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Newsletter – October 2017

October 2017 Newsletter


Steve O’Braza

Early on the morning of Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the Carlisle Community lost one of its most dedicated public servants, Mr. Steve O’Braza, He served the community for over 35 years. He was known by many residents and his fellow employees as a person who truly cared, spending many hours on improving the streets, water and sewer services for our residents and those living in the immediate area. His departure will be sorely felt, but the legacy he left will live on for many years.

Steve’s remembrance service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the North Park garden area. We know that many in the community will want to attend the service. If you wish to attend, and are able to do so, please walk to the park as parking will be limited due to the anticipated large number of people who will be attending.

Thank you, Steve for everything you have given us. Your precense will be felt each and every day we use the public services you help build and maintain over the many years you were with us.

The family included this message in the obituary:   Following the service the family would like to invite everyone to stay and enjoy lunch and share stories about Steve. Feel free to bring a covered dish and lawn chair. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the North Park Flower Garden.


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Thank you to everyone who voted! The Carlisle Nature Trail made it to the final of the Iowa League of Cities People’s Choice All-Star Competition by only a few votes.

Now we have to beat Nevada in the final showdown. Every single vote is going to matter, so please vote and share often.

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O’Reilly Auto Parts Customer Appreciation Day

O’Reilly Auto Parts Customer Appreciation Day
Saturday, October 15
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Presentation of Check to Carlisle Fire Department
12:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting – Carlisle Chamber of Commerce
1005 Bluestem Dr., Carlisle, IA

Grand Opening will be celebrated October 12 – 25

O’Reilly Auto Parts (NASDAQ: ORLY) is pleased to announce the opening of our store in Carlisle, IA. Our new store is conveniently located to serve all of your auto part needs.

Store Manager, Dave Winebrenner, on behalf of the entire company, will present a $200 check to Carlisle Fire Department. O’Reilly Auto Parts is honored to support such a worthwhile organization.

If you have not had an opportunity to stop by and meet Dave and the TEAM, come in during the grand opening celebration. When you visit the new O’Reilly store, you’ll find courteous, knowledgeable store personnel to assist you. O’Reilly offers a low price guarantee, plus overnight service from our distribution centers, on most parts not in stock. O’Reilly has the best manufacturer’s warranty policy in the industry and the largest inventory of auto parts, tools and accessories.


Join the City of Carlisle in an Exciting Ribbon Cutting

Please Join the City of Carlisle and the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 for the Ribbon Cutting celebrating the official opening of the 3 mile section of Carlisle’s new bike trail.  ribbon-cutting-invite


You are cordially invited…

A bright yellow Little Free Library is coming to Carlisle! The Grand Opening for the small, book exchange program located in front of the Carlisle Aquatic Center (1230 S 5th St) is set for Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Readers of all ages are welcome to enjoy refreshments, make a bookmark, and especially to borrow a book from the little library. Donations of books for the little free library will be accepted gladly!

How does a little free library work? The library steward stocks the library with a variety of books. Readers stop by and take whatever catches their eye. Later they return the book and maybe donate more. Once a book has entered a Free Little Library it is considered a gift and should never be offered for sale again.littlefreelibrary-carlisle

This particular library was built & donated to The Friends of the Carlisle Library by Wood Magazine & Meredith Corp. through Meredith employee, Krystal Maher. Woodworkers from across the U.S. and Canada gathered at Meredith Corporation headquarters, home of WOOD magazine, from May 20-22 for three days of classes with WOOD editors and well-known woodworkers. New this year, WOOD partnered with tool manufacturers RIDGID and RYOBI and Little Free Library, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy and love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide, on a book-nook charity build for attendees. Approximately 30 book nooks where built and donated to various central Iowa communities as part of this event. RIDGID and RYOBI provided the power tools needed to construct the book nooks, and gave those tools to participants at the end of the event.

The Friends of the Carlisle Library are a group of volunteers who preserve, support and strengthen the Carlisle Public Library. This Little Free Library is just another way to continue with their purpose of sponsoring programs designed to add to the cultural life of the community. Friends of the Carlisle Library would also like to extend our thanks to to many volunteers who helped prepare the Little Free Library for use in our community, including Krystal Maher, Randy Howard, Troy Ohnemus, Chad Johnson, Eric Goodhue, and the City of Carlisle electric department.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization with a mission to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers. There are more that 40,000 Little Free Libraries around the world. In 2015, Little Free Library received the Library of Congress Literacy Award for best practices in literacy and reading promotion. The New York Times calls Little Free Library “a global sensation!” Visit for more information about the national organization.

Friends of the Carlisle Library

Carlisle Welcomes Officer April Abbas to the Carlisle Police Force

april-abbas-2016-2April is originally from Laurens Iowa, where she graduated from Laurens Marathon high school.  Right out of high school, April worked for the Laurens Police Department as a reserve officer, one of two college jobs while working towards her degree.

April earned her Criminal Justice degree while attending Iowa Law Enforcement Academy of Western Iowa.  Following that degree, she worked for Buena Vista University (BVU) security. A year later April enrolled at BVU, while continuing to work for BVU security, where she finished her degree with a bachelor’s in psychology.

In 2010 Officer Abbas was hired by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s office where she worked as a deputy sheriff for 6 years.

“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer”, states Abbas, “When I was growing up my dad was a Fire Chief and my Mom was an Ambulance director.  I grew up around emergency services my whole life and public service was a big influence on me when I was little.

“It’s been a lot of hard work getting to this point in my career.  When working in law enforcement you have to get your foot in the door, wear a lot of hats and meet a lot of people in order to get established in the field.  You don’t just show up and they give you a badge, you have to earn it.”

Growing up in a small community outside of Laurens, Officer Abbas knew when she made the move, she wanted to work for a smaller department.   Abbas adds, “I didn’t want to work for a big city department where you were lost in the numbers.  I wanted to work in a small community where you have the ‘home’ feel like I did back home where I know everybody.”

Officer Abbas concludes, “I feel like I slid right into the position and didn’t miss a beat.  Everything is falling into place and I already feel like part of the team. Carlisle is a great community with amazing growth potential.  We have the small town feel in a close-knit community but at the same time we’re near enough to Des Moines that the activities of a larger city are just a few minutes away. The Carlisle community has a lot going for it!”

Welcome to Gabby Breheny, a New Face at City Hall

gabby-brehenyWelcome Gabby Breheny, the new Utility Billing Clerk for the city of Carlisle.  Gabby started at City Hall on August 9th and her daily duties will include billing for both Electric and Water & Sewer as well as helping out at the front desk.

Gabby comes from Radcliffe Iowa where she met her husband, Nick and moved to Carlisle.  Prior to working for the city, Gabby worked for David’s Bridal and then Mediacom’s main offices in West Des Moines.

When asked about dealing with difficult situations, Gabby replied.   “When I worked at David’s Bridal, sometimes things would go wrong, it happens.  Nobody gets more upset than a nervous bride, in the end, they just want to be heard and know that someone is on their side trying to solve their problem.  Working on behalf of the customers is a skill set I bring to Carlisle City Hall.”

Breheny continues, “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the city.  So far I’ve met a lot of citizens of Carlisle and I’m working with a great group of people who are helping me get up to speed on all the systems being used here.”

Gabby lives in Carlisle with her husband Nick and their daughter Olivia.