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Courtesy of Shannon Kava
The new Eagle Scouts in Troop 103 include, from left, Matthew Boennighausen, Troy Jackson, Daniel Kava, Miles Meijer and Tucker Meijer. Not pictured: Diedrich Welling.

Troop 103 honors new Eagle Scouts

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 103 recently recognized Matthew Boennighausen, Troy Jackson, Daniel Kava, Miles Meijer, Tucker Meijer and Diedrich Welling for achieving the Eagle Scout rank, the highest distinction in Boy Scouts. The troop honored the six Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony Jan. 17 at St. Simon Catholic Parish in Los Altos.

The new Eagle Scouts and their projects:



OBIT ChrisKenison

Feb 13, 1945-Feb 6, 2015

Resident of Los Altos

Chris was born in Georgia and moved to Oklahoma as a young child. He grew up there and moved to California in 1965. He developed a strong work ethic from his grandparents and parents. He attended the University of Oklahoma and San Jose State where he obtained a Masters Degree in Industrial Arts/Mathematics. Chris was also a retired Captain in the US Army Reserve where he served for 8 years. Among the thousands of students Chris taught over the years, some have moved on to teaching careers of their own.



OBIT EliesSkidmore


Long time resident of Los Altos

Our beloved Mother passed away into heavenly peace on December 31, 2014 at the age of 92. Her last years were lived as she so desired, in the comfort and familiarity of her own home surrounded by her lovely garden of roses. Elies Yeates Skidmore was born September 28, 1922 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the daughter of Kenneth Wilson Yeates and Marion McIntyre Yeates. As a young girl, her family heritage would take her to the McIntyre Cattle Ranch in Alberta, Canada where she would enjoy spending time in the summer seasons.


Sereno Group donations benefit local causes

Representatives with the Sereno Group Los Altos office presented $37,721 to their 1% for Good Program recipients Feb. 2. Above, realtors gather at the Sereno offices to present funds to representatives from the Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program and the Foothill College Veterans Scholarship Fund. The funds, from the third and fourth quarters of 2014, were divided equally between the two groups. “Each recipient was selected for the exceptional work they do in the community,” said Diane Schmitz of Sereno Group. Sereno representatives welcome suggestions on organizations that serve the Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale communities that could benefit from the 1% for Good Program. For more information, call Schmitz at 947-2955 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



OBIT BettyLoehr

Betty (Elizabeth) Loehr was born in Chilton, WI on Feb. 5, 1926 of parents Josephine and Ernest Loehr and passed away peacefully at Eskaton Village on Jan. 18, 2015 in Grass Valley, CA with her daughter holding her hand.

Growing up, Betty was a high school Majorette and, according to the local librarian, read every book in the library in her thirst for knowledge. She graduated from University of Wisconsin at Madison with a B.A. degree in English and her teaching certificate.


Scouting News

Cub Scouts from Pack 77 cheer on their favorite cars during the Jan. 31 Pinewood Derby at Almond School.

Pinewood Derby satisfies Scouts’ need for speed

Los Altos Cub Scouts Pack 77 piled into the Almond School Multipurpose Room Jan. 31 to participate in the Pinewood Derby, one of the organization’s most popular family activities.

Pinewood Derby cars are small, wooden models designed and built by the Scouts and their families.



OBIT DonWeiler1    OBIT DonWeiler2

Don L. Weiler, a resident of Los Altos for 62 years, passed away on Dec. 16, 2014. He was born on Oct. 14, 1920 in Fort Worth, Texas. 

He married Frances Anne Douglas in 1945 and they enjoyed a wonderful marriage until her passing in 2002. They raised 3 daughters: Leslie (Greg) White, Claudia (Laine) Meyer and Janet Lee. Their family continued to grow with grandchildren, Tera, Brodie, Lia, Kim, Andrew, Kristen and Brian and 3 great grandchildren, Claire, Avery and Jackson. 



OBIT DouglasDouglass

April 10, 1930 – January 10, 2015

Douglas Allen Douglass, died peacefully January 10, 2015 after a long affliction with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born April 10, 1930. Doug was raised in Tonopah, Nevada. Doug graduated from Tonopah High School as Salutatorian and accepted the Harold’s Club academic scholarship for the University of Nevada. He played as starting guard on the Dream Team basketball team of 1951-52, graduated in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree and completed his master’s degree in 1956. After ROTC, he entered the Army as a lieutenant and remained on reserve status through the early years of his career.


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