Sat09202014

Noteworthies

Abilities United hires new executive director

The Abilities United Board of Directors selected Charlie Weidanz to serve as the nonprofit organization’s executive director, effective June 30.

Weidanz, longtime head of two Bay Area YMCAs, brings more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience to the position. He replaces longtime Executive Director Lynda Steele, who recently retired.

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Los Altos Girl Scouts wage campaign against ocean pollution


Courtesy of Troop 61015
Troop 61015 members gather at Seacliff State Beach. Front row, from left: Megan Apfelberg, Kiran Mahn, Elizabeth Barnett, Vivian Hanna, Marie Godderis, Annelisa Fache, Isabel Berny and Kavya Ramamurthy. Back: Anooshkha Shetty, Sophie Ashley, Valentina Chang, Sarah Rashed, Annie Specker, Olivia Pye, Shreya Kuthiala, Maddie Elkin, Olivia Colace, Arya Sastry, park ranger Christina Chettachini and Kaila Crawford.

Los Altos Junior Girl Scout Troop 61015 focused on ocean pollution for our Bronze Award Project. The Bronze Award is the highest recognition a Junior Girl Scout can earn. We are trying to raise awareness about ocean pollution and how it harms the animals that live in and near the ocean.

During February and March, we cleaned up many beaches, including Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio, Davenport and Seacliff. Over spring break, some of us cleaned up local creeks that lead to San Francisco Bay in addition to the beaches we visited in Hawaii.

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St. Francis grad wins CFSV essay contest

St. Francis High School graduate Evan Sheahan of Los Altos wrote one of two winning essays in the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley’s third annual essay contest.

Sheahan’s essay addressed the question: “What is the difference between a democracy and a republic, from the point of view of the Founders of the United States of America?”

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New Eagle Scout credits grandfather


Courtesy of Lucy Lee
Namyst

Town Crier Report

Daniel Namyst of Troop 31 celebrated earning his Eagle Scout rank with family and friends Memorial Day. At his Court of Honor ceremony, held at Los Altos Lutheran Church, Daniel honored the person who most inspired him: his grandfather, Donald W. Namyst, a Korean War veteran. Daniel, a junior at Mountain View High School, is the son of Los Altos residents Anne and David Namyst.

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Los Altos Troop 30 scouts reach top with Eagle rank


Courtesy of Russ mirov
New Troop 30 Eagles Scouts include, from left, Alex Mirov, Craig Young, Brett Nelson, Kelly McConnell, Randy Kenyon, Stephen Strawbridge, Samir Joshi, Brad Huwe and Chris Krupa.

Nine members of Los Altos Troop 30 have attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.

The new Eagle Scouts and their projects:

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