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TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

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The Big Three: Town Crie...
Local fitness company celebrates finding time to move, one day at a time

Local fitness company celebrates finding time to move, one day at a time


Mountain View resident Reena Vokoun’s parent-and...
Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans


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Los Altos High’s Yuu...
Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease


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Debbie Nelson, center ...
Follies benefit for Los Altos Stage Company returns Oct. 5-7

Follies benefit for Los Altos Stage Company returns Oct. 5-7


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This yea...

News

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

Town Crier File Photo
The Big Three: Town Crier publishers past and present, from left, Paul Nyberg, Mort Levine and David MacKenzie

The Los Altos Town Crier turns 70 years old this month. Sept. 9, to be exact, was the date of the paper’s firs...

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Schools

Yikes Tikes! holds open house

Yikes Tikes!, a Los Altos preschool, has scheduled an open house 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the school, 1577 Carob Lane.

According to instructors, Yikes Tikes! is a tuition-free co-op providing an “inclusive learning environment” for child...

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Community

Community Briefs

Hidden Villa hosts ‘Fiddles & Fun’ event

Hidden Villa has scheduled “Fiddles & Fun on the Farm: A Country Dance” 4-7 p.m. Saturday in Hidden Villa’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The family-friendly event will include a fa...

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Sports

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Yuu Ishikawa competes at No. 1 singles Thursday at Mountain View, where she won in straight sets over Elise Joshi.

Going into Thursday’s early-season girls tennis match between Los Altos and Mountain...

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Letters to the Editor

LA considers joining anti-idling effort

The Palo Alto City Council Aug. 28 voted unanimously in favor of an anti-idling ordinance. The ordinance is expected to be educational in nature – not punitive. That’s because most people erroneous...

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Special Sections

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease


Courtesy Of Debbie Nelson
Debbie Nelson, center in green, takes a break from her fundraising hike along the Camino Portugués. For part of her journey, she hiked with three supporters of Lyme disease research from Denmark.

Mountain View resident Deb...

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Business

What to do about the Equifax breach

Nearly half of all Americans have had their most sensitive personal data stolen from Equifax, one of the country’s three credit-reporting bureaus.

The hack represents the largest single data breach in U.S. history, and we should all be very co...

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People

MARGARET THOMPSON PATCH

July 25, 1928 - August 25, 2017

Long Time Resident of Palo Alto On August 25, 2017 Margaret (Maggie) Thompson Patch passed peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born July 25, 1928 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. She was pro...

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News

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?
Town Crier File Photo
The Big Three: Town Crier publishers past and present, from left, Paul Nyberg, Mort Levine and David MacKenzie

The Los Altos Town Crier turns 70 years old this month. Sept. 9, to be exact, was the date of the paper’s first issue – a hand-drawn four-pager filled 100 perce...

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Business

What to do about the Equifax breach

Nearly half of all Americans have had their most sensitive personal data stolen from Equifax, one of the country’s three credit-reporting bureaus.

The hack represents the largest single data breach in U.S. history, and we should all be very concerned about the ramifications.

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Sports

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Yuu Ishikawa competes at No. 1 singles Thursday at Mountain View, where she won in straight sets over Elise Joshi.

Going into Thursday’s early-season girls tennis match between Los Altos and Mountain View highs, Eagles coach Hung Nguyen and Spartans...

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Community

Community Briefs

Hidden Villa hosts ‘Fiddles & Fun’ event

Hidden Villa has scheduled “Fiddles & Fun on the Farm: A Country Dance” 4-7 p.m. Saturday in Hidden Villa’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The family-friendly event will include a farm supper and music and dancing with caller Andy W...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

LA considers joining anti-idling effort

The Palo Alto City Council Aug. 28 voted unanimously in favor of an anti-idling ordinance. The ordinance is expected to be educational in nature – not punitive. That’s because most people erroneously believe that idling is better for their engines...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Foothills Congregational joins in hunger walk

Members of Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos are scheduled to participate in the CROP Hunger Walk 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at Nealon Park, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

The walk is a fundraiser for Church World Service, a nonprofit group that feeds the ...

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People

MARGARET THOMPSON PATCH

July 25, 1928 - August 25, 2017

Long Time Resident of Palo Alto On August 25, 2017 Margaret (Maggie) Thompson Patch passed peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born July 25, 1928 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. She was proud to be an ‘Army Brat’ and traveled with her fami...

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Schools

Yikes Tikes! holds open house

Yikes Tikes!, a Los Altos preschool, has scheduled an open house 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the school, 1577 Carob Lane.

According to instructors, Yikes Tikes! is a tuition-free co-op providing an “inclusive learning environment” for children ages 2 to just under 5.

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Special Sections

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Courtesy Of Debbie Nelson
Debbie Nelson, center in green, takes a break from her fundraising hike along the Camino Portugués. For part of her journey, she hiked with three supporters of Lyme disease research from Denmark.

Mountain View resident Debbie Nelson recently turned her vacation in Spain a...

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Stepping Out

Bayer Ballet to perform 'Sleeping Beauty' this weekend in MV

The Bayer Ballet Company is scheduled to perform “Sleeping Beauty Suite” Friday through Sunday in downtown Mountain View.

“Sleeping Beauty” features magical fairies and other fairy-tale characters who come to life on stage. It features youth dancers from Bayer, a school of Russian Ballet based in M...

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Obituaries

MARGARET THOMPSON PATCH

July 25, 1928 - August 25, 2017

Long Time Resident of Palo Alto On August 25, 2017 Margaret (Maggie) Thompson Patch passed peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born July 25, 1928 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. She was proud to be an ‘Army Brat’ and traveled with her fami...

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Magazine

Senior team targets keys for a satisfying life: Socializing, exercising mind & body top goals

Senior team targets keys for a satisfying life: Socializing, exercising mind & body top goals

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
Seniors sing carols at the Grant Park holiday party. The Senior Commission aims to expand such programming.

 

Gary Anderson is a former member of the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission. Following is his update on local senior services a...

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Bears emerge from hibernation to delight young readers


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The bears that emerge from hibernation in spring don’t have to be grouchy and gruff. Many of the children’s book heroes that have charmed us for years are bears of the most innocent, lovable sort.

Two lovable bears full of charm and character that have stood the test of time marked my childhood – A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh in his Hundred Acre Woods and Don Freeman’s Corduroy with his lost button.

Little Bear is the endearing young cub at the center of Else Holmelund Minarik’s “Little Bear” series. In her books, short vignettes full of heart unfold in a simple, Dick-and-Jane style appropriate for early readers. But the books’ life and charm ultimately come from Maurice Sendak’s illustrations.

Scratchy pen-and-ink drawings and simple color washes draw us into a childhood world full of nostalgia. The nuances of facial expression and body language communicate Little Bear’s personality – a personality not unlike Sendak’s famously feisty Max from “Where the Wild Things Are” (Harper & Row, 1963), the 1964 Caldecott Medal winner.

One of Little Bear’s early adventures involves his abrupt announcement that he will fly to the moon.

“I’m going now. Just look for me up in the sky,” he tells Mother Bear as he sets out wearing a cardboard-box helmet topped with twirly antennae. He may be an adventurer, but spunk and imagination are always balanced with innocence in Minarik’s stories – and framed with the intimacy of home.

Mother Bear is a realist who radiates tenderness, much like the mother rabbit in Margaret Wise Brown’s “The Runaway Bunny” (HarperCollins, revised, 2005). In “Little Bear,” the first book in the series (Perfection Learning, 1957), she may challenge Little Bear’s dreams of flight, but she is also the one to surprise him with an unexpected birthday cake.

The books’ sweet, domestic charm is reflected in the last chapter of “Little Bear.”

“You always make me happy,” Little Bear tells Mother Bear as he gets ready for bed.

“Little Bear’s Visit” (HarperCollins, 1979), in which family stories captivate the little cub during a visit to his grandparents’ house, is a Caldecott Honor Book.

Michael Bond’s Paddington is another kind of innocent altogether: a bumbling bear set loose in the big-city world of London, where he gets into wonderfully absurd scrapes.

In “A Bear Called Paddington” (Houghton Mifflin, 1958), the first of the series, the Browns adopt Paddington after finding him at Paddington Station’s “lost property” desk, wearing a placard marked “Please look after this bear.” Paddington is more lost cause than lost property, and the Browns come to be fondly wary of their muddle-prone charge from Darkest Peru.

I discovered Paddington when I was 8 years old and living in London for a year with my mother. The hilarity that ensued as Paddington committed one blunder after another often made it hard for us to read the books aloud to each other on the Tube, where our laughing fits outnumbered the station stops.

Like the sensible housekeeper, Mrs. Bird, we could sense the impending disasters, and the dramatic tension was delicious as we watched simple projects like repainting a room or cooking dumplings turn apocalyptic.

Though he may be misguided, Paddington is driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, and there’s something beguiling about the bewilderment he feels as his well-intentioned actions constantly backfire. It’s impossible not to love this gentle, bungling arbiter of justice, with his fondness for marmalade sandwiches and hot cocoa. And fittingly, the stories always end well, thanks in large part to the good sense and good humor of others.

Bond received the Order of the British Empire for services to children’s literature in 1997. And it’s because he’s created one of the most compelling bears in chapter-book history.

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