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Locals lead online fundraising effort to save stray dog

Courtesy of Rotts of Friends 
Life will go on for Cody after local residents contributed to his rescue.

Fast-food burgers are Cynthia Martin’s go-to whenever she’s faced with the unfathomable task of having to euthanize one of her family dogs. So the La Honda resident anticipated a stop at McDonald’s en route to visit the condemned German shepherd she helped pluck from the streets.

“I said, ‘I’d like to bring him by his last burger,’” Martin said, recalling her conversation with Palo Alto Animal Services Officer Cody Macartney. “He said, ‘You’re welcome to bring it by, but we’re actually not going to put him down today.’”

LA council candidates address relationships with local school districts

The six candidates running for three open seats on the five-member Los Altos City Council participated in a forum Oct. 6 at Los Altos High School. In advance of the forum, organizers prepared a series of questions for candidates to answer. The Town Crier published candidates’ answers in previous issues. Below is the final follow-up question. Candidate Jeannie Bruins passed on this week’s question due to illness.

Los Altos History Museum executive director Bajuk calls it quits


The Los Altos History Museum Board of Directors reported Oct. 11 that Laura Bajuk resigned as the museum’s executive director. Her last day is Friday.

Bajuk accepted a fundraising and development position with the soon-to-open Palo Alto History Museum.

Firefighters wear pink for breast cancer month

Courtesy of Stephanie Stuehler/Santa Clara County Fire Department
Firefighters unveil their pink pride in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of October, Santa Clara County Fire Department crews will wear pink to draw attention to and raise funds for breast cancer research.

The International Association of Firefighters Local 1165 sponsors the program to generate funds for the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink Campaign and the IAFF Charitable Foundation, according to Adam Cosner, Local 1165 Union president.

Deadline approaches for community volunteer award nominations

The Joint Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers for the 34th annual awards through Oct. 31.

The cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have joined forces on the awards since 1983 to honor individuals and groups who have volunteered their time to serve in the communities. Nearly 400 individuals and groups have received awards since the recognition’s inception.

White House pastry chef serves up sweet tales at Morning Forum of LA

Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Executive chef Roland Mesnier addresses a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Oct. 4.

Chef Roland Mesnier discussed “All the Presidents’ Pastries” for a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Oct. 4 while wearing his chef whites.

Mesnier spent 26 years (1979-2004) as executive pastry chef at the White House. In his memoir “All the Presidents’ Pastries,” he reveals that though he made desserts for hundreds of state dinners throughout five administrations, he never served the same dessert twice.

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