COLLEGE O YOUR
TIPS TO HELP PLAN FOR YOUR
CHILD’S SECONDARY EDUCATION
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
RECIPE Des Moines, IA 50312
414 61st Street
BIG GREEN UMBRELLA
FUN AND FRIENDLY POSTAL CUSTOMER
WHERE WE LIVE
BIG GREEN UMBRELLA
MEET MARY MASON
EDUCATION www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012
REAL ESTATE GROUP PLEASANT HILL
SERVING ALL OF EASTERN POLK COUNTY
$151,900 $212,000 $170,000 $299,900 $134,900
2828 SENECA COURT SW 411 - 30th STREET SW 2101 - 3rd AVENUE SE 1527 PINEWOOD COURT SW 1021 - 6th STREET
Altoona Altoona Altoona Altoona Altoona
Mary Hamilton-Ross Stacey Carpenter Peggy Harmeyer Bill Eisenlauer Sheena Cochran-Foster
515-979-7359 515-202-2803 515-208-8132 515-770-2455 515-401-8398
$275,000 $175,000 $225,000 $264,000 $112,900
215 SE WILDFLOWER COURT 5202 WINDSOR COURT 6025 ROBIN ROAD 545 CHRISTIE LANE 1510 THOMPSON STREET
Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill Des Moines
Ryan Mathews Bob Eisenlauer Brian Burgett Jeanie Jones Rex Deckard
515-202-1019 515-979-2883 515-473-0962 515-979-4080 515-988-6732
$130,000 $90,000 $183,500 $269,900 $150,000
9 LACONA AVENUE 2810 WISCONSIN AVENUE 105 - 1st STREET NW 2721 NW 84th AVENUE 102 ROLLING PRAIRIE DRIVE
Des Moines Des Moines Bondurant Ankeny Runnells
Terry Anderson Jaemi Poncy Todd Omundson Dave Avery Gary Garvis
515-771-6601 515-556-2313 515-577-5099 515-468-1328 515-229-3061
932 N. SHADYVIEW BLVD. – PLEASANT HILL
Each ofﬁce independently owned and operated
APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
Let your taste
By Shane Goodman, firstname.lastname@example.org
‘You just wait’ NOW OPEN!
y wife, Jolene, and I have three wonderful daughters, ages 14,
M 12 and 9. They have, for the most part, been relatively easy to
raise so far. But, as our friends keep telling us, “You just wait.”
Yes, those teenage years are staring us in the face, and we are told this is
the time when girls can be more challenging than boys. Aside from those YOUR SPECIAL
unmentionables, there are the costs: cell phones, clothes, cars, activities GRADUATES
and the biggest one — college.
Yes, the reality of putting three girls through college — potentially
all at once — is extremely daunt- OVER THE TOP
ing. I can’t imagine the stress par- GIFT CARDS!
ents must feel when sending their
children off to school, let alone
determining how to pay for it all. CENTRAL IOWA’S BEST HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!
But before that first day of college
arrives, a number of important
decisions must be made, deci- ANY ICE CREAM ITEM
sions that will impact a child’s Limit one coupon per customer. Not valid
future immensely. We will need with any other oﬀers or promotions.
to start reviewing options for our
children soon, as they grow into 955 NE 56th Street Pleasant Hill
young adults and decide what they Just south of Wells Fargo at the corner of University Avenue and NE 56th Street
want to do with the rest of their
Many of you are in the same
boat as Jolene and me. Others of
you have already dealt with these decisions in raising your children. But
regardless of your personal situation, we can all relate to the process of Dress Up
trying to determine what to do after high school.
These are not decisions that should be taken lightly, so we offer a
bit of guidance from area residents who have recently been through the
process as this month’s cover story.
And as for raising teenage girls, I guess the “you just wait” will soon
Thanks for reading.
Landscape Material Provider
Bulk & Bagged
“Mulch, Rock, Compost & More...To Your Door”
515-953-4822 ext. 304
Mulch. Rock. Compost & More...To Your Door.
125 N. 10th Street, Waukee 50263 (corner of 10th and Hickman Rd.)
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 3
5 Cover story
Preparing for college
9 Where we live
Fun and friendly
Meet Mary Mason
Exciting world of mortgages
A comprehensive list
18 Real estate
Pleasant Hill sales
20 Senior living
Putting empathy into action
550 36th Ave SW, SUITE K | ALTOONA, IA 50009 | 515.967.1888
Spring into action
Chocolate chip cookies
bikes 28 Health Q & A
for your Advice from professionals
family! Page 25
Iowa Living magazines 32 Chamber
and Bike World News of local events
would like to give you
the opportunity to
win up to $2,000 in bikes! On the cover: Whitney Blakemore and Rylee Ames. Photo by Dan Hodges.
Sponsored by PUBLISHER: Shane Goodman GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Karen Ericson
EDITOR: Darren Tromblay Lindy Vorrie
and ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES: Brooke Pulliam EDITORIAL ASSISTANT: Kathleen Summy
Julie Downing CONTRIBUTORS: Marci Clark
Michelle Haupts Amber Williams
Fill out the form and mail to: OR drop off at one of Bike World’s 3 locations: Dan Juffer Dan Hodges
Big Green Umbrella Media West Des Moines 5950 Village View Drive 515.222.1880 Jolene Goodman Becky Hammar
414 - 61st Street Urbandale 6600 Douglas Avenue 515.255.7047 Pete Gardner Rainey Cook
Des Moines, Iowa 50312 Ames 126 S. 3rd Street 515.232.3669 Christi Adams Alan Cross
Wendy Goodale BUSINESS OFFICE MGR: Brent Antisdel
www.iowalivingmagazines.com www.bikeworldiowa.com Rachel Wilson DISTRIBUTION: Brent Antisdel
HURRY! The drawing will take place on June 1, 2012 DESIGN MANAGER: Celeste Jones
ADDRESS: 414 61st Street Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Name ____________________________________________________ PHONE: 515.953.4822
EDITORIAL: ext.304 Circulation and readership
__________________________________________________________ DISTRIBUTION: ext.301 audited by
Email ____________________________________________________ ACCOUNTING: ext.301
Address __________________________________________________ WEB: www.iowalivingmagazines.com
City ____________________________________State _____
Pleasant Hill Living magazine is a monthly publication of Big Green Umbrella Media, Inc., an Iowa corporation. Nothing may be reprinted in whole or in part with-
Telephone _______________________________ out permission of the publisher. Pleasant Hill Living magazine is mailed free of charge to every household and business in the 50317 ZIP code and the Pleasant
Hill portion of 50327. Others may subscribe for $18 annually. Copies of past issues, as available, may be purchased for $3 each (plus shipping if required).
4 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
feature Submit story ideas to email@example.com
Preparing for PLANNING
Photo by Dan Hodges
By Marci Clark
or Southeast Polk High School students,
F the road to college begins on the first day
of ninth grade. Everything they do from that
day forward — grades, volunteerism, course
selection — all adds to the foundation of fur-
thering their education.
One of the first steps the school takes
in assisting students is Ninth Grade Career
Seminar. This class helps students narrow down
interests so they can choose a career and start
making choices to help them prepare for the
Lanny Brand, guidance counselor at
Southeast Polk, says some kids walk in the door
and know what they want to do and have a goal
from day one. However, it’s not that way for
“Take the college prep route,” Rosemary
Freel, also a school guidance counselor, says.
This includes four years of English, science,
social science and foreign language.
Freel suggests this route for most students
because by the time they reach high school
graduation, their chosen path could change.
The school also interviews seniors within
the first few weeks of school to again ask them
what they are planning to do. This helps them
reassess and make sure they are still on the right
path. Brand says this isn’t just to prepare stu-
dents for college, but it also gets them ready to
start interviewing if they don’t plan to continue Southeast Polk students Whitney Blakemore and Rylee Ames look at college information in the school’s guidance office.
their education. there.” this night, parents are prepared for starting the
Southeast Polk offers a variety of post sec- Both Brand and Freel state the importance college application process.
ondary classes that will help students be a step of doing college visits and job shadowing. This, The guidance counselors will help students
ahead when they head to college. These classes they say, helps a student get a much better idea fill out college applications, but say they feel it
count as college courses, eliminating many of of what the reality of their choices will be. is important for the students to try it on their
the core requirements that take up so much of “We’ve got kids who think they’ve always own first. The school offers a financial aid night
the first year at university. wanted to be a teacher,” Brand says, “and then in December.
“We try to keep it a little broad so they they spend a day with 25 second graders, and “That kind of gets the ball rolling for most
don’t get too focused on one thing,” Brand they say they don’t want to do this.” people,” Brand says. “Now we’re talking money.
says. “Obviously, if they like a certain area, we Brand says the big push to get students That’s when they really start thinking about it.”
do what we can, but we don’t want them to ready to apply for colleges comes at parent’s During that night, they discuss grants and
over focus and forget there are other things out night during the student’s junior year. During scholarships, as well as Free Application for
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 5
feature Submit story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). at GVU is four years of English,
Photo by Marci Clark
Brand says a common miscon- three years of math, science and
ception is that families don’t need social sciences, as well as two years
to file the FAFSA if they have a of a foreign language. High school
higher income. transcripts and official ACT or SAT
“To get some of the govern- scores are required. Heither also
ment loans at the low interest rate, looks for post secondary courses.
if they need one, they have to file She recommends that the math
the FAFSA,” Brand says. courses be sequential to assure
Southeast Polk offers ACT they cover the college require-
testing in June and October. Freel ments. She also suggests that stu-
says the test should be taken dur- dents look into taking Advanced
ing junior year. When the test Placement and post secondary
is taken, students should list the classes such as Finite Math or
schools they plan to apply to so Statistics.
the ACT can send the test to the Southeast Polk High School guidance counselors Lanny Brand and Rosemary Freel “Southeast Polk has an awe-
schools. Otherwise, Freel says, the work with students as early as ninth grade to prepare them for life after high school. some post secondary enrollment at
student has to pay a small fee every their schools,” Heither says. “They
time he or she wants test scores at many aspects when considering son individually and take his or her do a really great job of getting
sent to a college or university. a student. circumstances into consideration those opportunities to their high
Brand and Freel say that more “We don’t have a black and during the application process. school students and almost all have
colleges are looking beyond the white admissions criteria as far Heither reinforces that stu- at least one college class.”
ACT score and more at the classes as minimum GPA or ACTs,” she dents need to be aware of their Many students opt to go
students take during high school says. “We’ll typically call a guidance high school performance as early to community college to finish
and volunteer work they were counselor to get a recommenda- as ninth grade. required core classes before mov-
involved in. tion. One of the things I really like “When I review their high ing on to a four-year school.
Grand View University fresh- about our admissions process is school transcript, I’m looking at all Students making that move into
man admissions counselor Katie that it is individualized.” four years.” Grand View University are likely
Heither says the university looks She says they look at each per- Recommended for admission to work with Luanne Knudsen,
SIGN UP FEE FOR THE ANYTIME FITNESS?
24 HOUR ACCESS
PRICE OF THE DATE! No crowds, no kids,
where everyone ﬁts in
ONE MEMBERSHIP =
EXAMPLE: JOINON MAY 5 AND YOUR SIGN UP FEE IS $5.00 PARK RIGHT UP FRONT
JOIN ON MAY 19 AND YOUR SIGN UP FEE IS $19.00 Get in, get out!
Offer is good for the month of May, 2012. 24 HOUR TANNING
BRAND NEW CLUB
4490 East University Avenue Pleasant Hill 515.266.6040
6 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
feature Submit story ideas to email@example.com
assistant director of transfer admis- Knudsen also warns that it
Photo by Marci Clark
sions. isn’t always cheaper or faster to
“For transfer admissions, I like go to a two-year school before
to see a minimum grade point aver- transferring to a four-year college.
age of 2.2,” Knudsen says. “We She recommends students talk to
look at less, obviously, because the admissions office of the four-
there are always extenuating cir- year school they plan to attend to
cumstances. We’re looking for assure that attending community
someone who will be successful at college first won’t create bigger
the college level.” challenges.
They also look for students Knudsen also says that if stu-
who have proven leadership skills dents are planning to attend a pri-
or community involvement. vate college, they should apply for
“We’ll consider a provisional the Iowa Tuition Grant, which can
acceptance,” Knudsen says of stu- pay up to $4,000 per year toward
dents who may not have a high tuition.
Grand View University admissions counselors Katie Heither and Luanne Knudsen work
GPA but have experience in vol- Knudsen says that the applica-
hands-on with students during the application process to the university.
unteerism. “Usually they do really tions are online now, making it
well because they are persistent, easier to apply. She also refers year for scholarship information Heither points out that many
and we like to see that.” people to Iowa College Access sent to the high schools. of the national scholarships are
Knudsen recommends that Network, which has an office near “I encourage students to con- very specific, so not many people
families plan ahead and begin apply- Jordan Creek Mall. tinue to apply even when they qualify. If students take the time to
ing for financial aid during the stu- Colleges will then send out an think a scholarship is small — look at the scholarships, they may
dent’s junior year of high school. award letter to accepted students maybe it’s $200 or $500 — but if find that they are eligible for more
“There are a lot of good notifying them of grants for which you get four of those, it adds up,” than they think.
opportunities out there, but stu- they have qualified. For other Heither says. “At our school, we “If they’ve been active or
dents have to come in and talk to scholarships, Heither suggests stu- match up to $500 of a Dollars for involved in anything, whether it’s
us,” she says. “That’s really impor- dents check with guidance counsel- Scholars Scholarship, and that $500 a national organization or a local
tant.” ors at the beginning of their senior all of a sudden turns into $1,000.” organization, they need to look
& $2 SHOE RENTAL
$15 LAZER BOWLING
FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS
Starting at 9pm
Includes 2 hours & shoes
CRUISE NIGHT Ask about our Group
starting in May Rates & Birthday Parties!
5pm–8pm Party Room seats up to 90 people
with Haywire performing
655 NE 56th Street | Pleasant Hill | 515.263.1700
KARAOKE or BANDS
FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS > Striker’s
Mon-Thur 11-Midnight | Friday 11am - 2am | Saturday 9am – 2am | Sunday 9am – Midnight
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 7
feature Submit story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
back and make sure they’re exhausting all of the school newspaper, debate and broadcast- and also learned to deal with the rejection for
their options,” Heither says. “There is a lot of ing. scholarships.
money every year that goes unused.” “The hardest part is knowing that some “It’s hard to swallow, but I think it’s made
Beyond money and majors, Knudsen says people aren’t going to accept you,” Blakemore me a little bit tougher,” she says.
the students have to feel comfortable with says. Colton Mienke says high school has been a
their college. She urges students to visit cam- She managed to get into the top seven for “bit different.”
pus when it is full of students rather than over a major scholarship she’d applied for, but in the “I have Tourette Syndrome.”
the summer when it is quiet. end, didn’t get it. She says that was a big lesson This has encouraged Mienke to study the
“One question I always ask,” she says, “is for her. disease in college. He’s going to Wake Forest
can you see yourself here?” Rylee Ames says she took a lot of classes University in North Carolina to study neuro-
to try to find what she wanted to do. She science. He says the process was overwhelm-
Crunch time finally decided to major in animal science at ing at first, but he decided the best way for him
Several Southeast Polk students nearing grad- University of Iowa. She’s also been focused on to get through it was to pick something and
uation have spent the last few years paving other activities to help prepare her for applying focus on it.
the way toward college with scholarship for colleges. For her, the biggest challenge has “You have to make a decision if you’re
searches and campus visits. All have taken been filling out scholarship applications. going to do a lot of scholarships and kind of
Advanced Placement classes that count as col- “They ask all these questions about you rush through them or if you’re going to take
lege courses and have been conscious of their that are kind of personal,” Ames says, “and you your time and do it right but not get as many
grades and activities as they worked their way don’t know who’s reading it.” filled out,” Mienke says.
through their time at Southeast Polk. Ashley Armantrout is going to University of No matter what the challenges, these
Whitney Blakemore will be going to the Northern Iowa. Southeast Polk students all agree that they are
University of Iowa in the fall. She spent the last “I took a lot of different types of classes ready to leave the high school nest and spread
four years focusing on her grades and studied just to figure out what my interests were, and their wings in college.
hard for the SATs to get into the school of I realized I had strengths in science,” she says. Guidance counselor Freel says the antici-
her choice. She’ll be majoring in journalism Armantrout is planning to major in biology pation is normal but also sometimes the most
and mass communications. She’s also hoping to and hoping to get a job in the medical field. difficult part of the entire process for the
make the dance team. She narrowed down her colleges by check- students. “I don’t think they realize how much
To help with her goals she took a role in ing out the sizes of the school and location their life is going to change.”
LOOKING TO BUY OR SELL?
Golf Season CALL JAEMI TODAY!
is Here! PRIC
Are you ready for some fun at Terrace Hills Golf Course?
GREAT GREEN FEE DEALS! 418 Arthur Dr. Runnells 5207 SE 31st St. Des Moines
– 10am to 2pm $230,000 $199,500
– 10am to 2pm
Couple save 20% on Daily Green
and Cart Fees Room
New Banquet Room for 2012
Terrace Hills is a great place 921 - 10th St. Altoona
2810 Wisconsin Ave. Des Moines
for your golf outing
or non-golf event JAEMI PONCY
Remax Real Estate Group
932 N. Shadeview Blvd.
8700 NE 46th Avenue Altoona Pleasant Hill, IA
515-967-2932 When your ﬁnancing choice is with Jaemi Poncy Real Estate and the Iowa Finance Authority,
your family may beneﬁt from variety of affordable home ﬁnancing advantages, including:
TerraceHillsGC@aol.com > An affordable ﬁxed interest rate
> Down payment and closing cost assistance
www.Golf Thills.com > A free Title Guaranty Owner’s Certiﬁcate to protect you against most title defects
8 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
where we live Submit ideas to email@example.com
BECAUSE YOUR SMILE IS YOU!
Photos by Rainey Cook
Food Drive winners of the
$50 Target Gift Cards: WHITENING Our next drawing
Ruth Campbell, Raelyn will be for a
Parrott, and Gail Ingram. SPECIAL Free Office Lunch!
Mon: 10:30am-7pm $129.00 Drop off your
business card at your
Tues-Thurs: through May 31, 2012
8:30am-5pm next appointment!
Mike and Patty Richardson love to entertain at their
home on Copper Creek Drive.
Fun and friendly Personalized attention from a caring team
Modern dentistry in a comfortable setting
Richardson home is family gathering spot Insurance accepted and filed for you
We love new patients of all ages
By Rainey Cook CALL US TODAY AND ENJOY YOUR SMILE!
ot only do Mike and Patty the kitchen, which is fit for a culi-
N Richardson have the loca-
tion of their 1999 home
decidedly perfect — out the front
nary king. Superb cookery damage
could be mastered here. The dark
cupboards, bits of brick and a
Dr. Eric Forsberg, D.D.S.
950 - 28th Avenue SW Altoona
door is Cooper Creek’s ninth hole black buffet surround the kitchen
and out the back door is a seclusion table, which is set in the middle of
of mature trees — but the inside is the room. The sunroom is off the
filled with warmth and creativity. kitchen, making this entire area the
Once you step inside their gathering spot for all family and
tastefully decorated home, you friend dinners.
feel its lifestyle — one of charming The Fourth of July is a big
art pieces, calculated design and “party at Patty’s.” They will open
decorative accessories. The living the pool out back and serve a
room is a warm mocha color with potluck-style dinner. “The more
a wonderfully large antique map of the merrier,” says Patty. “We don’t
Italy. Two large sconces are placed want anyone left out — at times we
on either side. Soft throw blankets just have an open house-style party,
cover a cozy couch. and people come and go all day.”
It’s beautifully decorated, ideal The burn pit and two extra
for entertaining and equally func- patios make for easy entertaining
tional, as laptops and legal pads in the summer. “My favorite thing
sneak their way into the couple’s we added, is the remote control
weekend. awning,” says Mike.
A “kindness matters” acces- Another favorite part of their
sory adorns the fireplace coupled locale is their neighbors. “Our
with another long-stemmed candle neighbors we’ve met here in the
and unique mirror. last 12 years have become some
“I decorate my home so peo- of our best friends,” Patty says.
ple come in as friends and leave as Being Italian, Patty’s family is
family,” says Patty. large, and no one is more than 15
She uses different textures miles away. “Our grandkids are in
and styles to get this feel. She this neighborhood,” she smiles.
likes antiques to traditional. She And that’s the real fun and
enjoys using leathers, Vanier floor- fashion of this family — when all
ing, wood and rattan. Her style is 60 of them are gathered around
classy, chic and very friendly. Mike and Patty’s dining room table
The living room is open to together.
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 9
10 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
education Submit story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Mary Mason SPECIALS!
From cotton to Beef & Noodles
Photos by Becky Hammar
over Mashed Potatoes
kindergarten & Garlic Toast
By Becky Hammar Chili Cheese Dog & FF
ary Mason’s journey to a $6.99
M Four Mile Elementary kin-
dergarten classroom had
its beginnings in the cotton fields
Cavatelli & Garlic Toast
Mason grew up there, picking
CRUISE NIGHTS FRIDAY
Chicken & Noodles
beginning in May
cotton and taking care of her fam- Mary Mason teaches kindergarten at over Mashed Potatoes
ily farm. Four Mile Elementary. & Garlic Toast
“Oklahoma was a lot like Iowa, everything, they surprise you,” she
but we grew lots of cotton,” she says.
says. “I had to pick up the cotton When her sons were grown
after the machines went through. and established in their careers,
It was hot, hard work. My grand- Mason started working in a school open
mother taught me that you have to and found it to suit her. That even- 7 days a week
work hard for what you have.” tually led her to Four Mile.
Mason’s years on the farm “I ended up teaching at the age
helped her decide what she didn’t of 50,” she says. I fell into this job. 5015 E. University Avenue
want to do with her life. Teaching kindergarten has really
“I had a lot of chores on the been a learning experience for me. Pleasant Hill 262-1711
farm; I had to churn milk, feed I am really proud of (the students’)
the chickens and gather eggs,” she achievements. It is never a dull
says. “I was really afraid of the moment. The last day of school,
chickens because they would peck all of the teachers go outside and
you. I knew that I didn’t want to wave goodbye to all the students. I
grow up and be a farm wife.” want to be remembered as some-
To prepare herself for life off one who cares about their kids.”
the farm, Mason decided to attend Mason lives in Knoxville with
college and received a degree in her husband, Jerry, and her garden
of pet rocks. They plan on travel-
nl the P tential u usiness
political science. She married and
moved to Iowa. ing this summer; Mason hopes to ith e st ne avin s an s
“I like Iowa because of the
four seasons and viewing the farm
visit the Pacific Northwest. She
enjoys reading, playing with her
uite usiness P u ts
land — as long as I don’t have farm grandchildren, white water rafting, ash ana e ent usiness e it a s
chores,” she says. camping, zip lining and parasail- Ele t ni he lle ti n E ui ent inan in
Instead of raising chickens, she ing. Mason dreams of volunteering e atin ines e it e ial eal Estate ans
stayed home and raised four boys. at national parks, participating in
“It was always an adventure. an archeological dig and helping
Just when you think you’ve seen Habitat for Humanity.
What do you like best about Mrs. Mason?
Jaxson Thomas: Ivy Glendening: Anna Dodson: Addison Whipple:
“She reads books “She lets us do “She taught me “She lets me
to us.” crafts.” how to read!”
Locally owned since 1935
read a book.”
6871 NE 12th Avenue Pleasant Hill
1 266 6 s i a
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 11
QUALIFIED ADVICE FOR YOUR MORTGAGE LOANS finance By Lori Slings
WHEN THE NEED ARISES!
No two home loans are the same
By Lori Slings, mortgage consultant, Valley Bank, Altoona
LORI SLINGS T
here is nothing more excit-
ing than talking about mort-
I know this! When I start talk-
ing about my job and the great,
exciting work that I do with mort-
gages, people usually lean in to lis-
515-967-4700 ten and their knuckles turn white
as they hold on tightly. Honestly,
515-975-8240 people are just wanting to hear
where the interest rates are.
160 Adventureland Drive Other than interest rates, when
ALTOONA I start talking in mortgage tongue
people’s eyes glaze over and their
YOUR TRUSTED MORTGAGE LENDER
head falls forward.
Yes, I can talk for days on end
about the mortgage topic. There your goals, your time frame, your
For more information, visit www.dmcityview.com/brewfest
are so many ins and outs and small payment, your debt to income and
details about every person’s sce- loan to value and your credit score.
narios that one variable can change Why do I build a loan that fits
the entire direction that we are what you need? This is the excit-
headed with a mortgage. It really ing part. Because you need your
is like a puzzle, but more exciting mortgage to fit your lifestyle, your
then a puzzle on the dining room family and be the terms that work
table; it is the mortgage Rubik’s for your paycheck, but still allow
Cube. One change in color and the you to live your life in the way that
entire path we are headed must you plan to live it.
change. Each time you are working So the next time you drive by
to get all the colors to line up, but Valley Bank you should stop in,
you run into a brick wall, you must because it is more than likely the
stop and re-adjust. most exciting place in town with
SAVE THE DATE! No two loans are the same —
that alone is exiciting. I come in to
all kinds of CSI wheels turning. I
am engaged in deep thinking and
SATURDAY, JULY 14 work each day to come up against
one brick wall after another, and
contemplation, and my problem-
solving skills are at their peak while
how we climb over or under or I work to make sure that custom-
just walk around the brick wall is ers are getting the mortgage that
exciting. What is the point of all they need to keep them safe, happy
this? Enlightenment. When your and comfortable in their home.
co-worker tells you that he or she Stop by any time, and I can
did this and that, and his or her make time to sit down with you
interest rate is this, well, I must and your scenario. I can guarantee
remind you that no two mortgage excitement.
loans are the same. I create a Call with questions or drop by
mortgage that specifically meets for a cup of coffee. Let’s talk.
Information provided by Lori Slings, Valley Bank, 160 Adventureland Drive,
Advance tickets available at www.tikly.co Suite H, Altoona, (515) 967-4700 email@example.com.
12 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
calendar Submit event information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wells Fargo Arena, 7:05 p.m. p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m., p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,
Friday, April 27 adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
SEP JV/V boys tennis vs. Dowling SEP 9/JV/V girls soccer vs.
Sunday, April 29 Catholic, 4:15 p.m. Indianola, 4:45 p.m.
EHS JV/V boys tennis vs. SEP JV/V boys soccer at Indianola,
Showcase 2012, The Orange
Iowa Cubs vs. Nashville at Roosevelt, 4:15 p.m. 6 p.m.
Planet, 6 p.m.
Principal Park, 1:05 p.m. EHS JV/V boys soccer at Fort SEP Jazz Spectacular Concert,
Iowa Cubs vs. Nashville at
Dodge, 6 p.m. 7 p.m.
Principal Park, 7:05 p.m.
EHS JV/V girls tennis vs.
SEP 9/JV boys soccer vs. Pella,
Ottumwa, 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2 EHS JV/V boys and girls track at
Hoover, 4:30 p.m.
Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public EHS 9/JV/V boys soccer vs.
Library, 10 a.m. Lincoln, 4:45 p.m.
Creative Kids Craft, Pleasant Hill EHS JV/V girls soccer vs. Lincoln,
Public Library, 4 p.m. 6 p.m.
Prayer Group, Rising Sun Church
of Christ, 6390 N.E. Rising Sun Drive,
Woodland Hills Church of Christ
Youth Group meeting, 2484 S.E. 68th
St., 6:30 p.m.
Haywire performs. Striker’s
Monday, April 30 Sports Bar, 7:30 p.m.
SEP JV/V girls soccer vs.
Saturday, April 28 Ottumwa, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3
SEP JV/V boys soccer at
Ottumwa, 5:30 p.m. Eastern Polk Co. Conservative
EHS JV/V girls soccer vs. Fort Club, Village Inn, 3410 Eighth St. S.W.,
Teen Advisory Board meeting,
Dodge, 4:45 p.m. Altoona, 7 a.m.
Pleasant Hill Public Library, 10 a.m.
Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public
Arbor Day Celebration, Enabling
Library, 10 a.m. Friday, May 4
Garden, just south of Hy-Vee on First
Ave. S., Altoona, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1 High Voltage Toastmasters meet-
ing, East Side Library, 2559 Hubbell Iowa Cubs vs. New Orleans at
Iowa Cubs vs. Nashville at
May Day Ave., 12:05 - 12:55 p.m. Principal Park, 7:05 p.m.
Principal Park, 7:05 p.m.
Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay SEP JV/V girls golf vs. Dowling
Iowa Barnstormers vs. San Jose,
Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6 Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6 Catholic at Copper Creek, 3:30 p.m.
FIREWORKS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT! UPCOMING
THURSDAY, APRIL 26 MUG CLUB/IOWA CUBS UNPLUGGED
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 vs. FIREWORKS 17–20 Salt Lake Bees
21–24 Tacoma Rainiers
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 vs. Nashville CUBBIE GARDEN STATUE NIGHT JUNE
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 vs. Nashville IOWA OAKS THROWBACK DAY/JERSEY SHIRT 11–13 Omaha
FRIDAY, MAY 4 FIREWORKS/MAGNET SCHEDULES 14–17 Albuquerque Isotopes
23–26 Round Rock Express
SATURDAY, MAY 5 vs. New Orleans CINCO DE MAYO/MAGNET SCHEDULES 27–29 Oklahoma City
SOMETHING SUNDAY, MAY 6
MONDAY, MAY 7
TAKE A LONG LUNCH & ENJOY THE GAME
EVERY SUNDAY IS
CASEY'S FAMILY DAY
FOR EVERYONE! Complete schedule online at iowacubs.com twitter.com/IowaCubs facebook.com/icubs
CALL 515.243.6111 OR VISIT TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 13
calendar Submit event information to email@example.com
SEP 9 girls and boys soccer vs. Dodge, 6 p.m. Youth Group meeting, 2484 S.E. 68th Altoona Hy-Vee Club Room, $10 -
Ankeny, 5:30 p.m. EHS 9/JV/V boys soccer vs. St., 6:30 p.m. $15, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Waukee, 4:45 p.m. Haywire performs. Striker’s SEP 9/JV/V boys soccer at A
EHS 9/JV/V girls soccer at Sports Bar, 7:30 p.m. nkeny, 4:45 p.m.
Waukee, 4:45 p.m. SEP 9/JV/V girls soccer vs.
Ankeny, 4:45 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 EHS JV/V boys soccer at
Ottumwa, 5:30 p.m.
Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public EHS JV/V girls soccer vs.
Library, 10 a.m. Ottumwa, 6 p.m.
High Voltage Toastmasters meet-
ing, East Side Library, 2559 Hubbell
Ave., 12:05 - 12:55 p.m.
Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay
Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6
p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,
adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Pleasant Hill Park & Rec
Saturday, May 5 Commission meeting, 6 p.m.
SEP JV girls soccer at Dowling
Cinco de Mayo Catholic, 6:30 p.m.
Lip Balms for Kids, ages 8 and up, Tuesday, May 8
Pleasant Hill Public Library, $20,
1 - 3 p.m. Pleasant Hill City Council meet- Friday, May 11
Amanda the Panda Charity ing, 6:30 p.m.
Auction, “A Night for Hope and Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay SEP 9/JV/V boys soccer vs. Tuesday, May 15
Healing,” Capital Square, 400 Locust Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6 Dowling Catholic, 4:45 p.m.
St., DM, $40 per person, register p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m., EHS 9/JV/V boys soccer vs. Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay
online at amandathepanda.org, 6 p.m. adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Roosevelt, 4:45 p.m. Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6
Iowa Cubs vs. New Orleans at SEP JV/V boys tennis vs. Johnston, East High Double Decade p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,
Principal Park, 7:05 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Reunion, classes from 1960 - 1979, adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
State Large Group Band Festival SEP 9/JV girls soccer vs. Valley, $10. Hy-Vee Community Center, E. SEP 9 girls and boys soccer at
5 p.m. 25th and Euclid, 6 - 10 p.m. Ankeny, 4:45 p.m.
EHS JV/V boys tennis vs. North, Varsity girls golf tournament at
Sunday, May 6 4:15 p.m. Grandview, 9 a.m.
EHS JV/V girls soccer vs. Saturday, May 12
Iowa Cubs vs. New Orleans at Roosevelt, 4:45 p.m.
Principal Park, 1:05 p.m. Iowa Barnstormers vs. Kansas Wednesday, May 16
City, Wells Fargo Arena, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 SEP 9 girls and boys soccer vs. Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public
Monday, May 7 Ames, 9 a.m. Library, 10 a.m.
National School Nurse Day Creative Kids Craft, Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill Planning & Zoning SEP Schools 2 hour late start Public Library, 4 p.m.
Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m. Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public Sunday, May 13 Prayer Group, Rising Sun Church
Iowa Cubs vs. New Orleans at Library, 10 a.m. of Christ, 6390 N.E. Rising Sun Drive,
Principal Park, 12:05 p.m. Creative Kids Craft, Pleasant Hill Mother’s Day 5:30 p.m.
DM Big Band performs, Public Library, 4 p.m. Woodland Hills Church of Christ
Adventureland, 6:30 p.m. Prayer Group, Rising Sun Church Youth Group meeting, 2484 S.E. 68th
SEP 9/JV/V boys soccer vs. Fort of Christ, 6390 N.E. Rising Sun Drive, Monday, May 14 St., 6:30 p.m.
Dodge, 4:45 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
SEP JV/V girls soccer at Fort Woodland Hills Church of Christ Congressman Boswell Reception,
14 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
calendar Submit event information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Des Moines Garden
Thursday, May 17 Sunday, May 20 Wednesday, May 23 Club, Tour the World Food Prize
Building and Garden, Second Ave.,
Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public Southeast Polk Commencement TOPS meeting, Berean Assembly
between Locust and Walnut,
Library, 10 a.m. Iowa Cubs vs. Salt Lake City at of God Church, 8:45 a.m.
High Voltage Toastmasters meet- Principal Park, 1:05 p.m. Congressman Latham Reception,
Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay
ing, East Side Library, 2559 Hubbell Altoona Hy-Vee Club Room, $10 -
Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6
Ave., 12:05 - 12:55 p.m. $15, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,
Regional After Hours, Copper Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public
adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Creek Golf Club, 5 - 7 p.m. Library, 10 a.m.
Iowa Cubs vs. Tacoma at
Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay Creative Kids Craft, Pleasant Hill
Principal Park, 12:05 p.m.
Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6 Public Library, 4 p.m.
SEP JV/V softball at Waukee,
p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m., Prayer Group, Rising Sun Church
adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. of Christ, 6390 N.E. Rising Sun Drive,
SEP 9/JV/V girls soccer at
Iowa Cubs vs. Salt Lake City at 5:30 p.m.
Marshalltown, 4:45 p.m.
Principal Park, 6:35 p.m. Woodland Hills Church of Christ
SEP 10 baseball vs. Waukee,
SEP 9/JV/V girls soccer at Youth Group meeting, 2484 S.E. 68th
Johnston, 4:45 p.m. St., 6:30 p.m.
SEP varsity baseball at Waukee,
EHS varsity girls soccer at North, Haywire performs. Striker’s
6 p.m. Sports Bar, 7:30 p.m.
Iowa Cubs vs. Tacoma at
Principal Park, 12:05 p.m.
Friday, May 18 Monday, May 21 SEP JV/V softball at Boone, 6 p.m.
EHS varsity baseball vs. Johnston,
State track tournament at Drake Eastern Polk Quilt Guild meeting, 3:30 p.m.
Iowa Cubs vs. Salt Lake City at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1701 EHS 9/JV/V softball vs. Johnston,
Principal Park, 7:05 p.m. Eighth St. S.W., Altoona, 7 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Iowa Cubs vs. Tacoma at EHS 9/10 baseball at Johnston,
Principal Park, 6:35 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
SEP varsity baseball vs. Carlisle,
SEP JV/V girls soccer vs. Lincoln,
EHS JV/V girls soccer vs.
Marshalltown, 6 p.m.
Friday, May 25
Iowa Barnstormers vs. Spokane,
Tuesday, May 22 Wells Fargo Arena, 7:05 p.m.
Pleasant Hill City Council meet-
Saturday, May 19 ing, 6:30 p.m.
Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay
Armed Forces Day Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6
State track tournament at Drake p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,
Adventureland Park opens for adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Thursday, May 24
season at 10 a.m.
Madcap! Teen Improv, CAP
Iowa Cubs vs. Tacoma at
Principal Park, 12:05 p.m. SEP last day of classes
Community Theatre, Altoona, $5, SEP JV/V softball vs. Oskaloosa, Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public Submit calendar items for
7 - 9 p.m. 6 p.m. Library, 10 a.m. your school, church, business,
Iowa Cubs vs. Salt Lake City at EHS 9 baseball vs. Ankeny, 4 p.m. High Voltage Toastmasters meet- organization or family to
Principal Park, 7:05 p.m. EHS 10 baseball at Ankeny, ing, East Side Library, 2559 Hubbell email@example.com.
5:30 p.m. Ave., 12:05 - 12:55 p.m.
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 15
GO RAMS! SE POLK HIGH SCHOOL
VARSITY SPORT SCHEDULES –
Date Home/Away Opponent Time
Monday, May 21st Home Carlisle 5:30pm
Thursday, May 24th Away Waukee 5:30pm
Tuesday, May 29th Home Roosevelt 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 30th Away DM East 3:30pm
3131 - 8th Street SW 967.7979
1 block east of Walmart Saturday, June 2nd Home Multiple 10:00am
Monday, June 4th Home Johnston 5:30pm
Friday, June 8th Away DM North 5:30pm
Monday, June 11th Away Indianola 5:30pm
Thursday, June 14th Home Dowling 5:30pm
Friday, June 15th Home WDM Valley 7:30pm
That’s Monday, June 18th Away Ankeny 5:30pm
homemade Thursday, June 21st Away Johnston 5:30pm
Italian! Monday, June 25th Away Urbandale 5:30pm
Tuesday, June 26th Home DM Lincoln 5:30pm
Thursday, June 28th Home Indianola 5:30pm
Friday, June 29th Home TBD 10:00am
104 - 3rd Street SE Altoona
Monday, July 2nd Away Dowling 5:30pm
Thursday, July 5th Home Ankeny 5:30pm
957-0807 Monday, July 9th Away Ames 5:30pm
Tuesday, July 10th Home DM Hoover 5:30pm
SE Polk CELEBRATE
Ram fans! Your trusted mortgage lender. WITH
Sugar Lori Slings MOTHER’S DAY
IS SUNDAY, MAY 13
Shack 160 Adventureland Dr.
515-967-4700 or 515.967.0773
800.880.0773 cell 515.490.9439
515-975-8240 509 Eighth Street SE
Altoona SE Polk HS is located at
7945 NE University Avenue
10% WHEN YOU
616 - 8th STREET SW ALTOONA RECYCLE
515.967.4787 Expires 5/31/12 ANY MATRIX PRODUCT Expires 5/31/12
16 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
Date Home/Away Opponent Time
Tuesday, May 22nd Home Oskaloosa 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 23rd Away Boone 7:30pm
Thursday, May 24th Away Waukee 6:15pm
Tuesday, May 29th Home DM Roosevelt 6:15pm
Wednesday, May 30th Home Dallas Center-Grimes 7:30pm
Thursday, May 31st Home Ankeny 6:15pm
Saturday, June 2nd Away WDM Valley 11:15am
Monday, June 4th Home Johnston 6:15pm
Tuesday, June 5th Away DM East 7:30pm
Thursday, June 7th Home Urbandale 6:15pm
Friday, June 8th Away CR Jefferson TBD
Saturday, June 9th Away CR Jefferson TBD
Monday, June 11th Away Indianola 6:15pm All-You-Can-Eat for $6.60
Thursday, June 14th Home Dowling 6:15pm
Monday, June 18th Away Ankeny 6:15pm $8.95 with a drink
Tuesday, June 19th Away Ames 7:30pm
Thursday, June 21st Away Johnston 6:15pm 515-957-9391
Friday, June 22nd Away Urbandale 1:15pm
Monday, June 25th Away Urbandale 6:15pm
Thursday, June 28th Home Indianola 6:15pm
Friday, June 29th Away Ottumwa TBD Good Luck Rams
Tuesday, July 3rd Away Dowling 6:15pm
CHEER THE RAMS
ON TO VICTORY!
For more information and to see all sport schedules, (515) 266-6900
call 641.357.5235 or visit www.se-polk.k12.ia.us
THE MIDWEST'S FINEST FUND RAISING COMPANY
Helping Groups Raise Money Since 1970
Des Moines’ Largest
Over 350 In-Stock!
Contact us to see how we can help you!
1505 North Ave. Norwalk 515.981.5118 DEERY BROTHERS CHEVROLET OF PLEASANT HILL
www.4sns.com 6000 E. University Ave. Pleasant Hill 285-1000 www.godeery.com
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 17
AltoonaCenter real estate Pleasant Hill sales from March 2 - April 5
SPIDELL, CLYDE A., to IOWA
Nursing & Rehabilitation SAVINGS BANK OF CARROLL, IA,
After a brief hospital stay, I found myself needing treatment and strengthening. I was nervous to $120,000
go to rehabilitation at a facility because I am in my early 50’s. I spoke with Admissions Direc-
tor, Angela Boyd, and decided to choose Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation for a short-term 4870 WINDSOR CIRCLE, from
stay. It didn’t take me long to realize I made the right choice. I am so glad I didn’t go anywhere ARAFA, TAREK, to LETO CUSTOM
else. I would deﬁnitely recommend this facility to others. The staff is wonderful, caring, and HOMES, INC., $34,000
personable. They truly believe in what they do. Monica Metzger, featured at the bottom left, is
the Director of Rehabilitation, at Altoona.
5290 Windsor Court
She played a huge role in getting me home.
From the moment I entered the building, 5290 WINDSOR COURT, from
she had a plan to get me home, and we COPPER CREEK VILLAS, LLC, to
stuck to it. She really motivated me dur- MEIER, RANDY L., $192,500
ing my therapy sessions to work hard so
I could return to my home and family. I
had a great experience at Altoona Nurs-
ing and Rehabilitation. Thank you for tak-
ing care of me emotionally and physically.
– Kelly Hollissinger
468 N. Walnut Blvd.
468 N. WALNUT BLVD.,
from DEITRICK, RONALD J., to
400 S. Pleasant Hill Blvd. ROBINSON, REX A., SR., $157,000
Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy
24 Hour Nursing Care Physician Services
Long Term Placement Short Term In-Patient Rehabilitation 400 S. PLEASANT HILL BLVD.,
from EVANS, DAVID J., to RUNGEE,
Memory Care Unit Salon Services Scheduled Activities SAMULE, $160,000
Call today for a tour!
200 - 7th Ave. SW Altoona www.altoonanursing-rehab.com 5191 Windsor Court
5191 WINDSOR COURT, from
ALTMAN, CONSTANCE E., to
Enjoy your job?
5885 Vandalia Road SAHR, SHERYL M., $213,000
5885 VANDALIA ROAD, from
DEARDEN, JAMES P. to PARNELL,
You will this one! KELLY G., $227,000
We are Iowa Living magazines, and we publish 21 lifestyle
publications that reach a total of nearly 270,000 Iowans every 6612 S.E. SUNSPLASH DRIVE,
month. from RISING SUN DEVELOPMENT,
LLC, to TEAM HOMES, LLC, $34,900
You are reading this lifestyle magazine, so you know the strength
of our readership. If you can help turn that readership into results
for local businesses, we want you to work for us!
260 N.E. 72nd St.
across this state, helping customers of all kinds to achieve
their business goals. We are ready to hire more good
people. 260 N.E. 72ND ST., from
CHAPLIN, KYLE, to FUDGE, CARL
We offer an aggressive commission plan, a guaranteed D., $205,000
health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance… and fun!
Prior newspaper or magazine advertising sales experience 220 Linden Blvd.
would be helpful, but it is not required.
If you are frustrated working behind a desk and want to be part 220 LINDEN BLVD., from
of a growing media company, apply with us. You will be glad BALLANTYNE, GENE A., to TILUS,
BENJAMIN D., $145,900
380 N.E. 56TH ST., from MORSE,
GREGORY V., to DENMAN, JUSTIN
455 RIDGEWOOD BLVD., from 6609 S.E. Sundancer Swing
LUNDBERG, KEVIN L., to BELL,
DONALD J., $152,500 6609 S.E. SUNDANCER SWING,
Email resume and cover letter to: from KAUTZ, COREY, to TOUNSLEY,
4420 CAMERON SWING, from NATHAN J., $182,000
or fax to 515-953-1394
18 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
out & about Submit photos to firstname.lastname@example.org health Q&A
Q: What is hospice?
A: Often when people hear the word
hospice, they think of a quiet, home-like
facility where the very sick go to die. While
many communities have a hospice facility,
hospice is not a place. Hospice is a kind
of health care that provides relief from
physical symptoms such as pain, anxiety or
shortness of breath and provides emotional
and spiritual support to the patient and
their loved ones.
Hudson Bethards, Gracie Bethards, Kinley Bethards and Rylie Roberts at the Eisenlauer Most people prefer to remain at home
Egg Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park. during the last months of their life. Hospice
care was designed to provide care in the
patient’s own home, wherever they call
home. Home might be their house, the
house of a loved one caring for them, an assisted living facility or even a
nursing facility. With the support of the hospice team of nurses, aides,
social workers, spiritual care counselors and volunteers, patients receive
the best care possible in their own homes surrounded by people they
know and love.
Very importantly, hospice care is not just for the last few days of life.
Hospice focuses on comfort, so the patient and the family can focus on
living, making the very most of the time that they have.
Information provided by Patti Cutler, Hospice Director, WesleyLife, 944 18th
St., Des Moines, 515-271-5121, www.WesleyLife.org.
Tom Terrific, Myrna Eisenlauer, Sparkle Sophie Haage and Bob Eisenlauer at the
Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park.
Living Life to Its Fullest
MEALS ON WHEELS
Nutritious meals delivered to
your home for short term and
HOME HEALTH Personalized
services range from help with daily
activities to skilled nursing care.
HOSPICE Our holistic approach
addresses mind, body, and spirit, to
Jenna Van Wyke and Abby Van Wyk at the Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on April 7 foster personal choice and enrich lives.
at Sunrise Park.
ADULT DAY SERVICES
Community wellness and
preventative health programs
can elevate quality of life.
944 18th Street
The WesleyLife Family of Services
Retirement Living | Healthcare and Rehabilitation | In-Home Health Hospice Care
Maci and Jerzi Bice at the Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park. Public Health | Meals on Wheels | Adult Day Centers
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 19
senior living By Shelly Charter
met 90-year-olds who look and
Putting empathy feel like they are in their 60s and
So how can we learn the art
of empathy? Start by thinking of
into action your top five favorite things you
enjoy. Perhaps it’s eating, reading,
exercising, shopping and biking.
Whatever those things are, think
Imagine yourself in someone else’s situation about what it would be like if
suddenly you weren’t able to do
By Shelly Charter, Valley View Village any of these things because of
physical limitations. What then?
e talked last month I think we can relate to this How do you fill your time? What
W about respecting our
elders, and perhaps
as a society we all need to make a
best if we’ve ever heard the say-
ing “Don’t judge someone until
you’ve walked a mile in their
do you find your enjoyment in
then? Couple this with not hear-
ing, seeing or feeling well, and it
conscious decision to do just that. shoes.” Perhaps that best defines shouldn’t take long for a sense of empathy as a noun — if you ask
I think something that may empathy down to its simplest empathy to kick in. me I think it needs to be a verb.
help us with developing that definition. Once that happens, we How can we begin doing this
respect might be learning the Some of us have to really should begin understanding and today?
art of empathy. The dictionary imagine growing older; for oth- appreciating exactly what our
defines empathy as the power of ers we can see it on the horizon, elders might be experiencing, and
understanding and imaginatively and some of us are currently hopefully this will help us respect Information provided by Shelly
entering into another person's living in that reality. Of course and understand their situation. Charter, Valley View Village, 2571
feelings. “older” is a relative term. I’ve The dictionary classifies Guthrie Ave., Des Moines, 265-2571.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG AT
VALLEY VIEW VILLAGE!
Valley View No endowment or buy in.
Village offers: Worry free living!
Valley View Village offers a complete continuum
Long Term Care of care and a community full of friendly faces!
Proudly serving seniors and their families in Christian love for over 45 years! www.elimcare.org
20 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
faith Submit story ideas to email@example.com
Check out new line of
ﬂip ﬂops, jewelry
gifts and cards Don’t forget your
just for Mom! Grad!
120 - 8th Street SE Altoona
515.967.4213 toll-free 800.350.4213 www.healingtouchbookbible.com
Oakwood United Methodist Church welcomes elementary students to vacation Bible HOURS: MONDAY–FRIDAY 8:30am–7pm SATURDAY 9am–4pm SUNDAY CLOSED
camp this summer.
Spring into action
Local churches plan a variety of activities
By Amber Williams
he cold winter has warmed in at 6390 N.E. Rising Sun Drive,
T to an unpredictable spring
filled with high tempera-
tures, blustery winds and buckets
call 265-7393, or search online
at www.risingsunchurch.org for
of rain. Also, join the church for its
But that’s as God’s grace com- Junior Choir Musical at 6 p.m. on
mands. Pleasant Hill congregations Sunday, April 29, featuring addi-
are gearing up for a spring and sum- tional music and drama from the
mer filled with activities, outings Cherub Choir and Junior High
and other amazing things to keep Choir.
people busy and their spirits lifted.
Vacation Bible camps are a
great way to enjoy grace, fellow- Spread the Word
ship, community and sometimes the Have an upcoming event or
great outdoors all while worship- church news you would like to
ing the Lord. Oakwood United announce? Send information
Methodist Church, 400 N.E. 56th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
St., is inviting kids from second to
fifth grades to join in the Summer
Games Junior Vacation Bible Camp NewLife Church, 6036 N.E.
from Sunday, July 29 to Wednesday, 12th St., is hosting an “Answers
Aug. 1. Activities include outdoor in Genesis” Conference with Dr.
games, horseback riding, swimming, Tommy Mitchell, from April 29
low ropes and more at Wesley - 30. As a scientist, a physician
Woods. Contact Judy or Tania for and a father, Mitchell considers it
more information at 262-6007, or his duty to provide solid answers
go to www.summergamesuniver- from the Bible to better equip
sity.org to learn more. people for surviving personal trag-
The 15th Annual Seniors in the edy and “popular evolutionary mis-
Ozarks Conference will be held in information.”
Branson, Mo., from June 4 - 7 and To learn more about this
June 11 - 14. Rising Sun Church event, contact Max VandeLune at
of Christ leaders hope all its 299-5433, or send him an email
seniors get a chance to attend this at email@example.com. Learn
year. This is a vacation with a pur- more about Dr. Mitchell by fol-
pose, and it’s only for people age lowing the links provided online at
55 and older. www.newlifedsm.com, where there
Brochures are available at the is also information available about
OWLS table, or Lois at the church the church and its many activities.
can also answer questions. Stop Or, call the church at 299-5433.
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 21
tax advice By Tim Tarbell
I owe the IRS
What to do when you get the dreaded letter
By Tim Tarbell,
Tarbell & Company
magine for a moment that you
I pick up your mail one day, and
there is a letter from the IRS.
Immediately your heart skips
a beat and your palms become
sweaty. I hate getting letters from
the IRS as much as anyone.
Now imagine that when you
Serving a diverse group of open that letter it says that you
owe the IRS $915,000. Think
businesses, individuals, about how you might react. Some
would faint, panic, get angry, or the IRS showing tax due are incor-
associations and organizations perhaps you would start laugh- rect about 50 percent of the time.
ing because you know that it is This is not necessarily the fault of
– large and small – not possible for you to owe that the IRS, because often they are
amount. Whatever your response dealing with incomplete informa-
Financial Statement Preparation may be, there are a few things that
you should know.
tion. Also, if penalties and interest
apply to a situation, it is often in
Auditing and Review Services happened to one of your fel-
your best interest to ask forgive-
ness for the penalties. Sometimes
Payroll Preparation low Pleasant Hill residents in
February 2012. I am sharing
the penalties cannot be reduced
by law, but there are other times
Income Tax Preparation their story with permission. When
I received the call I could tell that
when the penalties can and will
be forgiven. It never hurts to ask
and Planning something was definitely wrong.
As we talked over the phone, it
the IRS to remove the penalties.
The worst they can do is say,
Small Business Acquisition, became clear what had happened.
The taxpayer had prepared the
“No!” It must be done respectfully
and with a plausible explanation.
Expansion Dissolution and tax return for the year in question
but had inadvertently left off some
Emotion should not play a role in
a response to the IRS.
Buy-out Planning key information. The IRS only had
one part of the story on which sional to assist you with your
Cash Flow Projections and they based the tax assessment.
You must remember that with the
response. There are things that
should be made known to the IRS
Financing Arrangements IRS you owe the tax until you can
prove that you don’t owe the tax.
to get the desired outcome. At the
same time, there are things that
Retirement Planning We were able to file an amended
tax return, and the taxpayer actu-
may go better left unsaid. Knowing
the proper information to include
Divorce Litigation Support ally ended up receiving a refund of
a few hundred dollars once all of
is critical. Unless you deal with
the IRS on a regular basis you may
the information was available. cause yourself some unintended
In my experi- headaches.
ence over the last 23 years, it is Please contact us if we can be
2130 Grand Avenue Des Moines very typical that the letters from of assistance.
515.282.0200 Information provided by Tim Tarbell, CPA MBA, Tarbell & Company PLC, 2130
Grand Ave., Des Moines, 515-282-0200.
22 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
East High School
Varsity Sport Schedules SPRING 2012
Date Time Home/Host Opponent Location
05-23-12 3:30pm DM East Johnston DM East HS
05-29-12 5:30pm Urbandale Urbandale
06-04-12 5:30pm DM East DM North
06-07-12 5:30pm DM East DM Hoover
06-08-12 5:30pm DM East WDM Valley East High School
06-11-12 3:30pm DM Lincoln DM Lincoln Lincoln
06-14-12 5:30pm DM East DM Roosevelt
06-15-12 5:30pm DM East Ames
06-18-12 5:30pm Ottumwa Ottumwa Legion Field & Staggs Court
06-21-12 5:30pm DM North DM North
06-25-12 5:30pm DM Hoover DM Hoover
06-28-12 3:30pm DM East DM Lincoln DM East HS
07-02-12 3:30pm DM Roosevelt DM Roosevelt DM Roosevelt HS
07-05-12 5:30pm DM East Ottumwa
Date Time Home/Host Opponent Location
05-24-12 6:15pm DM East Johnston
05-29-12 6:15pm Urbandale Urbandale
06-04-12 6:15pm DM East DM North
06-07-12 6:15pm DM East DM Hoover
06-11-12 6:15pm DM Lincoln DM Lincoln
06-14-12 4:45pm DM East DM East HS
Pleasant Hill, Altoona and East Des Moines
Huston Field, Wildwood School
Runnells, Bondurant, Carlisle and Mitchellville
06-21-12 6:15pm DM East DM North
ORDER ONLINE: 06-25-12 6:15pm DM Hoover DM Hoover Hoover High School
www.RoyalChinaOnline.com 06-26-12 6:15pm DM East Ottumwa DM East HS - East Softball Field
06-28-12 6:15pm DM East DM Lincoln
Across the street from Hy-Vee 07-03-12 4:45pm DM Roosevelt DM Roosevelt DM Roosevelt HS
Des Moines’ Largest
Over 350 In-Stock!
DEERY BROTHERS CHEVROLET OF PLEASANT HILL
6000 E. University Ave. Pleasant Hill 285-1000 www.godeery.com
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 23
Let us help banking By Brenda Reicherts
map your future!
we have personalized solutions Where’s the
1225 copper creek drive
278.5333 Take steps to get your finances under control
Urbandale By Brenda Reicherts, branch manager, Midland Credit Union
2891 - 106th street customer recently asked
A “I know my spending is
out of control, but I am
not sure where the problems are.
I mean, there is no money left at
the end of the month, and I have
no idea where it went. Whatever
you advise, please do not tell me
to use a budget. I am just not that
kind of person.”
Congratulations on reach-
ing the point where you know
something has to change, we
www.midlandcu.org replied. This is truly something to
be proud of. Many people realize $10,000.
their spending is out of control Having said that, here are
out & about Submit photos to firstname.lastname@example.org but do nothing about it. Instead, three alternatives for getting your
they hope the problem will resolve finances under control:
itself. However, inheritances and
lotteries aside, it never does. much you want to dedicate to
As in every area in life, you savings and how much goes
need a solution that works for toward your bills. When each
you. If you feel constrained by a paycheck arrives, put the desig-
budget, as many people do, there nated savings amount directly into
are other ways to get a handle on an account you can’t touch. (Come
your money. But before you write into Midland Credit Union to dis-
off budgeting as something that cuss your saving options). Do the
would cramp your style, give it same for bills. This is known as
some honest thought. “paying yourself first.” Provided
What is the problem with a you are not using credit cards, this
budget? If the tracking and paper- system will keep you from spend-
work seem too overwhelming, and ing the money you would rather
The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the The We-List you would like a system that is be saving.
Store on April 13. easier to maintain, I can under-
stand that. But if you do not like menting a spending plan. No,
ant your photos!
the thought of having to make this is not a budget by another
decisions on what you will and will name. A spending plan gets you
not be able to purchase because organized, and lets you know how
there is not an infinite amount of much you have for each category
money to work with, it is time of spending, not how little.
Celebrating a big for a reality check. Any system
birthday, anniversary will do the same thing because cash. When it is gone, there is no
or other milestone?
the fact is this: Everyone has only more discretionary spending until
Send us your milestone
a limited amount of money to next month. This is a last resort,
spend, whether that limit is $10 or but it always works.
a picture and we’ll
publish them for FREE!
Information provided by Brenda Reicherts, branch manager, 1225 Copper
Send your announcements to email@example.com
Creek Drive, Suite M, Pleasant Hill, 515-278-5333.
24 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
library news By John Lerdal recipe Submit ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up for Traditional favorite can be varied many ways
By Beth McDonald
summer reading R ecently we were on a family
vacation, and since it was a
car trip it was easy for me
Programs scheduled for adults and childen to pack some treats for us to snack
on along the way.
By John Lerdal, Library Director I usually make sure we have
trail mix, granola bars and choco-
et set for the summer Professor Timothy B. Shutt late chip cookies. Chocolate chip
G reading program at the
library. All ages are invited
to participate. For the kids, there
“Behold the Mighty Dinosaur” by
Professor John Kricher
cookies are easy to make and trav-
el well. They will easily stay fresh
for a week at room temperature
will be plenty of great activities. Juvenile/Children in a sealed container.
Adults are urged to sign up as well. “Oh No, George!” by Chris Chocolate chip cookies are something you can adapt with a variety
Stay cool this summer, come to Haughton of different ingredients; peanut butter, dark chocolate chips or M & M’s.
the library. “Z is for Moose (That’s Me!)” by If you are going to use peanut butter you need to use a half-cup of pea-
The library will be closed on Kelly Bingham nut butter and a half-cup of butter or Crisco. This trip I just made the
the following days: Sunday, May “Pugs in a Bug” by Carolyn Crimi traditional cookies, but I frequently make them with peanut butter.
13, for Mother’s Day and Sunday, “Mr. Burke is Berserk!” by Dan There is a great debate between chewy cookies vs. crunchy cookies.
May 27 and Monday, May 28 for Gutman My family prefers soft cookies, and this recipe is one that looks crunchy
Memorial Day. Many more new items are also but is still soft. My tip is to use the butter-flavored Crisco vs. butter. If
available. you use butter, be sure it is at room temperature because your cookies
Anniversary year Story times are held on will turn out better if it is. I also use a cookie scoop. This helps to make
The library opened in January of Wednesday and Thursday morn- sure each cookie is the same size and shape. By having the cookies the
1982. We are celebrating our 30th ings at 10 and 10:30 a.m. Crafts are same size, they will cook evenly.
anniversary this year. Stop in and held every Wednesday afternoon
share your remembrances! at 4 p.m.
For information on all of the
library’s programs and events, check
out our website: www.ci.pleasant-
Pleasant Hill Public Library Chocolate chip
5151 Maple Drive,
hill.ia.us/library. And check out the 266-7815 cookies
library’s Facebook page. Hours: Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m. Ingredients 2. Cream together the butter and
Mon. - Thur.: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour brown sugar until smooth. Beat in
NEW BOOKS Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 1 teaspoon baking soda the eggs one at a time, then stir in
Fiction Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1 teaspoon salt the vanilla.
“Calico Joe” by John Grisham 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
“Capitol Murder” by Phillip Margolin ( I use 1 cup butter-flavored Crisco) 3. In a small bowl combine flour,
“Elegy for Eddie” by Jacqueline Download books on WILBOR 1-1/2 cup packed brown sugar baking soda and salt. Add to bat-
Winspear WILBOR now has e-books avail- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ter. Once mixed add the chocolate
able. WILBOR is an online site 2 large eggs chips.
Nonfiction accessible through the library’s 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
“Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods website. Downloadable audio 4. Drop by large spoonfuls onto
You Can Stop Buying and Start books are also available WILBOR Directions ungreased pans. Bake for 10 - 12 min-
Making” by Jennifer May including titles for IPod use. Kindle 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. utes or until golden brown.
“Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron users, access is now available.
Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest You’ll need your library patron
Gift” by Harvey Araton number to access the WILBOR
website. There is a link at the
Books on CD library’s website, www.ci.pleasant-
“Monsters, Gods, and Heroes” by hill.ia.us/library.
Beth McDonald is a wife and mother and works full time in Des Moines.
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 25
Dedicated to Detection
EXPERTISE WITH A
PASSION FOR PEOPLE
In partnership with
At Iowa Radiology our commitment is to provide you state of the art technology, professional expertise,
and patient focused care. Expect a personal approach with convenient scheduling and locations and
comfortable outpatient settings.
Our team of radiologists are respected for their compassion and communication skills with patients
and referring physicians. We also have a number of physicians with specialties or fellowships in breast
imaging, body imaging, interventional, musculoskeletal, pediatric and neurological radiology for the
most precise interpretation. All radiologists are board certified and all equipment is ACR (American
College of Radiology) accredited. We are proud to serve you.
MRI - Open Bore & Closed General Diagnostic Radiology Angiography and
CT Scan Lindsey Grandbois, D.O., R.Ph Interventional
Ultrasound William Heggen, M.D. Olaf Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D
Bone Density Stuart Lehr, M.D. David Lacey, M.D.
Virtual Colonoscopy Christopher Waddell, D.O. Andrew Nish, M.D.
Fluoroscopy Pamela Sigmund, PA-C
General X-ray Breast Imaging
Gopika Myneni, M.D. Musculoskeletal
Jill Westercamp, M.D. James Choi, M.D.
Digital Mammography Body Imaging Neuroradiology
Breast Biopsy Paul Keller, M.S., M.D. Charles DePena, M.D.
Breast MRI Brad King, D.O. Gerard Waggenspack, M.D.
OB & Breast Ultrasound Robert McCleeary, M.D.
John Rizzi, M.D. Pediatric
Marvin Walker, D.O. Amy Dahl, M.D.
Clive Ankeny Lakeview Downtown
12368 Stratford Drive, 1105 N. Ankeny Blvd., 6000 University Avenue, Methodist Office Building III
Suite 300 Suite 200 Suite 150 1221 Pleasant Street,
Clive, IA 50325 Ankeny, IA 50023 West Des Moines, IA 50266 Suite 350
Des Moines, IA 50309
WWW.IOWARADIOLOGY.COM | 515-226-9810
26 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
fitness By David Charleston, The Orange Planet
days, but it is the truth. When you How well do your heart and lungs
Triumph hit the gym five days a week and
discipline your body to consume
foods that are good for you, vic-
tory is sure to follow. There are
certain victory steps you must take
handle physical activity challenges?
In studies reported in medical jour-
nals, participants with the best heart
rate recovery after exercise had
much less chance (up to four times)
over defeat in order to rise above defeat and
We highly recommend five days
a week being in the gym, raising
your heart rate to your maximum
of dying in the years of follow-up.
If you want victory in your life,
it will cost you something. Decide
what you’ll pay to taste victory.
If you struggle from defeat, today
An Easter lesson in victory
level. When sustaining that heart you can put it behind you and start
By David Charleston, director/founder of The Orange Planet rate for 20 to 30 minutes at a again. Don’t give up in the struggle.
time you are sure to tone and Spoil the naysayer’s negative com-
he meaning of Easter is you ever watch sports competi- drop unwanted fat. Adding weight ments. Be an overcomer. Victory
T Jesus Christ’s victory over
His resurrection symbolizes
tion, you have seen what kinds
of feelings are brought out when
victory comes. It is exhilarating.
training to your routine three days
a week builds muscle which also
prevents osteoporosis. Other ben-
is close at hand. Soon you’ll delight
in the fruits of your labor. To a
happy Easter and victory in your
the eternal life that is granted to all It is payoff for all the hard work. efits include increased lung capacity, life. Thank you for reading.
who believe in Him. It also verifies People identify with winners. Even protection against heart disease,
all that Jesus preached and taught people who have never played balance of energy and weight loss,
during His three-year ministry. It competitive sports are moved to building muscle strength and stam-
announced victory over death. great emotion when they witness ina, enhancing metabolism, increas- Article by David Charleston, founder of
Victory signifies more than just victory. I even think at times I ing bone density, fighting off cancer
The Orange Planet, 5650 Metro East
a conquest. Victory signifies unity, could will my way to a victory. and depression and improving cog-
discipline and faith in something. Victory in the area of health nition and memory. Drive, Pleasant Hill. FitPlay Summer
If you have ever tasted victory, and fitness comes from discipline. The increase of heart-lung fit- Camp taking registrations now at
you know the feeling it brings. If That is not a popular word these ness is essential to seeing victory. www.theorangeplanet.com.
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 27
Q: What is the safest way to
remove a tick?
A: The warm weather has been great. Plants and insects are thriving.
Ticks are out and about, so it is a good time to review how to handle
those little critters. They can be found in low brush and grass and live in
warm, wooded areas. It is easy to remove one that is moving across your
body — get a tissue, grab the tick and flush it down the toilet.
However once the tick is attached, its removal becomes more of a
challenge. The biggest problem in removing a tick is the possible spread
of germs causing disease.
Any method that makes the tick spit out blood or saliva might spread
disease. Some common methods of tick removal can cause this, such as
touching a hot match head to the tick or painting the tick to smother it.
Spreading Vaseline on it will prolong the exposure time, causing the tick
to eject more infectious germs into the body. These methods should not
Using tweezers, flip the tick on its back. Grasp with the tweezers as
close to the skin as possible and gently pull it out. Wash your hands and
the bite area with soap and water. Monitor the area for a month or so
for any sign of a lesion in the area. If you become ill after a tick bite see
your health care provider. Simply keep ticks off of the body by covering
exposed skin, and use repellants. Wearing light-colored clothing helps by
making it easier to see the ticks.
Information provided by Alice Kerr, ARNP, Pleasant Hill Family Physicians, P.C.,
1205 Copper Creek Drive, Pleasant Hill, 266-1199.
Q: How can chiropractic care
relieve my spring allergies?
A: Spring is here. Unfortunately for many, springtime means allergy time.
When exposed to an allergen, the body triggers the immune system to
go into action. The immune system releases histamine that attaches to
receptors in blood vessels causing them to enlarge. Histamine binds to
receptors causing redness, swelling and itching. Over-the-counter allergy
medications are focused only on relieving the symptoms. These medica-
tions do not get to the source of the symptoms, and they come with many
side-effects. While treating the symptoms may seem easiest, it’s important
to understand that the side-effects of these chemicals increase in sever-
ity with long-term usage and may even eventually worsen the symptoms.
One of the primary causes of allergies is an impaired immune system,
which substantially increases the risk of allergic reactions. The immune
system becomes stressed due to an overload of toxins. To improve
immune system function and reduce allergic reactions, avoid sugar as
it overtaxes the body during digestion. Avoid dairy products as they
increase the production of mucus and can mimic allergic reactions. Eat
only whole foods. Healthy foods build the immune system and actually
help to alleviate allergic reactions.
Chiropractors recognize the important role a healthy nervous sys-
tem plays in a healthier immune system. Most over-the-counter and pre-
scription allergy treatments adversely affect the nervous system, which
515.967.9300 means that they will adversely affect your overall health and wellness.
Chiropractic adjustments remove interferences to the nervous system
and improve immune system functioning. Many people report allergies
improve with regular chiropractic care.
Information from The Wellness Family, provided by Dr. Kari Swain, Swain
Chiropractic, 410 Center Place S.W., Altoona, 967-9300.
28 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
Q: What does gum disease Dental Group
is a full service dental facility
have to do with cardiovascular offering the ﬁnest in
health? restoration services
for the entire family!
A: Treating gum disease, which is bacterial infection of the gums, may
reduce the risk of cardiovasculas disease — disease of the heart and
the body’s arterial system. The most common types of cardiocascular We offer...
disease are stroke, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, which Preventative Dentistry
includes heart attack and chest pain known as angina pectoris and
heart failure. Root Canals
Research has shown that periodontal disease increases the risk of Dentures –
developing the blood clots that can lead to heart attack and stroke. partial and complete
The danger with gum disease is that the oral bacteria can get into
the bloodstream and cause inflammation in other parts of the body. Crowns and Bridges
Endocarditis, for example, is the name of a potentially fatal infection Treatment
that occurs in the vessels of the heart. of Gum Disease
Gum disease has also been linked to diabetes. Researchers have Dr. Foster
found that blood sugar levels in diabetics with gum disease were Cosmetic Dentistry
lowered when the gum disease was treated. A study also found that Hawkins, D.D.S.
women who suffered from moderate to severe gum disease were 708 – 1st Ave. S.
(behind Kum & Go)
twice as likely to give birth prematurely. Keep your gums healthy by
brushing and flossing daily and by visiting your dentist regularly.
Information provided by Des Moines Dental Group, 708 First Ave S.,
www. dmdent al group.c om
967-6611. N ew patients are alw ays w elcom e !
Q: What’s normal regarding
memory loss, and what’s not?
A: You begin to lose brain cells starting in your 20s. Thus, the older
you are, the more your memory is affected. Aging changes both the way
information is stored and your ability to recall the information. Jennifer Illa Casey John
Abler, D.O. Chandani, M.D. Clor, M.D. Rhodes, M.D.
Some things to help with memory impairment include keeping lists,
following a routine, repeating names when you meet new people and
keeping important objects such as keys in a consistent place.
Many things other than aging can also affect memory. These include
dementia, depression, medications, strokes, head injury and alcohol
Memory problems are a concern if they affect your daily living signifi-
cantly. If you sometimes forget names, you shouldn’t be concerned. But Joseph Priscilla Steven Reagan
McGargill, M.D. Ruhe M.D. Strang, D.O. Barry, PA-C
you may have a more serious problem if you can’t remember how to do
things that you’ve done many times or you have trouble doing tasks that
require following steps (such as a recipe). A major difference between
normal and “serious” memory loss is progression. If it’s dementia, it usu-
ally gets worse over time. Additional things not part of “normal” aging
are repeating stories in the same conversation, not being able to keep
track of what happens each day and having trouble making choices.
It may be difficult to really know if you have a significant problem Sally Stacy Amy
or not, so talk to your doctor about any concerns that you have. Once Bennett, PA-C Davis, PA-C Lamberti, PA-C
brain cells are dead, they cannot be replaced, but if the diagnosis is 5900 E. University Ave.
dementia, it can sometimes be treated to stop or slow the progres- Pleasant Hill
643-2400 CLINIC HOURS:
Information from www.familydoctor.org, provided by Sally Bennett, PA-C, Family Practice Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Urgent Care Monday–Friday 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Mercy East Family Practice, 5900 E. University Ave., Suite 200, 643-2400. and Saturday–Sunday 9:00 a.m.–4 p.m.
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 29
YOUR TIMING WON’T BE OFF investment
By Karl Ritland
WHEN YOU INVEST REGULARLY.
Can you turn ‘Be
a Millionaire Day’
Steps for meeting your investment goal
By Karl Ritland, financial advisor, Edward Jones
ou can find many obscure
To learn how investing on a regular basis can help you
reach your financial goals, call or visit your local financial
Y holidays, but few of them
capture people’s interest
as much as Be a Millionaire Day,
As an investor, one of the best
things you can do to build your
wealth is to increase the number
May 20. of shares you own in your invest-
Most of us would like to ments. So, look for buying oppor-
Karl P Rittland, AAMS®
Financial Advisor someday attain “millionaire” sta- tunities, especially when prices are
1100 N. Hickory Blvd., Suite 201
tus. While there are no perfect low. Also, consider reinvesting any
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 formulas, here are some steps to dividends or distributions you may
515-266-8188 consider when working toward receive from your investments.
any investment goal:
www.edwardjones.com For your money to grow, you need
The earlier you begin saving and to put a portion of your investment
investing, the better your chances dollars in growth-oriented vehi-
of reaching your financial goal. cles, such as stocks. It is certainly
out & about Submit photos to email@example.com
You can’t expect to “strike it rich” true that stock prices will always
immediately with any single invest- fluctuate, sometimes quite sharply,
ment, but by investing year in and and you may receive more or
year out, and by choosing qual- less than your original investment
ity investment vehicles, you have when sold. But if you avoid stocks
the opportunity to achieve growth entirely in favor of more stable
over time. vehicles, you run the risk of earn-
If you ing returns that may not keep you
wait until you “have a little extra ahead of inflation. As you approach
money lying around” before you retirement, and even during retire-
invest, you may well never invest. ment, your portfolio will probably
Instead, try to “pay yourself first.” still need some growth poetential.
Each month, move some money Work with your financial advisor
automatically from a checking or to determine the appropriate
savings account into an invest- approach for you.
Melissa Smith and Rusty Smith at the Pleasant Hill Chamber Lunch Club at Strikers ment. When you’re first starting By cre-
on March 22. out in the working world, you ating a long-term investment strat-
might not be able to afford much, egy and sticking to it, you’ll be less
but as you advance in your career, likely to take a “timeout” from
you can increase your contribu- investing in response to perceived
tions. negative news, such as market
It’s downturns and political crises.
easier said than done, but if you Following these suggestions
can keep a lid on your debt pay- may someday allow you to reach
ments, you’ll have more money the point when your financial goals
with which to invest. become a reality for you.
Becca Squiers and Tammy Haugen at the Pleasant Hill Chamber Lunch Club at
Information provided by Karl Ritland, Edward Jones, 1100 N. Hickory Blvd.,
Strikers on March 22.
Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, 266-8188, www.edwardjones.com.
30 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
auto By Adam McRoberts
What really works, and how well BODY SHOP, INC.
By Adam McRoberts, Ted’s Body Shop Inc.
ith gas prices so high,
W the media is awash
with lists of gas-saving
tips. Well, how’s this for a tip?
If you listen to us, you can see
hybrid-type savings without having
to buy a new car.
By changing your driving hab-
its, you can improve fuel econo-
my up to 37 percent right away
(depending on how you drive).
Combine several tips and perform
routine maintenance and you will way to save gas. Cold Hard Facts: Up
save real dollars, not just pennies. to 14-percent savings, average sav-
A miracle? All we did was take
several of the most common tips
out there and put them to the test
ings of 7 percent. Recommendation:
If you’ve got it, use it.
Test No. 4: A/C on, win-
WE CLEAN IT
over a remote 55-mile route in the dows up vs. A/C off, windows Engine detail, interior
high desert of California. Some of down. Result: Nice in theory;
them worked like a charm. Some
of them didn’t work at all. We’ll
not true in practice. Cold Hard
Facts: No measurable difference
All Makes and Models. Call for appointment.
give you the breakdown. (unless you open the sunroof, Allow for 6–8 hours minimum.
These tests were done under too!) Recommendation: Please, Expires 5/25/12.
real-world conditions — not in a make yourself comfortable.
government lab somewhere. Our Test No. 5: Check your
results can be matched by anyone tire pressure. Result: Important
— even you. for safety and to reduce tire wear.
The wonderful part about Cold Hard Facts: No measurable
what we found is that improving effect on the vehicles we tested.
your car’s mileage is just a matter Recommendation: Check your tire
of changing your habits. Stack a pressure often but don’t expect a
few of these winners together and big savings.
we’ll bet that you’ll see a substan- Test No. 6: Avoid exces-
tial savings at the pump — without sive idling. Result: More impor-
the need for a new car. tant than we assumed. Cold
Test No. 1: Aggressive Hard Facts: Avoiding excessive
driving vs. moderate driving. idling can save up to 19 percent.
Result: Major savings potential. The Recommendation: Stopping longer
Cold Hard Facts: Up to 37 per- than a minute? Shut ’er down.
cent savings, average savings of Conclusions: The good news
31 percent. Recommendation: Stop
driving like a maniac.
is that you can drastically improve
your gas mileage. The caveat is
COLLISION REPAIR and UNIBODY SPECIALIST
Test No. 2: Lower speeds that you have to change your driv- All makes and models
save gas. Result: Substantial sav- ing habits. If you are willing to
ings on a long trip. Cold Hard change, you’ll find many related
Facts: Up to 14 percent savings, benefits, too: no speeding tickets,
average savings of 12 percent. greater safety, reduced stress and DUZMOR PRECISION BODY SQUARING & ALIGNMENT
Recommendation: Drive the lower repair bills for tires and brake
Test No. 3: Use cruise con-
trol. Result: Surprisingly effective
pads. In the long run this will save
you money. And who knows? You
might like the new you.
5571 NW 2nd STREET DES MOINES
Information from Edmunds.com, provided by Adam McRoberts, Ted’s Body
Shop Inc., 5571 N.W. Second St., Des Moines, 280-6500. www.tedsbodyshop.com
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 31
Pleasant Hill chamber news Chamber, 261-0466
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!
CHILL ON THE HILL
Every Friday in June
6-9pm at Copper Creek Lake Park
BANDS BEER Give your time to support your community
WINE By Cher Brown, president
olunteering has always
2 drink tickets!
(21 years & older)
V been a passion of mine
because I love giving back.
Since joining the Chamber and
Platinum Sponsors: the board of directors, I have had
Elder Corporation the opportunity to embellish on
that passion by volunteering my
ROCKSTAR satellite time helping organize and work
JUNE 1 COLD FILTERED many of the events we have put on
Nightly sponsor: REMAX as a Chamber.
Now it is your turn. Through
JUNE 8 DOUBLE BARREL
Nightly sponsors: Pleasant Hill Living Magazine & Omg Midwest my experience with the Chamber,
I have heard from other members
JUNE 15 DECOY who wished they had more finan-
Nightly sponsors: Caseys & Valley Bank
cial resources to provide for our
JUNE 22 BEN2K many sponsorship opportunities, with our ticket sales, ID checking,
Nightly sponsors: Anytime Fitness & Okoboji Grill beer serving, set up and clean up,
but just don’t. Well, my solution
JUNE 29 GIMMIK — volunteer your time in lieu of etc. Volunteers will be asked to
money and reap in the benefits. wear their company shirts to help
What benefits, you ask? Well, promote their business.
first off you have the opportunity Please contact Cathy Jensen
to meet more fellow Chamber at the Chamber office to have
Friday, June 22 members as well as those in the your name put on our list as well
Copper Creek community. Secondly, you set how as to discuss your possible date
4825 Copper Creek Dr. much or how little time you can requests. Due to the popularity
Pleasant Hill offer. Third, free marketing for of volunteerism for this event, I
you and your business. Finally, would recommend you call earlier
This year’s golf outing rather than later so we can try to
build lasting relationships that
starts at 12:00pm accommodate everyone who is
may just turn into future business
Lunch and opportunities. willing to help out.
Business to Business We are currently calling I want to thank you all in
networking for volunteers to help with our advance for giving your time, and
1:00pm Tee Off upcoming Chill on the Hill events I look forward to seeing each of
$75 includes admission to Chill on the Hill which will be taking place every you soon. Until then... Grow. Play.
Friday this June. We need support Live.
Saturday, July 28
Watch for more
information to come! Volunteer your time in lieu of money
and reap in the benefits.
32 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
out & about Submit your photos and captions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Williams and Tate Williams at the Jon Weist and Bill Eisenlauer at the Eisenlauer Egg Sylvia Hageman at the Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on
Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park. Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park. April 7 at Sunrise Park.
Anna, Olivia and Myrna Eisenlauer at the Harold Otis and Creighton Otis at the Eisenlauer Kamen Carico at the Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on
Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park. Egg Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park. April 7 at Sunrise Park.
Marta McCauley and Claudia Hoskins at the Layne Brown and Cher Brown at the Pleasant Hill Tim Tarbell and Archie Webb at the Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill Chamber Lunch Club at Strikers on Chamber Lunch Club at Strikers on March 22. Chamber Lunch Club at Strikers on March 22.
Janelle Reese and Ron Patterson at the Kraze Len Murray and Jill Meyer at the Kraze Outfitters Nicci Baker and Christine D’Amico at the Kraze
Outfitters ribbon cutting on March 30. ribbon cutting on March 30. Outfitters ribbon cutting on March 30.
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living 33
out & about Submit photos to email@example.com classifieds To place an ad, call 515-953-4822, ext. 302
ATTENTION DIABETICS with Medicare. 0702 www.SellDiabeticStrips.com
Get a FREE Talking Meter and diabetic testing
supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! TAKE VIAGRA/ CIALIS? Save $500.00! Get
Best of all, this meter eliminates painful finger 40 100mg/20mg Pills, for only-$99! +4-Bonus
pricking! Call 1-888-737-9930 Pills FREE! #1 Male Enhancement. Discreet
Shipping. Call 1- 877-595-1024
DISH NETWORK. Starting at $19.99/month
PLUS 30 Premium Movie Channels FREE for WORK ON JET ENGINES – Train for hands
3 Months! SAVE! & Ask About SAME DAY on Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved
Installation! CALL - 888-543-6232 program. Financial aid if qualified – Housing
available CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance
DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR BOAT 866-231-7177.
TO HERITAGE FOR THE BLIND. Free 3 Day
Vacation, Tax Deductible, Free Towing, All $$$ WE BUY DIABETIC TEST STRIPS
Paperwork Taken Care Of. 888-757-6941 $$$ TOP $$$ Paid 24 hrs! Free Ship this week
only call for details. Visit Traderjackproducts.
ATTENTION SLEEP APNEA SUFFERERS com/strips. Qwik Quote! 772-263-0425
with Medicare. Get FREE CPAP Replacement
Supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! PROFLOWERS- Mother`s Day is May 13th.
Best of all, prevent red skin sores and bacterial Enjoy 60 percent off our All the Frills Bouquet!
infection! Call 888-705-4795 The perfect bouquet to wow any Mom in your
life. You pay $19.99 plus s/h. Go to www.pro-
Chad Robbins, Niki Robbins, Kim Dorn and Kendra Robbins from Kraze Outfitters MANTIS DELUXE TILLER. NEW! FastStart flowers.com/Beauty or call 888-481-3912
engine. Ships FREE. One-Year Money-Back
hosted the Pleasant Hill Chamber for their ribbon cutting on March 30. Guarantee when you buy DIRECT. Call for the STEEL BUILDINGS: 6 only 25x30, 30x38,
DVD and FREE Good Soil book! 866-542-5009 40x54, 45x74, 50x100, 80x150. Must Move
Now! Selling for Balance Owed! Still Crated/Free
CANADA DRUG CENTER is your choice Delivery! 1-800-411-5869 x221
for safe and affordable medications. Our licensed
Canadian mail order pharmacy will provide you $$CASH PAID - UP TO $25/BOX for
with savings of up to 90 percent on all your medi- unexpired, sealed Diabetic Test Strips. 1
cation needs. Call Today 866-983-1784 for $25.00 DAY PAYMENT & PREPAID SHIPPING.
off your first prescription and free shipping. Se Habla Espanol. 1-888-389-0593 www.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
BENEFITS. WIN or Pay Nothing! Start NAME BRAND PRODUCTS AT LOW
Your Application In Under 60 Seconds. Call PRICES Leather Goods, Electronics, Home
Today! Contact Disability Group, Inc. Licensed Decor, Gift Items, Video Game Consoles,
Attorneys & BBB Accredited. Call 888-835-8412 Clothing, Automotive, Security Devices,
Cookware, Tools, Cameras, Purses, iPad 2,
EVER CONSIDER a Reverse Mortgage? At iPods, Plus Much More. Browse at: www.gar-
least 62 years old? Stay in your home & increase fieldenterprises.com Lawrence Garfield 1-773-
cash flow! Safe & Effective! Call Now for your 668-9483
FREE DVD! Call Now 866-215-9894
$8000+ FOR ENVELOPES! Receive $6-$8
ADOPTION: A financially secure, childless for every envelope stuffed with our sales bro-
couple (37-41) seek to adopt. Together 18 chures: Guaranteed! Postage, supplies furnished.
years. Flexible work schedules. Expenses paid. 1-800-768-0522
Pennie Carroll and Marta McCarty at the Kraze Outfitters ribbon cutting on March 30. Rich & Tim. 1-800-494-4533.
A UNIQUE ADOPTIONS, LET US
SAVE ON YOU NEW HOME- Quality HELP! Personalized Adoption Plans. Financial
energy-efficient home for $75-$100 per square Assistance, Housing, Relocation and More.
foot with basement package and HVAC, 26 Giving the Gift of Life? You Deserve the Best.
years experience. CENTURY HOMES OF Call Us First! 1-888-637-8200. 24HR Hotline.
LOTTERY RESULTS for Iowa and the U.S. ADOPTION? Call Us First! Living expenses,
available at WWW.MW-ADS.COM! Check it Housing, Medical and continued support after-
out! wards. Choose Adoptive Family of Your Choice.
Call 24/7. ADOPT CONNECT 1-866-743-9212
$$$ ACCESS LAWSUIT Cash Now!! Injury
Lawsuit Dragging? Need $500-$500,000++ with- TRUCK DRIVERS WANTED - Best Pay
in 48/hours? Low rates Apply Now By Phone! and Home Time! Apply Online Today over
1-800-568-8321. www.lawcapital.com 750 Companies! One Application, Hundreds of
HELP WANTED!!! Make extra income mail-
ing our brochures from home! Helping Home- AUTOS WANTED: CASH FOR CARS: All
Workers since 2001! Genuine Opportunity! No Cars/Trucks Wanted. Running or Not! Top
experience required. Start Immediately! www. Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Any Make/
theworkhub.net Model. Call For Instant Offer: 1-888-417-1382
ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from MISC AUTOS: CASH FOR CARS: Any Make,
Home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, Model or Year. We Pay MORE! Running or Not
*Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer Sell your Car or Truck TODAY Free Towing!
Myrna Eisenlauer and Jessica Berg at the Kraze Outfitters ribbon cutting on March 30. available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certi- Instant Offer: 1-888-420-3805
fied. Call 800-401-2385 www.CenturaOnline.
com TRAILER SALE: 500 gallon tank trailer single
baffle $3699, 83” x 14’, 14,000lb Dump Trailer
FOR SALE: A Helix Sigma power wheelchair. $6299, Aluma A888 two place ATV trailer
Equipped with power tilt, recline, elevate, and $1199, 7’ x 12’ V-nose, ramp door 2-wheel
raising legs. $1000. Also a Jazzy Select GT power chocks & tiedowns $4150, 82” x 16’ car-
wheelchair with manual recline. Red base with hauler $2028. 515-972-4554 www.fortdodget-
gray upholstery, $350. Also, a Victory scooter railerworld.com
in Viper Blue, $250. For more information call
319-465-5916 $AMAZING NATIONAL RACE$ Top
teams in the USA, up to 25, open positions to
CAMP COURAGEOUS is seeking a depend- fill, CASH daily, 2 weeks training hotel/ trans-
able, dedicated, hardworking individual to work portation provided, MUST be free to travel,
in its dietary dept. for a summer, May 21, 2012 1-877-223-3181
thru Aug 24, 2012. Counselor hours 7:00 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday ADVANCE NOTICE: RV, Sport, Rec & Gun
thru Thursday. Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Consignment Sale, Sat., May 5, 2012 at 9:00 A.M.
and Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Meals and Consign early by April 16, 2012 for complete
housing in a dormitory setting (general ages of advertising. Gilbert’s Sale Yard, LLC, 641-398-
residents 19-26) furnished. Please apply online at 2218. 2 Mi. N. of Floyd, IA On Hwy. 218.
campcourageous.org or send a cover letter and Tractor House Internet Bidding Available. www.
resume to: Chef Dennis Bayne, Dietary Director, gilbertsaleyard.com
Camp Courageous, PO Box 418, Monticello, IA.
52310-0418 FAST PAYMENT for sealed, unexpired
DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! Free Shipping, Best
The Pleasant Hill Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting for Kraze Outfitters on March 30. WANTED UNEXPIRED DIABETIC TEST Prices and 24 hour payment. Get paid and help
STRIPS UP TO $26/BOX. PRE PAID SHIPPING others. Call Patti at 855-578-7477 or visit us at
LABELS. HABLAMOS ESPANOL! 1-800-266- www.TestStripSearch.com
34 Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012 www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill Pleasant Hill Living APRIL | 2012
391 Becky Lynn Boulevard 4560 Parkridge Avenue 4900 Copper Creek Drive 6334 Little Leaf Lane 5200 Copper Creek Drive 5186 Windsor Court
PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL
$174,900 $129,900 $249,900 $99,500 $279,900 $164,900
6045 E Oakwood Drive 1625 Waters Edge Drive Townhomes/Singles 5335 Jordan Boulevard 787 SE 61st Street 509 W 4th Avenue
PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL INDIANOLA
$229,000 $169,900 Custom Build $334,900 $28,000 $103,900
5250 Jordan Blvd. 1820 Andrew 5380 Pleasant Ridge 4448 Independence 5381 Pleasant Ridge 6510 Sundancer Swing
PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL PLEASANT HILL
$339,000 $269,900 $205,000 $149,900 $180,000 $189,900
300 W Hancock Street 7280 SE 32nd Avenue 157 - 25th Place 3099 – 3243 SE 116th 301 McKinney Street 1476 SE 78th Street
RUNNELLS RUNNELLS RUNNELLS RUNNELLS RUNNELLS RUNNELLS
$149,000 $219,900 $174,900 $125,000 $89,900 $324,900
433 6th Street 1033 Green Hills 2205 E. 12th Street 3901 11th Street 1509 Thompson Avenue 725 SE 27th Street
WEST DES MOINES NORWALK DES MOINES NE DES MOINES NE DES MOINES NE DES MOINES E
$124,900 $193,900 $124,900 $144,900 $89,700 $49,500
APRIL | 2012 Pleasant Hill Living www.iowalivingmagazines.com/pleasanthill