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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

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 Road home April 27 and...

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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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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.

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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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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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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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