Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

May 3, 2013

Gear up for several events

By Michele Carlsten
The Daily Iowegian

---- — Hello everybody. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their kind words and emails about my first article last week. Let’s hope I can keep it up.

Now that we are empty nesters we find ourselves often enjoying just a light meal of cheese and crackers and maybe a dip and chips for supper. Here is just a little quick dip for just such a night.

BLT Dip: A creamy dip flavored with bacon, lettuce and tomato


1 10 oz. can well drained tomatoes or small chopped fresh tomatoes

1 c. sour cream

3/4 c. mayonnaise

1 lb. bacon, cooked until crisp and then crumbled into small pieces

1 head of lettuce


Cracked black pepper


Cut the head of lettuce and hollow it out to make a bowl. Chop the lettuce you took out of the “bowl” finely and set aside. Mix the mayo, sour cream, crumbled bacon, tomatoes and 1 c. of the chopped lettuce. Taste and then add salt and several grinds of cracked black pepper as needed. Spoon into the lettuce bowl and refrigerate until serving. I would let this set to blend flavors for several hours if possible. Serve with baguette slices, crudités, chips, or a spoon. This is delicious and a fun way to fancy up finger food.

A few quick corrections on last week’s article — On May 4, the Royal Neighbors are planting container gardens for Join Hands Day and it was to be held at the community center, however, the location has been changed to the Hurley barn. It will still be held at 9 a.m. so don’t forget to join in getting those hands dirty for a cause. Royal Neighbors meet the second Monday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Community Center.

A correction for the time that the Recreation Committee meets the time is at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month and not 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1 is the drawing at the Exline Store for the Kindle Fire. Make sure to get your tickets at the store for $1 each.

Royal Neighbors are celebrating Flag Day June 14. In honor of the day and our troops we are sending letters of appreciation or notecards to the brave soldiers serving our country. Take this opportunity to express what is in our hearts to these brave men and women. Do not seal envelopes as they will all be screened for security purposes. Have cards or letters delivered to Maryann no later than May 24 so they may reach the home office in time to get to our troops.

Another quick note about Royal Neighbors — They will be having a great Coffee Break on June 10 at the community center from 9-10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Enfys McMurry, author of “Centerville: A Mid-American Saga.” Everyone is welcome to attend and hear the story behind the book.

Don’t forget the Royal Neighbors garage sale on June 8. Let’s all get that stuff out that we just don’t need any more so the rest of us can use. Since I think we will finally start Spring now I don’t know about anybody else but my Spring cleaning is in high gear and my junk (treasures to some, headache to me) is headed to new homes.

If you missed the opportunity to go to the Ponds and Prairies open house this weekend I’m sorry to hear because these wonderful homes are just beautiful and the location magical. I took my mother Karen out to see these homes and I was overcome with the quality of work and the peaceful setting. As we were touring one of the homes we strolled onto the expansive deck overlooking one of the ponds and watched as turtles played just out of reach, the ducks and other wildlife are in abundance there. These are just the perfect place to spend all your down time. Morgan Cline was visiting this week to see the Old Homestead all redone and ready for the next lucky owners. We are extremely grateful for all that he has done for this small town and look forward to his new projects.

On to a few local stories —

On May 4 after 39 years Barb Hull will be retiring from Mercy Hospital. There will be a retirement party in the medical center cafeteria on today at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. On that note I would like to extend good wishes and patience because we all know Gary and spending all that time together might just be the beginning of the rolling pin wars. Enjoy every minute Barb.

Jean Leach is currently visiting her son in Johnson, Tenn. She will be returning Sunday just in time to have surgery in Bloomfield on Tuesday. We hope all goes well and for a speedy recovery.

There have been two recent passing’s — Mike Sedgwick died of a massive heart attack. His memorial service was Sunday at the community center and past resident Barbara Peckman passed away. The funeral was Monday at Lange and dinner followed at the center afterwards. We wish condolences to the families and friends.

Carla Wells, well-loved employee of the Exline Store, was surprised by an evening of cake and guests at the store for her last day of work. Several of the locals stopped by to say their goodbyes, share cake, ice cream and memories. We’ll miss you.

Vicky Butler has taken a position at the Riverhills Clinic in the lab and we wish her well.

Robert and Idalee McClurg had a nice visit from family from D.C. this week. Daughter Kayla, Robin Stickler, Ashlee Shipman, grandchildren Linken and Aubree Shipman all came to enjoy their company.

Maryann Hurley went to Columbia, Mo. to celebrate grandson Ethan Hurley’s eighth birthday at Chuck E. Cheese. Along for the celebration were Shawn and Wyatt Tait and a few local friends and family of Ethan’s.

Take time to enjoy Spring and all the beauty that it holds. The new baby animals all over, the budding trees and flowers and, of course, open windows. Now if we can just keep the sweltering heat and sunburn from spending all day in the garden away things should be just beautiful. On that note a reminder to make sure you’re ready for severe weather by having your NOAA weather radios plugged in for the season ahead.

Don’t forget to email any news you may want included in the weekly article to