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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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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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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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Ohlone Day celebrates lifestyles of earliest Los Altos residents

The Los Altos History Museum travels back hundreds of years to relive the days of the area’s earliest residents during “Ohlone Day,” scheduled 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The free, family-friendly event is tailored to elementary school-age children, particularly second- through fourth-graders.

Ohlone Day celebrates the museum’s permanent exhibition, “Crown of the Peninsula,” which recently underwent a $100,000-plus renovation in the Ohlone, Rancho and Mission sections.

“When so many materials came back to us from display at Hidden Villa and Redwood Grove, we knew it was time to expand our permanent exhibit – it was time to tell the Ohlone story more fully,” said Laura Bajuk, the museum’s executive director.

A tule boat and other artifacts are still on display, supplemented by pestles, mortars and baskets from neighboring tribes. Six drawers contain interactive displays and story snippets, as well as relics not seen before.

“When the historic Halsey House in Redwood Grove is restored as an education center, as we hope it will be, we’ll work with the city to support their programs on the Ohlone,” Bajuk said.

Four teachers will oversee Ohlone Day activities, including a variety of games to practice hunting skills, a crafts area, acorn preparation and a food tasting featuring jerky, dried blueberries and pine nuts.

With well over 100 years of teaching experience between them, Mary Kuperman, a regular docent at the museum, will be on hand with fellow educators Vicki Holman, Mary Gotcher and Sandy Kelley.

“We’ve taught about the Ohlone for many years,” Kuperman said. “I’ve always been interested in Native American culture and studied their basket weaving.”

Thought to have settled in the region approximately 1,500 years ago, numerous politically autonomous Ohlone “tribelets” dotted the Bay Area, living in village groups of 200 or so people.

Ohlone settlements tended to cluster near the creeks and marshlands of the Bay.

The Los Altos-area Ohlone tribelet, called the Puichon (pronounced “pwee-chin”) claimed the territory between Stevens and San Francisquito creeks as their own.

In 1971, an ancient Puichon Ohlone dwelling site was accidentally discovered along Adobe Creek near O’Keefe Lane. From this archaeological site came the extensive Florence Fava Collection, now housed at the Los Altos History Museum.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

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