"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 58 August 2013
Dear Friend of Adel,

Adel is a city of great traditions. Next week we mark the 34th Adel Sweet Corn Festival as 10,000 people come out for the 5K, parade, free sweet corn, exotic foods, music and all around extravaganza. This month we were able to chat with Karina Ward, the new Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Director as she prepares for her first Sweet Corn Festival.

This month we also cover a Returning Business, A Free Concert John D. Gomke Charity, the Upcoming Adel Sweet Corn Festival, news from Around Town, a Recipe From Home and Much More!

So, grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, it's a great read.

We look forward to seeing you in Adel this month and Don't forget to Vote August 6th!


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In This Issue
Karina Ward - Director of Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Adel Sweet Corn Festival - August 9th & 10th
Penoach - Sunset in the Vineyard Concert
Homecare Services Of Dallas County Extends Thanks
Free Bus Service During Sweet Corn Festival
Keith West Magic & Illusion Show and Hypnotist Terry Stokes
ISU Dallas County Extension Events
New Faces at the Adel Farmers Market
2013 Fusion Sports Camp July 29th - Aug 2nd.
Town & Country Barbershop Returns to Adel
Time to Register for the John D. Gomke 5K
Adel HealthMartThank You!
Around Town - Upcoming Events
Karina Ward - Director of Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Karina Ward - Chamber Director


This month we spoke with Karina Ward, the new Chamber Director for the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce.


Originally from Milwaukee, Karina was drawn to Iowa to further her education. After receiving her Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University, she began her professional journey working with Region 12 Council of Governments in Carroll.


The Region 12 agency was originally chartered to assist local communities with grant writing and planning needs, and has grown to offer technical assistance and community development of all types such as public transit, workforce development, and collaborative marketing efforts.


It was this assistance that the City of Adel sought when joining the agency to pursue an Iowa Economic Development Authority grant for downtown businesses.


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Downtown Revitalization is a matched funding program made available to communities across the state to repair external building facades to their original splendor.  


As the grant is directly associated with the National Register of Historic Places, city officials and business owners work with an architect to design historically appropriate improvements such as new windows, awnings, doors, and brick repair.  

The designs are then sent for approval to the Iowa Historical Preservation office. Improvements of this type help bolster tourism, encourage new business development, and increase community appeal overall.


Karina was assigned as Adel's Project Manager with Region 12 and began to dig into city history to better explain why Adel was an appropriate candidate for the funding.


Grant writing takes a special knack - one must truly understand the nature of the project to provide a clear explanation as to how it will benefit the community while also working with city officials and architects to gather historical data to support those claims and justify expenses.  


During her 3 years with Region 12 covering a 6 county/ 60 community area, Karina wrote approximately 3 million dollars in successful grants- a testament to her ability to see the potential each city has, given the opportunity. Thanks to Karina's hard work Adel has been awarded $500,000 for the downtown fa├žade project!


During her research, Karina worked closely with city officials and representatives who let her know of the open Chamber position and encouraged her to apply. The board recognized her skills and in March of 2013, announced Karina as the new Director of the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce.


With her new position, Karina hopes to encourage Chamber members and non-members alike to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas. The first step has been to open a clear channel of communication.  


As she settles into her new position, Karina has been meeting with local businesses to foster open discussions and will continue to introduce herself around town as the Annual Meeting and Membership Drive nears.


"I hope that members will provide feedback- what they would like to see. Whenever staff changes its an opportunity to see what we would like to be doing. I'm looking forward to that- to hear feedback and have larger input from all of our members as to what they want us to focus on."


If you would like to talk about your dreams and visions for Adel's future, one of the best opportunities is the Adel After Hours. Held monthly, these social gatherings are a great place to meet new people and converse about Adel's recent developments. Karina is also available by phone or feel free to stop by the Chamber office between 8:30 am- 4:30pm.


Everyone is also encouraged to follow the Adel Chamber on Facebook, where Karina makes announcements regarding events and activities around town. Chamber members are asked to email Karina with any news you would like publicized to fellow members as part of the Chambers email blasts.


This month Karina will enjoy her first Adel Sweet Corn Festival on August 10th. With the changing of the guard, its important to note that the festival will be much the same as it has been in previous years. Karina jokes, "Don't worry- we'll still have 7 tons of free sweet corn!"


Adel is excited for the wealth of knowledge and endless possibilities Karina's specialized skills bring to the community. $500,000 is just the beginning!


Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce

301 S. 10th St.

PO Box 73

Adel, Iowa 50003

Phone: (515) 993-5472



Adel Sweet Corn Festival - August 9th & 10th
Adel Sweet Corn Festival - Adel Iowa For 34 years Adel, Iowa has been welcoming visitors from around the world to the Adel Sweet Corn Festival to celebrate all that makes Iowa special - good people, summer fun, and the best sweet corn available.

The weekend is a fan favorite - with multiple events taking place across town.

On Friday, ADM Alumni are invited to celebrate the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony during the All Class Reunion at the high school starting at 4 p.m.

One of the oldest traditions kickstarts the festival with massive amounts of corn shucking. Volunteers will gather near Raccoon Valley State Bank at 5:30 p.m. to fill a refrigerated semi-truck with baskets of ready-to-be-cooked corn on the cob. Everyone is welcome to join the fun..

On Saturday more than 10,000 people will enjoy 7.5 tons of free sweet corn while they take in the sights, smells, and joys of a small-town Iowa summer festival in full swing.

2013 Adel Sweet Corn 5K - Adel Iowa The day begins with the Adel Sweet Corn Festival 5K race at 8 a.m. (Make sure to watch for the best corn-related costume on a race participant!) Proceeds from the race will benefit the ADM Scholarship Foundation.

At 9:30 the parade begins with floats decorated by businesses and organizations from around town.

Bring your folding chairs, blankets, and sunscreen- ours is one of Iowa's largest parades, winding through town, and typically lasting until 11 a.m.

Around 10 a.m. people will begin to line up for the famously free Deardorff Peaches & Cream sweet corn, scheduled to start after the parade. Don't worry - bushels of volunteers help keep the line moving quickly and ensure everyone gets as much corn as they can enjoy. Besides, the corn line is a great place to say hello to friends and neighbors.

The downtown square and surrounding area will be alive with vendors selling food, jewelry, arts & crafts, antiques, and more. Kids can enjoy fun crafts, rides, and inflatables. Stop by tents to learn about candidates for upcoming elections, shops and services available in the Adel area, and nonprofit groups. All day and night visitors can see performances by local bands and dance teams at the new Community Stage and Pavilion.

Around 4 p.m. there is a changing of the guard as volunteers set up for the street dance and beer garden. This hometown tradition features live music, food vendors, cold suds, and the satisfied smiles of cornfed Iowans enjoying the excitement of another successful Adel Sweet Corn Festival.

2013 Adel Sweet Corn Festival Schedule:

Friday, August 9, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - ADM Alumni Golf Tournament - River Valley Golf Club
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - ADM Alumni All Class Reunion &
                                   Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Sweet Corn Shucking
8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Adel After-Prom Teen Dance

Saturday, August 10, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Adel Sweet Corn Festival 5K 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Library Used Book Sale - Adel Public Library
                                   (301 S. 10th St.) Air Conditioned
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Parade
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Nice Bangs
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Adel Historical Museum Open House (1129 Main St.)
1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Bill Riley Talent Show
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Adel Dance Club
4:00 p.m.  5:00 p.m. - Let's Dance
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Brother Trucker
8:00 p.m. - Midnight - Throwing Toast

More information may be found at the Adel Partners Website.
Penoach - Sunset in the Vineyard Concerts
Penoach Vineyard Winery Nursery Adel Iowa
Matt Woods at Penoach Winery - Adel Iowa Unwind from the week at Penoach Winery with a concert as part of their Sunset in the Vineyard series this summer. 

On August 9th, Matt Woods will be in concert from 7-10 pm

Bring a lawn chair and relax with one of our special wine selections.

Food will be available during the concert.

For additional information contact, phone 515-993-4374.

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Homecare Services Of Dallas County Extends Thanks And Begins Mid Year Appeal

HomeCare Services of Dallas County - Adel Iowa HomeCare Services of Dallas County wishes to thank all who attended their Adel Partners Chamber After Hours event on Tuesday, July 30 and for the interest expressed in their services and questions about their financial well-being.

They also thank those who helped with an appeal several months ago and those who send donations when they can.

HomeCare's services are open to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. In most cases those who are served by HomeCare find that they are not able to pay for the services or are only able to pay very little.

Therefore, HomeCare's financial resources are spread thin. Lately, due to lack of government funding, HomeCare is finding themselves in a precarious position of not being able to meet financial obligations as they would like. Regardless, they continue to help the elderly, poor and disabled, in addition to being there for all others. Many times those they help with homemaking/personal care, door to door HIRTA transportation, meals on wheels, a week's worth of frozen meals, or congregate meals, pay nothing or pay as little as 50 cents.

In order to offset the costs of providing the services, which includes food and fuel costs to prepare and deliver meals; fuel, repairs, inspections, oil changes, insurance, etc. to run the buses; labor and transportation costs to care for those in their homes and many other expenses, several entities, including Dallas County, provide various grants, of which we are grateful. However, as costs have gone up, funding from these sources has either remained stagnant or decreased (in some cases, dramatically).

HomeCare Services is asking the citizens of Dallas County to help keep HomeCare's services alive and serving others. HomeCare serves nearly 32,000 meals per year and the number is growing; provides over 39,000 trips per year; and helps people remain in their homes through home services with approximately 5,800 hours of service per year.

HomeCare has taken severe cost-cutting steps. One of those was to, five years ago, consolidate costs of being housed in several places and locating downtown in a building that is close for those coming to the agency, creating a senior center and making it easier for people to get to other shops downtown, or visit County/City buildings to take care of their personal business while they are at HomeCare. HomeCare is also doing business with much fewer staff, most of whom are part time and with no raises for several years.

HomeCare, however, is on a mission to help others in need and are hopeful that the residents of Dallas County and others pitch in to help an agency that, above all else, exists to help others!

Homecare Services of Dallas County
101 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4531
BFree Bus Service During Sweet Corn Festival
HIRTA Dallas Couty Iowa HomeCare Services, Inc., the provider of HIRTA (Heart of Iowa Regional Transportation Agency) bus services for all of Dallas County, is proud and honored to, once again, provide Free Shuttle Transportation during this year's Sweet Corn Festival on August 10th.

The shuttle will be transporting runners, without charge, from the end of the race starting at 8:15 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Additionally, they will provide free public shuttles to and from the High School to Wells Fargo Bank throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There is no cost for these services; however HomeCare Services, Inc. is a 401(c)3 non-profit charity and appreciates donations. For more information, call Randy, Transportation Coordinator, at 515-993-4531, ext. 4.

Homecare Services of Dallas County
101 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4531
BKeith West Magic & Illusion Show and Hypnotist Terry Stokes Aug. 23rd.
Keith West Magic and Illusion Show with Hypnotist Terry Stokes. Friday August 23rd - Keith West Magic & Illusion Show followed by Hypnotist Terry Stokes.

7:00 p.m. at Adel Pavilion at the Corner of 10th and Main Adel, IA.

Bring food, a beverage and your lawn chair for a great community event!

- Sponsored by Adel Kiwanis Club

This is the Fifth of five Adel Partners Free 2013 events scheduled at the Adel Pavilion this summer.

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
301 S. 10th St.
PO Box 73
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5472
ISU Dallas County Extension Events
Dallas County Extension Office, Adel Iowa
ISUEO Farmland Leasing Workshop ISU Extension Offering Farmland Leasing Meeting August 5th.

AMES, Iowa - Farm tenants and land owners are invited to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farmland leasing meetings in August.

The 3-hour workshops are designed to assist landowners, tenants and other agri-business professionals with current issues related to farmland ownership, management and leasing agreements... Continue Reading

Master Gardener ISUEO Gardening Webinar - 'Moisture Extremes in the Landscape'

The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of summer garden webinars to be hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Because weather patterns over the past couple of years have moved rapidly between drought and flood, the theme of the 2013 series is 'Moisture Extremes in the Landscape'.

"Iowa Gardeners are dealing with a variety of extreme conditions this summer," said Denny Schrock, state Master Gardener... Continue Reading

Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027

New Faces at the Adel Farmers Market   

Farmers Market Adel Iowa New Faces are at the Farmer's Market this summer.

Hosted by Harvey's Greenhouse & Garden Center in Adel, the market is held every Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

from Winterset has fresh produce.

The Devilish Pig Bakery and the Cupcake Lady will have Margarita cupcakes, divine Lemon Meringue and more.

Get supplies for the week from Morrell Natural Meats and supper at Merle's Brick St. Barbecue. The list of vendors is growing, including a representative from Fuller Brush, the good folks at Harvey's and more. Stop out and enjoy the evening.

Harvey Floral Company
611 Nile Kinnick Dr S
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3916
2013 Fusion Sports Camp July 29th - Aug 2nd.
2013 Fusion Sports Camp - Adel iowaFusion Sports Camp is July 29th - Aug 2nd. Camp is held at Kinnick-Feller Park in Adel.

Walk-Ons are still welcomed.

Kids, Come Out And Play! - Soccer, Baseball, Football

$10 per kid, includes a t-shirt,snack, and drink.

To register, contact 515-993-5438 or come out at 6:00p.m.

Fusion Church
Sunday's 10:00 a.m.
Hwy. 6 (just east of Adel)
Phone: 515.993.5438
BTown & Country Barbershop Returns to Adel
Town and Country Barbershop - Adel Iowa My great uncle was a barber. During the 60's, yes, I'm that old, My grandfather and my dad would take turns each week taking me to get a haircut from my Uncle Andrew. To quote my dad, "a man gets his hair cut weekly because it's good for the soul".

Then the Beatles changed everything, but some habits die hard. When we moved to Adel 25 years ago, one of my first trips downtown was to get a cut at the Town & Country Barbershop. It was the classic unpretentious barber shop of my youth.

Times change and the first of this year the shop closed. History has shown that once a  Barber shop  closes, the chances of it ever returning are minuscule. There are about 3,000 licensed barbers in Iowa, but the number still practicing is much lower.

This week Adel beat the odds as not one, but two Barbers are once again cutting hair in Adel.

Town and Country Barbershop - Adel iowa
Lenard Warford and Owner Jenny Orr of Town & Country Barbershop

The Town & Country Barbershop at 903 Main Street was reopened on Monday by Jenny Orr, and a familiar face, Leonard Warford returned as well.

Jenny has barbered for 21 years, she attended the Iowa Barber College as did Leonard.

She grew up in Norwalk and has has several barber shops over the years in different locations and communities, the last "in the city" as she puts it. She was ready to move to a small town when one of her clients mentioned that the shop in Adel was closing. Seeing this as a great opportunity, she moved to Adel and purchased the shop. When asked her thoughts on Adel she replied, " the people here are very friendly and it's been a good move. I really like this town and I can't wait for my first Sweet Corn Festival next week!"

For the last 12 years, a staple of the Adel barber shop has been Leonard Warford, he was born and raised in Adel. Leonard graduated barber college in 1966. "It may not have been the best time to graduate what with the Beatles and all" he remarked with a grin. "It was always a part-time job, but one I enjoy." Leonard worked full-time at the Des Moines Airport on the crash rescue squad. He retired from the airport in 2004 and has been cutting hair in Adel a couple of days a week ever since. Now that the shop has reopened, he'll be back at his post Tuesday's and Wednesday's 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Town and Country Barbershop - Adel iowa
From Army to corporate. Rocky Foster a 2005 Adel graduate gets a trim before starting his new job at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as an underwriter. Rocky recently returned home from a 3 and a half year stint in the Army, having been deployed in Iraq for part of that time.

Barbershop Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Town & Country Barbershop
903 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 238-0097
Time to Register for the John D. Gomke 5K
John D. Gomke Charity If you hadn't already, you should get registered for the 4th Annual John's Baby Steps & Kids Fun Run to be held September 21st at Kinnick-Feller Park in Adel.

Starting Time is 8:00 a.m. It promises to be another event.

You can Register at

The John D Gomke Charity helps prevent child loss & honor the memory of infants who have become angels. Providing resources & funding to organizations that help care for grieving families in Central Iowa.

For more information, contact

John D. Gomke Charity
PO Box 613
De Soto, Iowa 50069
Adel HealthMart Says Thank You!
Adel HealthMart - Adel Iowa Adel HealthMart would like to say "Thank You!" to everyone who came to our 5 Year Anniversary events.

We are proud to be a part of the community and appreciate the turn out and the well wishes of everyone.

Follow us on facebook at We have be posted all the details of the celebration on our page as well.

Be sure to "like" us if you haven't already!

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
Around Town
Adel Museum Adel Historical Museum Open for 2013

The Adel Historical Museum is open on Saturdays through September from noon to 4:00 p.m. Eight rooms are filled with history of Adel and ....  Continue Reading

Yoga Adel 2013 Adel Yoga Class Schedule

Over the years, our yoga group has developed into a close group of friends that get together once a week for gentle exercise We invite you to...   Continue reading
Adel Aquatic Center Adel Iowa Grand Opening New Family Aquatic Center August 2nd.

 The City of Adel has announced that it will hold a grand opening celebration for its new Adel Family Aquatic Center on Friday, August 2, 2013, at 12:30 p.m...  Continue reading
Dallas County Sherrifs Department
Dallas County Sheriff's Surplus Auction Aug. 3rd.

Join the Dallas County Sheriff's Office at the Dallas County Fair grounds for their Surplus Equipment-Sheriff Seizure Auction. The auction will be...  Continue reading

Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Kids Clothes Closet is here to help with free clothing! Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11am... Continue reading

UMC Backpack Giveaway - Adel Iowa
Backpacks at United Methodist Church - Aug. 3rd.

We are excited to share a new ministry effort at the Adel United Methodist Church to help children in our community. This year we are offering 100 backpacks ... Continue reading 
Sue-Dunsmoor-Lori Rickert
Adel's Divine Dancers Car Wash Fundraiser Aug 17th.

Adel's Divine Dancers will be hosting a car wash and can drive August 17th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. We will be located at the Dahl's in Clive off of Hickman... Continue reading
Figure 8 Races
2013 Figure 8 Races at the Dallas County Fair Grounds

Join us in Adel for the 2013 Season of Figure 8 Racing at the Dallas County Fair Grounds. Races are held on the North Track and start at 6:30 p.m... Continue reading
MudBog Races Dallas County Fairgrounds Adel Iowa
2013 Mudbog Races at Dallas County Fairgrounds

The Adel Mudbog Races are returning to the Dallas County Fairgrounds. Races Start at 4:00 p.m. Registration for event from... Continue reading
ReJOYce with First Christian Church Adel Iowa
ReJOYce with First Christian Church this Summer

Come and reJOYce on Saturday August 3 at the Stage and Pavilion, 10th and Main Street, Adel. We will be serving free hot dogs... Continue reading
Court House
Remember to Vote August 6th!

Dallas County officials have proposed a county administration and law enforcement center to be funded primarily by a $16.85 million bond issue that will be on the Aug. 6th Ballot.
Berry Fresh Farms Adel Iowa
Berry Fresh Farms Open for Summer 2013

Berry Fresh Farms opens June 14th. Bring the family out and pick fresh strawberries. While you're there, enjoy a fun time at the farm and see the animals... Continue reading
SKC Financial Planning
Free Save and Retire Workshop August 8th.

Join me for a Free educational workshop that will discuss the ways you can Save and Retire without receiving market losses. Are you looking for Alternatives to... Continue reading

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It is time to go back to school and your library has lots of fun things to see and do during the last days of summer and the first days of school.   


As always, information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available at, or you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.    


We are busily preparing for the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale which will be during our Sweet Corn Festival.  


The pre-sale, for Friends of the Adel Public Library, will be on Friday, August 9th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Book Sale is open for the public on Saturday, August 10th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  


Want to get in early? Join the friends of the Adel Public Library for just $5.00!   


We have lots of wonderful books this year, and will accept donations until the close of business on Monday, August 5th.     


The sale will be in our community room, and the library will be closed on Saturday, August 10th during the sale and festival.


The library will welcome children's author Rebecca Janni for a reading and signing on Tuesday, August 13th at 10:30 am. Rebecca Janni "is the author of Jammy Dance, and the Every Cowgirl series, including her newest releases, Nellie Sue, Happy Camper and Every Cowgirl Goes to School.   


She has an MAT in English and enjoys teaching composition and creative writing. She lives in Iowa with her husband, four children, and a dog." For more information please visit


We'll be doing fun crafts and games with Rebecca during this special story time.   


The library is excited to welcome Minnesota author Frederick Blanch for a reading and signing of his latest book on Wednesday, August 28th at 2:00 pm.   


Mr. Blanch is an accomplished writer of poetry, prose, and scripts; his latest book of writings is called "Last Words: Frederick's Bionary."   


"Last Words" received a nomination for a Minnesota Book Award.



The word Bionary comes from combining the words biography and dictionary, and the book follows a dictionary format of boldfaced "words" followed by "definitions," ranging from a few words to several pages  


Our next Garage Sale of the summer is Friday August 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday August 31st from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.   


All proceeds from the monthly Garage Sales are used by the Friends of the Adel Public Library for special projects and programs at the library.


Book Clubs are a great way to meet new people and share the love of reading. During the summer the library has two monthly adult book clubs that are open to everyone.

The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, August 8th at Noon to discuss "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wien.

The Evening Book Club meets on Thursday, August 29th to discuss the classic Mark Twain novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." 


Join our Exercise Group three mornings each week and get your morning started in a fit and healthy way.   


The exercise group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. every week. Schedules are available at the information desk.


Our annual Lego Building Contest for all school-aged kids will be on Monday, August 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   


Come and let your imagination run wild as you design and build great things. Awards will be given in many categories to celebrate your designs.


It's Tea Time! Our annual American Girl Tea Time will be on Monday, August 5th at 2:00 p.m. You must pre-register for this event as space is limited. 


Come to the library on Tuesday, August 6th between 9:00 am and 11:00 a.m. and you can Touch a Truck.  


We'll have various trucks, tractors, fire engines, and school busses on hand in the Adel City Hall parking lot for kids to explore. Thanks to the City of Adel, the Adel Fire Department, A-D-M Schools, Ashley and Matt Pelzer, and John Finneseth for lending their time and equipment to this event.


Library Hours:
Mon. and Fri. 10am-5pm
Tues. -Thurs. 10am-7pm
Sat. 10am-1:30pm

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

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Recipe of the Month
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Fresh Corn on the Cob

Thanks to social media, I was just made aware that Christmas is only 5 months away.

As I look outside at the beautiful weather, its hard to imagine snow drifts just around the corner. But it does remind me of that special Iowan winter treat- frozen sweet corn.

My mother and grandmother would carefully pick, prepare, and store frozen and canned goods to enjoy all year long.

I remember sitting in our kitchen-turned-assembly line as we would shuck, clean, and cook bushels of corn as effortlessly as Green Giant.

Much of it was canned. The windows would drip moisture as we fought over who's turn it was to sit in front of the fan.

Towards the end of this two day experience we would bag the last of it.

The bags would then be thrown in the deep freezer to be forgotten until the first nips of winter would call out for warm bowls of hearty soups and stews.

From the depths of the freezer would emerge bright yellow memories of warm summer days spent playing in the field.

So in honor of the 34th Annual Sweetcorn Festival, and another reminder that the year is headed towards a close, we offer these tradition steps to freezing corn on the cob.

Fresh Corn on the Cob

1 Large pot of boiling water
1-2 bags of Ice
Vacuum food sealer or seal top freezer bags
2 large bowls
1 sharp knife
1 Large spoon
1 Permanent marker

Husk the corn- a vegetable brush is best to remove the silk.

2. Fill 3/4 large pot and heat until boiling.

3. Fill 1 large bowl with ice and cold water.

4. Place 6 ears of corn into pot using tongs. Smaller batches are preferred- do not over stuff the pot.

5. Cover and allow batch to cook for 4-6 minutes for 6 ears of corn.

6. Remove corn with tongs and place in bowl of ice water for 4-6 minutes.

7. Drain the corn completely to reduce water log and freezer burn.

8. Repeat steps 4-7 for each batch. You do not need new water for each batch, but may need to add more and let it return to a rolling boil as you go.

9. Cut kernels from the cob. A great trick is to use an angel food or Bundt cake pan. Place the corn into the hole and as you cut the kernels will fall into the pan.

Note. My mother would hold back 3 or 4 dozen of the best ears to freeze whole for the "darkest days of winter." Same steps as listed here, just no knife required.

10. Bag servings of corn into the freezer bags or vacuum food sealer according to manufacturer's instructions.

Be sure to remove as much air as possible. Some people slide a straw into the bag to suck any additional air out.

Label the bag with the date. If properly sealed, the corn can last up to 12 months in a deep freezer. Like they ever last that long!

When ready to enjoy, simply heat in the microwave or add to your favorite soup, stew, or chowder!

Adel Video
Viewpoints with Terry Bradshaw - Adel IA

ViewPoints w/Terry Bradshaw highlights the history and growth of Adel, Iowa in this short video titled "Welcome to Adel Iowa".

The video was posted  on Youtube┬« and Facebook by Adel City Councilman, John McAvoy.
Alumni 2013 Class Reunion News Posted
ADM Alumni Association
The 2013 Class Reunions are starting to post plans on the ADM Alumni Association web site under Reunion News.

This year's All Alumni Reunion is August 9th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Find out who's doing what and how you can participate!

Once a Tiger,
Always a Tiger!

ADM Alumni Association
P.O. Box 122
Adel, Iowa 50003
Park Place Catering Dance Floor
Park Place Catering
Park Place Catering Dance Floor for Your Next Event

Park Place Catering is excited to announce that we have a 18x18 dance floor you can rent for any party.

It could be a wedding, a birthday party or an anniversary party.

If you want to have a nice oak finish dance floor stop looking Call Brenna for more information!

You can see pictures at

Call Brenna for more information at 515-371-1993

Park Place Catering
1015 Riverside Drive
Adel, Iowa 50003
Contact: Brenna Young
Phone: (515) 371-1993

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