The Little Apple

Trash pickup will be on Friday, November 29.   Please have your trash out by 7:00 a.m. because the trash company will have 2 routes that day.

Appleton City’s annual senior citizen Christmas dinner will be noon served at Thursday, December 5 in the Appleton City Elementary Gym. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP by Monday December 2 to 660-476-2161 ext. 3002.  Area senior citizens are invited to join them for an amazing holiday meal prepared and served by the High School FCSE students, NHS and STUCO members. Entertainment will be provided by the Elementary Choir and High School Band. They look forward to seeing everyone for this holiday event!

City Hall will be closed November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving

Round Prairie Baptist Church will have their Christmas program on November 29 (the day after Thanksgiving) at 6:30 p.m. The theme this year is Home for the Holidays. A light supper will be served after the program. Everyone is welcome!

AIM is sponsoring the 2019 Montrose Lighted Christmas Parade and Lighting Ceremony November 30 on Main Street in Montrose.  At 5:30 p.m. they will open up the Montrose Community Building with a Concession stand hosted by the Montrose Junior Volunteer Fire Fighters. The menu will include chili, chili dogs and Frito pie and is a free will donation with funds going toward the program.  In addition, they will be showing How the Grinch Stole Christmas on the big screen.  The Official Lighting Ceremony will kick off promptly at 7:30 with the Parade immediately after.  Once the Parade is over, they will have a cookie decorating station, free hot cocoa and coffee, and several crafts/games, all of which will be held in the Montrose Community Building. This event is free to the public.

The Montrose Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Germantown Turkey Shoot on Sunday December 1, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Germantown ball field. Tickets are $3.00 each and advance sale tickets will enter the purchaser into a drawing for $100.00 cash. There will be a youth shoot every hour. Tickets are available in Appleton City at Dr. Payton’s office, Fennewald Plumbing or any Knights members.

Santa Claus is coming to Rockville United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 1, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Come get your picture taken with Santa and listen to Santa read Christmas stories. Stories will be read every half hour. Enjoy milk and cookies while you wait. Each child/family will receive a small gift. The event is open to everyone.

First Baptist Church will bring back a fun family tradition by hosting a living nativity, sharing the birth of Christ with the community. Come over to FBC to view the nativity and kickoff the “Reason for the Season”.   Viewing times will be Saturday, December 7 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. during Christmas in the Country festivities and Wednesday, December 18 during the TeamKIDS time. Children that are involved with FBC’s TeamKIDS program will be setup and portraying the living nativity from 2:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please drive by to view and support these young people learning about Christ’s love through the birth of his Son, Jesus.

The 73rd tradition of the Christmas Vesper Service with be held 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 8, (Doors open 4:00 p.m.). The service will be presented by the Community Choir and Band under the direction of Karla Kelly and Jeannette Hill.  You are invited to join them as they proclaim the Christmas Season with a candlelight service of worship and praise.  This year, the Service will be held at the Lakeview Barn venue out by the Appleton City Lake.  (

Appleton City Sesquicentennial Historic Fashion Show will be in June 2020. The fashion show committee is looking for authentic historic clothing and accessories from all decades and categories covering the past 150 years. Please contact Shellie Unell at or 417-309-0607 to notify the committee of any item you have to be included or if you are interested in participating in the show.

The owners of the former Yoss Grocery (on Main Street) plan on renovating and converting the building.  They would like to know what the people in Appleton City would like them to do with it.  If you have an opinion on what business or activity you would like to see in the building, jot down your idea and drop it off at Dr. Payton’s office or email it to

AC Rural Health Clinic now has flu shots: FLUAD is an inactivated influenza vaccine recommended for 65 and older and is indicated for active immunization against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B (H1N1) (H3N2) contained in the vaccine.   Flucelvax Quadrivalent is for patients ages 4-64, and is an inactivated influenza vaccine indicated for active immunization against influenza disease caused by influenza virus sub types A & B. Contraindication is for persons allergic to egg proteins. These are the recommendations for the 2019- 20 season.  Flu shots can be given without an appointment or provider visit from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the clinic at 660-475-2121 with any questions. The cost for FLUAD is $105 and Flucelvax $43.50.  Please bring your Medicare or insurance card with you and they will file for insurance benefits.   


Nov 28    Thanksgiving Day

Nov 30    2019 Montrose Lighted Christmas Parade and Lighting Ceremony on Main Street starting at 5:30 p.m.

Dec 1       Knight of Columbus Germantown Turkey Shoot beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Dec 1       Santa Claus at Rockville United Methodist Church 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Dec 5       Appleton City’s annual senior citizen Christmas dinner at noon in the Appleton City Elementary Gym

Dec 7       Christmas in the Country activities in AC

Dec 8       Knights of Columbus Pancake and sausage breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Knights Hall in Montrose

Dec 8       Community Vesper Service 4:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Barn

FarmHouse Kitchen will be closed Thursday November 28 and Friday November 29.  Sumo’s Pub will be closed Thursday but will be open Friday November 29 at 5:00 p.m. for regular business hours.

The schedule for Christmas in the Country on December 7 is being finalized.  Here is a list of the events so far.   Businesses which will be open and times: 8:00 a.m. – noon – Appleton City Library Open House, 9:00 a.m. – noon – Kreisler Country Pharmacy, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Petals West Florist and 3 Wishes, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Cork and Keg.  Grey & Kay Boutique and DownDog Fitness will be open with specials (times will be announced). 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: ACLR Depot Craft Show at the Depot & Durley Hotel, AC Junior Class serving a biscuit and gravy breakfast from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the High School Commons for the Public. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – 3rd Annual Appleton City PTO Holiday Shopping Extravaganza in the ACHS Gym, featuring over 30 vendors. Appleton City School Library – Scholastic Book Fair supporting our children.  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Hudson Hustlers 4-H Club Potato Bar in the School Cafeteria. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Santa’s Workshop (Park Building in Forest Park) Children and families are encouraged to come out to visit Santa, receive a goody bag and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Come on out before seeing the Grinch and participating or watching the parade.  3:30 p.m.: Candy Cane Hunt with The Grinch at Forest Park (outdoors) sponsored by Ellett Memorial Hospital. Pictures will be available after the hunt. Children ages 0-12 will be separated into age divisions, 4:20: – 4:50 p.m.: Christmas Parade (theme is ˜Everyone is Santa”) begins and ends at Forest Park.  4:50 p.m.: Lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in Forest Park.  5:00 – 7:30 p.m.: 1st Christian Church Soup, Chili, Ham & Bean, Hot Dogs & Dessert Supper/Holiday Music Come & Go (beginning at 5:45 p.m.).

A full schedule will appear in next week’s “Little Apple”.

Shoppers that come to Christmas in the Country activities can participate in a Business Scavenger Hunt by picking up a schedule of the days’ events at AC Library, PTO Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, Depot Crafts, Kreisler’s Country Pharmacy, Petals West Florist, DownDog Fitness or 3 Wishes. This schedule will serve two purposes, one as the schedule for the day and the other as a scavenger hunt card to provide an opportunity to win gift baskets put together by participating businesses.  Visit at least three of these businesses /shopping locations, obtain a business signature and put your paper in the basket at the Depot by 3:00 p.m.  There are several gift baskets available.

Finish off the Appleton City Community Christmas in the Country at 5:00 p.m. when the First Christian Church will be serving an evening meal of vegetable soup, chili, ham & beans, dessert and drink.  A free will donation will be accepted for Community Betterment projects. Holiday music by local musicians in the sanctuary will begin at 5:45. The audience may come and go anytime during the musical performances, using the front door.  It is a casual, flexible evening. The schedule will be: 5:45 Round Prairie Kids, 6:05 Davis & Stephan Trio, 6:15 Alexis O’Farrell, 6:25 Baptist Trio-Lori Bartz, Katie Evans, Patty Young, 6:35 James Damon, 6:45 Christian Church Men 6:55 Vesper’s Methodist Community Choir 7:05 Tony Reynolds? 7:15 The Singing Preachers.

Appleton City will once host a Christmas parade to ring in the Holiday season.  The parade will be Saturday, December 7.  All interested groups, individuals, families, etc. are encouraged to participate with a float showcasing the theme of “Everyone is Santa.”. Lineup will begin at 4:00 p.m., judging at 4:15 and the parade to begin at 4:20 p.m. The parade will conclude with a Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony at Forest Park at 4:50 p.m. Email or contact Jennifer Hawkins or Lyndsi Davis-Rivera on Facebook or check out the Facebook page of Appleton City – Christmas in the Country for updates on all events throughout the day, including the parade.  Registration forms are also found on this page. Please consider being a part of this revitalized Christmas tradition by putting together a float or coming out to participate in the streets.

The doors to the MKT Depot will open at 9:00 a.m. for the 23rd Christmas in the County Depot and Durley Hotel craft show, sponsored by Appleton City Landmarks.  The returning crafters will be Julie and Tammy with homemade candies, Mrs. Miller with pies, candies, jellies and breads, Kenna’s American Girl doll creations, Tom Holt will have his wood creations, plus other crafters bringing handmade items including tatting, crocheted and knitted items, scroll saw art and other wood products.  There are several new crafters this year, selling handmade jewelry, decal decorated tumblers, canvases, wooden décor, blankets, handmade household items and other surprises.  Be sure to stop by the depot and get your drawing sheet signed.

The 2020 Sesquicentennial History book has been sent to the publisher.   This will be a large and interesting book of over 500 pages with 158 family stories/histories, 122 pages of local area history, plus business, organization and church history of AC and the surrounding area. The book includes many pictures dating between 1870 and 2019.  It will make a nice gift.  A copy can be reserved at the Museum table during the craft show. 

The ACHS Junior Class will sponsor a biscuit and gravy breakfast 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. December 7, in the High School Commons Area. ½ order of biscuits and gravy (1 biscuit) is $4.00.  A full order (2 biscuits) will be $6.00. Enjoy a hot breakfast before shopping at Christmas in the Country. Funds will be used to help pay for the after Prom celebration.

Come visit the Appleton City Library on Saturday, December 7 and meet two local authors during Christmas in the Country. Morgan (Eye) Scott, author of an autobiography, The ‘Eye’ In Team – Cinderella Wore Sneakers, and Neoma Foreman, who wrote a fictional book, Collision With Destiny will be visiting with their books from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Vendors are wanted at 3rd annual AC PTO Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the ACHS gym and commons area.  There will be a variety of vendors setup and ready to share their holiday specials.  If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Jennifer Hawkins at or 417-359-3846.  Also, follow AC Elementary PTO Facebook page and you will find additional vendor and event information.  There will be hourly door prizes (need not be present to win).  The event is free of charge to attend.  Donations will be accepted, as this event is earmarked to help continue the PTO’s campaign of capital improvements to the school.

Hudson Hustler’s 4-H Club will once again host its annual Loaded Baked Potato Bar at AC Elementary School cafeteria from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 in conjunction with Christmas in the Country. Baked potatoes will be $7 apiece, including a dessert and drink.    Pre-order and carry-out options are available.  For more information, please contact Jamie O’Farrell at 660-492-3573 or Jennifer Hawkins at 417-359-3846. 

Ellett Memorial Hospital in AC offers outpatient specialist services for December. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Dec 2 – Rheumatology –Dr. Latinis, Dec 4 –Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Dec 5 – OB/GYN, Dr. Kallberg, Dec 6 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni, Dec 10 – Ortho – Dr. Gray, Dec 11 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy– Dr. Vardakis, Dec 16 – Rheumatology – Dr. Latinis, Dec 18 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy–Dr. Namin.