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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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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

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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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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KENNETH A. HAUKOM

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Kenneth A. Haukom passed away peacefully in Los Altos on November 7, 2013. He and his family and many friends celebrated his 100th birthday in July.

Born July 18, 1913, in Conrad, Montana, Ken was the third child of Edward and Clara Haukom. The family including sister, Evelyn, and brother, Jack, had moved to Conrad from their native Minnesota to homestead the land. Later the family ran the Conrad Mercantile Company. In 1921, after Ken’s mother became ill as a result of the influenza epidemic, the family returned to Hayfield, Minnesota. Following graduation from Hayfield High School in 1931, Ken attended Rochester Jr. College and the University of Minnesota.

Adventure called in 1936, and Ken set out to see the world on a Norwegian tanker. He photographed the coastline of Japan and the images were used by the U.S. War Department as war clouds were forming around the world. Ken returned from his travels and attended the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated in 1939. In 1940 he worked for Bethlehem Steel as an estimator and later became Chief Scheduling and Progress Engineer for Permanente Metals Corporation, which built 420 ships for the U.S. Maritime Commission.

On Christmas Day, 1940, Ken married Beverly, his longtime sweetheart from Minnesota. They settled in the East Bay where they had two children and were very active in the community, schools, and church. In 1997, Beverly passed away. They had been married nearly 57 years.

Ken joined Brown, Pacific, Maxon in 1946, a sub-contractor responsible for building the airport, hospital, roads, and housing on Guam after WWII. In 1956, Ken began working for Magna Engineering in Menlo Park, and he chose to move his young family to Los Altos. One more career move followed in 1958, when he joined Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale where he worked for twenty years retiring in 1978.

Ken was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and active at the Los Altos Senior Center, and the Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association. At “WW” thirteen years ago Ken met Bess Whitaker and over the years Ken and Bess shared faith, family, friends, travel, sports, bridge, dining and dancing.

His advice was always to stay Involved and to keep your focus on Faith, Family, and Friends.

Ken is survived by son, Ken Haukom, Jr. (Vicki), daughter, Karen Reid (Kirk), grandchildren, Chris, Kevin, Kyla, and Kenneth and great-grandchildren, Hannah and Reid.

A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mission Endowment Fund of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Los Altos, California.

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