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Scouting News


Courtesy of Tim and Gina Cahill
Troop 30’s new Eagle Scouts include, from left, Scott Cahill, Nick Finan, Dylan Finan, Michael Hillman, Nicky McConnell, Garrett DeAngelis and Jack Prescott.

Troop 30 Scouts earn Eagle honors

Seven Boy Scouts from Los Altos Troop 30 recently earned their Eagle ranks, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

To earn the Eagle designation, the Scout must progress through the ranks, complete 22 merit badges, serve in a leadership position for six months and plan and organize a service project that benefits his school, church or community. Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts attain the Eagle rank.

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Woman’s club hosts Mercury News writer

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled San Jose Mercury News columnist Steve Yvaska to speak at its April 7 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and Yvaska’s presentation at 1 p.m.

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Kay Payne of Los Altos recently announced her retirement after a 37-year career as an arts docent.

Payne chaired a community speakers program for 21 years. The number of talks and attendees doubled under her guidance. Last year, the program’s 400 talks reached nearly 17,000 people. Payne has given more than 100 talks herself, many of them at the Los Altos main library.

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Scouting News


Trevor McGall

Trevor McGall of Los Altos recently earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

For his Eagle Project, McGall built a Living Classroom garden at Huff Elementary School in Mountain View. He removed bushes and planted approximately 100 plants per design recommendations; removed the old sprinklers and set up drip irrigation; installed plant identification signs; designed and built main and side paths with borders; and designed, built and installed a large garden sign. He oversaw and worked alongside 23 volunteers over several days, devoting more than 300 hours to the project.

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Homestead student wins grant for science research


Courtesy of Anika Sanya
Homestead High School freshman Anika Sanya works in a laboratory on her project on natural solutions for lowering cholesterol. She recently won a grant to aid her research.

After discovering how much money her father spends on cholesterol medication, Homestead High School freshman Anika Sanya set out to find a more affordable solution.

“I’ve always been interested in science,” the 14-year-old Los Altos resident said. “I’ve always wanted to find things that would relate to the world.”

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