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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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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

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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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DONALD LEWIS WILSON

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Donald Lewis Wilson passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Oct 19, at the age of 102. He moved to Santa Rosa five years ago from his home of fifty years in Los Altos. 

He was born Feb 23, 1911, in Tarkio, Missouri to Guy Wilford and Ida Myrtle Wilson. When he was six weeks old, the family immigrated to Saskatchewan, by train, to join his mother’s parents in a farming venture—his mother and the younger children traveled in the Pullman car—the rest of the family in a box car--living off a crock of pork and beans prepared for the four day/2000 mile journey.

The family returned to Nebraska in 1919, settling on a farm in Randolph.

His siblings eventually numbered seven: Earl, Irvine, Virgil, Russell, Friel, Woodrow and Grace.

Graduating from high school in June 1929, he describes this as, “The worst of times.” The stock market had just crashed; there was 30% unemployment; his family had had 3 crop failures, and “grass hoppers ate everything but the fence posts.” In spite of that, he became engaged to his high school sweetheart, Margaret  Isadore Wilson, asking her to wait for him until he had established himself.

Two of his brothers had found employment in California and, in 1930, he followed them. His first job was as a ranch hand on Mt. Diablo. Returning to Nebraska seven years later, he married Isadore in 1937. He went on to become an agent for State Farm Insurance, moving quickly to district manager in the counties of: Solano, San Francisco and San Mateo.

He was married for 68 years to Isadore who passed away in 2006. He then remarried and is survived by Marilyn Wilson who remained by his side, nursing him in his final years.

His career with State Farm Insurance spanned more than three decades, and he spoke fondly of his fortunate choice of a career path which helped him achieve “success in life, liberty and happiness.“

He is survived by his five children: Roger (Dao), Larry (Ann), Joyce Hodgkinson (Bill), Gordon, and Nancy Milner (Rick).  

His stories, riddles and domino games will be especially missed by his ten grandchildren: Kevin Hong, Donald Wilson (Charis), Craig Wilson (Alison), Chris Elkins (Luisa), Anna Paris, Eve Lundsten (Lonny), Joey Hodgkinson, Kiersten Deen (Nathan), Aaron Helgeson (Jen), and Bret Milner (Rebecca). He remained close to his loving niece, Nancy Brixey-Brasser (Gary) and sister-in-law, Ida Mae Arnold. He was very proud of his great grandchildren: Kaya Berry, Lake and Olive Lundsten, Logan Deen, Samuel Wilson, Elizabeth Helgeson.  

His only living sibling, Grace (Wilson) Reese, lives in Paradise, CA with her husband, Bob.

A memorial service will be held at the Santa Rosa Bible Church on Monday, Nov 11, at 10:30 am.

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