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When Gene Benes was young, his father had a workshop in his basement. There, Benes learned how to use hand tools and craft wood into a variety of items.
Benes grew up to become an accountant, but a bit of downtime rekindled his passion for woodworking. Eventually, Benes, a Homer Glen resident, became the owner of Pens by Gene, through which he has been crafting and selling handmade pens for about 15 years.
How it all began
With one year of business in the books, CrossFit Homer Glen business owners Bridget Ahlfield and her husband, Luke, had cause to celebrate.
On Saturday, Jan. 17, the couple and about 75 customers and acquaintances did just that, marking the anniversary with a formal gathering at the gym, located at 12632 W. 159th St., with food, a disc jockey, a photo booth and more.
Since opening on Jan. 15, 2014, Bridget said her clientele has continued to blossom, and today the gym boasts approximately 94 clients, she said.
This is a crucial window for Homer Glen voters.
Mayor Jim Daley’s campaign team is well aware of this. Many voters have made up their minds; however, there are surely many who are still teetering, still trying to gather the facts and still seeking guidance on which candidate will make the best mayor.
At the age of 11, Henry Chudzik has already won eight national BMX championships in his division of age and difficulty.
Already competing at the expert level for the 11-year-old class, the Homer Glen resident has worked toward perfection since 2009 when his father, Chris, launched the team Dance Factory Racing.
Homer Stallions football mom Christina Petit is a force to be reckoned with on the sidelines, where her team pride has turned heads.
This month, the Homer Glen resident will face off with 99 other finalists for the Team Mom of the Year competition, put on by Indianapolis--based USA Football and MinuteClinic (the walk--in medical clinic inside CVS pharmacy).
Thirty years ago, John LaFlamboy and his childhood pals were riding their bikes through the trails in Homer Glen to get to their tree forts and brace for battle. Last week, the 38-year-old film producer was in the area directing young, local actors to do the same thing on camera.