Anna Webb: Have a favorite Ada County treasure? Nominate it now

awebb@idahostatesman.comFebruary 25, 2014 

The Ada County Historic Preservation Council is accepting nominations for the county’s annual Ada County Treasure Awards.

The volunteer council selects six Ada County properties that have historic significance to the county, which is marking its sesquicentennial in 2014.

The Treasure awards help raise public awareness about historic buildings and landmarks in hopes of preserving them.

The council gave its first Treasure awards in 2003. Owners of the properties selected for recognition get to place a special County Treasure sign on the property.

Some past honorees include the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead in Hidden Springs, the Boise Valley Church of the Brethren in Meridian, the Kuna Grange in Kuna, Rembrandt’s Coffee House (in a former church) in Eagle, the Star Interurban Depot in Star and many others.

Properties may be nominated for consideration by their owner, a local government entity, or a local special interest group.

Nominated property should meet the following criteria:

1. Location: Should be located in unincorporated Ada County, or should be related to the county’s rural history, government history or early infrastructure.

2. Age: More than 50 years.

3. Historic significance: Properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places or listed in Ada County historic resource inventories will likely qualify.

To see the historic resource inventories, visit the Historic Preservation Council website. Click on “historic site inventories.” The gallery of previous award winners is also available at this website.

4. Uniqueness.

5. Visible from public right-of-way.

6. Condition: Still serviceable or at least reasonably well-preserved.

7. Cooperation/interest of owner in participating is essential.

Nominations should be submitted by March 31 to Richard Beck by email at or by mail to Richard Beck, Ada County Development Services, 200 W. Front Street, Boise, ID 83702.

The council will announce its winners during Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month in May.


The screening of 10 films and short documentaries on Saturday, March 8, at The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. main St. in Boise, is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Land Trust of the Treasure Valley.

The festival begins at 7 p.m., showcasing independent, award-winning films that tell the story of communities around the world working to preserve and protect the environment. These efforts, say local members of the Land Trust, echo this community’s donation efforts that helped the trust buy Harrison Hollow, 59 acres of Foothills property, and preserve it as open space.

Tickets are $15 for adults in advance, $18 on the day of the show. Students 15 and older are $5. Younger students can get in free. And note, if you become a new member of the Land Trust, you can get a free ticket.

Find a link through this column at to get tickets and more information, or call the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley at 345-1452.


The organizers of a future international market have been trying to gather participants interested in selling their products at the market or businesses and organizations that are willing to sponsor a market vendor for a period of time.

Organizers are particularly interested in working with those in the refugee community. The market will provide small, affordable spaces for a low-risk entry into business.

Market organizers also want to talk to artists and performers of all kinds. If you think this might be a fit for you, contact Lori Porreca, (856) 630-1635 or


The Child Nutrition Division of the Idaho State Department of Education recently published updated lists of child care centers and family day care homes that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides nutritious food to infants, children and adults. Under this federal program, all children enrolled in participating day care homes or child care centers receive meals at no charge. Nearly 250 child care centers and 300 sponsored family day care home providers in Idaho participate in the program.

Link to the statewide lists through this column at


The Statesman has written a few times about the Trinity gardeners of Canyon County. They grow a number of community gardens with the help of volunteers. They are also known for their passionate annual gleaning — saving tons of good vegetables from going to waste, and getting them to local food pantries.

The group is hosting its annual two-part gardening class on a series of Saturday mornings throughout March at the Knights of Columbus Bingo Hall, 2900 Railroad in Nampa. Class fee is $10 to cover the cost of the book handed out in class. To register and get details, call 442-0535 or email

On a related food note, the documentary “A Place at the Table” will show at 7 p.m., Monday, March 3, at the Trinity Lutheran Church sanctuary, 8 S. Midland Blvd. in Nampa.

The film looks at hunger in America through the lives of three people living without knowing where their next meal will come from. Subjects include a single mother in Philadelphia, a Colorado fifth-grader and a second-grader in Mississippi. Dessert and discussion will follow the film. 466-2173.


This special event takes place at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, at The Salvation Army, 403 12th Ave. South, in Nampa. The organization invites all Treasure Valley veterans and their spouses to attend. The evening, which will include veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, will include music, inspirational speakers and dinner.

RSVP to Sherill Stevens by today, Feb. 25, at 467-6586 ext. 208 or email:

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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