"Helping the World Discover Adel" - Vol. 96 October 2016
|The first time I voted in a presidential election, I was three. Well, actually my Dad held me while he and my mother voted. I'd have normally been running off or something a 3 year old does, but the determination in my father's face kept me still and we waited as he held me close and told me this was very important. |
So important that we stood in line outside of the courthouse long enough for the sun to set. I can't tell you who "we" voted for, my father believed that voting is a private decision which takes time and thought and that it must be protected. He saw it as an honor, a privilege and a duty.
I've voted in every election since I turned 18 and I feel his shadow behind me and I marvel that we live in country where my vote counts.
This month we had the pleasure to talk with Kim Owens, Dallas County Deputy Auditor and Elections. I never fathomed the intricacies needed to vote. So much that it merited posting Kim's interview a month early. No matter how crazy this election seems to be, I hope to see you at the polls in November.
Until then, we have a busy October planned for Adel. So grab a cup of coffee, there's a lot to cover this month and we look forward to seeing you in Adel.
Kim Owen - Dallas County Deputy Auditor & Elections
This month we spoke with Kim Owens, Dallas County Deputy Auditor and Elections to learn how the voting process is accomplished for more than 38,000 Dallas County voters.
This year, Tuesday November 8th marks the 56th presidential election.
As Americans, it has been our civic duty and privilege to vote for elected officials and public measures for the past 228 years.
In the years leading up to any election, the public sees advertising about specific candidates and propositions. But behind the scenes, Dallas County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections Gene Krumm and his team are busy preparing for school elections, City proposals, and special elections that take place throughout the year.
Dallas County is home to more than 66,000 residents broken into 34 voting locations known as precincts. Kim Owens prepares customized ballots for each precinct and conducts test of the ballots and Open-Elect Voting Optical (OVO) machinery.
|Kim Owen with Voting Machines|
The team is required by law to produce a "Test Deck" of ballots to verify that the OVO machines tabulating the results are reading each ballot correctly. A second "Public Test" is performed so that citizens may witness the testing process.
There is a significant amount of data entry required to prepare for each election. This October there are several ballot concerns. For many, it is important to research each candidate and proposition.
2016 Ballot Breakdown
Adel citizens will vote regarding a proposed 7% Local Hotel and Motel Tax. To learn more about the proposed tax, please contact City Hall.
The partisan ballot includes President/Vice President, State Senator and Representatives, as well as County Supervisor, Auditor, and Sheriff.
Nonpartisan races include County Public Hospital Trustee, Soil and Water Conservation District, and County Agricultural Extension Council.
The Judicial ballot includes Supreme Court Judge, Court of Appeals Judge, and District Judge appointments.
To place your vote on these important issues, first you will need to be a Registered Voter. Iowa now offers 6 options to register to vote for the 2016 elections.
3. On Election Day
Kim recommends early registration to avoid delays. If you choose to register the day of, please bring your valid Iowa Driver's License and a piece of mail confirming your address. If you do not, your vote will be considered Provisional until the documentation is received.
4. During the driver license application or renewal processes.
5. In-person at the Dallas County Auditor's office: 210 N 10th Street, Adel.
6. At state agencies offering services to the public.
Remember: there is never a cost to register to vote!
The long, 16-hour day of any election is hectic for Kim and her team of employees and temporary workers. Presidential elections require years of planning and preparation. In addition to her regular staff, 230 Precinct Officials are trained regarding proper electoral procedure. Special teams are also selected to handle Absentee Ballots and Provisional Votes.
Precinct Officials are paid $9.00/hour and must work the full 16-hour shift. Dallas County is required to have a balance between Republicans and Democrats, Men and Women. To learn more about becoming a Precinct Official: http://www.co.dallas.ia.us/home/showdocument?id=17273
"If you vote the very first thing in the morning before work, from 7am-9am, or after work from 5-8pm, those are heavy traffic times-plan for an hour. Otherwise it may take 15 minutes. You'll go to the table and check in with a Precinct Official.
You will be asked to confirm your birthday and address. Once identified, the voter signs in and moves to the next step of the vote- the ballot table.
Voters are instructed to go to a voting booth to ensure privacy. Once the vote is complete, the ballot, in a privacy sleeve, is handed to an official who feeds the ballot into a machine that counts each vote."
This is Kim's second Presidential Election. In 2012, Dallas County accounted for 38,000 voters, 21,000 in person, and 17,000 Absentee Ballots. This year, Kim has taken a proactive approach by preparing early, determining what can be improved, and how to handle the flood of Absentee ballots.
Satellite absentee voting stations will be made available for any Dallas County resident prior to the November 8, 2016 election.
Perry Public Safety: 908 Willis Ave, Perry Iowa
October 17th, October 25th 1pm-7pm
Heartland Presbyterian Church: 14300 Hickman Rd, Clive Iowa
October 19th, October 27th 1pm-7pm
St. Boniface Catholic Church: 1200 Warrior Ln, Waukee Iowa
October 18th, October 27th 1pm-7pm
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church: 7075 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines Iowa
October 21st 1pm-7pm
Woodward United Methodist: 108 W 5th St, Woodward Iowa
October 25th 1pm-7pm
Van Meter America Legion: 910 Main St, Van Meter Iowa
October 26th 1pm-7pm.
Dallas County Auditor's Office: 210 N 10th St, Adel Iowa
Monday-Friday through November 7th, 8am-4:30pm
October 29th, November 5th 8am-5pm.
The election doesn't end when the precincts close. Wednesday will mark the beginning of a month long clean up for the Audit and Elections team. Provisional ballots must be verified while Absentee ballots continue to roll in via the United States Postal Service.
Official counts must be updated and approved by the Dallas County Board of Supervisors, then submitted to the State of Iowa for further acceptance and approval.
Members of the Dallas County Audit and Elections team are
honored to help residents participate in local, state, and national government.
Kim is happy to take part in the preparation and verification of the democratic process.
Dallas County Audit & Elections Office
210 N 10th Street
Adel, IA 50003
Ph: (515) 993-6914
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805 Main Street
Adel IA 50003
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Adel Auto Parts Corporation
Bag'N Save This Month at Adel Auto Parts!
This October is a great time to stock up on all your auto supply needs at Adel Auto Supply
Buy a 99 cent NAPA bag
and get 20% off
on 3 or more items you can fit inside the bag!*
Bag worthy items may include motor oil or filters, wiper blades, and cleaning supplies. You could pick up a phone mount for your dashboard, an LED work light, or battery charger.
You'll be amazed what fits in the NAPA bag. Talk with John Standley and his crew
about your next automotive project and get some NAPA Know How
. View the October Ad
.*Offer good Oct.1-31, 2016. Must purchase a minimum of three items to receive discount. Some exclusions apply. Not valid on sale items or with any other offers or coupons. See store for details.
809 Main Street * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: 515-993-3212Perry Auto Parts
1001 3rd. St. * Perry, Iowa 50220
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - Noon
Penoach's Octoberfest Open House and Concert October 8th
will hold an Octoberfest Open House
from 12:00 - 5:00 pm
on Saturday, October 8th
.Hot Tamale and the Red Hots
will perform from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. There will be wine specials, hot apple wine by the glass.
Wagon rides around the vineyard, marshmallow roasting, and free popcorn. Food, including brats will be available from Brick Street Barbeque
. Come ready to sing Roll Out the Barrel!
26759 N Ave.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Join 4-H Oct 3 & 4th -
During 2016 National 4-H Week
Celebrate 4-H Week by Joining 4-H
As the new school year begins, so does enrollment in Iowa's largest youth development program - 4-H.
Dallas County 4-H will be hosting two open houses during the first week of October, in honor of National 4-H Week.
The first event will take place on Mon., Oct. 3 at the Waukee Community Center, and the second will be held on Tues., Oct. 4 at the Adel Library. Both events will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and guests are welcome to come and go as they please.
During this time, families are invited to learn more about what 4-H has to offer for youth in fourth through twelfth grade. Kids in kindergarten through third grade may join 4-H Clover Kids, a program that allows them to experience 4-H through cooperative, non-competitive learning. Community members who are interested in leading a 4-H club are also encouraged to attend.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H staff in Dallas County, 4-H leaders and 4-H members will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments will be served, and there will be an opportunity for families to register their youth for 4-H onsite.
"We hope we can connect with a wide variety of families during these open houses," said Aleta Cochran, Dallas County 4-H Youth Coordinator. "We love sharing the story of 4-H. It's come a long ways from ag and livestock, and now project areas include leadership, creative arts, STEM and so much more."
For more information on Dallas County 4-H, call the extension office at (515) 993-4281.
View the 4-H Meet 'N Greets flyer.
ISU Ext. and Outreach in Dallas County
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
Van Van Buren
Van Van Buren
Real Estate Agent - Iowa Realty
is a retired business executive from IBM, where he had a very successful 30 year career, including assignments in Systems Engineering, Marketing, Consulting and Management, helping companies in the US, Canada and Europe.
A Dallas County native, Van and his wife live near Adel, Iowa, where he is on the Library Board, is a Township Trustee/Treasurer and involved in various other civic activities.
He is a Northwest Missouri State graduate and attended Math graduate school at Florida State University.As your agent
, Van will apply his experience in sales, marketing, management, support, consulting and civic activities to your real estate buying/selling situations. Due to building five homes during his corporate career and selling 4, he has been on the "other" side of the agent's desk.
Providing responsive, confidential service and HELP, with respect for the individual is his motto!
Real Estate Agent - Iowa Realty
26759 N Ave.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 777-0707
Adel Pumpkin Carving Contest
Attention Creative Carvers! Now through October 31st
, create a jack-o-lantern and take at least one picture with the person(s) carving it.
On the back of the picture, write the dates and the names of the people in the picture, and the the phone number to reach you at.
Drop off your photo off at City Hall. Winners will be notified no later than Nov. 4th. We look forward to your creative designs.
Polka Festival at St. John's Oct 8th
Join the fun at St. John's Catholic Church
on Saturday, October 8th
as they host a Polka Festival.
The Polka Mass
will take place at 4:30 pm
, followed by a free will offering dinner at 5:30 pm
is 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple and can be purchased through the church office.
St. John's Parish
24043 302nd Place
PO Box 185 * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4482
October Events at the Adel Public Library
Here at your library we are heading into the fall and there is so much to see and do.
The library is pleased to welcome Joan Becker, author of Sentenced to Life: Mental Illness, Tragedy, and Transformation for a book discussion of Friday October 7th at 4:30 pm.
"On June 24, 2009, Parkersburg, Iowa lost a pillar of its tight knit community." Come and "discover the confidence that buoys author Joan Becker and her family as they push for reform in the broken mental health system before more lives are ruined. Their story offers hope, help, and heart-felt compassion."
Did you know coloring isn't just for kids, that coloring is a great way for adults and teens to relax and reduce stress, so Color Me Calm with us on Monday October 17th at 2:30 pm.
The ever popular Terry Fisk is back! Join us on Tuesday October 25th for a program on Iowa UFOs at 6:30 pm where Terry Fisk discusses the top UFO sightings of Iowa, the Midwest, and the world.
Fisk will share photos, case histories, and eyewitness accounts and talk about some of the cases he has personally investigated.
He will also address some of the arguments typically offered by UFO skeptics and debunkers.
Our very popular annual Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation Bake Sale will be on Friday, October 28th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Goodies can be dropped off during normal business hours on Thursday, October 27th or before 9:00 am on Friday.
This month's Second Saturday Story Time will be on October 8th when we celebrate the fifth annual Star Wars Reads Day at 10:30 am with games and Stories.
Teen Read Week is the 9th through the 15th of October and any teen caught reading in the library will get a treat!
Our next Early Out Movie on Wednesday, October 12th when we'll watch "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" on the big screen at 2:00 pm.
Pink Stew Entertainment is back! Professor Chip and Lots O' Dots will be at the library on Monday October 24th at 2:00 pm for a fun program where we'll learn to make Halloween Balloons!
As always, information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website at www.adelpl.org.
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Mondays and Fridays, 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 am to 7 pm
Saturdays, 10 am to 1:30 pm.
Tractor Supply Co Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening October 20th & 21st
Join the Adel Partners Chamber
and Tractor Supply Co
for a Ribbon Cutting and Open House
on October 20th
, 2016 from 5:30
pm at 4001 Ash St. DeSoto, Ia.
Come Cut the Ribbon and Stay for the Shopping
, 10% off everything in the store
.Grand Opening - Saturday, October 22
, from 8 am - 8 pm
. Events to Include:
- Free hats to the first 800 through the door
- Drawing for Gift Cards throughout the week-end.
- 1-$1000, 1-$500, 1-$250, 2-$100 and 1 -$50
- Tractor Show
- A Heintz 57 Pet Adoption
Recipe of the Month -
Caramel Apple Sliced Lollipops
When I was a kid, Beggar's Night meant homemade costumes, turn of the century jokes (literally a 100 years ago), and homemade treats like caramel apples, popcorn balls, cider, and cookies.
Halloween in Iowa was always chilly. Part of the fun was creating costumes that were warm enough so we didn't have to wear a jacket on top.
The worst years were marked by signs of Winter; ice storms knocked out power, we had to wear coats, gloves, hats, and scarves over our costumes, and our parents were too worried to let us wander unchaperoned.
The best years were Indian Summers; when the daylight seemed to last longer, the temperatures were comfortable, and Halloween seemed like a night when kids ruled the town.
Halloween certainly has changed- store bought costumes, jokes found online, different colored pumpkins to identify gluten-free households. Definitely no homemade treats. Sometimes the nostalgia of days past calls to me, and I think of parties with frozen eyeball grapes, spaghetti intestines, and green Jell-O slime.
This month, our recipe is nostalgic with a modern twist, Caramel Apple Sliced Lollipops.
Caramel Apple Sliced Lollipops
2 C. Dark Chocolate Chips
1 C. White Chocolate Chips
Wooden Popsicle Sticks
Optional decorations: crushed Peanuts or Candy corn, Holiday Sprinkles
Line 2 cookie sheets with Wax paper.
Melt Dark Choclate Chips in microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each round.
Wash Apples and remove stem.
Slice Apples thickly, remove seeds, insert stick at bottom, pat dry.
Cover each apple slice in melted Dark Chocolate, place on Wax Paper to dry.
Make Caramel Sauce:
1 C. Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 C. Butter
1/4 C. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
Bring Brown Sugar, Butter, and Milk to gentle boil.
Cook until thickened, 1-5 minutes. Remove from heat; add Vanilla, stir to combine.
Melt White Choclate Chips in microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each round.
Drizzle each apple slice with Caramel sauce and White Chocolate. While warm, decorate as desired.
Let harden and enjoy!
Tailgating With CY on the Adel Square October 28th
In partnership with the Adel Partners Chamber,
the Dallas County ISU Extension Office
will bring you a lunch hour of tailgating
Find us on the square Friday, October 28th
from 11:30 am
to 1:30 pm
. We'll be serving up food, playing bag toss and ladder golf
and taking selfies with Cy the Mascot!
Now, we understand not everyone is a Cyclone fan. We encourage you to show up in gear supporting the team you love and cheer for!
ISU Extension provides education to all citizens, regardless of sports affiliations.
Julie Stewart for Dallas County Supervisor - Adel Listening Post
Join Julie Stewart, candidate for Dallas County Supervisors, at the Adel Listening Post
, Saturday October 8th
at the Adel Public Library
Stewart hopes to hear your concerns effecting Dallas County infrastructure, watersheds, jail construction, law enforcement, conservation, bike trails, economic development and more.
Listening Posts will continue in Dallas County through the General Election November 7th, 2016.
Julie Stewart hopes to apply her 30 years of leadership experience to the Dallas County Board of Supervisors in a full time capacity."Dallas County government is overdue for an increase in management hours, especially with the large population growth and the resulting business opportunities.""Is the public supportive of the three Supervisors working part-time? Why would eight mayors in Dallas County ask the Supervisors to increase their membership from three members to five if they didn't feel that their work load should increase?""Recently the Supervisors defended their part-time hours as sufficient, even though they receive salaries of $53,000 a year. In the last 12 years, our Supervisors have nearly double their salary.""My willingness to work full-time hours as one of the CEOs of county government will result in improved service to all county residents. After listening to the concerns of Dallas County residents, action will follow."
Learn more about Julie Stewart's platform and upcoming events on Facebook at JulieStewart4Supervisor
Terry Traveler - Visits Casey's
Terry Traveler here with a local review of the Casey's General Store
This summer I traveled around Iowa and found that I often chose to stop at Casey's General Store. They are generally pretty well stocked on items I want on a road trip- gas, soda, Funions, and donuts.
Some jerky, transmission fluid, a new hat. You know, milk, eggs, a nice bottle of Iowa vino, the basics.
Something I really like about Casey's is the new deli sandwich area added to stores across the state. The customized deli sandwiches and wraps are good, fast, and affordable. I'm glad I also gave the fresh egg salad and chicken salad croissant sandwiches a try- they make a good, quick lunch.
I learned not every Casey's is the same and my favorite is right here in Adel. The store has friendly employees, is very clean, and stays stocked up on all the essentials. Our kitchen does a great job making breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. My favorite is the Taco pizza, or the new Chicken Spinach Artichoke pizza. And the Casey's in Adel now offers delivery, typically in 40 minutes or less.
In Adel, I know we can all like the convenience of picking up last minute items on Sunday when the local grocery store is closed. I gas up the car, grab dinner, pet food, and get home in 15 minutes or less, which is pretty great.
So stop in to Casey's General Store in Adel and find out what makes our local store the best around!
John's Baby Steps 5K/1Mile Race & Memory Walk - Oct 1st
There's still time to participate in the 7th Annual John's Baby Steps 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk
today, October 1s
t at Kinnick-Feller Park in Adel.Day of Event Registration
starts at 7 am
. Angel Presentation at 8:30 am. Race starts at 8:45 am
Chip timing, Memory Walk, Prizes & Food. Kids Fun Run at 9:45 am
immediately following 5K finishing.
The money we raise goes to help with child loss prevention. John's Charity donates Defribrillators (AEDs) to area schools and helps families with keepsakes after the unimaginable loss of a child. We would love to have you join us as we remember our Angel Babies as they watch over us.
PO Box 613
De Soto, Iowa 50069
Phone: (515) 314-9171
Wills Family Orchard Apple and Pumpkin Fest - 2016 Season
Fall is here, so contact family and friends and make plans to visit Wills Family Orchard this fall!
You can pick pumpkins, go through the corn maze, take a hay wagon ride,visit the barnyard, and enjoy some fresh cider donuts and other great food items.
There's so much more!
|Wills Family Orchard Apple and Pumpkin Fest Weekends 2016|
- Saturday Oct. 1st (9 - 6 pm)
- Sunday Oct. 2nd (Noon - 6 pm)
- Saturday Oct. 8th (9-6 pm)
- Sunday Oct. 9th (Noon - 6 pm)
- RBJ Trio will be spicing up the fall air with their easy listening cover songs
- Sunday afternoons: October 2nd and October 9th
* The Master Griller only accepts cash.
(Master Card & Visa are accepted in the pumpkin patch and on-farm store for all other purchases.)
|Schedule of Activities - Weather Dependent|
Food Available During Festival Weekends
- Children 2 and Under Free
- Hay Wagon Rides $3/person
- Corn Maze $3/person
- U-pick pumpkins (.45/pound) every weekend - Sept. 17th - Oct. 30th
- U-pick apples based on availability
- Barn yard for viewing chickens and goats
- Outdoor toss games
- Apple wood-smoked-BBQ by Master Griller Catering on festival weekends*
- Fresh foods such as apple cider donuts, caramel apples
- Queens Apple Dessert & more
- Food sampling all festival weekends
So grab your flannel shirts and head out to Adel this Fall to find the perfect seasonal produce, pumpkins, farm fun, and beautiful Iowa landscapes!Wills Family Orchard
33130 Panther Creek Road
Adel, IA 50003
Billy's Ice Cream Store
Billy's Ice Cream Store to Close for the Season October 30th
will be closing for the season on October 30
Starting October 3rd
, I will close at 8 pm on week nights
, 9 pm on Friday and Saturday
Be sure to stop in for a fall treat like a pumpkin chilly Billy or caramel apple slices. We are also serving chili dogs and Chili-ritos all the time!! Thanks for a great summer!!Billy's Ice Cream Store
308 Nile Kinnick Dr. S
Adel, Iowa 50003
Facebook: Billys-Ice-Cream-StoreHours: (Starting Oct. 3rd.)Sun - Thurs: Open til 8 pmFri - Sat: Open til 9 pm
Trunk or Treat at Faith Lutheran Church Oct. 30th
There will be a "Trunk or Treat"
held at Faith Lutheran Church
on Sunday, October 30th
from 5:30-7:00 pm
Please stop by for "one stop treats! A safe, fun Halloween Alternative for Families
Dress up in fun costumes. Get lots of Candy. Costume Contest.
Invite your FriendsFaith Lutheran Church & Preschool LCMS
602 S 14th St. * Adel, Iowa 50003
Adel Beggars Night October 31st
The City of Adel will celebrate Beggars' Night
on Monday, October 31st
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Beggars' Night is for parents and kids looking forward to a fun, safe night.
Although it is still important that parents and children use caution. Check out this website to find Safety tips
**In no way does the City of Adel endorse any of the comments or information contained in the Halloween Safety website.
Trunk N Treat at First Christian Church Oct. 31st
There will be a "Trunk or Treat"
held at Adel First Christian Church
on Monday, October 31st from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Please stop by for "one stop treats! The church is located at the corner of Nile Kinnick Dr. N. & Rapids St.
For more information contact the Adel First Christian Church at (515) 993-4514.First Christian Church
218 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4514
One year ago in October I became a Licensed Massage Therapist and began sharing my love of Massage Therapy with the public.
Studio Q 360 - 1 Year Anniversary
In the last year I have added a heated pad to the table to increase muscle relaxation and comfort, hot stone therapy for muscle aches, portable chair massage at your office or event, and regular appointments Monday-Friday in Adel from 8am to 8pm.
In that time it has been my honor to help more than 200 people experience the Studio Q 360 difference. It is wonderful to hear that massage has helped relieve their pain and manage their stress. I am so happy when clients share their experiences and refer friends and family to Studio Q 360. Starting a new business in a small town is a great experience and I appreciate everyone's continued support.
To say thank you, all current clients will receive an extra 15 minutes on each massage during October.
Thank you for making Studio Q 360 massages part of your healthy lifestyle!
Katrina Brocka, LMT
917 Main St.
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 689-4754
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