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West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2

West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Comment

Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Special Sections

Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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BETTY WAYNE WALKER


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Resident of Los Altos

February 2, 1924 to May 30, 2013

 

We mourn the passing of long term resident, Betty Walker.

Betty was born and raised in southern California. She got her start in clinical laboratory work as a member of the Women’s Army Core during WWII and after her tour of duty completed a Bachelor of Science degree at San Jose State College and did a year of graduate work at UC Berkeley. After completion of her degree she received her clinical laboratory license and public health microbiologist certification, eventually becoming a laboratory director for Physician’s Laboratories, from which she retired in 1998. Simultaneously, Betty began instructing in the Biology Department of SJSU in 1962; teaching a variety of courses in the department until 1987.

While studying at SJSC, Betty met her future husband, Robert Walker (1924-2004), when he had the luck of being assigned the seat between Betty and her good friend in one of their classes. Bob and Betty were married in 1949 and took up residence in San Jose. Six years later they started a family, moving to Los Altos in 1958, to a house that remains in the family today. The home is fondly remembered by her children as the place where all their friends liked to hangout.

In addition to their own three children and two grandchildren, Bob and Betty “adopted” the couple across the street and became grandparents to their two children. Betty was a woman that touched the hearts of the people she met and will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren for her warmth, laughter, sewing skills, and cookies.

Besides spending time with her family, Betty enjoyed reading, travel, and helping others. After retirement she found an excellent outlet for some of these passions by volunteering at the Palo Alto VA hospital and becoming an active member of P.E.O. Chapter UB, including several years serving as President of the Nearly New Shop in Sunnyvale.

Betty is survived by her brother David Wayne of Rowe Mass., three children Lynette Sawyer, Barbara Nordman, and Wayne Walker, two grandchildren Erika and Jamie, and two great-grandchildren as well as five step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held in her honor on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information regarding the gathering.

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