Meet the players in the Mount Prospect-based Women’s Golf League, which has been in existence since 1941

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A female golf league based in Mount Prospect marks a milestone – playing for 80 years in a row.

Mount Prospect Golf Club’s Tri-City Women’s Golf League, featuring a handful of golfers over the age of 80, has existed since 1941, even before the club was owned by the park area.

In the first year, 56 women played in the league and it has never lost its luster as the list today is at 60.

The league only started with residents from Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights and Des Plaines, hence the name “Tri-City”. Today, it includes women from downtown Chicago, northwest Chicago, Skokie, Elmhurst, Niles, Wheeling, Barrington, Arlington Heights and Des Plaines.

“As long as I can, I will keep playing,” said Lillian Draz, 83, of Mount Prospect. “It’s a friendly, competitive league. Not boring.”

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Brandon Cantwell, pictured, along with his brother Tommy Leland Cantwell, graduates of Geneva High School, find success in Nashville with their alternative country band, Flying Buffaloes.

Brandon Cantwell, pictured, along with his brother Tommy Leland Cantwell, graduates of Geneva High School, find success in Nashville with their alternative country band, Flying Buffaloes.
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Flying High: Brothers from Geneva find success in Nashville with an alternative country band

Tommy Leland Cantwell and Brandon Cantwell, brothers who grew up in Geneva and now live in Nashville, are enjoying success with Flying Buffaloes, the alternative country band they helped form.

Tommy, 29, graduated from Geneva High School in 2010, and 26-year-old Brandon did so in 2013. As such, it’s easy for them to map out how the Geneva and Tri-Cities area shaped their love of music to the point of could do a full-time job of it in one of America’s musical hotspots.

Both took their way through the Geneva schools’ music programs, citing high school teacher Pat Frederick and others as key mentors. But the musical roots got a boost because their father Tom Cantwell had a local rock band called Gallery.

Tommy moved to Nashville in 2014 after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and Brandon was not far behind moving there in 2018 after graduating from the University of Illinois.

“A week for the flying buffaloes is busy,” Brandon said. “We usually meet every day and work on a handful of things, rehearse our live sets or write and get together to do the day-to-day business.”

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CLC students demonstrate robotics skills in national competition

Not all skills can be learned in the classroom. College of Lake County student Eduardo Zarinana considered himself a novice in robotics, but competing in SkillsUSA, a national career and technical student organization that hosts competitions, helped him gain hands-on experience and learn valuable skills for his future career. . Not only did he compete, but he was half of a CLC team that finished second nationally in the SkillsUSA Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue Challenge – Explosive Ordnance Disposal competition in June.

“I wanted to learn, and my peers were guiding me how to do things,” he said. “SkillsUSA is a great way to get your hands on learning. It’s a great way to experiment and practice what you learn in your classes.”

This year, two teams for CLC participated in the city and search competition. The team of Zarinana and Ben Otterbacher placed first in the state and second nationally, and the team of Nathan Ortiz and Jayson McGuire finished second in the state. All four students study in the engineering transfer program.

“SkillsUSA focuses on students developing and demonstrating skills in their fields,” Otterbacher said. “We work on lots of technical skills we pick up in the classroom.”

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