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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local un...

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


courtesy of
Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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WILLIAM LEE WOODARD

OBIT WilliamWoodard

 

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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