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Appleton City’s Second Saturday event is scheduled for May 8. If you are interested in having a booth and have not yet been contacted, please contact Lyndsi Davis or Katie Hearting ASAP, or send them a message through Facebook.  Each vendor will be assigned a spot on Main St.

There will be a $20 deposit due at time of sign up and you will receive $10 back the day of the event. The event will be in the evening this year from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  More information is available at:

ACHS JV and Varsity Volleyball Teams are teaming up with Grey and Kae Boutique for a fundraiser on May 8. During May’s Second Saturday event, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., 15% of all in-store and online sales will benefit the girls’ volleyball teams. Any money raised will be used to pay for summer camps and needed team equipment. Grey and Kae Boutique is located at 115 W 4th Street in Appleton City. This is on the north side of Main Street where the former Blue Inn banquet hall was located. You can also support the team by shopping online on May 8 at

The Hudson Hustler’s 4-H Club will be serving a loaded baked potato during the May 8 Second Saturday’s event. Serving will take place in the Depot from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Loaded baked potatoes, dessert and drink will be $7.  Only carryout will be available.  They look forward to seeing the community come out and support the local 4-H club, as this event is usually held in December but had to be postponed this year.

There will be a fish fry benefit fundraiser Friday, April 30 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Fair Haven Park near Harwood, MO (on Hwy C, 8 miles north of Walker MO.  The menu includes fried fish and hush puppies, baked beans, cole slaw with homemade bread and butter.  Dessert will be freshly cranked ice cream and homemade pies. Free will donations will benefit Stony Creek, Walnut Creek and Shady Lawn Schools.

Hudson R-IX Elementary will hold their annual kindergarten screening on Monday, May 17.  Please call (660) 476-5467 to set up an appointment if you live in the Hudson R-IX School District, your child will be attending kindergarten in the fall and they do not currently attend Hudson preschool.  You will need your child’s social security card, birth certificate, and current immunization record.  If you call and the school office is closed, please leave a message and they will get back to you.

The Yellow Rosebud Cemetery Project at the Appleton City cemetery is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m., or rain date Sunday, May 16, at 9:00 a.m.  Volunteers and support are needed to place 2400 large, single, silk yellow rosebuds on the graves in the oldest sections of the Appleton City Cemetery.  Dean Ellis, ACHS class of 1960 and Vietnam Veteran, started this project with his late wife, Sharon, 12 years ago.  Dean began decorating graves with his maternal grandparents, Rose and Ellzie Smith, at the age of 5 or 6.  As they decorated, he noticed many graves did not have flowers.  His grandmother told him the graves were so old, there was no longer any family members left to decorate.  As the years passed, they wanted to make a difference.  To support, volunteer or for further information, please contact City Hall at 660-476-2631, Donald Yoss 660-492-7218 or Dean Ellis 417-844-5344.  Volunteers will again be needed Wednesday, June 2, at 9:00 a.m. or rain date of Thursday June 3, 9:00 a.m. to pick up the rosebuds.

Attention Montrose Alumni.  If you class is planning on getting together to celebrate during the 2021 Memorial Day Weekend Festivities, please contact David at 492-7749 and give him a heads up.  If your class is planning on getting together at the dinner after the parade for the Chicken Dinner, please contact him by May 14.  They will attempt to reserve tables so classes can sit together, as best they can.  They plan to have go orders and additional sitting outside for those still wishing to social distance or just enjoy the sunny day (THEY HOPE).  VFW Post 8820 will serve cold beverages and Old Crow Winery will be serving wine under the 40 x 60 tent.  So plan your day to eat, drink and be merry. 

The ACHS Senior Class panels for special anniversary years are available for viewing at the Farm House Restaurant.  Featured classes are 50 year-1971; 60 year-1961, 65 year-1956, and 70 year-1957.  The Appleton City Museum provides these each year for viewing and the Farm House Restaurant graciously allows the panels there for their customers to enjoy. 

ACHS Alumni meeting will be May 29, 2021 at 11:30 with a COVID safe school sack lunch. RESERVATIONS ONLY.  Mail $10/person and include all names and year to Patty Purvis Young x68, 101 E. 3rd St., Appleton City, MO 64724.  DEADLINE is May 15. For questions, call 660-476-5857 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. or email

The AC Public Library is conducting their Friends of the Best Sellers Program until May 1. The program’s purpose is to fund the purchase of new hardback books for the library. You can become a Friend by either choosing a book from the list or requesting another book you’ve wanted to read and then donating $20.00 for said book. The perks of being a Friend to the Library are that you will be the first person to check the book out, you’ll have the opportunity to read other books purchased by Friends first, and you will be honored by having your name placed on a special name plate in the front of each of the Library Friend books. Library hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – noon.


April 30  Fish fry benefit fundraiser 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Fair Haven Park near Harwood, MO

May 8     May second Saturday event 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

May 9     MOTHER’S DAY

May 9     ACHS Baccalaureate 7:00 p.m. in the East Gym

The AC FFA is holding their spring plant sale.  The FFA greenhouse is open for business 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday-Friday. Just stop by the Ag Building for assistance. Curbside delivery is available during these times as well if you would rather give them your order and they fill it for you. The FFA has garden vegetables and flowers for sale such as tomatoes, cabbage and peppers as well as potting flowers like petunias, annual vinca, impatiens and geraniums. Flowers and vegetables can be purchased as four or two packs, individuals or as hanging baskets. Photos and information about all the items available in the greenhouse are located on the school website as well as the Facebook pages.  Costs are $1/2 packs, $2/4 packs, $1/tomato plant, and $12/hanging basket or 3 hanging baskets for $30. For more information feel free to give Mrs. Leiber a call at 660-424-3668. Due to continued health concerns, only two people will be allowed in the greenhouse at a time, as well as they are requesting all payments be in check form to lower the contamination risks to all involved.  Please also follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing while in the greenhouse.

ACMO Main Street App is available.  You can download Google play or Apple store. Select Pocketsights tour. AC may come up if you are within 50 miles. If you are any place else, click on the magnifying glass search for Appleton City MO.  If walking, hit start tour.  If you want to view at home or out of the area, scroll down and see all the circles for each location. Hit play audio then the red circle below it. A flyer showing the current locations is available in a black box on the south porch bench at the AC Museum, 503 N. Maple.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for April and May, 2021.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: April 28  – Ortho-Dr. Gray, April 28 –Ophthalmology, Dr. Soni, May 5 -Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, May 6 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, May 12- Upper GI – Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, May 13 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, May 14 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 19- Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Vardakis, May 20 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, May 26 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 27 -Rheumatology, Dr. Tay                            

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, an evidence-based program that offers strategies for daily management of any chronic condition, will be offered via Zoom starting May 5 to people in the workplace. This program consists of twelve, 1-hour classes that will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from noon – 1 p.m. Classes will run through June 11. The classes are free, and each participant will receive a Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions book and a relaxation CD. Sara Bridgewater, nutrition and health education specialist for University of Missouri Extension, will co-teach the classes in partnership with Aging Best Area Agency on Aging based in Columbia, Mo. These classes are specially designed to help people in the workplace and their caregivers. Topics covered will include: Making healthy food choices, Incorporating relaxation and stress management practices into your daily life and increasing physical activity and exercise safely, Coping with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, Communicating effectively with family, employers and your health team and Developing action plans to improve your work / life balance, health and well-being. To register, call Maureen McKeage at 573-540-1100 or email her at If you have questions, call 660-679-4167 or email

“Proper sheep and goat operation management is important to optimum operation productivity and profitability,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist.  Therefore, MU Extension and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension will be providing an online Sheep and Goat Production Workshop Series to discuss various strategies in operation management. This workshop series will be held on May 10, 17 and 24 beginning each evening at 7:00 p. m.  The online workshops will be held via ZOOM and once participants register; they will receive the link to login each evening.  Topics covered by MU Extension and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension agriculture experts include:  Sheep and goat selection for a successful operation. Reproductive management for optimum kidding or lambing crop, Economics of multiple births in a sheep or goat operation and Sheep and goat composting and dealing with losses. This workshop is free to the public but please register for the event at:  For all other questions please contact Davis at or by phone at (417) 955-0287.   

Higher crop prices may have producers looking to expand acres.  Some producers are taking old pasture or hay fields and putting them into crop production.   It seems pretty simple:  spray burn down herbicide, no-till plant herbicide-resistant beans and then spray again.  But this doesn’t deal with some of the other issues that may occur on these fields.  Most forage fields are in grasses because they are not suitable for crops:  shallow topsoil, gravelly or sandy texture, eroding slopes.  If topsoil is lost, it can take hundreds of years to replace.  Fields may also have compaction issues due to grazing or haying.  Many fields converted this way show severe nutritional problems, especially potash deficiency.  Severe potash deficiency will show up as yellowing on the edges of lower leaves.  Many of the hay fields have not been adequately fertilized for the amount of nutrients removed.  Three tons of fescue hay removes 100 pounds of potash and 27 pounds of phosphate.  The nutrients in pastures will be rearranged so the potash and phosphate will be high near the water and shade areas and reduced in the rest of the field.  If producers decide to go ahead and convert from grass, the following steps increase your chances for a good crop yield: Take a soil test and apply lime and fertilizer according to the soil test before planting.  Lime should be applied six months to one year before planting.  A good pH is needed to for the nitrogen-producing nodules.  University of Missouri soil tests recommend the amount of potash and phosphate needed to replace what is removed by the crop plus one-eighth of what is needed to build it up to a good level.  So applications are not a one-time event but need to be made yearly; Use the soil probe to monitor for compaction problems.  Compacted soil will restrict roots and compound the fertility problems.  Fields might benefit from deep ripping or mulch tillage under the row but this will increase erosion.  Many fields do not have enough soil depth to use a ripper and Inoculate beans prior to planting.  Soybeans need to produce rhyzobium bacteria nodules to make nitrogen for the plant.  Organic matter from the decaying sod will provide some nitrogen the first year but inoculating will allow the plant to provide its own nitrogen. 

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