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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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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

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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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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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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