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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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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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