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Bo Chaney – The Adventures of Rob & Rocky

Robert Bo Chaney is dedicated to the cause of helping kids find a path to attainable well-paying jobs, but also bringing diversity to public service for the betterment of the community. After sitting with Bo, and hearing him talk about his vision, we couldn’t help but be inspired to work our hardest to craft his story. Greg Cormier has been helping us out over these past couple months, and this was brought to life by him.

Please take a look at the piece, congratulate Greg on a job well done, and help us share the passion of someone aiming to change our community and other communities across the country.

Produced by Pablo Korona
Shot and edited by Greg Cormier
Music by the inimitable SFC: Zach Staas, Daniel Pingrey and Jason Kaye

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Resident Officer Community Keeper

Resident Officer Community Keeper is his official title, and this accurately describes what Eric does. The R.O.C.K. program is an initiative where a police officer is designated to a high crime area and is the point person for them. Not only are they a familiar face in dealing with that segment of the city, they also live in the area they are serving. As Eric puts it “Their problems are my problems because I live here.”

See Rockford Police Resident Officer Thurmond as he interacts with the community, and as he tells what he does.

Produced by Pablo Korona
Drone & Second Shooting: Jordan Hardy of FlyGuy Films
Additional Shooting: Greg Cormier

Music by the inimitable SFCZach StaasDaniel Pingrey, and Jason Kaye.

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“Instead of a Quinceañera, I had a baby.”

Guadalupe Sena turned 15 on March 10th, the next day her daughter Carina was born. This is a look into the day both Guadalupe and her husband Ricardo have been looking forward to “since day one”. Come along and see what a Quinceńera looks like.

Produced by Pablo Korona
Camera Assistant & Macro Photo shooter: Greg Cormier
Music: Zach Staas, Daniel Pingrey, and Jason Kaye of the intimidable SFC

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Mother of them all. Coach Misty Opat.

It is in Coach Opat’s nature to inherently be Mother of them all. Leader. Coach. Mother. and more…

Not many people know the many challenges Coach Misty Opat has chosen to engage in her life. Difficult, selfless and life-changing decisions teach us about Misty’s character.

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The Trail of Betsy’s Beads

Rockford artist Betsy Youngquist (BYART) travels to sell the art she makes at her home in Rockford. When the art fairs she was selling in didn’t bring the income she needed to survive as an artist, she chose a different way to sell her art. This connected to her to New Orleans, Louisiana and perhaps one of the oldest continuous African-American folk art traditions in the country.

Produced by Pablo Korona
Drone : FlyGuy Films
Music : The always stellar SFC : Zach StaasDaniel Pingrey, and Jason Kaye.

Thanks to : Gallery TwoRed Truck Gallery Antieau GalleryThe Craig Tracy Gallery, and HAUNT NOLA.

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Crust & Crumbles

When Jojo G. needed a job, she took a chance to call the Rockford City Market to pitch a booth. She bluffed her way into a path that has now become her career. See how this passionate mother and entrepreneur has become a model for what happens when you create opportunity.

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Our City, Our Story : Live – Sharon Nesbit-Davis

Take a moment to listen to this deeply moving struggle revolving around marriage, motherhood, and the discrimination she received from a doctor for being married to a black man.

Part of our Our City, Our Story : Live event, storytellers got up and told stories around a theme. The theme this event was “That One TIme…” This is Sharon Nesbit-Davis telling her personal story.

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That One Time I Saw My Grandpa’s Junk

Part of our “Our City, Our Story : Live” event, storytellers got up and told stories around a theme. The theme this event was “The One TIme…” This is Jim Yeager telling a story about his grandfather. The title of the story “That One Time I Saw My Grandpa’s Junk.”

The title is the story. Please take a moment to listen to Jim’s powerful story about his Grandpa.