome gathering place for 21st century Port Townsend.  The first Quimper Grange master was Jacob Miller, and for the first 30 years, Grange meetings were held in his chicken house The current building itself was a donated barracks originally built for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps at Fort Worden.  Quimper Grange’s Sheila Blech Long tells us more and paints us a picture of the newly renovated building, hall, and dance floor, along with information about meeting there, playing music there, dancing there – and of course, joining the Grange.

Community Tides ~ 10/07/22

It’s hard these days for our community not to become engaged in conversations about housing density and affordability. The conversations have become much more nuanced, and these days more than ever, there needs to be transparent, solutions-oriented dialogue. Joining KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, are 3 special guests: Jaisri Lingappa, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Global Health at UW Seattle and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity East Jefferson County and with the Housing Solutions Network; Emma Bolin, City of Port Townsend’s new Director of Planning & Community Development; and Liz Revord, Director of Housing Solutions Network. We explore what affordable housing, density, and equity mean in the light of the distribution of wealth,“market rate”, and the forces of gentrification and displacement. 

Community Tides ~ 9/16/22

Community Tides comes to you twice each month, with co-hosts Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, president and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation. We join special guests to discuss fresh ideas, new developments and new paradigms as we travel into the months ahead. Chris and Siobhan met with musician extraordinaire Paul Rogers for a special visit. Rogers explained why he’s bringing Those Darn Accordions and special musical guests back, SQUEAZIN’ FOR A REASON at Finnriver on September 24 and 25. Paul’s the epitome of what our community’s style of fundraising looks like! Why should we be surprised? We had so much fun with Paul, we thought we’d bring him back again on the eve of this special fundraising weekend that benefits the Community Wellness Project and Ukraine relief efforts.

Community Tides ~ 9/02/22

In this edition of Community Tides, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, speak with Appalacia Martine, Director of Jefferson County Public Health who, with her dedicated staff, works for a safer and healthier Jefferson County. Appalacia shares the experience of her tenure over the past three years as well as priorities for her team looking forward. She gives us an overview of many of the services Public Health provides, and emphasizes the importance of inclusivity, equity, honesty, perspective, and the public’s trust as her team moves into the future.

Community Tides ~ 08/19

On alternate Fridays during the noon hour, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker joins co-host Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, to explore new developments and new paradigms as our communities emerge emerge from a couple of years packed with difficult challenges and creative adaptations. There are over 400 thousand children and youth in Foster Care across the United States.  Olympic Angels is an organization that supports and helps to build relationships for children, youth, and families in the Foster Care community. Here to tell us more is Michael D’Alessandro,  executive Director of Olympic Angels

Community Tides ~ 7/15/22

On alternate Fridays, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, meet to explore new developments and new paradigms, as our community emerges from a long period of difficult challenges and creative adaptations. Child care is a very demanding job. Generally, providers earn low wages and the industry itself operates on thin margins. There have been few government subsidies for child care, and no public school for kids under five years of age.  Most parents are pretty much on their own. Child care has been in crisis mode for quite some time in this country. In Jefferson County, we have some exceptionally dedicated folks who are working to help solve this crisis. Two wonderful examples are here today for a discussion about what they and their colleagues are forecasting and doing toward meeting this challenge. Joining us are Dunia Faulx, Executive Director of Population Health, Advocacy and Analytics for Jefferson Health Care, and Kate Dean, Commissioner for Jefferson County’s District One.

Community Tides ~ 7/01

Community Tides comes to you each month with hosts KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation. We invite special guests to discuss fresh ideas, new developments, and new paradigms, as our community sculpts the months ahead. Today, Chris and Siobhan explore the “anatomy” of the Port Townsend Film Festival. We join our new Festival Executive Director, Danielle McClelland; Director of Programming, Jane Julian; Reviewing Team Captain, Pam Kolacy; and Gary Engbrecht, PTFF’s Production Manager. How does it all work and what makes it flick?

Community Tides ~ 06/03

On alternate Fridays, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, connect with special guests to discuss fresh ideas, new paradigms, and the “new normal” as we navigate into the future here in Jefferson County. On today’s show, we’ve gathered a wonderful panel to bring us the good news about affordable housing here in our communities. Joining us are Heather Dudley-Nollette, Director of Development, and Mike Moore, Director of Housing and Asset Management for Bayside Housing & Services; Jaime Maciejewski, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity East Jefferson County; and from Housing Solutions Network, Carla Main and Steve Moore. There’s a lot happening, and the panel’s here to describe the current dynamic panorama of returns from community investment, involvement, and political will.  Then we talk about the work ahead and how you might want to get involved!

Community Tides ~ 5/20

On alternate Fridays during the noon hour, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker joins co-host Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, to discuss new developments, new paradigms and the “New Normal” with members of out community as we roll into the weeks and months ahead. In today’s special edition, we talk with a unique group of folks who have pooled their resources and talents into a vibrant partnership with the Rhody Festival Association to keep the event alive and well here in Port Townsend. Festival weekend will have a magical and special twist, because the New Old Time Chautauqua and The Production Alliance have combined to cook up something very, very special…A Lottery where everyone wins, a Dance Party, a host of Workshops, The Big Show, the Community Congress, Tribal and Statewide Officials…Oh! And don’t forget the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Band & Orchestra!  Take a listen and find out more!

Community Tides ~ 5/06

On alternate Fridays during the noon hour, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker joins co-host Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, to discuss new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal, as we roll into the months ahead. In case you haven’t heard, something very exciting is afoot at Fort Worden! Teresa Varraes, Executive Director of Northwind Art, dropped in to tell us about it. She’s one of the prime movers behind the Cultural Alliance, a group of eight tenants in the fort’s arts and cultural corridor: Copper Canyon Press; Port Townsend School of Woodworking; Madrona MindBody Institute; Centrum; Corvidae Press; KPTZ;  Northwind Art; and Rainshadow Recording. Learn more right here…

Community Tides ~ 4/15

On alternate Fridays during the noon hour, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, meet to discuss new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal, as we roll into the months ahead. The Chimakum People, who lived in the Chimacum Creek watershed, had been widely considered extinct and written out of history. In fact, however, there are many Chimakum descendants.
We speak with one of those descendants, Naiomi Kreinke, who has a very special dream that is slowly becoming a reality – a community gathering place in the form of a traditional Longhouse. We also speak with two allies with the Chimakum – photographer, designer, and writer Kerry Tremain and photographer Brian Goodman, who were prime movers in creating a book and exhibit of portraits of contemporary Chimakum families and elders. Opportunities to view the exhibit are at Chimacum High School on April 23 and May 28 from Noon to 2pm.

Community Tides ~ 4/01

On alternate Fridays during the noon hour, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, meet to discuss new developments, new paradigms and the new normal as we roll into the months ahead. Located near the water’s edge in Port Hadlock, the remodeled 1911 Classen Chemical Company’s Alcohol Plant reopened in 2016 as a hotel, nonprofit housing establishment, restaurant, and event center. Gary Keister is the Managing Member of Inn Properties, and he’s the founder and Executive Director of Bayside Housing and Services, connected to the property there. Gary joins us today to talk about the background and latest news from Bayside Housing and discusses the organization’s goals for transitioning our community’s unsheltered citizens from temporary to permanent supportive housing. He gives us exciting news about the recent purchase of the Hadlock Motel and describes Bayside’s vision for the property’s future there.

Community Tides ~ 3/18

On alternate Fridays during the noon hour, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President &. CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, meet to discuss new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal as we roll into the months ahead. In this edition of Community Tides, Chris and Siobhan speak with Kate Ingram, General Manager of KPTZ, about her vision and the roll KPTZ continues to play in the lives of our communities here on the eastern Peninsula and beyond.
The station is celebrating KPTZ’s tenth year, and Kate points out the incredible strides our station has taken in that comparatively short amount of time. She herself has brought amazing credentials to her job, and our talented KPTZ volunteers, Board, and Staff have helped to paint a radio picture that has captured the imagination, support, loyalty and growth of our listenership. Thanks to hard and dedicated work “behind the scenes,” the move to our brand new “Studio 305” at Fort Worden is eminent, and exciting new programming is in the works.

Community Tides ~ 03/04/22

On alternate Fridays during the noon hour, hosts Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation meet to discuss new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal in Jefferson County as we roll towards springtime and all that it offers. Any museum experience is shaped by the people who care passionately about this work. There are countless stories beneath the surface of our communities, just waiting to be brought to light.

Having earned a Masters degree in Museology from the University of Washington, Shelly Leaven’s connection with Port Townsend began when she was an intern at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle. Her interest in the the Arts, the natural world, and related non-profit organizations eventually led her here to raise a family and take the position as the Historical Society’s Executive Director in 2018.  She brings a quality perspective on what history means for us today, and the chance to offer a revitalized vision for the 139-year-old organization. If objects, walls, pictures and art could talk, what would they say?  And how would they say it?

Community Tides ~ 2/19

This week on Community Tides, hosts Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, and KPTZ’s Chris Bricker talk with special guest Cindy Brooks, North Beach resident, and the newly-minted Executive Director of EDC Team Jefferson (The Economic Development Council). Cindy worked most recently as the Economic Recovery Coordinator for the North Olympic Development Council. She holds a BA from Evergreen State College in Liberal arts and an MBA from Presidio Graduate School of San Francisco. We learn about her unique background in economic development, along with her thinking surrounding it. She has a holistic approach to leadership, based in relationship building, and she’s demonstrated a stellar knowledge of rural entrepreneurship and business ownership models that support community health and wealth. On this show we find out more about her vision and the role of the EDC.

Community Tides ~ 1/04

In this week’s edition of Community Tides, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, speak with Dr. Tamara Meredith, Director, Jefferson County Rural Library District, and Jamie Pena, Digital Equity Navigator & Administrative Assistant for Jefferson County Library.
Tamara and Jaimie give us an overview of the library’s services and highlight some of the library offerings the community may not be as familiar with.We talk about the importance of access, and explore the role of a library in today’s digital age.

Community Tides ~ 1/21

In this week’s Community Tides, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, speak with Sarah Grossman, Board President of JUMP! (Jefferson Universal Movement Playground). Sarah provided pediatric Physical Therapy to children in Paraguay with the Peace Corps in the early ‘80s and during work trips to Mexico and Guatemala.  She has been a Physical Therapist for over 40 years, working with children and adults with a variety of disabling conditions over the time, on the Olympic Peninsula, and in Hospitals, Outpatient Clinics, and Skilled Nursing facilities on the East and West Coast. She joins us today to talk about JUMP!  The project has become a labor of love for Sarah and her team, from planting the seeds for this project to the exciting good news she’ll be sharing with us about the possible Spring opening of the playground at H.J. Carroll Park.

Community Tides ~ 1/07

Since 1999, Jumping Mouse Children’s Center has helped kids heal through expressive mental health therapy. In the Center’s warm, homelike environment, children confront past and present hurts and discover lasting resolutions. In this edition of Community Tides, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, talk with Kimberly Gorman, in her new role as Executive Director of Jumping Mouse, and Jean Scarboro, Clinical Director. We’ll learn about their important work, and how our local children are faring in these trying times.

Community Tides ~ 12/17

In this edition of Community Tides, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, talk with Sara Penhallegan, Founder and Director of Center Valley Animal Rescue. Since it’s inception in 2002, Sara’s vision has become a legacy of love, compassion, and the right for helpless creatures to have a “second chance” at life. The love and care of abused and abandoned animals is the soul of this organization. We discuss the center’s growth, the animals both large and small, the wide range of experience and expertise that staff and volunteer veterinarians provide, as well as the variety of volunteer opportunities available to members of our Peninsula communities.