Vol. 41 March 2012
Dear Friend,

March is proving to be a great month. The boys are going to State and St. Patrick's day is nearly here. The Irish in me is looking forward to a great meal on the 17th.

Speaking of heritage, our Featured Story surrounds an interesting photo of Adel submitted by Leonard Fox Lillskau whose family has lived in the Adel area for over a hundred years.

This month we have news from John Standley at Adel Auto Parts, Reich & Loynachan Insurance, River Golf Course, Dallas County Extension, GraceJuliet Specials, Adel HomeCare Services Inc., the latest events from Around Town, news and events from the Adel Public Library, a Recipe from Home, and much more!

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



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In This Issue
Leny Fox Lillskau - Mystery Photo
John Standley -...Five Star Excellence Award
Dallas County Extension & Outreach to hold Open House
Brick Street BBQ - Winter Special
Walt Gilbert Joins Reich & Loynachan Ins.
Heart Wisdom Class in Adel
River Valley Golf Course - 2012 Preview
Is it Time to Pass it Forward?...Adel HomeCare Services, Inc.
GraceJuliet - Spring & Summer Bookings
Around Town - Upcoming Events
BLeny Fox Lillskau - Mystery Photo

I was gifted with some photos from Leny Fox Lillskau who's family has lived in the Adel area predating the brick streets.

Leny used to do radio as Leny Fox out of Perry, where he now resides.
Leny Fox Lillskau
Leny Fox Lillskau

Leny is a great visit. We share a love of Batman and comics. In talking about comics we somehow discovered that he went to Buena Vista with a former classmate I once played football with.

That led to the discovery that we lived within a stone throws a couple of time in the past years.

He wanted to know if I was interested in some old family photos he had, one in particular was of a crew of men who helped lay the brick streets in Adel.

I jumped at the chance. Old photos can be studied for years, revealing more information than an archeological dig. They also raise questions.

The photo below shows 21 men and a boy. Leny's Great Grand Father is in charge of the wagon and his grandfather is standing to the left of the cart.

The wagon is drawn by a horse and a cow, not something I've seen before.

Leny Fox Lillskau
Adel Brick Street Crew

I'm familiar with teams of oxen. They worked well beyond the work life of a horse, were more resilient to disease, and less expensive.

They could also be sold for their initial cost to the butcher at end of life. They were difficult to shoe as they couldn't stand on three legs like a horse and required two shoes as opposed to one on a horse.

Oxen were always in teams and the teams were partnered for life. You either had a team of horses or of oxen, no one mentioned mixing them.

Now all of that is about an "ox", but the picture shows a horse and cow?

Was this a typical pairing in the past? I assume there was some advantage, or perhaps this was an ingenious solution to a problem of the moment.

The men and boy posing for the picture are gone now. The questions as to who they were is an open one.

I'd welcome any information you might be able to provide. If you have insights into the team, that would be appreciated also.

As I travel Adel's streets I have to wonder which bricks were laid by these men and others. Oh, and how many trips did that unique team have to make.

Our thanks to Leny for the mystery captured that photgraph.

You can contact Leny at his Facebook page.
BJohn Standley - Five Star Excellence Award
NAPA Adel Auto Parts


John Standley of Adel Auto Parts/Perry Auto Parts (NAPA) earns highest honor, the distinguished NAPA Five Star Excellence Award for the third year in a row!

The Five Star Excellence status is awarded based on achievement in sales growth, store presentation, wholesale marketing, and education and training.

"Five Star Excellence means a store is among NAPA's elite - the very best of the best," said NAPA President Dan Askey."Earning this level of recognition requires commitment, passion and incredible focus. More than 3,000 independent NAPA AUTO PARTS Store Owners in the U.S. compete to earn this distinction each year."

"This award is a reflection of our customers and community," said John Standley, owner of Adel Auto Parts/Perry Auto Parts. "Their loyalty to the NAPA brand helped us achieve this incredible honor."

Congratulations to John Standley and his staff on receiving this award again in 2011!

Adel Auto Parts Corporation
809 Main Street
Adel, Iowa 50003


Dallas County Extension & Outreach to hold Open House in Honor of Extension Week

ISU Extension and Outreach

ISU Extension and Outreach Week is March 25 through March 31, 2012.    

The Dallas County Extension and Outreach office in Adel will be holding an Open house on Tuesday, March 27 from 5 to 7 pm. at their location on the Dallas County Fairgrounds.    

Please come and learn more about what we do at Extension and Outreach and to help us celebrate and thank our clients and partners in the community.    

There will be light refreshments and door prizes.    

Enter to win a theme basket such as 4-H Fun, Gardening is Good for You, and others.    

Everyone is welcome!


Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027


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


Walt Gilbert Joins Reich & Loynachan Ins.

Reich & Loynachan Insurance in Adel is pleased to welcome Walt Gilbert as our newest agent.
Reich and Loynachan Insurance - Walt Gilbert
Reich and Loynachan Insurance  Walt Gilbert

Walt has been in the insurance field since 1995, and brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and customer service skills to our agency's personal and business lines clients. 

His previous experience includes company employment at IGF Insurance in Des Moines, and two agency positions at Brooks-Lussem-Clem Insurance in Urbandale and LaMair-Mulock-Condon in West Des Moines.

Walt obtained the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) professional designation in 2006, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Patrons Mutual Insurance Association in Stuart, Iowa.

He has been a resident of Dallas County for the past twenty-five years, and throughout that time, also a loyal client of the Reich & Loynachan Agency.

Walt understands the importance of having an experienced insurance agent you can depend on for prompt and professional service, and is ready to help identify your personal & business risks and then determine the appropriate insurance coverage that is right for you.

You can reach Walt at 515-971-5023 or email

Coverage You Need · Service You Can Depend On
· Knowledge You Can Trust


Reich and Loynachan Insurance
917 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4135
Fax: (515) 993-1883


BHeart Wisdom Class in Adel
Healing Therapies - Adel Iowa

Healing Therapies - Adel iowaWhen you think of your heart in your chest, it is the size of your hand squeezed into a fist.  


When you think of your heart "on stress" it is the tension of your hand squeezed into a fist.  


Continue that tension indefinitely and you have the many physical problems of stress.  


Come learn to listen more deeply to your heart's wisdom as it communicates with you about your life.  


Beginning with the attitude-of-gratitude, we will share a variety of different ways to relax and open your heart - for your physical health and your emotional/spiritual health.  


Some basic physiology of stress (what your body does and how that can lead to physical and emotional symptoms) is included to bring a non-judgmental understanding about your life, to put you more in control of your own health.  


In small groups, we will experience heart-opening approaches. You will have one week to practice these methods at home and then come back to fine tune them to fit your particular needs so they will be even more effective.


March 24 & 31, 9:30 - 11:30 am at Healing Therapies,118 S.9th Street, Adel. Taught by MaryLea Holcomb(Healing Therapies, Adel)  


Cost: $30 -Class size is limited so please preregister. 


For more information and to preregister, contact MaryLea at 515-993-4691 or  HealingTherapies@earthlink.Net.

BRiver Valley Golf Course - 2012 Preview
River Valley Golf Course - Adel Iowa

It has been a pretty crazy winter, and we are starting to get a little restless for the new golf season to get underway.

As Spring approaches, we are working hard to get ready for the upcoming golf season.We are currently booking group outings and any other events you would like to have out at our golf course.

Our website, will continue to be updated with new open events starting this Spring and going throughout the Summer & Fall.

Also, for this Spring, we are taking sign-ups for our 2012 Men's League.This is a fun 16 week 2 man team league for a great price. Speaking of prices, we are currently having a clearance on many of our golf items in the shop to make room for the new items this season.

Our Callaway Tour i balls are marked down to $35 per doz! You will want to act quick, because these balls are priced to sell at $12 off regular pricing.

We will also be working to get the course ready for golf as soon as the snow is gone for sure. We look forward to seeing you out here on the tee soon.

Please feel free to give us a call or stop on out Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10am - 3pm for more details on all this and more!

Thank you,


River Valley Golf Course, Adel IACurt Wahlert
General Manager
River Valley Golf Course
22927 Valley View Trl
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4029
BIs it Time to Pass it Forward?
Adel HomeCare Services, Inc.
Dallas County Home Care - Adel Iowa

Do you believe in helping at the local level right here in Dallas County?

Are you able to step up and help once in a while when there's a need presented to you?

Adel's HomeCare Services, Inc. believes in providing personalized and "community based" services focusing on independence, dignity, and a higher quality of life for the people of Dallas County, which includes the elderly and the challenged.

We are in need today. We are in need of some Volunteers to deliver Meals On Wheels in the Adel area. We are in need of cash donations for the "community based" services we provide, that keep our county residents in their own homes as opposed to nursing homes and other facilities.

If your church or business is able to step up and help, please let us know.

HomeCare Services Inc - Adel IowaIf you and your family can step up and help, please contact HomeCare, 515-993-4531, any time if you're able to "pass it forward."

Homecare Services of Dallas County
101 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4531 Ext. #6
BGraceJuliet - Spring & Summer Bookings
GraceJuliet Photography - Ael Iowa

With the weather warming up, contact GraceJuliet Photography about a creative, on location session. Currently booking for spring and summer.

For senior pictures GraceJuliet Photography covers the Des Moines Metro area for locations, making each session unique from the last.

All sessions come with a CD of edited photos along with the copyright.

Weekends are filling up quickly so to call now to book.

Also booking Weddings through 2013.

You can now "like" GraceJuliet Photography on Facebook to get special offers and facebook only deals!

GraceJuliet Photography
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 447-1354
Around Town

Keaseys hideawy Lounge - Adel IowaCustomer Appreciation Day Pot Luck at Keasey's

Keasey's Hideaway Lounge in Adel, invites you to their Customer Appreciation Day, Pot Luck Dinner on March 4th. Bring a dish, talk to friends, and have some fun!... Continue reading

Adel Parks & RecAdel Park and Rec. Events for March 2012

Youth Baseball and Softball 2012 Events... Continue
Seasonal Staff Needed at Adel Parks and Rec. Department
... Continue

Adel Community GardenReserve a Spot in the 2012 Adel Community Garden

The Adel Community Garden will assign garden plots on Saturday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m. The garden is located to  

next to Harvey's Greenhouses in Adel... Continue reading 

Yoga Classes Offered in Adel, IowaYoga Class in Adel - Wed. Evenings Feb 29th - April 4th.

A New Year brings a new session of yoga classes in Adel. Class meets at the Raccoon Community Bank House, 11th and Main Street, on Wednesday evenings starting... Continue reading

4RKids Preschool Scholarship and Program Opportunities4RKids Preschool Scholarship and Program Opportunities

4RKids Early Childhood Iowa is currently accepting preschool scholarship applications for enrollment in qualified preschools for the 2012-2013 school year...  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
Last Supper Presented at Adel Methodist ChurchLiving Dramatization of daVinci's The Last Supper

Adel's United Methodist Church will host a Living Presentation of Leonardo daVinci's "The Last Supper" on March 11th. An hour of drama, music, and worship...  Continue reading
Dallas County Food Preparation 101 - Adel, IowaHelp Family Caregivers to Take Better Care of Themselves

Classes Help Family Caregivers Learn to Take Better Care of Themselves. When caregivers take better care of themselves, they can provide better care to their older...  Continue reading
Grace LutheranMark Your Calendar - March 20th Leave the Driving to Us

Catch the bus to Prairie Meadows on Tuesday, March 20th.
Enjoy a day of music, dancing, or other casino activities! Arrive approx 10 a.m. and leave at 3:30 p.m....  Continue reading

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Check out the magnificent March line-up of programs happening at the Adel Public Library.

Friday, March 2nd Scrapbooking - 6:00pm
Bring your scrapbook supplies and a snack to share!

Tuesday, March 6th
China Painting - 6:30pm
Kathy Lewis will introduce the basics of China. Sign-up at the library.

Thursday, March 8th
Brown Bag Book Club
- Noon
This book club will be reading Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson. Copies are available for check-out at the front desk.

Wednesday, March 14th Dallas County Conservation - 10:30am
Naturalists from Dallas County Conservation will be at the library to talk about the signs of spring.

Thursday, March 29th Evening Book Club
- 7:00pm
The book club will be reading Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Copies are available for check-out at the front desk.

Monday, March 5, 26th
Preschool Storytime

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

Tuesday, March 6, 27th
Toddler Time - 10:30am
Join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, play games and make crafts.

Monday and Tuesday, March 12, 13th
Music Time - 10:30am
Join us for singing, dancing, and action songs.

Upcoming April Events:

It's time once again for the annual Friends of the Library Spring Luncheon to be held at the Adel Public Library on Saturday, April 7th

The luncheon is free to all Friends members and to those who wish to join that day. 

Memberships are $5 individual, $10 family, and $50 lifetime. The doors to the community room will open at 11:30 a.m. 

The lunch will be served at noon with a program to follow.

Darrel Draper of Omaha, NE will give the program "Rough Rider President." Draper will portray Theodore Roosevelt on the campaign trail in his bid for the presidency in 1912 as a Progressive "Bull Moose" party candidate.

To make reservations for the luncheon, please call the library at 993-3512 or sign up in person.

Reservations need to be made by Thursday, April 5th.

Hospice Bereavement Counselor Char Gustafson will give a program on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the library community room. 

Char will discuss the healing process following a death and will lead the group in special activities. 

Call the library for more information.


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
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 Irish Soda Bread

Saint Paddy's Day is a big event in my house.

It ranks up there with Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas for a great meal.

I try and get a nice selection of Irish cheeses. The stouter the better.

We fix corned beef, potatoes, carrots, kale, and it's the one time of the year I'm allowed to fixed fried cabbage and bacon in the house.

No feast is complete with out a good hearty bread to round out the meal.

This soda bread recipe does just that.

I'm not one for the raisins so I skip them, but if you're a traditionalist, add them in.

Irish Soda Bread

4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
3 T. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
3 tsp. Baking Powder
6 T Cold Butter
1 T Caraway Seeds
2 Beaten Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk
1 Cups Raisins (Optional)

1. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a large bowl.

2. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

3. Add in caraway seeds and raisins if you're so inclined.

4. Set aside a small amount of the beaten egg.

5. Combine the buttermilk, remaining eggs and stir into crumb mixture until flour is moistened .

6. Turn onto a well-floured surface; knead about 10 times. Shape into a ball.

7. Place in a greased 9-in. round baking pan. Cut a 4" x 1/4" deep slice in the center of the ball.

8. Brush the top with set aside egg.

9. Bake at 350 degrees for 80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

10. Cover loosely with foil for the last 20 minutes if top starts to brown too fast.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool.

Serve at the meal with a nice "Guiness" and raise a toast to St. Patrick.

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