"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter

Vol. 78 April 2015 
Dear Friend of Adel,

I recently discovered that there are things about Adel that I take for granted. After visiting several rural communities similar to Adel this winter, including another county seat, I learned that not every community is as quick to clear the streets after a snow. Not to mention the water quality and condition of the streets.

To decipher the quality of services we have, we had the pleasure of interviewing Kip Overton, the Public Works Director of the City of Adel.

The mailbag wins! Thank you to everyone who requested that we return the "fat chef" (not my words - editor) to the recipe section. He's back this month and he'll be sticking around for awhile.

Terry is back, this month digging into the mail bag and answering 5 of the most frequently asked questions about Terry. I wish I could say it clears up some of the mystery, but you'll need to determine that for yourself. This is about Terry you know.

So grab a cup of coffee, there's a lot to cover this month and we look forward to seeing you in Adel.


In This Issue
Kip Overton - Adel City Maintenance
Construction Loans at LSB
Barbershop Moves to the Courthouse Square
ISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
Brick Street Barbecue Time
1st Adel Partners Annual Dinner a Success!
2015 Holy Week Services at Adel UMC
Penoach Winery Spring Open House April 18
Mother's Helper Available in Adel
2nd Annual Adel Chocolate Walk May 2nd
Save the Date! Putts Fore Mutts May 17th
Adel Public Library
BKip Overton - Adel City Maintenance
Kip Overton - Public Works Director of the City of Adel
Kip Overton - Public Works Director of the City of Adel

This month we spoke with Kip Overton - Public Works Director of the City of Adel, who has worked for the city for the past 30 years.


City Maintenance. It is an unknown glory of Adel instilled with the markings of pride.  


It is something we may not think about, or only think about in connection to taxes. But this unsung hero is often the welcome mat greeting tourists, travelers, and citizens.  


Consider this: how quickly are the roadways cleared after the snow? How well are the water works kept? Are improvements being made continuously? These are the markings of a good community, and not all can boast Adel's responsiveness.  


Kip Overton was drawn to Adel through a job posting. As a post-graduate of Kirkwood College, Kip chose Adel for its small town charm, which meant there was variety everyday. Knowing that its proximity to the metro would equate to growth resulting in career challenges to execute well, and the unique opportunity to solve problems in a proactive community, Adel seemed the perfect fit and it hasn't disappointed, "From plowing snow to digging graves to going on pet calls to catch loose animals; its something different everyday."


Public Works Director is a hired position that reports to the City Administrator and provides detailed reports to the City Council to justify yearly expenses and receive an approved budget. This year, the City of Adel Public Works department will be hiring a new team member and purchasing an additional snowplow due to growth and several new housing developments throughout town.


Kip Overton - Public Works Director of the City of Adel  

Kip's responsibilities include overseeing the maintenance of the City of Adel's streets, water, sewer, storm water, and shared responsibilities of park maintenance. Each day, Kip will coordinate and assist his team of 5 employees in the completion of rotating responsibilities throughout town, such as street sweeping, road patching, snow plowing, and water treatment maintenance. Kip's department is also responsible for the waste water department, setting up barricades during events, and the replacement of street signs.


Kip Overton - Public Works Director of the City of Adel Adel currently has three snow plows with specific routes to clear and 2 end loaders used to move the piled up snow into convenient locations to be hauled away.


Public Works maintains 46 lane miles of street- lane miles are identified as "up the street and back down."  


Except for state highways and country roads, the City is responsible for all other roadways within the borders of Adel.  


Kip is a dedicated Public Works Director who is basically on call 24/7: coming in as early as 4am to organize snow plows and staying late to ensure drivers can get home during their evening commutes. But the last snowfall of the season means street cleaning has just begun.


"Our goal is to get everything done quickly. As soon as we think its done snowing for the year we get on top of picking up all the sand from the winter, cleaning with the street sweeper."  


This helps maintain the quality of the roads, our cars, and improves the appearance of Adel. Public Works could be considered cosmetic in its approach- striving to maintain the picturesque charm of the city while maintaining her necessary functions.


Kip Overton - Public Works Director of the City of Adel
Tony Duran and Kip Overton


With an early spring upon us, we welcome back the potholes traditional of the season. Luckily Kip and his team are able to spread throughout the community, driving every street in town identifying potholes that are then ranked by their severity and repaired promptly. "We budget so much money for street panel replacement should a large section of a road need repair. If someone calls [a pothole] in, we send someone out right away to check it out and get it patched."


Kip Overton - Public Works Director of the City of Adel
Kip inside the Adel Water Plant

In addition, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes maintenance that takes place at the water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plan, and the two, wastewater pumping stations. The City is currently developing another well to service demand. Since our water is from the wells, not the river, we do not have the nitrate issues other communities are facing.  


Thanks to Kip and his team, the city is responsive should a water main break or boil order be required. Watch as well as the websites for proper procedures.


It is important to note that homeowners experiencing sewer troubles, bubbling up water in your yard and storm drains, or other potential infrastructural concerns contact the City of Adel immediately. This is a great first step, simultaneously helping you determine if the trouble is city related and informing Public Works of potential repair work.


As new members rapidly join our community and we continue to attract new businesses, we are proud to roll out the red carpet complete with clean streets, quality water, and the other unsung heroes of the community's infrastructure.  


Adel's small town charm and reputation are personified and protected by Kip Overton and the Public Works department. It is his dedication and the hard work of his team that keeps the city running like a well-oiled machine.


City of Adel
301 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525

Construction Loans at LSB
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Call today to meet with one of our Loan Professionals!

Your Hometown Bankers
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Lincoln Savings Bank - LSB Financial
805 Main St.
Adel IA 50003
Office: 515-993-5663
Lincoln Savings Bank - Member FDIC
BBarbershop Moves to the Courthouse Square
Town and Country Barbershop - Adel Iowa The Town & Country Barbershop has moved to the west side of Courthouse Square at the front of the Adel American Legion Hall. The move is a Win-Win for all involved.

Located for years at the corner of Main and 9th St., the current building is for sale and owner, Jenny Orr Phipps, wanted to keep the barbershop downtown.

And she needed a spot that would welcome her  four legged associate Lars, who is as much a part of the shop as Jenny and fellow barber, Leonard Warford.

The American Legion Hall, post 464, at 119 N. 9th St. had a front office location that had been vacant for a couple of years. They also wanted to keep the barber shop downtown and they welcomed Lars as one of the family.

So, an agreement was struck and the Legion members themselves worked for months to remodel the empty office. From gutting the office and rebuilding it to mounting the iconic barber shop pole on the outside of the building.

The old shop closed Saturday afternoon on March 28th and crews worked Sunday and Monday to transfer the equipment to the new larger location. Their first official day in the new location was Tuesday, March 31st. The shop will host an official Open house in June.

Town and Country Barbershop - Adel Iowa
Jenny and Leonard in the new barbershop
 at 119 9th St. in Adel, Iowa

Jenny would like to thank the the great folks at post 464 and welcome everyone to the new location, "It's the same great team in a new location with a great view of the courthouse and downtown Adel."

Town and Country Barbershop - Adel Iowa
The remodel team. Back L-R: Jim Loynachan, Leonard Warford, Kent McAdon, Phil Andeberg, Darrell Weems, Tom Waltz  Front L-R: Lars, Jennifer Orr Phipps, Terry Eickelberg, Jerry Bond, Not shown - Jim Stalter

Town and Country Barbershop Remodel - Adel Iowa
Click on the images above to see the remodeling process.

Barbershop Hours: Tuesday - Saturday

Town & Country Barbershop
119 N. 9th St. Ste A
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 238-0097
BISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
ISU Extension Dallas County Iowa
Help Older Iowans WIN, Outreach Helps Reduce Hunger

ISU WIN Program
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist in nutrition and health, Mary Krisco, is looking to recruit volunteers from Dallas County to become WIN Program volunteer educators.

WIN (Wellness and Independence through Nutrition) is an outreach project to reduce hunger in the lives of underserved mid-life and older Iowans with limited incomes.

In Iowa's population, adults who are 50 years or older comprise 35% of the population, according to the last U.S. Census. Of this percentage, 78% are considered "at-risk" or "at possible risk" for malnutrition, and 7% are considered "food insecure," lacking access to affordable nutrition.

Nationally, it is estimated
three out of ten people eligible for food assistance
are not yet enrolled. Through WIN, ISU Extension and Outreach's goal is to increase food assistance awareness, enrollment and usage. Increasing awareness of budget-friendly nutrition practices is also an essential part of the program...   continue reading

Extension Offers Taste of Camp This June

4-H Taste of Camp
Iowa youth entering grades 1-8 in the fall are welcome to attend Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Taste of Camp, designed to allow youth to explore and submerge in the camping experience in a safe, fun and welcoming environment.

Taste of Camp will be located at the
Iowa 4-H Camping Center in Madrid, Iowa. Membership in the 4-H Youth Development program is not required to attend.

Youth entering grades 5-8 may attend
"Full Camp" on Wednesday, June 17 at 4 p.m. through Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m. Youth entering grades 1-4 may attend "Mini Camp" on Friday, June 19 from 8 a.m. to Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m.

Taste of Camp creates an atmosphere conducive to expanding interest, appreciation and knowledge of the natural environment and sciences. The opportunity to become a leader is established as youth discover, learn and grow...  continue reading


Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
BBrick Street Barbecue Time
Brick Street Barbecue Adel Iowa With Spring upon us it's time for some tasty  smothered Baby Back Ribs from Brick Street Barbecue. Order Today!

Call Merle from Brick Street Barbecue at (515) 250-1687. His technique results in the most tender, flavorful and delicious BBQ dining experience you'll find.

Brick Street Barbecue
29048 Prospect Ave
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
B1st Adel Partners Annual Dinner a Success!
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce hosted the first ever Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards Night on March 24.

The event was held at Park Place in Adel and over 125 people attended.

The planning committee worked hard to plan a memorable evening that both celebrated the Chamber's successes and offered an opportunity for new and prospective members to get acquainted with the Chamber and our members.

Many thanks to Rob Burditt with Brick Street Financial, Peg Chapman with Eric Schepers State Farm, Tammy Howe with Adel & Winterset TV & Appliance, and Dan Juffer with Horizon Printing.

Chuck Offenburger
Chuck Offenburger
One of the highlights of the evening was speaker Chuck Offenburger.

Chuck spoke about his experiences writing about small towns throughout Iowa over the past 50 years and encouraged the Adel business community to work together toward continued success.

The evening concluded with the Annual Chamber Awards. Adel is a growing and thriving community in large part because of our great local businesses and strong base of volunteers.

Rich Hughes was named the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for his years of organizing the corn tent during the Sweet Corn Festival. Rich loyally helps out behind the scenes and is well-deserving of this award.

Adel Family Dentistry
The Business Improvement Award was given to Adel Family Dentistry for their investment in the Adel community and continued growth.

Adel & Winterset TV & Appliance Adel & Winterset TV & Appliance
was named the 2014 Business of the Year in recognition of their substantial history of success and positive impact on the community. As one of Adel's oldest businesses, they continually go above and beyond to meet the needs of their customers.

Since opening in 1960, the business has continually grown and expanded over the past 55 years. The Chapman family is well-known in Adel for their contributions to the community.

The event sponsors donated generously to help cover the costs of the event

This year's sponsors were Eric Schepers State Farm Insurance, Lincoln Savings Bank, Peoples Trust & Savings Bank, Raccoon Valley Bank, River Valley Insurance, and Russell Abstract & Title. Several businesses donated their time, services, and products for the event, including Fareway, Harvey Floral Company, Horizon Printing, Iowa Beverage Systems, and Raccoon Valley Radio.

These local partners made it possible for the Chamber to make the first Annual Dinner a wonderful experience and something to look forward for next year

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 73, 301 S.
10th Street, 2nd Floor
Adel, IA 50003
Email: Chamber@AdelPartners.Org
Facebook: AdelPartnersChamberOfCommerce
B2015 Holy Week Services at Adel UMC
Holy Week Holy Week March 29th - April 4th and Easter Sunday - April 5th.

During Holy Week we will have the following services at the Adel United Methodist Church.

Join us on Easter Sunday, and bring your friends and family with you as we celebrate the risen Lord!

The Worship Committee will host a delightful time of fellowship on this glorious day of the Christian calendar
April 5, 2015.

There will be pastries and juice and coffee/tea. Please join us in fellowship hall between services-9:30 a.m.

Holy Week Service Schedule:

Maundy Thursday - April 2nd.
Service at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday - April 3rd.
Service at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday - April 5th.
Worship 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Adel United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3791
BPenoach Winery Spring Open House April 18
Penoach Vineyard Winery Nursery Adel Iowa
Penoach Winery Adel Iowa
Penoach Winery will host a Spring Open House on Saturday, April 18th, from 12 - 5:00 pm.

We will have snacks, free samples and wine specials.

Sunflower Catering will be at the open house offering gourmet cupcakes for sale and samples of their other products.

Our 2015 event schedule is now complete. Check our website at or pick one up at the winery.

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Facebook: Penoach-Vineyard-Winery
BMother's Helper Available in Adel
Adel Mothers Helper Mother's Helper Available in Adel.

Contact Maggie at 515-360-9850 for those days you need a few hours to run errands, or get things done around the house.

I am available to take the kids to the library, park, bike rides/walks, and aquatic center.

Rate based on hours/number of children.

Maggie Rooney
Phone: (515) 360-9850
2nd Annual Adel Chocolate Walk May 2nd
Adel Chocolate Walk 2 Save the date for the 2nd Annual Adel Chocolate Walk on May 2nd from 10-3 p.m. as you visit Adel for shopping, lunch and dessert!

Visit each of the 6 participating businesses to get your passport stamped and sample FREE chocolate! Recipes will also be made available at each location.

Gift basket valued at $50 given away from each business for people who collect stamps on a passport at each location.

Passports can be picked up on May 2nd at the following participating businesses: Adel HealthMart, Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co, Al Dente Toffee, Brick Street Books & Cafe, Next to New and Penoach Winery.

Come with a group of friends, or bring your mom for an early Mother's day treat and shop, eat and best of all, sample FREE chocolate!

Stay tuned, More details to follow.

Adel Chocolate Walk Sponsors
BSave the Date! Putts Fore Mutts May 17th
2015 Putts Fore Mutts AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport, a pet rescue located in DeSoto, will host its annual charity golf outing "Putts Fore Mutts" on Saturday May 17 at Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona, located just minutes from Prairie Meadows.

Participants will enjoy 18 holes of golf with cart and green fees, hospitality gifts, and lunch.

Adoptable dogs will be on the course for meet and greet opportunities and hole contests include "hair of the dog" and "putting in the poo".

Proceeds benefit stray, homeless, injured and abused dogs. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start.

To register your team visit

AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport
Phone:  (515) 834-3016
BSave the Date! Toddler-Fest May 2nd
The Dallas County Library Association and 4Rkiids are hosting the second annual Dallas County Toddler Festival on Saturday, May 2nd from 10:00 am to Noon in two building at the Dallas County Fairgrounds.

There will be two hours of free activities dedicated to toddlers and their caregivers, including visitors from the Blank Park Zoo, the Science Center of Iowa, and Living History Farms.

Events will include, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Princesses, Kid Pics I.D. Cards, Many County Agencies, and Crafts & Activities.

Each child will receive a free book just for attending the festival. Toddler Fest Flyer


Sponsored by 4Rkids & the Dallas County Library Association.  

Adel HealthMart - Your Local First Stop!
Adel HealthMart Ad Our Adel HealthMart pharmacy specializes in serving our community with fast, friendly, professional service and the highest-quality health products.

You'll always work with somebody at our pharmacy who greets you by name, and our pharmacists take the time to counsel you and answer your questions.

Visit us for all your healthcare needs!

Check out our facebook page and while you are there be sure to "like" us!

Adel HealthMart - Adel IowaHours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

  Adel Health Mart
Phone: 515-993-3644
Fax :515-993-4714
After hours Emergency: 515-333-2959
Around Town
Adel City Wide Garage Sale 2015 City Wide Garage Sale April 4th

The Citywide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 4th.
To list your address for free at Adel City Hall or at the Adel Public Library, please call... Continue Reading
Job Fair at Brick Street Books and Café April 7th

Optimae Life Services is hiring direct staff for community, residential, and job coaches in Dallas County. April 7th from 4-7 pm there will be a Job...  Continue reading
Van Harden
Adel's Van Harden "Life in the Purple Wedge" April 7th

Come meet Adel's very own Van Harden Author, Inventor, Teacher, Radio Personality. Van will share stories from his life. He will sign and sell copies of...  Continue reading
Adel Spring Cleaning
2015 Annual Spring Cleanup April 11th

The Adel Annual Spring Cleanup & Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on Saturday April 11th. Annual Spring Cleanup - 7:00 a.m...  Continue reading
Womens Club Salad Luncheon
Adel Women's Club Annual Spring Luncheon April 13th

The Adel Women's Club will be having their Spring Salad Luncheon on Monday, April 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Adel United Methodist Church..  Continue reading
Adel Masons  Breakfast Adel Masons 2nd Sunday Breakfast

The Adel Masons Breakfast is held on the Second Sunday of the month from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. They feature omelets to order, biscuits and...  Continue reading
First Christian Church First Christian Church C.I.A. Youth Program Wednesdays

The Adel First Christian Church is hosting a new youth program called, C.I.A. (Christians In Action). Join us every Wednesday from...  Continue reading
Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11:00 a.m. Find clothes for infants to...  Continue reading
Adel Quitling and Dry Goods Adel Iowa Day Bus Trip to Kalona April 18th

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co, 909 Prairie Street, is hosting a bus day trip to Kalona on Saturday, April 18.r...  Continue reading
Adel UMC Love Songs Evening of Love Songs at Adel UMC April 25th & 26th

The Adel United Methodist Church presents the 25th Anniversary of Evening of Love Songs. Join them on Saturday, April 25th, for their famous...   Continue reading
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce 2015 Adel Partners Free Friday Entertainment Series

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Announces 2015 Free Friday Series. The Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the...   Continue reading 
Adel Quilting & Dry Gods Co. Adel Iowa Open Sew Friday at the Adel Public Library

Join Jacque Johnson, owner of Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co., the 2nd Friday of each month at the Adel Public Library for Open Sew Friday! Participants may join...    Continue reading

Alzheimers Support Group Alzheimer's Support Group - 2nd. Thursdays

Join The Village at Legacy Pointe of Waukee for an Alzheimer's Support Group for family members and loved ones of those battling Alzheimer's and other ...   Continue reading 

Wednesday Night Suppers Adel UMC Wednesday Night Community Suppers

The Adel United Methodist Church welcomes everyone in the community to enjoy a meal and Christian fellowship each Wednesday from ... Continue reading
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On April 25th there will be a Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation Luncheon and a presentation to follow by Jan Price, director of the Adel Historical Museum.

This event starts at 12:00 pm and is free and open to all of our Friends as a way to say thank you!

We encourage our Friends to bring a non-Friend member to the lunch and presentation.

Jan will present on George Washington Clarke and Nile Clarke Kinnick, two very famous Adel residents.

Both of these men brought honors to Adel, Dallas County, the University of Iowa and Drake University.

Registration for the luncheon is required, so please stop in the library or call 515-993-3512 to sign up for this event.


We would also like to remind our Friends about Adel Public Library's Annual Book Sale in August.

Our Friends have the privilege of shopping early, before it is open to the public.

We are always looking for more members and for as little as $5 per year you can become a Friend of the Adel Public Library!

An entire family can join for just $10 or you can join for a lifetime and pay $50. Questions about becoming a Friend?

Call Paula at the library; she would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Make sure you soak up each and every day of Story Time in April because in May we will be taking the month off to prepare for our Summer Reading Program.

This month we will have our Preschool Story Time on Mondays, Toddler Time on Tuesdays, and Music Time on Thursdays; all programs begin at 10:30 am.

We like to be silly, read lots of books, do crafts, and get our bodies moving, so be sure and join in on all the fun.

After April is over, we will resume our regular story time on Monday, June 8th.


Our Brown Bag Book Club will be held on Thursday, April 9th at 12:00 pm. They will be discussing The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

Our Evening Book Club will be held on Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 pm, and they will be discussing the book Silas Marner by George Eliot.


We will be showing a couple movies this month, as there is an Early Out Movie on Wednesday, April 8th at 2:00 pm for our early-out students; we will be showing Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.

We will have our Classic Movie Monday on Monday, April 13th at 2:00 pm.

We will also have an Early Out Craft on Wednesday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm.


There will be a Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 7th at 5:00 pm.


April at the Adel Public Library is packed full of fun and we are excited for each and every day of it!

To keep up-to-date on all of the events, news, and programs, please check our website,,

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Library Hours:
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Tues - Thurs 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Adel Public Library

303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
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Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Shrimp Scampi


When the girls were young Sundays were dedicated to family time.  


Some of my favorite nights were spent cooking with helpers around the kitchen table.  


Most weekends I would prepare something from scratch and we would spend an hour or so in the kitchen.


Then the local station started rebroadcasting Star Trek: The Next Generation on Sunday during dinner time.  


Supper with the family at the table is a big deal in our house, but somehow I got talked into "dinner theater".  


We still cooked, they would be against the clock in order to have our meal ready when the show started.


About that time we were in a 'big Box" store and stumbled across frozen Shrimp Scampi - ready in 15 minutes!  


It was a box of prepared shrimp with frozen medallions of garlic-butter sauce, considered a novelty at the time.  


The instructions on the box were simple: place contents in skillet with water, boil some pasta on the side, stirring to combine.  


But it was never as simple as that. We made it our own by adding vegetables: side salads, broccoli, extra onion and garlic.  


These were easy additions that could be prepared before the show started, or during commercial breaks until someone would yell, "its back!" and we would hurry into the living room. 


Then they discontinued it.  


I knew we were quite capable of making our own, so I was put on the spot to beat the frozen version.   


I'm pretty sure that we did, no one has ever complained. 


At a time when parent and teenager didn't always see eye-to-eye, we were able to meet on neutral ground with Star Trek and the concepts of the show always gave us much to discuss.


In honor of that pre-made meal and thoughtful conversations spawned from the minds of children, I offer my family's homemade version - perfect for Star Trek Sundays.


Shrimp Scampi


4 Garlic Cloves, minced
½ C. Onion, minced
¼ C. Butter, cubed
¼ C. Olive Oil
1.5 lbs Cooked Shrimp
¼ C. Lemon Juice
½ tsp. Ground Pepper
¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
¼ tsp. Oregano
½ C. grated Parmesan cheese
3 C. Broccoli Florets
1 lbs Angle Hair Pasta, prepared

* Kitchen Tip: As pasta boils, blanch Broccoli with it in the water for approximately 2 minutes; drain when pasta is fully cooked.


In a large skillet sauté Garlic and Onion in Butter and Olive Oil until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant.

Add Shrimp, Lemon Juice, Spices; cook and stir until shrimp is pink.

Toss Pasta and Broccoli in the skillet, sprinkle with cheese.

Holiday Flags
Proud American

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 just $20 for the year.

The Lions 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.

Terry Traveller -
This Day in History
Terry Traveler - This Day

Hello fellow travelers! Terry here.  


For the past few years I have shared my reports of worldly observations with a certain, unique flair.  


This odd banter has created a shroud of mystery around me, prompting reader questions month after month.  


So today I sit down to dispel with these queries by telling you plainly and candidly exactly who I am, and the true identity of Terry T.


Q: Have you really traveled to all the places you claim?


A: Traveling is more than a passport; it is a state of mind, and a car, and the occasional row with customs.  


Yes, I have traveled to the deepest jungles, (or perhaps they were wooded areas on days of high humidity), witnessed sunrises and sunsets along the Mediterranean Sea, once climbed a volcano, and reached the summit of thousands of tiny hills.  


Unfortunately, many of the tales of my travels have been classified and studied by top men. Top. Men.


Q: Is "Terry" a guy or a girl?


A: To ask such a question of such a highly reputable authority!  


The audacity! To think that I have spent countless hours among the citizens of Adel and this question persists. I will not dignify the question with an answer!


Q: How old is Terry?


A: It has been so many years since I last blew out the candles. I can remember there were 10 candles at that time.  


Since I can't remember any subsequent birthdays, except the plethora of piñatas given to me by an infamous Mexican ruffian, not on my birthday but his, I must be older than 10, and young enough at heart to appreciate piñatas.


Q: Is Terry a real person?


A: A real person - of course! I'm no droid. Siri isn't capable of writing such beautiful diatribes with historical accuracy.  


Each article would be nothing more than a series of "turn left in 500 feet" jokes. No, my sense of humor is far superior to that.  


An alien? Perhaps. If so, don't panic- you can hitchhike with me when the Vorgons attack.


Q: Terry Traveler must be a ghostwriter- who is the real author of Terry's articles?


A: Ah, the heart of the matter. First I must say it is inaccurate to refer to me as a ghostwriter for my flesh and bones exist, as far as I can tell under this cocoon of a parka.  


I have an X-ray to verify that I rolled my ankle once, if you insist. Also, I can't hover, though there was once a moment I thought I could fly but fell without style, resulting in the aforementioned X-ray.


Next, I am the real author of Terry's articles - me, the person typing, so I must be the author of Terry's articles. Its only logical, and yes, circular logic counts.


I hope that cleared up any questions you may have dear readers, and as they say on your planet, I mean our planet... April Fools!


Terry Traveller
Bike Trail Tourism Conference April 2nd
RRVT Bike Trail

Common THREAD, a regional organization made up of the communities along the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the High Trestle Trail, is hosting their second Bike Trail Tourism Conference on Thursday, April 2nd at the Hotel Pattee in Perry.

The theme for the conference is "Creating New Opportunities on Our Recreational Trails."

Click here for more information about the conference and to download a registration form.

Raccoon River Valley
Trail Association
14581 K Avenue
Perry, Iowa 50220
Phone: 515-465-3577
Start Your Prom Night at the Basement Bistro
Adel Prom 2015

Start your prom night at the Basement Bistro on the corner of Nile Kinnick and Rapids in Adel!

$10 per person includes dinner and dessert.

The meal will be served from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and is only for ADM students and their dates that are attending prom.

The meal will begin with salad and garlic bread followed by a chicken breast kabob, pasta (with red or white sauce) and a vegetable medley. A dessert trio finishes the meal.

Seating is limited and reservations must be received by April 18.

Send an email to adelbasementbistro@gmail and include your name, how many are in your party and if you would like to be seated with another group (if possible).

Payments must be received May 1, 2015 and can be given to Mrs. Weems at the ADM High School or mailed to the Adel First Christian Church, 218 N. 9th St., Adel, IA 50003. View the Basement Bistro flyer.

If more information is needed you may call Pat Gilliland at 515-993-4293.
Downtown Facade Project
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Construction is underway on the Adel downtown Facade Improvement Project and is expected to continue through the spring.
All participating businesses will be open during construction. Please help support them during this process.

City of Adel
301 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
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