Vol. 9 July, 2009
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This month we have interviews with John Standley of the Adel Auto Parts Corporation, Nick Schenck of the Adel Parks and Recreation, and Steve Conard of Compass Financial Services. We also offer a family recipe to try at home, the chance to win a new car, the arrival of a new business to Adel, and the new Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce website!

July brings back memories of my first fireworks. My Aunt and Uncle's house was a perfect place to watch fireworks. My cousins and I would set out blankets in the morning to mark our spot before we went to the parade. There were hot dogs and burgers, potato salad and Coke in green glass bottles and six feet of smoke from the sparklers. Then, after we had waited all day, the fireworks! Glorious explosions of color and sound that lasted forever.

All of this to celebrate the challenge of Freedom!

From our family to yours, we hope this Fourth is a special one.

In This Issue
Feature Article - John Standley
Nick Schenck - Adel Parks and Recreation
Steve Conard of Compass Financial Services
Iowa 4-H to Raffle Toyota Corolla
Around Town
Recipe of the Month
4th of July
What is DiscoverAdel.Com
A John Standley of Adel Auto Parts
John Standley Banner Adel IA

This month DiscoverAdel spoke with John Standley, owner of the Adel Auto Parts Corporation/ NAPA store. John, wife Lorinda and his family moved to the community in 2003. John and Lorinda have been married 34 years.

Jon Standley Adel Iowa NAPAJohn purchased the NAPA store 8 years ago. The store itself celebrated 50 years in February. Before owning the store, John worked in the corporate world for 25 years working with the auto industry. When he was made aware of the sale of the business, John felt it was a good opportunity to try something new. The Adel Auto Parts Corporation is independently owned, which allows John to make his own choices regarding the store. NAPA supplies some assistance in marketing and supplies. The store carries approximately 97% NAPA products while the rest are made up of independent items.

What sets this store apart is the great service. The store offers delivery service within a 25 mile radius. They also turn brakes and rotors. If you order a part in the morning, John and his team can pick up the part and you'll have it that afternoon. If the part is ordered late in the day, most can be shipped overnight to the store for next day pick up or delivery.

With the summer months approaching, we asked John for tips regarding auto maintenance. John stated oil changes are very important, as well as following the scheduled maintenance plan outlined for your vehicle in the owner's manual. Checking your fluids and spark plugs will help to extend the life of your vehicles. As vacation time rolls around, it's a good time to consider a tune up, check the AC, and possibly rotate the tires.

In January, the Adel Auto Parts Corporation hosted filming for the movie "Ticket Out" starring Ray Liota. John was happy to allow the actors and crew access to the store and hopes more opportunities like this return to Adel. The filming brought dozens of people into town. As the day proceeded, if the crew needed any supplies, they purchased them locally in Adel. It was a great opportunity to show off what Adel has to offer- not only the products and services available, but also the beautiful architecture and unique design of the city it's self. To find out more about the January filming check out the February Newsletter.

John Standley Adel IowaJohn is very involved with the community. He is currently on the Economic Development and Marketing committees of the Adel Partners and is a past president of the group. The Economic Development committee is working to stimulate the economy in Adel as well as promote the city by working with businesses to purchase the vacant buildings around town. They are also working on the Stage building project. The Marketing committee is focused on increasing knowledge of the many historical aspects of town to nearby communities. Due to the economy, John states that many people are interested in "Stay-cations" or vacations within 5-6 hours of home. John and the committee are working to increase awareness of Adel in nearby cities like Omaha, Kansas City, and Chicago. The Marketing committee is also working to establish a stand alone website to specifically focus on the Adel Partners, rather than the joint website that currently represents the city and the Adel Chamber of Commerce. John is also the Co-Chairman of the Brick Street Car Show and volunteers for the Adel Sweet Corn Festival.
John and the store contribute financially to different events and programs throughout the year. These include the Dallas County 4H Auction, Adel DeSoto Minburn High School Yearbook Committee, and Relay for Life- which is especially close to John's heart.  John is a prostate cancer survivor and to give back, he makes himself available as a resource for doctors to refer men or couples to that are coping with a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

John thinks that Adel isn't appreciated as much as it deserves to be. "People don't realize how great Adel is. We have lots of great people who are very loyal to the community. Adel is a nice place where the people really care. We have great youth and high school sports, a great school system. People need to take a step back and look at how wonderful the community really is. Life can't be better than it is right now!"

For more information, contact John at (515) 993-3212.

Nick Schenck of Parks and Recreations

Nick Schenk Adel Parks and Recreations Director Iowa

This month Nick Schenck took time to discuss Parks and Recreation in Adel with

Nick is an Iowa native who moved to the community in 2008. Please join us in congratulating Nick and his wife Amber on the newest edition to their family, a baby boy named Landon! Landon is their first child and was born on June 2nd.

Nick Schenk Adel IowaQ. What is a brief history of Park and Recreation in Adel?

A. Adel has had a Park and Recreation Board for quite some time; the Park and Recreation Board also serves as the City Tree Board. Many youth sport groups in town have a governing board that makes decisions about each league. I work with those groups to organize the leagues. Adel really has great amenities for the size of the community. The Department has always had 1 full-time position in the Parks Department, and up to 5 seasonal part-time staff. The Parks Department manages the city baseball fields, Island Park campground, cemeteries, tennis courts, football field, 3 playground areas, 4 sand volleyball courts, 6 soccer fields, and 4 softball fields.
Q. How did you personally get involved?

A. I have always liked the Adel and Central Iowa area, so I was very attracted to the position when it became available.

Q. How did the floods affect Park and Recreation?

A. The floods were not nice to Adel's Park and Recreation areas. Island Park and Kinnick-Feller Park were hit the hardest. The camping season at Island Park was more than cut in half; we had campers in April and May, but were shut-down from June through September. Roads and picnic tables washed away, electrical boxes at camping sites ruined, and that's just the beginning. Kinnick-Feller Park lost a lot of trees; softball field fencing was damaged as well as the infields themselves. The pool was shut-down for 2 weeks.

Q. Other than your work with Park and Recreation, how are you involved with the Adel community?

A. I am a member of the Adel Kiwanis Club and Adel Rotary Club. My job also has me working with the school system a lot, and I really enjoy that.

Nick Schenk Adel Iowa Parks and RecreationQ. Does Park and Recreation support or sponsor any charitable events throughout the year?

A. We support many events that happen in our parks; some of these include Penny's Pie-a-Thalon and Paddlefest.

Q. What is your personal history with the community?

A. I am an Iowa native, born and raised in Stanton, which is in South West Iowa. After high school I attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO where I obtained my B.S. in Recreation and Park Management. I have previously worked in Kansas, and most recently in Fort Dodge, both for the city recreation departments. I was hired in September of 2007 and we purchased and moved into our house in Adel in April 2008. We really love living in Adel, and we have made many great friends within the community.

Q. Do you have any upcoming events you'd like our readers to know about?

A. We still have some openings in our swimming lesson classes for this summer! I encourage everyone to come down to the softball fields at Kinnick-Feller Park on Thursday evenings this summer to watch Adult Coed Slow-Pitch Softball. It is a good time!

Q. Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

A. I encourage all Adel residents to get out into Adel's parks and facilities. We have added many great features in our parks, and our recreation programs are continuing to grow! We are always looking to add more facilities and recreation programs; so if you have any suggestions please contact me at (515) 993-4525 or at
Steve Conard of Compass Financial

Compass Financial logo

Compass Financial Services
will celebrate its 5-year anniversary in Adel this August. The firm was established by owner Kurt Pearson in West Des Moines in 1997.

Steve Conard Adel IowaCertified Financial Planner Steve Conard opened the Adel office in 2004 to continue serving relationships he had built in the area while at a previous employer. He conducts his business face-to-face with every client, stating, "You need to look into a person's eyes to fully understand their needs".  

In January 2008 Compass Financial Services and Short & Company CPA, PLC formed a business alliance known as the Dallas County Financial Center.  Earlier this year, the Hudson, Mallaney, and Schindler law firm joined the alliance, bringing together in one location, the talents and expertise to offer coordinated advice to their clients.

Steve's passion for finance began in high school and developed further while in college at the University of Minnesota.  "In those days, investment houses wouldn't hire fresh college grads," explains Steve.  So he went to work instead for Norwest Financial, where he spent the next 17 years climbing the ranks of middle management and telling himself that "if I had it to do all over again, I'd be a Financial Planner".  After the merger of Norwest and Wells Fargo in 2000, Steve made the transition to his new career.  

After earning his NASD (now FINRA) Series 7 and 63 licenses, Steve went to work in the Adel office of Edward Jones Investments in July 2001, building a loyal client base that followed him when he left Edward Jones to become an independent advisor affiliated with Compass Financial.

Upon moving to Compass Financial, Steve immediately set out to gain the credentials that, in his opinion, would set him apart from the many pretenders who call themselves financial planners.  He started with the Series 66 Investment Advisors license, then went on to earn the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2006. The CFP designation is widely regarded as the premier designation for financial planning professionals.

According to Steve, financial planning is misunderstood by the public.  "People tend to confuse planning with investing, which is really more of an implementation issue.  The financial planning process is all about determining the most efficient use of one's resources to get them where they want to go.  It's not about products."

Steve's personal outlook on the markets is pessimistic and he is not shy in saying so. "I'm pessimistic, but I hope I'm wrong. I believe we are in the middle innings of a long bear market. We have a detailed strategy for navigating this type of market, which centers on maximizing the income generating potential of our clients' assets regardless of the direction the market is going in."   

One of the great aspects of Compass Financial Services is their connection with their clients. The company's web site includes sections called "Client Corner" and "Library."  Client Corner is a collection of stories and events the Compass staff learns about through their interaction with clients. The Library consists of books the Compass Financial staff read as a group, along with other selections recommended by clients.  The staff is currently reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

Steve is very active in the community. He is a past President of the Adel Rotary Club and holds various leadership positions in the group. He is also the current Board President of Homecare Services. The Adel-based social services agency's mission is to provide services to the elderly of Dallas County that enable them to live as independently as possible.  "Homecare Services is currently in the organizational stage of a new capital campaign. We are rebuilding the operating reserves that have been depleted due to rising costs and lowered funding.  We have been here 40 years and we want to be here 40 more!"  Steve has worked with the organization for 6 years.

For more information about Steve Conard, Compass Financial Services, and the Dallas County Financial Center, please contact 515-993-1887 or visit

Compass Financial Services is a Registered Investment Advisor with offices in West Des Moines and Adel.  Securities offered through LPL Financial Services, member FINRA/SIPC.
Iowa 4-H to Raffle 2009 Toyota Corolla

4H RaffleThe Iowa 4-H Foundation is partnering with Wilson Toyota of Ames to give away "Clover," a 2009 Toyota Corolla during the Second Annual Iowa 4-H Vehicle Raffle! The car will be on display and raffle tickets will be available at the Dallas County Fair on Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  After this event, tickets will be sold at other county fairs, the Iowa State Fair and events throughout the state until October 8.  The drawing will be held Friday, October 9, the last day of National 4-H Week.
"We will be traveling around the state visiting counties and selling tickets to raise money and awareness for Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development programs," said Silas Pippitt, an ISU student intern working with the 4-H Foundation. He and fellow intern Maddi Sieck are Clover Corolla's official escorts and will be reporting on their progress on their blog, and on
Tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket, 5 tickets for $20 and 30 for $100. Tickets can be purchased from the Dallas Extension county office and other Extension offices across the state as well as at events where the car will be displayed.
ABOUT THE IOWA 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM -- 4-H is the nation's largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One quarter of Iowa's young people are involved in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at or visit
Linda S. Nelson
ISU Extension-Dallas County
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, IA 50003-4406
515-993-4281- Fax and Phone
Around Town

Welcome to Adel! Please join us in welcoming Cheryl Garland and Integrative Counseling Solutions to the community! They will be moving into the old Cool Beans space on Nile Kinnick Dr South in late July. Watch for more information to be available soon!

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Adel Partners Chamber of CommerceThe Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce has a new website! Check it out at their new address: Let them know what you think of the new site.

The site was developed by G.Rafics Inc. in conjunction with the Chamber Marketing Committee.

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Adel HealthmartThe  Adel Health Mart Celebrated their first year in Adel this week. Be sure to stop in and congratulate them!

To Contact: (515) 993-3644 or email:
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John Standley Interview on Ticket Out Movie, Adel IA
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Recipe of the Month
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Max's Birthday

My daughter made this for me for Father's Day. It's my nephew Max's birthday "cake"- he's not a big fan of regular cake and prefers my Mother's baked rolls to sweets. But cheesecake is
a different animal
all it's own!

This Chocolate Peanut
Butter Cheesecake is the one he chooses as his birthday treat, and I think after you try it, you'll see why.

1 Store Bought Brownie Mix + Listed Ingredients on Box
3 pkg Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 c Peanut Butter
3 Eggs

1 c Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

1 c Peanut Butter Chips

1 c Mini Chocolate Chips

1. Prepare brownie mix as directed on box, baked in a 9" spring form pan for 30 minutes at 350F
2. Mix cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla.

3. Add eggs, one at a time. Fold in mini chocolate chips.

4. Pour ½ of batter onto top of still warm brownie crust, top with 1 c peanut butter chips, then top with remaining cheesecake batter.

5. Turn oven down to 300F and bake for an additional 50 minutes or until set.

6. Cool.

Serves 8, or one Max.

Fourth of July
Flag Day Adel IA

When I was a kid, corn was required to be knee-high by the Fourth. Mini flags were waved by hand, larger flags waved on every house. Watermelons floated in metal troughs filled with ice. Bottle rockets zipped across the street and firecrackers rat-a-tatted in the alley.

There was the Parade down Main Street; sitting on my Dad's shoulders for a better view, then scrambling to get down to gather the candy. Fire trucks, bands, cars, and clowns all passed by while the crowd laughed and cheered.

Then the crowd would go quiet. Hats were removed, hearts were covered. My hand was placed over my heart by my Grandfather, then he would stand at attention while the American Legion passed carrying the Flag. In that moment I realized that the Fourth of July had meaning beyond the festivities.

Please take a moment this weekend to remember those who have served and given of their freedom so that we may have ours.

Have a Great Fourth!
Adel Events in July
Public Drum Circle
 July 3rd Brick Street
Rhythm Endeavor
An evening with instruments and instruction set aside just for people like you...
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BRA Ride July 5th
Bike Ride to Adel
The entire courthouse block in downtown Adel will be dedicated to a supreme cycling destination. Two bands, food, and drink...
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Dallas County Fair
July 9th - 12th
Bring the family and have fun at this year's Dallas County Fair...
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Paddlefest in Adel
 July 11th
In beautiful Kinnick-Feller Park on the Raccoon River above the Adel dam where the river is calm...
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New events added weekly, be sure to checkout's Calendar for more.
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