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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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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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