"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter

Vol. 81 July 2015 
Dear Friend of Adel,

Wow! It's another busy month in Adel, so I'll keep this intro short, just a few highlights. We had the pleasure of visiting with Celia McCollum of the Adel Food Pantry and the great work that they do. We also have a follow up on Michelle Roling's trip to D.C.  Since July is about fireworks on the 4th, we'd be remiss to not mention that our sister city of Minburn has a great 2 day schedule of events.

And, then there's Terry... I know, I know, I give Terry a hard time about the adventure stories. But when it comes to reviews Terry is always professional. it's almost like there is more than one Terry (shudder). This month is a great review of Daebra at Fuller Massage.

If you're missing Terry's adventures, never fear, we publish one a week every Sunday on the website, and over the weekend of the 4th, we'll have one each day as our staff takies time to be with their families.

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
Celia McCollum - Adel Food Pantry.
LSB Insurance Offers Data Breach Protection
John D. Gomke Charity Golf Classic June 13th
Brick Street Barbecue Time
ISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
June Sunset in the Vineyard Concerts
July Sunset in the Vineyard Concerts
River Valley Golf Course Junior Clinics
Outdoor Quilt Show and Sale June 20th
Panther Creek Church Annual Ice Cream Social
Adel HealthMart
Around Town - Upcoming Events
Adel Public Library
Terry Traveller -...Reviews Fuller Massage
Two Day 4th of July Celebration in Minburn
Alumni 2015 Class Reunion News
A Thank You to...Chief McNeil
B Celia McCollum - Adel Food Pantry
Adel Food Pantry
Adel Food Pantry
Celia McCollum - Adel Food Pantry

This month we share an interview with Celia McCollum, Manager of the Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry, serving the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn school district and Van Meter.


Celia has lived in Adel for the past 45 years. She started working with the Food Pantry during her tenure with Adel Home Services.  


Three years ago, Celia became the Client Intake volunteer whose responsibility was to meet and greet clients while gathering the family size, names, ages, and address.  


About 9 months ago Celia became Manager, assisting the Pantry for 40 hours per month answering questions, ordering food, stocking shelves and handling the administrative aspects for the greater good of the Pantry.


In addition to Celia, the Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry has 5 regular volunteers: Maureen Rohret, Roland Joyner, Gordon and Sara Plunkett, and Bonnie Conover serving 85 families, or 175 people, per month. These volunteers work two weeks a month marking each donation with the Best If Used By date and help clients shop for groceries. Bonnie is now responsible for Client Intake. They also secure additional volunteers if needed.


The Food Pantry is open 8 days a month on Monday and Wednesdays from noon-2pm. There are 8 local churches that take one day per month to volunteer.


Adel Food Pantry Adel's is a choice pantry meaning that clients may choose which items they take home. Previously, the pantry pre-bagged food based on family size.  


Now, clients walk the shelves like a grocery store, selecting a specific number of items to last the family for about a week.  


Clients have responded well to the change as shown with more smiles, greater interaction, and their heads held high.  


The Pantry is used for supplemental nutrition and each family leaves with a cart full of groceries.  


The Pantry is proud to serve anyone from the designated area if they walk through the doors.


While many people know the Food Pantry is donation based, you may be surprised to learn that they also purchase food from the Food Bank of Iowa and Adel Fareway. Celia is able to buy food by the case at just $0.14 a pound.  


Along with regular staples like peanut butter, eggs, and bread, the items available each month vary based on corporate donations, such as the large donations made by Barilla Pasta based in Ames.


Adel Food Pantry
New Freezer Purchased with Walmart Grant Money

About once a month Celia selects items from the available stock and 2 volunteers head into Des Moines for the pick up.  


While there, the volunteers are able to select additional items for free such as produce, frozen meat, prepared birthday cakes, cupcakes, pies and more.  


Last month Celia was able to purchase 1100 pounds of food; when the volunteers returned, they had picked up an additional 1200 pounds for free to share with their clients!  


Bonus items like desserts are fun treats that the Pantry is excited to share when available.


The items at the Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry are typically shelf stable, though Celia is excited to share the donation of ground beef donated recently by an Adel family.  


In addition to the one-week supply of food items each family is afforded, the pantry has a selection of condiments and personal care items such as laundry soap, tooth paste, dish soap, shampoo, condition, and toilet paper that clients may select if they choose. Items that are past the Best If Used By Date or otherwise considered an oddity, are also available options.


Adel Food Pantry  

The Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry is funded entirely by donations of money and food. In addition to large donations made during Food Drives conducted by local groups, the Pantry has regular donations made by "Angels" who enjoy giving on a regular basis.  


Celia has one couple that is proud to purchase personal care items whenever needed. Another Angel is an Adel business that has laid out a monthly plan to donate specific items each month donated by employees.  


Some families have recently taken to asking birthday party guests to bring Food Pantry donations in lieu of gifts for their children. Then, the kids bring the goods to the pantry and get to partake in stocking the selves and being part of this great service.


Adel Food Pantry Recently, the Food Pantry received a $20,000 grant from Wal-Mart to be used for infrastructure improvements. Celia and her team have been able to purchase conveyor rollers to help get donations into the Pantry, 3 computers, and utility carts.  


With the remaining balance they have given back to the Methodist Church that has graciously housed the Pantry for the past 6 years.  


They purchased a railing for the entry way and plan to buy a new awning to cover the main entrance used by their clients.  


It is important to note that the Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry is a separate organization housed within the Methodist Church and supported by the community.


Thanks to the infrastructure grant, a new service the Pantry is proud to offer is transportation. In association with the HIRTA bus, clients may receive a voucher to get a ride to and from the Pantry.  


Homebound clients may select a representative to select and pick up their groceries. For working clients that cannot make it to the Pantry during the noon-2 pm hours, after hour pick-ups make be scheduled. Please keep in mind that the Pantry is volunteer based and not all accommodations can be met, though they will do what they can.


Adel Food Pantry Parents in the ADM and Van Meter School district that find they could use some help providing meals and snacks for their children this summer are in luck.  


The Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Adel has begun a new program which will provide families with a bag of 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 14 snacks per child once a week.   


The program will be available Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00pm, July 1st through August 12th. View Flyer 


If you are a working person who has been unable to use the food pantry during regular daytime hours you may visit during this time as well!


Sign up for programs offered by the Food Pantry by simply bring a photo ID and piece of mail with your name and current address with you to your first visit. Working people who have been unable to use the food pantry during regular daytime hours may visit Wednesday evenings as well; please bring your most recent pay stub along with your identification and address verification.


Celia and her team are overjoyed by the continued support of the community and welcome every donation. As Celia says, "hunger knows no season."  


For those who wish to join the effort, donations are taken all year long and a list is available online at which is a great basis for making selections. You can also make credit card donations on the website.  


Donations may be dropped off at the Adel Fareway, or you may contact Celia at (515) 423-0753.


Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry
115 S. 10th Street
Use steps on West side of the Methodist Church under the awning

Adel, IA 50003

Phone: (515) 423-0753

Facebook: Good-Samaritan-Food-Pantry-Serving-ADM-School-District-Van-Meter 

LSB Insurance Offers Data Breach Protection
LSB Insurance - Adel Iowa
Cyber Crime Is Your Business at Risk?

With nearly every business collecting personal data from customers, the threat of a data breach is high, and could be devastating.

Data Compromise and Cyber Security coverage is available for most businesses.

Talk to Josh or Lori at LSB Insurance in Adel to learn how to protect your business today.


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LSB Insurance
805 Main St # 3
Office: 515-993-5663

Lori Brocka - AVP LSB Insurance Account Manager
Joshua Heisterkamp - AVP LSB Insurance Agent

"Protection You Can Bank On"
B"Discover the Possibilities" Event July 14th

Mosaic in Des Moines  Mosaic, a non-profit that serves adults with intellectual disabilities, is hosting a free, one hour "Discover the Possibilities" presentation on Tuesday, July 14th from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Raccoon Valley Community House.

Real stories of people served by Mosaic will be told in order to spread awareness about the organization's work in the community.

Free desserts and refreshments will be provided.

RSVPs are requested to 515-868-0623 or All ages are welcome!

Mosaic in Des Moines
11141 Aurora Ave., Bldg. 3
Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone: 515.246.1840

BBrick Street Barbecue Time
Brick Street Barbecue Adel Iowa With Summer 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
BISU Extension and Outreach News & Events
ISU Extension Dallas County Iowa
Dallas County 4-H Fair Dallas County Fair Time!

It's a theme varying musical artists like Lonestar, Bruce Springsteen and even the Beach Boys can agree on-the county fair.

It's been sung as a "good ol' time" with neighbors, friends, family and even a sweetheart. Don't miss out on the 2015 Dallas County Fair on July 8-12.

Plus, there's free admission thanks to local sponsors.

Throughout the week, there will be 4-H animal shows galore, but don't forget to check out the static, non-animal exhibits in the Community Building.

ISU Ext Outreach Dallas County Although 4-H is often known as being livestock and ag-related, there are many projects these youth envision and create.

Walking through the projects is like being in a virtual DIY Pinterest board. Static exhibits are judged based on the written and verbal presentation of the project and lessons learned throughout the process.

Check out the projects with purple ribbons -these will go on to be judged at the Iowa State Fair.

ISU Ext Outreach Dallas County
"Youth showing both livestock and static projects put in a tremendous amount of work to get ready for the fair," said Caitlyn Ryan, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach marketing coordinator. "If nothing else, I would encourage Dallas County residents to get out to the fair to acknowledge and appreciate the effort of our local youth."

Wednesday at 6 p.m. the carnival will officially open, static exhibits will be available for viewing, the 4-H Silent Auction will begin and the 2015 Dallas County Fair Queen will be crowned.

Thursday will have an array of events and activities for youth to enjoy including an Insect Zoo, Conservation Station from Iowa State University plus a special visit from Cy the ISU mascot during Clover Kids Day from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday is a can't miss with the 4-H Clover Kids (K-3 grade) bucket and bottle calf and lamb shows and "mutton bustin'" where kids hang on as long as they can to a big wooly sheep that takes off running.

Saturday will be full of "cute" with the 4-H and Clover Kid 4-H Pet Show. Come see who will win "best trick" or the "slowest pet."

"I was literally cracking up watching the pet shows last year," recalled Caitlyn. "Especially the 4-H Clover Kids who are pretty unpredictable with their answers to questions asked by judges. You can't beat their candidness."

ISU Ext Outreach Dallas County
There will also be a kid's pedal-tractor pull, baby contest, cat show plus a mud volleyball and cribbage tournament, both open to the public.

On Sunday the fair will close out with RC car races, the 4-H dog show, cloggers, the Bill Riley Talent Show, bags tournament and livestock auction.

County fair evenings will come alive with live music, bull and barrel racing, stunt bike exhibitions, circle track races and a tractor-truck pickup pull. For a full schedule of events visit

ISU Ext Outreach Dallas County Support the local Dallas County 4-H Youth Development Program by participating in the Silent Auction in the Community Building, purchasing good eats from the 4-H Food Stand-they sell the best tenderloin on the fairgrounds-and liking Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Facebook for a chance to win prizes during the fair.

For more information on ISU Extension and Outreach's 4-H program in Dallas County contact County Youth Coordinator, Aleta Cochran at (515) 993-4281 or

ISU Extension and Outreach - Dallas County Iowa ISU Ext. in Dallas County Seeks Extension Educator

The Extension Educator will provide educational programming within value-added agriculture including small farms, small acreages and natural resources.

The Extension Educator will also conduct research-based STEM education.

Download and review the full Extension Educator job descriptionDallas .

To apply, please submit the following items:
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. Completed Application

These items should then be sent to Anne Feltner:
***At least one application item should be submitted via email.

Mailing address:
Dallas County Extension * 28059 Fairground Rd. * Adel, IA 50003

To be guaranteed consideration, apply by Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m. Position will remain open until filled. For question about this position, contact Craig Hertel, Regional Director:
EEO/AA Employer June 10, 2015


Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
BAdel Residents Heard at FDA's CF Drug Hearing
Team Hall
Michelle Roling and Alex Hall
A follow up on the presentation Michelle Roling and her son, Alex made to address the FDA about a possible new drug in the fight of Cystic Fibrosis. -  Editor

Guest Writer: Michelle Roling

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Alex Hall (19 year old Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Patient) and myself, his mom, had an amazing opportunity to speak at the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee (PADAC) in a Washington, DC suburb.

The committee public forum meeting was scheduled to discuss a miracle medication "orkambi" and for the committee to make a formal recommendation regarding whether to approve Orkambi for use in the United States for CF patients 12 and older who have a specific genetic code (Double Delta F 508).

The FDA is not bound by the committee's recommendation but often follows its advice.

If approved, ORKAMBI will be the first and only medicine to treat the underlying cause of CF for eligible people with CF ages 12 and older with two copies of the F508del mutation in the CFTR gene. People with two copies of the F508del mutation represent the largest group of people with CF. There are approximately 8,500 people ages 12 and older with two copies of the F508del mutation in the U.S. Alex and his younger brother Shade Hall (16) have this genotype!

Alex and I submitted our application to present at the hearing as soon as the hearing date was announced in April. I have been advocating for awareness, scientific breakthrough and advanced diagnosis of cystic fibrosis for all of Alex's 19 years. I sat on the State of Iowa Health Board subcommittee for 3 years and worked to get all babies in the state of Iowa tested for CF at birth. CF newborn screening was implemented in 2007 and is one of the multiple tests conducted off the blood spot foot test! When Alex was 3, he was one of the first CF patients in Iowa to get a respiratory therapy vest approved through insurance. Our fight with the insurance company opened doors for other patients to have access to the equipment... I knew in my heart I was "supposed" to be in that hearing room while a historic decision was made, one which could change my boy's lives in countless ways. I also knew there was no fiancial way to get there. A friend suggested I put together a "go fund me site". I took their advice and Alex and I are so humbled by the support which got us to the east coast!

There were two rounds of the application process prior to getting notification we were given speaking privileges on the floor. 17 advocate slots were assigned- each of us being allowed 4 minutes to speak regarding the reality of living with this devastating illness! 5 CF patients who were involved in the clinical trials of Orkambi and still being allowed to take the medication while they wait for approval; 3 CF patients who were not in the trial. 3 parents of people with CF who spoke alone; 6 CF specialists. Alex represented the CF community so well. What an honor to be 1 of 8 of the 8,500 CF patients in the country given a voice!

The morning started with the pharmaceutical company presenting their data regarding the benefits of Orkami, the 13 member committee asked many questions. Then the FDA statisticians presented their interpretation of the data and the committee asked many questions. During this full discussion, the committee was caught on two details/questions-What does a 3-8% increase in lung function mean regarding quality of life? Is that minimal improvement worth any unknown long term side effects? The debate filled our hearts with fear and we sent out texts stating we didn't think it was going to pass, yet sent up prayers to help guide our words to gain approval!

At the lunch break, we pulled out our well rehearsed speech, considered the areas the committee was struggling with and we scrapped a large section of the presentation and rewrote things to help the committee HEAR our answer- simply freezing lung destruction would be a miracle! Improving lung function 4-8% is unimaginable for us! The truly amazing thing is that the medication builds on itself and the improvement continues over time! Those involved in the studies have incredible stories of how their lives have done 180% turn arounds- people coming off the transplant list; CF patients running- really running ½ marathons! Decreased hospitalizations by 60%!!!

Orkambi is the first medication to treat the UNDERLYING cellular issue instead of treating a side effect of the CF. It is being likened to when insulin was first availble for diabetics.

As we presented and as we listened to the other advocates present, the energy in the huge ballroom began to change. We could "feel" the change in the room. We were elated beyond words when the voting revealed a 12 yes to move it forward with only 1 no vote!

Here are some clips from reporters attending the hearing:

The Boston Business Journal Writer: While no one expected recommendation to be a slam-dunk (and the full FDA has yet to officially approve the drug), the line of questioning regarding the practical value of the 3 percentage-point improvement in lung function after six months struck me as odd, considering that there are no other drugs that slow or stop the underlying cause of the disease. Those 3 percentage points don't sound like much, but for a disease which gets progressively worse over years and decades, that slight improvement could conceivably be multiplied many times over in the course of a patient's lifetime.

But it wasn't specifically that argument which seems to have won 12 of the 13 panel members over on Tuesday. Rather, it was the 17 patient advocates who spoke passionately in favor of approval, at least according to Leerink Partners analyst Howard Liang, who called it "perhaps the most effective and best organized plea for the need of the drug, the differences it made in some patients and for approval of the drug that we have ever seen at an FDA advisory panel."

There were total 17 patient advocates including patients, parents, and researchers who talked about the life-changing benefit of Orkambi, and it was one of the most powerful and convincing testimonies according to some of the panelists,"

The New York Times: Some family members or advocates, some of them crying, pleaded with the committee to endorse the drug.

Some patients who took the drug in clinical trials said it had made a huge difference in their lives, reducing their coughing, allowing them to exercise better, helping them gain weight or reducing how often they ended up in the hospital.

If the drug is approved, Vertex could still face challenges getting insurers to pay for it, given the somewhat questionable efficacy.

Team Hall Broach
The broach and button that Michelle wore at the hearing. The button shows her sons Alex and Shade Hall.
Orkambi is expected to come at a price between $225,000 to $250,000 a year/ per patient.

The final vote from the FDA will occur before July 5! Our family is hoping to have many, many things to celebrate over the July 4th holiday! We send our thanks to everyone who supported our go fund me campaign financially and with emotional encouragement! We will certainly let you know when the final FDA vote is complete!

Michelle Roling - Sharing is Healing
1412 HyVue Street
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-231-3918
BJuly Sunset in the Vineyard Concerts
Penoach Vineyard Winery Nursery Adel Iowa
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Enjoy July with a trip to Adel's Penoach Vineyard | Winery | Nursery to sample some great wines and to enjoy to some great music.

It's a perfect way to wrap up a week before starting the weekend.

July 10, BackStage Boogie Band. 

7-10 pm   

Adventure BBQ serving food.


July 24,  Brother Trucker.

7-10 pm  

Brick Street BBQ serving food

All concerts are free and kid friendly. 

Food will be available, or bring your own.

Have your Penoach Winearita blended for you to enjoy at the concert.

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Facebook: Penoach-Vineyard-Winery 

BNew Products at Adel Winterset TV & Appliance

Adel Winterset TV & Appliance Stop by and check out the New Products at Adel Winterset TV & Appliance.

Be the coolest dad at the ball park with a new MiniMax Big Green Egg smoker!

Get all the benefits of a Big Green Egg in a small portable size.

It's perfect for tailgating and picnics.

It's a grill, an oven and a smoker all in one.

The other dads will be green with envy!

Adel Winterset TV & Appliance

Adel Winterset TV & Appliance Change the way you do laundry with the pureWash system by EdenPURE.

It uses activated oxygen technology allowing you to clean laundry without the use of detergent, hot water, bleach or fabric softener.

It sanitizes your clothing without the use of any chemicals or dyes ending skin irritations from those products.

The pureWash system leaves your clothes with no scent; perfect for hunters or people who are overly sensitive to perfumes.

Plus, it's better for the environment!

Stop by Adel Winterset TV and Appliance to view our display and speak to one of our knowledgable staff members about the new pureWash system by EdenPURE.

Adel Winterset TV and Appliance
916 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5287

Harvey's - 2015 IMT Improvements Recipient
Harvey Greenhouse Adel Iowa
L-R: Deb Haas - CSB Insurance, Valerie Sutton - Harvey's, Marie Hansen - CSB Insurance
Fresh Produce Stand coming to Harveys

Coming soon, Harvey's Greenhouse in Adel, will be building a roadside produce stand along the side of the highway drive near the road sign.

We will stock it with fresh garden vegetables, fruits, herbs, and eggs as long as they are in season and available.

All produce will be available with a free will offering. It will be open everyday, all day/night.

- Valerie SuttonOwner Harvey's Greenhouse



IMT Press Release

CSB Insurance and The IMT Group awards $500 to Adel Community Garden

lA, June 24, 2015 - CSB Insurance and The IMT Group, a leading provider of personal and commercial insurance products in the Midwest, recently announced its list of 20 Community Contest winners, distinguishing the Adel Community Garden 2015 Improvements as one of the recipients.

Of the more than 130 entries in this year's IMT Community Contest, the Adel Community Garden 2015 Improvements were chosen as one of the 20 $500 winners. This is the 18'h consecutive year that The IMT Group has awarded local communities with a project in need of funding.

The IMT Group, consisting of IMT Insurance and Wadena Insurance, offers insurance products through over 900 Independent Insurance agencies across six states: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The IMT Group is honored to have CSB Insurance represent IMT and Wadena Insurance Companies. The superior performance and enduring commitment of agencies like CSB Insurance enables IMT to continue living up to their slogan, "Be Worry Free with IMT!"

For more information contact: CSB Insurance Attn: Marie Hansen 6175 Merle Hay Road, P.O. Box 527 Johnston, IA 50131

Harvey's Greenhouse
611 Nile Kinnick Dr. S.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3916
Facebook: harveys-greenhouse-and-garden-center/282785477002
BPanther Creek Church Annual Ice Cream Social
Panther Creek Church Adel Iowa The Panther Creek Church of the Brethren annual Ice Cream Social, hosted by the Panther Creek Youth Group, will be held on Sunday, July 26th, from 5-7 p.m.

Beefburgers, chips, brownies, pie, drinks, and - of course - homemade ice cream will be served.

Don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors! A free will offering will be received.

Panther Creek Church of The Brethren
24529 J Ave. * Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-4096
Adel HealthMart Summer Sandals
Adel HealthMart Adel HealthMart has a fun way to enjoy summer while protecting your feet.

With summer around the corner, flip flops are a popular shoe choice. While they might be fun and fashionable, they can cause significant foot pain. Dr. Comfort has a comfortable line of ortho sandals that support the arch. Come see them today!

We are enjoying our new look! Thanks to our understanding customers during construction.

Be sure to "like" us! Facebook!

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
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Brenton Arboretum Friday Fitness Walk July 3rd

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Every Hero has a Story, and at the Adel Public Library our story is that over 650 people have signed up for our summer reading program, which is a lot more than we've ever had sign up before.  


Haven't signed-up? It's not too late! Come join the fun, but remember all reading logs are due by July 21st.   


Each week in July is packed with activities for the whole family.  


We have Storytime on Mondays at 10:30 and Messy Monday Crafts at 2:00, on Tuesdays we have Toddler Time at 10:30 and Wii Games at 11:00, each Wednesday has a special activity at 2:00 pm, and on Thursdays we have Music Time at 10:30 and Wii Games at 11:00.


We'll be showing three Movies on the Big Screen in July, we'll watch "The Incredibles" on Wednesday, July 1st at 2:00 pm, "Megamind" on Wednesday, July 15th at 2:00 pm, and "Man of Steel" on Friday, July 17th at 2:00 pm-we'll bring the popcorn!


Our Heroes and Villains Book Club meets on Monday, July 6th to discuss the award winning graphic novel Jane, the Fox, and Me by Isabelle Arsenault and Fanny Britt.



The Evening Book Club will be reading Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple and meeting on July 30th at 7pm in the library boardroom.


The next gathering of the Brown Bag Book Club is at Noon on Thursday, July 9th when we'll be discussing the novel The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.  


Take your lunch break at the library and come share your love of books with us.


Our summer meeting of the Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation will be on Thursday, July 9th at 6:30 where we'll be planning our annual book sale.


Join us on July 18th as we Tour Harvey's Greenhouse and meet new owners Mike and Valerie Sutton at 10:00 am and learn about herbs.


Come along with Children's Illustrator, Tim Read, and discover your true super powers in this fun and creative children's program, 10 Ways to be Super on July 23rd at 11:00 am.  


We all know about the super heroes we read about in comics or see in movies but did you know about the real heroes that live among us?  


Tim Read uses his creative talents as an illustrator and entertainer to explore the super powers of the real super heroes in our lives and the 10 most importation super powers we use every day.  


Come laugh, be inspired, and get ready to launch the Super Hero in You!


We're having a pizza party for teens on Friday, July 24th at 5:00 pm where we will be decorating cookies and drawing our summer reading grand prize.  


To say thank you to our Teen Volunteers we are having an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 30th at 2:00 pm.


In July the Evening Book Club will be discussing the novel Where Did You Go Bernadette by Maria Sempleon Thursday the 30th at 7:00 pm.


Our third Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation summer Garage Sales will be on Friday July 24th and Saturday July 25th in the second floor conference room.  


The library accepts items for the garage sale during regular business hours. The library is also accepting book donations for the Annual Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation Book Sale.  


The book sale is open to Friends members on Thursday, August 6th and to the general public on Friday, August 7th as well as Saturday, August 8th.


Don't forget the library will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

Information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website,,

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

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303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
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Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Dad Proof Grilling


July reminds me of grilling, and grilling reminds me of my father-in-law. Every father has his own trial by fire that must be passed to join the clan. In our family, it's grilling


I was invited to Lori's house for dinner. Without hesitation my father-in-law stated, "then I'll grill."    

My mother-in-law-to-be, diplomatically said she could make anything else, but Lori's Dad insisted we have chicken.  


She handed him a plate of fresh chicken, perfectly prepared and ready to grill.   


We went outside to talk over the fire. He had one of those "space age" grills from the 40's or 50's. His pride and joy, rusty wire and all. 


His belief was that you only needed three things to grill - a heaping pile of charcoal, a full bottle of lighter fluid, and enough flame to set the house on fire.  


He loaded up the giant bag of charcoal and began to douse it with copious amounts of lighter fluid.  

We moved back ten feet, then He struck a match and tossed it at the grill.  


With a whoosh and a fireball that made the neighborhood dogs howl, the fire was roaring.  


After checking his eyebrows, he placed the chicken on the grill and coated it with a layer of BBQ sauce, which in turn quickly burned.   


He turned the chicken ever few minutes until the outside was a dark, blackened char. At dinner we tried to eat the undercooked yet burnt chicken.   


Lori's mother kept repeating that she could have cooked the chicken. We all took it in good humor.


From those days on, I volunteered to grill at family gatherings, though the tradition (or challenge) of the grill has been carried through to each prospective son or daughter in-law.


We figure someone's gonna stick around if they survive his "grill challenge".


When my daughter brought my future son-in-law home for the first time I thought, without realizing, that I should grill something.  


I prepared shrimp kabobs using a new seasoning mix without having pre-tested it before going public.


The result: the worst meal I have ever cooked. That meal has lived in infamy, and still haunts our conversations whenever shrimp is mentioned.


This is not either of those recipes, it's an easy, "Dad Proof" side dish to compliment steaks or burgers on the grill.


Dad Proof Side Dish


6 Portobello mushroom caps
4 Red Bell Peppers, cored, quartered
1 Red Onion, thickly sliced
12 Asparagus spears, halved
1/2 C. Olive Oil
2 Limes, juiced
2 T. Grill Seasoning
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper, or to taste
2 T. Balsamic Vinegar
1 Avocado - peeled, pitted, sliced
1/2 C. crumbled Goat Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 T. Fresh Basil, finely chopped



1. Place Mushrooms, Red Bell Peppers, Red Onion, and Asparagus in a 9x13-inch baking dish.
Whisk Olive Oil, Lime juice, Grill Seasoning, Garlic, and Cayenne Pepper in a small bowl; pour over vegetables. 


2. Toss to coat and allow vegetables to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.


3. Remove vegetables from the Marinade, and shake off excess.  


4. Reserve remaining Marinade.
Grill vegetables on preheated grill until tender, about 5 minutes.  


5. Transfer grilled vegetables to a large platter.  


6. Whisk remaining Marinade with Balsamic Vinegar; pour over vegetables. 


7. Top with Avocado and Goat Cheese, then season with Salt and Pepper. Sprinkle with Basil to serve.


Terry Traveller -
Reviews Fuller Massage
Terry Traveler - This Day

This month I'd like to share with our readers my experience receiving a massage from Fuller Massage in Adel.


I was given a massage gift certificate from my editor who thought an hour of calming music and lying still and silent were in order.  


I was skeptical- I had never had a massage before and wasn't sure what to expect. But being up for any challenge I didn't have to pay for myself, I said yes.


I scheduled my appointment with Debra Fuller, the owner and Licensed Massage Therapist who asked some initial questions during our phone call.  


It made me feel like she cared about her work and about me. I was under the assumption that everyone got the same massage- I was wrong. (Editor's Note: This is the first time Terry has ever spelled this sentence. Mark your calendars.)  


Debra booked me for an hour and asked me to arrive early so we could talk about my goals for the session.


The morning of my appointment I woke up sore. I was having some low back pain, especially when I got out of bed and later stood up from sitting at my computer.  


My legs are habitually sore, and I tend to get headaches. I really hoped a massage would do the trick- I had a long week of story scouting to do!


Debra met me with a firm handshake that helped me feel confident she could work out my kinks. I filled out a simple form and told her about my aches and pains.  


I was surprised to learn that my back pain might be associated with weak abdominal muscles, my legs might be sore due to dehydration, and my headaches quite possibly came from my neck.  


Debra outlined a plan for the session, let me ask lots of questions, and showed me to the massage room.


The room was warm and welcoming. The table (I was told you never call it a bed) was heated and covered with clean sheets.  


There was soft music playing which helped me forget my initial anxiety. Once I was changed and securely under the sheet, Debra entered the room and began the massage.


I don't really know what happened after that because I was whisked away to a strange world. I was conscious of my surroundings at Fuller Massage yet my mind was daydreaming.  


It felt as though I was disconnected with my body, yet totally in tune with its responses. I felt my muscles relax, I tasted purple, I'm pretty sure I started to snore, and suddenly the hour was over.  


The work Debra provided had eased my aches and pains, and the daydreaming had provided me with several ideas for new articles.  


I left Fuller Massage feeling born anew, but the real change took place a few days later.


At Debra's recommendation, I began drinking half my body weight in ounces of water. After three days I noticed the dull pain in my legs hadn't returned.  


My headaches were gone. In fact, I began to notice lots of things about my body I had apparently been ignoring. I did some research into weak abdominal muscles and began doing some stretches based on the work Debra provided me.  


I am happy to say that I am a massage convert and I am very happy (and very relaxed) to recommend Debra and Fuller Massage in Adel, Iowa.


Terry Traveller
Two Day 4th of July Celebration in Minburn
Minburn 4th of July

The City of Minburn is hosting a Two Day Celebration of Independence starting the evening of July 3rd at 5:30 p.m.

The "Friends of the Library" will be serving.

At 7:00 - 10 p.m. Hawk McIntyre will perform on the Stage.

See the  parade, held downtown on July 4th, at 9 a.m., Sharp! 

Take part in the many events that are planned throughout the day.  Then wrap up the day with Fireworks at the Ball Field.

Minburn 4th of July Committee. Committee members are Nicole Connick, Pam Cummins, Laura Bengtson, Laura LaPour.

Contact the Minburn 4th of July Committee at,


View the Full 2 Day Schedule.
Alumni 2015 Class Reunion News
ADM Alumni News - Adel Iowa
August 7th:
The ADM Alumni Association 7th Annual ADM Alumni Golf Tournament at River Valley Golf Course. Shot gun tee time at 8:00 a.m. Register early for the golf tournament as it fills up quickly.

For more information or contact Dick Wicks at (515) 993-4454 or at
August 8th
The 2015 - 18th Annual ADM Alumni Association All Alumni Reunion will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the ADM School Commons - 804 Nile Kinnick Drive South - Adel, IA.

Dinner will be available from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and served by the ADM After Prom Committee as a fund raiser.
The ADM Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. during the ADM All Alumni Reunion.

2015 ADM Hall of Fame Inductees:

Tim Canney, Class of 1986

Erik Davisson, Class of 1990

Judy Lienemann Kennedy, Class of 1974

Nate Wall, Class of 1993

The inductees will be honored in the 8-9 Commons, with the formal ceremony that evening at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. 

Please make plans now to attend.
To find out more, visit

Once a Tiger,
Always a Tiger!

ADM Alumni Association
P.O. Box 122
Adel, Iowa 50003
36th Annual
Adel Sweet Corn Festival
 August 7 - 8, 2015
Less than six weeks remain until the 36th Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival on Saturday, August 8th!

Are you ready? Plans are underway for the big event.

The 2nd Annual Sweet Corn Princess contest will be held on Friday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Adel Community Stage.

The contest is open to all ADM girls who will be in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade at the start of the 2015/2016 school year.

Registration forms are due by Friday, July 17 and are available at Adel City Hall and online at

The Annual Sweet Corn 5K Race will be held on the morning of Saturday, August 8th. Register online at
Volunteers are needed; please contact

City of Adel
301 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
A Thank You to
Chief McNeil
Adel Iowa logo
On behalf of the city council, staff, and the citizens of Adel I would like to express my sincere appreciation and deepest sense of gratitude for your 29 years of dedicated service to the City of Adel.

Although you are departing while I am still in office, I have always told you that you would be my legacy. I can honestly say that during 24 years as mayor, hiring you as Chief of Police was the best decision I have ever made as measured by the positive impact your service has had on the city.

You have the respect of your staff, other law enforcement peers and the public. This respect was earned through your leadership, reliability, expertise and the ability to follow through. This respect also translated into trust... the trust that you would always be consistently fair and firm... and you have been.

During your tenure the professional-ism of the department has been elevated through facilities, equipment and training. You increased the police office space by five times what it was and provided the department better working conditions. The vehicle fleet has transformed from four door sedans to SUV's with the accessories, equipment and resources to compete with other police departments. And, most importantly, you increased your staff's wages to make them competitive in the market place which helped reduce department turnover.

In your role of disaster coordinator you have seen us through our most common disaster - flooding. Next to the flood of '93, the '08 flood was the city's biggest test. The mitigation efforts you put in place, including the berms throughout Kinnick - Feller Park and the portable dike system at the track / football field area gave residents there a feeling of security knowing you were in charge and flood damage would be held to a minimum.

And, of course, the McNeill spillway (by your design) near the dam and water plant where a permanent mitigation effort requires no sandbagging for most of our flood events. This properly designated spillway is your lasting legacy for flood protection in that part of the city.

And finally Chief, you have always, always looked out for the best interest of the city. Many times you have assisted staff in an open way, or other times, quietly behind the scenes to make something happen, or prevent something from happening with either a light touch, or if necessary, a firm hand. Only in your absence will I truly appreciate all you have done for the city. Simply said...

Thank you Chief,


James F. Peters, Mayor

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