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Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Loyola Bridge construction parallel to the Fremont Avenue frontage may lead officials to alter circulation plans for the area.

Loyola Corners stakeholders last week mulled the issues that will likely shape the area&rsquo...

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Schools

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School Green Team members, above, quiz their classmates about water conservation. The club distributed plants as prizes during the club’s Earth Week activities.

Members of the Los Altos High School Green...

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Community

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition


Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha plays piano at a Santa Clara University recital. The sixth-grader also enjoys soccer, tennis, golf and skiing.

Spencer Cha has come a long way since he first sat down at the piano at age 2.

“I remem...

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Sports

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Jeremy Hsu, Mountain View High’s top singles player, competes against Pinewood Thursday. The Spartans won the match 7-0.

With freshmen playing the top three spots in singles, the future of the Mountain View High boy...

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Los Altos at a leadership crossroads: Editorial

Don’t look now, but there could be some major changes ahead regarding how the Los Altos city government is run.

The current city council has the opportunity to hire a new city manager in the wake of Marcia Somers’ recent resignation. Fur...

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Special Sections

How to personalize the wedding bar

How to personalize the wedding bar


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
A seasonal signature cocktail adds interest beyond the standard wedding bar’s spirits and mixers. Focus on one set of fresh ingredients, such as blueberries, blackberries and mint for a dose of budget...

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Business

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Journeyman farmer Jen Friedlander waters Hidden Villa’s greenhouse plants, which will grow stronger in the controlled indoor environment before being transferred to the field outdoors.

Around Hidden Villa, the gree...

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People

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

1930-2016

Heaven gained a beautiful angel today. Our beloved mother’s blessed life ended in her Los Altos home surrounded by her loving family on April 18, 2016.

Buol Joanne Dougherty was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Chicago. At the age of two, M...

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Stepping Out

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy  ends run this weekend

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy ends run this weekend


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
Bryan Moriarty, left, stars as Yossarian and John Stephen King plays the Psychiatrist in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Catch-22.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch...

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Spiritual Life

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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