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.



Courtesy of Rob McCullough
The American Watercolor Society’s International Exhibition in New York features Jane McCullough’s “The End of the Game.”

Watercolor Society selects Los Altos artist’s work for display

The American Watercolor Society selected the work of Los Altos artist Jane McCullough for its 147th Annual International Exhibition at the historical Salmagundi Club on Fifth Avenue in New York City, on display through April 20. This is the second time McCullough’s work has been featured in the show.

Each year since 1867, the American Watercolor Society has hosted a juried exhibition of watercolors by artist members of the organization. The organization boasts such past members as Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, John LaFarge and Andrew Wyeth.


Scouting news

Courtesy of Serge Bonte
Troop 33’s new Eagle Scouts include, from left, Mayer Feldman, Travis Mayer, Ashwin Krishna, Michael Basset and Jeremy Bonte.

Troop 33 honors new Eagle Scouts

Los Altos Troop 33 recently awarded the Eagle rank to four sophomores at Los Altos High School and a senior at Fremont High.




Abilities United leader earns Woman of the Year

Assemblyman Rich Gordon, who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, selected retiring Abilities United Executive Director Lynda Steele as 2014 Woman of the Year for the 24th Assembly District.

Steele received recognition March 10 in the Assembly Chambers in Sacramento for her service and advocacy for the disabled community.


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