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.


Troop 37 welcomes new Eagle scouts

James Anderson, left, and Colin McGrath earn the Eagle rank.

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 37 recently welcomed two new Eagle Scouts to the ranks.

• For his Eagle project, James Thomas Folger Anderson worked with the Little League to identify needs at Purissima Fields. He designed, procured supplies and shepherded 112 hours of labor for construction of dugout benches and distance marker.

Anderson, a junior at Los Altos High School, is the son of Thomas and Jo Beth Folger Anderson of Los Altos.

• For his Eagle project, Colin Peter McGrath designed and built a dedicated storage transportation system for the Mountain View High School Marching Band’s percussion instruments. He and fellow scouts devoted more than 200 service hours to the project.

McGrath, a graduate of Mountain View High School, is pursuing a computer science degree at UC Irvine. He is the son of Bob and Peggy McGrath of Los Altos.


The Los Altos-based Sempervirens Fund recently hired Shelley Ratay as deputy executive director to expand the land trust’s work protecting and connecting the local redwood forests between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean.

Ratay will focus on land protection, general management and fundraising on behalf of the organization.


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