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Senior Center News

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

The Grant Park Senior Center pilot program meets in the Multipurpose Room at 1575 Holt Ave. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 25.

Los Altos author preserves father's role in World War II

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Los Altos resident John F. Day III researched and published his father’s wartime experiences. As a young boy, Day sold war bonds and stamps to support the troops.

Tom Brokaw named the military veterans and the country that supported them during World War II “The Greatest Generation.” While access to official documents regarding the conflict is now available, Los Altos resident John F. Day III has preserved the human side of the war.

In his new book, “An Officer in MacArthur’s Court: The Memoir of the First Headquarters Commandant for General Douglas MacArthur in Australia” (Robertson Publishing, 2014),” Day collects the diaries and notes that his father, Col. John Day Jr., wrote during the course of the Pacific War through the Japanese surrender Sept. 2, 1945, on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

'The General' and the negotiator: For Roy and Maureen Jones, giving has no season

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Among Roy and Maureen Jones’ many philanthropic endeavors, they oversee the local Toys for Tots collection.

For Los Altos residents Roy and Maureen Jones, giving back is a team effort.

The duo, owners of All Horizons Travel at 160 Main St., regularly contribute travel prizes and other gifts to help organizations such as the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Los Altos raise funds for local causes. To do so, the couple often look for help from travel industry contacts they’ve established since purchasing All Horizons Travel in 1989.

Los Altos resident celebrates her 100th birthday with party

Photos Courtesy of Marilyn Groves
Los Altos resident Elsie Monson, left, turned 100 years old Sept. 26. Her wish is to meet her new great-grandson, Teo.

Los Altos resident Elsie Monson’s lucky number is 100 – she recently celebrated her 100th birthday with more than 100 family members and friends.

Mrs. Monson’s daughter Marilyn Groves and her son-in-law, Tim, hosted the party at their Cupertino home Sept. 27. Out-of-state guests included Mrs. Monson’s daughter, Judy Monson of Carson City, Nev., and granddaughter Cara George and her husband, Darrell, of Scappoose, Ore. Mrs. Monson’s grandson, Major John Principe, is stationed at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas and was unable to attend the party. Principe is the father of Mrs. Monson’s first great-grandchild, Teo, born Aug. 22.

Piano provides more than one lesson

For the hobbyist, persistence can sometimes lead to proficiency. Sometimes.

Grant Park Senior Center offers new gathering spot

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Guests gather on opening day at the Grant Park Senior Center last week.

With the opening of the Grant Park Senior Center last week, Los Altos seniors will have a second location for casual gathering and programs. During the center’s pilot phase scheduled through January, volunteers will open the facility 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.

“This will help us look after a sector of the community that is underserved,” said volunteer coordinator Lynette Lee Eng. “These are the people who have made Los Altos what it is today.”

Retired teacher and school secretary reflect on education system

As local students settle in to the new school year, so, too, do teachers, principals and school administrators. No matter how long they have been retired, former teachers, principals and school staff members can recall vividly the hustle and bustle of school days.

Former Los Altos resident Donald Paisley, 86, who now lives at Moldaw Residences retirement community in Palo Alto, remembers very well how much time and effort is required of a teacher and principal.

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