Milestones

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Friends and family of Col. Joe F. Cotton, a longtime Atherton resident before his death in 2016, gathered in his birth town of Rushville, Indiana, yesterday to dedicate a bridge in his honor.

Emails the Colonel’s daughter, Connie Jo Cotton: “There was a Cotton Alley for many years — we actually have the signs at [my folk’s] Atherton home from the Alley.

“I can not recall why it does not exist [anymore], and the town of Rushville has wanted to do something in Dad’s honor for some time. My Mom’s brother and his wife, Bill and Donna Nelson, live in Rushville, and their kids and grandkids live close by as well. They attended on our behalf. We plan to go out in September.”

The naming of the bridge “Joseph Cotton Bridge” was initiated by a resolution presented to the Indiana state legislature by the state’s Committee On Roads and Transportation. A copy of the resolution listing Col. Cotton’s distinguished aviation career and his many accomplishments is available online.

Photos courtesy of Rushville resident Larry Mull

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Michele Daschbach Fast remembered on the fifth anniversary of her death in Seal Beach shooting

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October 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 […]

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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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