Butler City Council Meeting Time Change

The Butler City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 5th, will have a time change.

Due to the start of the Bates County Fair the Butler City council meeting will start at 3:00 p.m. instead of the normal 7:00 p.m.

Absentee Voting for August Primary

From the Office of Marlene Wainscott, the Bates County Clerk

Absentee voting for the August primary election is now in process at the Bates County Administrative Building on the Southwest Corner of the Butler Square.

Absentee voters will need to choose a party ballot when you vote. Your choses are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Constitutional.

A non-partisan ballot is available for voters in Charlotte Township only.  

Volunteers needed to take older adults to medical appointments

If you enjoy driving and making a difference for older adults, consider becoming a volunteer for Care Connection’s Provide a Ride program.

Volunteer Provide-a-Ride (PAR) drivers transport aging adults to and from out-of-county medical appointments in the volunteers’ personal vehicles. Drivers may be reimbursed for their mileage.

“This program is important because it allows us to have someone local to take a client without transportation to a medical appointment out of town without having a wait,” said Penny Humphrey, Care Connection Transportation Coordinator. “The driver also will wait and transport the client back home after the appointment.”

Liz Rooks, of Sedalia, has served as a volunteer PAR Driver for several years.

“I enjoy doing it and feeling like I am providing a good service,” she said. “It’s not just being a driver. If a person needs help,you are there.”

Rooks said the car rides allow for plenty of companionship, and she has been able to help connect clients with other services that Care Connection offers.

A good volunteer PAR driver “would have empathy for folks. Someday, you may be in a position to need the help,” Rooks said. “Some people just don’t have family. If in the future, I need to get to a doctor’s appointment, I hope there will be a program like this that can help.”

PAR volunteers can help older adults who are able to drive locally but need a driver for an out-of-town medical procedure, Humphrey said.

To volunteer or learn more about PAR, call Humphrey at 1-800-748-7826.

Volunteers must be 21 years old, a licensed and insured driver, and agree to undergo background checks. They will be asked to accompany clients to cities and communities from one to two hours from home.

PAR volunteers are needed in all 13 counties in Care Connection’s area: Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon.

The PAR program is one of many services offered by Care Connection, a nonprofit area agency on aging that serves people 60 and older in 21 locations. The mission is to provide opportunities to create healthy aging experiences. For more information, visit www.goaging.org.

The Little Apple  

 Vol 30 no 25

June 22, 2022

Swimming Lessons will be Monday June 27 through Friday July 1 at the AC Pool.  Beginner class will be 5:00-5:45 p.m. The child must be able to touch the bottom at 3 feet without assistance. Intermediate class will be 6:00-6:45 p.m. The Lion’s Club of Rockville have donated to help with the cost of classes, so the lessons will be discounted to $15 for 1 individual. If you are signing up multiple children, it will be an additional $10 per child.

You can sign up by calling the pool or messaging their Facebook page during regular business hours, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. They will need to know the student’s full name and which class you want them enrolled in.

The Appleton City FBLA chapter will have a Pulled Pork Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, June 25 in the high school commons from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  The meal will include pulled pork, baked potato, baked beans, dessert, and a drink.  Carryout options will be available as well.  The cost will be $12.00.  There will also be a 50/50 drawing.  The winner will be announced at 8:00 p.m.  You need not be present to win.  Donations are appreciated.  This is to help with the expenses of the National FBLA contest in Chicago they will be attending from June 28 to July 3.  They are very proud of the student’s success at the State FBLA contest and wish them success at the National FBLA contest. They thank the community for their support throughout the year and for their continued support as they embark on their journey to the National Contest. If you need more information, contact Trisha Freemyer at (660) 492-7030 or pfreemyer@appletoncity.k12.mo.us or contact the school at (660) 476-2118.  Students selling raffle tickets are: Charli Carr, Alexis Carr, Kaylee Mangin, and Mallory Cole or they can be purchased from April Cole or Trisha Freemyer.

The Ellett Memorial Foundation Board is raffling off a Stihl RE 110 Plus Electric Pressure Washer. The drawing will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at the Appleton City Car Show. Tickets are $10 each or 2 for $15.  See any Foundation Member or get your tickets at Ellett Memorial Hospital. Leroy Swopes, Robbie Rotert, Paul Noble, Chris Green, Denice Nitchals, Bill Brownsberger, Laura Smith, April Loney or Julee Snyder.

The Ellett Memorial Foundation Board is also raffling off a 5 Burner Even Embers Gas Griddle to be given at the AC Fair on Saturday, August 13th. Ticket are $10 each or 2 for $15.  See any Foundation Member or get your tickets at Ellett Memorial Hospital.  Leroy Swopes, Robbie Rotert, Paul Noble, Chris Green, Denice Nitchals, Bill Brownsberger, Laura Smith, April Loney or Julee Snyder.

Free private tennis lessons are offered to all current or former players and anyone who want to improve their technique or strategies or first time players.   People of almost any age and skills can learn to play tennis.  Lessons are held at the tennis courts at Donnohue-Dugan Park.  Rackets and balls will be provided.  To set up appointments for your private lessons or if you have questions, call Dennis Dunham at 476-2151 or 476-5514 or Tommy Payton at 816-863-6624. Open tennis is every day 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tennis is exercise that is fun!

The University of Missouri Extension office in Osceola has a career opportunity for a full time Nutrition and Youth Program Associate position. Duties include helping promote, market and conduct nutrition and youth educational events and programs utilizing a positive youth development approach. High School Diploma/GED required, some college hours preferred. Reliable transportation required; Training provided; Great benefit/leave/pay package. For questions about the online application process for job ID 39663 call 573-882-7976. An EEO/ADA employer

A sheep and goat parasite management workshop will be held June 27 in Mount Vernon, Mo. Preregistration is required by June 23. Cost of the workshop is $25 per person, which includes a meal that will be served during the workshop.  Register by contacting the Cedar County MU Extension Center at 417-276-3313 no later than June 23 or online at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/sheep-and-goat-parasite-management-workshop No refunds after the registration deadline. For questions or more information on the workshop, contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313 or Patrick Davis Livestock Field Specialist at (417) 955-0287 or email at davismp@missouri.edu. 

There will be a benefit chicken dinner Friday, June 24 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. at the Fair Haven Park (on HWY C, 8 miles north of Walker, MO) to benefit Stoney Creek, Fair Haven and Walnut Creek Schools.  The menu is all you can eat fried or BBQ grilled chicken, chicken & noodles, beans cole slaw, homemade bread and butter with freshly cranked ice cream and homemade pies for dessert.  For information, contact Daniel at 417-321–5982.  A freewill donation will be appreciated.

The Fireworks stand run by the James Girls and Bry in the back room of the Old Pizza Store is ready. Follow them on Facebook at James Family Fireworks for information and specials. Come shop in air conditioning! Hours are: Friday June 24 – 26 12 – 9, Thurs June 30 & Friday July 1 12-9,  Sat July 2 – July 4 10-9.

Care Connection for Aging Services is expanding its family caregiving program with the addition of a Care Manager to specialize in these services. Tammy Wilkey, of Edwards, recently assumed the role of Family Caregiver Coordinator for the southern part of the Care Connection area. She will serve Bates, Benton, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, St. Clair, and Vernon counties, focusing on the needs of caregivers. Wilkey will serve as the first contact for people who need support in caring for their parents, spouses, friends, grandchildren, or other relatives in those seven counties. She will assess which services and information will help each caregiver – educational materials, support groups, or both. From her headquarters at the Warsaw Senior Center, she also will lead the agency’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program throughout Care Connection’s 13 counties. For more information, call Wilkey or email twilkey@goaging.org.