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michele-memorial_2016-1October 12th marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Michele Daschbach Fast, the Atherton native who was among eight victims of a shooting at the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, California. Friends and family celebrated Michele’s life with a Mass at St. Ann’s Catholic Church followed by a gathering at a Memorial dedicated to the lives of all eight victims.

On October 15th, many gathered together for the fourth Michele Memorial Swim and Paddle, an annual event to remember and honor Michele, who was an avid swimmer. The swim, followed by a taco lunch, is hosted by Michele’s brother Rooney Daschbach, his wife Claire and Michele’s three children Patrick, Laura and Lisa. The event is free to all participants who are asked to make a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Story and photos contributed by local members of Michele’s family

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Two Menlo-Atherton High School students earn Eagle Scout Awards

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Menlo Park residents Thomas Andreae and Andrew Fichou, along with Redwood City resident Robby Claude, have earned Eagle Scout Awards from the Boy Scouts of America. All members of Troop 222, they will be recognized in ceremonies on Saturday, June 6, at the Boy Scout Service Center. Approximately 5 percent of all Boy Scouts attain […]

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Michele Daschbach Fast remembered in open water swim organized by family members

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On a fateful day in October 2011, Rooney Daschbach got a frantic call from his mom, Atherton resident Leonore Daschbach. She asked him to drive a mile north from his Southern California home in Sunset Beach to Seal Beach where a shooting had taken place at a local hair salon. Leonore told him that his youngest […]

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It’s unanimous: “We miss you, Coach Parks”

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One by one they took the podium to pay tribute to a man so beloved, that even the most gifted speakers among them ran out of superlatives. Menlo-Atherton High School’s legendary Coach Ben Parks was eulogized today as teacher, mentor, disciplinarian, wounded defender, friend, family man, confident and counselor. “Who didn’t fall in love with Coach […]

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Sally and Michael Lussier: Celebrating 45 years of marriage

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Occasionally we get a bit personal here on InMenlo, especially as it pertains to growing up on Hillview Drive, as this contributor did. It was a Wonder Years type existence, walking the short distance to Hillview School (then a K-8) and playing outside on the street with the neighbor kids until it got dark during […]

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