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Passion for the clippers

Anthony Hamilton gives back through his passion for the clippers in Rockford. Every third Monday, Ant and crew donate free haircuts through a project put together by Erinn Katy.

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Merle + Stella

Almost 79 years married.

We could tell you about their first dance, or we could tell you about how there was an objection to them getting married… But, instead, we’re going to show you how their love survives. How it is difficult to age, but after 80 years and is stronger than ever.

Produced by Pablo Korona
Drone by FlyGuy Films

Music: Zach Staas, Daniel Pingrey and Jason Kaye of the inimitable SFC.

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That Car Guy

Yes. John Kraman is that guy. “I was that armchair quarterback that would watch all the the car auction shows and point out all the things the commentators were saying wrong. Never in a million years did I think I would work for a collector car auction company, or that I would be on a television show.” John lives in Rockford, Illinois the same place that the first Mecum Auction was held.

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En Garde

Mike Papp has been a fencer since he’d taken up the sport in ’89. Since then, he’s needed to shift his role as Fencer to Coach to keep and create local opponents. This volunteer fencing coach has kept fencing alive in Rockford, Illinois.

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Home in the Kitchen

Usually, when we hear of people being deported, it is being deported from the US to another country. The opposite happened with the Chef from Octane Interlounge.  Pat Alberto was deported from the Philippines to the U.S. and had to start over. Hear how he made a new home here, in the kitchen, in Rockford.

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When Oprah Calls

When Oprah called, Susan Pitkin answered.

CACAOCUVEE chocolate is a craft chocolate company in Rockford, Illinois that was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things gift guide not once by twice.

Produced by Pablo Korona
Music by Daniel Pingrey, Jason Kaye and the infamous Zach Staas.

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Gone Fishing for Thanksgiving

One time Eric went fishing, and now Thanksgiving for hundreds of people is no longer a painful holiday.

Eric Fishe has been a Rockford Mass Transit District Paratransit Driver for 18 years. He noticed when he was driving some of people to their doctor appointments, that was the only social interaction they had. So, he started The Fish-Abled Foundation…

Produced by Pablo Korona
Second Camera: Elizabeth Kris Theiss
Music: Zach Staas, Daniel Pingrey, and Jason Kaye

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Band Grandpas

Dr Arnie Rosen thought, “…when I retire I want to be a ‘Band Grandpa’.” This was an idea that he formed in his head, and didn’t actually become a thing until he and the Rockford Public Schools ( RPS 205 ) sat down together. Other “Band Grandpas” signed on, and this is the story of its first steps…
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