The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 3

 January 19, 2021

Appleton City Park Board is currently accepting applications for pool manager for the summer of 2022 pool season. Interested applicants need to pick up and return applications to AC City Hall, 114 E. 4th St., Appleton City, Mo 64724 by January 31, 2022. AC is an equal opportunity employer.

Americans can order free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests. Orders for up to four tests per household can be placed using the website There will also be a phone number set up so those without access to computers or high-speed internet can place orders. Tests will usually ship within seven to 12 days of ordering, meaning most Americans won’t receive them until the end of January.

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.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will provide six free waste pesticide collection events in 2022. All of the events will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon and are open to all Missouri farmers and households. March 12 – Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center, 147 W. State Highway T, Portageville, March 26 – Appleton City Municipal Services (City Barn), 110 S. Maple St., Appleton City, April 9 – MFA Agri Services – 6927 Highway 100, Washington, May 21 – MFA Agri Services – 1363 Sainte Genevieve Ave., Farmington, June 11 – Litton Ag Center, 10808 Liv 235, Chillicothe, Aug. 13 – MoDOT Maintenance Facility, 1031 Jefferson St., Versailles.  Accepted: Herbicides, Insecticides, Fungicides, Rodenticides, De-wormers, Fly tags, Fertilizers containing pesticide.  Not Accepted: Paint, Explosives, Fire extinguishers, Yard waste, Electronics,

Trash, Pesticides from businesses, pesticide-production facilities, pesticide distributors, pesticide retailers or similar entities. More information about the Missouri Pesticide Collection Program is available online at

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

Producers selling local foods at farmers markets can learn about best practices, marketing tips, state regulations and available resources in a five-part webinar series presented in February by University of Missouri Extension. This series will help farmers and other food producers gain knowledge to help them sell more of their food products at farmers markets. Participants will hear from extension specialists, successful producers and representatives from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas. The five sessions, held via Zoom, are noon-1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 7-11: Feb. 7. Grow niche produce to reach new customers, Feb. 8. Boost sales by participating in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and/or Double Up Food Bucks, Feb. 9. Learn the state regulations you need to know to sell your product at the market, Feb. 10. Discover the best marketing and customer service practices Feb. 11. Cost is $20 for the entire five-part series. All sessions will be recorded and available for a period of time after the event. Register at The “Selling at the Farmers Market” series is presented by the MU Extension Food Systems team and sponsored in part by the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. For more information, contact Leslie Bertsch at or 314-400-2115.

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Jan 21    ACHS Basketball at Lakeland

Jan 21-29      Osceola Basketball Tournament