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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

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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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WILLIAM LEE WOODARD

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William Lee Woodard, a thirty-five year resident of Los Altos, passed away September 30th after bravely battling Mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. He was 70 years old.

Bill was born October 27, 1942 in Casper Wyoming. He attended Natrona County High School and was a key member of the swim team, setting most of the state records for Freestyle and Butterfly.

At the age of eighteen Bill joined the United States Army. While stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany on the Army Air Force base, Bill was invited to join the Air Force swim team. He set records in almost every pool in Germany. An unidentified General spotted Bill during a competition and recommended him to try out for the Conseil International du Sport Militaire, which entailed a very prestigious competition along side Olympic caliber swimmers. The tryouts were held in Berlin. Bill qualified for the team with his achievements in the 400 Individual Medley.

The team went on to compete in Paris, as guests of the French government. They were given the key to the city, and when the event was completed, Bill placed fourth in the World. He was awarded a beautiful medal and trophy to bring back to the states.

Upon his return to Wyoming, Bill worked shoveling coal and driving a bulldozer to pay his way through college, where he achieved a 4.0 in Electronics.

In 1966 Bill moved to California and got a job at Fairchild during the new Semi Conductor technology revolution. This technology was key in enabling the space industry. It was here Bill met his wife Alice. In their early 20’s they were proud to be a part of this leading edge of technology. Bill went on to DCA where his team sold a program to NASA to manage all the high reliability parts for the Pioneer Venus Space Program.  As program manager, Bill was invited to the VIP stand to witness the night launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

In 1976, Bill was invited to view the actual Pioneer Venus Encounter, in the VIP Room at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California.

Bill continued his work in the Electronics Industry at IDT. He also enjoyed cruising and racing his Catalina Sailboat on the San Francisco Bay, as well as flying his 1980 Cesna T210 everywhere from Cabo San Lucas to his home state of Wyoming. After retiring he and his wife Alice enjoyed spending time at their home in Redding, on the Sacramento River.  Bill’s other hobbies included golf and traveling.

Bill is survived by his wife Alice Wichman, her daughters, Christine and Shani Wichman, nephew Sean Mac Donald, and his two German Shepherd dogs, Frieda and Nick.

In lieu of flowers the family request a donation be made to German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California P.O. Box 1930 Cupertino, CA 95014.

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