Vol. 34 August 2011
Dear Friend,

My grandfather had a corn field yards from his back door. He'd go out and take a photo of the corn, reaching above his out stretched hand. Then we'd walk the longest stalk he had to the Butler County Fair to be judged.

Then we'd go home, take a dozen ears of corn out of the field, husk them, wash them, and cook them up. We'd take the bowl of cooked corn and a pound of butter and old aluminum salt shaker out to the picnic table and have a feast. 

When we moved to Adel over twenty years ago I was thrilled to discover a similar tradition here. It's one we've been able to share with our girls over the years, and now our grand children. 

This month we have an interview with Kelly and Erin Sedars of Adel Family Dentistry. Due to numerous requests, we're rerunning our 30th anniverary coverage of the Sweet Corn Festival along with an updated schedule of local events. Not to be out done, we cover the latest events from Around Town, news and events from the Adel Public Library, a Recipe from Home, and more!

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



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In This Issue
Kelly & Erin Sedars - Adel Family Dentistry
Next 2 New - Back to School Savings
Adel Sweet Corn Festival - August 12 & 13
NAPA Adel Auto Parts Sale
Adel HealthMart
Around Town
Kelly & Erin Sedars - Adel Family Dentistry
Adel Family Dentistry

Adel Family DentistryAdel Family Dentistry moved to Adel in 1988. It literally was moved to Adel, by Jim Frush, who had the building relocated to Greene Street.

Today it is owned and operated by Kelly and Erin Sedars. They're the third owners of the practice, purchasing it in 2008. Kelly is a Doctor Dental Surgery, (D.D.S) and Erin is the office manager.

We got a chance to talk with Kelly and Erin about their practice.

Kelly is from Winterset, but spent quite a bit time in Adel, his dad Craig Sedars owns Modern Motors. His mother was an Orton, his grandparents were trapeze artists with the circus.

He is an Iowa City College School Dental graduate, a very competitive school with over a 1,000 applicants each year, he made the first cut.

Erin grew up in Cascade Iowa near Dubuque and went to high school in Dyersville. Her parents were both teachers. She graduated from to St. Ambrose University with a biology degree and was a researcher at Iowa City.

They met in Iowa City when introduced by mutual friends. They still have strong ties to the University of Iowa and season tickets.

They make a great team, each playing off the others strengths. They have high expectations and both enjoy a strong professional relationship using their own shorthand communication.

In 2005, at the age of 26, Kelly did extensive research on different options for a practice. His research led him to the Adel practice. He started working only a couple of days a week. The next year they hired a single staff member, since then the practice has tripled in size.

Erin attributes the growth to the slow periods in the beginning allowing them the time to communicate with their clients. Both Kelly and Erin are people oriented and enjoy the time they get to spend with each client and put them at ease.

Kelly went to school to be an orthodontist, although greatful for the training, he realized he wanted to focus on General Dentistry. It's a wider range of practice, covering Oral, Periodontia, Prosthodontics, also known as dental prosthetics, Pediatrics, and Oral X-rays. It allows them to offer as many services as possible to better serve the community.

Kelly was inspired to be a dentist by Jim Rundel, who had a good chair side manner and was a great communicator. The realization he was going to be a dentist came as he sat in the chair looking up at the florescent lights.

He laughs about the way it came to him, but except for a short time in ROTC where they couldn't guarantee he'd be dentist and he considered computer science or pilot training, he hasn't focused on anything else.

Kelly is very detail oriented and likes working with his hands and problem solving. He enjoys receiving new patient referrals from his current patients.

Kelly's advice for finding a dentist is to schedule an initial visit and to have an overall consult. It allows the patient a chance to know if they mesh as opposed to an emergency consult.

They recommend that children see the dentist by their 1st birthday. Prevention is the key to good oral health. It is a concept that has met reluctance from the medical community. By the age of three teeth are "old" and problems may already exist. Early visits help prevent issues early. It has resulted in a much lower loss rate and fewer trips to the dentist.

Adel Family Dentistry tailors treatment to each client's personally, explaining the options and allowing the client to play a significant role in the treatment. Once all of the options are explained, an educated decision is made avoiding any misunderstandings.

Adel Family Dentistry Staff

Staff: Samantha Derifield, Ali Baker, Kelly & Erin Sedars


Kelly and Erin are big believers in giving back to the community they live in. He volunteers dental screenings at the Special Olympics and for Smile Squad. Smile Squad is an R.V. that travels to schools and treats kids in the Des Moines area offered by the Des Moines Public Health Center.

In his spare time he builds electric guitars and is restoring a '66 Mustang Fastback, the same as his first car.

Erin volunteers with the John D. Gomke Foundation, earning high praise from Jessica Gomke. She was instrumental in organizing the Adel Fire Department Fundraiser after their neighbors, the Schmitzs, lost their house in a fire.

Their staff consists of Samatha Derifield and Ali Baker. Samantha is the dental hygienist and she has been with them for 7 years and Ali Baker is the dental assistant.  Ali was one of their patients before going to assisting school. She has been working with them for over 2 years.

Adel Family Dentistry, P.C.
Kelly J. Sedars, D.D.S.
1126 Greene St.
Adel, IA 50003
(515) 993-3701
 ANext 2 New - Back to School Savings
Next to New Consignment Shop - Adel
Next to New Consignment Shop Adel IowaThe Next 2 New Consignment Shop in Adel is the place for your back to school shopping.

We carry childrens clothing size 5 and up, teens, ladies and mens casual clothing to shoes, boots, accessories, ADM wear, and today's fashions.

All Red tags will be 50% off.
Blue tags will be 75% off. 
Brown tags are a just a 1.00 per item.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

We will begin accepting fall and winter consignments in September, the first two weeks of each month on Tues, Wed and Thurs.

For more information, contact Shannen at (515) 993-1935.

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211 South 7th St Suite B
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1935
Adel Sweet Corn Festival - August 12 & 13
2011 Adel Sweet Corn Festival

This year we commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the festival. To celebrate, we have gathered some little known facts to spark your interest in this special event! Did you know...

In the years prior to the Adel Sweet Corn Festival, there was a Fall Festival for the Adel businesses and patrons. The Fall Festival was organized as a "Thank You" to the community for their support throughout the year. Rather than serving sweet corn, the Fall Festival fixed beef.

The Sweet Corn Festival was started when the Chamber of Commerce was looking for a new way to say "Thank You" and increase patronage to Adel businesses. "Founding Fathers" Wayne Geadleman, Darold Snow, Kenny Chapman, and Pete Mills orchestrated the first years of the Festival.

Wayne Geadleman remembers the initial years of the Sweet Corn Festival "The Chamber of Commerce wanted to get something happening. Pete Mills suggested we get some sweet corn and Darold Snow caught on. I shook my head- I didn't see how it would work! Pete and Darold asked the Rotary Club for help and we agreed to do what we could. Next, Kenny Chapman entered the picture and put something together to cook the corn."

"The first year we served sweet corn and not much else. We didn't have many vendors or events that first year, but it's grown from there! I was a little skeptical at the beginning, but I am amazed how it's grown, it's become a very popular event."

In previous years, the organizers would drive to Ackley, Iowa to pick up the corn. Now the corn is purchased from Ron Deardorff of Adel. 8 tons of corn is purchased for the festival! To off set expenses, organizers began selling spots to Vendors. 

The Adel Sweet Corn Festival now hosts a wide array of booths representing Arts and Crafts, Food Vendors, Carnival Games, Kid's Activities, Local Businesses, Non Profit Organizations, and Churches.

The festival now includes the All ADM Alumni Reunion, varied events, and in the evening,  the Beer Garden is opened while local musicians grace the stage for an all ages community dance. 

The night before the festival, Ron Deardorff delivers the corn in gunnysacks on his hayrack. Volunteers young and old gather at the Racoon Valley Bank parking lot to help husk the corn. Prior to the fire that effected many downtown businesses, the corn was stored in the meat locker.

Now the corn is stored in an Anderson Erickson (AE) refrigerated truck. As the corn is husked it is placed in plastic milk crates, or baskets, and loaded onto a conveyor belt by the Fire Department and Boy Scouts. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to husk the 8 tons of corn!

If you would like to help husk the corn, please arrive at the Raccoon Valley  Bank Friday, August 12th at 5:00 pm!

There have been three corn cookers over the years all designed and built by Kenny Chapman. Each design has been made of stainless steel. As the festival became more popular the original cooker became too small. 10-12 years ago, Kenny designed a 12 foot cooker from a restaurant salad bar shell. It is built with Turbo Torch Burners and uses 150 million BTU to keep the water hot enough to cook the corn for 7 minutes a batch.

4 years ago, Kenny industrialized the cooker by creating a loading system. Now, the corn is unloaded using the same conveyor used to load it into the refrigerated truck. 18 baskets are loaded onto the rack and then lowered together to be cooked. Each basket contains 3.5 dozen ears of corn.

Once cooked, the corn is then raised from the water using the same mechanism and unloaded on the other side of the cooker. The corn is then placed in another long, stainless steel salad bar to be portioned. The new design allows the cooker to be filled and emptied at the same time. This also reduced the amount of water used. This system is much safer than past cookers that required the volunteers to reach into the hot water outfitted with gloves and miniature A-hooks!

In the past 30 years, the corn cooker has never failed. Kenny tests the cooker before the event and jokingly says, "If it doesn't work right, you won't find me; I'm leaving town!" Corn is served starting at 10 am and normally lasts until 2:30- 3:00 pm. If any remains, it is donated to the county home.

The Adel Sweet Corn Festival wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. It takes the entire community to help husk and serve the corn, set up and participate in the parade, mark out vendor spots, and assist in keeping the event running smoothly.

Wayne, Kenny, the Adel Partners and all of the organizers want to thank the volunteers who have worked over the past 30 plus years to turn the Adel Sweet Corn Festival into a smash hit!

We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the Adel Sweet Corn Festival this year


Friday August 12th:
9:00 am - ADM Alumni Golf Tournament - River Valley Golf Tournament.
4:00 pm - 9 p.m. - Annual All Alumni Reunion - ADM School Commons.
5:00 pm - Corn Shucking - 10th & Court.
7:00 pm - ADM Athletic Hall of Fame Induction - High School Auditorium.
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm - Teen Dance - 9th & Main.

Saturday August 13th:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Library Used Book Sale - Adel Public Library
9:30 am - 11:00 pm - Parade - Main Street
10:00 am - ? - Sweet Corn - 9th Street
10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Sweet Corn Classic Truck Show - Fair Grounds
10:00 am - DCF Tying and Turning Summer Series - Fair Grounds
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Adel Fire Dept. Water Fights - Prairie Street
11:00 am - Adel Historical Museum Open House - 1129 Main Street
11:00 am - 1:00 pm - The Heartbeats - Stage & Pavilion
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Adel Tumbling Club - Stage & Pavilion
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Adel Dance Club - Stage & Pavilion
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm - Sugar Creek Cloggers - 9th & Main Street
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Let's Dance of Adel - Stage & Pavilion
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Phyllis Detlefsen - Stage & Pavilion
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Fat Tuesday and the Greasefire Horns - Stage
8:00 pm - Midnight - Gimikk - Stage 
Brick Street BBQ At Adel's Farmer's Market
NAPA Adel Auto Parts

Great DiscountNAPA Adel Auto Partss on Professional Quality NAPA Tools & Equipment products throughout the entire store!

Tuesday, August 23, One Day Only! 

Sale Items Include:

American Tool/Vise Grip
Ammco Brake Lathe & Accessories
Armstrong Industrial Tools
Balkamp, OTC, Fluke, NAPA Evercraft
ChemFree/Smart Washer
Coats Tire Changers & Balancers
DeWalt Tools & Accessories
See the Full List and Sale flyer.

Adel Auto Parts Corp.
809 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3212
Cell: (515) 979-5976

BShoes By Dr. Comfort at Adel HealthMart
Adel Heath Mart Anniversary

Adel HealthMart
is featuring Dr. Comfort Shoes, Dr. Comfort Ortho Sandals, and diabetic socks.

These specially designed, therapeutic orthopedics are perfect for Diabetics and those suffering from Arthritis.

In addition, we have been getting quite a bit of new gift type items in lately including but not limited to purses, billfolds, jewelry, Slap watches, scarves, figurines... and more!

Stop in and see all of the great items!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook!

Adel HealthMart
113 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3644
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 August 2011 

August 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

Pies Bread & Beyond has great deals this month for all of your picnic and grilling events. Each item is freshly baked from scratch using fresh high quality...   Continue reading...

BASE Adel IowaBASEĀ® Raised 2,422 for the John D. Gomke Charity

BASEĀ® has been a local Adel employer for almost a decade and recently came together to support the John D. Gomke Charity... Continue reading...

Adel Quitling and Dry Goods Adel IA 1Customer Appreciation Days - August 25, 26 & 27

Adel Qulting & Dry Goods Co is co-hosting Customer Appreciation Days with 5 other central Iowa quilt shops. The event will be held Aug 25, 26 & 27... Continue reading...

Adel LionsLions Honor Fallen Soldier

With very little pre-notice a group of 13 local Lions club members placed flags through Adel when it was learned that the Capt. Matthew G. Nielson funeral ... Continue reading...
Fuller Massage Therapy - Adel Iowa Fuller Massage Therapy August Special

The Fuller Massage Therapy Clinic in Adel is running an August special. A one hour massage is only 50.00 On August 31 the price will go back to... Continue reading...
GraceJuliet PhotographySenior Photos Special - Month of August

GraceJuliet Photography in Adel is running a Senior Picture Special for August. 25% off all senior picture packages. Each session includes 2 1/2 hours and CD of... Continue reading...
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It's the book sale you've been waiting for!

The Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 in the Adel Public Library community room.

This is in conjunction with Adel's Sweet Corn Festival and is a cool place to come if it's a hot day and a great time to stock up on good reads for cold winter days.

If you are a Friends' member, the book sale is open to you on Friday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Not a member? Pay just 5.00 for membership and you can shop at the sale.
Members are also invited to a special luncheon (free of charge) each April featuring a guest speaker.

Attention boys and girls: If you love Legos, you will love our Lego Building Contest to be held at the Adel Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Bring your own Legos or use some of the library's collection. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

Reservations for the "American Girl Tea Party" to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 2-3 p.m. are due by Friday, Aug. 5.

The annual event will take place in the community room.

No more than 50 reservations will be accepted.

Adults as well as children need to make reservations.

Call the library at 993-3512 or stop by to make reservations.

The tea party has been a popular event for many years.

Children are encouraged to dress up and bring their American Girl Doll or their favorite doll or stuffed animal.

There will be activities and refreshments.

The library's two book clubs will meet in August.

Bring your lunch and join the Brown Bag Book Club on Thursday, Aug. 11 at noon. Just read any book you wish and share with club members.

The Evening Book Club will meet on Thursday, Aug. 25 to discuss "Lazy B: Growing Upon a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest" by Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day.

Each club welcomes new members. Copies of "Lazy B" will be available at the front desk.

We're gearing up for another Library Garage Sale on Friday, Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

More items are added weekly so don't miss this opportunity to find fun things. Items are yours for a nice donation to the library.

The library will show a movie to school children at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31 which is an early out from school day.

The movie title will be announced at a later date.

Library hours are:
Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

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Have you ever had a recipe you claimed you'd never share with another person? 

This was one of those, it's always a crowd pleaser, even folks who don't like coconut take another serving.

So, after 31 years of keeping this to myself, I'm sharing it with you as a great summer recipe.

2 C. RiceChex or Crispex
1 C. Coconut
1 C. Powdered Sugar
1/2 C. Melted Butter
1/2 Gal. Butter Brickle ice cream

9x13 pan

Melt butter
Break up cereal
Mix dry ingredients and butter in bowl.
Put 3/4 in bottom pan
Freeze for 10 min.
Add ice cream to pan
put remaining mix on top.
Freeze covered overnight.

Lori always doubles the recipe for a 9 x 13 pan.

Cut into squares and...

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