News from the Little Apple

Appleton City Public Works Department will conduct “smoke” testing on sewers over the next several weeks. A special non-toxic smoke is used in these tests and leaves no residuals or stains and has no effects on plant and/or animal life. Letters were sent out to every home regarding this, however, if you have any questions you may contact City Hall.

The AC Fall City Wide Garage Sale dates are set for September 24 – 25. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at City Hall beginning September 13 through noon on Wednesday, September 22. Permits to set up in the AC Park are $25 for the pole shelter, $15 for the stage, $10 for lawn permits and these fees cover both days. Park permits can also be purchased at City Hall on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved by phone. Maps will be available at Food Fair, Powell’s True Value & Casey’s beginning Thursday afternoon. House of Joy Ministry will be at the City Park Saturday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to pick up donations. For questions, please call Dianne Foster at 660-679-1125.

Everyone is invited to an encore viewing of the AC Documentary 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 19, in the Baptist Church.  Many people were helping with other events during the SQC, so here is a chance to see what people have been talking about. The movie, made by Jarrod Borland, tells about the history of the town.  It covers 150 years in 41 minutes. 

Girl’s Day Out is scheduled for October 10, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please come join the staff of Ellett Memorial Hospital for their 4th Annual Breast Cancer Wellness & Awareness Day. You can receive your pre-registered annual mammogram by Diagnostic Imaging Center Mobile Coach, win door prizes, gather information, local vendors, support others and recognize survivors. There will be Breast Cancer speakers sharing their life stories and talking about genetics and facts of Breast Cancer., A light lunch will be served and treats to indulge! Shirt orders will be taken until September 24.  Contact April Loney or Julee Snyder at EMH 660-476-2111 with questions on scheduling your mammogram or shirt questions. 

Living Waters Ranch has been pretty quiet for the past year or so. Covid completely shut everything down at LWR with schools being closed in March 2020, which meant no field trips. Special needs adults were advised to stay home and not get out among the general population, so special touch day camps were not scheduled. However, one of the highlights of LWR has been the annual Fall Festival that is now offered free of charge for area families, will resume this year. It is on the schedule for October 2, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The day will be full of family friendly activities: zipline, hayride, giant slide, archery, forging station, BB guns, local fire department on hand to share info, wild edibles, and much more. With the loss of the big barn that housed the petting zoo and allowed space for candle dipping and homemade butter in a jar, it’s not certain that these activities will be available this year. This year’s festival will be dedicated in loving memory of Dennis Brown. Please make plans to attend the festival and enjoy a beautiful fall day at the ranch. The festival is free and concessions are available throughout the day. Please no outside food or drinks. For more information, you can email Donations are currently being accepted in memory of Dennis Brown, who passed away in January and will be used for the construction of a large foot bridge at the bluff that will allow safe access to the zipline. The bluff area will also be home to a natural sanctuary to be used for prayer, services, and worship for visitors to the ranch. LWR would like to thank the many sponsors and visitors from the past who have made this camp ministry possible. With God’s help and provision many years of blessings are still to come. The address of the ranch is 4520 SE 450 Road, Osceola, MO 64776.

The Historical Marker Database showing Historical Markers and War Memorials in Appleton City, Missouri can be seen at

The new 2021 St. Clair County Plat books are now available at City Hall for $30.00

St. Clair Co Health Department reports 1055 positive COVID-19 cases as of September 13, 2021 in the county with 15 current cases. Appleton City has had 24 positive cases from August 8 to September 12.  More information is available at

DbarJ Quilts etc., Rockville MO, is having a drawing for a patriotic quilt to be given to a veteran on Veteran’s Day. Any veteran can add their name, or have someone add your name to the drawing.  There is no cost to have your name in the drawing, as you have already paid the price. Just come to the quilt shop and sign your name and a phone number where you can be reached, or give the information to Marge Zink.

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for September, 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Sept 15-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Sept 16 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Sept 22 – Ortho – Dr. Gray, Sept 22 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Sept 23 – Rheumatology – Dr. Tay

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Sept 19     AC Documentary at the Baptist Church 2:00 p.m.

Sept 24-25     AC Citywide garage sales