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LA student leads effort to help children's home in Kathmandu

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Capucine Querenet of Los Altos shows children at the Aishworya Children’s Home in Kathmandu how to use their new Kindles.

Capucine Querenet traveled more than 9,500 miles from her Los Altos home to learn the difference between people who need help and people who desperately need help.

What started as a small French Christian summer camp effort to support a children’s home in Nepal has blossomed into an ongoing fund- raising drive under the leadership of the 17-year-old Homestead High School senior.

Running from tragedy: LAHS senior receives Rotary's Angius Scholarship

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Bailey Thayer and his family founded the nonprofit Have Faith Be Strong.

Los Altos High School graduate Bailey Thayer, who took action after losing his sister and brother to cancer, received the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 2016 Dude and Barbara Angius Scholarship.

Thayer – a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo studying biology and biotechnology – hopes to pursue a career researching pediatric brain cancer.

Rotary Club of Los Altos speaker shares stories of wrongfully incarcerated


Although incarceration can result in great injustice, lawyers at the Northern California Innocence Project have succeeded in uncovering proof of innocence and restoring freedom to many inmates.

Aaron Aguas-Rao, case manager for the Northern California Innocence Project, spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Altos Sept. 15. She said proving the innocence of worthy, wrongfully incarcerated individuals has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of her career.

Los Altos council candidates address affordable, senior housing

A forum for Los Altos City Council candidates is scheduled 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Six candidates are running for three seats in the Nov. 8 election. In advance of the forum, organizers have prepared a series of questions for candidates to answer. Following is the fourth in the series, with candidates answering one question in each issue of the Town Crier leading up to the election.

Officers catch up to runaway tortoise in LAH

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Big Bertha is back home now, thanks to rescue efforts by Palo Alto Animal Services and local firefighters.

Local animal control officials are still talking about the unusual service call they received Sept. 10 – a runaway tortoise.

A caller spotted the 134-pound Aldabra African tortoise late that Saturday evening at Arastradero Road and Thendara Way in Los Altos Hills.

New CHAC director plans to extend reach to families in need

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Marsha Deslauriers is the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council.

The nonprofit organization providing mental health services to families in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View gained a new leader this month. The Community Health Awareness Council Board of Directors appointed acting executive director Marsha Deslauriers to the role permanently.

Deslauriers comes from the for-profit sector, working for major corporations such as Target and Federated Department Stores before following a growing interest into the nonprofit world. Before coming to CHAC, she worked with the Jewish Community Center on a long-term financial model for its new facility on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto.

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