Vol. 53 March 2013
Dear Friend of Adel,

Happy March! As a teenager I had a Kawasaki touring bike with a Vetter fairing, chrome roll bars and after market pipes that had to be parked in the garage from December 1st. until March 1st.

On March 1st., I'd shovel through 3 feet of snow to the antique building, clear the driveway and chip away the ice that kept the door frozen shut.

Then I'd go inside and pull the tarp off my baby. I'd gently take the tank off the shelf, reconnect it to the bike, and fill it with fresh gas. After an oil change and a recalibration of the chain I'd replace the spark plugs and attach the seat.

She'd start on the first kick every time. I'd sit there with the engine purring, smiling at the inevitable falling snow knowing that winter was almost over.

If you think I was borderline obsessive about the bike, you should have seen us trying to find a place to live with good schools.

In March of '87, after a hundred houses and 12 school systems, we discovered Adel. We fell in love with Adel immediately and it's a decision we've never regretted.

I'm proud to say Adel still has a great school system and it was our pleasure to interview Greg Dufoe, Superintendent of the ADM schools as he continues that fine tradition.

If you're still reading this, we have updates on River Valley Golf, the Animal Hospital of Adel and check out the Photos from Lincoln Savings Bank's Grand Opening. Plus a full section of Around Town news, a Recipe From Home and Much More!

We look forward to seeing you in Adel this month!


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In This Issue
Greg Dufoe - ADM Superintendent
Lincoln Savings Bank Grand Opening Photos
River Valley Golf Course - 2013 Season
Cookbook Contest - HomeCare Services Inc
John D. Gomke Charity Fundraiser - Younkers
The Animal Hospital of Adel - New Location, Same Great Service
BGreg Dufoe - ADM Superintendent
ADM Schools
Greg Dufoe ADM Superintenden
Greg Dufoe


One of the best things about Adel is our school system. Its high standards of excellence transcend zip code as it extends across three communities and 4 locations.  


Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, ADM, strives to be fertile ground for the development of young minds into future leaders by "Experiencing Success Today, Achieving Dreams Tomorrow".  


This month we spoke with Superintendent Greg Dufoe to learn more about ADM's secrets for success.


For many, teachers are seen as the front line for education, but it is the underrated Superintendent that acts as the glue holding the school system together by working with building Principals, staff, parents, students, and the school board while focusing on student achievement and balancing political direction with community needs.


Greg Dufoe has been the ADM Superintendent for the past 5 years. Before migrating to school administration, Greg taught middle school English for 8 years during which time he learned significantly from those 11-12 year old children.


"I learned early not to have low expectations of students. I enjoyed Middle School kids, it's such a dynamic time and they are so caught in the middle. They needed adults to surround and understand them."


After teaching, Greg went back to school for his Masters to become a principal in Missouri for 4 years while furthering his education to become a Superintendent.


As a principal at a very large district of 10,000 children, ADM's smaller size was appealing. Now boasting enrollment of 1550 students ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, ADM granted Greg the opportunities he sought to make a difference in the lives of teachers and students while helping to solve complex educational issues; namely, student achievement and the constant struggle to move learning forward while striking a balance between traditional techniques and available technology.


Greg Dufoe ADM Superintenden  

"It is imperative for administrators to relate with the student body. Creating solid relationships with students not only makes the job more fun, but also creates a culture of respect, kindness, and collaboration on the right things - students and their success. The key is to focus on what is best for the students. That should be our compass in a complex world. We can be pulled in many directions at one time, but we always need to return to what is best for our young people. This is not always easy to do but it is essential."


This high standard of excellence drew Greg, an Iowa native, and his family to become part of the Adel- DeSoto- Minburn community. Greg and his family live in Adel and he is the current President of the Adel Rotary Club.


"All of our communities want great things for our young people. Our schools and communities work together in that our young people are a tremendous resource and we have a tremendous obligation to create opportunities for success in their lives, even beyond their time as a student at ADM. Students will respond to high expectations and challenges. I hear from parents that they are thankful for the high expectations we have for students, and they value the quality of our teachers."


ADM is well regarded for top quality education as measured by the ACT, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, and Iowa Test of Educational Development standardized test scores, and a wide variety of ADM specific data such as the number of ADM students who graduate, the number of graduates who pursue further education, and attendance levels. The Adel- DeSoto- Minburn school district is proud to rank above the state average of Iowa assessments, and has had outstanding ACT scores for the past 5 years.


This is a credit not only to the staff at ADM, but also the dedicated students and parents. New technology, funded by the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) passed in 2012, allows parents to track student progress throughout the year. Infinite Campus keeps parents and students abreast of grades, assignments, attendance, and more all with the click of a mouse.


"The PPEL levy has tremendously improved our available technology for staff and students. We are very proud of the impact this has had on our district - we really went from an unacceptable place regarding technology to an exciting level of quality. "


The Adel-DeSoto- Minburn school system sets lofty goals for its students, staff, and infrastructure that are met time and again. These high aspirations can only be accomplished through the hard work, dedication, and forward thinking of school administrators like Greg, staff, students, parents, and community members. Please continue to support ADM's grand initiatives as we help to build strong leaders with each graduating class!


Greg Dufoe, Superintendent

ADM High School

801 Nile Kinnick Dr. So.

Adel, IA 50003

Phone: 515-993-4584



Lincoln Savings Bank Grand Opening Photos
LSB Lincoln Savings Bank Adel Iowa
There was a large community turnout for the Lincoln Savings Bank Grand Opening February 12th. Attendees had pieces of birthday cake to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

Birthday cake was be served throughout the day, with additional food and drink served at the official ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 5:00 p.m. as part of the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce After Hours.
LSB Grand Opening Photos
Lincoln Savings Bank Grand Opening February 12th.
Local contractor and renown craftsman Mark Heefner of Heefner Construction completed the historic remodel which includes wood floors, a long forgotten rediscovered pocket door, and a beautiful brick wall that heralds a tribute to Adel's heritage, using 100 year old bricks salvaged from the 2010 brick street renovation project.

LSB Mortgage is pleased to announce it's transition into Lincoln Savings Bank, a community focused bank staffed by local people, Tim Canney and Kristi Fuller.

LSB now offers full service banking such as Savings and Checking accounts, CDs, and consumer, auto, and commercial loans in it's recently remodeled downtown Adel location.


Lincoln Savings Bank

805 Main St.

Adel, Iowa 50003

Phone: (515) 253-9502



River Valley Golf Course - 2013 Season
River Valley Golf Course Adel Iowa
Spring time is almost upon us at River Valley Golf Course, and we are getting excited to kick off the new golf season.

This season will be our 10th year being a family owned local business.

We want to celebrate this milestone with everyone, so we have set special rates all season long. Please feel free to check out our website for more details on our specials, and events.

We have also began accepting sign-ups for our 2013 Spring Men's League. If you are interested in joining our fun group of guys, a sign-up form is posted on our website.

We are also around the clubhouse to answer any questions you may have regarding our league.

As we continue to prepare for the upcoming season, this is a perfect time to discuss event possibilities.

We enjoy hosting all kinds of different events at our course from meetings & parties to golf outings. With the calendar filling up, it is important to set your dates for important events like graduation receptions.

Also, if you don't want to arrange an outing yourself, we will be posting our many upcoming open events. This list will be updated on our website as new events come up.

We hope everyone has had a good winter, and look forward to seeing you out on the first tee soon!


Curt Wahlert

General Manager
River Valley Golf Course
22927 Valley View Trl
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4029
Cookbook Contest - HomeCare Services Inc.
HomeCare Services Inc Dallas County
HomeCare Services Inc of Dallas County
HomeCare Services Inc.
We're running a fun contest with HomeCare Services, Inc. of Dallas County.

The origins of HomeCare Services, Inc. of Dallas County began with the articles of incorporation signed on September 18, 1967 when the organization's name was Dallas County Homemaker Health Aide.

On July 8, 1968 the name was changed to Dallas County Homemaker Health Aide Services, Inc.

As the name suggests, the purpose of the agency, at that time, was to provide homemaker services and health care aides to assist people in their homes.

While that is still a part of HomeCare Services, Inc. of Dallas County, it is one service line among the total of three present service lines, which also include nutrition and transportation. On February 24, 1986 the agency underwent yet another name change in which it took on its present name of HomeCare Services, Inc. of Dallas County.
HomeCare Services Inc of Dallas County
HomeCare Services Inc of Dallas County Located at 9th and Main in Adel

Today, HomeCare Services, Inc. of Dallas County is much more! Thirty-two staff members and many volunteers provide transportation services to anyone in Dallas County.
HomeCare Services Inc of Dallas County
This includes those on various waiver programs and private pay. With just a 24-hour reservation anyone can utilize the HIRTA (Heart of Iowa Rural Transit Authority) buses and vans as provided through HomeCare Services.

This service can be used for doctor's appointments, shopping, getting to work or school, or much more. Whatever your need, HomeCare can help.

There are no age or income restrictions; however, riders over age 60 may provide a donation to ride, if possible. Door to door services is available.

HomeCare's nutrition program is comprised of nutritious and delicious meals at various locations within Dallas County. Those people over 60 years of age are asked to make a donation of $3, and all others of any age can also enjoy the meal for the regular price. One day reservation is needed. Meals are prepared in our kitchen in Adel at our main location and are transported to the sites and kept hot.

Meals are also distributed by volunteers and employees to people in their homes and taken in hot bags to the door. HomeCare also offers frozen "farm" meals which are delivered to the home in one-week quantities. A doctor's referral is required for home delivered meals. Congregate meals are open at various sites within Dallas County and are welcome to everyone!

HomeCare Services' original homecare aide service continues today as one of the busiest parts of the services provided by HomeCare. Staff attentively provides care for those in their homes. Trained and dedicated staff provides assistance with personal care and light homemaking tasks in order to help people stay safe in their homes. Services are paid for by sliding fee scales based upon income, various waiver programs, or private pay.

HomeCare Services Inc., depends on subsidies from various waiver programs and donations in order to continue services to those who are without the ability to cover the costs of services, or to supplement other funding. We thank all who assist in helping us continue services to others. We are a not-for-profit 501c(3).


HomeCare Services, Inc. of Dallas County Answer the following questions and use the "Submit" button to send your answers to DiscoverAdel.

The Winners of all three questions will be drawn for a prize of their fundraising cookie cookbook from HomeCare Services, Inc. of Dallas County.

The Best of Country Cookies Cookbook contains over 250 cookie recipes selected from over 34,000 entrants.

Contest runs through March 15th.

The Winner will be announced on this website on March 17th.

Questions: Take Quiz here.

Homecare Services of Dallas County
101 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4531
BJohn D. Gomke Charity Fundraiser - Younkers
John D. Gomke Charity  It is that time again... Younker's Community Days Coupon Book Sales to raise money for local non-profits!

John's Charity will be at Younker's Valley West Friday, March 2nd. from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the South doors (by the shoes) and Saturday, March 3rd from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the upper level into the mall.

The $5 you pay for the booklet goes 100% to the non-profit you buy it from, the 1st coupon is $10 off anything $100 or more, along with several other coupons.

Then Younker's takes the sales the make during those 2 days & divides it up among the non-profits that participates & sends us a check!

Hope you come see us...or contact Jessica if you would like one.

John D. Gomke Charity
PO Box 613
De Soto, Iowa 50069

The Animal Hospital of Adel   

The Animal Hospital of Adel
New Location, Same Great Service

Veterinarian Jennifer Hoffelmeyer is proud to announce the opening of the Animal Hospital of Adel. As of February 4th, the new full service hospital has been serving the Adel pet community from its new location at 1126 Greene Street.

The new location boasts easy accessibility, ample parking, and more room for pet parents and their furry family friends.

Don't let the name confuse you: the hospital's caring staff of the former Cedar Creek Animal Clinic offer wellness programs, care for small animals, sick pets, surgeries, and special interests in fertility and preventive care.

Please join us as we congratulate the staff of the Animal Hospital of Adel in their new venture!

The Animal Hospital of Adel
1126 Greene Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3410
Fax: (515) 993-5763
Facebook: The Animal Hospital of Adel
Adel Food Pantry
Adel Food Pantry - Good Samaratin
The Good Samaritan Food Pantry is located at the Adel United Methodist Church. The West door under the canopy at the church is still the door to use.

The food pantry is available to people living in the ADM and Van Meter school district. Please don't forget to share your blessings with those in the community who are suffering financial distress and hunger.

Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m to 2:00p.m. The phone number is (515) 423-0753.

Contact Celia McCollum, Michelle Messer or Teresa Wichendahl about needs of the food pantry or how you can be of help to it.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Adel
United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 423-0753
Around Town
Blood Drive ADM National Honor Society Blood Drive Mar. 1st.

The ADM chapter of the National Honor Society is hosting their Annual Spring Blood Drive on Friday, March 1st. The drive will be held in the North gym from...  Continue Reading

Adel Snowman Contest 2013 Adel Parks Snowman Contest Ends March 15th.

Have fun as a family building a snowman. Build a snowman in any Adel City Park between now and March 15th...  Continue reading
Daylight Set Back 2013 Daylight Savings Starts March 10th.

March 10th is the Official Start of Daylight Savings Time. Don't forget to move your clocks forward 1 hour. It's also a good time to replace the batteries in... Continue reading
ISU Dallas County Extension Office Local Food Growers to Meet March 4th.

The Growing Food and Profit group will meet Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1204 13th Street, in Dallas Center... 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

United Methodist Church
Wednesday Night Suppers at Adel Methodist Church

Each Wednesday we offer a balanced meal to members of the church and to people in our community. We welcome everyone in the community to enjoy a meal... Continue reading 
United Methodist Church
Holy Week Services at United Methodist Church

During Holy Week we will have the following services at the Adel United Methodist Church. We invite our community to join us:... Continue reading
Captains Quarters - Adel
St. Patrick's Day Party at Captain's Quarters - Mar. 17th.

Captain's Quarters in Adel is hosting a St Patricks Day Party on Sunday, March 17th. Several Irish Beers on tap! Stop in for some Irish cheer!... Continue reading
Eating Disorders Awareness 2013 - I Am Enough March 2

Eating Disorders Awareness 2013 - I Am Enough, Saturday, March 2nd. Waukee High School, 555 SE University Ave., Waukee,West Entrance... Continue reading
Movie Night UMC
Family Movie and Pizza Night March 9th.

In March The Adel United Methodist Church is having a Family Movie/Pizza Night on Saturday, March 9th. Free of charge and open to the public... Continue Reading
Frozen Field Baseball
2013 Youth Baseball - Softball Important Events

March 9th: 2013 ADM Tiger Youth Baseball Camp. Camp is for grades K-6, and will be held in the ADM old 6/7 Middle School Gym... Continue Reading 

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March is always a busy month at the Adel Public Library, and we have lots of fun things to see and do this spring.

March 1st, 6:00 p.m. - Scrapbooking Group

March 14th, 6:30 p.m. -
ISU Extension will give a presentation at the library on Identity Theft

Learn how to protect your personal information including social security, credit cards, and bank account numbers, along with how to avoid online scams and excessive exposure to direct marketing.

March 18th, 10:30 a.m. - Dallas County Conservation will host a 'Nature Tails' Story Time.

How do animals use their tails? There are lots of different animals who have tails & each animal has a specific use for their tail.

March 20th, 2:00 p.m. - Watch the Classic Movie "African Queen" starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. We'll watch the film on our big screen in the community room and popcorn will be provided.

March 23rd, 1:00 p.m. - Hollywood Cowboys, a Humanities Iowa presentation, by Martin Kelly. Mr. Kelly was guest curator for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library's exhibit of Hollywood Cowboys. He not only shares some of the objects he has collected, but also shares his many stories.  For more information on the Iowa Humanities program please visit their website.

March 28th, 2:00 p.m. -
ISU Extension will give a presentation at the library called Spend Smart, Eat Smart. This program is geared towards parents and the library will provide day care so busy Moms and Dads can attend the presentation.

March 28th, 2:00 p.m. - Stephen Connolly Sr. is presenting a program on Social Security Timing. Stephen Connolly is the president of the Retirement Planning Center in Earlham Iowa and his free program will teach people how to maximize their benefits and prevent filing mistakes.

Book Clubs:
The Movie and a Book Club will meet on Monday, March 4th to watch the film "Chocolat" starring Johnny Depp.

The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, March 14th at Noon to discuss the novel "Ellis Island" by Kate Kerrigan.

The Evening Book Club meets on Thursday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss to discuss the book "Where Did All the Cowboys Go?" by local author Joe Millard.

Exercise Group:
The exercise group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. every week. Complete schedules are available at the information desk.

Magnificent Mondays:
Every Monday at 4:00 p.m. we'll have a different activity; the first Monday of the month is Lego League, the second Monday is a Wii Play group, the third Monday is a Detective Story Time, the fourth Monday is a Science Club, and the fifth Monday will be a surprise!

Each time you come your name will be entered into a drawing for prizes that will be held in April. All school aged kids are welcome to come and have fun at your library!

Children Activities:
Story Time for ages 3-5 year olds will meet on Mondays, Toddler Time for children 3 and under will be held on Tuesdays. Music Time for all preschoolers will meet on Thursdays.

Each class will begin at 10:30 a.m. These groups will not meet during spring break (March 18th through the 22nd) but will resume on March 25th.

Early Out Activities:
The library will have Early Out Movies for all school-aged children three times in March!

We'll watch movies on our big screen at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12th, Thursday, March 14th, and Wednesday, March 27th.

The monthly meeting of the Teen Advisory Board is on Tuesday, March 12th at 4:00 p.m.

The Teen Group is having a Party with a movie, games, and snacks on Friday, March 22nd at 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events:
In April the library will be holding a 'How To Festival' on Saturday, April 13 and we are looking for local groups, business, or individuals who would be interested in teaching a short 'how to' class.

Our goal is to have multiple sessions where people learn 'how to' do something new.

We are still looking for fun, crafty or hobby classes and ideas. Contact Paula if you have an idea you'd like to share or might be willing to teach a class at the festival.

Library Hours:

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

Trever Jayne
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

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Recipe of the Month
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Italian Sausage and Rice

The winter snowstorms of late remind me of the day my girls stole the neighborhood's snow.

It had been a heavy snow the night before that called out to be played in.

We bundled the girls up in their hats and gloves and sent them outside to play with their new sleds.

I had imagined that they would take turns pulling each other through the back yard. But sleds are made to go downhill. 

The crafty one took the lead, seeing our front stair steps covered in snow, and directed the other two to grab their sleds- this was an opportunity not to be missed.

Dragging their sleds behind them, they began to clear the sidewalk first in front of our house, hauling full loads of snow back to the front porch.

Soon our sidewalk was clear, and the pile of snow onto of the front porch steps was growing, but it just wasn't tall enough.

They began working their way around the block until the hill was high, the slope was smooth, and there was a speed bump created to prevent them from flying into the street - always conscious of playing safe.

The girls took turns sailing down the snow, and like miniature architects added a bit of snow here to prevent going too far left, digging a dip there to slow the speed at the end.

When they came inside they were red-faced, happy, and exhausted.

Then the phone calls started coming in from our neighbors, explaining how three little curly-haired blonde girls has cleared their sidewalks.

As I hung up from the last call, they stood side by side, looking up with wide eyes - scared that the neighbors had called to complain that they had stolen their snow!

I couldn't stop smiling and it took 10 minutes to convince them of how proud I was of them and that they had done a good thing.

The girls still laugh about it to this day, and I still smile when there's snow on the front steps.

This month's recipe is perfect for those snow days when you want to start your own sledding competition and come home to a nice hot, quick meal.

Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Rice


2 tsp Olive Oil
1 package Italian Sausage Links, Raw
1 C. Rice
2 C. Water
1 Green Pepper, Chopped
1/2 C. Black Olives, minced
1/2 C. Green Olives, Minced
1 large can Crushed Tomatoes
3 small cans Tomato Sauce
1 small Onion, Minced
1 T. Chicken Bouillon
1/4 tsp of Salt
1 T. Black Pepper
3 T. Basil
3 T. Oregano
1/2 T. Cayenne Pepper
1/2 T. Onion Powder
1 T. Garlic Powder
1 tsp Garlic Salt


1. Coat 9x11 baking pan with Olive Oil.

2. Mix all ingredients together, adding Sausage Links last.

3. Cover with foil, bake at 375 for 1 hour.

4. Uncover, stir, and cook for additional 20 minutes to reduce sauce.

St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's
St. Patrick's Day
March 17th.

Captain's Quarters in Adel is hosting a St Patricks Day Party on Sunday, March 17th.

Several Irish Beers on tap! Stop in for some Irish cheer and be sure to raise a glass in honor of St. Paddy!

Captain's Quarters
807 Main Street
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4417
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