Vol. 40 Feb. 2012
Dear Friend,

Welcome to the February edition. I think it's February, this winter will certainly be one for the books with the warmer than normal temps.

This month we had the pleasure of interviewing Lacey and Justin Reed of Marc Stephens Salon and Ken Depue of Code Electric and Imagination Images of Iowa. In addition, we have the latest events from Around Town, news and events from the Adel Public Library, a Recipe from Home, and much more!

Have a great February and be sure to stop out to Adel this month, we're looking forward to seeing you!



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In This Issue
Lacey & Justin Reed - Marc Stephens
Isaac Martin Long Fundraiser Breakfast
Ken Depue - Imagination Images of Iowa
Brick Street BBQ - Winter Special
Adel HealthMart
February is National Pet Dental Month
Brick St. Books & Cafe Anniversary Specials
Around Town - Upcoming Events
BLacey & Justin Reed - Marc Stephens Adel
Marc Stephens and Friends Adel Iowa
Marc Stephens and Friends Adel Iowa
Lacey & Justin Reed

Located on Main just off the square is Marc Stephens salon. We got to sit with owners

Lacey and Justin Reed to talk about their business and the exciting changes that will take place this Spring.

Lacey and Justin graduated from Clarion-Goldfield High School together. Then their paths separated as they went to college.

After college Lacey joined Marc Stephens in Ames working with Marc.

Justin graduated with a Management Information Systems (MIS) degree. He worked for three years in Kansas City at Sprint. Eventually he moved back to Iowa and Lacey and Justin reconnected, married and now have two children.

As Marc's business grew it expanded to Adel in 2006 with Lacey opening and managing the Adel shop. In 2010 she and Justin, bought the Adel location.

Lacey manages and runs the shop while Justin, a business analyst with ITA Group in West Des Moines, handles the business side.

Marc Stephens and Friends Adel Iowa
Marc Stephens Adel Salon

Previously living in Urbandale and doing the daily commute, they purchased a home in Adel at the end of 2011.

When asked "Why Adel?", Lacey smiles and says "We love living in Adel, it's similar to the town we grew up in. This area offers lots of options and we registered our son in soccer knowing we would be living here."  They both enjoy the customers and being involved in the community.

Marc Stephens and Friends Adel Iowa
Jewelry from "Spoons Full of Sugar" by Kylee

Lacey attributes the salon's success to her philosphy of being happy first to make  the customers happy on a one on one basis.

They're members of the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, participating in the Annual Holiday Business Open Houses.  They also support the John D. Gomke Charity and various local events.

As if their lives aren't busy enough, they've recently added a jewelry line, "Spoons Full of Sugar" by Kylee, to the store with plans to offer manicure and pedicure services by April 1st if not sooner.

Marc-Stephens and Friends Salon
907 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3300
BIsaac Martin Long Fundraiser Breakfast

Isaac "Ike" Martin Long
Isaac Martin Long Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast, February 11th.

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Adel Methodist Church.

Isaac Martin Long, or "Ike" as he likes to be called, is a 3 ½ year old rambunctious loving twin that has been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease, that may require a lung transplant.

He has a long list of other related complications that have left dozens of doctors perplexed, and unsure how to treat his situation.

It is Ike's fighting spirit and determination that keeps the Longs hopeful that with each new doctor, there is new information, that will assist them in improving the life, and health of their little boy.

If you are unable to attend, please go to Isaac's profile under community at, to make an online donation.

Adel United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3791


Ken Depue - Imagination Images of Iowa
Ken Depue - Imagination Images of Iowa
Ken Depue Code Electric

As the owner of both Imagination Images of Iowa and Code Electric, Ken Depue is one of those fortunate people that does not one job he loves but two.  


While in high school at ADM he discovered photography. It made such an impact on him that he owned and operated Adel Photography in Adel.  


In 2002 he apprenticed with A&W Electric, discovering a second career that he enjoyed. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to eventually start Code Electric.   


Code Electric specializes in commercial and residential electrical work doing jobs of all sizes often taking him across the state. 


An advantage of traveling was all of the town squares he saw. While running the photography shop in Adel, Ken took a panoramic of the court house. He put together the equipment and software then climbed a ladder in the middle of the street to reproduce the famous panoramic taken by Fredrick J. Bandholtz (1877 to 1963) in the early 1900's.  


The perfect shot took four attempts at 50 frames a shoot and hours of software manipulation. Eventually he discovered a workflow that he could reproduce.  


This led to finding as many of the original courthouse panoramics as he could, thus Imagination Images of Iowa was born.


Due to the photos large sizes, he often receives them folded, torn, and worn from storage. Ken scans the photos, repairs the damage in his software and then researches where the photo was originally taken. He then travels to the location to reproduce the shot.  


After a hundred years there are usually major changes to the areas he visits. Trees have grown up, buildings replaced or modified, and sometimes the original structures are completely gone due to tornado damage or housing projects.  


Once the perfect photo is obtained, he produces an image containing the original at the top and the current view on the bottom. 


Ken has collected a majority of Iowa's courthouse photos and has plans to complete the last of them in the next year or so.   


In his journey to preserve the past he records the GPS coordinates of the photo and copious notes so that a future photographer can do a third shot a hundred years from now. He often wonders who that will be.  


Ken's collection can be found and individual images purchased online at Each image has taken an average of 50 hours to complete.


If you have an old panoramic, Ken invites you to contact him at 515-208-2415    


Ken Depue
Imagination Images of Iowa
Phone: (515) 208-2415

Code Electric
Phone: (515) 208-2415


Brick Street BBQ - Winter Special
Brick Street BBQ - Adel, Iowa


BBQ Winter Special at Brick Street Barbecue.

For the remainder of winter, you can place your order for Merle's mouth watering ribs, chicken and brisket on Wednesday and pick it up on Friday.

Don't forget to order Brick Street Barbecue for the Big Game Feb. 5th!

We also do catering! It's perfect for tailgating at your favorite sporting event, family dinner, and all your catering needs!

Reserve a date now for your next special event or when you have a craving for finger licking barbecue.


Brick Street Barbecue
29048 Prospect Ave
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
Email: Email Merle Here
Website: www.BrickSt


BFull Services at Adel HealthMart
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Adel HealthMart StaffAdel HealthMart is excited to announce that we now sell Dr. Comfort Diabetic Shoes.

Stop in today to see our display and talk with the pharmacy staff to see if you qualify.

Don't forget our website for ordering refills online and to ask questions.

You can also stop by the store to talk with our knowledgeable staff.

While here, print your digital photos from the Holidays in just minutes and browse our extensive gift selection.

Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook!  Watch for upcoming deals for our Facebook fans.

Adel HealthMart
113 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3644
BFebruary is National Pet Dental Month
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February is National Pet Dental Month

In support of National Dental Month, Cedar Creek Animal Clinic is offering a FREE Dental Exam during the month of February.

Pets can't brush their teeth, but just like people, dogs and cats are at risk for dental problems that can cause pain and serious health issues.

Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. In fact, two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care that is recommended by their veterinarian. Dental disease can lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung, and kidney disease. It is essential to have an oral exam annually to ensure the overall health of your pet.

Did you know?
  • Dental disease can lead to problems in the heart, liver, kidneys or other organs.  
  • Plaque is a colorless film containing large amounts of bacteria that builds up on your pet's teeth.  
  • Plaque can cause infection, destroying gums, bone, and other tissues that support the teeth.  
  • Your pet's mouth may develop small wounds that allow the bacteria to enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body.
  • 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by age 2.
  • Dental disease is more common in older pets.
  • Small dogs are more likely to have overcrowded or misaligned teeth that are difficult to keep clean, making them more prone to dental disease.
Schedule your pet's exam today at our Adel office by calling 515-993-3410.

In addition to a FREE exam, we are offering a discount on most dental products, including Greenies and CET products!

Your pet is counting on you for dental care to stay healthy and happy.

Cedar Creek Animal Clinic
112 S. 9th St.
Adel, Iowa  50003
515-993-3410 office
515-993-5763 fax

*We are now on Facebook!  'Like' us to receive special savings, promotions, and tips!  Search for Cedar Creek Animal Clinic - Adel, Iowa.
BBrick St. Books & Cafe Anniversary Specials
Brick Street Cafe - Adel Iowa

Brick St. Books & Cafe is celebrating our 1 Year Anniversary on the 14th.

For our celebration in February, we will be having special valentines cookies and other bakery items to celebrate Valentines Day, February 1st. through the 14th.

Then celebrating on the 14th with treats for customer who come in.

We will have goodies all day for those who join us.

Brick St. Books & Cafe is now open on the weekends.

New Hours:
Brick St. Books & Cafe
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Brick Street Books and Cafe
803 1/2 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50010
Phone: (515) 993-1811
Fax: (515) 993-4975
Around Town

Doc's Hunt Club, Adel IowaDoc's Hunt Club - CCW Class & Iron Man Challenge

Attention Doc's Hunt Club members and friends,
Doc's Hunt Club will be hosting a CCW class on Saturday, February 4th from 8 am to 12 noon... Continue reading

Adel Parks and RecreationAdel Park and Rec. Events for February 2012

Spot-Shot Basketball Shooting Competition... Continue
ADM Youth Softball & Baseball Registration... Continue
Frozen Field Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament... Continue

Adel Girl Scouts Girl Scout Cookies at Fullers Feb. 5th

The Adel Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at Fuller's Sunday, February 5th. Sales are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Stop by support the Girl Scouts and stock up... Continue reading 

Adel Quitling and Dry Goods Adel IA 1Appliqué Quilting Projects - Adel Quilting & Dry Goods

Are you looking for a quilt project to keep you busy? Stop by Adel Quilting and sign up for the Appliqué Block of the Month projects! This quilting program will... Continue reading

Adel Boy ScoutsBoy Scouts Chicken Noodle Dinner Feb. 5th

Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? To attend the Boy Scout Troop 152's Chicken Noodle Dinner! The event takes place on Scout Sunday, February 5th...  Continue reading 

Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Kids Clothes Closet is here to help with free clothing! Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11am... Continue reading
Breakfast Special AdelSuper Bowl Sunday Breakfast at Methodist Church

Join us for breakfast on February 5th on Super Bowl Sunday! We want to give you the first burst of energy for this big day. We will be serving in fellowship hall from...  Continue reading
Dallas County Food Preparation 101 - Adel, IowaDallas County Extension Council Meeting

The Dallas County Extension Council meets the 2nd Monday of every month beginning at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are held at the Dallas County Extension Office...  Continue reading
Grace LutheranValentines Dinner at Adel Grace Lutheran Church

Join Adel Grace Lutheran Church on Valentines Day for a romantic candlelight dinner filled with romantic music. Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 6:00 p.m. to...  Continue reading
Adel 4HDallas County 4-H to Hold Helping Hands Auction

Dallas County 4-H Livestock Judging Team To Hold Helping Hands Auction. Do you need help planting your garden, baling hay, planting flowers, mowing...  Continue reading
Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co.
Annual Super Bowl Sunday Fat Quarter Extravaganza!

Visit Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co. February 5th, for the Annual Super Bowl Sunday Fat Quarter Extravaganza! Fat Quarters will be on sale for 20 for $40... Continue reading

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Check out the fantastic February line-up of programs happening at the Adel Public Library.

Thursday, Feb. 2nd:
2pm and 6 p.m.
Learn new skills at the Adel Public Library with two adult classes offered during the month of February.

Two classes for those wanting to know how to use WILBOR with their Kindle and Kindle Apps will be held at the library.

Sign up is not needed.

Wednesday, Feb. 1st:
Early Out Activity
- 2:00pm

School age children can come to the library for an early out craft.

Thursday, Feb. 2nd:
Family Story time
- 6:30pm
Join us for a special nighttime family storytime dedicated to pizza!  

Friday, Feb. 3rd: Scrapbooking - 6:00pm
Bring your scrapbook supplies and a snack to share!

Thursday, Feb. 9th:
Brown Bag Book Club
- Noon
This book club will be reading Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival by Velma Wallis.

Copies are available for check-out at the front desk.

Saturday, Feb. 11th: Gardening with Gourds
- 1:30pm

Janet Westberg will share her wealth of knowledge about growing and drying gourds.

Sign-up at the library.

Tuesday, Feb. 14th:
Teen Activity - 4:00pm
Stop in after school to make a fun craft!
Wednesday, Feb. 22nd: Early Out Movie, Smurfs
- 1:30pm

This feature film is an early out from school activity.

Thursday, Feb. 23rd: Grand Finale Family Reading Program
- 6:30pm

Prizes for the family reading program will be awarded for winners of the Family Reading Program: Carry Out a Good Book.

There will also be a family movie and snack for all the families who participated in this year's program.

Thursday, Feb. 23rd: Evening Book Club
- 7:00pm
This book club will be reading the All Iowa Reads Selection: Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness by Tracy Kidder.

Copies are available for check-out at the front desk.

Tuesday, Feb. 28th:
Intro to China Painting
- 6:30pm
Kathy Lewis will introduce the basics of China painting with upcoming lessons to follow.

Sign-up at the library.

Mondays, Preschool Storytime - 10:30am
Children will play games, listen to stories, sing songs and make crafts.

Toddler Time
- 10:30am
Join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, play games and make crafts.

Music Time - 10:30am
Join us for singing, dancing, and action songs.

The Adel Public Library will be closed February 20th for Presidents' Day.


Library hours are:
Mon. and Fri. 10am-5pm
Tues. -Thurs. 10am-7pm
Sat. 10am-1:30pm

Laura Guth-Hanson
Youth Services Librarian
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

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Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Black Bean
Chicken Soup

My daughter has been sending me "healthy" recipes.

I don't know if it's because she thinks I'm getting older or if it's because she is.

Fortunately they've all tasted pretty good.

So good in fact, I had to share.

Below is her latest recipe.

2 15 oz. Cans of Black Beans Drained
1 14.5 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes in Juice
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Cooked Chicken
3/4 Cup Minced Celery
3/4 Cup Chopped Onions
1 Red Pepper
1 tsp. Minced Garlic
1 tsp. Ground Cumin
Black Pepper to taste
Red Pepper Flakes to taste.

1. In a large pot, add water, one and a half cans of beans drained, and half of the tomatoes.

2. Let simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.

3. Then blend, I used a hand mixer. Blend until it is somewhat creamy, then back in the pot. 

4. Add the rest of the ingredients and let it cook for 20-25 minutes or until the onion and celery are tender.  

Serves 4

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