- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) - Greg Rogers is barbering again in Lena.

Rogers moved to Lena from Freeport in 1964 to open his barbershop, which was practically a Lena landmark when heart problems forced an early retirement years ago. He and his wife, Rosie, moved to Florida 11 years ago for his health, then to Arkansas. They returned to the area in the fall to be closer to family. By Cindy Scott Day. The (Freeport) Journal-Standard. SENT: 270 words, photos.

“I’m feeling great now,” he said. “I just got tired of sitting around doing nothing.”

Rogers works a lighter schedule at a salon owned by the woman who bought his barbershop.

“He sought me out when he got back to town,” said Deana Linquist, owner of Bella 360, 220 Main St., since 1998 “I was honored that he wanted to work with me. We have a really good rapport.”

In fact, Linquist was an owner of Mr. Rogers’ Restaurant, which the Rogers’s sold in 1995.

Before selling his businesses, Rogers put in 60 hours a week in his shop and then went over to help out at the restaurant, which Rosie operated.

“The doctor said a hundred and some hours a week probably wasn’t a good thing,” he said.

Lena has been without a barber for several years. “I thought it was a great fit, for the salon and for the community,” Linquist said.

For his part, Rogers friend Rich Heinkel is glad to hear he’s back. He lived in an apartment above Rogers’ barbershop as a young man.

“I just want to know,” he said, “how in the world can Greg stand on his feet that long all day?”


Source: The (Freeport) Journal Standard, https://bit.ly/1GzYcQn


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