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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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Special Sections

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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OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 18

SHIPLEY, Angus M.,

During World War II he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at which time he met his future wife, Bernice Pollock, an Army nurse. They were married in 1944 in Kansas, and after discharge from the Army, moved to Colorado and then to Connecticut in 1946.

In Connecticut, he taught food processing technology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He began working as a sales engineer for the Cherry-Burrell Corporation in 1948. This job took him to many parts of the country and world. The family moved to Reading, Massachusetts in 1956 and, in 1958, to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1966 the family made a final move to Los Altos. In 1974 he began work for the Paul Mueller Company. As part of this job he sold stainless steel tanks to many of the wineries in California and Washington State and he became an authority on California wines. He retired from the Paul Mueller Company in 1992 but continued on as a consultant until 1996.

He was a warm and loving father and always made time for his family. They are very grateful to have had him with them for so many years and will miss him very much. His daughters Susan Smalheer and Elizabeth Moses and his son Donald survive him. Also his sons-in-law Bruce Smalheer and John Moses and his grandchildren Sarah, Michael, and Amy Smalheer and Adam and Peter Moses.

A memorial service will occur in Falls Church on June 21. Flowers may be sent to 1107 Jackson Court, Falls Church, VA 22046.

SIMONS, Mary L.,

She was born in Algona, WA July 26, 1915. Mary was a Mtn. View resident with her husband Wilbur where they resided for the remainder of their lives. Mary was a sweet, loving and caring wife and mother, a great friend and sister, loved by everyone who knew her. She will be sorely missed. She is survived by her son William of Olalla, WA, his daugher Patricia of Mtn. View, two sisters Peggy Elliott of Shoreline, WA and Ellie Kesel of Venice, FL, 2 grandchildren

Samantha and Kristofer, several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave., Los Altos of which they were both members, June 25, 2003 at 1:30 PM.

Donations to San Andreas Regional Center Client Donation Fund (which works with the handicapped) P. O. Box 50002, San Jose, CA 95150.

Arrangements under the direction of the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries.

WILLIAMSON, Ruth Elizabeth,

Memorial services were held at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley on June 16, 2003.

Arrangements under the direction of the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries, 399 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA.

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