Vol. 31 May 2011

Dear Friend,

Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Graduations, Summer Vacation Planning, Mowing every week, Garage Sale Season officially opens, and I'm sure there are many things I have missed. That's May everywhere and it seems even busier in Adel.

This month we have an interview with Pat Rohret of the Adel Vet Clinic on Greene St. as well as a discussion with Chad Bird about the Brick Street Construction and the upcoming 7th Annual Brick Street Classic Car Show!

We also have the latest events from Around Town, news and events from the Adel Public Library, a Recipe from Home, and Terry Traveller visits the Fuller's Standard Station and more!



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In This Issue
Pat Rohret - Adel Vet Clinic
7th Annual Brick Street Classic Car Show
Adel Brick Street Project
Terry Traveller: Fullers Standard BP Gas Station
Pat Rohret - Adel Veterinary Clinic
Adel Vet Clinic
Adel Vet ClinicNostalgia isn't a term often used when referencing a medical facility but it describes the large brick building located on Highway 6 with the quirky sign to a T.

The Adel Veterinary Clinic has been an Adel standby for nearly 4 decades, serving generations of pets and their families.

Left: Dr. Holland, Middle: Dr. Rohret, Right: Dr. Beeman

This month we spoke with the doctors of the Adel Veterinary Clinic to find out what makes this Adel standard so well loved.

The Adel Veterinary Clinic has been serving Adel, Dallas County, and the Des Moines metro faithfully for 37 years under the direction of Dr. Pat Rohret. Dr. Rohret was just an intern when the clinic first opened its doors in 1974. After graduating from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Sciences, Dr. Rohret remained at the clinic and later purchased the business in 1997. While his techniques have advanced with the times, Dr. Rohret's bedside manner and style of care are deeply rooted in trusted practices that have served veterinarians since the time of house calls.

These traditions and values have drawn not only customers but also like-minded professionals to his door.

When Dr. Scott Beeman graduated from Iowa State University in 2010 he began looking for a practice to call home. Of the options he looked into, many missed the mark. Dr. Beeman sought a clinic that provided professional, first-rate care. He also wanted to find a welcoming, collaborative atmosphere that would allow him to grow in the field.

The Adel Veterinary Clinic instantly intrigued Dr. Beeman as it is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association's Standards of Accreditations. This evaluation is used to measure excellence in veterinary medicine. The Adel Vet Clinic is continually rated on over 800 standards that directly correlate to the care provided to pets.

During his daylong working interview, Dr. Beeman was able to experience this high level of care first hand, working along side his future colleague Dr. Elizabeth Holland and the large staff of technicians Left: Dr. Holland, Middle: Dr. Rohret, Right: Dr. Beeman Dr. Elizabeth Holland joined the clinic three years ago, seeking the same levels of professionalism and teamwork as Dr. Beeman. Dr. Holland enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, specializing in small pet care. The two young vets value the encouragement Dr. Rohret provides the team while allowing each person opportunities to pursue niche fields within their area of expertise.

Dr. Beeman focuses on small animals such as cats and dogs, with an added interest in exotic pets like ferrets, rabbits, birds, hamsters, and Guinea pigs. Dr. Beeman's family has raised Guinea pigs and knows first hand how difficult it can be to find veterinarians who will see all these and other unusual pets. "Doctors are not comfortable with them, it's a learning curve as these animals are not as common, but they need care too!"

Dr. Holland is especially drawn to Eastern medical practices and has brought Chinese herbal medicine and pet acupuncture to the Adel clinic. Acupuncture uses very fine needles, placed at designated points over the body, to treat an array of issues facing pets. It has been shown to help alleviate symptoms associated with arthritis, kidney and liver disease, muscle atrophy, chronic allergies, and skin conditions.

Herbal remedies are another holistic approach to pet wellness, affording another course of action for trouble cases.

The doctors are passionate about the level of care they provide, researching the newest, latest methods to diagnose and treat small animals. This includes continuing education opportunities, therapeutic laser treatments, a full radiology department, and in-house laboratory testing. The staff makes an effort to be aware of the latest advances in veterinary medicine, which impact us all.

Dr. Rohret tells us "Veterinary medicine moves at the same rate as human medicine." Doctors now breed pigs with human genetic defects so that they can test different treatments that they hope will one day eliminate deseases like cystic fibrosis.

Adel Vet ClinicThe long-standing clinic and knowledgeable staff creates a sense of trust with its patients, with generations of pet owners returning to Adel. Local pet rescue spot, AHeinz57 also uses the facility to vaccinate and treat all the homeless and abandoned animals they receive.

It is unfortunate that many of these animals have been neglected, abused, and deprived of vaccinations, however this unique opportunity is beneficial to the clinic. Working with the animals grants the doctors the chance to treat uncommon issues that the general pet population does not encounter. "We get to see first hand the importance of vaccinations," remarks Dr. Beeman.

Holistic care starts with baby animals and continues through the life cycle. An area of pet care that is often avoided is Euthanasia. The staff at the Adel clinic understands that it can be emotionally straining to discuss this type of care and believe that handling these delicate situations with a kind heart is of the utmost importance. "First impressions are important," says Dr. Holland, "but the final impression is just as important. We want to make the experience as comfortable as possible for the pets and their family."

All three doctors believe that preventative health care is essential to ensure our pets have full, healthy lives. From pet obesity to dental care, to senior wellness, these hot topic issues are addressed at the Adel Veterinary Clinic. The clinic offers annual wellness exams, nutritional counseling, and senior wellness services.  Left: Dr. Holland, Middle: Dr. Rohret, Right: Dr. Beeman
Adel Vet ClinicOral health care is also incredibly important to pet health. You'll find dental exams, cleanings, and extractions available.

The clinic uses a digital x-ray machine. Dr. Rohret states "Most dentist treating humans aren't using this state of the art in their practice." The digital X-rays greatly decreases the time that the patient is being examined.

Walking into the clinic you will be struck by the first impression they make. The friendly staff is attentive and eager to help. Unlike other clinics, there is a sense of calm created that helps alleviate stress in both pets and their keepers. This is deceptive, as behind the doors the doctors are busy at work providing personal care to each animal.

This welcoming atmosphere is on display every day as clients' drive past the building with it's well known sign. Dr. Rohret posts laughable quotes and announcements for those driving into Adel from the west; fun word puzzles for visitors headed east. This tradition has been going for some time, with drivers going out of their way for this weekly smile.

The Adel Veterinary Clinic is always accepting new clients and welcomes pets and their families to schedule their next appointment or over night boarding experience at the clinic. To find out more about all the services offered, please visit

Adel Veterinary Clinic
619 Greene St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4707

Think Adel HealthMart for Beauty!
Adel Heath Mart Anniversary

Stop in and check out the new purses and billfolds that were just delivered.

Also, see the nice selection of jewelry and scarves that are perfect to spruce up your wardrobe or to give as a gift.

Don't forget Mother's Day is May 8th!

Adel HealthMart is also your local source for diabetic shoes. These specially designed, therapeutic orthopedics are intended to reduce the risk of skin breakdown in diabetics with co-existing foot disease.

Adel HealthMart
113 N 9th St. Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3644
7th Annual Brick Street Classic Car Show
Adel Brick Street Classic Car Show

June 4th is the 7th Annual Brick Street Classic Car Show in Adel!

We spoke with organizer Chad Bird to find out more about this well loved annual event.

The 2011 car show will be the first festival to take place on the new brick streets. Chad and the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce hope this will give everyone a chance to check out the changes to our historic downtown district.

Take a stroll down memory lane as you admire more than 100 restored classic cars created by the hard work and dedication of collectors from across Iowa.

Entrants will vote to find out who will place in the Top 20 cars, Best of Show, and Most Likely To Be Stopped By The Police categories.

Unlike other car shows, the Adel Brick Street Classic is free for visitors!

For those wishing to show their car, registration will take place from 11-1pm.  Collectors are welcome to pay their entry fee in advance for $12 or $15 day of the show. Awards will be presented at 4pm.

This fun, all day festival will show some of the finest cars this summer with local food and craft vendors on hand around the town square.

So get your family and friends together and join us for the Adel Brick Street Classic Car Show!

For more information on the car show or to register, contact
Chad Bird at (515) 993-4525 or by email at
Pies Bread & Beyond Open House
Pies Bread & Beyond-Adel, Iowa

As May approaches it's time to set your catering plans for all your important events this summer.

Think Pies Bread & Beyond in Adel for Mother's Day, Memorial Day barbecues, Graduations, Weddings, Baby Showers, Business meetings and more.

Local Baker Elaine Nederhoff offers Cup Cakes, Breads, Scones, Cookies, Tortillas, Fresh Pasta and other made from scratch delights that are sure to please your hungry crowd.

Just place your order at least 24 hours in advance and it will be made special for you!

Check out the new website to find out more about Adel's only local bakery!

Be Sure to Stop By the Open House and Ribbon Cutting May 3rd. from 5-7pm and have some great samples!

Pies Bread & Beyond
Phone: (515) 993-2080

Adel Brick Street Project
Adel Iowa Streets on National Registry

It's been a year since Adel undertook the monumental brick street renovation project. Now, the 20 years-in-the-making project is days from completion. Crews will finish landscaping projects and small items around the square as weather allows. The crews made the Adel project a priority, taking advantage of great weather earlier this spring.

The last step will be to return parking around the project to it's prior status. Be sure to check for the new signs when you park downtown to ensure you follow the parking limitations!
Recently, the historic project was announced as the American Council of Engineering Companies of Iowa (ACEC) Grand Place Award for first place in the transportation category.

The award recognizes excellence in engineering using criteria such as uniqueness, originality, as well technical, economic and social value.

With Adel's reputation as a historic community which prides itself on having some of the only brick streets listed on the National Register of Historic Places, reusing the brick was a key element in designing and building the downtown street scape project.

Chad A. Bird
City Administrator
City of Adel

7th Annual "Under the Tent" Sale

Garden Gate Antiques - Adel, IAThe Garden Gate is having their Annual  "Under the Tent!"  May 5, 6, 7, 8.

Tent Will Be Open: 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9-5
Sunday: Noon-4

Vintage Outdoor Garden Furniture, Cement Statuary, Garden Tools, Plant Stands, Planters and Wicker will be available under the tent.

Inside will be Linens, Glassware, Kitchen Items, Furniture, Quilts, Children's Toys & Clothing, Vintage Creations, & Pillows.

Shop Early, Some Items One Of A Kind!

Garden Gate Antiques
209 S. 10th St. Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-3572
Brick Street BBQ Now Online
Brick Street BBQ - Adel, Iowa

Brick Street Barbecue
has a new website:

No matter how you say it, "Barbecue", "Barbeque", "BBQ", or  "Que"
Merle does it right!

BBQ Master, Merle Cox, prepares Southern Style Barbecue the traditional way. His combination of slow and low smoking and just the right amount of dry rub seasonings produces mouth watering Ribs, Pulled Pork, Pork Loin, Beef Brisket and Beef Tenderloin.

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

Around Town

Adel Farmer's MarketAdel Farmer's Market

The Harvey Floral Company is hosting a Summer Farmer's Market every Tuesday, rain or shine, June 7th - September 20th from 4pm- 7pm.  Continue reading...  

GraceJuliet PhotographySave with DiscoverAdel and GraceJuliet Photography 

Mention this ad during the month of May to receive 10% - 25% off at GraceJuliet Photography. When their site hits 10,000 visitors there will be a huge Continue reading...

Atherton House Kiln Opening - Adel, IAAtherton House Spring Kiln Opening

It's time again for the Annual Atherton House Spring Kiln Opening Thursday, May 5th though Sunday, May 8th! Enjoy daily Continue reading...

Morrell Natural Meats Adel IowaGrill Specials with Morrell Natural Meats

Warm weather is just around the corner so stock up now with Morrell Natural Meats! Check out these great deals, perfect for your next cookout! Continue reading...

W.A.R. Bicycle Ride - RRVT - Adel, IAW.A.R. Bicycle Ride

Michelob Ultra is hosting its inaugural W.A.R. (Waukee - Adel - Redfield) Bicycle ride May 14th along the Raccoon River Valley Trail! Registration is free  Continue reading...

Cedar Creek AnimalClinic Adel IowaHeartworm Clinic - Adel Cedar Creek Animal Clinic

The Adel-based pet healthcare providers will be having a Heartworm Clinic on May 14th from 9 am until 1 pm. Come in for snacks, goodies, and give-a-ways Continue reading...

Iowa Rural WaterAdel Completes Source Water Protection Plan

Adel recently completed a Source Water Protection Plan to protect your drinking water at its source. Source Water Protection Planning develops practices   Continue reading...
Adel Iowa Featured on Iowa RealtyAdel Iowa Featured on Iowa Realty - Watch the Video

Mike Pace along with Mayor Jim Peters and City Administrator Chad Bird discussed our historic brick streets, beautiful architecture, and Continue reading...
American Legion - Adel IowaMemorial Day Services

Memorial Day Services will be held at Oakdale Cemetery at the flagpole on Monday, May 30th at 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by the American Legion Post 464.

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May brings us many things; flowers, sun and Children's Book Week!

As the slogan for Children's Book Week says, "A Great Nation is a Reading Nation."

Reading is an essential skill for everyone and what better way to practice than with great children's books.

This May 2-8, join the Adel Public Library in celebrating Children's Book Week!

To celebrate, the library will be hosting several different contests and raffles for children to participate in and book prizes to give away!

Don't forget to stop in and pick up some great children's books for young reader.

Upcoming Events
All Month Long

May 5th
Mother's Day Card Making

May 9th
Teen Craft: Make Your Own Angry Birds

May 11th
Early Out Movie: Tangled
Music Time

May 13th
Open Mic Night

May 18th
Music Time

May 30th
Closed for Memorial Day

May 31st
Summer Reading Program Sign-Up Begins

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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Easy Garlic Asparagus

I always know spring is really here when the Farmers Market's begin and fresh asparagus is ready to cut. 

My Grand Dad would drop off fresh asparagus once a week during the spring, along with a loaf or two of my Gram's fresh bread.

It's a tradition that we've passed onto our kids.

I prefer my asparagus to be tender, yet still crisp. 

Sauteed with a hint of garlic makes the perfect accent for the early days of spring, perfect with the first burgers off the grill. 

3 T Butter
1 lb. Fresh Asparagus
3 Coves Garlic, chopped

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

Add the garlic and asparagus spears; cover and cook for 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, or until asparagus is tender. 

If you like your asparagus well done, reduce heat and cook an additional 5-10 minutes.

*Tip: This adapts very well for Grill! 

Substitute olive oil for the butter. 

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl or bag.

Place the spears across the grates of the grill. 

Roll the spears back and forth every minute or so until cooked to the desired tenderness.

Total cooking time of about 5 minutes.

Terry's Travels
Terry Traveller
Each month, Terry journeys through our community enjoying the sights, sounds, deals, and meals that make Adel great!

This month Terry visited Fuller's Standard BP Gas Station.

Now I know what you are thinking, is a gas station really something to write home about? 

Well I'm here to tell you, once you've travelled to the remote villages across the land, you'll know how important a nice, clean gas station is. 

Adel is lucky to have Fuller's Standard!

I stop at the locally owned store a few times a week to pick up a quick snack, fill the gas tank, and enjoy the local talk of the town. 

There are a few tables and benches available, frequently occupied by Adel citizens and travelers enjoying a hot cup of joe and chatting about recent events.

The staff is always friendly, playing the role of Adel Ambassador to all those who stop at the single traffic light marking this very busy intersection. 

It is also next to the Raccoon River Valley Bike Trail and offers clean public bathrooms.

If you're looking for a deal, add Fuller's to your Facebook page and find daily promotions!

Filling your tank under the well lit canopy will keep you dry and safe as you cross the country or head to work. 

Now I know you're tempted to use the Pay-at-the-Pump service, but don't miss the full array of hot, convenient food that is all cooked on site. 

I find it hard to resist the fried mushrooms, breakfast sandwiches, chicken tenders, and mini tacos.

Fuller's Standard is an excellent example of small town charm that is sure to encourage you to stick around.  

So the next time you're heading through Adel, make a point to stop at Fuller's Standard BP Gas Station for all your road trip needs!

 - Terry

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Congratulations Laura Juarez! 

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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.

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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.

It's never too late to sign up to have them put one or more up on your lawn.

The proceeds go to good causes that the Lions Club do in Adel.

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