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Residents gather to celebrate new heritage orchard sign

Bruce Barton/Town Crier

The Los Altos Heritage Orchard has been a registered historic landmark since 1978, but it never had its own sign – until this month. City workers installed the orchard’s first sign – facing San Antonio Road, between city hall and the Los Altos main library – and 79 residents gathered there July 12 to celebrate it. Mayor Lynette Lee Eng attended the impromptu event, biologist Jane Packard brought fresh apricots and local businesswoman Catherine Nunes brought dried ones. Writer Robin Chapman gave a quick talk on the orchard’s history. Other attendees included Margo Horn and Larry Lang from the Los Altos Historical Commission; Elisabeth Ward, executive director of the Los Altos History Museum; Phil Doetsch, the orchard’s orchardist; Lisa Chung, representing State Sen. Jerry Hill’s office; and Pinky Whalen, Los Altos Historic Preservation Award recipient. The Los Altos History Museum plans to hold a more formal dedication ceremony later this summer.

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