Vol. 16 February 2010
Dear Friend,

Welcome to the February Newsletter for For a month of 28 days or just 4 weeks, February always feels like the longest month to me.

I think it's the desire for Winter to end and Spring to start. I don't know about you but I'm ready for the snow to stop, the temperature to increase and the grass to start showing.

There are the bright spots of February though, The 2nd is Groundhog Day, the Big Game is the 7th - maybe next year for my team, Valentine's Day, Fat Tuesday, Lent, President's Day, and the Chinese New Year!

This month we have an interview with Cheryl Weltha of the Dallas County Extension, a recipe from Dawn Van Buren, and great information from around town.



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In This Issue
Cheryl Weltha - Dallas County Extension
The Big Game Sunday & Italian Villages
Check Off Child Abuse
February For Free!
Adel Flower & Gifts - Valentine's Day!
Around Town
Adel Partners News
Recipe of the Month
Library News
SpotlightCheryl Weltha - Dallas County Extension
Dallas County Extension Office, Adel Iowa

The Dallas County ISU Extension Office is a fantastic resource for individuals, businesses, and families. This month we focused on Family programs and spoke with Cheryl Weltha, Families Program Educator, who helps bring many programs to the community.

Cheryl Weltha - The Dallas County ISU Extension OfficeCheryl most enjoys seeing family members interact together in positive, loving ways as she provides them with some tools for strong, healthy relationships.

When Cheryl isn't traveling the county with the ISU Extension Office programs, she can be found wearing her second hat as a parent educator for the Dallas County Parents As Teachers program, overarching program philosophy of providing parents with child development knowledge and parenting support.

What is your position with the Dallas County Extension Office?
I am the Families Program Educator for Iowa State University Extension in Dallas County, which is located just north of Adel at the Dallas County Fairgrounds.

I was hired to deliver ISU Extension family programs in the fall of 2008. The Extension Council saw the growing need for more family programming in the county and so my position was created.

What family oriented programs are you providing through the Extension Office?
We provide programs for all generations of families. The programs that I help coordinate include the following. Anyone in Dallas County is eligible to participate.

Adult Children, Aging Parents - Conversations between Generations- a course focused on helping families as relationships and responsibilities begin to shift due to age. Some topics include trading life stories, how loss and change affects the entire family, and the family decision- making process

Powerful Tools for Caregivers - A six part educational program for family caregivers designed to empower caregivers to take better care of themselves

Family Storyteller - A program that encourages reading and interaction of parents and children

Great Beginnings for Families -  A series of workshops for parents of young children. Parents learn about how children grow and develop, positive discipline, helping children cope with anger and conflict, encouraging learning through play, and building strong families.

ISU Extension also has lots of resources for families that I can share.

Cheryl Weltha - The Dallas County ISU Extension OfficeOne presentation that I have done for clubs and libraries is called Spend Smart, Eat Smart. It's all about getting the best buys when you shop for groceries.

On the website you will find healthy recipes, tips for reading labels and understanding unit pricing, as well tips to reduce food waste to help save money. We also have information on paying off debt, family budgeting, buying a house and more!

What is the Strengthening Families program?
The Strengthening Families program was developed at the Center for Family Research at Iowa State University in the 1990's as a research project. It tested family-focused interventions to reduce the likelihood of teen substance abuse and associated problems.

The resulting curriculum is recognized as an exceptional program by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Besides all the research, the program allows families to open doors of communication and to build their family strengths.

Parents receive help concerning all the changes and challenges of raising a pre-teen or young teen, while the youth learn some of the challenges their parents are going through. Youth also learn specific techniques to resist peer pressure and how to look forward to their own future goals.

Cheryl Weltha - The Dallas County ISU Extension Office

How does the Strengthening Families program benefit the community?

The youth who attend the Strengthening Families program have been proven to gain better communication skills, have fewer issues with peer pressure and are less likely to use alcohol and drugs.

An Adel participant from last year's program stated, "I learned that talking to your child is important, giving compliments and letting them know of consequences."

I'm excited to bring this program to the Adel area! It's also a lot of fun. The parents meet in one room for their session while the youth meet in another, and then they all come together at the end for a fun family time!

What programs are you offering in the future?
Strengthening Families will also be held in Perry starting February 1. Great Beginnings for Families, for parents with children under 5, will begin April 6 in Perry. Contact Cheryl at 993-4281 for more information.

What is your educational/ professional background?
My degree is in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, which I received from Truman State University in Missouri.

I have received certification in several parent education programs and also have a family development specialist certificate.

I started working with families about seven years ago with a program called Parents as Teachers, which is a home visiting program for parents of infants and preschoolers.

With Extension, I am privileged to reach families of all ages, giving them the information they need to be strong and healthy.

Having a strong family creates a positive domino effect on our individual jobs, our churches, our schools, and our communities. I am excited to be working in this field!

What can you tell us about yourself?
Outside of work, I enjoy reading, antiquing, participating in my church, and staying in touch with my four grown children.

I am learning to survive 'the empty nest syndrome,' which I didn't know was real until I experienced it!

My husband and I are also enjoying some traveling when we can and we are looking forward to our first grandchild in March.

Dallas County Extension is located at 28059 Fairground Road, Adel IA.
To learn more, please contact Cheryl at: 515-993-4281 or by email at:
SpotlightThe Big Game & Italian Villages
Italian Villages Adel Iowa

February 7th is the Big Game and Italian Villages will be open for Pizza To Go!

We will be open from 3-7pm!

Get a Single Topping pizza for $9.99!

We are now taking orders!

Enjoy the game, as you hang out with family and friends!

If you are planning to have a large pizza or catering order please call a head to Brenna at 371-1993!

See you there!

Brenna Young
Italian Villages Catering
Catering Manager/Owner
Check Off Child Abuse
Check Off Child Abuse

File your taxes and help a child.
It's as simple as that. You can make a lasting difference in the life of a child by donating a portion of your refund to the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program. Your donation will support the work being done to prevent abuse before it happens, right in your community.
Spread the word!

Employers have until January 31 to send out W-2 forms. Now is the time to tell your friends, co-workers, and neighbors to Check Off Child Abuse when they file their tax returns.

Reach out to local media outlets and ask for their help in promoting the checkoff. You can download promotional materials to help us spread the word, including a copy of a sample press release and media kit.

About the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program
Administered by Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program provides funding to prevention services throughout the state including education, support, and respite child care. Last year, the program helped nearly 20,000 adults and 68,000 children in 92 counties.

Contact Prevent Child Abuse Iowa.

Learn More
To learn more about how you can check off child abuse on your 2009 state income tax forms, visit the Iowa Department of Revenue's website.
February For Free!
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What are you willing to give up for your sweetheart this
Valentine's Day?

This is all it costs to become a member of Anytime Fitness in Adel:
  1. The cost of a bottle of water each day.
  2. The cost of that cup of coffee in the morning.
  3. The cost of of an item on the Dollar Menu.
  4. The cost ofof a candy bar or soda each day.
New in February!  Tanning    $14.99 + tax/month plus membership.

Call or stop in the club today!

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Club: 515-993-3333
Cell: 515-991-5621
Adel Flower & Gifts - Valentine's Day!
Adel Flowers and Gifts

Be a hero - Order early
for Valentine's Week delivery!

Adel Flowers and Gifts Adel Flower and Gifts is proudly serving Adel
and the surrounding areas with beautiful flower arrangements, balloons and gifts to compliment
your special occasion.

Adel Flower & Gifts
611 Nile Kinnick Dr, S. Adel IA.
(515) 993-4884
(866) 866-ROSE(7673)
Around Town
Adel Iowa Streets on National Registry

Great News for Adel.
The Downtown area around the square has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

This is a huge accolade for our community and one which we should all be proud.

Of particular note is the inclusion of not only the buildings, but separate designation and recognition of the Brick Streets themselves.

Please see the attached press release below and the accompanying map of the district.

The Adel Public Square District joins the Adel Wagon Bridge, the Dallas County Court House and the Court House lawn as Adel's other listings on the National Register.

City of Adel Iowa Chad A. Bird

City Administrator
City of Adel
Fax 515-993-4527

Embracing our History, Celebrating our Future!


PressReleasePress Release:

Adel Named To The National Register of Historic Places

City of Adel's Historic Downtown is Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Adel, IA (January 12, 2010) - Ann Robison, Secretary for the Adel Historic Preservation Commission announced today that the City's historic downtown district has been placed on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places. It is listed on the National Register as the Adel Public Square Historic District.

This listing is the culmination of more than three years worth of research and writing to describe the District's historical significance in the community, the state, and the nation.

This project began with the writing of a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant request to hire a consultant to name the square surrounding the Courthouse to the National Register of Historic Places.

The city was notified that it received the grant and work on the project began in May 2007. Throughout the project, the Adel Historic Preservation Commission members were guided by the vision of consultant William Page and the Chamber's Design Committee.

The City of Adel and the Commission are proud to have national recognition of the treasures the city has with its brick buildings and brick streets. The Commission is particularly pleased that the brick streets were included as part of the listing, because the city is beginning to plan a long term project to restore the brick streets.

It is a rare occurrence that non-building type structures are listed on the Register. The brick streets are a "brand" for Adel and can be a focus for tourism. In all, more than 50 buildings and structures were included in the listing.

The city is excited about using the National Register of Historic Places listing as a catalyst for rejuvenation of the square, for historic tourism, and to jump start economic development. This project has increased public awareness of our historic and architectural treasures and will continue to do so as the listing is publicized. The listing was official as of December 18th, 2009. A map of the district is attached.

According to the official website: The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. The site address is

Additional questions may be directed to the office of the City Administrator, City Hall, 301 South 10th Street, Adel, IA 50003 or to the National Park Service, attn: Edson Beall via voice (202) 354-2255 or E-mail:, or National Park Service 2280, National Register of Historic Places, 1201 "I" (Eye) Street, N.W. Washington D.C. 20005.

Contact: Chad A. Bird, City Administrator, (515)993-4525

Grand Opening for Cool Cakes

Cool Cakes Adel IowaThere was a large turnout January 27th at the Grand Opening for Cool Cakes, located at 1015 Riverside Drive (City Park) Adel , Iowa.
Ron Bergman and Nita Kirk were on hand to to give tours of the facilities and to thank all who attended.

Cool Cakes is a full production bakery that offers specialty cakes, coffee cakes, cheese cakes, cupcakes, cookies of any size and shape, brownies, and many types of bars.

Cool Beans will be opening a bakery section with donuts and cakes from Cool Cakes in the near future.

Sharing IS Healing Adel IowaSharing is Healing Ribbon Cutting

On January 19th the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Sharing is Healing, with Michelle Roling and her family.

Michelle, husband Shawn, sons Caden, Alex,  Shade, added an addition to the back of their house for Michelle's business. The entire family helped in the roofing, painting, tiling and decorating.

Michelle is a licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, clinician, presenter, supervisor.

Sharing is Healing
1412 HyVue Street,  Adel Iowa
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Featured Article

Cheryl Weltha - The Dallas County ISU Extension Office
Each month we
showcase a business, person, or organization that makes Adel special.

This month we interviewed
Cheryl Weltha of
The Dallas County ISU Extension Office

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Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce announces the
2010 Festival Schedule.

June 5th - Brick Street Classic Car Show
Featuring classic cars, food, vendors and music in this all day event

June 19th - Iowa Book Festival and All Iowa Wine Festival in conjunction with local merchants promotional weekend

Aug 14th - Adel Sweet Corn Festival Featured Entertainment:

- Richie Lee, 50's & 60's
- Let's Dance
- Adel Tumbling Team
- Adel Dance Club
- Deborah's School Of Dance
- Curse of Hail, Metal band
- Douglas Acres, country,
   southern, classic rock
- Gimikk, rock cover band
Dec 3rd - Business Holiday Open House

2010 is getting off to a great start for the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce.

- Already this year ribbon cuttings have been celebrated for Sharing is Caring and Cool Cakes Bakery.

- The 1st Annual Partner reception was held at Cool Beans on Jan 12th.

Chamber members and guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres prepared by Cool Beans and Penoach wines while learning about Chamber opportunities for the upcoming year and welcoming new directors,
Linda Beottcher and Van Van Buren.

- Van and Linda are eager to contribute their business, management, and marketing experience to the Adel community.
- Festival committees are busy planning another season of great events for 2010.

Many volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available and new ideas are always welcome, contact the chamber office at 993-5472 to talk with Linda or Van about how you can get involved.

Lori Brocka, President, Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce. or 515-993-5472.
Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Mexican Spoon Bread

I had the pleasure last week of sampling some of Dawn Van Buren's excellent recipes. As many of you know, she's an excellent cook!

Dawn graciously agreed to let us run her recipe for Mexican Spoon Bread in the Newsletter.

This dish goes very well with chili, but is excellent all by its self.

Give it a try and I'm sure you'll agree!



2 boxes Jiffy Corn Bread Mix
½ cup pure vegetable oil
2 teaspoons sugar
2 ½ cups milk
3 eggs
1 small can cream style corn
1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
1 2 oz. jar sliced pimentos
1 chopped medium onion
½ cup Bacos


Combine all ingredients.
2. Mix thoroughly.
3. Pour into flat baking dish, equal to 13x9x2.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  (Toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.)

Serve warm with a spoon.

Library News
Adel Public Library
February Newsletter:
The Adel Public Library has scheduled two computer classes for February using a new laptop system. Each class is limited to 10 and sign up is necessary.

A Beginner's E-Mail class
will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 2-3 p.m. with a repeat session on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Adel is one of 15 libraries participating in the shared laptop system program. The Friends of the Adel Library funded Adel's portion of the project.

To register for either class, call the library at 993-3512.

Terri Groover RN to present "Reflexology"
in the library meeting room on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.   

This is the 8th of 12 programs in the Adult Program Series at the library.   

Terri will teach participants how to stimulate the reflexes of the hands and feet in order to help many health problems in a natural way.

Reading Programs:
For Adults:
"Snow is Falling, Books are Calling" for 18 years of age and older. There will be a prize drawing each Friday. A grand prize - will be given away on Friday, March 19, the last day of the program.

For Families:
"Step Right Up and Read" through Friday, Feb. 26th.  Families track the hours they read and prizes will be given to families who read the most hours.

A fun evening at the library is planned for the entire family on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. when children may wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal for a Teddy Bear Sleep-Over.   

A carnival theme atmosphere is planned for the Grand Finale to be held on Friday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Book Clubs:
- Brown Bag Book Club  
  Tuesday, Feb. 23, noon in
  library board room.
- Mommy Book Club
  Wednesday, Feb. 24 at
  10 a.m.
- Evening Book Club
  Thursday, Feb. 25 at
  7 p.m.

Kids' events:
All children are invited to a "Percy Jackson Movie Release Party" on Monday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. in the library community room. 

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to an Anti-Valentine's Party on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.

Just a reminder:
Library materials may be checked out for two weeks with the exception of movies which are on loan for 48 hours.  

All items may be renewed one time in person, by phone, or logging on to our Online Card Catalog.

Be sure to attend the City Council meeting, Feb. 9th to support the Adel Public Library.

Library Hours are:
Mon. - Thurs. 10 - 8 p.m.
Fri. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sun. 1 - 4 p.m.

To find out more, please contact the library at

Adel Public Library
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