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Trevor McGall

Trevor McGall of Los Altos recently earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

For his Eagle Project, McGall built a Living Classroom garden at Huff Elementary School in Mountain View. He removed bushes and planted approximately 100 plants per design recommendations; removed the old sprinklers and set up drip irrigation; installed plant identification signs; designed and built main and side paths with borders; and designed, built and installed a large garden sign. He oversaw and worked alongside 23 volunteers over several days, devoting more than 300 hours to the project.

THOMAS ADAMS MOLLARD

OBIT Thomas Mollard

1926 – 2016

Long time Los Altos resident, Tom Mollard, 89, died on January 21, 2016 from internal injuries suffered from a fall a week earlier.

His wife, Ann, preceded him death when she passed away in 2009 and his sister, Roberta Mollard Pavlakis,in 2000. Tom is survived by his 2 daughters, Susan (husband Ron) Glaze, Monterey, CA and Kitty (husband Jack) Friel, of Millis, MA, three grandchildren, Jack, Casey and Ryan and 3 great grandchildren, sisters in law Mary Durkin and Eileen McAvoy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

JAMES “GUY” FARTHING

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James “Guy” Farthing was born on August 3, 1933, in Boone, North Carolina, and graduated from Mocksville High School in NC. He spent two years at West Point with a medical discharge before graduating from North Carolina State with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He worked for GE as Manager of Energy Systems Information in Schenectady, NY; he was a Senior Staff Editor for Electrical World in NYC. He moved his family to CA in 1977 and was Manager, Member Services for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto. His real love was real estate development and started Quarterpenny Corp, a multi-family housing company in 1980. He built over 1,000 affordable housing units in Portland, OR and invested in multiple apartment communities in Tucson, AZ.

MELVIN (MEL) HAMMER

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Melvin (Mel) Hammer, 89, passed away Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 of pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Rancho Bernardo. He was a very beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and true friend. Melvin was born on February 14th, 1927 in Cleveland, OH and moved to San Diego, CA in 1975. Melvin is survived by his son Robert Hammer (Tammy), Morgan Hill, CA; son Neil Hammer,Aliso Viejo, CA; daughter Nancy Grunewald (Mark), Riverside,CA; daughter-in-law Kathy Hammer; grandchildren; Oren Hammer (Amber), Evan Grunewald, Jordan Hammer, Eve Grunewald, Jade Hammer and two great grandchildren. Mel was preceded in death by his wife Aileen Hammer, his son Arnold Hammer, and his sister Helen Friedman.

EMILY JANE DAVIES DEVINE

OBIT EmilyDevine

Emily Jane Davies Devine of Los Altos, CA passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of February 19, 2016.

Emily was born on September 8, 1918 in Lowellville, Ohio. She was the oldest of four children of a musically gifted Welsh father and Cornish mother. Their life in their small town revolved around the Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Emily loved school and dreamt of being a teacher. After the family lost their father at a young age, Emily worked her way through high school and college, graduating from Youngstown College in 1940 with degrees English and History.

CHARLES (CHUCK) PELTON

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Charles (Chuck) Pelton, 87, passed away from a massive heart attack on January 29, 2016. Up to the day of his death he was a robust, active man who managed his physically–challenged wife Claire and two large Bernese Mountain dogs (one that had lost the use of her back legs) with ease and affection. He could be seen almost daily walking to the State St. Peet’s with his wife and two Berners by his side. To say “he will be missed” is an understatement for all his family including daughter Cathie, son Jim, his Berners, and even the Peet’s staff who mourn his passing.

PAUL MARQUET GRIFFITHS

OBIT PaulGriffiths

Resident of San Jose
June 27, 1939 – February 7, 2016

Paul Griffiths passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at his home. Born June 27, 1939 in New York City to Phoebe Wilson and Edward Griffiths, Paul was the beloved eldest son of five children. He was a kind and loving brother to his brother Peter, and to his sisters Jane, Elizabeth, and Catherine. 

Homestead student wins grant for science research


Courtesy of Anika Sanya
Homestead High School freshman Anika Sanya works in a laboratory on her project on natural solutions for lowering cholesterol. She recently won a grant to aid her research.

After discovering how much money her father spends on cholesterol medication, Homestead High School freshman Anika Sanya set out to find a more affordable solution.

“I’ve always been interested in science,” the 14-year-old Los Altos resident said. “I’ve always wanted to find things that would relate to the world.”


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