Little Apple News/Appleton City

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

Appleton City Masonic Lodge will be holding a “kickin chicken dinner” 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday May 17.  The meal will be carry out only for $10.00 per order.  Dinner includes 2 pieces of chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, choice of green beans or corn, and hot roll with choice of sheet cake or brownie for desert. 

The Yellow Rose Bud Cemetery Project at the Appleton City Cemetery has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.  They hope everyone stays safe so they can plan it for next year.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose will begin having public Mass May 16.  The schedule for weekend Masses will be the same as usual, 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 8:00 a.m. Sunday.  They will also have Wednesday and Friday morning Masses at 8:00 a.m. Parishioners should have received a letter outlining the new rules and directives to attend Mass. You are asked to check your temperature at home before attending Mass. Everyone who enters the Church must wear a mask. (A bandana/scarf over the face can work for a mask.)  Hand sanitizer will be available.  The numbers of worshipers will be limited due to social distancing and several pews have been taped off.  If you have underlying health conditions, are over 60, are not feeling well or have been exposed to the virus in the past 14 days, you are encouraged to stay home. Enter the Church through the main double doors in the back and exit single file through the side doors closest to where you are sitting. They ask that you please be patient during this time of change.

If you need a space to garden this year, it’s not too late and they have plenty of room at the West Central Community Farm in Appleton City.  It is located at the corner of Burbank and Locust.  If you would like a FREE spot in the garden, you can have access to the tool shed and the water line.  After signing the community farm terms and agreement and a brief orientation, you will be ready to get your grow on. Please contact Katie Nixon to express your interest by contacting her at or 816-809-5074.

The Sesquicentennial Celebration / 2020 Fair has been postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the uncertainty of the guidelines for the summer months, an advanced decision was necessary in regard to booking of the carnival and nightly entertainment. However, a whisker picture contest will be conducted until May 31. For more information regarding this decision, see the AC Facts elsewhere in the paper.

The Appleton City Public Library reopened Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The library will be open normal hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays) but there will be some minor changes until further notice: No more than four patrons will be allowed in the library at a time.  Patrons must sanitize their hands when entering the building (hand sanitizer will be provided). Patrons are encouraged to wear masks and will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  No more than two people will be allowed to use the computers at a time (to follow the six feet apart recommendations) and patrons will be limited to one hour of computer usage per time. In addition, there will be no Story Hour, Knitting Club, Book Club, or Summer Reading Program until further notice. The library staff is very excited to open the doors to the public again. With that in mind, they ask that you please use your best judgment and not to come to the library if you are sick or if you’ve been exposed to someone who is sick. The health and safety of the community is their top priority. They will be taking every precaution with cleaning and sanitizing and ask that you do the same.

Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus-19 and its complications the Officers and Executive Committee have decided for the safety and welfare of the ACHS Alumni to dispense with the 2020 meeting. The ballgames will not be held. Individual Classes may determine their own celebration time and location. Contact your Class Representative. Reservations will be notified. Please email or facebook your classmates of the change. They encourage contributions to the ACHS Alumni Scholarship fund be sent to Lori Bartz, 14378 NE County Road 4, ACMO 64724. They hope to see you next year. If you have questions, please contact Linda Lampkin from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 660-476-5857 or

The Appleton City Landmarks Museum will not open the display area to the public this year until June 5 from 1:30-4:30. The office/library area is usually staffed on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  The 150th Sesquicentennial book is back from the printers and will be available for pickup at the Museum office when the stay at home order is lifted. The cost of the over 500 page book is $25.00 picked up at the museum office or it can be mailed for $30.00. You can pick up the book on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00-4:00.  Please observe social distancing guidelines and have your check made out for the number of books you wish to buy. If you want them to mail your copy of the book, mail your check with the address to A.C. Landmarks 503 North Maple Appleton City, MO 64724. They will mail books after check is received.

Ellett Memorial Hospital and Appleton City Rural Health Clinic would like to thank the community for staying safe during the covid-19 crisis/pandemic. They want you to know how thankful they are for all of the support they have received from the community to the hospital. They strongly encourage everyone to continue to follow social distancing guidelines within reason. With this being said, Ellett Memorial Hospital is lifting its temporary restrictions on visitors to Emergency Room patients to (1) and inpatient visitors to (1). The kitchen is open to outside visitors and the coffee drinkers as well. They are also lifting restrictions on the PACE class. They look forward to seeing everyone but do encourage you to practice frequently washing your hands. If there is anything they can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact them at (660) 476-2111 or if it’s an emergency dial 911 immediately.


May 16       Public Masses begin at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose

May 17       Masonic Lodge will be holding a “kickin chicken dinner” 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Brian Knight t-shirts are in at EMH.  Call Julee Snyder at 660-476-5216 or 476 2111 to arrange pick up please. 

The 2020 Sesquicentennial / Fair was set to go this June. The health safety and welfare of the community was the greatest concern as sixty-seven individuals representing organizations, churches, events, business proud sponsor and elected officials were sent the a questionnaire about how to handle the event . 62% responded with 80% voting to hold the Celebration in the summer of 2021.  The date and details will be announced later. The committee will be discussing some changes soon. For the guys who were just growing whiskers for the celebration and want to shave it off right now, a picture contest is being held. The deadline is May 31, 2020 to submit before and after shaving photos. It is to be a head shot (probably not a selfie). Submit the photos to chairman Shelley Davis 660-492-7644 or For those of you who are procrastinators, it’s time to dig into those boxes of pictures and find stories of members of the military from this area. You may find some old things you’d like to display, like pieces of art created by area talented folk and then decide just which one to exhibit. Get the old vehicle running this summer and drive it around so folks to see your classic. Work on making your residence a show place for the town tour that will be offered during the SQS.  Find the right material to make a reproduction costume. Watch the AC Facts in the “Appleton City Journal” for ways to celebrate the town history and learn facts about our favorite hometown. “The Little Apple” and the Facebook page, AppletonCityMoSesquicentennial2020, will continue to offer updates.  Souvenirs will be available for pick-up at Community First Bank as they arrive or after hours, contact chairman Denice Nitchals by text at 660-492-3180 or Souvenirs that are now available include: ornaments (glass or egg) $10, crock $28, coin purse $2.50, insulated cup $6, walking-yardstick $6, flashlight $2.75, pocket knife $18, dish towel $5, tote bag $10, 2020 calendar $20, QQC picture book $25, t-shirts (gray or blue) S-XL $15, 2X-3X $17, 4X-5x $20, larger sizes can be  pre-ordered. The SQC History book has been published and is 506 pages with 122 pages of AC History and 154 family histories.  It is available for pickup at the museum 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays for $25, or it can mailed for $30.  If you want them to mail your copy of the book, mail your check with the address to A.C. Landmarks, 503 N. Maple, Appleton City, MO 64724. They will mail books after check is received.

There is a need for new or upgraded handicapped accessibility resources throughout the Appleton City R-II School District campus. The number of children with special needs has been increasing in our district. Since compliance with meeting the needs of these children is required by state and federal law, this issue is a high priority. The funding allocated or available to our district from state or federal funding sources does not cover these needs. More local tax revenue is needed to fill the gap. This need is identified in our District Capital Improvement Plan. The following list has been provided by our Special Needs Education staff to provide more detail information on the subject:

The south ramp entrance door of the elementary building opens out instead of in, making accessibility difficult. This is a barrier and needs to be changed.

Handicapped restrooms are needed in many locations in the district.

Handicapped accessible playground and adaptive playground equipment are needed.

Handicapped accessibility in the cafeteria (lunch lines, tables, etc…).

Local revenue for funding personal student aides to meet anticipated increases.

Improving handicapped accessibility in our campus means better and safer access for our students in the people of our community. This need is and will be an ongoing priority for our school. Your support of Proposition K.I.D.S. in June will help ensure that this need is met. Thank you.

The Appleton City Journal is available online for public access during the Covid-19 pandemic at Older editions are also available. Other local papers are available at This week’s item in journal is about the lady statue in the AC Cemetery.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for May, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: May 13 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, May 14 – Podiatry-Dr. Dowell, May 18 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, May 20 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, May 27 -Ortho-Dr. Gray. With the uncertainty of weeks ahead, all schedules are subject to change.    

Curly dock is a broadleaf, single erect upright stocked, perennial springtime plant which can grow as tall as 5 to 6 feet. It is primarily a weed found in pastures and hayfields as well as along roadsides and fencerows which produces a massive amount of seeds, up to and beyond 40,000 in one season, which may lay dormant in the soil up to 40 years before sprouting. This plant is very prolific and spreads easily. Livestock are usually not affected by this plant. Dock sprouts in the spring by forming a basal rosette of waxy margined leaves and an unbranched stem. The leaves are dark green, oblong to lanceolate, hairless and it has an alternate leaf pattern as it’s develops into a mature plant. This plant will develop a strong, large, fleshy, yellow-orange taproot as it begins to grow making it hard to control by digging. Many types of ruminant animals will consume this plant in the early stages of development. As the temperatures begin to warm a single upright stalk will elongate and a large seed head will be produced. The identifying characteristics such as its leaf pattern, dark reddish-purple color at maturity and seedhead structure makes it an easy plant to identify. Unchecked it will shade out the more desirable pasture grasses that surround it. Most often found around the farm where large round bales have been unrolled and/or fed. (As are many unwanted weeds brought to the fields, in lower quality, late cut, weeds seed infested hays.) Controlling Curly Dock is fairly easy if you can stay ahead of it. It is a heavy reseeder and very prolific if not controlled. Since this is an early pasture weed mowing to reduce seed production is somewhat effective but remember this is a perennial and it will be back. Pasturing it early and often, before it gets a chance to get very mature, will also slow the spread of this plant. But remember this is a perennial plant, so if you want it gone, you will most likely have to kill it with a chemical. You may find it very difficult to mow it in some locations so spot treating live plants in the early stages of growth is a most effective control method. Never let it get to seed. There are several chemicals, like Chaparral, Cimarron Max, Crossbow, Grazon P & D and Tordon 22k, which may be used effectively to control this without hurting your common pasture grasses. Make sure you read and follow all rule and regulations found in the label attached to the container. Remember, if not controlled it will multiply, compete, and often shade out the plants you are wanting in your pastures. For more information on pasture plant identification, please contact your local MU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist.

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