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Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Every once in a while, I come across something that was an important part of my day-to-day activities at one point in time but is now obsolete. When I recently saw an image of the “inter-department delivery” envelope, I smiled.

Most of you who are younger than 40 likely have no idea what this thing could possibly be used for. But for those of you who did rely on these delivery mechanisms, you recognize them immediately. The yellow color. The six holes punched in them. The many names and the lines drawn through them. The red string and paper button to tie it to. These handy envelopes were used over and over in many businesses that had separate departments or multiple offices.

During my days at Partnership Press, we had offices in multiple communities, and we had a courier who travelled between them a few times each day, mostly picking up and delivering a bunch of these inter-department envelopes. With a central accounting office, it was the main way that we sent and received our payables, receivables, time cards, and other items.

But we also used these envelopes to send copies of publications, encouraging notes and anything else that needed to get from one place to another. It sounds a bit like the Pony Express now, but these were the days when email was basic and Internet access was dial-up, meaning that sending any large attachments could take hours.

The inter-department delivery envelopes would get ragged after repeated use, and one of the challenges was to find space to write in the name of the person you wanted it to be delivered to. If we couldn’t find new envelopes — or were too cheap to buy them — we would simply tape a white sheet over top of the envelope with new lines.

Do you remember these inter-department delivery envelopes? Does your office still use them today? What other items can you think of that were so necessary at one point and so forgotten today? Shoot me a note and let me know. Just don’t send it in the yellow envelope.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

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A cold and breezy day is ahead as a storm system pulls away from the Midwest and into the Northeast. A brief warming trend begins Friday, though conditions do stay breezy. The middle of next week does look milder, and the forecast remains dry.

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Things To Do
Thursday-Friday, Feb. 3-4
Ballet Des Moines - “Love Flight”
At: Stoner Theater
Info: Ballet Des Moines presents “Love Flight:” an intimate pairing of ballet and conversation. Join Ballet Des Moines Artistic Director Tom Mattingly and the dancers of Ballet Des Moines in the Stoner Theater for three variations on love — an excerpt from “kiss,” “a pas de deux from Swan Lake” and a world premiere from Tom Mattingly. Audience members are invited to stay for a company Q&A following the performance. The Stoner Theater is located in downtown Des Moines at 221 Walnut St. For more information, visit www.balletdesmoines.org.
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FROM KCCI: Iowa lawmakers debate 'parents' rights at school' bill

Republicans say a bill discussed today will give parents more say in their children's education. The Senate education subcommittee moved forward Senate Study Bill 3079, known as the "parents' rights at school" bill, to outline the rights parents have when they feel uncomfortable with what is being taught in schools. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: ‘Poor bridges don’t mean they’re unsafe,’ Iowa DOT addresses state bridge issues

DES MOINES, IOWA – According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Iowa has 23,870 structurally deficient bridges. Webster County has about 180 official bridges defined by the Federal Government, but 30 need repair.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: New downtown Des Moines parking system faces delays

DES MOINES, Iowa — The City of Des Moines is converting its parking meters into a system using space markers and kiosks, but implementing that system has taken longer than expected. The city originally had a goal of getting the kiosks up and running by the end of January, but that's been pushed back for a few reasons...... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best West Glen Store
1. WineStyles
2. Josephs Jewelers
3. Worn


Meet Hanna Hoversten: Band director plays music daily.

As North Polk Middle School’s band director, Hanna Hoversten can play every instrument in the band. During rehearsals, it amounts to about 10 different instruments, including guitar, drums and piano.

“I’m not proficient in all of them, but I can at least demonstrate in front of the class,” she says. “Kids ask me all the time how many instruments I know. I tell them, everything you see in the band, I play.”

Hanna started with piano lessons in third grade and has continued playing piano. She played the trumpet in band. In college, she says she knew she wanted to be a teacher but changed her major seven times. Eventually, she decided on a music education degree.


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A few winners of CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines poll gathered after the awards presentations  held at the Palace Theater at Adventureland. Winners in more than 250 categories were announced. See the results in the February issue of CITYVIEW! Photo by Jayde Vogeler

Photos are still coming in! Thank you all so much for sharing! — Tammy Pearson
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Digital Editions
Adel Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. In the February issue cover story, "Residents' Choice Awards," residents' picks of their favorite businesses, people and places are announced. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the February issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Maitland Ward, Amal Clooney, Warwick Davis, Sean Kingston, Maura Tierney, Bridget Regan, Nathan Lane, Morgan Fairchild, Blythe Danner

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week
Do you send or receive flowers for Valentine’s Day?



When was the last time you made a snowman?

In the past year - 5%
In the past 5 years - 14%
In the past 10 years - 11%
More than 11 years ago - 70%

Morning Chuckle
What do you call Bill Gates when he’s flying?
Thanks for the answers: Megan Brueck, Lu Anne Gafford, Rex Post, William Snyder, Joseph Jones
OR HIGH TECH: Denise McAuley
Congratulations Megan Brueck, winner of Buccaneer tickets!


What do you call it when prisoners take their own mug shots?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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