Greater Love Ministries Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Food Basket
Sign up Monday, October 22 through Friday, November 9
Food Basket Distribution:
Wednesday, November 14
9:00 -10:30 am
4:00 to 5:30 pm

Christmas Food Basket
Sign up Monday, October 22 through Wednesday November 14
Food Basket Distribution
Wednesday, December 19
9:00 -10:30 am
4:00 to 5:30 pm

Child Christmas Gift
Sign up dates: Monday, October 22 through Friday, November 30

Christmas Gift Shopping
Wednesday, December 19
9:00 -10:30 am
4:00 to 5:30 pm

Greater Love will be closed November 22 and 22 and December 20 until January 2.

Save the Date: MAC Christmas Extravaganza

Psst: Have you heard? The Christmas Extravaganza will be held on a Saturday this year! Plan to attend on Saturday, December 1. Watch for more details to come on the Christmas Extravaganza page.

Halloween Light Show in Madrid

Check out the Halloween light display at 611 S Market Street in Madrid from 7-10 pm. The light show syncs with the radio, channel 101.7 FM. The show is designed by sibling team Nick Snider and Sarah Carr. The show will run from October 17 until October 31. Happy Halloween!

Tormented Souls Haunt Opens

Iowa’s most frightening haunted forest is back! Experience it yourself from October 18 to October 20 or October 25 to October 27, 2018 from 7:15 to 10:oo pm. The haunt is located in timber near Zook Spur, and you will find the tour bus at Edgewood Park in Madrid. All participants ride to the haunt on the bus. Tickets and additional information are available online at https://www.tormentedsoulshaunt.com.

Beggar’s Night

Beggar’s Night will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Find jokes to share with people you visit here, and don’t forget to visit the Library during your trip around town.

Be sure to turn on your porch light if you are handing out candy. Happy Halloween!

Meet a MAC Member: Madrid Family Practice

Madrid Family PracticeThe Madrid Family Practice Clinic provides its services to the entire community, all ages included. Although connected to the Madrid Home, the clinic is for the public. Well-child visits, vaccinations, sports physicals, and some small procedures are available through the Madrid Clinic. They are open five days a week.

Mel Hilsabeck, ARNP, has been working with the clinic since 2004. She worked as an R.N. for ten years at the clinic prior to taking on her role as a Nurse Practitioner so that she could better help patients. Josh Chrisopulos, PA-C, has been with the clinic for a year and a half and has prior experience in hospice care. His passions are preventative health and cancer treatment.

Involvement with the community is important to the clinic, and they have sought ways to engage through events such as the Labor Day parade, and by being involved in the school. Mel says she loves being in Madrid because she likes the “atmosphere of being involved with whole families.” Josh says he likes working for a small business in Madrid because “you meet people and you don’t forget them. Patients are not just a number.”

Stump Removal Project

Have a stump between a street and a sidewalk near your home? A local team will go door-to-door offering to remove them. Nothing is for sale. Local resources are being aligned to get this project done. Call to request removal at 515-795-3844. If you belong to a local group willing to volunteer, please get in touch. Other helpful tools include a backhoe or pickup, shovels, a stump grinder, topsoil, and/or grass seed.

Fall Yard Waste Days

The Boone County Landfill Yard Waste Processing Facility will accept residential yard waste free from October 1 until November 15, 2018. This includes grass clippings, leaves, weeds, brush, branches, limbs, Christmas trees, and plant/vegetable waste (not food waste) from regular yard maintenance.

Restrictions apply when you bring a load. Hours of drop off are listed here. Call the Boone County Landfill at 433-0591 for more information about restrictions–you must meet certain standards when dropping off a load or you will need to pay a fee.

Meet a MAC Member: Trailside Rentals

Trailside RentalsIt is evident that the High Trestle Trail is one of Madrid’s highlights; that said, it is important to make the trail accessible to everyone in the community.

Trailside Rentals is a service that “gets people on the trail who might not be able to otherwise,” says owner, Dave Johnson. Trailside Rentals was opened by Dave Johnson and Becky Roorda in 2011, coinciding with the opening of the High Trestle Trail.

Bikes have been a long-time hobby for Dave, and he offers full-service bike repair as well as rentals of bikes, recumbent trikes, tandem trikes, gravel bikes, kids bikes, tag-a-longs, and small child Burley trailers. They are open from late April through mid-October.

In addition to the bike shop, a Guest House service is also available for people passing through town, whether for biking expeditions or otherwise.

In addition to promoting the trail and enabling others to enjoy it, Trailside Rentals wants to promote traffic in Madrid. By encouraging use of the trail, the owners hope to stimulate interest in Madrid as a whole, thereby promoting other businesses.

Walking into Trailside Rentals, customers are sure to see a large map, covered in pins, on the wall. Dave and Becky explain that each pin represents a person that has visited the shop to hit the trails. There’s hardly a location that isn’t emphasized by a pin. The best part about being a small business in Madrid, according to Becky, is meeting the variety of people that come to enjoy the trail.

Meet the Candidates Public Forum

Residents of Madrid will have the opportunity to learn more about Madrid’s candidates for At Large and Third Ward councilperson at a public forum on Tuesday, September 18 in the Ministry Hall at Madrid E Free Church from 7-9 p.m.

This will be a moderator-led forum with questions being submitted prior to the event and by filling out a card at the forum.

Submit your questions to Don Lincoln at donlincoln@windstream.net.

This event is sponsored and organized by the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) and The Madrid Register-News.

For additional information contact Jennifer Williams at The Madrid Register-News at 515-795-2730 or email Jennifer@wilcoxprinting.com.