Engaging Eagle 

Pass it on
November 2015
Reflecting with Mayor Reynolds
As we come into the holiday season let us take some time to remember how fortunate we are here in Eagle. Having more than we need often makes us forget that some do not have enough. That is true even in Eagle. The Eagle Food Bank is always accepting donations from generous souls but they also have need of volunteers to collect, organize, and distribute donations. Please take the time to donate food, monetary funds, or your time to the Eagle Food Bank. God bless.
Enjoy the activities of our city and remember...Pass it on! 
Mayor Jim Reynolds 
Volunteer of the Month
Bob and Helen Fisher
Bob and Helen Fisher have lived in Eagle since 2006 and instantly became part of the community. Bob, Thomas Aikens' great grandson, and Helen, a New York native, have always had an interest in classic cars. Bob has owned 85-90 cars in his lifetime, restoring them to their former glory. They currently own two classic cars; a 64’ El Camino and a 66’ GTO convertible. This is the first car show they have organized and the level of dedication to making sure this was an incredible event for the City and entire community is impressive and commendable. The City of Eagle and the Eagle Historical Museum owes the Fishers so much, for not only their commitment to this event, but for being longstanding members of this community and contributing their knowledge, hard work and a friendly smile wherever is needed.
Veteran Spotlight
Herb Schiller lives right here in “Countryside Estates.  Herb is 93 years old and is a World War II Veteran.  Herb recently rode in the World War II Veterans Float in the Eagle Fun Days Parade and was on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in August 2015 .  
Herb rides his tricycle around our neighborhood, still drives his own car and greets friends on his front porch at the corner of Lost Canyon Place and Skywood Drive in the evenings. By the way, he still fits into his Navy Uniform from 1946. Take a little time and meet him as you are walking the neighborhood. 
Mr. Schiller served from 1943 through 1946 in the U.S. Navy. His worldwide tours included Argentina, Brazil, Newfoundland, Gibraltar, the Marshall Islands, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands and Sasebo Japan. But perhaps the most heart stopping thing about his service  was that he arrived in Nagasaki, Japan, just one month after the Atomic Bomb was dropped.
Let's all take the time to thank our veterans and a special thank you to Mr. Herb Schiller.
Nominate Your Neighbor!
The city of Eagle would like to express our appreciation to the exceptional people in our community that make our city a great place to live and work. Do you know someone that enhances our quality of life? Helps those in need? Preforms good deeds or acts of kindness? Please take the time to nominate your neighbors, friends, teachers, and volunteers in our community for one of our awards!
All nominations are accepted year-round. To nominate someone you know, please fill out the Nomination Form located on our website and return it to: City Hall, C/O Tammy Gordon, 660 E Civic Ln, Eagle, ID 83616 OR  
Job Openings and RFPs
For more information: 
Librarian I, Youth Services
Library Assistant III-Youth Services Assistant P/T
November at the Library
Library Director Steve Bumgarner
In case you missed the announcement last month, your Eagle Public Library is now open Sundays from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. This increase in hours of operation boosts the total number of hours that the library is open each week from sixty to sixty-four and makes it easier than ever to use your library.

There are many classes and events at the Library throughout November, including:
  • Don’t Lick the Dog, a program designed to help children make friends with dogs, will be presented by Helping Idaho Dogs on Saturday, November 7 at 10:30 am.  It’s also your chance to meet a therapy dog.
  • Karaoke is the chance for teens to show off their amazing (or not so amazing) voices by bringing in their own Karaoke music or by picking a song from the Library’s Karaoke collection.  The music starts at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 10.
  • Learn how to use the many e-books, e-magazines, e-audiobooks, streaming movies and music that are always available to you through the Library.  Your 24/7 Library : E-Resources is Wednesday, November 18, at 2:00 pm.
  • Saturday, November 21, is International Games Day @ Your Library.  Celebrate the day by playing the newest games in the Library’s game collection.
These are just a few of the many programs offered this month at the Eagle Public Library. For a complete listing, see the library’s calendar, its website
Open Boards, Committees, and Commissions - Ways to Serve in Your Community
Open Boards, Committees, and Commissions
  • Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Eagle Arts Commission
  • Industrial Development Corporation Board
  • Historic Preservation Commission
For complete details, click here:
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The Eagle Arts Commission is pleased to announce the 2015 Artist of the Month at the Eagle City Hall Gallery and St. Luke's Eagle Gallery. These galleries are open to the public and may be viewed during regular business hours.
NOVEMBER featured Artists
The Gallery at St. Luke's - Bonnie Preacher
Bonnie Peacher’s work is influenced by John Singer Sargent, Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Alice Neel. It is realistic, expressive, full of intense color, and texture. Travel, nature, and music inspire her, resulting in a variety of subject matter. Recent paintings include a circus themed series of a local vaudeville/cabaret group. Ms. Peacher enjoys doing commissioned paintings especially portraits.
Ms. Peacher, a magnum cum laude graduate of Boise State University, received a BFA in art with an emphasis in painting and art history. Her work has been shown in more than 100 exhibitions throughout the United States, winning multiple awards. The College of Idaho includes her work in the “Idaho Women’s Collection”. Her paintings are also in many private collections.
Steve’s Cafe in Meridian commissioned a 10’ x 20’ historical mural and the Traffic Box located on the NW corner of Franklin and Cole in Boise was created by her last year for the Boise City Arts & History Public Art Program.
Ms. Peacher is the current president of Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, a founding member of the Treasure Valley Artists Association, a Boise Art Museum docent and the curator of the Garden City Library “Art & Brushes” program. She also enjoys acting in many Treasure Valley community theaters.
A visit to her website allows you to view many more paintings.
The Gallery at Eagle City Hall - Joyce Green
Originally from Minnesota, Joyce Green has been a professional artist for over thirty years. She is a signature member of The National Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, The San Diego Watercolor Society, and Watercolor West. She has had works selected for exhibition in the American Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, and many regional venues. Her work has won numerous awards, including four "Best of Show" honors. She is a merit member and past president of the Idaho Watercolor Society. She holds degrees in fine arts from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and the University of Arizona, and has held professional positions in art education and in art museums in Ohio and Arizona prior to moving to Idaho, where she has resided for over thirty years.
For over two decades, Joyce has focused upon the use of the traditional watercolor medium. She is fascinated by the expressive effects possible through layering glazes to build color and textural nuance, allowing exploration of design possibilities in light patterns regardless of the subject she chooses. Her primary goal is to express a memorable and positive affirmation of life.

FREE Family Fun

The Eagle History Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm
Admission is always free! Discover the history of Eagle.
Visit the website 
here and Like us on Facebook
Alana's Angle
Learn some history with Eagle Historical Museum Coordinator, Alana Dunn
From One Farm to Another
           Eagle’s first settlers claimed the land adjacent to the Boise River because it was good agricultural ground. Water was close and easily available for both crops and livestock.
           Truman C. Catlin came to this area in the summer of 1863, settling on what was then called Illinois Island. From his homestead on what is now known as Eagle Island, Catlin operated a cattle business and sometimes handled from a thousand to three thousand head. He drove them overland to places like Cheyenne, Wyoming, ranges in Montana, and sometimes to northern Nebraska and other points east.
            He operated his cattle and ranch business for about forty-five years, and added to his homestead until he had about six hundred acres. His diversified farming operations included a herd of Jersey and Holstein dairy cows.
           Oliver Francis (Frank) Short came to the Eagle area in 1874 with his brother to stay with their maternal uncle, Truman C. Catlin, after his father was killed by Indians.
Frank Short left Idaho for two years in 1887-1889 and returned to Kansas, where he married Mrs. Catlin’s sister. When he returned to Idaho he managed Catlin’s farm west of Eagle, and eventually purchased 320 acres of it. He planted 55 acres of it to prune orchards.
            In 1930, Catlin sold 523 acres of his farm on Eagle Island to the State of Idaho for a farm to employ and feed state prisoners. The Board of Prison Commissioners’ records noted that “This farm is suitable for the raising of grain and vegetables and will make an excellent dairy farm.”
            In 1937 the notes about the productivity of the Prison Farm mention that they sold $14,333.56 worth of produce. It was stated that there were 200 acres of land under cultivation. In 1938 they produced 6,383 bushels of wheat, oats, barley, and corn for the use of the livestock. But in 1943-44 most of the potato crop was raised on leased land due to flooding.
When the Prison Farm was first developed the land consisted mostly of rocky and sandy ground. Attempts to plow and cultivate the ground were not successful because of so much gravel in the subsoil. By 1969 it was all developed and considered one of the best livestock ranches in the Boise area, complete with dairy, hog pens, slaughter house and cultivated land.  It was capable of producing all of the pork, beef, poultry, eggs, butter, milk and cream required at the Idaho State Penitentiary.
Watch City Meetings Live/Archives

The Eagle Historical Society and the Eagle Historical Museum presents the “Community Cabinet.”
In October the swan collection collection was on display.
Do you have a collection that you would like to display?
The Community Cabinet is a City maintained display in the lobby at Eagle City Hall that allows you to become a museum curator for a month!
Every month, members of the community have a chance to share with the public their personal collections of memorabilia or personal artifacts.

If you would like to participate in this fun and educational project, please contact:
Helen Fisher, Eagle Historical Society
Alana Dunn, Museum Coordinator

Visit:  for details! 
Now accepting Vendor Applications for the Christmas Market: Click here or visit for applications.
Public Hearings
To review these documents, please visit the City's website.
November 2 – Planning and Zoning
  • CU-04-15 – Accessory Dwelling Unit Over 1,200-Square Feet in size – Johnny and Kathleen Green
  • PP-09-15 – Crestpoint Place Subdivision – JLG-5, LLLP
  • CPA-04-15/RZ-07-15/PP-04-15 – Stillwater Subdivision – Next Level Development, LLC
November 10 – City Council
  • RZ-01-15 MOD & PP-01-15 MOD – Liberty Park Subdivision modification – Greg Hall
November 16 – Planning and Zoning
  • CU-11-15 – The Preserve No. 5, Setback Waiver – Coleman Homes, LLC
  • A-04-15/RZ-09-15/PP/FP-01-15 – Garrigan Estates Subdivision No. 2 – George and Leigh Brecht
November 17 – City Council
  • RZ-00-95 MOD 3 – Eagle Marketplace Development Agreement Modification – Alturas Eagle Marketplace, LLC

*Please note: Public Hearing testimony must be submitted 5 days prior to the hearing date. (Ord 1-8-3)
Eagle Food Bank Needs Your Help! 
*Receiving Donations: Fridays 4-6pm.  This is a great job for teens (with an adult) needing service hours.
*Bread Pick UP from Franz Bakery: This is fairly involved and may be a great opportunity for people to partner with others to break up the tasks. Bread Pickup is at 8am. Need assistant and need a truck or vehicle that is big enough to transport items.
*Distribution Days: The coordinators for each distribution day manage their own volunteers. Gloria, the Last Tuesday evening coordinator (email: is able to have teens needing service hours at her distribution. Times: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 9:30AM -12noon, Last Tuesdays evenings, 5:45pm-7pm. 
*1st Thursday Distribution Coordinator: 9:30am -12pm  Coordinate distribution volunteers.
*Holiday Distribution will be November 22nd and November 24th from 5:30pm - 8pm.
*Sorting/shelving: Can be done any day/time of the week at your (your family's) convenience.  

To volunteer, please contact:
Eagle Food Bank
Getting involved:
The public is encouraged to attend any and all meetings. Agendas are posted on our website calendar or can be sent to you directly by opting-into our Email Notifications or requesting a fax to (208) 939-6827.
Visit our site often for updates and the 
Latest News on our Home Page. Weekly meetings are also posted to our Facebook account here: 


Public Comment: 
Your input and engagement is encouraged. If you cannot attend the meetings and have an opinion, please submit your comments via email to All comments will be entered into public record and reviewed by the Mayor and Council.
*Please note Public Hearing testimony must be submitted 5 days prior to the hearing date. (Ord 1-8-3)
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