Little Apple News from Appleton City

Trinity United Methodist Church in Appleton City will be holding their annual Back to School “Clothing Give-A-Way” in the church fellowship hall August 1 at 6:30 p.m.  This is for students in the Appleton City, Hudson and Montrose area.  They will be accepting children’s clothes, pre-school through high school, (no adult clothing) July 24 – 29.  Call 660-476-5322 for information.  Thank you in advance, this cannot happen without you!

Community Blood Center (CBC) blood drive will be Thursday July 25 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the Outpatient Department at Ellett Memorial Hospital.  Ellett Memorial is a proud supporter of CBC blood drives as they know that there are so many people on a daily basis that are in need of blood.  Even 16 year olds can donate.  They have parental permission forms that can be completed before you come in to donate.  Persons 17 and older do not need permission forms.  Go online at and enter code EG2B to schedule a time, call Julie Grubb at 660-476-5242, or just come in that day.  Scheduling on line or calling ahead is the best way to plan your donation time.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Julie Grubb at 660-476-5242.  

Plans are being made to form a group for anyone interested in knitting/crocheting, to be held at the Appleton City Public Library at a time to be determined. Ann Barclay has volunteered to work with those wanting to begin or improve their skills. Anyone interested should call the library or stop by and let the librarians know what time and days would work best so further plans can be made. 660-476-5513

AC Landmarks would like businesses, current and former residents’ basic history (years in operation, type of business, owners of business, and owners of property location) for the Sesquicentennial AC History book. Additional information is welcome. As publishers (AC Landmarks/Museum) will not be putting your facts in the book if you do not submit it. The deadline is in less than 45 days, August, 2019. For pickup call 660-476-5857 or email it to

Ellett Memorial Hospital & AC Rural Health Clinic are sponsoring the “Fit and Fun Community Block Party” from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 3, 2019.  The day begins with 5K Run/Walk/Bike registration at 7:00 a.m.  The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m.  There will be multiple vendors, various free health screenings, information booths, drawings, prizes, demonstrations and special priced lab services inside.  The Auxiliary bake sale is from 8:00 a.m. to noon. FFA will sponsor an exotic animal petting zoo and inflatables.  Free walking tacos are available from 10:00 – noon. Life Flight will land at noon, weather permitting. This year’s special guest will be KC Wolf.

The Back to School Fair for Appleton City and Hudson Schools is coming up. Last year they were able to provide 74 children with school supplies and a backpack. Without donations from our community, this fair would not be possible. Thank you to everyone that donated last year. West Central has started collecting donations for this year’s fair from now until July 29. Please send donations to WCMCAA, Attn. BTSF, 106 W 4th St., Appleton City, MO 64724. All children must be pre-registered in order to receive school supplies and a backpack at the fair. The pre-registration forms are available in the lobby at the West Central office. For any questions, please contact Joy Cooper at 660-476-21852 or

An open letter from Joe Dunlap, Superintendent of AC Schools:

Starting with the 2018-19 school year, Appleton City R-2 School District joined a large group of public school districts throughout Missouri and the United States who are participating in a research-based and successful program called Professional Learning Communities (PLC). This program focuses on how kids learn and teachers teach and is based in the goal that all children can succeed. The first year of participation is concentrated on planning and organization. Among the many achievements of the year just finished in PLC, the most visible is our new district mission statement: Building Unique Lifelong Learners Developing Ongoing Growth & Success (BULLDOGS). 

During the coming 2019-20 school year, we are focused on instructional excellence, why and how teachers work together to improve instruction in all classrooms, improving success in keeping track of where all student are academically and what their needs are at all times, and what we can and must do to meet and exceed the standards that our nation, our state and our community has for us.

The purpose of Early Out Wednesdays, included in the 2019-20 District Calendar, is to provide consistent dedicated time for all our teachers to successfully complete the program of training and growth that is the core of the PLC program, and to ensure that this happens without exception. The reason for the 1:55 p.m. dismissal time on the Wednesdays designated as early out is based on the PLC program’s recommended training time for any single session is 90 minutes. By scheduling the sessions on a weekly basis, it allows us to more effectively evaluate progress of our teaching staff and administrators throughout the process. This increases accountability and aids in planning. 

Each session will be all training and focused participation. A program of this type in place in all Missouri public school districts has been an expectation of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as outlined in the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) from MSIP version 3 through MSIP version 6. The state initiative launched last year entitled Missouri District Continuous Improvement (DCI) is a restatement of the PLC program and is required for all districts not currently involved in any like program. Our participation in PLC means we are already in compliance.

In articles to come, I will be providing information with PLC program details and progress happening in our district. Thank you for consideration.


July 24   Nail Clinic: Beech Street Apts. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and Appleton City Estates 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

July 24   Representative Vicky Hartzler’s staff member, Adam Timmerman, available 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the St. Clair County Courthouse

July 24-29     Collection of children’s clothing continues at Trinity United Methodist Church, AC, MO

July 25   Blood Drive 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Outpatient Department of Ellett Memorial Hospital

Aug 3     Ellett Memorial Hospital & AC Rural Health Clinic “Fit and Fun Community Block Party” from 8:00 a.m. to noon

In an effort to better represent the needs and interests of all area residents, a representative of Representative Vicky Hartzler’s staff, Adam Timmerman, will be available at the St. Clair County Courthouse to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and address any problems you may have with a federal or state agency. He will be available Wednesday, July 24, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the St. Clair County Courthouse, 655 2nd Street, Osceola, MO 64776.  For more information, contact Adam Timmerman at (816) 884-3411.

The St. Clair County University of Missouri Extension office is sponsoring a free Canning Contest during Rodeo Daze, Saturday, August 31, 2019. You do NOT have to be a resident of St. Clair County to enter this contest. Home canned items will be judged according to USDA canning guidelines in the following categories: Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Preserves, Jellies, Jams, Marmalades, Butters & Syrup,                Pickles, Relishes & Sauces and Dried Food.  Food preservation guides that have been updated for 2019 to comply with the USDA canning guidelines can be obtained at the Extension Office or online at Judging criteria will be based on Product (color, clear liquid, uniformity and maturity), Container (jar & lid match, suitable size, clean); Pack (proper headspace, no air bubbles or foreign matter); and Processing (recommended methods). Ribbons will be given for first, second, and third place in each category and will be announced throughout the day. Special prizes will be awarded! Items may be checked in between 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, at the Extension Office booth located on the west side of the courthouse lawn directly in front of the courthouse building next to the sidewalk. Entry Guidelines: Canned goods will be displayed in regulation jars with rings left on. Each entry must have a plain white label stating: product – specify name of canned food; date – month and year processed (all products must be less than 1 year since process date); method – specify either boiling water bath or pressure canned with pounds of pressure noted; and time processed – note the time in minutes. Please do not include your name on canning labels. Dried vegetables and herbs should be displayed in pint or half-pint clear glass canning jars.  Dried fruit should be displayed in small plastic bags with closure.  Each entry must have a plain white label stating: product – specify name of dried food; date – month and year processed (all products must be less than 1 year since process date); method – specify drying method used; and time processed – note the time in minutes. Please do not include your name on preservation labels. Exhibits not picked up after the parade will be discarded. USDA recommends acid be used in tomatoes processed by water bath method. Any sign of spoilage, unsealed jars or alteration from recommended procedures will be basis for disqualification. Preservation Tips: Fruits and Vegetables: Exhibited in pint or quart colorless glass jars with two-piece lids. Standard jelly jars where appropriate. No paraffin wax seals.  Jars should be full; proper head space; liquid clear, free of sediment; food of uniform size or pieces. Color: Clear and fresh looking. Jellies: Clear, translucent, holds shape, tender and free of crystals. Preserves: Fruit should be of natural color, transparent, plums and pieces of fruit should hold their shape. Syrup should be thick and clear, but not set. Marmalades: Contains pulp of fruit suspended throughout jellied juice. Color should be bright. Conserve: A combination of fruits in jellied juice. May contain raisins or nuts. Jams: Soft fruit and syrup of good bright color, thick and of good consistency. Registration forms may be picked up in advance at the Extension Office at 655 Second Street, 1st Floor Courthouse, in Osceola and are due back in the office by Friday, August 30 at noon.  For more information or to receive a registration form by mail or e-mail, contact the St. Clair County Extension office at (417) 646-2419. 

DownDog Fitness at 105 E 4th Street in Appleton City has a new Senior focused class. The class, titled “Staying Strong”, focuses on functional movements that help with everyday tasks. The class can be modified to include a chair or amplified to include hand weights and is accessible to all fitness levels. Staying Strong meets every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at DownDog Fitness. The price is $10 per class or you can purchase a discounted class pass or sign up for an unlimited class membership.

The AC Cemetery Association is raffling (2) half beefs with processing.  Proceeds go to support and maintain the AC Cemetery.  Winners will be announced at the Applefest in September.  Tickets are available for purchase at St. Clair Co. State Bank, Powell’s Tru Value and Noble Machine and Manufacturing for $10 each.

The University of Missouri Extension in St. Clair County is offering an eight-session “Boost Your Brain & Memory: Brain Fitness Class” beginning August 22 at the First Baptist Church-Osceola, 555 Walnut Street. Classes will be held on August 22, 27, and 29 and continues in September on the 3, 5, 10, 19, 24, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at 555 Walnut St. Osceola, MO 64776.  Just as you can control and improve your general physical health with good habits so, too, can you improve the health of your brain, boosting your memory and mental agility, as well as reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. According to Impact of the Education Boost Your Brain and Memory Program Among Senior Living Residents (The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 2017), Older adult participants completed measures of brain health knowledge, use of memory techniques, physical and intellectual activity and mindfulness at baseline and after the intervention group’s completion of the course. This class uses a whole-person approach that helps participants form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate their emotions. Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise, and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health. There is a $40 per person cost associated with the program, due in advance. This fee covers a workbook for each participant and other associated materials. Register by calling the St. Clair County University of Missouri Extension Office at 417-646-2419 by August 19. A minimum of five must enroll in order to have the class.  If you have any questions please call the facilitator, Kyleigh Sullivan, at 660-619-1355. Find MU Extension Kyleigh HDFS Specialist on Facebook for updates!

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for August, 2019.  Call 660-476-2111, ext. 5257 for appointments: Aug 1 – OB/GYN, Dr. Kallberg, Aug 2 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni, Aug 5 – Rheumatology – Dr. Latinis, Aug 7 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy–Dr. Vardakis, Aug 13- Ortho – Dr. Gray,  Aug 14- Upper GI, Colonoscopy– Dr. Namin, Aug 15 – Urology – Dr. Boullier, Aug 19 – Rheumatology– Latinis, Aug 21 –Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Aug 27 – Ortho – Dr. Gray   

Sesquicentennial calendars and Quasquacentennial books may be purchased at either AC Bank or at the museum.

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