The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 51

                                              December 22, 2021

Rockville United Methodist Church will hold their Family Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, 6:00 p.m. Dec 24.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

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. Also, Christmas Day 7:00 p.m. Immaculate Conception for Sunday obligation. No St. Patrick’s Mass.  Sunday, December 26 – normal Sunday Masses.

Trinity United Methodist Church invites you to a Christmas Service on Sunday, December 26, 10:00 am.  There will be no Sunday School and no Rockville service that day.  Everyone is invited to join them for a special service of Worship and Song.

Darrell Pohlman will host his annual Christmas display (weather permitting) from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. nightly through December 24. The display can be seen at 513 W. 7th St. in Appleton City. This will be the last year for the display.  Darrell plans to retire after this Christmas.

City Hall will be closed December 23 and 24 for Christmas and December 31 for New Years. 

The Appleton City Public Library is currently seeking an individual to fulfill their children’s librarian position. For questions about what this role entails, please call/text Megan Schenker at (660) 492-0499 or Kamber Grishow at (660) 492-3502. Applications can be picked up at the library during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January 2022.   Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 5– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 12 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Jan 13 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Jan 14– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 20 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Jan 26 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Jan 26 –Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay. 

Are you passionate about working with youth and the 4-H program? Someone who enjoys teaching nutrition and health? The University of Missouri Extension is hiring a full-time Nutrition & Youth Program Associate in St. Clair County. This position offers great benefits and pay and may be the perfect fit for you! Find more information and start your application today by clicking this link:  OR by contacting Human Resources at 573-882-7976  OR by following this link:

A reminder to Appleton City residents that taxes are due December 31.  A penalty will be assessed for any late payments. Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

University of Missouri Extension, in coordination with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will offer in-person and online training for private pesticide applicators. Samuel Polly, coordinator of the Missouri Pesticide Safety Education Program, said MU Extension agronomists will teach free online sessions through Zoom. Face-to-face sessions are currently scheduled in Jackson, Poplar Bluff, Carthage, Lamar, Neosho and Greenfield. Virtual and in-person trainings are currently scheduled through February 25, 2022. MDA requires private applicator recertification every five years. Register at Commercial pesticide applicator training for 2022 will be offered virtually January 11-March 23. There will be no certification training in 2022. MDA requires recertification for commercial applicators every three years. Register at For more information, contact Polly at or 573-884-8596.

Gardening is an activity with many rewards. One of them is the satisfaction of sharing your plant knowledge with others. The Master Gardener program was initiated to do just that. A new session of online Missouri Master Gardener core training begins Jan. 19, 2022. David Trinklein and MU Extension horticulture specialist Sarah Denkler teach the 14 online sessions. These classes represent a viable option for people who can’t take the weekly classes in person. Classes are delivered through the Canvas learning management system as a series of scripted and narrated presentations. Students work at their own pace. A composite score of 70% on chapter quizzes is needed to pass the course. Topics include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, fruit production, landscape design, woody ornamental plants, herbaceous ornamental plants, turf management, insect and disease management, and pesticide safety. Core training is the first step toward certification as an MU Extension Master Gardener. Trainees must also complete at least 30 hours of volunteer service. Local Master Gardener coordinators can help online trainees find volunteer opportunities to meet the service hour requirements. Registration for the spring online session closes Jan.14, 2022. To register, go to Learn more about the Missouri Master Gardener program at

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Dec. 25     Christmas Day