Long time local business owner nurtures local youth with life skills while filling community needs.
Where is a good place to get a start for a rocket scientist? Deerfield Cyclery. That was the first step on the path taken by Deerfield High School graduate Brett Soltz. Soltz works for the Department of Defense today as a rocket scientist. Deerfield Cyclery owner Greg Balmes gave Soltz and numerous other local youth their start in the working world. Earlier: Village to Honor Longstanding Businesses “He had very good mechanical skills and he could talk to all types of people,” Balmes said. The seasonal nature of the bicycle business gives Balmes the opportunity to hire students as early as 15 and teach them skills to carry them through life in most occupations. “It’s what I enjoy most about this, mentoring young people,” Balmes said. “In …
Deerfield family of five gets a $250 shopping spree with five Deerfield businesses.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Steve Sadin
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Melissa Hafner of Deerfield is the winner of Patch’s Summer’s Last Hurrah Contest giving her $250 worth of gift certificates to use with five different Deerfield merchants. “I never win anything,” Hafner said when she got the call from Patch Friday. “I just took the picture at the Glencoe beach this week. This has been a great summer and I love reading Deerfield Patch.” Hafner was one of seven winners of individual contests held by Patch sites in Deerfield, Highland Park, Winnetka-Glencoe, Wilmette-Kenilworth, Evanston, Glenview and Northbrook. The grand prize winner of a $750 gift package of a $500 Target gift certificate and a Great America outing is Saulie of Evanston. The winning picture came from the Glencoe beach as Hafner snapped a …