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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Rolling on the river: Scenic Columbia tour offers history, hikes and waterfalls


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
The Columbia River’s Bonneville Lock and Dam, built circa 1933, attracts engineering enthusiasts.

The spectacular view from the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

If you’re anywhere near Portland, Ore., make time to travel along the grand waterway to see the amazing waterfalls from Troutdale to Dodson. Guided outfitters shepherd hikers through, or you can drive the historic Columbia River Highway, stopping at each of the parking areas to hike the trails up. Cute bed and breakfasts pop up along the route, and there’s plenty of antiquing as well.

Stop first at Crown Point’s Vista House, an art-deco building built circa 1917 as a “haven for travelers,” according to a plaque on the wall. The house also serves as a memorial to the Oregon pioneers who first saw the Cascade Range and majestic Mount Hood in the distance.

The Vista House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a National Natural Landmark. The structure’s floors are made of Alaskan marble. Friends of Vista House, a nonprofit organization, runs a gift shop that sells history books and souvenirs as well as an espresso bar for the caffeine-deprived.

Once you leave Crown Point, follow the greenery for the next five miles or so to several beautiful falls – Latourell, Shepperd’s Dell, Bridal Veil and Wahkeena.

Several picnic tables and state parks along the way invite visitors to take in the views and perhaps stop for a bite to eat.

Before long, you’ll reach the awe-inspiring, 620-foot Multnomah Falls. Trails lead from the Multnomah Falls Lodge to the lower falls, and from there to the summit. A 1914 footbridge spans both sides of the mountain. The signature waterfall attracts hordes of visitors in the summer, so be prepared to wait for parking.

Back on Highway 84, you’ll pass Horsetail Falls, which is so close to the highway that it might shower your car.

Engineering enthusiasts and children might appreciate a stop at Bonneville Lock and Dam, built in 1933 and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A project of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, portions of the project were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Approximately 40 miles east of Portland, the area boasts a gift shop and an educational center. A fish-ladder viewing window enables visitors to watch the salmon, steelhead sturgeon and other species. The ladder allows adult fish to return to spawning grounds beyond the dam.

For more information, visit the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association at crgva.org.

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