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Los Altos High grad makes USAF Academy's flying team

Photo courtesy of the Zorn family
Dylan Zorn, a 2015 graduate of Los Altos High School, has realized a childhood dream of flying. He joined the U.S. Air Force Academy’s flying team in March after a rigorous tryout.

After taking control of a plane for the first time at age 12, Dylan Zorn was “bitten with an overwhelming urge to fly,” his father, Lee, said.

Eight years later, the Los Altos native is still flying. Zorn is in his second year at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he is a member of the academy’s flying team.

Foothill veterans, artists join forces on mural showing transition to college life

Taylor Pedersen/Town Crier
The still-untitled mural at Foothill College is a work in progress, with artists eyeing completion in time for the start of the fall quarter Sept. 25.

A group of veterans attending Foothill College have teamed with three artists to tell their stories of transitioning from soldiers to students.

SV League wins SF Symphony's 'Fill the Hall' ticket competition

Courtesy of Darlene Cowden
Barbara Bessey, from left, Betsey Schneider and Paula Blank are among the members of the Silicon Valley League supporting the San Francisco Symphony.

Local residents are putting their money where their ears are when it comes to appreciation of the San Francisco Symphony and its music.

The Silicon Valley League of symphony aficionados won the “Fill the Hall” competition for purchasing symphony tickets for the second time in the three-year history of the competition. The Silicon Valley contingent, comprising many Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents, purchased 476 tickets, an average of eight tickets per each of its 65 members. The Silicon Valley League purchased the most among nine volunteer leagues across the Bay Area. The “Fill the Hall” competition took place between September and May.

Los Altos residents cite breakthrough in treatment for deadly infant disease

Courtesy of Marge Shively
More than 20 supporters of spinal muscular atrophy research stuffed envelopes for the annual walk and donation request. Volunteers included, front row, from left: Marilyn Martin, Judy William and Marge Shively. Back: Ann Werry, Betty McMahon, Kayla McMahon, Lois Rosenblum, Jane Halligan, Pat Wolff and Barbara Mordo.

When Los Altos residents Marge and Jim Shively’s granddaughter, Jessica, was born with spinal muscular atrophy 15 years ago, there was no treatment for the debilitating disease.

Over the past decade, advances have been made and treatment for SMA is now available, thanks in part to the efforts of Cure SMA, a nonprofit organization aimed at fighting the disease. The drug Spinraza, offered through Biogen Inc., received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval last December.

Train Days pulls into LA museum Sept. 16, 17

Courtesy of Kristen Fuller
Young visitors at a past Train Days event watch as a model train rounds the track.

The Los Altos History Museum’s annual Train Days event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept 16 and 17 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Designed to celebrate model railroading, the event will include elaborate layouts, intricate scenery and scaled renditions of prototypes, engines and theme cars complete with steam, lights and sound. Visitors can explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase their trains and layouts and field questions about their mechanics, electronics and history.

LAH hosts family campout this weekend at Purissima Park


After seeing it work in another Bay Area city, Sarah Robustelli thought an overnight campout would be a hit with Los Altos Hills families as well. The town’s community services supervisor will soon find out if she’s right.

The inaugural Los Altos Hills Family Campout is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday at Purissima Park.

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