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News

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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RUTH McKIM MOOR: March 31, l915 - June 4, 2010

Ruth McKim Moor, a resident of Palo Alto, California, died on June 4, 2010.

Born March 31, l915 in New Haven, Connecticut, she and her sister Clare grew up in Cincinnati. Their father, Judson McKim, was an author, a radio broadcaster, a director on non-profit boards and the regional head of the YMCA. The YWCA addressed issues of world peace and, during the depression, the development of job opportunities for unemployed college graduates. This social consciousness became one of her lifelong passions. After receiving her B.A. degree from DePauw University in Indiana and her M.S. degree in library science from Columbia University in New York, she began her life long commitment to community service. She did this work in partnership with the love of her life, Arthur D. Moor (1913- 2002), whom she met while at Columbia and married in 1941.

Art was a planning executive for United Airlines and was stationed at most of United's hubs. After New York they moved to Chicago, to Denver and, in l952 to Los Altos. Even with two young children Ruth found time for volunteer interests. She chaired the committee that created the Friends of the Library and drove the passage of multiple bond issues to expand the Los Altos library system. She was instrumental in the growth of the local Girl Scouts, the construction of El Camino Hospital and the expansion of the League of Women Voters. When Art was transferred back to Chicago she dove right into projects in her new town, Barrington, Illinois (1963-1986). She was named "Citizen of the Year" in l975 and l978 for her roles in establishing a 911 system, blood banks, paramedic services, and an umbrella coordinating council for six separate village boards, four counties, and multiple school and fire districts. This latter project took enormous political skill as well as more than five years of full time volunteer work. The unflagging efforts of her many recruited volunteers enabled them to make fundamental changes. She and Art hosted dinners at their home to advance their political and social efforts. She felt a good party could reconcile severe differences. Her efforts resulted in lasting legacies for all of the communities in which she lived and served.

When Art retired in l973, Ruth had lived in seven different states, some more than once. Whatever her location her foundation was always her family. When Art was promoted and they relocated to Chicago from Los Altos, despite their love for California she did not question the move. It was a new adventure. They remained in Barrington until l986, when five days without power and temperatures of 10 below zero convinced them that they should move closer to their children and grandchildren, who just happened to live in considerably warmer Palo Alto. In Palo Alto she and Art became regulars at all their grandson's sporting events. They became experts in scoring and cheering at baseball, football, soccer, basketball, roller hockey and ice hockey games. If it was raining during a game, they happily huddled under umbrellas! Ruth's unflagging sense of humor made those cold, windy and wet games fun. During this time, she nourished her love of literature and poetry by taking classes at Foothill College. The family continues to be entertained by the poems she wrote while trying to keep up with her college homework at age 75!

She is survived by her son, David Moor, of Menlo Park, her daughter, Barbara Moor Sanner and son-in-law, Robert Sanner, of Palo Alto, and her three grandchildren: Daniel Sanner, who with his wife, Kimberly Sanner, will soon move to Hong Kong, Richard Sanner of San Francisco, and Timothy Sanner, of Austin, Texas. There will be no local services.

Graveside services will be held in Greensburg, Indiana. In l931, Art received a college scholarship that enabled him to leave his faltering family farm and attend college. Throughout his life he was deeply grateful for that life-changing opportunity. In 2002 Ruth, Art and the Greensburg community established a college scholarship program for students from Greensburg High School. Each year scholarship awards are given to a group of graduating high school seniors. These scholarships, along with other awards, help students who otherwise might not be able to attend college. For those wishing to make gifts in Ruth's memory, please contact The Moor Family Scholarship Fund, South Decatur Dollars for Scholars, MainSource Bank, 201 North Broadway, P.O. Box 87, Greensburg, Indiana, 47270. Services entrusted to Roller Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home. www.rollerhapgoodtinney.com

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