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Museum exhibition tackles 'The Lure & the Legends' that made Silicon Valley: Ambitious project tells pioneers' stories via range of features


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“The Lure & the Legends” organizers gather in the exhibition’s parametric structure Friday. Pictured are, front row, from left: Donald Sibbett, Julie Rose, Paula Tuerk, Trudi Brossard and Lou Brossard. Back: Jason Reiner, Jennifer Miller, Rosie Birnel, Kathy Lera, Carolyn Snyder, Al Bagley, Nan Geschke, Bob Grimm, Cris Johnson, Judy Dahl and Chuck Geschke.

The story of Silicon Valley is now legendary, with its transition from ranchland and orchards to high-tech mecca told countless times and its innovations well chronicled.

But the stories of the people behind the Apple iPhones, Google searches, Adobe software and other world-changing advances haven’t been told nearly as often.

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Seeking STEM museum inspiration, Kenyan scientist stops in Los Altos


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Serah Waithera Kahiu, center, chats with Los Altos History Museum volunteers, including Nomi Trapnell, left, during a reception at the museum last week.

As a curious 5-year-old in Kenya, Serah Waithera Kahiu wondered why her shadow followed her during the day but not at night. To help her understand the science behind the phenomenon, Kahiu’s father placed a lamp in front of her hand to illustrate how illumination created a shadow on the wall behind her.

The lesson not only shed light on the subject, but also foreshadowed Kahiu’s career in and devotion to science.

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Council candidates discuss investment in south Los Altos


Members of Los Altos Forward solicited questions for a series of forums with the candidates running for Los Altos City Council. Five candidates are running for two seats on the council in the Nov. 4 election.

The candidates were asked to answer the following question in 50 words or less.

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Los Altos school resource officer melds teaching and policing


Courtesy of Katie Krauss
Katie Krauss, school resource officer for the Los Altos Police Department, addresses an elementary school classroom.

Agent Katie Krauss, school resource officer for the Los Altos Police Department, came into her career with a unique perspective – she previously worked as a teacher.

Krauss’ experiences teaching first and second grades made her the ideal candidate for the law enforcement position. The bulk of her day’s work includes making presentations at local schools on topics like Internet safety, drug use and Code Red training, the lockdown protocol for schools facing armed-intruder situations.

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Writers sought to spin spooky stories

October is here, which means that Halloween is right around the corner – and so is the Town Crier’s annual Spooky Stories contest.

We’re offering storytellers of all ages the opportunity to weave a Halloween-themed tale in under 400 words.

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Canine club: Resident issues call for oodles of Doodles


Courtesy of Diana Lloyd
Diana Lloyd and her Labradoodle, Teddy, are looking to start a Doodle club. She got the idea after running into numerous people who own the same breed.

Los Altos resident Diana Lloyd is a “Doodler” – a devoted owner of a mini-Australian Labradoodle, Teddy. She’s on a mission to unite local Doodle owners by launching a club devoted to the popular breed.

“I am calling all Doodle owners that would like to meet and share our wonderful pets,” she said.

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