Little Apple: News from Appleton City

On Friday, August 16 at dark (about 8:15 p.m.), the Appleton City Museum will show “Colorado”, starting Roy Rogers, a cowboy movie from 1941. This is one of 145 movies featuring bit parts of actor, Vester Pegg. Other movie stars he appeared with were John Wayne, Will Rogers, Gabby Hayes and Milburn Stone. Vester was a native son born in 1887. His parents had a livery stable at today’s Davis Duo location. His birth name was Sylvester House Pegg. House Clothing Store was on Main Street for over 40 years. You can still see the ghost mural on the east side of the condemned building formerly Knowles Auto Parts. It is still a mystery the connection to the House name. Bring a lawn chair and join them for an “Evening Under the Stars”. Parking is available on the street. Snacks will be available. The Museum will open at 7:30 for a look inside.
Classes at Appleton City Schools will begin on Wednesday, August 21. Elementary classes start at 8:00 and end at 3:13. Students should not arrive before 7:35. Students new to the district should enroll now. Please call the elementary office at 660-476-2108 for an appointment. Please bring shot records, birth certificate, social security card and proof of residence. All immunizations need to be current and on file in the elementary office prior to the beginning of school. Missouri law prohibits students from attending school until all immunizations are current. Back to School Open House will be Monday, August 19 from 5:00-7:30p.m. Parent/Guardian and student may come in to meet the teacher, drop off school supplies and pick up information for the new school year. In addition to the yearly enrollment form, all students are also requested to provide proof of residence. Proof of residence can be provided with a copy of a utility bill addressed to the parent / guardian or copy of a rental agreement. Class rosters will be posted at Open House. Elementary classroom teachers are: Kindergarten: Ms. Raybourn and Mrs. Scotten, First Grade: Mrs. Vogel and Mrs. Parsons, Second Grade: Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Nold, Third Grade: Mrs. Cole, Fourth Grade: Mr. Hunt, Fifth Grade: Mrs. Parsons. New this year will be early out Wednesdays. Each Wednesday, beginning September 11 and ending April 15, school will dismiss at 1:55 p.m. Please check the school website at Appleton City Elementary and on their Facebook page often for ongoing information about school functions and activities, including: the 2019-20 school supply list, the current school calendar and news items. Monthly newsletters will be e-mailed to parents, posted on the school website and shared on the Appleton City Elementary Facebook page each month, rather than printed copies.
The early out Wednesdays scheduled into this year’s school calendar will begin on Wednesday, September 11. The focus of this session will be collaboration and learning. Teachers and administrators will participate in an activity called Compass Points that promotes better understanding of how each person thinks, learns, and teaches. On Wednesday, September 18 the teachers will begin working on data teams – establishing norms and roles. On Wednesday, September 25, teachers will be introduced to a new resource website called Virtual Learning Platform made available by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Friday, September 27 is the first of two all-day teacher training days scheduled into this year’s calendar. This session is focused on curriculum and standards – establishing priority standards. As with all teachers training (professional development) included in the calendar, all of the time reserved in this way will be used for active, goal-based activities that will produce real measurable improvement in teaching and learning in all areas. With this being a plan that is new to our District, they will share with you through articles like this one, the progress throughout the year and the positive results achieved with our students.
Appleton City Preschool is enrolling for 2019-2020 school year. They accept children ages 3-4. Enrollment forms are available at Appleton City Elementary Office. ENROLL TODAY by calling 660-476-2108. What to bring: (required documents for preschool enrollment) child’s birth certificate, child’s social security card, current immunization records and current physical exam document.
AC’s Biggest Tailgate Party celebrating Friday Night Lights are back will be Friday, August 30, 2019. The event celebrates the new Bulldog Football Field and the hard work of our community. The fun starts at 5:00 p.m. The game against Rich Hill begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be food, fun, games, and a lot of pride in Bulldog Country. Join them for the evening as they dedicate the new football field and recognize the 1984 Bulldog football team on their 35th anniversary of finishing 2nd in the State!
The last swimming day of the season at the Appleton City Pool will be on Sunday, August 18, however the pool will be closed August 12- 16.
The fall Citywide Garage Sales are scheduled for September 20 & 21
The fall large item dumpsters will be at the City Barn on September 24, 25, & 26
Aug 16 “Evening Under the Stars” movie at the AC Museum at sunset
Aug 17-18 Last weekend the AC Pool will be open for the season
Aug 19 AC Schools Open House 5:00 p.m.
Aug 20 Hudson R-IX Back-to-School Come & Go 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Aug 21 First day of classes at AC Schools
Aug 22 Hudson R-IX First Day – Begin at 7:55 a.m.
Aug 29 Dedication of the new AC Bulldog Football Field and Varsity game against Rich Hill
The Annual Labor Day Picnic at Immaculate Conception Parish (606 Kansas Ave., Montrose) will be on Monday, September 2. Come join in for a great tasting fried chicken dinner served from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dinner and raffle ticket sales will open at 9:00 a.m. The menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, dressing, green beans, slaw, bread & butter pickles, homemade pie, and drink. All this is only $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-10 and free for children under 5. The dine-in dinner is served family style and outdoor dining and carryout is available. There is a huge country store open from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The corn box and corn hole opens at 10:00 a.m. and cakewalk and Bingo open at 11:00 a.m. A homemade pie auction will begin at 3:30 p.m. followed by the cash and quilt raffles. They hope you will be able to come for a fun day of socializing with friends and great food!
The following is a list of unacceptable items not allowed in the weekly trash: universal waste (yard waste), animal waste, asbestos containing materials, closed barrels, cans or drums, compressed gas cylinders, explosives, anything highly flammable or volatile, hazardous waste, industrial waste, incinerator residual, infectious waste, liquid waste, motor oil, pesticides, pcb’s, radioactive waste, septic tank pumping’s or sludge, no electronics (televisions, computers, microwaves, etc.)
New HiSet/GED classes began August 13, in the Appleton City School Library. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00-7:30. You may enter through the back door across from the playground. They are looking forward to a new year and helping many reach their full potential. If you have any questions, please call Joni Bollig at 476-2108. It’s never too late to learn!
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
Appleton City is asking business owners on Main Street to please adopt a flower barrel and keep it watered. Everyone would appreciate that!
Community Blood Center/Appleton City High School Blood Drive will take place 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, in the East Gym (408 W. 4th St). You can book your appointment at Enter group code: KCZ6. For additional details, contact Abby Bosler at 660-476-2108 or All presenting donors will receive a free limited edition T-Shirt.
If you are reading this, then you are a part of Appleton City. If you have lived/worked in this area, they would like your family history and also all former and current business stories. It’s your legacy for the next generation, even if your children are pre-school. Deadline August 31, 2019. For questions, come Friday afternoon to the AC Museum or call 660-598-4151 or
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.
Sesquicentennial calendars and Quasquacentennial books may be purchased at either AC Banks or at the museum.
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 August 31, 2019. For pickup call 660-476-5857 or email it to
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 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
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