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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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Finishing strong


Photo By: Courtesy of Dave Buchanan
Photo Courtesy Of Dave Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan shot an even-par 71 at the CIF/CGA State Boys Golf Championships, good enough to tie for eighth place.

Although Andrew Buchanan fell short in his bid to claim the individual title at last week’s CIF/CGA State Boys Golf Championships – finishing five shots behind the winner – he couldn’t have played the final hole of his high school career much better.

The Los Altos Hills resident, who started his round on the 10th, capped it with a birdie on the longest hole at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“It was a nice finish to my high school golf career, and it felt good to birdie the par 5 ninth hole, which was my last hole today,” Buchanan said after the June 5 event.

The birdie on that 541-yard hole was his fourth of the day, guaranteeing the Menlo School senior an even-par round of 71. That was good enough to tie three other golfers for eighth place.

“He was certainly hoping to shoot a couple of strokes better at state – and had two short putts lip out – but everyone has a story about what could have been,” said Dave Buchanan, Andrew’s father and Menlo’s coach.

Quail Lodge is a short course (6,449 yards), so Buchanan kept his drivers in the bag most of the day. He used drivers on only two tee shots, according to his dad.

Buchanan got off to a solid start, bagging two birdies and just one bogey at the turn. That left him 1-under par with nine holes remaining.

Buchanan posted just as many birdies on the front nine, but his three bogeys bogged him down. It took that birdie on the ninth hole to save Buchanan from slipping to 12th place.

The tournament featured a field of 54; qualifiers included the top nine individuals and top three teams of six from each regional final (North and South). Buchanan also shot par at the NorCal tourney, tying for fourth.

“I guess the thing that stands out to me about Andrew’s postseason this year was that he did not shoot over par in any round (state, NorCal, Central Coast Section finals and CCS regionals),” Dave said.

During the regular season, Andrew led Menlo to an undefeated league season. He was either medalist or co-medalist in every match.

“It has been fun to watch Andrew grow up during his high school career, and I really respect his commitment to golf and putting in the practice times that he did,” Dave said.

Andrew graduated from Menlo Friday and will next play for Southern Methodist University on a scholarship.

“It is definitely bittersweet to be leaving Menlo,” he said. “I have really enjoyed my teammates and I am looking forward to playing for SMU in the fall.”

Before that, Buchanan is scheduled to compete in a slew of summer events, starting with the 102nd California State Amateur. The tourney is slated to begin Monday at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

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