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From Pinewood to Spain, Cilker sings just about everywhere


Courtesy of Margo Cilker
Pinewood School alum Margo Cilker has moved on from Los Altos to a successful career in music. Cilker regularly tours throughout the United States and Europe.

For Pinewood School graduate Margo Cilker, there was never a clear moment when she decided to become a musician – the idea developed organically through 20 years of absorbing and learning about music.

Villa Siena Auxiliary honored for five decades of service


Courtesy of Villa Siena Auxiliary
Corine Bernard, left, executive director of Villa Siena, presents the auxiliary’s 50-year anniversary plaque to Sue Marrion, new auxiliary president.

The Villa Siena Auxiliary celebrated 50 years of service to the assisted-living retirement residence in Mountain View. Members commemorated the milestone during a June 14 luncheon at Michaels at Shoreline restaurant.

Westwind 4-H pays tribute to founder Couperus


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Nancy Couperus, left, receives flowers of thanks from Westwind 4-H volunteers.

The Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program honored founder Nancy Couperus with a party and trail ride June 9 at Westwind Community Barn in Los Altos Hills.

Riders, volunteers and past volunteers surprised Couperus by recognizing her as “Outstanding Volunteer Since 1978.” The group showered Couperus, a longtime Los Altos Hills resident, with praise and gifts, including a scrapbook containing photos and letters from riders and volunteers expressing their appreciation for her many years of guiding and supporting Westwind 4-H.

First Friday honors vets for July


Courtesy of Jamie Lucia
Post Commander William Miklos of American Legion Post 558, from left, William Healzer and Col. Joe Boscacci, past Post 558 commander and California vice chairman of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, will be on hand at First Friday.

This week’s First Friday festivities will commemorate veterans and Independence Day.

Scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos, First Friday activities will include live entertainment, children’s activities, extended store hours and merchant promotions.

Bill Almon: LAH resident led fight against quarry to the end


Bill Almon, a Los Altos Hills environmental activist who led a prominent campaign to shut down the Lehigh Hanson Cement Plant and quarry, died June 13 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Almon was 83.

A native of St. Louis, Mr. Almon earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and pursued graduate work in economics at Georgetown University. He enjoyed a successful career in high-tech, founding two companies, StorMedia Inc. in 1994 and Grandis Inc. in 2002. He served as CEO at both companies. Mr. Almon also spent 30 years with IBM Corp., holding executive positions in software and hardware management.

LA women's club looks to build on nearly six decades of service


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The Federated Woman’s Club, founded in 1957, celebrates 60 years of service next year but could use a few new members. Members, led by co-founder Helen Foerster, top left, gather at a meeting a few years back.

Nearing its 60th year of existence, the Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos is still operating, but the club could use some new blood. Just ask Helen Foerster, the last surviving founding member, who remains the heart and soul of the club.

Now in her 90s, Foerster continues to be in charge of scheduling speakers for the club’s monthly meetings. In addition to the satisfaction of volunteering and helping others, Foerster said she loves the club for the “long-term friendships – just being with people.”


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