The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 12

March 23, 2022

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will provide a waste pesticide collection 8:00 a.m. to noon March 26 at Appleton City Municipal Services (City Barn), 110 S. Maple. It is open to all Missouri farmers and households. Accepted: Herbicides, Insecticides, Fungicides, Rodenticides, De-wormers, Fly tags and 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 info on the Pesticide Collection Program is available at

The last Immaculate Conception Church Lenten Fish Fry Dinner will be April 1 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s School Hall, Montrose. They serve carry out and dine-in. (The menu is fried fish, Suzy Q’s, coleslaw, corn bread, cookies and a drink. Adults eat for $12, children under 10 for $6

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship Application is now available. If you are a resident of St. Clair County, high school senior or a full-time college student, and majoring in an agricultural related field, you are encouraged to apply. For more information contact Susan Salmon at to request your application today. Applications must be postmarked by April 1 to be considered.

The 2022—2023 Appleton City Kindergarten Enrollment and Screenings will be held on April 7. Call the Elementary Office for an appointment at 660-476-2161. If your child will be 5 before August 1, now is the time to begin thinking about kindergarten enrollment requirements. The following items are required for enrollment: immunization records, state issued birth certificate, social security card and proof of residence. Your child can receive the immunizations that are needed to attend Kindergarten anytime on or after his/her fourth birthday.  You do not need to wait until age five. They encourage you to have your child fully immunized now and bring the immunization record to school on the day of kindergarten screening. If you have questions regarding required immunizations, please feel free to contact Nikki Piepmeier, School Nurse, at 660-476-2161, option #7.

Come support the AC Track Project Saturday, April 16 with a night of Mouse Racing, Mouse Roulette, amazing auction item, and a gun raffle. Only 300 tickets will be sold, which includes entry into the event, dinner and two drinks for only $25. Because ACHS co-ops with Montrose HS for track, it will be held at the Montrose Community Building. Tickets are available at Powell’s True Value Hardware and various community members including: Brittanni Turner, Tricia Swaters, Jana Wareham, Amber Strope, Ashley Deel, Brooke Powell and Cindy Beebe. Check the AC Athletic Boosters, Inc. Facebook page for more details, including how to name a mouse or a race. The Field of Pride & Track Project is in the final stretch of fundraising and funding for the track is over 60% completed prior to this event.

You can have a thriving lawn without hiring an expensive service. If you understand some of the basic principles and don’t mind putting in a little sweat equity, you can have a beautiful lawn. A free 90-minute class from MU Extension can help. In time for spring, extension horticulturists Keay and Robert Balek will present “Do-It-Yourself Lawncare Essentials” 6:00-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, via Zoom. Simple changes such as raising your mowing height can help suppress up to 80% of lawn weeds. Overseeding your lawn in the fall is an easy way to fill in bare spots and help prevent weeds from taking over. A soil test can help you understand what nutrients your lawn needs and what nutrients it doesn’t need, so you can avoid applying unnecessary fertilizer that could contribute to water pollution.  This class will be helpful to new and existing homeowner who are interested in optimizing management of their own lawns. The class is free but advance registration is required. Sign up at

The 2022 annual Ellett Memorial Hospital Community Block Party will be outside this year Saturday, August 6, 2022, 8:00 a.m. – noon.  The 5K walk/run/bicycle will be at 7:30 a.m.   If you are interested in having a vendor booth, please contact Kim Raybourn at 660-476-5236.  

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. Reservation’s 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

DbarJ Quilts etc. of Rockville, Mo is having the Elva Gwinn Huffman Essay Contest.  To receive a quilt to use in your charitable fund raising, enter an essay talking 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. Send it by mail to DbarJ Quilts etc., PO Box 48, Rockville MO 64780, or email it to The deadline is March 30, 2022

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for March and April.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Mar 24 – Rheumatology – Dr. Tay, April 6–Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, April 7–OB/GYN–Dr. Kallberg, April 8– Ortho-Dr. Gray, April 13- Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, April 14-Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, April 20–Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, April 21- Podiatry-Dr. Ciaramello, April 27–Ophthalmology–Dr. Soni, April 27–Ortho-Dr. Gray, April 28-Rheumatology, Dr. Tay    

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Mar 26     Free waste pesticide collection 8:00 a.m. to noon at the AC City Barn, 110 S. Maple St.

April 1      Immaculate Conception Church Fish Fry 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the St. Mary’s School basement