The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 8

                                              February 23, 2022

Appleton City Elementary PTO will be hosting the 4th Annual Little Ladies Dance 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the elementary gym.  This dance is for all little ladies pre-K through 5th grade in our community and their special guy in their life (dad, grandpa, uncle, family friend, etc.) to come out for a night of dancing, snacks, pictures and overall good fun.  Tickets are $20 for a couple (add $5 per additional sibling attending).  No RSVP needed and tickets will be purchased at the door the night of the dance. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. Each couple will receive a complimentary 4×6 photograph to remember the night’s events. Check out the AC Elementary PTO page with more information.

The Immaculate Conception Church Altar Sodality will have their annual biscuit and gravy breakfast 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. February 27 in St. Mary’s School basement, 608 Kansas Ave, Montrose.  The menu will be sausage gravy & biscuit, whole hog sausage patty, scrambled eggs, coffee cake, coffee, orange juice or water.  Adults are $10, children 10 and under are $5.  Quilt raffle tickets will be available and will be drawn at the breakfast.

Is your school, 501c3 not-for-profit organization, church, or governmental entity seeking funds for a project?  Truman Lake Community Foundation, Inc. can help. The Truman Lake Community Foundation Grantmaking Program Spring 2022 Application cycle opens February 1, 2022.  Grant applications must be completed online at (be sure to look for the Truman Lake Community Foundation Grantmaking Program Spring 2022) before the 5:00 p.m. February 28, 2022 deadline.  Awarded grants will be distributed in late April 2022.  Any questions will be answered by emailing or calling 660-890-4150 and asking for Randy Shipman.

Zion Lutheran School in Prairie City’s annual Chili supper will be dine in or carry out this year.  The event will take place 5:00 -8:00 p.m. February 26.  The online Facebook Auction begins Wednesday, February 23, the silent auction will be 5:00 – 7:30 February 26 and the live auction at 7:00 p.m. Raffle items and a country store will be available. Check out the Facebook event for more information at Zion Lutheran School Chili Supper

The Rockville Lions Club will have a pancake & sausage breakfast 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday March 6, 2022 at the Rockville City Hall. A free will donation will be accepted.

Immaculate Conception Church Lenten Fish Fry Dinners will be served March 4, March 18 and April 1 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s School Hall, Montrose. They plan to serve carry out and dine-in at this time. (They will adjust as needed for the current conditions.) The menu is fried fish, Suzy Q’s, cole saw, corn bread, cookies and a drink. Adults eat for $12, children under 10 for $6

The Carousel that will be installed on Main Street came to AC with the Fair Carnival in 2009-2019. They are looking for pictures of children on that carousel during that time frame. Call 660-476-5857 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. or email

The AC Spring City Wide Garage Sale dates have been set for April 29 and 30. Details will be posted at a late date.

Grace Christian Academy will have their 2nd annual hog roast dinner with silent and live auctions fundraiser Saturday, March 12 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Lowry City Civic Center, 4th & Cleveland in Lowry City.  The hog roast dinner for $10 includes meat, sides, dessert and drink. Children 4-12 years eat for $6, 3 and under are free.  Carry out is available.  Silent auction from 4:00 – 6:30 and live auction starts at 7:00 p.m.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for February and March, 2022.   Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Feb 24 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Mar 2– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Mar 3 – OB/GYN – Dr. Kallberg, Mar 9 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Mar 10 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Mar 11– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Mar 17 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Mar 23 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Mar 23 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Mar 24 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay                         

The ACHS Alumni Meeting and luncheon will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:30. It will be a sack lunch for $11 per person. Reservations deadline is May 14. Make your check to ACHS Alumni and mail to Patty Purvis Young, 101 E. 3rd St., Appleton City, MO 64724. For more information, call 660-476-5857 or

Applications for the ACHS Alumni Scholarships for $3,000 are due to School Counselor at 9:00 a.m. March 9.

Remember that March 1 is the deadline to submit your St. Clair County Property Tax Assessment forms without a penalty.  The County Assessor’s office is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Feb 23     Hudson R-IX Jr. High Play at 7:00 p.m. in the gym

Feb 26     Zion Lutheran Church (Prairie City) chili supper 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Feb 27     Immaculate Conception Church Altar Sodality biscuit and gravy breakfast 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s School basement

March 2     Ash Wednesday

March 4     Immaculate Conception Church Fish Fry Dinners 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s School Hall

March 5     Little Ladies Dance 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Appleton City elementary gym

March 6     Rockville Lions Club pancake & sausage breakfast 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Rockville City Hall

DbarJ Quilts etc. of Rockville, Mo will have the Elva Gwinn Huffman Essay Contest once again this year.  To receive a quilt to use in your charitable fund raising, all you have to do is enter an essay telling about your non-profit, its name, who you serve, how you would use the quilt in this endeavor and any other important information you would like them to know. You then can send it by mail to DbarJ Quilts etc, PO Box 48, Rockville MO 64780, or email it to The deadline is March 30 2022

Women in agriculture can improve their risk management skills and network with peers during Annie’s Project courses scheduled for spring 2022.

Hosted by University of Missouri Extension, Annie’s Project courses feature 18 hours of risk management education. The courses focus on how to manage five types of farm risk: production, market, financial, legal and human resources. Two course formats will be available this spring. Online courses include self-paced activities and videos, and classes meet each week for 2.5-hour live interactive online sessions. The hybrid course option combines virtual and in-person learning. The Annie’s Project – Hybrid course will meet in-person and online each week from March 1 to April 5. The course is designed for women who have day-to-day farm management roles. Weekly virtual classes will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays via Zoom. In-person class times are from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in St. Joseph, Ste. Genevieve or Marshall. Choose your preferred in-person class site when you register at The registration fee is $75, and registration is due by Feb. 25. For more information, contact Tracie Moore at The Annie’s Project – Online course will bring together women who are involved or interested in crop and livestock production. Scheduled for March 7 to April 11, the course will meet from 6-8:30 p.m. on Mondays via Zoom. Register by March 4 at The registration fee is $50. For more information, contact Karisha Devlin at or Wesley Tucker at The Annie’s Project for Nonfarming Landowners – Online course will tailor educational lessons and examples to women who own land but don’t have a day-to-day role in production agriculture. Participants will meet for class online between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays from April 7 to May 12. Register at The registration fee is $50, and registration is due by April 1. For more information, contact Karisha Devlin at or Wesley Tucker at

With lush grass growth coming in the spring, it is time to manage cattle and implement mineral supplementation strategies to reduce the incidence of grass tetany in your cattle operation. Cattle grass tetany symptoms result from low blood magnesium levels.  Low dietary intake, mineral imbalances that reduce absorption and metabolic activities such as milk production that cause high magnesium release can result in low blood magnesium levels.  Lack of grass tetany prevention can lead to cattle sickness and death. Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist, will discuss management and supplementation strategies to reduce incidence of grass tetany in cattle operations. Cattle consumption of lush spring forage growth can cause grass tetany.  The combination of high potassium and low sodium in lush spring forage growth reduces absorption and utilization of magnesium.  Although magnesium deficiency leads to grass tetany, recent evidence implicates sodium deficiency in grass tetany issues.  Davis urges cattle producers to utilize a balanced mineral program that provides proper salt and magnesium supplementation free choice to reduce the incidence of grass tetany in cattle. It is suggested to begin feeding a high magnesium mineral (12 to 14% magnesium as magnesium oxide) approximately 30 days prior to green up.  Older cows in early lactation are the most susceptible to grass tetany.  During early lactation, cows are producing large amounts of milk which results in high release of magnesium.  This combined with older cow’s reduced ability to mobilize bone magnesium leads to low blood magnesium levels and grass tetany symptoms.  Davis urges cattle producers to reduce the incidence of grass tetany by grazing less susceptible animals like dry cows, heifers, stocker cattle and cows nursing calves more than 4 months old on high-risk lush green pastures. Plan your treatment in case cattle exhibit signs of grass tetany.  Grass tetany symptoms include unusual behavior, muscle tremors, frequent urination, staggers, and convulsions.  Davis urges cattle producers to visit with their veterinarian and plan treatment protocols in case cattle exhibit these symptoms because swift action may lead to saving the animal. Losses due to grass tetany can negatively impact operation productivity and profitably.  For more information on prevention of grass tetany in your cattle operation please contact your local MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.      

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 26 – Appleton City Municipal Services (City Barn), 110 S. Maple St., Appleton City. 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

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 an in-person class.  Producers can register for the classes at the following link: Or producers can call the extension center to register for the in-person classes. Producers can attend any of the Zoom classes taught by MU specialists across the state. Here are the local in-person classes Miller is hosting:  February 24 at 2:00 p.m. First Baptist Church, 505 Walnut, Osceola. Register by 4:00 p.m. on 2/21 at 417-646-2419 or go to:  Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Osceola | MU Extension (   March 1 at 6:00p.m. Home Ec Bldg., Vernon Co. Fairgrounds, 1488 E Ashland, Nevada. Register by 4:00 p.m. on 2/25 at 417-448-2560 or go to: Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Nevada | MU Extension (   March 3 at 2:00 p.m.  Cedar Co. Library, 717 East Street, Stockton. Register by 4:00 p.m. on 2/28 at 417-276-3313 or go to: Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Stockton | MU Extension ( March 7 at 9:00 a.m.  Sheriff’s Annex, 11 W Dakota on the square, Butler. Register by 4:00 p.m. on 3/3 at 660-679-4167 or go to: Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Butler – Morning Session | MU Extension ( March 7 at 2:00 p.m.  Sheriff’s Annex, 11 W Dakota on the square, Butler. Register by 4:00 p.m. on 3/3 at 660-679-4167 or go to: Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Butler – Afternoon Session | MU Extension ( March 14 at 6:00 p.m.  Cass Co. Extension Center, 201 W Wall, Harrisonville. Register by 4:00 p.m. on 3/11 at 816-380-8460 or go to: Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Harrisonville | MU Extension ( In case of bad weather the classes may be rescheduled.  Let them know two weeks prior to the class if you need any special accommodations.  The manual, which is still the 2007 M87, is strongly recommended but not required.  Manuals can be purchased at: for $25 plus shipping.  Allow time for shipping if you want to have the manual for the class.  Manual costs have gone up considerably so if you are recertifying and already have a manual, you can avoid purchasing one by bringing the one you have.  Producers who need to avoid public settings due to health reasons, can check with their local extension center for an in-office option.  This class also completes the EPA worker protection training program for ag employees who handle pesticides.  If producer’s licenses expired in 2021 or earlier, they need to use the form for a new license instead of the one for recertification.  If ag producers have questions or need more information, they can contact Pat Miller, agronomy specialist, at 417-448-2560.