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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.

The Dow...

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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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RUTH HORNICK SPENCER

OBIT RuthSpencer

Our beloved mother, Ruth Hornick Spencer, was called to her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 23 at the beautiful age of 90 years old. She was greeted at her heavenly reward by her parents, brother and her husband of 60 years, Bill C Spencer, who preceded her in death in 2006. 

Ruth was born on the south side of Chicago on March 12, 1923. Ruth was the apple of her dad’s eye (he died when she was 12 years old) and had the tenacity, boldness and self confidence of her mother.

In 1945 a young, handsome airman from Oklahoma was on leave in Chicago and was struck by this beauty sitting at the bar! He made it a point to see who was under that wide brimmed hat, and hence the love affair that lasted 60 years began.

They raised their family in Dallas, TX. Andrea was their first born, followed ten and a half months later by Renée and son, Craig. It was a modest beginning but Ruth was a very creative, resourceful mother and homemaker. She was determined to have the best for her kids, and when the World Book Encyclopedia salesman come knocking on the door, she knew she wanted those for her kids, but money was tightly budgeted. So…She went to work for World Book to earn Andrea, Renée and Craig a set! Hence, the beginning of her career with World Book that spanned over 40 years. Ruth spent her life trying to help others get ahead thru knowledge.

In 1996 the family was transferred to the San Francisco peninsula and Ruth fell in love with the California weather and lifestyle.

For over 25 years Ruth was actively involved in the Federated Women’s Club of Los Altos, CA. serving as president on several occasions and still selling those World Books!

In 1999, Bill and Ruth moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas to be closer to family. In 2009 Ruth relocated to El Paso, where her daughter Andrea lives.

Ruth has spent her life being a friend and supporter to many, always enacting gestures of kindness and generosity. She has touched hearts and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Her mantra was always: “It is in giving that we receive”. She was a devoted Catholic; bold in her beliefs and stood firmly on God’s promises.

Surrounded by her children at her passing and left to cherish her memory are Andi Meece (Tom) of El Paso, TX, Renée Jantzen (Gene) of Sun City Georgetown, TX and son, Craig (Beth) of San Francisco, CA.

Grandchildren Matthew Meece, Megan Paul (Zach), MacKenzie Miller, Morgan Buchek (Brian), Connor Spencer, Lauren Spencer and Caroline Spencer.

Great-grand children, Braden, Brody and Brielle Buchek.

Special appreciation goes to her friend and devoted caretaker, Patty Avila and Willie Olmstead with Hospice El Paso.

Funeral Mass for our mother was held on Thursday, September 26 at 11:00 am at Queen of Peace Church, El Paso, Texas. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912. www.martinfuneralhomewest.com

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