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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


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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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JACK WYLIE

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Jack Wylie, aged 89, passed away on the 3rd of October, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Malou, his wife of 52 years, and the loving father of daughter, Susan. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1924, he was a proud WWII veteran and was decorated for valor, receiving the Bronze Star.

Jack attended Fenn College in Cleveland on the GI bill, where he received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

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SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

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Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oregon. There she taught music to grades K-8 and lived in a boarding house. She would joke about her boarding house reach. After several years of teaching in Oregon, she moved to Menlo Park, CA where she taught second grade at Hillview Elementary School. She joined a young adult group where she met her future husband Donald Specht. Their first date was a community ski trip which led to a 54 year marriage! 

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DONNA HALLIDAY

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Donna Halliday, 85, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away Friday evening, September 26, 2014, in Kirksville, Missouri, while visiting her son.

She was born on January 25, 1929, in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Schuyler Everett and Maude Bedigrew Clark.

Donna grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Southeast High School, in the Class of 1946. She later attained her nursing degree from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas and subsequently taught nursing to the younger students. While at K.U. she met her future husband, Gordon Halliday, who at the time was a second year medical student.

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JACQUELINE (JACKIE) KOCH

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Our beautiful Jacqueline (Jackie) Koch passed away on September 8, 2014 at the age of 81 due to complications from Alzheimer’s.

Jackie was born in Reims, France and came to the United States not knowing any English. She worked hard to acclimate to her new surroundings and became a hair stylist in Washington, D.C. She later relocated to California where she met her “sweetheart” and love of her life, James (Jim) Koch, who predeceased her in October of 2012.

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VIRGINIA GRIGSBY

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Virginia (Ginny) Grigsby of Los Altos died September 4, 2014, at home, peacefully, with her family surrounding her.  She was 85 years old.

She was born on March 27, 1929, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Frank and Ruth Eck. She graduated from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. She met her husband-to-be, John, at a church picnic in 1949, and they were married in Pittsfield on July 15, 1950.

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