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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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ALFRED L. PLOETZ

Alfred Ploetz died 5/21/2013 of lymphoma at age 92 in Papillion, NE. He was born in 1920 in West Valley, NY. He was the son of Elmer and Hattie Schultz Ploetz, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by two younger brothers, Leroy and Gordon. He is survived by his wife, Grace, children and spouses: Larry of Newark, CA; Kathy Newcomb of Papillion, NE; Linda Kronenfeld of Oro Valley, AZ; and stepson, Bruce Dudley Ploetz; five grandsons, Andrew, Benjamin, and Garin Newcomb, Michael and Jason D Kronenfeld; and a nephew, Tom Ploetz of Yorkshire, NY.

After graduating from high school in West Valley, NY, he attended Alfred University and graduated with a degree in engineering. Following graduation, he worked as a machinist, having three deferments from military service. He went into the army in 1944 and served with a unit of port engineers in Antwerp, Belgium, the mission of which was to put the port in operation as a supply port for the advance of American troops into Germany. His unit was the first support troop into Antwerp following the liberation of that city. Another function of the unit was to repair landing craft for the anticipation of crossing of the Rhine when boat crossing became unnecessary when the retreating German Armies neglected to blow the Remagen Bridge.

Following his discharge with rank of Sgt. from military service, he joined the US Geological Survey in Sacramento, CA. in 1946 which later headquartered in Menlo Park, CA. He held titles of Civil Engineer, Topographic Engineer, and Cartographer doing topographic surveys in the seven western states, working in field surveys, office photogrametry and cartography.

In 1955, he met and married his beloved wife, a widow, Grace Warwick Dudley. After 34 years with USGS, he retired in 1980 and remained in Mtn. View, CA where he had lived since 1959, until 2001 when he moved to Papillion, NE. Following retirement he worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block for ten years, took the professional exam for enrolled agent IRS for which he was licensed to represent clients before the IRS. After leaving Block, he did volunteer work, preparing tax returns at the senior center in Mountain View, CA.

Burial was in West Valley, NY. on May 31.

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