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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Buchanan caps winning week by capturing CCS golf crown


Photo By: Courtesy of David Buchanan
Photo Courtesy Of David Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills shot a 7-under-par 64 to win the CCS title last week.

Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills had the kind of week most golfers only dream about.

In the span of just a few days, Buchanan shot his low round at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, advanced to a U.S. Open sectional qualifier and won the individual portion of the Central Coast Section Boys Golf Championships.

The Menlo School junior shot a blistering 7-under-par 64 at CCS, held May 15 at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel. His score tied the all-time record at the CCS championships.

“It’s hard to think you shoot 7-under or something,” said Buchanan, who enjoyed a bogey-free round. “So much has to go right.”

A lot went right for Buchanan early in his round, as he bagged birdies on holes four and five. After missing what he called “easy birdie putts” on holes six, nine and 10, Buchanan finished with a flourish. His last three holes: birdie, eagle, birdie.

“I tried to stop thinking about putting after (the missed birdie opportunities), and it paid off,” he said. “I was putting well before that and just tried to will it in the hole rather than overthink it.”

To get his eagle on 17 – a 503-yard hole – Buchanan drove his tee shot 310 yards and sank a 25-foot putt.

“I knew I had to finish strong to win,” said Buchanan, who beat runner-up Jonathan Garrick of St. Francis by two strokes.

Both golfers advanced to the Northern California Championships, scheduled Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Butte Creek Golf Club in Chico. The top nine finishers qualify for the State Championships June 6 at San Gabriel Country Club.

“I played (at Butte Creek) last year at NorCal, and it’s not that hard of a course,” Buchanan said. “I think I’m playing well right now and have a good chance to move on, but nothing is a given in golf.”

Buchanan, however, is guaranteed a spot in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament slated June 4 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City. He was among only six golfers at last week’s U.S. Open Local Qualifying Tournament in Santa Cruz to advance. Buchanan tied for third, shooting 70 May 14 at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

Buchanan prepared for the local qualifier by playing a round at his home course, Los Altos Golf & Country Club, where he shot a personal-best 63.

“That gave me a boost and a lot of confidence,” he said.

In the team portion of CCS, Menlo shot 382 to finish fifth, right behind St. Francis (381). Only the top three teams moved on to NorCal.

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