The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 26

                                                                                                         June 30, 2021

AC has extended the dates for shooting off fireworks this year. You may shoot them until midnight from July 2 through midnight on July 5

AC City Hall will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

Blood pressure and glucose checks on July 8 are being provided by Ellett Memorial Hospital and Appleton City Rural Health Clinic.  They will be at the community rooms of Beech Street Apartments (515 N. Beech St) from 8:00 -8:45 a.m., Appleton City Estates (300 S. Beech St) from 9:00-9:45 a.m., and Hickory Court Apartments (101 W. 5th St) from 10:00-10:45 a.m.  These outreach events are open to community members also. 

The 17th Annual Appleton City Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday, July 10 at the City Park.  Check-in is from 8:00 a.m. to noon and the Car Show will be from noon to 3:00 p.m.  There will be a $10 entry fee per vehicle.  There will be judging for all classes with the top 70 for cars and trucks, top 3 for motorcycles and top 3 for rat rods. The first 150 entries will be given dash plaques.    There will also be a 50-50 drawing, door prizes, goodie bags and a live auction.  Food concessions, biscuits & gravy and cobbler & ice cream will be available. Budman will present music entertainment. Proceeds from the Show will go toward a pair of $1000 scholarships for local high school students.  In addition, Zink Motor Co, which is one of the oldest Ford dealerships in the country, is hosting the Kansas City Antique Car Clu8b at the dealership in Appleton City during the car show.  20-25 Model A’s and Model T’s will be on display. There will be an open house and tours of this historic dealership.  The admission is free.  The location for this show is across the street from the Appleton City Car Show. For car show information, call Bob Roos 660-492-2822, George Moore 660-476-5574, Ed Hardesty 660-464-0360 or Doug Snodgrass 660-492-2814, or email to

There will be a benefit dinner and auction for Kirk Schussler to raise money to help with medical and chemotherapy expenses due to colon cancer.  The benefit will be held on Saturday, July 10 at the Montrose Community Building in Montrose.  All monies raised will be put into an account that has been established as the Kirk Schussler Medical Fund at the Montrose Savings Bank.  A whole hog dinner will be served with to go meals being offered.  The dinner will be served from 5:00 – 7:30 with the auction beginning at 7:30.  Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction may contact Kristina Klass at 660-492-3436.  Anyone wishing to donate to the medical fund can leave it at the Montrose Savings Bank or mail it to Kristina Klass at PO Box 86, Montrose, MO  64770.  Thank you for your support.

Appleton City Rural Health Clinic will offer free sports physicals Wednesday, July 14 and Wednesday July 28 by appointment only from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Call 660-476-2121 for an appointment.

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, July 11 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated

The Sesquicentennial Committee would like ideas and items to display/decorate Main Street for AC’s 150 year plus 1 celebration Thursday, August 12 thru Sunday, August 15, 2021. Business/property owners with buildings and lots are encouraged to display historic items and information or just let the committee know if you would allow others to display/decorate your store fronts or vacant lots. Any and all ideas would be appreciated. Please let Ellen Dunham know your ideas and plans. Contact her evenings (5:00 – 9:00 p.m.) by calling or text at 660-492-0045. Also, everyone is encouraged to dress in historic attire every day of the celebration

In conjunction with the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration and also the congregation’s Sesquicentennial (+1), Trinity Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a quilt show at the church and inviting area quilters to participate.  The Quilt Show will be Friday and Saturday, August 13-14 during the Sesquicentennial.  Included in the show will be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, embroidered, appliquéd, and baby quilts, and wall hangings. If your quilt, either old or newer, has an interesting story with it, also plan on sharing that with the public. The show pre-registration begins now and ends June 30. At this time, 1 item can be registered per entry.  After June 30, depending on responses, the registration may be opened up again to include more available spaces at the show.  A $25 prize will be awarded in each category and a $50 “People’s Choice” Award. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 with your name, address, phone number, and entry category, and a packet will be sent to be completed and brought with you to the show set-up on Thursday, August 12.

West Central Missouri Community Action Agency will be at Olde Glory Days this year on the historic Clinton Square, Friday through Sunday, July 2, 3, and 4.  They will be selling Raffle for a Cause tickets and answering any questions you may have about the services they offer. From Senior Care to Small Business assistance, stop by and see what West Central can do to help you

The annual Ellett Memorial Hospital Community Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, August 7.  Follow their Facebook page for new and exciting vendors being added this year. Word on the street is KC Wolf may be making an appearance again this year!


July 2-5    Sumo’s Restaurant closed

July 4       Independence Day Holiday (observed July 5)

July 5-6    Trinity Lutheran Church VBS

July 8       Blood pressure and glucose checks at senior housing centers

July 10     AC Car Show

July 10     Benefit for Kirk Schussler 5:00 p.m. at the Montrose Community Building in Montrose

July 11     Pancake and sausage breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose

The Truman Lake Community Foundation spring grant awards totaling $43,384 were recently distributed. The local foundation provided $33,384 of the monies, with the other $10,000 from a separate grant program they were awarded. Recipients included the following: Clinton Friends of the Park $5,000 grant towards a new community playground, Clinton Police Department $5,000 grant towards drone program,  Clinton Main Street, Inc. $5,000 grant to support operational activities, West Central Missouri Community Action Agency $1,500 grant supporting Senior Care Pen Pal Program, Urich Athletic Boosters $5,000 grant to assist with summer recreational activities, Clinton School District $4,900 grant to support a literacy program, Clinton School District $385 grant to support a classroom library program, Clinton School District $499 grant to support technology in classrooms, Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation $3,000 grant to support a walking path expansion, Montrose Ball Association $5,000 grant to assist with rebuilding handicap access to their facilities, Windsor Ministerial Alliance $5,000 grant to support their summer meal program, Henry County Prosecutor’s Victim’s Advocate Office $600 grant to assist with funds for low-income victims to attend proceedings and VFW Missouri Post 8820 $2,500 grant to assist with remodeling the bathrooms making them handicap accessible.

The Fireworks stand run by the James Girls and Bry in the Back Room of the Old Pizza Store is set up and ready.  The shelves are overflowing with a wide variety.  Follow them on Facebook at James Family Fireworks for information and specials. Come shop in air conditioning. Hours are: Thurs July 1-July 2 11:00 – 9:00, Sat July 3 – July 4 10:00 – 9:00, Monday July 5 12:00 – 9:00.

West Central Missouri Community Action Agency’s Senior Care found a way to encourage safe socialization during the midst of a pandemic.   COVID-19 enhanced the isolation and loneliness that many seniors experience.  Senior Care Pen Pals are matched with other seniors that have similar likes and hobbies.  Writing kits are provided and include all the necessary items to become successful writing companions.   Kits include stationery, note cards, all occasion greeting cards, ink pens, motivational quotes to share and postage stamps.   If you are 65 and older and are interested in learning how to become a Senior Care Pen Pal, please contact Senior Care staff at 660-476-2185.

Community members may enroll in Taking Care of You, a virtual class presented by the University of Missouri Extension program that offers practical strategies for dealing with stress and life challenges. Developed by an interdisciplinary MU Extension team, the research-based program focuses on positive psychology and mindfulness in sessions held over eight weeks. Participants learn concepts and practical strategies they can incorporate into their everyday lives through small group discussion, self-reflection and group activities. The program teaches ways to: Take better care of body, mind and spirit health, Become more aware of the mind-body connection, and how to use this awareness for better health, Respond rather than react to life’s stressors, Discover opportunities in life’s challenges, Develop habits that can lead to better health, Find ways to bring more joy into life, Simplify life and Live more in the moment.  The class will meet on Mondays at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. via zoom July 12, 2021 through August 30.  Registration is available online at through Wednesday July 7, 2021. For questions, more information, or accommodations, call Kyleigh Sullivan at 660-619-1355 or email her at

Five area churches are teaming together to present a community VBS on July 12-16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. each evening. They invite all kids ages 3 years- 6th grade to join them on this “Journey with Jesus”.  Each church will host an evening: Trinity UMC – Monday, Rockville UMC – Tuesday, Church of God – Wednesday, River of Life – Thursday, Christian Church – Friday. Visit 3 different nights and you will be able to attend a pool party to end the week! Transportation will be available if needed. Contact Paige at 660-492-0985 for more info. You can register online at   

Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton City is having Vacation Bible School July 5 and 6 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. You can register at 

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for July 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: July 1 – OB/GYN, Dr. Kallberg, July 7– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, July 8 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, July 9 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, July 13 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, July 14-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, July 22 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, July 28 – Ortho – Dr. Gray, July 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni 

During the Sesquicentennial Celebration there are many area to participate in exhibiting military items, art creations, quilts, polish up the special vehicle and tractor, crank up the small engine, built an outstanding float, grow those whiskers, sew up an old fashion costume, sit back and enjoy the movie or listen to the Main Street APP, dig in the closet for the decade clothing to wear or loan to someone to model, or clothing is available that needs models. Positions need to be filled for greeters at all the exhibits to welcome the visitors. And don’t forget to buy your souvenirs early, some may sell out. The final event schedule is still tentative, but is scheduled for August 12-15.  Read the AC Journal or follow them on Facebook at appletoncitymosesquicentennial2020. For questions call 660-476-5857 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. or email with subject SQC to

Missouri ag producers who need to obtain or renew a private pesticide applicator license to purchase restricted-use pesticides can attend an on-line Zoom class or complete a worksheet based on the training manual, according to Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension agronomist.  The manual is optional to purchase for the Zoom classes. The Zoom classes are offered state-wide and there are a number of dates and times available through the summer.  Producers can register for the Zoom classes at the following link:  Miller will be teaching the July 15 Zoom class but producers can attend any of the classes taught by MU specialists across the state. Producers choosing the worksheet option will need to use the manual, which is still the 2007 M87.  Manuals can be purchased or ordered through your local Extension Center.  Manual costs have gone up considerably so if you are recertifying and already have a manual, you can avoid purchasing one.  For the worksheet option, contact MU Extension agronomy specialist, Pat Miller, or your local Extension Center.  There is no longer an option to view a video at the Extension Center to complete the training.  This class also completes the EPA worker protection training program for ag employees who handle pesticides.  Miller reminds producers that if their license expired in May, 2021 or earlier, they will need to use the form for a new license instead of the one for recertification. If ag producers have questions or need more information, contact Pat Miller, agronomy specialist, at 417-448-2560.  University of Missouri Extension programs are open to all. 

“The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication.  Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition.  To receive “The Little Apple” free by e-mail, send your e-mail address to  If you have changed your previous email address, you are asked to send the current address, so the list can be updated.