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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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GERHARD GUSTAV THIEM

OBIT GerhardThiem

Gerhard G. Thiem, a resident of Los Altos since 2002, passed away on December 31, 2013. Born on September 8, 1919, in Langenbielau, Germany, Gerhard’s entry through Ellis Island in 1922 was almost denied due to malnutrition and rickets. With his parents, the late Gustav and Clara Thiem, he settled in Lawrence, MA, where his brother, the late Walter Thiem of Athol, MA, was born in 1926.

He attended Lawrence public schools through his junior year and completed high school at Philips Academy, in Andover, MA. He graduated from Harvard University with BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1941 and 1942, respectively. During World War II, he designed military aircraft engines in Hartford, CT, and then in Buffalo, NY, where, during a church youth group scavenger hunt, he met Beverly J. Recktenwalt. Gerhard and Beverly wed on November 2, 1946. In 1954, Gerhard relocated his family to West Springfield, MA, for a position with the Hamilton Standard division of United Aircraft (later United Technologies), in Windsor Locks, CT. Except for a short stint with Gilbarco (Exxon), Gerhard stayed with Hamilton Standard until his retirement in 1985. He and Beverly spent much of their retirement traveling with the warm weather in their truck-top camper. They enjoyed many state and federal parks throughout the country and compiled impressive life birding lists. They moved to Los Altos in 2002, and Beverly passed away in 2005.

During the 1980s, the air-conditioning and pressurization in most Boeing and McDonnell Douglas commercial aircraft was provided by the environmental control system (three-wheel machine) that Gerhard designed. In his parenting, Gerhard emphasized the importance of education and was pleased that this value was lived out by his children and has passed to his grandchildren.

He is greatly loved and survived by his daughter, Carol Schembri (Frank), San Mateo, CA; his three sons, Carl (Cindy), De Pere, WI; Curt, Los Altos, CA; and Craig (Susan), De Pere, WI; his grandchildren, Ashley Menning (Sam), Alex, Kate, Logan, Erica, Mike, Christopher, Eric, and Jacob; and his great-granddaughter, Ruby.

A memorial service for Gerhard was held on January 3. Interment followed at the Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto on January 6. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Pathways Hospice, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 or the Los Altos Senior Center, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022.

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