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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Morning Forum speaker addresses Lewis and Clark misconceptions


Photo By: Kathryn A. Tomaino/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Kathryn A. Tomaino/Special To The Town Crier

Author Rex Ziak discusses Lewis and Clark at Morning Forum June 4.

An author and amateur historian corrected a 200-year-old error through his intimate knowledge of the weather, tides and terrain of the Columbia River basin.

In a June 4 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “In Full View: The True Story of Lewis and Clark,” Rex Ziak explained how he discovered the true location of the final stop on Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s epic Corps of Discovery trek in 1805.

Ziak’s book, “In Full View: A True and Accurate Account of Lewis and Clark’s Arrival at the Pacific Ocean, and Their Search for a Winter Camp Along the Lower Columbia River” (Moffitt House Press, 2002), chronicles his journey into the past.

His knowledge, curiosity and persistence led him to question long-established facts held by historians and uncover a missing chapter in American history.

President Thomas Jefferson inspired Lewis and Clark’s expedition, an effort to uncover the shortest and most convenient route across the Western U.S. to the Pacific Ocean. Their journey began in 1804 at the mouth of the Missouri River, lasted 28 months and covered 8,000 miles.

Ziak told the audience that it is not what you know that matters, it is the questions you ask.

“History repeats itself, and the historians repeat each other,” he said.

Curiosity led Ziak to question the experts and separate conventional wisdom from the facts recorded in Lewis and Clark’s journals.

Ziak, a native of Washington, searches for driftwood along the Columbia River to heat his home. While waiting for several hours for a log to break loose, he considered why the explorers took a full month to travel less than 20 miles. Knowledge of the terrain and tides informed his examination of the journals in a way that historians who read them from afar lacked and prompted him to travel the expedition’s exact route.

Lewis and Clark thought they were in sight of their goal Nov. 7, 1805: “Great joy in camp, we are in view of the ocean.” Ziak discovered that between Nov. 7 and Dec. 6 that year, the group stayed on Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County, Wash., and not in Oregon, which historians had incorrectly identified as the end of the duo’s expedition. Treacherous ocean tides and river currents and a big storm resulted in the monthlong journey.

The explorers needed to establish a winter camp and learned from Clatsop Indians that elk had been spotted on the south side of the Columbia River, Ziak said. Although Lewis and Clark selected the camp’s location, each member of the expedition voted, including the lone woman, Sacajawea, and Clark’s slave, York. They voted to cross to the south side in search of meat, firewood and elk skins to replace their tattered clothes, he added, and subsequently built Camp Clatsop there.

Ziak’s discoveries led to his testimonies before Congress in 2004 in support of the formation of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historic Park, which now spans Oregon and Washington.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets at Los Altos United Methodist Church. For membership details and more information, visit www.morningforum.org.

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