The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 2

January 12, 2021

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

Summers Pharmacy of Appleton City will be closed on Saturdays, starting February 1, 2022. They will still be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January and February, 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, Feb 2– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 3 – OB/GYN – Dr. Kallberg, Feb 9 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Feb 10 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Feb 11– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Feb 16– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 17 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Feb 23 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Feb 23 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Feb 24 – 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.

Enrollment is open for Heroes to Hives, a free program that helps military veterans, active-duty personnel, reservists and their families learn the art of beekeeping. University of Missouri Extension agronomist Travis Harper leads the Missouri program, the first state chapter of the national Heroes to Hives program. The course includes nine prerecorded modules available through Michigan State University. There are also live Zoom classes on topics specific to Missouri beekeeping. Monthly hands-on training will be held April-October at the Heroes to Hives apiary in Warrensburg at the University of Central Missouri’s Mitchell Street Farm. Topics include hive handling, hive inspections, pest and pathogen management and beekeeping ergonomics. Students who finish the course can download a certificate of completion from Michigan State University. Missouri is home to more than 440,000 veterans making the transition from military to civilian life. Returning veterans face challenges, including anxiety, depression, service-related health issues and disabilities and finding rewarding career opportunities. These challenges are exacerbated by the loss of the camaraderie and support inherent in military units. Transitioning vets often feel a sense of isolation and loss. Heroes to Hives offers veterans a chance to reconnect with their brothers and sisters in arms with a common mission of protecting the most important managed pollinator on the planet.

For more information and free registration, visit

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

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Jan 10-15     AC Basketball Tournament

Jan 17     Martin Luther King Day (banks and government offices closed)