The Little Apple

Ellett Memorial Hospital and AC Rural Health Clinic Community Appreciation Day, “Giving Back To Our Community”, will be Wednesday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or until they run out.  They are offering free pulled pork sandwiches, chips and water.  Curbside pickup will be available at the front doors of the hospital.  If you have any questions you may call 660-476-5233 or email:

The Yellow Rosebud Cemetery Project at the AC Cemetery is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 15 or rain date Sunday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m.  Volunteers and support are needed to place 2400 large, single, silk yellow rosebuds on the graves in the oldest sections of the AC 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.

Appleton City Masonic Lodge #412 will have a “Kickin Chicken Dinner” on Sunday May 16 at the Farmhouse Kitchen restaurant from 11:00-1:00 or until dinners are gone.  Dinners are $10 and are curbside pickup only.  Menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll and a cookie.  Proceeds go towards local scholarship fund.

There will be an ACHS Fine Arts Open House on Thursday May 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the high school gym. There will be art and shop projects set up around the gym for your viewing. At 6:30, Mr. Swisher will present art awards and Mrs. Hill will present band awards. Please feel free to come and go as you please and view these awesome creations from the incredibly talented students.

The Appleton City Public Library is seeking assistance with teachers for their Summer Reading Program. The program will take place on Tuesdays in June (June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29) as well as Tuesday, July 6, from 11:00 a.m.-noon. The teacher would need to read a couple books with the children as well as assist them in completing a corresponding activity. All materials will be provided. If interested, please call the library at (660) 476-5513 during their normal business hours or e-mail

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.

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

Free private tennis lessons are offered to all current or former players and anyone who want to improve their technique or strategies or first time players.   People of almost any age and skills can learn to play tennis.  Lessons are held at the tennis courts at Donnohue-Dugan Park starting the week of May 24.  Rackets and balls will be provided.  To set up appointments for your private lessons or if you have questions, call Dennis Dunham at 476-2151 or 476-5514 or Tommy Payton at 816-863-6624. Open tennis is every day 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tennis is exercise that is fun!

SQC Committee is looking for pictures of all AC Mayors, preferably at the time they served.  Pictures may be left at City Hall.

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. 


May 12    Ellett Memorial Hospital and AC Rural Health Clinic Community Appreciation Day 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

May 13    Hudson R-IX Awards Assembly at 8:30 a.m.  (Masks Required) and Last Day at Hudson R-IX – Dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

May 13    ACHS Fine Arts Open House on Thursday May 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the high school gym

May 14    Hudson R-IX 8th Grade Graduation at 7:00 p.m. 

May 15    Yellow Rosebud Cemetery Project at the Appleton City Cemetery 9:00 a.m.

May 16    AC Masonic Lodge #412 “Kickin Chicken Dinner” at the Farmhouse Kitchen restaurant from 11:00-1:00

May 16    ACHS Graduation 2:00 p.m. in the west gym                                                                                                        

May 17    Hudson R-IX Elementary annual kindergarten screening

May 21    Last day of classes at AC Schools 12:00 p.m. dismissal   

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 May and June, 2021.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: 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,  May 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni,  June 2-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, June  9– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, June 10 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, June 11 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, June 16- Upper GI – Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin,  June 17 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, June 23 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, June 23 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, June 24 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay   

The University of Missouri Extension in Henry County is offering a four session “Boost Your Brain & Memory: Brain Fitness Class” beginning June 3 at the First Baptist Church Annex in Clinton. 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 causes of dementia. 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. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon at 209 E. Jefferson St. Clinton, MO.  There is a $40 per person cost associated with the program. This fee covers a workbook for each participant and other associated materials. Register online at or by calling the Henry County University of Missouri Extension Office at 660-885-5556 by June 1, 2021. 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.  And find MU Extension Kyleigh HDFS Specialist on Facebook for updates!

An on-line class will be held May 17 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss summer alfalfa insects. At this class, MU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist, Pat Miller, will cover these potential insect problems in alfalfa and how to scout for them: potato leaf hoppers, cowpea aphids, caterpillars, and blister beetles.  Register by May 14 at 4:00 p.m. for this free on-line Zoom class at: If you have questions, contact Miller at 417-448-2560 or 

The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 2000 by a local couple to benefit and carry out the purposes of Ellett Memorial Hospital.  The Foundation has played a major role in the Hospital’s recent renovation/expansion project.  The Foundation is a 501c3 organization and plays an important role in ensuring the future of the Hospital by providing an avenue for individuals, groups and corporations to lend their financial support through tax-deductible contributions. The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend an invitation to the community to assist with this project.  They would like to welcome all current and past members of the community and service area to make a donation to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations can be restricted or non-restricted for use as the donor identifies.  Recognition will be given for all contributions.  For further information, contact Julee Snyder, Ellett Memorial Hospital, 660-476-211.

“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.