Webb: Take a rail tour through Canyon County

awebb@idahostatesman.comMay 14, 2013 

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The Nampa Train Depot Museum in downtown Nampa boasts one of the fanciest structures of the Oregon Short Line series of depots in Idaho. Inside the museum are displays and exhibits from the railroad era, including the famed Dewey Palace Hotel. Check it out on Saturday. A fundraising tour begins at the old depot.


Eriks Garsvo, a College of Western Idaho history student and one of the most knowledgeable tour guides around, hosts a guided auto tour of the BN&O (Boise Nampa & Owyhee Rail Road) route.

The fundraiser tour will begin at the Nampa Train Depot and end in Murphy. There will be many stops along the way, including Bowmont, Melba and the fantastic Guffey railroad bridge at Celebration Park. Tour attendees should bring their lunches and be prepared to do some walking.

There are two tour dates: Saturday, May 18, and Saturday, June 1. Both tours begin at 10 a.m. at the depot, 1200 Front St. in Nampa. Tickets are $15 for members of the Canyon County Historical Society, $20 for nonmembers. Call to reserve your seat for either tour: 467-7611.


In honor of all U.S. military past and present, Eagle's 7th Annual Field of Honor will take place May 18-27 in Merrill Park. Six hundred American flags will fly in rows. Each flag represents someone who has served or is currently serving.

Spotlights will light the flags at night.

Organizers invite the public to buy a flag for $30 to honor someone they know.

Place orders at Eagle City Hall: 660 E. Civic Lane, Eagle, ID 83616; 939-6813; or www.eaglefieldofhonor.org.


The Pajama Program serves children in crisis, including kids in foster care and other emergency programs, by giving them a new pair of pajamas and a new book.

The Pajama Program's Idaho Chapter holds its spring drive through May 17.

Needed: new summer-weight pajamas in sizes from infant to adult 2XL. Book donations are also welcome. All donations will go to children in Idaho. Drop them off at these locations:

• Bank of the West: 9140 W. Emerald, 827 W. Idaho St. or 47 E. Riverside Drive in Boise; 1630 S. Wells Ave. in Meridian; or 1313 Caldwell Blvd. in Nampa

• Remax: 1420 W. Washington, Boise

• Caffe Capri: 1122 Vista Ave., Boise

• Moxie Java: 441 N. Milwaukee or 10650 W. Overland Road in Boise

Please contact Idaho Chapter president Emily Kane at emily@pajamaprogram.org for more information.


The Wacky Weeders Garden Club hosts a plant sale, including garden-related items, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 624 Los Luceros Circle in Eagle. Proceeds will help support the club. Call Doryne Wendel at 890-2695 with questions.


Bryce Frates, who lives in Payette, wants to get the word out about a nonprofit he helped form to help low-income seniors in need heat their homes.

The organization, Heart and Home Heating, has been helping out since 2008. The group serves the Treasure Valley, from Boise to Vale, Ore., Emmett and Council and provides a variety of services, including buying propane, wood pellets, chimney sweeping, space heaters and more.

The organization accepts donations as well as recommendations of seniors who need help. Even a modest donation, $20, for instance, can fill the gas tank of a truck that brings firewood to a home.

Contact Bryce by email at woodgrub77@gmail.com through the website www.heartandhomeheating.com or by phone at 608-6128.


Hillside Junior High holds the sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 3536 W. Hill Road.

Donations are welcome before the sale, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. To donate large items, contact Michael Fischer michael.fischer@boiseschools.org.

Proceeds benefit Hillside's bands and orchestras.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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