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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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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

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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LEONARD EUGENE ORSAK

OBIT LeonardOrsak

1934-2013

Leonard Eugene Orsak, longtime resident of Los Altos, died on October 23, 2013, at the age of 78. Leonard moved from Deming, New Mexico, to the Bay Area to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University and to work in a co-op program at Stanford Research Institute. At SRI, he met the love of his life, Marjorie Lucas, to whom he was married for 50 years. Leonard and Marjorie had four children, Michael, Kara, Sari and Amy, whom they raised in Los Altos, where Leonard lived for 48 years.

Leonard was born on November 5, 1934, in Deming, New Mexico, the fifth child of Mary Anna Lukas Orsak and Cyril Paul Orsak Sr. Raised as a hard working farm boy, he graduated from Deming High School, where he lettered in football and was a Boy Scout and a member of the National Honor Society. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University, while working at White Sands Missile Range. After moving to the Bay Area and completing his master’s degree at Stanford, Leonard enjoyed a career in engineering in Silicon Valley. He pioneered in the development of uninterruptible power supplies for mainframe computers, as well as designed electronics for satellites, seismology and wind power, at companies including Develco, Programmed Power, Franklin Electric, Liebert, Emerson Electric and U.S. Wind Power. He was also a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard University. He truly loved engineering and felt fortunate to have found such a fulfilling career.

Throughout his life, and especially in his retirement, he passionately pursued woodworking and gardening. He was a man of great intellect and kindness and was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by three children, Michael Colby Orsak and his wife Shirley Chu Orsak of Menlo Park, Dr. Kara Orsak and her husband Dr. Kary Karahadian of Fresno, and Amy Orsak Hurlbut and her husband Robert Satterlee Hurlbut of San Francisco. He is survived by his six grandchildren, Nicole and Megan Orsak, Lucas and Benjamin Karahadian, and Byron and Lucy Hurlbut. He is survived also by his sister, Anna Orsak Sloan of Deming, New Mexico. He was predeceased by his wife Marjorie and daughter Sari and brothers Joe, Cyril Jr., and John.

A celebration of Leonard’s life was held in Los Altos on November 3. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Mexico State University College of Engineering to support scholarships for future engineers (at http://fndforms.nmsu.edu/giving.php by selecting Electrical and Computer Engineering Scholarship).

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