The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 50

                                                                                             December 21, 2022

The Methodist Churches of Appleton City and Rockville invite you to upcoming services.  They will be holding their Blue Christmas (The Longest Day) Service, which is a service of healing and hope on Wednesday, December 21, Rockville 6:00 p.m. and Appleton City 7:30 p.m.  The Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service will be held at Rockville at 6:00 p.m.  Christmas Day service will be combined at Rockville 10:00 a.m.  All are invited to join any and all of the services.  Regular Sunday services are Rockville 9:00 a.m. and Appleton City at 10:45.

Christmas and New Year’s Masses at Immaculate Conception Church in Montrose and St. Patrick’s Church in Butler  are as follows: Christmas Eve – Immaculate Conception 4:00 p.m., St. Patrick 7:00 p.m. Christmas Day – Immaculate Conception 8:00 a.m. St. Patrick 10:00 a.m.  New Year’s Masses will stay the same as a weekend Mass since it falls on the weekend.

The Montrose Booster Club will be serving a Chili & Soup Supper on Saturday, January 7.  The menu will include chili or soup (St. Mary’s recipes), hot dog, dessert, and drink.  It will be served from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Montrose High School.  A freewill donation will be accepted to support the athletic programs.  All support is very much appreciated!

Appleton City welcomes its newest Police Department officers, Sergeant Courtne’ Gay, Corporal Stephen Hall, and Liam LaPierre, Code Enforcer. They join Asst. Chief Anthony Schneider.

A reminder to Appleton City residents that taxes are due December 31.  A penalty will be assessed for any late payments. Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for December 2022 and January, 2023.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Dec. 21– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Dec 28 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Dec 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni,  Jan. 4– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Jan 5 – OB/GYN – Dr. Kallberg, Jan 9 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, Jan 11 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan. 13 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan. 18– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 19 – Podiatry- Dr. Pace, Jan 23 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, Jan 25 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni                        

The Master Gardener program’s motto, helping others learn to grow, emphasizes service to others as the program’s main objective. A new session of online Missouri Master Gardener core training begins January 15, 2023. There will be 14 online classes. Classes are delivered through the Canvas learning management system as a series of scripted and narrated presentations. Students work at their own pace. A composite score of 70% on chapter quizzes is needed to pass the course. Topics include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, fruit production, insects and diseases, and pesticide safety. Subjects covered include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, fruit production, insects and diseases, landscaping, turf management and pesticide safety. Core training is the first step toward certification as an MU Extension Master Gardener. Trainees must also complete at least 30 hours of volunteer service, Local Master Gardener coordinators can help online trainees find volunteer opportunities to meet the service hour requirements. Registration for the spring 2023 online session closes January.14. 2023. For details and registration, go to

Alfalfa 101: Establishing a Stand, Starting Production, Harvesting, Feeding and Economics will be offered on-line via Zoom.  The two-part workshop, on January 24 and 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. will give producers the basic knowledge to produce alfalfa.  Alfalfa is quite different from other forages and requires more management but rewards you with high quality forage.  Year in and year out, alfalfa has been one of the crops with the highest return in MU Extension crop budgets.  The workshop will be taught by Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension Agronomy Specialist; Wesley Tucker, University of Missouri Extension Ag Business Specialist and Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension Livestock Specialist.  The cost is $20 per person.  The 68 page Alfalfa Management Guide and other handouts will be e-mailed to participants.  Please make reservations by January 20 by registering on-line at: For more information, call Pat Miller at 417-448-2560 or e-mail her at 

The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 2000 by a local couple to benefit and carry out the purposes of Ellett Memorial Hospital.  The Foundation has played a major role in the Hospital’s recent renovation/expansion project.  The Foundation is a 501c3 organization and plays an important role in ensuring the future of the Hospital by providing an avenue for individuals, groups and corporations to lend their financial support through tax-deductible contributions. The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend an invitation to the community to assist with this project.  They would like to welcome all current and past members of the community and service area to make a donation to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations can be restricted or non-restricted for use as the donor identifies.  Recognition will be given for all contributions.  For further information, contact Julee Snyder, Ellett Memorial Hospital, 660-476-211.

New Year’s helpful hint: Go ahead and write 2023 on the next several checks in your checkbook.  That way, you won’t write the wrong year on them during the first few days of 2023.


Dec 22-Jan 4       Winter break at Appleton City Schools

Dec 25       Christmas Day

Dec 31       Taxes due.  Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

Jan 1.          New Years Day

The Department of Economic Development (DED) encourages all Missourians to participate in the FCC’s broadband map challenge opportunity as its Office of Broadband Development works to expand access to high-speed internet statewide. Filing challenges to correct inaccuracies on the FCC map is important to determining the amount of funding the state will receive for broadband expansion. “As we make historic investments to expand internet access, I encourage Missourians to participate in the FCC’s broadband map challenge process,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Ensuring we have an accurate understanding of broadband coverage in Missouri is vital. Maps that reflect our needs will ensure our state receives and administers the necessary resources to advance our progress in this critical priority.” The challenge opportunity will identify errors in the new FCC maps that would prevent Missouri from receiving its full share of funding through the upcoming Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. Errors could relate to physical locations or types of internet service availability. To ensure coverage for homes, businesses, and communities is accurately represented, any citizen can participate. All challenges submitted prior to January 13, 2023, will be considered. “We hope every Missourian will take part in this historic moment for broadband expansion,” said BJ Tanksley, Director of the Office of Broadband Development. “Our goal is access to quality, high-speed internet for every Missouri citizen, business, and community. To get there, we need the public’s help.” The FCC’s map, which displays the best available data of the state’s served, underserved, and unserved areas, will determine how much of more than $42 billion the state will receive for broadband expansion. Missouri’s share of this funding will be received through the BEAD Program, part of the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA). The state will use BEAD funding for its Connecting All Missourians initiative, which aims to provide high-quality internet statewide. To assist individuals with challenge submissions, guidance is available from the Office of Broadband Development or at any local University of Missouri Extension office. Resources, including an instructional video, how-to document, and FAQs, are available at An informational webinar will be held on December 16. The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) works to create an environment that encourages economic growth by supporting Missouri’s businesses and diverse industries, strengthening our communities, developing a talented and skilled workforce, and maintaining a high quality of life. As one team built around the customer and driven by data, DED aspires to be the best economic development department in the Midwest. Through its various initiatives, DED is helping create opportunities for Missourians to prosper. For the latest updates on DED’s current or future programs and initiatives, visit DED’s website.

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 attend an in-person class, according to Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension agronomist. Producers can attend any of the Zoom classes taught by MU specialists across the state.  These can be found at:  Below is the list of trainings that will be taught by Pat Miller, MU Extension Agronomy Specialist:

January 5 at 2 p.m.  Cedar Co. Library, 717 East Street, Stockton. Register by 1/3 at 417-276-3313 or go to:

January 6 at 10 a.m.  First Baptist Church, 1301 E 6th St, Lamar. Register by 1/3 at 417-682-3579 or go to:      

January 9 at 10 a.m.  Cass Co. Extension Center, 201 W Wall, Harrisonville. Register by 1/6 at 816-380-8460 or go to:            

January 9 at 2 p.m. Cass Co. Extension Center, 201 W Wall, Harrisonville. Register by 1/6 at 816-380-8460 or go to:      

January 10 at 6 p.m.  Home Ec Bldg., VC Fairgrounds, 1488 E Ashland, Nevada. Register by 1/6 at 417-448-2560 or go to:

January 17 at 2 p.m. First Baptist Church, 505 Walnut, Osceola. Register by 1/13 at 417-646-2419 or go to:

January 18 at 10 a.m. Bates County Health Department, 501 N Orange, Butler. Register by 1/16 at 660-679-4167 or go to:

January 18 at 2 p.m.  Bates County Health Department, 501 N Orange, Butler. Register by 1/16 at 660-679-4167 or go to:

January 19 10 a.m. Extension Office, Courthouse Basement, 302 S. Main Street, Carthage. Register by 1/16 at 417-358-2158 or go to:

January 19 2 p.m. Extension Office, Courthouse Basement, 302 S. Main Street, Carthage. Register by 1/16 at 417-358-2158 or go to:

In case of bad weather or illness the classes may be rescheduled so it is important to register so we can contact you if it is rescheduled.  Check e-mails and texts.  Keep in mind some offices may be closed during the holidays.  On-line Zoom classes will also be available if you don’t want to attend in-person.  Let us know at registration if you need any special accommodations.  Attendees are encouraged but not required to bring a 2007 copy of manual (M87) with them or purchase one for $25 plus shipping at:  Allow time for shipping.  Your local Extension Center may have a few copies for sale. 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.  Miller reminds producers that if their license expired in 2022 or earlier, they need to use the form for a new license instead of the one for recertification.  Please bring your license number to the class. If ag producers have questions or need more information, they can contact Pat Miller, agronomy specialist, at 417-448-2560 or  University of Missouri Extension programs are open to all. 

The 2023 Midwest Crops Conference, Jan. 17-18 in St. Joseph, Mo., is an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear about current research from extension specialists from the University of Missouri, Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska. The two-day conference covers nutrient management, soil and water, crop management and pest management. Attendees will receive information regarding how to address some of the issues they face in their operations with a focus on maintaining and/or increasing profitability. Hot topics include the weather outlook for 2023, inlet technology for drainage systems and the use of bioreactors and saturated buffers for reducing runoff. The Midwest Crops Conference was formerly known as the Northwest Certified Crops Advisers Conference. With the new name, organizers hope to draw farmers as well as crop advisers. The Midwest Crops Conference is Jan. 17-18, 2023, at the Stoney Creek Hotel, 1201 N. Woodbine Road, St. Joseph. Continuing education credits will be available to Certified Crop Advisers. For details and registration, visit