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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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ANN HAVEY CAVENDER


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Ann Havey Cavender passed away peacefully at her Los Altos home on May 8, 2012 at age 85. She had been in Hospice Care for a short time.

Ann was born June 30, 1927 in Indianapolis, Indiana the daughter, and only child, of Curtis Havey and Clara Marsh Havey. She graduated from Southport High School class of 1945, and moved to Kansas City, Missouri shortly after graduation. Life had been demanding for Ann while she was in High School. Her father had suffered a major heart attack and had been forced into immediate retirement. He had been preparing to move the family to Minnesota.

Ann was interested in becoming an airline stewardess and went to Kansas City for a program that trained women seeking such a position. Unfortunately, she did not pass the flight physical exam. She became a secretary in the Mortgage Loan division of Prudential Insurance Company.

In 1952 Ann met Morse Cavender, her future husband, on a blind date that had been arranged by a mutual friend. (The friend who introduced them quickly replaced Morse and married the girl Morse had been courting. The four persons continued to be good friends.) They married in Kansas City on March 7, 1953. At that time, Morse was a member of the management team at the Procter and Gamble factory in Kansas City, Kansas.

In 1954 Morse accepted an invitation to join the staff of Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA. Ann and Morse became residents of Los Altos in 1957. Like other new residents in the area at that time they were quickly caught up in the pleasures of cutting and drying the apricots from the trees that surrounded their new home.

Ann continued to work for Prudential after moving to the West Coast, in Menlo Park and in Portland, Oregon. (SRI posted Morse to its Pacific Northwest office for a time). After retiring from Prudential, Ann worked for 16 years as Vice President of The Mactan Company, a company established by Morse in 1973 to support his work as an advisor to the senior management of a number of foreign companies. Ann was finally able to fulfill her passion for airline travel accompanying Morse on his frequent business trips to clients in various parts of the world: Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Australia. As time permitted, and thanks to Pan Am’s frequent flier program, Morse and Ann had the good fortune to visit many foreign places.

Ann had many talents and applied them to many interests. She was an expert baker, specializing in large scale wedding cakes with liqueur frostings – baked, decorated and assembled at home. She was a skilled woodworker, a talent she inherited from her father. She was especially proud of the two grandfather clocks she built. Unfortunately, the first one did not survive the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

As an avid collector and curator of orchids, Ann created an activity that became a major part of her life. She built a large orchid greenhouse in the backyard of her Los Altos home and became an active member of the Peninsula Orchid Society, where she served as President in 1980. She enjoyed collecting unusual orchids during her travels and Morse brought her orchids from some of the countries he visited.

In its monthly bulletin, the Peninsula Orchid Society (POS) said of Ann: “She was of the old school of service to POS, having moved up from volunteering refreshments to Secretary, Vice President and President and was on the POS Board of Directors for many years. She participated in the many greenhouse tours, plant sales and potting demonstrations that filled the POS calendar during the 1970’s and 80’s”.

Ann had a place in her heart for animals, especially housecats, which were always in her home, and large cats, which she observed in Africa. She was very interested in Cheetahs and was surprised when friends in Namibia took her to visit a neighboring ranch to see and pet the two Cheetahs the rancher had in his yard (house and yard enclosed by an eight foot high wire fence).

Ann especially enjoyed Australia where she had many opportunities to become acquainted with the birds and animals of that country. There was a memorable time when she was invited to a meeting in Sydney when Queen Elizabeth presented her colors to a squadron of the Australian Air Force.

All of this way surpassed her original girlhood dreams of being an airline stewardess. Ann is survived by her husband of 59 years, Morse Cavender, cousins Nyna Bailey and Minon Stepp, and Uncle Marion Marsh all of Greensburg, Indiana, and cousin Michael Havey of Charleston, Illinois. Her ashes reside in the Tanglewood Cemetary in Versailles, Indiana alongside her grandmother Marsh.

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