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Officers catch up to runaway tortoise in LAH

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Big Bertha is back home now, thanks to rescue efforts by Palo Alto Animal Services and local firefighters.

Local animal control officials are still talking about the unusual service call they received Sept. 10 – a runaway tortoise.

A caller spotted the 134-pound Aldabra African tortoise late that Saturday evening at Arastradero Road and Thendara Way in Los Altos Hills.

New CHAC director plans to extend reach to families in need

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Marsha Deslauriers is the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council.

The nonprofit organization providing mental health services to families in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View gained a new leader this month. The Community Health Awareness Council Board of Directors appointed acting executive director Marsha Deslauriers to the role permanently.

Deslauriers comes from the for-profit sector, working for major corporations such as Target and Federated Department Stores before following a growing interest into the nonprofit world. Before coming to CHAC, she worked with the Jewish Community Center on a long-term financial model for its new facility on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto.

LAH showcases plein-air artist John Burton

John Burton
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An exhibition of artist John Burton’s work, “A Testimony of Beauty,” is scheduled Friday through March 31 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Balanced Mountain View revamps website

The Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View recently revised and updated its website and has launched a Facebook page.

Balanced Mountain View
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The group’s mission is to encourage Mountain View residents to engage in the civic process.

'Al the Barber': Downtown Los Altos legend dies at 90

Longtime Los Altos resident Alfred “Al the Barber” Galedrige, a fixture in downtown Los Altos for more than 60 years, died peacefully Sept. 8, surrounded by his family. Mr. Galedrige was 90.


Mr. Galedrige was born in Honolulu in 1926 to Peter and Rachel Galedrige. After witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor, he joined the U.S. Navy at 17 years old. As a first class gunner’s mate on the LCI-466 gunboat, he dodged the assaults on Guam and Iwo Jima (“the day that I will never forget,” he said). He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for exceptional valor and several other medals.

Rotary Club of Los Altos volunteers support villagers in remote Yucatan

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Two volunteers with the Rotary Club of Los Altos recently visited Mayan children on the Yucatan Peninsula, part of an ongoing partnership with the nongovernmental organization Proyecto Itzaes to provide education and basic necessities.

Many Los Altos families vacation in Cancun, but few have seen the poor Mayan villages along the Yucatan Peninsula. The Rotary Club of Los Altos set about to change that.

Members of the local Rotary Club have done more than visit the Yucatan area – they’ve pitched in to deliver books, computers, school supplies, LEGOs and smokeless cooking stoves to boost the quality of life in Mayan villages. Partnering with the nongovernmental organization Proyecto Itzaes, Rotarians have inspired a thirst for education among the Mayans and created a sense of community that didn’t previously exist in the remote villages.

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