Vol. 33 July 2011
Dear Friend,

The 4th of July is always exciting. Family, burgers, brats, and fireworks. This year, Dallas Inc. will have an Independence Day celebration on the 1st. Grilled food, games and fireworks! Stop out after enjoying the great sounds of Hot Tamale and the Red Hots at the Penoach Vineyards.

But don't forget to take a moment on the 4th to thank those that made this day possible.

This month we have an interview with Mayor, Jim Peters. We also had the pleasure to talk with Scott Burke from Prairie Wind Arts, as well as the latest events from Around Town, news and events from the Adel Public Library, a Recipe from Home, and more!

Have a great July, we're looking forward to seeing you in Adel this month!



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In This Issue
Jim Peters - Mayor of Adel
Penoach Vineyards - July Concert Series
Scott Burke - Prairie Wind Arts
Dallas Inc. - Independence Day Celebration
Jim Peters - Mayor of Adel
Jim Peters - Mayor of Adel, IowaA significant part of any community is it's leadership. For over twenty years, Jim Peters has served Adel as councilman and Mayor.

We got a chance to visit with him and hear about his love for the community and his drive to remember ADM Alumni who gave their all.

With his trademark salt and pepper ponytail, suit and bow tie, he fits the image of a Mayor who has the community's best interest at heart.  Jim is quick to give an ear as he listens attentively to every side of an issue.

Jim is the third member of his family to have the name James Peters, his grandfather, also named James, was the mayor of Perry.

As a child, his parents moved to Adel to run a local drive-in. His first friend upon moving to Adel was Van Harden, who lived across the street.

It's a friendship that continues to this day. Jim presented the honorary "Keys to the City" to Van at Van's 59th birthday party as Van broadcast his "Van & Bonnie Show" from the ADM High School.

During school one of his mentors, coach Stan Norenberg, inspired Jim to give his all.

Upon graduation in the seventies, Jim enlisted in the Navy during the Viet Nam conflict. He lived in L.A. with relatives while he was stationed there. It was an opportunity to see life in many different parts of the world.

After the Navy, he worked in Chicago where he met his wife Pam. In the early 80's they moved with Grant their son, back to Adel. Pam had fallen in love with the community as much as Jim had.

His interest in community affairs prompted him to take a seat on the City Council. A few years later he was elected Mayor. If you've ever attended a council meeting, you're aware that emotions can run high as issues are discussed.

One of his first duties as Mayor was to institute rules of conduct during the meeting. This code has served him well as he listens to each side of an issue. Sometimes tough decisions are made, but he still follows up with both sides.

Jim works days at Wells Fargo, a job that brings him back to Adel several times a week. He's also a founding member of the ADM Alumni Association where he serves as Treasurer.

As a self appointed advocate of Adel, Jim still remembers every house he lived in and every one of his class mates. Ask him about former alumni accomplishments and you'll need to pull up a chair.

In August Jim can be found presenting awards to the ADM Alumni Inductees. The next day you'll find him at the Annual Sweet Corn Festival and the Alumni Golf tournament.

The annual "All Class Reunion" is one of those events he looks forward to all year so that he can reconnect with fellow classmates.

Jim Peters - Mayor of Adel, Iowa

Jim Peter with the KIA Memorial at the Adel High School.

Having served during Viet Nam, Jim felt a duty to honor those ADM alumni that gave their all during that conflict. When he presented the idea, it naturally developed into also remembering those who had been Killed in Action during World War II and the Korean Conflict.

During his research he visited the families of the eight men who had fallen while serving. He assembled photos, clippings and family information into a KIA memorial to honor them.

Each soldier has a large 2' x 3' display. That memorial is located in the front lobby of the ADM High School. A special service was held to honor Adel's heroes. The service brought former servicemen who traveled from across the nation to Adel to honor those they had served with.

He considers it one of his greatest honors to remember those young men.
 APenoach Vineyards - July Concert Series
Penoach Winery - Adel Iowa
Hot Tamale & The Red HotsCome out to Adel's Penoach Vineyard July 1st, for a great night of music by Hot Tamale and the Red Hots in a Sunset in the Vineyard concert.

The band plays from 7:00 pm. - 10 p.m.
Brick Street BBQ will be serving food.

Come back on July 22nd, for a great night of music by The Melodie Proffitt Band .

The band plays 7:00 pm. - 10 p.m.
Villa Catering
will be serving food.

It's a great chance to hear the band play an eclectic mix of blues, rock, reggae, funk, and some of the newer stuff on the charts!

Bring a lawn chair and a friend and get ready to enjoy some great music, wine and food at the winery.

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Scott Burke - Prairie Wind Arts - Updated
Prairie Wind Arts, Adel Iowa

Prairie Wind Arts - Adel, Iowa

Wander down 9th Street during the day and you might miss the Prairie Wind Arts Studio.

Located next to the Legion hall, the front window sports a large yellow buffalo.

The windows are full of carved wood art that change daily.

During the day the shop is closed, but come back at 7:30 in the evenings or on the weekends and you'll see lights on and movement as a lone craftsman creates the art that lines the window sills.

Upon entering his shop you'll be greeted with a huge smile and a handshake by Scott Burke. The shop is packed full of carving tools, wood, and a small table with a coffee pot and a coffee kitty. A well used cribbage board sits off to the side inviting one to play.

Many nights you'll see folks sitting at the table as Scott expertly shapes random wood into amazing pieces of art. Each item has it's own spirit that Scott believes is transferred while he carves.

Scott followed an interesting trail to Adel. He grew up in Fort Dodge and spent time with Lakota and Sioux natives that influenced his view on life.

After graduating, he attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska. It was there that he met his wife. The young coulee moved to the Bronx in New York where his wife taught.

They moved back to Iowa where Scott graduated from Buena Vista University with a teaching degree. Scott has taught in Fargo, in Lake Wales, FL, and then in Des Moines.

Through the many moves his family grew to three children, two of which are in college and the youngest in 7th grade. They now make their home in Waukee, but are looking to move to Adel in the near future.

Scott was traveling through Adel one day and fell in love with the community. He found the 9th street location and it has proven to be an ideal location for his studio.

For the last 12 years he has been working at Lutheran Hospital during the day and Prairie Wind Arts in the evenings.

He learned to carve at an early age. The influence of his friends fostered a love for nature. He finds peace and contentment through carving. His art is a way to honor his spiritual beliefs. As each piece takes shape within his hands a story is formed. That story is included on a sheet of paper with each piece he sells.

Scott is a member of the Mid Iowa Woodcarvers and Des Moines Woodworkers.

Prairie Wind ArtsWhile we visited he worked on a porcupine hair roach, or "porky roach"as he referred to it.

Each porky roach is painstakingly make from porcupine hair and deer hair. The hair is then colored with dyes. The rows of porcupine and deer hair are attached to a wool cord base, that is used by Native Americans in traditional dance ceremonies.

It is a disappearing art form that he was taught by one of the best.

Although we call it art, there is no word for art in the Lakota language as each item has function in the physical and spiritual world.

Teaching is still in his heart as he sells carving tools and teaches carving. One wall of his shop is full of wood that he acquires through gifts and by scrounging through stock piles.

He has two sheds of wood that he draws from for his projects. From walking sticks, to wolves and buffalo, each piece attains it's own life.

Scot's work starts at $20.00 and up. If you're looking for a unique gift with a great story, this is the shop to stop at.

As we talked, a visitor stopped by to have a cup of coffee and join in the conversation. Scott welcomes all visits and always has a spare chair to offer.

Take a stroll one evening and stop in and say hello, you'll enjoy the conversation.

Prairie Wind Arts
119 1/2 N. 9th St.
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 494-8639
Brick Street BBQ At Adel's Farmer's Market
Brick Street BBQ - Adel, Iowa

When you stop out to enjoy the music at Penoach, Friday night, July 1st. be sure to try the great taste of Brick Street Barbecue.

Once you get hooked on Merle's Southern Style Barbecue, you'll want more!

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.

Brick Street BBQ can be found all summer long at the Farmer's market at Harvey's Greenhouse and July 4th at the Windsor Heights celebration!

Don't forget that Merle does catering and pickup also.

Stop by, have a sandwich and say hello to Merle. While you're there, place an order to pick up even more BBQ!

Brick Street Barbecue
29048 Prospect Ave 
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
Email:  Email Merle Here
Website: www.BrickSt
BDallas Inc. - Independence Day Celebration
Dallas Inc. - Adel Iowa
Dallas Inc. at 25747 N Avenue, in Adel would like to invite family and friends of Dallas County to come out and Celebrate Independence Day with them.

On Friday July 1st they will be celebrating our independence with some volleyball, badminton and hillbilly golf from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. along with some lemonade and popcorn.

The fireworks display will be from 9:00 p.m. to around 10:00 p.m.

Come on out to Dallas Inc. and join in!

Dallas Inc.
25747 N Avenue
Adel, IA 50003-4420
Phone: (515) 993-4721
BDiscoverAdel's Newest Addition
Newest Staff MemberDiscoverAdel welcomed it's newest staff member, Jackson Lee Brocka on June 19th.

He weighs in at 7lbs. 8.10 ounces. 19.5 inches long.

He has a good set of lungs and he's a bit of a night owl.

Both he and his mother are doing well.

We expect to see great things from him in the future.

Around Town

Adel Farmer's MarketAdel Farmers Market Every Tuesday

Stop by and find locally grown produce, entertainment, crafts, baked goods, organic produce, farm fresh eggs, and more.  Continue reading...  

Adel Parks & RecAdel Park and Rec. Events for July 2011 

July is a another busy month in Adel for sports and recreation. Here is the official listing of the Adel Parks and Recreation events for June, 2011.  Continue reading...

ADM Alumni GolfADM Alumni Golf Tournament and Annual Events

The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Alumni Association invites you to join us Friday, August 12, 2011. The 9th Annual ADM Alumni Golf Tournament. Continue reading...

Pies Bread & Beyond - Adel IowaPies Bread & Beyond

Would you like to have homemade Apple pie and buns for the 4th, but don't want to heat up the kitchen or have the time?
Local Baker, Elaine Nederhoff creates  Continue reading...

Free Kids Closet - Adel, IowaFree Kids Clothes Closet

Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11am. Find clothes for infants to high schoolers in a large selection that  Continue reading...

Adel Quitling and Dry Goods Adel IA 1Rug Crochet Class with Adel Quilting

Instructor Julia Swallow will hold the class at the Adel Public Library on Saturday, July 16th from 1pm to 3pm. This is a great way to create beauty from scraps of fabric Continue reading...

Dallas County Food Preparation 101 - Adel, IowaDallas County Extension - Food Preservation 101

The Dallas County Extension Office is offering a Food Preservation 101 class at the Adel Public Library. July 12 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This class is for those who  Continue reading...
Golf - AdelSummer Golf Clinics at River Valley Golf Course

Join PGA Golf Professional Josh Barnes as he holds a summer series of clinics at the River Valley Golf Course. Each clinic will cover a different topic. Sign up for one or  Continue reading...
Dallas County Fair - Adel, IowaDallas County Fair - July 13th to 17th

The Dallas County Fair begins on Thursday, July 13 and runs through Sunday, July 17. New this year - free admission to the fair! 4-H events and activities at the  Continue reading...
There are even more events and activities on the DiscoverAdel Calendar.

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Summer is a great time of year with so much to do! 
The library is no exception and we have so much going on this July. 

Our summer reading program continues through the end of the month with many programs to keep your family busy. 

During summer it is important that children keep up on their reading skills. 

When children don't read throughout the summer, they often lose the critical reading skills they gained throughout the school year.

The summer reading program is a great way to encourage children to keep reading.

We have a variety of fun prizes for all age levels and the program is entirely free. Sign-up today.

Upcoming Events:

July 11th - July 15th Harry Potter Movie Marathon

We will be showing the first 7 Harry Potter Movies at the library throughout the week.

The movies are free and popcorn will be provided.  For movie times please contact the library at 993-3512 or email .

July 11th: Teddy Bear Sleepover - 6:00pm
Join us for a special night-time story time where teddy bears will be able to spend the night afterwards. 

The next morning kids can pick up their bears to see what happens when teddy bears spend the night at the library! (Families)

July 27th: Blank Park Zoo Visit - 1:30pm
As the summer reading program concludes, the zoo will bring several animals to the library to show and tell. (Everyone)

July 13th & July 18th: Preschool Storytime - 10:30am
Children will play games, listen to stories, sing songs and make crafts. (Ages 3-5)

June 5th - July 19th: Toddler Time - 10:30am
Join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, play games and make crafts. (Ages 18 months - 3)

July 7th - July 21st: Music Time - 10:30am
Join us for singing, dancing, and action songs. (Ages baby - 5)

July 6th - July 20th: School Age Drop in Craft - 10:30am - 11:30am
Stop in between 10:30 -11:30 to make a craft. (Ages 5-12)

July 6th - July 20th: School Age Adventurer Club - 2:00pm
Every Wednesday we will have a different program for kids to do including special quests, games and movies. Check the calendar to see what is happening next. (Ages 5-12)

July 18th: Teen Time - 2:00pm
Easy cooking for teens.  (students must have completed 6th grade)

Check the calendar to see what else is happening. 

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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Lemonade Desserts

When I was a kid I lived next to my cousins.

Summers seemed hotter then, of course no one had A.C. but we seemed to manage.

We'd spend the summer on the swing set that sat between our two houses and in the sandbox my uncle built.

We'd pull switches off the willow tree and pretend that we were Tarzan by swinging on them.

In the evenings we'd catch fireflies and play hide and seek.

But the best part of summer was the desserts. Cold icy treats that made the heat bearable.

The recent heat wave has made me reminiscent of those days.

I emailed my cousin for one of those recipes.

This one tastes just like summer! 


½ c powdered sugar
½ c melted butter
2 sleeves Ritz crackers, crushed.

12 oz cool whip
1 can sweetened condensed milk
6 oz frozen lemonade concentrate

Mix sugar, butter, and Crackers together. Spread on bottom of 9x13 pan, reserve a little for topping

Combine cool whip, milk, and lemonade. Mix well and spread over crust.

Serves 8.

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