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Local resident launches startup

Ashley Duval is off to a promising start with her new botanical startup.

The 2002 Los Altos High School graduate co-founded Shoots and Roots Bitters two years ago with three colleagues. The company recently released its first line of small-batch bitters through its website, shootsandrootsbitters.com.

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Scouting News


Courtesy of Annette Motoyama
Troop 60232 Girl Scout Bronze Award winners include, front row, from left: Isabelle Fejes and Kaitlyn Chow. Back: Julianne Chen, Julia Crouse, Emily Blake, Louisa Hahn, Jamie Minden, Jocelyn Pytel, Rachel Lee and Caitlin Gee. Not pictured: Nicole Toomey.

Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award

Members of Montclaire Elementary School’s Girl Scout Troop 60232 worked on a project over the summer to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can receive.

The girls raised more than $250 in cash donations for Palo Alto Animal Services. They also contributed 30 blankets, 20 pounds of baked animal treats and dozens of handcrafted toys for cats and dogs at the shelter.

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Ashwin Vaidyanahan, left, and Michael Wu

Los Altos Troop 37 recognizes Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 37 of Los Altos recognized two Scouts who earned the rank of Eagle at a Court of Honor ceremony in August.

For his Eagle project, Ashwin Vaidyanathan, a senior at Los Altos High School, led a team of Scouts in constructing a greenhouse at Egan Junior High School.

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Medical school student earns UC scholarship

Los Altos resident Kristen Lavelle, a graduate of Mountain View High School, received the UC Riverside Medical School Founders’ Scholarship at the school’s White Coat Ceremony Aug. 8. The ceremony recognizes students’ entry into the medical profession as each slips into the profession’s traditional white coat. Lavelle is a member of the UC Riverside Class of 2018.

Lavelle graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley. Her parents – Caroline Lavelle of Los Altos and Joe Lavelle of Saratoga – attended the ceremony.

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Courtesy of Martha Bowden
Los Altos Hills resident Bill Stark, second from right, receives the Silver Buffalo. He is flanked by, from left, son William III, daughter-in-law Meghan, wife Ann and daughter Kathleen Stark.

LAH resident receives Scouting’s highest honor

Longtime Los Altos Hills resident William Stark Jr. recently received the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor, the Silver Buffalo Award.

Each year, the Boy Scouts honor several individuals nationwide who have demonstrated a lifetime of extraordinary service to youth either through direct service to a youth agency or through actions affecting youth. In the 88-year history of the Silver Buffalo Award, only 741 have been bestowed. Recipients include 14 U.S. presidents, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, baseball legend Yogi Berra, Bill Gates and Gen. Colin Powell.

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