Troop 76 celebrates 50th anniversary – members past and present invited

Boy Scout Troop 76 of Los Altos is scheduled to commemorate its 50th anniversary 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The troop invites former Troop 76 scouts, leaders and parents to share in the celebration.


'Champions for Youth' announced

Challenge Team will honor Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer as “Champion for Youth” at the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraising breakfast, scheduled 7 a.m. May 7 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Lauren Burns of Mountain View High School will receive recognition as “Youth Champion.”


Scouting News

Anthony Ebbs and Jonas Schill are Troop 37 Eagle Scouts.

Troop 37 members earn Eagles

Anthony Ebbs and Jonas Schill, members of Boy Scout Troop 37 of Los Altos, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest title.

They received their awards at an Eagle Court of Honor attended by family and friends April 19.


Dodsworth receives CADRE award for emergency preparedness

Courtesy of Sherie Dodsworth
Sheri Dodsworth, right, and CADRE administrator Tom Busk, response director for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, celebrate Dodsworth’s “Excellence in Preparedness” award.

Los Altos resident Sherie Dodsworth received the “Excellence in Preparedness” award April 9 at the ninth annual Santa Clara County Disaster Preparedness Conference at NASA Ames Conference Center in Mountain View.

The event’s sponsor, the Collaborative Agencies Disaster Relief Effort (CADRE), aims to unite community-based, nonprofit organizations in disaster preparedness efforts as well as response and recovery activities in Santa Clara County.



OBIT PhyllisAustin

Phyllis Jean Roach Austin died peacefully on April 11, 2014 at the age of 89. Phyllis was born on July 8, 1924 and her parents Buford Roach Sr. and Emiliènne (Peggy) Préaux Roach were gifted musicians. Phyllis grew up in Eugene, Oregon. She majored in Fine Arts at the University of Oregon where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. 



RotaCare honors local volunteer

RotaCare Bay Area honored Jim Cochran of the RotaCare Mountain View Free Medical Clinic with the Outstanding Clinic Volunteer Award April 10 for his commitment to RotaCare’s mission of providing free medical care to those with the greatest need and least access.

Cochran was among the dozen volunteers recognized by the 12 RotaCare clinics in the Bay Area, which are run with a work force of volunteer physicians, nurses, health-care administrators and local residents.


Scouting News

Robin Iwai/Special to the Town Crier
Bill Gascoyne, pictured with his wife, Kristin, has served Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 31 for 31 years. The troop recently honored his contributions.

Leader marks 31 years with Troop 31

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 31 honored assistant scoutmaster Bill Gascoyne April 2.

More than three decades ago, Gascoyne, an Eagle Scout, arrived in California to work as an engineer. He contacted the local Boy Scouts office to inquire about volunteer opportunities and landed at Troop 31. The Troop 31 community recognized Gascoyne, who oversees training of new scouts, for his 31 years of dedication and service.


LA teen releases book during National Autism Month

After a diagnosis of autism at age 3, a Los Altos teenager struggled to untangle the complex world around her. Grappling with a confusing lexicon of facial expressions, feelings, human reactions and how she should respond, the teen began documenting her experiences through a written and visual journal as a child.

Now a high school student who takes AP courses, the teen shared her journey in a book that chronicles the barriers she overcame. “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” (Creston Books, 2013), written under the pseudonym Florida Frenz, features handwritten journal entries and colorful illustrations that communicate how she felt growing up with autism.


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