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2015 Year in Review

We’ll say this for 2015: It’s left us looking forward to 2016.

The city of Los Altos began the year vowing better communication, and followed that pledge with advance notices of city council meetings in the Town Crier. But the abject failure of Measure A in November revealed a huge gulf in understanding between city leaders’ and residents’ expectations.

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Los Altan of the Year, Clyde Noel: Embracing life's changes as opportunities


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Man about town Clyde Noel, 93, the Town Crier’s 2015 Los Altan of the Year, is retired but far from retiring – he is an active volunteer, member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos and contributor to the Town Crier.

When Clyde Noel was 17 years old, his grandfather told him he’d spend his days milking cows on the family farm.

“No way did I want that,” recalled the Los Altos Hills resident. “There was more than just milkin’.”

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"A Side of Clyde:" Humor, persistence hallmarks of long service


Above Left and Left Photos courtesy of the Noel Family; Above Right Town Crier File Photo
Full of laughter, Clyde Noel has made his mark and kept his humor throughout the years. He stands with Town Crier Publisher Paul Nyberg, above left.

I believe that Clyde Noel is chiefly responsible for the playful use of the word “character.”

If you take life too seriously, you’d better stay away from Clyde. Check that, you could probably stand to benefit from this irreverent, always-smiling, fun-loving guy who doesn’t finish any conversation without throwing a punch line at you.

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Living the long life


Photos Courtesy of the Noel Family
Clyde and Lois Noel, above, have been married for 72 years. They met while Clyde was serving in the U.S. Navy.

Editor’s note: Directed to share a bit about himself with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Los Altan of the Year Clyde Noel delivered the following speech Dec. 10 and received a standing ovation for his good humor.

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FEMA: El Niño to drench area


Town Crier File photo
FEMA officials urge local residents to stockpile emergency supplies and complimentary sandbags before El Niño hits. A city worker fills sandbags at the Municipal Services Center, above.

 

Record wet conditions across South Florida. Record warm temperatures across the northern Great Plains. Record late first snow days in Montana.

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Los Altos High student balances high school and entrepreneur work


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School student Sienna Pagett sells socks through her apparel line at Impact Design Co. The senior spends her free time involved in a host of entrepreneurial pursuits.

Most high school students remain busy juggling college applications, attending club meetings, playing sports and carrying a full class load. But for one Los Altos High senior, student life is not enough.

Sienna Pagett, a self-proclaimed multitasker, oversees public relations for the nonprofit organization LyfeCycle, which provides bicycles to youths in impoverished countries; co-founded Lemona Software, a startup that builds websites and apps; and runs her own fashion blog and apparel company, Impact Design Co.

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Fatally stabbed Los Altos native remembered as 'friend to everyone'

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Courtesy of Straw family
Family remembers Los Altos native Colleen Straw as an artistic, friendly individual.

Loved ones mourning Colleen Straw will remember her beautiful smile, sparkly eyes and endearing personality.

The Los Altos native, 34, died Saturday at her San Mateo residence after calling police to report that she had been stabbed. Police have apprehended the suspect, ex-boyfriend Anthony Kirincic, 22.

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