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LAHS student helps seniors adapt to new technologies through games

Courtesy of Apala Egan
Los Altos High School student Cole Brinsfield has helped seniors master technology over the past six years.

Los Altos High School junior Cole Brinsfield aims to bridge the technology gap for local seniors by exposing them to Wii, a Nintendo console that uses motion control and includes a variety of games for people of all ages.

Brinsfield has volunteered at the Los Altos Senior Program for more than six years. He recalled one senior who could no longer bowl because of the weight of the ball and trouble maintaining her balance. She had enjoyed the game in her youth, so Brinsfield introduced her to the virtual experience of Wii Bowling, allowing her the pleasure of the game.

Study: Cal Water receives high marks

California Water Service has been ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among water utilities in the western United States, according to J.D. Power’s 2016 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. The utility also achieved the highest score in the region for communications.

The results were based on responses in March from residential customers who had experiences with their utility within the past six months. The Overall Water Utility Satisfaction Index measures key performance indicators in six areas: delivery, price, billing and payment, conservation, communications and customer service.

New logo reflects 'cultural center' of Los Altos


The Los Altos History Museum recently debuted a new logo, reflecting museum officials’ aim to become the educational and cultural center of the community.

The new logo incorporates a tree that symbolizes the link to Los Altos’ orchard heritage and communicates diversity, learning and growth.

Straw family honors daughter at Seeds of Hope fundraiser

courtesy of CORA
The late Colleen’s Straw family – from left, siblings Bill, Erin and Kate and parents Ann and William – pay tribute at a CORA fundraiser for victims of domestic abuse.

Dr. William and Ann Straw of Los Altos honored their youngest child, Colleen Straw, at the CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) Seeds of Hope annual fundraiser. The event took place May 5 – Colleen’s birthday – at Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park.

Colleen died last November, a victim of domestic violence.

Los Altos Knights alumni enjoy 'Return to Camelot'

Shelly Bosmans-Bowers/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating at Los Altos High’s class reunion are, above, from left, John Arkley, Byron and Susan Pipkin, Don Leutz, Mary and Kevin Flanigan and Claudia Weiler Meyer.

More than 250 members of the Los Altos High School classes of 1958-1975 convened at Cupertino’s Blackberry Farm May 14 to reunite with old friends and mentors and share memories of their high school years.

Former student Patti Palmer told former French instructor Marilyn Young how her French class and other meetings with Young had inspired her to travel to France multiple times, with another trip scheduled this year. Jane Fuchs, Holiday Matchett and Allyson Johnson – all from the Class of 1962 – recalled performing “Macbeth” in Claire Pelton’s English class and took turns reciting quotations from the three witches’ incantations and Lady Macbeth’s mad scene. Others gathered around U.S. history teacher Ken Bruce and fondly remembered his charges up San Juan Hill.

International Dance Festival commemorates anniversary

The Lively Foundation’s International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley is scheduled to celebrate its fifth anniversary with dance performances, workshops and open master classes Aug. 6-13.

Events for professional/advanced dancers and those who want to learn with artist/teachers are slated at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

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