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.

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!

Madrid Community Chest Campaign Begins October 3

The annual Madrid Community Chest fundraiser begins October 2, 2018. A packet will be delivered to each Madrid residence, and donations support local programs, such as Madrid Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts; Madrid Little League, Softball, and Soccer; Madrid Public Library, Tiger Tots, Greater Love Ministries, youth and Shelter Services, Boone Community Services, Boone County Transportation, the Salvation Army, the Quad County Saddle Club, and the Mid-Iowa Council. Thank you for your support!

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.”

Meet a MAC Member: Jordan and Mahoney Law Firm, PC

Jordan and Mahoney lawyerJordan and Mahoney Law firm, P.C. is a family firm that was established in 1960, when Richard T. Jordan and Robert E. Mahoney merged their practices. The firm has three locations, and its office in Madrid began in 1981.

Jordan and Mahoney is a general practice firm. There are six available attorneys within the firm with a wide variety of practice areas. At the Madrid office, the services offered include divorce, business planning, estate planning, and real estate. The firm itself spans a number of other areas of practice. The firm is also concerned with community support, and is actively involved in local organizations such as Madrid High School After Prom, Madrid Labor Days, Madrid Action Committee, and others.

Meredith Mahoney Nerem is one of the attorneys at the Madrid location. She has an all-encompassing family law practice with extensive trial and settlement experience. When asked what the benefits of being a small business in the Madrid community are, she explained that she enjoyed the “face to face, personal aspect.” She also noted, “We interact with our clients not only in business but, also, in the community.” In addition, Meredith appreciates the more relaxed feel.

Meet a MAC Member: Iowa Arboretum

Iowa ArboretumThe Iowa Arboretum recently celebrated both its 50th anniversary and its achievement of
the Master Plan that was set in place in 2015. This resource was started by the Iowa State
Horticultural Society shortly after they purchased 40 acres in 1966. In 1968, the Iowa Arboretum
became an official nonprofit.

The purpose of the Iowa Arboretum, according to its mission statement, is “to be an inspiring
educational and recreational resource demonstrating the value and use of trees, shrubs, and
other plants in the Iowa landscape.” Since its beginnings, the Arboretum has grown in both size
and opportunities it provides.

In addition to being a space in which people can learn about native Iowa plants, the Arboretum
offers itself as a venue to celebrate life events, such as weddings and family reunions.
Mark Schneider, executive director, notes, “For Madrid to have a public garden is incredible.”

He invites the Madrid community to come and enjoy the large spectrum of opportunities
available at the arboretum. Eagle scout projects, partnerships, learning activities, and social
gatherings are some of the ways through which the Iowa Arboretum invites the community to be
involved. There are also volunteering opportunities, as the Arboretum is a nonprofit and there are
various services to fill.

Schneider explains that being a part of the growth of Madrid is a great opportunity for the
Arboretum. He says that those involved at the Arboretum are “Glad to be a part of the good things
going on in Madrid.” He recommends the community “Come out! It’s a wonderful resource.”
For more information on how to be involved with the various opportunities at the Iowa
Arboretum, access the website at IowaArboretum.org.

Labor Day Queen Contest Applications

Incoming Madrid freshman through seniors are invited to participate in the 2018 Labor Day Queen Contest. Applications are now available at City Hall.

Return applications to City Hall by August 17th. Presentations will be on Monday, August 20 at 6:00pm, and crowning will be part of the Saturday morning Labor Day Celebration.

Special Election and Candidate Deadline

The City of Madrid will hold a Special Election in July. Residents will vote for mayor and 2nd ward council member. Individuals interested in running for either position must fill out an Affidavit of Candidacy Form and a Nomination Position Form containing 10 signatures. Note that signatures for the 2nd ward position must come from eligible electors in the 2nd ward area of Madrid, and it is recommended to acquire additional signatures in case some do not county. Forms are available in Madrid at the City Clerk’s Office, at the Auditor’s Office in Boone, and at the Iowa Secretary of State’s website. The deadline for candidate filing is July 6 at 5:00pm in the auditor’s office.
The Special Election will be held on July 31.
For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office in Madrid at (515) 795-3930 or the Auditor’s office at 515-433-0502.

MAC Madrid City-Wide Garage Sale Map

The 2018 sale will be held on May 5, 2018. The 2018 garage sale map is now available! The map is available thanks to Wilcox Printing and Publishing, and the Madrid City-Wide Garage Sale is sponsored by the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC).