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We moved to Adel 22 years ago because of the caliber of the A-D-M students I encountered where I was working in Adel. Intelligent, polite and good work ethics.
Our daughters all started school here and graduated with a quality education and a sense of community.
We've never regretted the move to Adel, this last month I was reminded that what made Adel special to us is still going strong.
It's September again and a new crop of kids are going to school and Brenda McGinnis
is doing her best to ensure that they have the same blessings our children received.
This month we also have interviews with Becky Soffa of Cameo Rose Collection, Pam Walker of Care at Home, Michelle Roling of Sharing is Healing and Lori Brocka of Reich & Loynachan Insurance.
In addition, I've got a recipe from the grill and great information from around town!
|Becky Soffa - Cameo Rose|
This month, DiscoverAdel would like to take you on a tour of the Cameo Rose Collection. Located on the square in downtown Adel, it is a wonderful collection of Victorian and Vintage gifts inspired by yesteryear.
The Cameo Rose Collection draws you into the building with creative window designs created by daughter/ mother business partners Becky Soffa and Naomi Maahs. The window displays capture Victorian era and vintage design concepts that the store has promoted since opening in September 2001. During the winter holiday season, the window display is home to a Christmas tree decorated with Victorian ornaments and vintage Santa Claus.
When you first walk into the Cameo Rose Collection, you feel like you've entered an old Victorian home. The lights are low and warm, with classical music playing softly in the background. One of the first things to notice is the dark woodwork surrounding the display cabinets, giving a sophisticated frame to the treasures within.
The store offers many different types of gifts, making it hard to know where to start. The entry room is filled with beautiful jewelry pieces by Sweet Romance and Anne Koplik Designs, as well as perfume fragrances by Caswell-Massey and Gianna Rose. Here you will also find a collection of small Victorian shoes, sure to please any devoted collector. On the main floor you will also find vintage inspired greeting cards, stationary, wax seals and gift books.
As you work your way up stairs, you'll find an entire room dedicated to entertaining. The tables, decorated for the season, show off the china, crystal, linens and Tea Sets available. These delicate designs are perfect for wedding gifts. There is also a kitchen area in the corner of the room housing more designs for your tableware and place setting needs.
The doll room is home to the Cameo Rose Collection of porcelain dolls by Seymour Mann, Delton, and Showstoppers. You will also see a collection of Bearington Bears.
Next you will see the baby's room, set up as a nursery. You will see baby shower gifts inspired by the past. Not sure what to get that mommy to be? Stop into the Cameo Rose to that unique gift! You'll also be able to find vintage inspired Christening and Baptism gifts.
Now you will move onto the bathroom- filled with aromatic soaps and decorative gifts. Here you may find that perfect piece of wall art or floral centerpiece you have been searching for!
My favorite room is the small closet that is used to display the collection of nightlights. Lining the walls of the closet you will find dozens of stunning nightlights for any décor. Each porcelain, teapot, or lampshade design is plugged in to create a warm, welcoming room that shows off their true beauty.
Cameo Rose Collection also has a new addition to their store, Antiques on Ninth, displaying hard to find antiques for your home. Through out the store you will find displays of wall art, floral arrangements, seasonal décor, lamps and Victorian gifts. This fun shopping experience can't be found in chain stores, which helps sets the Cameo Rose Collection apart. It is also located in a historic Adel building. "Built in 1881, the building was initially a bank (Adel State Bank) operated by Samuel Leach, great grandfather of Jim Leach, a member f the House of Representatives from Iowa. On the second floor was the office of lawyer George Clarke.
In 1895 the bank was robbed. As Clarke came down the stairs, the robber aimed a gun at him and pulled the trigger. However, the gun misfired, thereby sparing the life of Clarke who went on to serve as Iowa lieutenant governor for four years and governor from 1913-1917."
Throughout the year, the Cameo Rose Collection participates in many Adel functions including the Adel Sweet Corn Festival, Iowa Book Festival, and Adel Holiday Open House. They also have spring, fall, and Holiday open houses where they showcase seasonal décor.
This month, mark your calendars for September 17-19 and plan to visit the Cameo Rose Collection for their Fall Open House!
To find out more about events, sales, new arrivals, and promotions, please visit the Cameo Rose Collection blog moderated weekly by owner Becky Soffa at www.cameorosecollection.com.
|Pam Walker - Care At Home|
This month, Discover Adel sat down with Pam Walker, owner and caregiver with Care At Home in Adel.
Care At Home was established in June 2008 to service Dallas County's aging community. For 25 years, Pam worked at Adel Acres as the Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, which was originally started by her parents.
Pam has always felt drawn to seniors and understands the care needed to assist them with living safe, healthy, and independent lives. Pam wanted to start her own business knowing that "even in her 50's" she was capable of making a change for herself and her community.
Care At Home is a non-medical, personal care service agency that helps aging seniors remain at home rather than being institutionalized in a nursing home. Many seniors are placed in homes when they are unable to fully take care of themselves, when in all actuality, most can continue to live independently with a few hours of assistance. Pam works with seniors and their families to find a schedule that allows seniors their freedom and reduces stress family members may experience.
Pam and her caregivers are trained professionals who can assist seniors with many everyday tasks. Some services include housekeeping, transportation, and personal care needs such as bathing, dressing and mobility. One of the most important aspects is the social contact and friendship the caregivers provide when helping seniors. It's not about making someone a meal; it's about talking with them while it's being made, sitting with them while they eat because no one likes to eat alone. Pam says that communication and socialization are key elements to Care At Home, which helps make their services different.
Every situation is unique. Some people need help on a daily basis. Others need only a few hours a week. In cases of dementia or Alzheimer's, Care At Home is able to sit with seniors who cannot be left home alone and whose family members need to leave the house. These services help family members feel confident that their loved one is being looked after while they are gone. Care At Home also relieves client stress by hiring employees who are trained, insured, and supervised. These caregivers must pass criminal, adult abuse, and driver's license background checks to ensure the safety of their clients.
Care At Home also helps the families by lessening the workload, stress and guilt that can be associated with caring for elderly loved ones. Pam knows that it is important to have someone you can talk to who understands and can help talk through difficult times. It can be hard to take care of someone who has always been the caregiver in the family. Care At Home provides peace of mind, letting the family know that someone's stopping by when they don't have as much time as they would like.
Depending on the types of services needed, at home respite care can be less expensive than full time nursing home care. Long Term Care Insurance or VA benefits may cover Care At Home services and some individuals may qualify for an Elderly Waiver. To find out more about the costs of these services and coverage under insurance plans, please contact Pam at 515-993-2253.
Pam states that for those who do not wish to go to a nursing home it is important to make your wishes known. Also, keep that in mind when remodeling your home over the years- take into consideration the number of stairs in your home, the possibility of ramps or wider door frames to allow wheelchair or walker access. Consider adding grip bars to bathroom designs and better lighting. These small modifications can really make a difference.
Outside of work, Pam stays busy at home with her cows, horses and 80 acres of land between Panora and Stuart. Although she's not a resident of Adel, Pam loves Adel, calling it her 2nd home and feels very much apart of the community.
To find out more about Care At Home, please visit www.careathomeiowa.com or call Pam Walker at 515-993-2253
|Lori Brocka - Reich & Loynachan Ins.|
One of Adel's long standing businesses, The Reich and Loynachan Insurance Agency, changed ownership in July. Jim Loynachan has sold the company to Lori Brocka, who has worked for the agency for 15 years. Lori was kind enough to discuss the transition, as well as her involvement with the community.
Q.What can you tell us about the Reich and Loynachan Agency?
A. Louis Forret opened the original agency in the 40's. Orville Reich joined the agency a few years later and they changed the name to the Forret and Reich Agency. Orville Reich then took over the agency in the 60's, changing the name to the Orville Reich Agency. Orville and Jim Loynachan formed a partnership and changed the name to the Reich and Loynachan Agency in the 70's. I have been with Reich & Loynachan for almost 15 years, gradually taking on more and more responsibilities as my knowledge and experience developed.
Q. What licenses do you have?
A. I am licensed to write Commercial, Personal, Life, Health and Accident insurance and most types of commercial and corporate bonds. Reich and Loynachan is an independent insurance agency, we represent several different companies and this allows us to find the best combination of coverage and rates for each situation. Insurance can be complicated and confusing for many people, I am always available to answer questions and I've been able to find solutions to some pretty unusual situations over the years.
Q. What can you tell our readers about the change of ownership?
A. Jim has decided to retire after 30+ years with the agency, but he will still be around from time to time to help out as needed. I'm not planning any significant changes in the near term, although some technology updates will be made gradually and I am working on a website for the agency, www.adelinsurance.com. The agency focus has always been on knowledgeable, personal, friendly service and that will continue regardless of ownership.
Q. How are you involved with the community?
A. I grew up in Charles City, IA at a time when that community was undergoing an enormous revitalization following the tornado. I saw the time and efforts that went into rebuilding the community and I'm sure that those experiences contributed to my belief in volunteering.
I feel that getting involved is one of the best ways a person can support their community and contribute to the organizations that impact our lives. I have been involved with various causes and organizations most of my life, as an adult I was a girl scout leader when my children were young, followed by the Fine Art boosters when they were older. I have become involved in the Adel business community serving on the Adel Partners board of directors for the past 5 years, serving as secretary for 3 years and currently as president. I enjoy having the opportunity to meet and work with great people that really care about our community.
Q. When did you move to Adel?
A. My husband Chris and I moved to the Des Moines area in 1984 and to Adel in 1987. We had been looking for a great old house for quite some time and found it in Adel; the community and good school system made the decision an easy one.
Q. Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about yourself or your family?
A. Chris and I both love old houses and we've spent the past 22 years refurbishing ours. Our girls; Katrina, Jessica, and Allyson, will tell you that there was always something being refinished, remodeled or recovered.
Most people probably don't know that I'm also a bit of a computer geek; I do most of the "behind the scenes" database and php code development for Chris' web design business, G.Rafics Inc. I really enjoy the challenge and I am always learning something new.
To find out more about The Reich and Loynachan Insurance Agency, please contact Lori at 515-993-4135 or go to www.adelinsurance.com.
|Fall Open House Celebration|
Cameo Rose Sidewalk Sale Come see our new Fall, Halloween & Thanksgiving items.
Door prize drawings.Cameo Rose
Saturday, September 17 - 199 a.m. - 5 p.m.107 N. 9th St., Adel
|Michelle Roling - Sharing is Healing|
This month DiscoverAdel interviewed Michelle Roling of Caring is Healing. Michele recently moved her practice to Adel.
Q. What is the history of Sharing is Healing?
A. I have been involved in private practices in both Des Moines and Ames for the past four years with groups of therapists. I started Sharing is Healing in 2007 marketing my speaking and training opportunities for organizations. January 2009, Sharing is Healing opened its doors here in Adel for the first clients seeking therapeutic services. I work with individuals, couples, families and offer group therapy.
Q. Why have you chosen to move from your location from Ames to Adel?
A. For many years it has been a dream to have my own therapy practice. Since we have lived in Adel for over three years, it has been a goal of mine to be in Adel more often and be able to spend more time with my husband and our boys.
Q. What can you tell our readers about yourself?
A. I continue to work for Iowa State University as the Eating Disorder Treatment Coordinator
Q. What is your educational background?
A. I earned my Bachelors of Education in K-12 Music education from Simpson College. Shortly after starting my teaching career, my first child was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and I made the decision to stay at home, running an in home day care, in order to manage his day to day needs and oversee his medical routine. It was while still at home with the daycare, during my second pregnancy that I started the Masters of Education program through Iowa State University earning my masters in Educational Counseling taking night classes.
Q. What is your job title?
A. Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, clinician, presenter, supervisor.
Q. What steps lead you to becoming a therapist?
A. I have always been a "people person" wanting to help others. Having the role of helping others, help themselves and watching people gain insight and appreciation for themselves is an incredible honor in my life.
Q. How might someone know if they are in need of your services?
A. When life stressors throw things (emotions, sleep, ability to cope in a healthy way...) out of balance and you simply feel stuck, I'm a great resource. In addition to my specialization in eating disorders, I work with many topics of concern such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, relationships, grief, parenting struggles, medical diagnosis, and LGBT concerns to name a few.
Q. What are the benefits of individualized therapy?
A. Individual therapy offers an opportunity for people to explore their lives in a supportive and challenging environment. Having a therapist who can ask important questions and offer reflections enables you to see things from a different perspective. It is a place to feel supported, heard and encouraged to improve your life.
Q. How did you come to define your specialties?
A. In this appearance driven culture, eating disorders and body dissatisfaction are impacting Americans at an alarming rate. Early in my professional career, I quickly recognized how negative body image, negative relationships with food and eating disorders paralyzed individuals from achieving their full potential in life. Working with clients- all ages, all races, both genders, all socio-economic groups, all cultures I have seen that no one is immune to messages about body.
Q. What are the benefits of group meetings when dealing with Body Image and Eating Disorders?
A. When someone is struggling with negative body image and unhealthy food behaviors there is this perception that you are alone and that everyone else has "this" figured out. Group offers the opportunity to gain support, encouragement and challenge not only from a therapist but also the other members.
Soon, I will be adding a second group - "Understanding Myself & Others" a women's group.
Q. What types of presentations do you offer? Who is the target audience for these services?
A. I offer informational trainings on topics ranging from- stress management in the office; anxiety/depression; self- acceptance; how to help others who are struggling with (eating disorders/depression/anxiety...) These presentations are offered to corporations; public & private organizations; other clinicians; community members.
Q. What can you tell our readers about your involvement in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis?
A. Having two sons with Cystic Fibrosis, raising awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and fund raising for a cure have been an active part of my life for the past 13 years. Both my husband, Shawn, and I serve on the state of Iowa Cystic Fibrosis Board of Directors where we are actively involved in multiple large events- "Uncork a Cure"- Cystic Fibrosis wine tasting scheduled for November 6; Great Strides - Walk for a Cure, scheduled for May each year. Each year, "Team Hall" for my sons Alex & Shade our Family & Friends organizes a Waffle feed and change drive.
CAPTION: Alex, center, Caden left, Shade, right, and Michelle. Alex,
who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, was given a trip to Washington,
D.C. through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Q. Do you have any upcoming events/ activities you would like the community to be apart of?
A. Annual Cystic Fibrosis Waffle Breakfast, Saturday Oct. 10, 7:30-noon, Adel United Methodist Church. Uncork a Cure Friday November 6. Information and tickets can be purchased by contacting 800-798-5151
Q. Is there anything else you would like to share with the community?
A. As an Adel resident, I am thrilled to have my private practice in town. Encouraging others to come to our community and see all that Adel has to offer has been an added perk to a job I already love. It's simply wonderful to hear my "out of town" clients compliment our community. It feels great to help Adel residents work through the struggles life has thrown their way.
Sharing is Healing office space is still under construction, as the addition onto our home is not complete. In the mean time, I am up and running with services being offered in our home. You can watch construction updates or find out more information about Sharing is Healing at www.michelleroling.com
|Celebrate Fall With Atherton House!|
September 17-19, 2009Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pmFriday 10:00 am- 5:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
A World of Fine Craftsmanship - The Spirit of Autumn
New Treasures & Old Favorites
Warm Apple Cake For All!- American Pottery - Swedish Linens - Iowa Honey & Bittersweet- Motawi Tiles - The Bell Collection - Mobiles - Puffing Trolls- Darfur Bracelets - Prayer Flags - Schlabaugh Clocks- Glass Eye Paperweights - New Harmony Cider Crocks- Easy-To-Make Autumn Fare From The Atherton House PantryBear Day! Thursday, September 17
10:00 am- 8:00 pm Door Prizes!
Steiff, Germany has again selected Atherton House to host a Fall Party.
Preview the newest 2009 Exclusives and Christmas OrnamentsDid You Know?
September thunder indicates good grain and fruit crops the next year.
If fawns have lost their spots by Mid- July it will be and early fall.
The first frost of autumn will occur exactly six months after the first thunderstorm in the spring. "Locusts Begin to Holler" Ten Weeks Till Frost. It never frosts until the cockleburs are ripe. Double hazelnuts ward off Rheumatism and toothaches. It's ok to steal horses on St. Michaelmas Eve (September 28th)
Located at 202 S 9th St Adel, IA 50003 Phone: 515-993-2034
|Brenda McGinnis - Back To School Free For All|
On Sunday, Aug. 2nd, students in the A-D-M and West Central Valley school districts, regardless of financial status, were given free book bags with school supplies, eye exams, dental exams, and haircuts. DiscoverAdel.com sat down with Brenda McGinnis to hear more about this great project that is helping the community.
Brenda runs As You Wish Floral Design, Event Planning & Organizing. She is also one of the co-childrens ministry leaders at Celebration Family Church in Adel.
In October of 2007 her church prayed for a way to help the community. "Love the Lord, Love your neighbor that's true discipleship". She kept coming back to the schools. "When kids come to school without supplies they melt into the walls and becomes the "Have Nots". Our goal is to change how they perceive themselves and to focus on learning."
The congregation raised $5000.00 throughout the year and in August of 2008 they did the first Back to School Free For All.
In 2009 the small congregation sacrificed throughout the year to raise $6,500.00. They had 80 volunteers, the majority of their congregation from 13 and up. They also received a donations from a Dallas County Grant and the Boch Foundation in Perry to raise an additional $5,000.00.
The Dollar General Store in Perry donated shoes. They purchased supplies in July from Walmart, each pack pack had the 24 items required by the school. The backpacks were donated by HyVee. A golf tournament, organized by Dale Heuer at the Raccoon River Valley Golf Course was also held to raise funds.
August 2nd. was a hot day. Lines started at at 12:45 at the High school and had wrapped around the school by 2:00 p.m. Hundreds of families were present to get school supplies, hair cuts, eye exams, and dental supplies. 17 hospitality team members, wearing yellow t-shirts, slowly weaved their way through the crowds with registration forms. Each form was filed out with the number of back packs and services needed. Each family filled out a permission form for the services and received a ticket with a number so that the inventory of 500 pack packs could be monitored.
Another 63 volunteers were in the school assisting with the distribution of resources. Hairstylist stood for hours cutting hair, providing 132 cuts for free. Dental hygienists gave out 90 check ups. Eye doctors provided 80 vision screenings. Kris Manning, from the Adel Methodist church, ran the clothing part of the giveaway.
At 4:00 p.m. the backpacks ran out, those remaining in line were given tickets to receive back packs and supplies. Brenda took the money from the Golf tournament, which had just come in days earlier. She asked for donations on Facebook to get together the additional funds to purchase the additional supplies that were needed. HyVee donated the additional backpacks. One week and one day after the initial give away backpacks and supplies were given to the remaining families.
"I talked with a single father the day of the event. He was a construction worker that was a victim of the economy. He said that if it wasn't for the event, he had no plan B other than to send his children to school empty handed".
"We had such an overwhelming response to the Free For All giving away over 500 backpacks that day and then being able to add an additional 120 more for people who we were not able to help that day. When God asks you to do something, he provides."
Next Year's Needs:
- Paper supplies for advertising
- Printing costs
- Pencils, band-aids, socks and underwear
- Offer Gym shoes to all students
- More volunteers, 80 isn't enough
- More hairstylists
- Funds, grants are not always available each year
- Donations of food and bottled water for day of the event
Brenda's dream is to work with churches in other towns to help their communities. Teach others how to repeat the process. "Not a child living has picked the circumstances that they're living in."
It's almost October and plans are underway for next year. If you'd like to be part of this special event, Brenda can be contacted at: email@example.com
|Around Town |
|Former Resident in the News:
The Des Moines Register has a great story on Sara Brenner, an A-D-M graduate who is working with nano-technology. A science that has the potential to change our lives.
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Gold Key Mortgage has decided to change its business model. Gold Key Mortgage has officially closed operations, but has resurfaced as a branch for Network Funding, a mortgage banking firm out of Houston Texas. You will continue to see the kind of service you have come to expect. They have scanned the landscape and chosen a company that will provide the advantages to succeed in the residential mortgage market. Their new website is: www.nflending.com
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Kevin Lange has purchased Anytime Fitness in Adel. The ownership has changed, but the quality of service will remain.
Phone: 515-993-3333 Website: www.anytimeadel.com
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|Recipe of the Month|
Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes
This one comes courtesy of my nephew and niece who love to grill. The tops get a nice golden look and the flavor of the grill is fantastic!
These can easily be prepped ahead of time and then finished on the grill.
4 Baking potatoes - scrubbed
1 Green Onion - chopped
1 cup Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 tsp Olive Oil
1 Tbs Sea Salt
Scrub potatoes, poke with fork. Lightly rub skins with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.2.
Bake, Microwave or Grill until just done.3.
Let cool 30 minutes.4
. Slice lengthwise and scoop out centers. Leave about a quarter of an inch of shell.5.
Put the scooped potatoes in a bowl and add the green onions, cheese and sour cream.Optional - add crushed bacon and substitue a fourth of the sour cream with ranch dressing6.
Mix together gently, I like them chunky, and then spoon back into the potato shells. 7.
Place on grill, skin side down on outer edge of heat. You may need to adjust placement to avoid burning.8.
Cover grill, cook for 10 - 15 minutes, add 5 minutes if they were refrigerated. Serves 4.
|Simpson College Outreach Program|
Watch for future announcements of classes taught in Adel by Simpson College in conjunction with the Economic Development Committee of Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, to assist the area businesses.
Better educated and trained staff members help the local businesses, and their clients, as well the individuals attending.
The Simpson "outreach" program allows community members to attend here, at an affordable price, without traveling to the Indianola or West Des Moines campuses.
|To learn more about the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, visit their website: adelpartners.org|
|Labor Day Is September 7th.|
Even though it's felt like Fall several times this summer, Labor Day is the traditional last chance to enjoy summer.
|DiscoverAdel.com would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!|
Silent Auction Fundraiser Begins!
The auction begins August 31st and will run through Friday, Sept. 11th. There are tons of great items to bid on including an Isabel Bloom Figurine, a variety of glassware and ceramics, toys, and quilting items from Adel Quilting and Drygoods. All items are on display now! Proceeds will benefit the children's area. Stop in to see what is available.
Adult programming is starting up again at the Adel Public Library. The first program is on September 15th at 6:30. Learn how to buy and sell on eBay from Justin Alliss. For more information contact Lynne at the library.
Story Time Starts Again
Story time will begin the week following Labor Day! Story time is a great way to engage your child in reading, learning and socializing.
Preschool story time is on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Pick the day that works best for you!
Toddler time is on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information please see the library's website at adelpl.org.
Laura Guth -
Adel Public Libarary
|Adel Events in September |
|BRA Ride |
Bike Ride to Adel
Sept. 13th The entire courthouse block in downtown Adel will be dedicated to a great cycling destination
Sept. 19th Free wine samples, apples, cider, pumpkins, food vendors, baked goodies, ice cream, popcorn, pumpkins, horse & wagon rides, live music, and more!
Sept. 20th1:30 p.m. check-in.
2:00 Shotgun Start
New events added weekly, be sure to checkout DiscoverAdel.com's
Calendar for more.
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