"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter

Vol. 75 January 2015 
Dear Lori   

Welcome to 2015! As I write this, the temps are dropping and Winter is preparing for another round.

As fortune would have it, we had the privilege of interviewing Mike Enos of Mike's Adel Power Equipment. Mike and his shop have changed my view of small engine repair and I've found a new trusted source for yard equipment.

Once again, Terry graces us with an interesting memory of a New Year's past. I've known Terry for a long time and it's always been interesting. But I've always enjoyed the stories... of course, the old saying comes to mind, "if you remember the 60's, you weren't there." - Robin Williams.

So grab a cup of coffee, there's a lot to cover this month and we look forward to seeing you in Adel.


In This Issue
Mike Enos - Mike's Adel Power Equipment
Happy New Year from LSB Insurance
Kids Yoga at the Adel Library January 2015
Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry Wins Grant!
More Yoga in Adel - Wednesdays, 2015
Harvey's to Reopen January 2nd
ISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
Adult Yoga at the Adel Library February 2015
Adel HealthMart
Around Town - Upcoming Events
BMike Enos - Mike's Adel Power Equipment
Mikes Power Equipment - Adel Iowa

Mikes Power Equipment - Adel Iowa This month we spoke with Mike Enos, owner of Adel Power Equipment, a local repair shop near the Dallas County Fairgrounds.


Mike services and sells lawn and garden equipment for residential and commercial customers throughout central Iowa offering pickup and delivery services, maintenance and repairs, sharpening, parts and accessories, safety gear, extended warranties, and more.


For more than 20 years, Adel had Annear Equipment. In June 2012 the shop was sold to Mike Enos and his family and Adel Power Equipment began selling and servicing lawnmowers, snow blowers, chainsaws and more.


Mike's background includes automotive electric and wiring, the turf grass industry with a golf and country club focus, warehouse management, and for 6 years he operated an equipment repair shop at an Indianola hardware store.


Mikes Power Equipment - Adel Iowa
"I heard through the grapevine that a lawnmower shop was for sale.
We talked about it and a few days later, we put a lock on the gate and started cleaning."

Not afraid of hard work, the Enos' cleared out the show room to create displays for their three product lines.


  • STIHL: Handheld equipment such as chain saws, leaf blowers, string trimmers and other arborist supplies. Mike says, "Basically, if it's a handheld product, STIHL is where it's at."
  • Toro: Snow blowers and consumer walk behind mowers.
  • eXmark: Acreage owner/ commercial lawn mowers.

Mikes Power Equipment - Adel Iowa  

"We fought to keep those companies as vendors and that makes our job easier- we don't have to hard sell because we've got three great product lines. Somehow, out of this little place we've humbly been able to be the 2nd largest eXmark dealer in the state.  


All we have to do is figure out what our customers need and help them get the right product. You've got a job to do and you want to make sure it's done efficient and easy. That's where we come in."


Mikes Power Equipment - Adel Iowa Over the past 2 years, Mike and the team have served over 3200 different customers, on a range of products including Sears and Craftsman.  


With a smile Mike states, "We don't care what color they are, we'll work on them."


With more than 20,000 parts stocked, and a new computerized inventory system, Adel Power Equipment is ready for your service needs as winter settles in and spring approaches.


Mike shared some key tips to remember:

"If you don't service your equipment it won't stay running. There is nothing worse than going to do a job and finding out the equipment doesn't work. The general rule of thumb is to service your equipment at the start of the season, regardless of use. Lawn equipment lives in the dirtiest of conditions yet tend to get the least attention. Motors need fresh fuel and clean oil to work. If you don't have clean oil, the motor overheats.


It's a two-sided coin. You can buy a piece of equipment that is inexpensive and go buy another one rather than fix it. But we sell the equipment that lasts- it's always a more cost effective choice to service it than throw it away. We're servicing lawn mowers right now to put away for the season. And we guarantee it will start with the new season or we'll fix it."


Mike Enos's personal and professional philosophies help to make Adel Power Equipment a genuine small town gem.  


Mike and the team strive to provide good honest customer service and wish to make things easier on their customers by covering operation and safety, including starting procedures and proper maintenance recommendations with each piece of equipment.


Mike, his wife Tanya, and daughters Claire (12) and Grace (5) moved to Adel in March once the shop was settled, and have been welcomed with open arms.


Mikes Power Equipment - Adel Iowa  

"We had no idea the town of Adel would support us as they have. From the time we opened the doors we've felt like we belong.  


Everyone has been welcoming - Adel scooped us up and really made us feel like a part of it. The people of Adel are what makes this town great- most everything we need is right here.  


Mikes Power Equipment - Adel Iowa Sometimes you miss that fast food when you're running late, but at the same time it's cool to drive by and not see a bunch of lights.  


The other cool thing about Adel is getting to drive my golf cart to work and to drop off Grace at preschool in the morning - that's absolutely the best thing since sliced bread."


Adel Power Equipment

27836 Fairground Rd.
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4831


BHappy New Year from LSB Insurance!
LSB Insurance
Lori Brocka and Joshua Heisterkamp
"Your LSB Adel Insurance Team"
January is an ideal time to evaluate and fine-tune your insurance needs for the year ahead.

Getting married, buying a new home or car, having a baby, a lot can change in a year.

You may qualify for new discounts or have gaps in coverage that could be financially devastating.

Resolve to call Josh or Lori to schedule your New Years' insurance review!

Joshua Heisterkamp -
AVP LSB Insurance Agent

Lori Brocka -
AVP LSB Insurance Account Manager

LSB Insurance
805 Main St # 3
Office: 515-993-5663
BKids Yoga at the Adel Library January 2015
Kids Yoga - Adel Iowa Kids Yoga at the Library!

Classes will begin Mondays in January from 4:00 - 4:45 pm at the Adel Public Library.

Cost is $45/month, and space will be limited to 8 kids, so please email Maggie at for payment information and to reserve your spot.

Kids will need either a yoga mat or beach towel for the class and will want to wear comfortable clothing.

Please email Maggie for any other additional classes.

Maggie Rooney
Phone: (515) 360-9850

Location - Adel Public Library
310 S 10th St.
Adel, Iowa  50003
Phone: (515) 993-3512
BAdel Good Samaritan Food Pantry Wins Grant!
Adel Food Pantry - Adel Iowa Congratulations to the Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry for winning a  $20,000 grant from Walmart.

"Thank you to everyone that participated in this year's program to help food pantries and the communities they serve across the nation.

It was a great success and the final counts are in!"
- Walmart

The Good Samaritan Food Pantry placed 2nd out of 150 contestants.

The continued efforts of the community voting everyday throughout the contest truly helped them secure one of the grants.

Food Pantry Adel Iowa

Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Adel

United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 423-0753
BMore Yoga in Adel - Wednesdays, 2015
oga in Adel A new series of yoga classes begins on Wednesday, January 7 at the Raccoon Valley Bank Community House, 11th and Main Street, 5:45 to 6:45 pm.

Class fee is $12 per class or $60 to attend the whole series of six Wednesday evening classes.

For more information, call Mary Lea at 515-993-4691 or Jacque at 515-993-4115.

Meeting Location:
Raccoon Valley Community House
1016 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
BBrick Street Barbecue Time in the Snow!
Brick Street Barbecue Adel Iowa With winter upon us it's time for some tasty  smothered Baby Back Ribs from Brick Street Barbecue. Order Today!

Call Merle from Brick Street Barbecue at (515) 250-1687. His technique results in the most tender, flavorful and delicious BBQ dining experience you'll find.

Brick Street Barbecue
29048 Prospect Ave
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
BHarvey's to Reopen January 2nd
Harveys Adel Iowa Very excited around here at Harvey's Floral Company! We have been for sale for several months and we have a buyer!!

In order to make this transition, we're closed December 25th-January 1st with the exception of Adel Flowers (our full service florist shop) remaining open the 26th-31st.

More details will follow!

Harvey Floral Company
611 Nile Kinnick Dr. S. * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3916
Facebook: harveys-greenhouse-and-garden
BISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
ISU Ext. Local Food Growers Local Food Growers to Meet January 5th

The first winter meeting of the Growing Food and Profit group will be Monday, January 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1204 13th Street, in Dallas Center.

Anyone interested in growing or eating locally grown food is welcome to attend! Bring a potluck dish to share and your own table service. Coffee will be provided.

The potluck meal will be followed by a "swap and share" session. This is an open discussion time when attendees can ask for input from the group and share information.

A sample of some questions that have brought answers from the group include: Where can I have an older model starter rebuilt? Can I grow blueberries in Iowa? Is XYZ garden tiller really as good as they say?

Would anyone be interested in swapping some labor for the use of a tractor? Information and tips that have been shared include: how to make your own seed tapes; how to use five gallon pales for chicken nests; and where to source organic seedlings.

For more information, please contact Linda Nelson at 515-491-3984 or Iowa State University Extension & Outreach in Dallas County sponsors this group. View the Flyer.



Great Beginnings for Families Starting Feb. 3rd
Great-Beginnings-for-Families Trying to communicate or reason with a little one whose language and behavioral skills aren't yet developed can cause stress for both child and parent, presenting a sometimes frustrating yet unique set of challenges.

Caring for young requires an intense learning curve bundled with love and patience, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Great Beginnings for Families can support parents who wish to build a solid foundation for their child's early development.

A five-week skills building program for parents of infants through preschoolers, Great Beginnings can help mothers and fathers learn how to effectively administer positive discipline and guidance while helping their young cope with anger and conflict. Encouraging learning through play and understanding the key principles of child development is also a core part of this workshop series.

"This class was enlightening and very beneficial to me," shared one father. "Being a good parent is what I have to do for the rest of my life. Quite frankly, no other job or task is more important. This class encouraged me to take a look at myself and evaluate the skills I have and to also learn new skills to help me be the dad I have to be for my kids."

Great Beginnings for Families will take place Tuesdays, Feb. 3 - March 10 (no class on March 3) from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Waukee's Walnut Hills Elementary School.

Registration is $10 and can be completed through Waukee Community Ed at or (515) 987-2761. For more information on the program, contact Extension Educator Lisa Mickelson at (515) 993-4281 or

See the "Great Begginings for Families" Flyer.



ISU Ext. Office - Strengthening Families Program in Adel
 SFP Winter 2015Strengthening Families Program in Adel - Participants say 'best thing' for family.

It's an Iowa value which Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dallas County believes in-the importance of family. Those who agree may benefit from and are encouraged to participate in Strengthening Families Program (SFP): For Parents and Youth Ages 10-14.

"Sometimes parents do not sign up for this program because they think their family is doing fine," says ISU Extension Educator, Lisa Mickelson. "But truly, every family, no matter what their situation is, can benefit by building upon their skill set, gaining new tools and techniques to enhance their family life and reinforce the bond they already have with their youth--especially during these critical adolescent years."

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Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
BAdult Yoga at the Adel Library February 2015
Adult Yoga - Adel Iowa Adults Yoga Classes at the Library

Adult Yoga Classes will be offered at the Adel Public Library on Saturday mornings beginning in February.

Classes will be from 9:00 - 9:45 am, and the cost will be $50/month.

Students will need a yoga mat for the class, and will want to wear comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict movement.

Spaces will fill quickly, so please email Maggie at for payment information and to reserve your spot.

Maggie Rooney
Phone: (515) 360-9850

Location - Adel Public Library
310 S 10th St.
Adel, Iowa  50003
Phone: (515) 993-3512
Adel HealthMart - Your Local First Stop!
Adel HealthMart Holidays - Adel Iowa Our Adel HealthMart pharmacy specializes in serving our community with fast, friendly, professional service and the highest-quality health products.

You'll always work with somebody at our pharmacy who greets you by name, and our pharmacists take the time to counsel you and answer your questions.

Visit us for all your healthcare needs!

Check out our facebook page and while you are there be sure to "like" us!

Adel HealthMart - Adel IowaHours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

  Adel Health Mart
Phone: 515-993-3644
Fax :515-993-4714
After hours Emergency: 515-333-2959
Around Town
Child Care Grants "Reach for the Stars" Grants Available Deadline Jan. 30th

Child Care Quality Improvement Grants Available. Child care providers seeking to improve the quality of child care within their facilities could...   Continue reading
Iowa State University Extenion
Crop Advantage Series on Crop Production Info Jan. 13th

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Crop Advantage Series will be held in Ames on January 13 at the Quality Inn and Suites...  Continue reading
Adel Masons  Breakfast Adel Masons 2nd Sunday Breakfast

The Adel Masons Breakfast is held on the Second Sunday of the month from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. They feature omelets to order, biscuits and...  Continue reading
First Christian Church First Christian Church C.I.A. Youth Program Wednesdays

The Adel First Christian Church is hosting a new youth program called, C.I.A. (Christians In Action). Join us every Wednesday from...  Continue reading
Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11:00 a.m. Find clothes for infants to...  Continue reading
Fusion Youth Misitry 2 New Youth Ministries at Fusion Church

Fusion Church in Adel, is introducing 2 new Youth Ministries.
Kids Connection - Connecting Kids to Christ is for grades 1 -5.
Spark Youth Ministry is for...  Continue reading
ADM Schools 2014 ADM Sports Schedule Posted

The Adel DeSoto Minburn (ADM) School's 2014 Sports Schedule of Events has been posted at Adel DeSoto Minburn CSD...   Continue reading 
Adel Quilting & Dry Gods Co. Adel Iowa Open Sew Friday at the Adel Public Library

Join Jacque Johnson, owner of Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co., the 2nd Friday of each month at the Adel Public Library for Open Sew Friday! Participants may join...    Continue reading

Alzheimers Support Group Alzheimer's Support Group - 2nd. Thursdays

Join The Village at Legacy Pointe of Waukee for an Alzheimer's Support Group for family members and loved ones of those battling Alzheimer's and other ...   Continue reading 

Wednesday Night Suppers Adel UMC Wednesday Night Community Suppers

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Courtesy of Your Adel Public Library:

Adel Public Library will be closed on January 1st due to the holiday, but we would like to bring in the new year by letting you know about all of the exciting happenings you can expect this month.

We have activities planned that are healthy and fun for the entire family!  


Our Family Reading Program kicks off on Thursday, January 15th at 6:00 pm.  


We will introduce the program and have story time, so be sure to mark your calendar!  


A new year means new goals: we will have Family Yoga on Tuesday, January 20th at 4:00 pm. Get ready to have fun while exercising as a family!


The Annual Soup Luncheon will be held on Saturday, January 24th at 12:00 pm.  


We will welcome Rod Stanley as he presents a program about Harry Truman's visit to Dexter, Iowa in 1948.


There will be a Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation meeting on Thursday, January 8th at 6:30 pm; this meeting is open to the public.  



Adel Public Library's Brown Bag Book Club will be discussing Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall on Thursday, January 8th at 12:00 pm.  



The Evening Book Club will be discussing End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe on Thursday, January 29th at 7:00 pm.


Our regular story times will resume on Monday, January 12th at 10:30, beginning with our Preschool Story Time.  


Toddler Time will resume on Tuesday the 13th and Music Time will resume on Thursday the 15th.  


All programs will begin at 10:30 am. You won't have to wait until the 12th to enjoy dancing, singing and reading at the library though, because the Dallas County Conservation will be here on Monday, January 5th at 10:30 am for their "Oh My Stars" program.


We will be providing popcorn and showing How to Train Your Dragon at our Early Out Movie on Wednesday, January 14th at 2:00 pm, so we hope to see students there!


As always, our Exercise Group meets every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9:00 am, and we are always looking for joiners!  


What better time to get in shape then during the start of a new year?


January at the Adel Public Library is packed full of fun and we are excited for each and every day of it!  



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~ Brittany

Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
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Recipe of the Month
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I Can't Believe
Its Healthy Pasta

My daughters are always on the lookout for healthy recipes.

Sometimes they come from cookbooks or magazines, but in general the girls know enough about nutrition and calorie counts to come up with their own unique recipes.

With the internet readily at hand, however, they've realized that many of their one of a kind ideas have been thought of by dozens, if not thousands, of people around the globe.

At first they were brokenhearted that so many had developed the same ideas, but as they tried and tested those similar, but not quite the same, recipes they became proud that they created something everyone could enjoy and made it uniquely their own.

After all those holiday goodies, here's a great recipe that is a combination of comfort and health food, perfect for a weeknight meal when time is short.

So courtesy of my daughters...
I  Can't Believe Its Healthy Pasta



Whole Wheat Pasta, 1 box
1/2 lbs. Prosciutto
2 T. Olive Oil
Cherry Tomatoes, 1 pint
4 C. Spinach, chiffonade
1/4 C. Onion, minced
3 T. Garlic, minced
1/2 C. Ricotta Cheese, part skim milk
2 T. Italian Seasoning
1 T. Garlic Powder
1 T. Onion Powder
2 tsp. Cayenne
Salt and Pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place Prosciutto flat on pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy. Set aside.

Begin boiling 4-6 quarts of water for the pasta.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat 2 TBSP Olive Oil, add Onion and Garlic. Cook until onions are tender.

Add Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, and Prosciutto to pan. Wilt Spinach slightly.

Stir in Ricotta Cheese and seasonings. Cook over low heat for approximately 6-8 minutes.

Prior to draining pasta, remove 4TBSP of the starchy water and mix with the Ricotta Cheese. Drain pasta and combine in saucepan with Cheese mixture.

Season with additional salt and pepper.


Terry Traveller - Reflects on New Years Past
Terry Traveller Tribute

Dear fellow traveler~

Ah, the new year. A time to reflect on the year gone by, and plan for the year ahead. A time for budget reviews and waistline observations. But before that happens, there is one last tradition to observe - the New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Dick Clark was a gentleman and a scholar, with a velvety voice that could make a wolverine purr.

I had finally returned home after a grueling 14 hours of air traffic from Tasmania where I had been categorizing the local foliage for my unpopular book, Tasmanian Trees - The Green Devils, when the first Rockin' New Years Eve aired.

My apartment was littered with correspondence and dead house plants, long forgotten on my tireless journey. The cold, dark appearance of a single, low wattage light bulb hung in the middle of the room and as I sank into my Lay-Z-Boy - my sole piece of furniture as travelers rarely have company, I imagined a dreary start to the new year.

I turned on the TV expecting to count down the moments with a sad, stogie and Guy Lombardo.

Suddenly the room was filled with color and the sounds of cheering crowds. Lights flashed, smiling faces rushed past the screen, music erupted - I felt I was back in Rio at carnival time. This was not my mother's TV show.

Soon Dick Clark appeared on screen, acting the part of news reporter. He witnessed the first kiss of a young couple in love, introduced the great Three Dog Night, and before commercial breaks, told me to stay tuned for the Rockin' New Year's Eve Countdown. I stayed.

I tapped my toes as they danced past the screen, found myself laughing out loud at the cheesy jokes. Something about witnessing all those happy people made my night seem less dreary.

As the moment approached and midnight drew near, I sat glued to the scene.

10, 9... I felt an excitement growing with each second.
6, 5.. I felt like a kid, sitting on the edge of my seat.
3, 2, 1... Happy New Year!

When Auld Lang Sign broke out in the tradition big band style I jumped to my feet and cheered- the new year was here and it was filled with joy, music, and merriment.

As Dick Clark signed off and the local affiliate began to play the national anthem, I crawled into bed knowing that 1974 was going to be a great year, and it sure was.

Everybody, in true Scots tradition:
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne."

~Happy New Year from

Terry Traveller
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