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Newsworthy in Idaho

A ROUNDUP OF EXCITING NEWS FROM LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Article by Denise Llorente

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle

Ella Fisher and Mary Aikens: Foundations of Eagle's Legacy

Ella Fisher, a foundational figure in Eagle's history, embarked on a journey from Iowa in 1887 with her husband, weathering numerous hardships as they settled in Idaho. Serving as the backbone of her family, Ella embraced the roles of mother, homemaker, and disciplinarian while raising thirteen children. Lena Fisher Hall, author of "Fishers by the Dozen," affectionately remembers Ella's strength in navigating her husband's wanderlust, portraying her as an essential but often overlooked pioneer woman in the shaping of the West. Meanwhile, in the mid-1870s, Thomas Aikens established a 200-acre homestead on Eagle Island, and his wife Mary Conway faced the challenges of a primitive life as she cared for their children and managed domestic duties. Mary's later reflections, in her 70s, vividly depicted the enduring hardships of their early days on Eagle Island. CityofEagle.org

Rediscovering Boise's Christmas Past with Duke Reading's Art

Before high-powered advertising and TV, Boise pioneer Roscoe “Duke” Reading thrived as a commercial artist from 1931 to 1983. Known for handcrafted movie theater art, signs, and displays, Duke's daughter, Kathleen Reading Haws, shares his mid-century Christmas cards and artworks, including a 1948 depiction of downtown Boise. Beyond Boise, Duke painted theater-style portraits, murals, and even crafted the iconic 33-foot "Last Chance Joe" for Nevada's John Ascuaga’s Nugget. Preserving his legacy at www.midcenturyartbyduke.com, Kathleen aims to reconnect people with Boise's rich history during the holidays, celebrating Duke's timeless contributions as an artist with a keen eye and steady hand. MidCenturyArtbyDuke.com

Game-Changer: Girls' Flag Football Hits Treasure Valley Soon!

Optimist Youth Football (OYF) and Treasure Valley Women’s Flag Football League (TVWF) are launching a groundbreaking opportunity for young female athletes in the Treasure Valley. Registration is open for Girls Non-contact Flag Football (Girls Flag 5s), catering to ages 8 to 13, in the spring 2024 season. This marks a significant development in OYF's 75-year history. The 5-on-5 non-contact format mirrors the one introduced for the 2028 Summer Olympics. With global popularity, Flag Football is celebrated for its safety and inclusivity. Teams, categorized by age, aim to meet the growing interest, with practices starting mid-April and games scheduled throughout May. OptimistYouthFootball.com

NEWS RELEASE AND STORY IDEAS: We're always interested to hear about new business openings, upcoming events, local news items, and community members contributing in new and exciting ways. Email: Editorial@BoiseCityLifestyle.com | @boiselifestyle

Photo: Visit Boise revealed its 2024 board of directors, appointing Hart Gilchrist as the chair (pictured.) Angela Taylor, Sean Briggs, and Adam Altwies hold key roles with three new members—Nick Aldinger, Kelly Dickson, and Alan Turpin

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