The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 1

January 5, 2021

Right now, additional helpers are needed to collate and deliver the Apple. The Appleton City Industrial Development would like to thank all the volunteers who help make this newsletter possible and Community First Bank and their employees who have photocopied the issues each and every week since the newsletter started October 27, 1993.  Each Wednesday, volunteers collate and deliver “The Little Apple” around town. If anyone is willing to help one or more Wednesday mornings a month, please contact Dr. Don Payton at 476-2197. The ACIDC would also like to thank the citizens of the area for their support over the last 28 years the many contributors who have donated the funds to purchase the paper it is printed on.  

AC City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. on Saturday January 8.  All the men of the community are invited to join them for a time of great food and fellowship.   Jeff Dunlap will have a short devotional. 

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, January 9 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

At-home tests that check for presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are now available for free to Missouri residents at A Missourian choosing this testing option will order the free testing kit online and the kit will be delivered to the home in two days. The kit is good for six months and comes with easy-to-follow instructions. Once the individual performs the collection by nasal swab, the testing kit needs to be returned to a FedEx collection site within 24 hours. Shipping is also free. Test results are then provided via email within two days. This test was authorized for emergency use by the FDA.  Testing remains a key tool to keeping Missourians safe. Testing is not only for those who are symptomatic, but important for periodic surveillance especially when interacting with vulnerable populations and crowds. Many camps, events, and travel now require evidence of a negative test result before participation. A COVID-19 test is a one-time assessment, and will only show if the individual is infected at the time of the test. For those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, testing is highly recommended. Those who have had significant contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should also consider being tested. Community testing events provide another free testing option, and these events are continuing throughout the state. Learn more about free at-home testing kits and community testing events at

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January 2022.   Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. 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. 

Every year in the U.S., more than 1/3 of adults age 65+ have a fall, with approximately 1/3 of fallers sustaining an injury. Research indicates that people who fall are 2-3 times more likely to fall again, and each fall increases the likelihood of more serious injury or death. Missouri Falls Facts:

In Missouri, the fall death rate for older adults is consistently higher than the national death rate (72.32 vs. 48.4 per 100,000 population in 2009).

The death rate of falls increases with age and jumps sharply for older adults. For Missouri in 2009, the rate of death due to falls in older adults was more than 16 times higher than for those 45-64 years of age (66.63 vs. 4.03 per 100,000).  Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among Missouri’s older adults; the percentage of Missourians age 65 and older who died from falls rose nearly 60 percent between 1999 and 2009.

Forty-eight percent of falls causing injury in older adults occur in the home. Estimated hospital charges for unintentional fall injuries among Missouri seniors were $208 million in 2000, and reached $308 million in 2004 (before adjusting for inflation), which accounted for 77% of hospital charges for all unintentional injuries among Missouri seniors in 2004. MU Extension – St. Clair County Center will teach an eight session course focused on reducing falls.  A MATTER OF BALANCE course will be every Monday and Friday, January 31 to February 28 (no class on Presidents’ Day) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the St. Clair County Library (115 Chestnut, Osceola.) Pre-registration is required for this free course. MU Extension St. Clair CO is accepting registrations at 417-646-2419, or register online at This course offers instruction and group discussion to help older adults explore ways to reduce fall hazards and the risk of falls and fall injuries.

“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.


Jan 8        Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m.

Jan 9        Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Jan 10-15     AC Basketball Tournament