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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Local nonprofit brings schools, health care, technology to rural Kenya


Courtesy of the Kilgoris Project
The Kilgoris Project raised funds for the first school built in an area of southwest Kenya, enabling children to receive a formal education.

Lulululululu! That celebratory sound still rings in my ears even after the three weeks since I returned from my most recent trip to rural, southwest Kenya.

Usually I return with good travel stories – this journey is no exception. The Kilgoris Project team and I marked the opening of a new school building in a community that had been forgotten by government and development agencies because of chronic intertribal fighting. A newly brokered peace offered the opportunity to build the area’s first school.

We marked the occasion at a community-hosted event, similar to a huge wedding reception – a revel of Maasai color and ululating enthusiasm.

I witnessed our nonprofit’s progress in this small corner of the globe, celebrating milestones, like the building opening, with Kenyan friends and colleagues.

My husband, Jon, and I founded The Kilgoris Project after a chance encounter in 1999 with Kilgoris villager Willie Lemiso at a safari camp where Willie worked as a waiter. We quickly bonded over our shared Christian faith and struck up a friendship that a few years later blossomed into the organization.

Today, with the generous support of donors and partners from around the world, The Kilgoris Project continues to educate and provide health care for more than 800 students and foster economic development in the community.

Through successive steps of faith (and numerous stumbles), we learned about community-supported development. Now The Kilgoris Project operates six schools for pre- and primary-school students and provides technology, such as Kindles and digital cameras, not easily available in rural Kenya.

Sharing these great stories unites my work and my journey as a Christ-follower. While living in God’s big story, I’m able to share the smaller stories of my moments with my Kenyan partners.

“The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a meaningful story, it won’t make a meaningful life either,” Donald Miller wrote in “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story” (Thomas Nelson, 2009).

I couldn’t agree with him more.

Our annual Marketplace will be open at 234 First St. in downtown Los Altos (between the European Cobblery and The Dailey Method) through Sunday. On the outside, the Marketplace is a pop-up boutique offering handmade gifts from Africa, the U.S. and around the world. On the inside, the Marketplace is much more. It’s a place to learn more about The Kilgoris Project’s work and to hear some great stories – mine included.

Proceeds benefit The Kilgoris Project’s education, health and economic development efforts.

The Kilgoris Project Marketplace is slated to be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Los Altos resident Caren McNelly McCormack is president and co-founder of The Kilgoris Project. For more information, visit kilgoris.org.

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