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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

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 R...

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Schools

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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Community

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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Special Sections

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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People

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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Former resident Sharon Stouder Clark set the bar for female Olympians


Courtesy of the Clark family
Sharon Stouder Clark won three gold medals and a silver at the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo.

Former Los Altos resident and Olympian Sharon Stouder Clark died June 23 at 64. She competed in the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo, where she won a silver and three gold medals.

Mrs. Stouder Clark won the 100-meter butterfly and swam one of the legs in both women’s winning relay teams. She earned a silver medal in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing narrowly behind the winner.

Mrs. Stouder Clark, who graduated from Stanford University in 1970, was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1972 and entered the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

After graduating from Stanford, she attended UC Santa Barbara’s education program and earned her teaching credential. She taught and coached swimming while studying there.

After completing her studies, Mrs. Stouder Clark traveled around the world, briefly living in New Zealand. Eventually, she returned to the Bay Area and settled in Los Altos, where she married Ken Clark and had daughter Kerry and son James.

She owned and operated Dash Leathers and Apparel, a women’s store, from 1979 to 2004. In 2004, she retired and moved to the Central California coast near Pismo Beach.

Mrs. Stouder Clark had the honor of lighting the torch to kick off the soccer portion of the 1984 Olympics at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. San Francisco Chronicle sports writer Art Rosenbaum wrote an article about the Opening Ceremony that was accompanied by a picture of Mrs. Stouder Clark lighting the torch.

She was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 along with Bill Walsh and John McEnroe.

Mrs. Stouder Clark participated in numerous events in support of the Stanford athletics department over the years. She was an active member and donor to the Stanford Cardinal Club until it merged with the Stanford Buck Club and she transferred her allegiance to it.

Mrs. Stouder Clark was featured in a Sept. 26, 2012, Town Crier article, which described her experience as a very young Olympian.

She is survived by her daughter Kerry Clark, son James Clark and sister Barbara Lockhart.

Memorial services were held Sunday at Shoup Park.

The family suggests honoring Mrs. Stouder Clark by making donations to the Buck/Cardinal Club Stanford Athletics Department, 641 E. Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305-6150. Mark contributions “In Memory of Sharon Stouder Clark.”

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