|Dear Lori |
My office is only a block from downtown and I just can't justify driving when I can walk. Of course, March was a month where I wished most days that I had driven. But last week I had my first real taste of Spring, leaving my jacket behind and enjoying the sunshine.
As spring returns to Adel, I've noticed that my lawn is perking up, of course that means there'll be a race in the neighborhood to see who mows their yard first. Not that they usually have much competition from me.
A few years ago I "accidentally" won. It started to snow just as I was finishing up. I was jokingly told that the snow invalidated my win and probably had the same effect as washing the car causes rain. I haven't competed since, I just couldn't bear being responsible for extending winter.
We had the honor to sit down with John Reich of Reich Law Firm as he celebrates 40 years of practice in Adel and 35 years as the City Attorney.
This month we also cover, New Additions to LSB, Park Place Catering, Italian Villages, a Local Donation to 4H, River Valley, and NAPA. 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, and if you see me mowing, grab a snow shovel!
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|John Reich - Celebrating 40 Yrs. in Adel|
April marks the 40th anniversary of the Reich Law Firm in Adel, Iowa.
As the City Attorney for 35 years, John Reich's opinions and advice have helped
to shape Adel and Dallas County as they transitioned into the growing community
we enjoy today.
"You have to be a little weird to be
a City Attorney" - John Reich
After 40 years of practicing law, John is one of these characters. His proud laugh, warm smile, and "say-it-like-it-is" attitude are well known in Dallas County. So is his aptitude for fighting for his clients rights.
John has lived in Adel most of his life before moving to Lake Panorama for the fishing. A graduate of the Adel Community School, John's career path quickly presented a fork in the road.
John states with a laugh, "I was a C student in high school- a buddy of mine wanted to go to college so I talked to my dad. He said, 'go to AIB for 6 weeks, and then come sell insurance with me.' Well, I didn't want to sell insurance, so I talked to my high school counselor who said, 'You'll never cut it, don't waste your money.' So I went to Drake and got a BA in Economics. Then I thought, 'well now what?' Another buddy suggested we should do the law school entrance exam, so I did, and I got through law school."
John graduated from Drake in 1968 fully expecting to be drafted and headed to war. Luckily, his number was not called. John became an Assistant Professor of Business Law at Drake University.
Not one to be bored, during this time period he was also the first part time Labor Department Commissioner for the State of Iowa, lobbying for state enforcement of the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laws and counsel for the Operating Engineers Union Local 234.
It was 1973 when John started the Reich Law Firm located at 801 Main Street, an old bank building along Highway 6, where it remains today.
His office is filled with stuffed and mounted hunting and fishing trophies, family photographs, and the comfort of wood paneling. His 40 years of experience have molded John's sense of humor - nothing generates one-of-a-kind stories like a small town.
|John and Jack Camping|
Currently, John and the City of Adel are preparing to once again head into battle, this time against the Dallas County Board of Supervisors. The Board is currently proposing to move all Dallas County Administrative buildings and facilities to Ortonville, a small tract of land 3 miles east of Adel, under the guise that the location is more centrally located. On this subject, John is serious, concerned, and opinionated.
"Moving to Ortonville doesn't have any advantages. Its a small move that will have a drastic effect on downtown Adel businesses. We have available property that could be utilized- the old school property, we have area for sale on the north side of the square, and we could go up another floor with the jail.
I agree we need improvement to the offices but they could be built downtown. We have found studies that if you have county offices downtown it encourages more businesses, restaurants, and professional people. And I'm not convinced that lagoon they have out in Ortonville will do the job for them."
On Monday, March 25th the Adel City Council voted to take a stronger stance regarding the move.
"The City had adopted a previous resolution asking the County to work with the City to try to determine whether downtown would be a proper expansion for the County and, basically, nothing took place. This new resolution is a stronger resolution, actually tying in with the Taxpayers for Responsible Spending- a group of concerned community members lead by Bob Ockerman.
The city is taking a much stronger stance towards the County's move with a letter spelling out that, basically, the County has not done their due diligence planning for this move, especially their recent decision to move the jail. That takes years of planning. Further, the City of Minburn has sent the County a proposal to utilize their school system for County businesses that are not required to be within the County Seat. So, there's a lot of ideas going on around there, all of which the County, so far, has completely ignored."
For John, this is more than a fight over property; this is a fight to keep Adel alive. And it's a fight he is hopes others will join. In his opinion, the best thing a concerned citizen can do is cast their ballot.
"There is one thing people can do: go vote at the special election in August. That's how a community member voices his opinion. The power of the taxpayer is at the ballot box."
Please join us in celebrating 40 years of the Reich Law Firm. The City of Adel and its community members are proud to have a lionhearted attorney at their side, standing tall for progress, and laughing in the face of uphill battles to come.
Reich Law Firm
801 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4254
|LSB Welcomes New Team Members |
March was a busy time at Lincoln Savings Bank in Adel, as we welcomed 2
new industry experts to our already stellar team.
On 1st of March, Lori Brocka owner of Reich & Loynachan Insurance merged with LSB Financial, a division of Lincoln Savings Bank.
Lori has been in the insurance business for more than 20 years, 19 of those with Reich & Loynachan.
As the Multi-line Insurance Agent/Account Manager of the Adel Insurance branch of LSB Financial. Lori will continue to deliver the same great service to her current and future clients.
Colby Dawes joined the Adel Lincoln Savings Bank team
in mid-March as the Ag/Commercial Lender.
Colby is a lifelong resident of a Adel and has 11 years of commercial and ag lending experience.
Colby understands the special needs and circumstances of Agri-business, and is an expert in serving the financial
needs of farmers.
Please stop in to see Lori, Colby, and the rest of the
LSB team soon!
Lincoln Savings Bank
805 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5663
|River Valley Golf Course April Events|
All of us here at River Valley are excited to get into April, and have many exciting updates. As the weather begins to warm up, we are hoping to be able to get our course opened up for the season soon. Our tentative opening date is currently Friday, April 5th. This date will be weather pending, but we are hopeful that this date should allow us the chance to get the course ready for play. We are very excited to get our 10th season started, and would like to remind everyone to check out our website for more details on our special rates in celebration of this great milestone.
Also, in preparation for this pending start of Spring, we are filling up our Men's League. This is a fun 2-person team league that lasts for 16 weeks. So if you enjoy competitive golf and a great value, this league is perfect for you. More details can be found on our website, or please feel free to give us a call. Our pre-league party is on April 2nd, and the first night of play will start April 9th. We have a great group of guys, and would love it if you are interested in joining us.
If there are any golfers out there that are looking for some part-time work, we are currently looking for some morning mowers to round our our grounds crew this season. Working on with our grounds crew is a fun way learn about the course, and possibly even help your game. This position would include free golf as an included benefit, so is perfect for someone looking to mow and play this summer!
Now is a great time to set up your next event. We enjoy working with people to setup all kinds of events. Our clubhouse and facilities make for a great place to host golf events, dinners, meetings, parties, and much more. Please feel free to contact Roxanne to see what all we can do for you to make your next event a great success.
Lastly, we are always excited to get the new season started with our annual Spring Kick-off Tournament. This is a fun, 4-person scramble tournament on Sunday, April 28th. We flight this tournament based on our overall numbers, so it is a great tournament for golfers of all levels. Play begins with a shotgun start at 11a.m. with a meal following as we give out our many great prizes. Get your friends together and give us a call today to sign-up your team. We look forward to having you out for this fun way to start another great year!
Hopefully everyone is as excited as we are to get Spring going, and we will see you out here soon!
River Valley Golf Course
22927 Valley View Trl
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4029
|Villa Catering is Now "Park Place Catering"|
Villa Catering's new name is Park Place Catering and its new website is www.parkplacecatering.biz my new email is email@example.com
The same excellent service. We still have Perry as the chef and Brenna as the event planner so nothing has changed other than its name and website!
Park Place Catering
1015 Riverside Drive
Adel, Iowa 50003
Contact: Brenna Young
Phone: (515) 371-1993
|Italian Villages - New Website & Pizza Special |
Italian Villages in Adel has a New Website at www.italianvillagesadel.com.
Starting April 1st, there will be a coupon for Buy 1 Pizza and get the 2nd one Free.
But you can only print it off at the new website at italianvillagesadel.com so go on and check out our new website.
715 Main St.
Adel Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3180
|Local Farmer Supports Dallas County 4-H |
Local Farmer Supports Dallas County 4-H through America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM
Dallas County Extension will now be able to better serve area youth, thanks to the support of local farmer, Larry Taylor, and America's Farmers Grow Communities. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
|Pictured left to right: Monsanto Representatives Doug Pooch and Brian Kollin, Hannah Taylor, Larry Taylor, Noah Taylor, Youth Committee Representative Amy Mickle, Emily Wilkerson, Marissa Felt and Mackenzie Felt.|
Dallas County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Taylor the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. He selected Dallas County Extension to receive both donations. "I chose to donate to the 4-H youth programs in my county," said Taylor. "I like to support agriculture in every way possible." Extension will use the funds to help provide opportunities for the 4-H members to participate in additional citizenship, leadership and educational experiences.
This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought. In Iowa $495,000 is being given across 99 counties. America's Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to strengthen rural America. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.
About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work.
Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.
Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
|Active Girl Fitness 2013 Boot Camp April|
| Upcoming Indoor Boot Camp Sessions this April in Adel at 907 1/2 Main St. (above Studio 110).|
Join Trainer Dawn Hinton of Active Girl Fitness in her new location!
Hosted on Monday's and Wednesday's:
Week 1 - 4/1 & 4/3, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 2 - 4/8 & 4/10, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 3 - 4/15 & 4/17, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 4 - 4/22 & 4/24, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
Week 5 - 4/29 & 5/1, 5:00-5:45 a.m.
$7 per class OR Prepay the month in advance for $63 (One Class FREE) Cash or Check accepted*
*Please register in advance at ActiveGirlFitness.com, Click on Calendar to join.*
Check out the Active Girl Flyer for more information.
Active Girl Fitness
P.O. Box 141
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 208-5711
April Specials at Adel Auto Parts NAPA
Available at your Adel and Perry NAPA locations.
Offers good April 1-30, 2013.
Oil Change Special* - Synthetic Oil Change for under $20! 19.99 - 5 Qts. NAPA Full Synthetic Motor Oil and NAPA
Silver Oil Filter.
* Offer good on many popular NAPA Silver Oil Filters regularly priced at $3.99. Prices will be higher for same filters.
Upgrade to NAPA Gold or Platinum Oil Filter!
22.99** - 5 Qts. NAPA Full Synthetic Motor Oil and NAPA Gold Oil Filter.
** Offer good on many popular NAPA Silver Oil Filters regularly priced at $7.49. Prices will be higher for same filters.
24.99*** - 5 Qts. NAPA Full Synthetic Motor Oil and NAPA Platinum Oil Filter.
*** Offer good on many popular NAPA Silver Oil Filters regularly priced at $7.49. Prices will be higher for same filters.
3.49*/Qt. NAPA Full Synthetic Motor Oil.
10W30. 15W50, 5W30, 5W20, 0W20
12.99*/5 Qt. Jug NAPA Full Synthetic Motor Oil.
5W30, 10W40, 10W30, 5W20
Sale prices do not include applicable state/local taxes or recycling fees on oil.
Adel Auto Parts Corp.
809 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3212
Cell: (515) 979-5976
Website: Adel Auto Parts
|Adel Food Pantry|
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
Local Food Growers to Meet April 1st.
The April meeting of the Growing Food and Profit group will be Monday, April 1st beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas Center... Continue Reading
2013 Adel Yoga Class at Community House
A new series of Yoga classes begins Wednesday, March 13th, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at the Raccoon Bank Community House, 11th and Main Street.. Continue reading
Borne Again Ministries Mission Opportunities
The Missions Committee is excited to share an opportunity to support Carl Borne in his upcoming mission trip to Mexico... Continue reading
Rainbow Connection Preschool Open House April 4th.
Rainbow Connection Preschool is holding an Open House Thursday, April 4th, 5-7 p.m. Openings for 3 year-old up for preschool this fall... Continue reading
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
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
Two Plays Presented by ADM Drama Dept. April 5 - 7th.
The ADM Music and Drama to present two one act plays April 5th, 6th, and 7th at the ADM High School Auditorium... Continue reading
Drinko De Dalton at Captain's Quarters - April 13th.
Dalton's birthday is 5th of May, but he will be back in California then. Sooooooo, We are throwing him an early birthday party, April 13th... Continue reading
Alice's Spaghetti Land Night Fund Raiser Apr. 14th.
This is a fund raiser for the Society but we will be serving Alice's Spaghetti and very limited Alice's cavatelli, Alice's Garlic salad, and Park Place favorite... Continue reading
Spring Cleanup & Household Hazardous April 13th.
Annual Spring Cleanup - 7:00 a.m.
As a part of Adel's monthly residential garbage fee, Waste Management allows for... Continue Reading
2013 Adel Partners Free Event Schedule
Friday April 26 - Free Concert by Exit 113 playing 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's music - Sponsored by DIRECTV- Satellite Center... Continue Reading
Check out the full list of events
on the DiscoverAdel.com Calendar.
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~ Go Beyond the Ordinary ~
|This month we showcase John Reich, the Adel City Attorney|
|Adel Public Library|
|Courtesy of Adel Library|
Spring has sprung and we have so many wonderful ways to celebrate here at the Adel Library this April.
We have two special events this April, our first annual How-To Festival and Emmy and Grammy nominated singer and songwriter ellen cherry appearing after our annual Friends Luncheon.
The Library is excited to host our first annual How-To Festival on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We will have multiple sessions where people learn 'how-to' do something new.
We've had the good fortune to have over 20 local people, groups, and businesses signed up to teach a wide variety of mini sessions. A full list of classes is available at the main information desk and at www.adelpl.org.
The Teen Advisory Board will be on site selling drinks, while Brick Street Barbecue will be selling their fantastic pulled pork sandwiches.
Our annual Friends of the Adel Public Library Luncheon is Saturday, April 20th at Noon. Lunch will be Lasagna, salad, bread and dessert.
This is a thank you luncheon for being a friend, but anyone can sign-up become a friend.
Please call or stop by the library today to make your reservations as seating is limited.
Following the luncheon is Emmy nominated singer and songwriter ellen cherry (lowercase letters intentional!)
In 2010, she wrote, recorded and performed a song for an Emmy nominated TV campaign and also composed the score for a shadow puppet piece entitled "Alonzo's Lullaby", which has been awarded the prestigious UNIMA Citation of Excellence.
Ellen will perform at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th in the Community Room.
This event is free and open to the public. Please visit www.ellencherry.com or www.adelpl.org for more information.
Scrapbooking Group -
April 5th - 6:00 p.m.
New members welcomed.
Book Clubs - The library has three monthly adult book clubs that are open to everyone.
Movie and a Book Club - April 1st to discuss the novel "Bridget Jones's Diary.
Brown Bag Book Club - April 11th at Noon to discuss the novel "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain.
Evening Book Club -
April 25th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss to discuss "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White.
Join our Exercise Group. We meet Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. Schedules are available at the information desk.
Join Ms. Paula and Ms. Lynne for Collecting for Kids where we will learn how to start our own collections. April 3rd at 4:00p.m. All school aged kids are welcome.
Every Magnificent Monday at 4:00 p.m. is a different activity;
Week 1 - Lego League,
Week 2 - Wii Play group, Week 3 - Detective Story Time,
Week 4 - Science Club,
Week 5 - Is 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!
Story Time - ages 3-5 on Mondays, Toddler Time - ages 3 on Tuesdays, while Music Time for all preschoolers on Thursdays. Classes begin at 10:30 a.m. and is sure to be lots of fun.
Early Out Movies - school-aged children on April 17th. We'll watch "Open Season 3" on our big screen at 2:00 p.m.
Teen Advisory Board - April 9th at 4:00 p.m.
Mon. and Fri. 10am-5pm
Tues. -Thurs. 10am-7pm
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Adel Public Library
|Recipe of the Month|
|Classic Monkey Bread|
I loved Saturday mornings with the girls when they were little.
While they slowly adjusted to the prospects of the day. watching the antics of Winnie the Pooh and Bugs Bunny, I was in the kitchen whipping up breakfast.
Their favorite was Monkey Bread. Those gooey, spicy biscuits seemed the perfect Saturday morning treat along side Fraggle Rock.
As the girls grew up breakfast transitioned into eggs and toast, a bowl of cereal, or a granola bar in the purse with the promise to eat it later before running out the door.
Now, they come out to the house on Sundays for brunch. We eat Asparagus Frittatas with rye toast, or buckwheat pancakes for the fiber, while we talk about politics and the economy.
I wouldn't change the adults they have grown into for a second, and I happen to like rye toast and politics, but on rainy Saturday mornings I remember my little girls and smile.
This recipe for Money Bread doesn't have any frills, just classic Saturday morning goodness.
Classic Monkey Bread
1/2 C granulated Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 cans Refrigerated Biscuits
1 C Brown Sugar, packed
3/4 C Butter, melted
1. Grease 9x9 Baking pan with butter or cooking spray, preheat oven to 350 degrees.Enjoy!
2. Mix granulated Sugar and Cinnamon in medium bowl, set aside.
3. Pop Biscuits, separate, and cut each into quarters.
4. Toss Biscuits with Cinnamon and Sugar mixture, arrange in pan.
5. Mix Brown Sugar and Butter, pour over Biscuit pieces.
6. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in the center.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes before serving.
The Adel Lions
will place a flag on your property for these holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day
and Veteran's Day.
The cost for this great service is only $20 per year.
and the Adel Boy Scouts
make the journey early in the morning setting up the flags and later in the evening they gather them.
The proceeds go to the good causes that the Lions Club do in Adel.
AHeinz57 Pit Stop Adoption Day, Every Saturday.
Stop by the Pit Stop from 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. and take home a friend.
You will receive the precious gift of unconditional love in return!AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport
109 Guthrie Street
(Hwy 169), DeSoto, IA.
|ISU Extension and Outreach Week Salutes Local Extension Council|
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach celebrated Extension and Outreach Week throughout the state March 24-30, 2013. "It's one way we can say 'thank you' to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies and other partners who support ISU Extension and Outreach work in Iowa," said Cathann Kress, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach...
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