Survivor of massive stroke shares story of recovery


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The survivor of a massive stroke in 2000 shared his story of recovery with members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 28, praising the quick treatment he received at a Certified Stroke Center – not just “a good hospital” – as key to his survival.

In the aftermath of his stroke, Chuck Toeniskoetter helped create the Stroke Awareness Foundation’s mobile app in San Jose to save other victims. The app details the signs of a stroke, calls 911 for help, shows locations of the closest Certified Stroke Centers and texts three people identified by the phone owner of a stroke in progress – all quick, lifesaving measures.

LA resident Thurber named senate district's Woman of the Year


Courtesy of Harriette Rasmussen
Emy Thurber is all smiles as she receives her Woman of the Year award.

State Sen. Jerry Hill named Los Altos resident Emily “Emy” Thurber, who has devoted more than 50 years to public service and women’s leadership, the 2019 Woman of the Year for the 13th Senate District.

The California Legislative Women’s Caucus honored Thurber March 4 at the State Capitol in Sacramento at ceremonies celebrating the Women of Year selected by legislative representatives throughout the state.

Los Altos ham radio operators participate in county drill


Courtesy of Erica Ray
Dave Ricci, left, and Art Whipple review electronic messages received from the county’s Emergency Operations Center.

The Los Altos Amateur Radio Emergency Service (LAARES) participated in a Santa Clara County-wide drill using amateur radio emergency communications capabilities Feb. 23.

The amateur radio volunteers, also known as “hams,” communicated with the county Emergency Operations Center using voice radio calls and digital communications, akin to sending an email over the internet. As part of the drill, the hams visited various locations in the city of Los Altos to verify the coverage and capabilities of the recently installed radio repeaters funded by the city of Los Altos and the Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Esther Williams, movie star and swimmer, married long ago in Los Altos


Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Swimmer and actress Esther Williams, shown in a vintage postcard circa 1952, eloped at 18 years old and married in Los Altos.

Esther Williams was a long-legged swimming champion, and so beautiful that MGM Studios signed her to a contract without even a screen test. In Hollywood, she became a star, swimming to fame in improbable movies MGM called “aquamusicals.”

Former Los Altos Hills fire commissioners honored

The Los Altos Hills County Fire Commission honored George K. Tyson and Michelle Wu for their contributions and service to the district at its monthly meeting Feb. 19.

After serving three years as president of the commission, the Santa Clara County Board of    Supervisors reappointed Tyson to another term. In 2018, he was elected to the Los Altos Hills City Council and will now represent the town on the commission along with Mayor Roger Spreen.

Wu resigned from the commission after serving one year. She also is a member of the Los Altos Hills City Council.

Tyson and Wu received engraved crystal paperweights commemorating their service on the fire commission. Pictured, from left, are Tyson, Commissioner Mark Warren and Wu.

Three-legged dog leaves loving legacy on park community


Courtesy of Joyce Hsu
Her owner says Ruby, the three-legged German shepherd, will be missed by many Los Altos park-goers.

Have you ever passed by Lincoln Park and wondered about the brown three-legged German shepherd and her two human companions who always seemed to be standing at a 90-degree angle, helping her to walk and sniff trees? Well, that was our incredibly sweet and perseverant dog, Ruby. Ruby passed peacefully and still filled with joy Jan. 17 at the age of 16, in Los Altos, surrounded by her people who loved her.


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