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Food & Wine

Citrus-y beers celebrate summer

Citrus-y beers celebrate summer


Derek Wolfgram/Special to the Town Crier
Session beers offer an alcohol content low enough to sustain sipping through a long, lazy picnic. Local breweries are celebrating the citrus hop style now in vogue with other fruit-forward influences.

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Your Health

Reading in sign,  ink and song

Reading in sign, ink and song


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A baby girl learns sign language during a program offered Wednesdays at the Los Altos Library.

Visit Los Altos Library’s community room on a Wednesday afternoon and you’ll see its plain gray expanse descend into ...

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Your Home

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers


Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Amy Randazzo purchases older homes in Mountain View to “flip” after they undergo a makeover. Her transformed houses feature open floor plans and she searches for properties with “good bones.”

Amy Randazzo is improving neighb...

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On The Road

A different kind  of driving school

A different kind of driving school


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The Andersons observe Bixby Bridge – located on Highway 1 near Big Sur – from a dirt road during their recent Land Rover Experience Driving School lesson.

It is always exciting to do something youR...

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Senior Lifestyles

Monkey business: Senior Program volunteers lift spirits of sick kids

Monkey business: Senior Program volunteers lift spirits of sick kids


Photo Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Senior Program volunteers – affectionately known as The Monkey Toy Ladies – make sock monkeys to comfort sick children.

Last year, nearly 400 children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital received a special ...

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Wedding To Remember

The Veils of Time

The Veils of Time


Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum

For a new spin on the Town Crier’s “Peek into the Past,” the Los Altos History Museum has been gathering historical local wedding photos and the stories behind them.

Frances Elizabeth Shoup, second...

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Your Kids

Back to School

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?


Courtesy of Hollis Bischoff
This chart compares the rate of Early Decision acceptances with the overall acceptance rate at various colleges.

As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accurately whether ...

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Noteworthies

Catawba College in South Carolina recently recognized alumna Eleanor Thompson Wortz of Los Altos with a Distinguished Alumni Award for her outstanding service during World War II as a member of the Womens Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). Nancy Franich recently celebrated 22 years with Jacki's Aerobics Programs. The former elementary school teacher in the Cupertino School District became interested in Jacki's Aerobic Programs as a participant in Connie Stack's aerobics class, which was started in Los Altos in 1976. She left Stack's group in 1979 to begin her own after-school aerobics classes in Cupertino. A few years later, after her first son was born, she moved her classes to the American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos, and has been there ever since.

Nancy Franich recently celebrated 22 years with Jacki's Aerobics Programs. The former elementary school teacher in the Cupertino School District became interested in Jacki's Aerobic Programs as a participant in Connie Stack's aerobics class, which was started in Los Altos in 1976. She left Stack's group in 1979 to begin her own after-school aerobics classes in Cupertino. A few years later, after her first son was born, she moved her classes to the American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos, and has been there ever since.

Wortz, who was honored last month, was active in college activities. In her junior year she was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. She was the only woman among a group of 10 who took part in the first Civilian Pilot Training Program at Catawba College and received her private pilot's license in January 1941. The war broke out during her senior year.

After graduation, Wortz was working for the Civil Aeronautics Administration in Washington, D.C., when she was invited to join the WAFS. The women had to complete the same training as Air Force cadets. Eleanor was assigned to the Fifth Ferry Group in Dallas, Texas, and ferried many different aircraft all over the United States. The last six months of her 22 months in the Air Corps was as an Engineering Test Pilot on the AT-11 at Victorsville.

The name WAFS was eventually changed to WASPS, Women Airforce Service Pilots. Congress belatedly gave the WASPS recognition in 1969. Although all the benefits had expired, the members of the WASPS were delighted to be finally recognized for their contribution to the war effort.

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