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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in ...

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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All-American boy


courtesy of Katy Yeager
Los Altos residents Brian Yeager (left), Danny Yeager (right) and Kelly McConnell (top) competed in last month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. Brian earned All-America honors in the decathlon and high jump.

Reluctant decathlete Brian Yeager has no regrets about competing in the event at last month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. The Los Altos resident finished eighth in his division, earning All-America honors.

“I did well,” said Yeager, who went against 18 other decathletes in the Intermediate Boys division (ages 15-16). “I think I’ll stick with it.”

Yeager took up the decathlon – comprising 10 events, from running to throwing to jumping – in the spring with some prodding from coach Dave Barth and older brother Danny Yeager, who along with fellow Los Altos resident Kelly McConnell also participated in the national meet.

“Brian did not even want to compete in the decathlon this summer, so to finish as an All-American is tremendous,” said Barth, co-head coach of the Los Altos-based Fox Athletics track club.

That wasn’t the only medal Brian won at the meet, held July 22-28 at North Carolina A&T State University. He finished eighth in the high jump to notch the final All-America spot in that event as well.

“For Brian to earn All-American in the decathlon and then come back later in the week and do it again in high jump is an incredible accomplishment,” Barth said.

Brian cleared 6 feet, 1 inch in the high jump – an inch shy of his personal record.

“I was happy with that,” said Brian, entering his junior year at Los Altos High.

Brian added that he was proudest of his performance in the 110-meter hurdles as part of the decathlon, held over the first two days of the meet in hot and humid conditions. He finished first in the race with a personal-best time of 15.86 seconds.

“That was great,” said Brian, who beat his previous-best time by 1/500th of a second. “I hadn’t practiced (the 110 hurdles) in over a month.”

Brian notched two more top-five finishes in the decathlon – in the high jump (second) and long jump (fourth). He totaled 4,901 points.

Brother Danny and McConnell finished 14th (5,870 points) and 26th (5,038), respectively, in the Young Men division (17-18) decathlon.

“Making it to nationals is a great accomplishment,” Barth said. “The fact that Danny and Kelly both finished in the top 30 in the Young Men (division) makes our coaching staff very proud.”

Danny graduated from Los Altos High in May; McConnell is entering his senior year.

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