Appleton City/ Little Apple News

   April 17, 2020

Please note: Due to precautions concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all events are subject to change.

AC City Hall reminds everyone to bag all your trash before you put it in your trash carts. The trash company will not pick it up at this time without being bagged due to the Coronavirus. They are sorry for the inconvenience, however, their concern is for the citizens and workers in our community.

Prairie Queen Garden Club has their trees for Arbor Day. Because of the Covid 19 social distancing, they are taking orders over the phone and they will be delivered when weather allows. If you would like any of the trees listed below, call Marlene Hanson, President, at 1-660-492-3185 or contact Marlene or Daylon Snyder on Facebook. The trees are free but they do accept donations to the club. Thank you for your continued support. The list of trees they have are as follows:  Deciduous Holly, Wild Plum, False Indigo, Ninebark, Eastern Redbud, Bald Cypress, White Oak, Black Walnut, Button Bush, Witch Hazel, Flowering Dogwood, Hazelnut, Spicebush, Redbud and Short Leaf Pine.

AC City Hall and Park Board are currently accepting applications for lifeguards and an assistant pool manager for the 2020 Summer season. Call City Hall at 660-476-2631 to have an application mailed or e-mailed to you. You may return it in the night drop box at City Hall or mail it back to them at 114 E. 4th Street, AC, MO.

A big question for the planning of the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration is what is going to happen about the event? Time will tell. It is under 2 months away and the committee members are finalizing the plans as to whether it happens as scheduled or if a delay has to be announced or even a different format implemented. Many factors will play into the decision. Many people will be involved in that decision. 47 chairmen will be asked to vote, elected officials at various levels and public health leaders will be consulted. Priority will be the safety and welfare of people attending. The decision can ride on what government officials suggestions will be in place, like social distancing, protective gear and what other public spectator events are happening. Right now, it’s a time frame allowance issue. Whenever it happens, they need every family’s participation. There are opportunities for all ages, birth to death. So, plan to grow that beard. Make the historical outfit. Design a float for your group, or a window display. Clean up around the house for the bus tour that may pass by. Get the old vehicles/machinery ready to display. Decide what artist item to display. Go through the pictures for the military display and the photo exhibit. Get out the old authentic clothes for the fashion show. The quilt and photo display would like to have the registration or submitted photos before April 30 (this is part of their planning & organization required). Souvenirs with the 2020 Logo will be sold soon when social distancing is no longer suggested. They will be great gift ideas for birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s Day, graduation, wedding or a new baby. Items include crocks, t-shirts, whistles, walking sticks, cups, flashlights, Christmas ornaments, mugs, coin purses, history books, etc. They will be a way to remember what a year it’s been!

The AC FFA is having their spring plant sale.  The FFA greenhouse will be open for business from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Just stop by the Greenhouse for assistance. Curbside delivery is available during these times or, if you would rather, give them your order and they fill it for you. The FFA has garden vegetables and flowers for sale, such as tomatoes, cabbage and peppers, as well as potting flowers like petunias, annual vinca, impatiens and geraniums. Flowers and vegetables can be purchased as four or two packs, individuals or as hanging baskets. Photos and information about all the items available in the greenhouse are located on the school website as well as the Facebook pages. The costs are $1/2 packs, $2/4 packs, $1/tomato plant, and $12/hanging basket or 3 hanging baskets for $30. For more information, feel free to give Mrs. Leiber a call at 660-424-3668.  Due to continued health concerns in the nation, only two people will be allowed in the greenhouse at a time.  They are requesting all payments be in check form to lower the contamination risks to all involved.  Please also follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing while in the greenhouse.

Please consider participating in Appleton City PTO’s on-going fundraiser of Box Top, Best Choice and Food Fair receipt collection.  Drop off of these items needs to take place by May 8.  Any community members may contribute by dropping off their collections at St. Clair County Bank to give to Janet Payton.  Box Tops cannot be expired and Food Fair receipts need to be from January 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020, all older receipts will not be counted.  Please help the PTO earn money from this through this on-going fundraiser.

In conjunction with the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration and also the congregation’s sesquicentennial, Trinity Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a quilt show at the church and inviting area quilters to participate.  The Quilt Show will be Friday and Saturday, June 12-13 during the Sesquicentennial.  Included in the show will be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, embroidered, appliquéd, and baby quilts, and wall hangings. If your quilt, either old or newer, has an interesting story with it, also plan on sharing that with the public. The show pre-registration begins now and ends April 30. At this time, 1 item can be registered per entry.  After April 30, depending on responses, the registration may be opened up again to include more available spaces at the show.  A $25 prize will be awarded in each category and a $50 “People’s Choice” Award. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 with your name, address, phone number, and entry category, and a packet will be sent to be completed and brought with you to the show set-up on Thursday, June 11.



By order of Governor Mike Parsons and with the support of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education all public school districts in Missouri will remain closed through the end of the current school year.  For the Appleton City R-II School District this means through May 13, 2020. Meal deliveries and instructional activity packets and online will continue through that date. As a reminder, Proposition K.I.D.S. for Appleton City R-II School District will be on the ballot for the June 2, 2020 rescheduled municipal election. The following information was provided by our district custodial/maintenance staff to explain some of the needs listed in our Proposition K.I.D.S. capital improvements plan:

Improvements needed at Appleton City School Appleton City, Missouri

The current Agricultural building needs a new roof because it leaks when it rains.  There also needs to be some major drainage work done around the building.  When it rains the building floods, sometimes the flooding is so bad that it takes a couple of hours to clean up.  The flooding has caused damage to the bathroom and office walls.

 The elementary school needs a new roof.  There are currently five leaks in the elementary school.  There are two leaks in the hallways and three in classrooms.  One leak in over a Smart board in a second grade classroom, one is in a window in a second grade classroom, and the other leak in the art room.  Each time it rains buckets have to be put out to catch the water in the hallways and the art room.

In addition to a new roof the elementary school also needs new drains put on the outside of the school.  The current drains are leaking and making the side of the building mold. Problems with guttering and drainage are making the volleyball post holes fill with water in the gym.

All of the outside security doors need to be replaced.  The doors are currently rusting and will not last a lot longer.

Most all of the heating and air conditioning units need to be replaced in the school.  There is a unit in the high school that has not worked for over a year.  The units in the high school freeze up easily and do rooms, and not always work properly.  The units in the middle school each cover three rooms making it hard to keep each room comfortable. Upgrading to adjust the heating/cooling zones would help this. They are also older units making it hard to find parts to repair them when they break down.    The units in the elementary school cover multiple rooms and are getting older making them hard to repair.

Another important need that our district faces at this time is more and better handicapped accessibility throughout our campus. The number of children needing handicapped accessibility has increased significantly in the last two or three years. We anticipate this need to increase for the 2020-2021 school year so this need is immediate.

It is our hope to answer as many of your questions as possible as to the importance of these needs at this time. A reminder: the email address for sending in questions about Proposition K.I.D.S. is available at this time. The address is If conditions between now and June 2 permit, we are planning to schedule a public forum for Proposition K.I.D.S. but until then we would like to hear from you. Thank you.

Joe Dunlap

Appleton City R-II Superintendent

Weaning time will be upon us soon and proper management at this time is important for optimum health and performance of the calves,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist.  Below, Davis discusses calf weaning management strategies for optimum health and performance. “Calf vaccination strategy at weaning time is key to promote proper health and reduce sickness stress,” says Davis.  Davis urges cattle producers to visit with their local veterinarian to determine a vaccination and health protocol that will best fit their operation.  Some disease protection that might be considered in that protocol would include IBR, PI-3, BVD, BRSV, Pasteurella, Haemophilus Somnus, and blackleg.  Also treat for internal and external parasites.  Consider brucellosis vaccinations for heifers being developed as replacements. “In addition to vaccinations, looking for signs of sickness during the weaning process is important,” says Davis.  These signs include lethargy, decreased intake, droopy ears, nasal discharge, and labored breathing.  Davis urges producers to monitor calves daily for these symptoms and treat according to veterinary recommendations. “Nutritional management during the weaning process is also important for optimum health and performance,” says Davis.  Optimum average daily gain post-weaning should be 2 to 2.5 lb.  Cattle producers need to provide nutrition to satisfy nutrient requirements to meet that target.  Davis urges cattle producers to have plenty of high-quality water available for calves as this will help promote proper intake and reduce sickness.  The feed portion of the ration needs to include high quality forage and supplement.  If the supplement is fed daily, include a coccidiostat and ionophore at label recommended levels to improve performance as well as reduce sickness and digestive upsets.  Visit with your local MU Extension regional livestock field specialist for questions related to development of growing calf rations. “Optimum nutrition and vaccinations lead to optimum performance and profitability of weaned calves,” says Davis.  For more information on strategies to promote optimum health and performance in weaned calves contact your local MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for April, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Apr 20 – Rheumatology – Dr. Latinis, Apr 22 – Ortho – Dr. Gray.  With the uncertainty of weeks ahead, all schedules are subject to change.    

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