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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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DELLOYD EDWARD TOBIE (DICK)

DeLloyd Edward Tobie (Dick) a longtime time resident of Los Altos, had a peaceful passing on January 30, 2010 he was 90 years old. He lived a full and adventurous life and always kept the stories flowing. His wife Dorthy, children Jason, Lana, Paul, and six grandchildren survive him. Proceeded in death by youngest son Dan Tobie.

At 18 years old Dick got the incurable flying itch and left Wisconsin for Homestead, Florida. There he took flying lessons he paid for by being a hopper loader for a crop dusting outfit. With help from his mining engineer brother in South America, and savings from jobs he bought himself a J3 Cub for $600.00 and followed the rivers and highways north to Wisconsin. Landing where he could, even once on a highway to refuel at a gas station. Sleeping under the wings in farmer’s fields and giving rides for gas he found his true passion. He later traded in the J3 Cub for a clipped wing Monocoupe and loved racing and performing aerobatics at air shows. In 1940 he was hired with United Airlines at the age of 21 as the youngest commercial airline pilot. After completion of training in Oakland at the Boeing school of Aeronautics he was sent to Chicago Midway for line check in the B-247. In SFO he flew the DC-3 and was later transitioned to the DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, DC8, B-747. As part of the war effort he spent time flying military contracts to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Dick retired number one on the seniority list for United Airlines in 1979.

In 1943 Dick fell in love with a TWA flight attendant, Dorthy Hawkins. Their partnership through the 66 years of marriage included a storybook life of travel and special times with family and friends.

Dick took great pride as the founder and owner of the Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center located on Fremont Ave. He loved being outdoors, and was often duck hunting, fishing, playing tennis or jogging. Dick was one of the true pioneers of the airline industry who saw a vast scope of technological and safety changes that have made flying what it is today. Two of his sons inherited his love of flying and became career commercial airline pilots. We miss him, and wish him a restful layover in the wild blue yonder.

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