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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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Comment

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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Solo guy dances to his own beat on MVHS Color Guard


Photo By: PHOTOS BY ELLIE VAN HOUTTE/TOWN CRIER
Photo Photos By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Andrew McCormick, center, enjoys the challenge of being the only male member of the Mountain View High School Color Guard.

Andrew McCormick is easy to spot on the grassy practice field at Mountain View High School. The junior is tall and slender – and the only male member of the school’s color guard squad for the 2012-2013 school year.

“It can be challenging,” said McCormick of being the only guy on the team. “Sometimes I have to watch what I say.”

But the disproportional ratio of 30 girls to one boy doesn’t bother him, and female color guard members pay little notice of him during team practices.

Color guard combines visual elements – such as dance and flag spinning – to complement the school’s marching band. With experience playing the alto sax and more than 12 years of dance lessons, joining the color guard as a freshman seemed like a natural fit.

“It was more fun than being in the band, and I didn’t want to memorize music,” McCormick joked.

His commitment to the activity is strong, despite a time commitment averaging 13-20 hours per week and weekend road trips to competitions during color guard and winter guard seasons.

Diane Corbett Esparaza, the team’s captain head, called color guard the “most well-known unknown” activity. It’s not a secret society anymore, she said, as the group has grown in popularity and prestige during the four years she has coached the team at Mountain View High.

“Color guard is not all about learning to spin equipment, but also about telling stories through the body,” she said.

Spectators in the stands at a football game may not recognize the hard work that goes into being a member of a color guard team – it fosters a strong work ethic and skills that carry color guard graduates far in life.

McCormick said he almost quit color guard after his first three weeks, as he struggled to learn flag tossing, but he kept practicing and eventually mastered the skill. Color guard reinforced the virtue of not giving up on something that doesn’t come easily.

With months of practice behind them, the Mountain View High Color Guard team earned the Silver Award at the California Color Guard Circuit Competition and first place at last year’s Cupertino Band Review.

McCormick isn’t resting on his squad’s laurels, however – he’s more concerned with how the team’s rendition of “Les Misérables” will come together for the Community Thank You show Oct. 6. He said he’s especially excited to perform to the song “One Day More,” a tribute to a classmate who has struggled with bone cancer.

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