The Little Apple

The Board of Directors, administration and staff of Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City would like to remind hospital district patrons who call 911 for an emergency to please tell the 911 dispatcher what district and facility you would like to have respond to your needs. It is also important to provide a proper address and call back number. Since the Ellet Hospital District is closely bordered by Bates, Henry and Vernon Counties, if no instructions are given, the dispatcher may mistakenly send response teams from areas further away than Appleton City, thus causing a dangerous delay in response time. Please be mindful that if Ellett’s ambulance is away on another emergency run or transfer, the emergency caller will still get the closest ambulance available. Unfortunately, this situation would be out of Ellett’s control.

The 19th annual “Spirit of Christmas” at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Germantown will be held Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy the beautifully decorated Church and listen to a variety of soloists and musicians.  The Butler Brass Band will again be performing.  Refreshments will be available as well as a raffle for a gift basket.  A free will donation will be accepted in lieu of admission.  All monies go to the St. Ludger Fund for Historic Preservation.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God (Holiness) will be 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, December, 14.  All the men of the community are invited to join them for a time of great food and fellowship.  Alan Black will be doing a short devotional.

The Montrose Festival Committee will be hosting a Corn Hole Tournament on December 28 at the Montrose Community Building.  Tournament will start at 5:00 p.m. with registration by 4:30 p.m. Entry fee will be $40 per (two person) team.  Prizes will be given for the top four prizes and an additional prize for the top all woman team.  Soup, chili, chili dogs and nachos will be served, starting at 4:30 p.m.  It is helpful but not required to pre-register with David (492-7749) or Joe (351-2994) to assist in bracket, etc.  Proceeds will be used for future festival activities.

Christmas and New Year’s Masses at Immaculate Conception Church in Montrose and St. Patrick’s Church in Butler  are as follows: Christmas Eve – Immaculate Conception 4:00 p.m., St. Patrick 7:00 p.m. Christmas Day – Immaculate Conception 8:00 a.m. St. Patrick 10:00 a.m.

Darrell Pohlman will host his annual Christmas display (weather permitting) from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays in December. The display can be seen at 513 W. 7th St. in Appleton City.

Donations are currently being accepted for Appleton City’s Weekend Backpack Food Program.  AC elementary students who are in need of food assistance on the weekends are receiving two days of healthy, child-friendly food in a bag to take home with them every weekend.  Your gift of $5.00 will feed a child for one weekend.  $10.00 will feed a child for two weekends.  $15.00 will feed a child for three weekends.  $20.00 will feed a child for four weekends.  $45.00 will feed a child on the weekend for one school quarter (nine weeks).  $90.00 will feed a child on the weekend for half a school year.  $180.00 will feed a child on the weekend for an entire school year.  To help feed a child in our community, you may make checks payable to Trinity United Methodist Church at 214 E 3rd St.  Please notate on your check memo that your donation is for the “Backpack Program.”   

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.

Sesquicentennial items are available for those hard to find the right gift for people, especially those who grew up in the area.  The items would be a trip down memory lane for them. Quasquacentennial books and 2020 SQC calendars are available at AC banks

Ellett Memorial Hospital in AC offers outpatient specialist services for December. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Dec 11 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy– Dr. Vardakis, Dec 16 – Rheumatology – Dr. Latinis, Dec 18 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy–Dr. Namin.

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.  


Dec 11     AC Jr. High and High School band concert

Dec 12     AC Elementary Winter Concert in the East Gym 6:30 p.m.

Dec 13     AC Varsity Basketball against Montrose 5:30 p.m.

Dec 14     Spirit of Christmas at St. Ludger Church in Germantown 1:00 p.m.

Dec 14-21     WEMO Basketball Tournament at Archie

Dec 18     First Baptist Church living nativity 2:15-4:30 p.m.

Dec 18     Hudson R-IX Christmas Program at 7:00 p.m.

Dec 19     Early Dismissal AC Schools at 12:25, Hudson R-IX at 12:35 p.m.

Dec. 20 – Jan. 2     Christmas Break at AC Schools