The Little Apple

October 11, 2017

Mark your calendar for the upcoming baked potato luncheon on Thursday, October 12. Serving time is 11:00 – 1:00 at the Depot. You can get a baked potato with a choice of many toppings, drink and a dessert, all for $7.00. Carry outs are available. Proceeds will go toward the maintenance of ACLR historical properties: the Depot, Original Library, Moore Schoolhouse, and the Clark Home.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be Saturday October 14 at 7:00 a.m. The devotional speaker this month will be Matthew Ashley. Men are invited to join them for a time of fellowship around a meal of scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits, biscuits and gravy, and coffee. There is no charge and all the men of the community are invited.

Women’s Breakfast will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton City at 8:00 a.m. October 14. The Guest speaker is Rev. Keeker from Clinton, on the Door of Hope ministry. Please come join them.

Everyone is invited to the Valley Center United Church of Christ’s annual Oktoberfest October 14 from 3:00 – 8:00. The menu includes homemade brats, smoked turkey, German potato salad, Bavarian kraut, homemade breads and pies and many more delicious items to choose from! There is also a bazaar where many delicious items will be for sale. Adults eat for $10. Children ages 6-12 eat for $3.00. If you bring canned goods for the local food bank, you will get $1 off of the price of your ticket. The Church address is Deepwater MO and is located off of A Highway on Farm Rd. NE 101 OR 5 miles North of Lowry City or 5 miles South of Deepwater just off of 13 Highway on Farm Rd.NE 1126 Rd.

Rockville United Methodist Church will sponsor a Team Trivia Family Nigh 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, October 14. Do you know trivia or have friends that do? Come test your knowledge with categories like Fun and Games, Missouri, Bible, Popular Culture, Books and Movies, Kids’ Shows and more. You probably know about some of these but not all. That’s okay. Just bring friends. You’ll be answering the questions as a team, so someone might know. If your team answers the most questions correctly, you’ll win the title of “Know It All”. Come on out and join in the fun, and feel free to test out your Halloween costumes. Themed teams are encouraged, but not mandatory.

A fundraising dinner to help offset the cost the AC Junior High trip to Washington DC will be held 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. October 15 in the ACHS Commons Area. The meal features Robert Perryman’s “Kickin Chicken”, potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, bread and dessert. Adults eat for $10, $6.00 for ages 6-11 and age 5 and under eat free. Tickets are available from parents of Junior High students and also from Cindy in the Service Department of Zink Motors.

Community Blood Center will conduct a Blood Drive Monday, October 16 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the East Gym of ACHS, 408 W. 4th St. You can book your appointment at and enter sponsor code: appleton. For additional details, contact Abbi Bolser at 660-476-2111 or

It is time for the AC Library Friends of Best Sellers program. Its purpose is to fund the purchase of new hard-back books for the Appleton City Library. You can become a friend by coming into the library and choosing a book from a best seller list or requesting another book you want to read, then donate $15 for the book. (You can choose more than one). The rewards are to be the first person to check out the book, the opportunity to read other friend books before they are shelved for all patrons to enjoy, and your name will be honored as a Library Friend by a special bookplate attached inside each Friend book. Please help them put new books in our library. The deadline for signing up is October 31, 2017.

Children’s Safe Trick or Treat will be 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2017. This program is for ages 0 thru preschool only. Come to Forrest Park dressed in your costumes at 11:00 a.m. Come enjoy the fun and trick or treat with the businesses in town.

A Charity Poker Tournament benefitting a Community Playground outside of Appleton City at Hudson School will be held October 28. Check in 11:00 a.m. at Mallards in Clinton, MO. Cards will fly at 11:30 a.m. Advance tickets $25 or $30 at the door. During the event there will also be a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go to providing new play equipment for area children. Join them for an afternoon of fun card play and supporting a local cause. For tickets, please text or call Amie Nitchals Branson 816 550 9118.


Oct 12 ACLR Baked Potato Luncheon 11:00 – 1:00 at the Depot

Oct 13 Varsity Football at Miller 7:00 p.m.

Oct 14 Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Church of God (Holiness) 7:00 a.m.

Oct 14 Women’s Fellowship Breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church 8:00 a.m.

Oct 14 Oktoberfest at Valley Center Church 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Oct 14 Rockville United Methodist Church Team Trivia Family Nigh 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Oct 15 Fundraising Chicken Dinner 11:00 – 1:00 in the ACHS Commons Area

Oct 16 Community Blood Center Blood Drive Monday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the East Gym of ACHS

Oct 19 Early dismissal at AC Schools 12:15

Oct 20 No classes at AC Schools

There is a Quilting Bee at the First Christian Church in Appleton City Mondays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. They will also be quilting Monday nights from 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you like to hand quilt or want to learn, come join them.

AC Rural Health Clinic has Flu Shots for all ages Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Please come to the Rural Health Clinic. No appointment or provider visit is necessary. Just stop in and get the shot. Please bring your insurance card with you and they will file for insurance benefits. The total cost for the vaccination without insurance is $45 for the ages 64 and under vaccine and $157.50 for the Fluzone, the high dose recommended for those over 65 years of age. For more information, call the clinic at 476-2121

A pack of weekend snacks are distributed through Appleton City school office every week for unidentified children in need of nourishment. Finances come from area churches and individuals and are managed by Ron & Linda Hargrave through the Trinity United Methodist Church. Riley’s Auction and Emporium has graciously offered to collect items (no clothing) for resale with the total proceeds going to the backpack program. They will accept donations Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For further information contact Deb Reeder at 660-492-7129. This will be an ongoing project and they always accept cash donations at Trinity United Methodist Church 660-476-5322.

As fall approaches, health problems can increase. The AC Rural Health Clinic now has extended hours Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. with Stacey Dobbs, FNP. The extended hours can be very convenient for before or after school and work appointments. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. Please call 660-476-2121 if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment.

OATS BUS schedule for the week of October 16: St Clair County to Bolivar Oct 17, St Clair County to OATS Meeting Oct 19. For those that live in St Clair County wishing to ride the OATS BUS please call John at 417-309-3464, Julia at 417-309-3463, or in the Lowry City area, call Heidi Carden at 417-309-0146. Need a ride, call on OATS. Rides are available to everyone (not just Seniors/Disabled). 24 hour advance reservation is required. Donation per stop is suggested. OATS is a door to door, shared ride service. All vans are equipped with ramps and helpful drivers!

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for October: Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Oct 2 – Rheumatology – Dr. Latinis, Oct 4 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy–Dr. Vardakis, Oct 5– OB/GYN Dr. Kallberg, Oct 11- Upper GI, Colonoscopy– Dr. Namin, Oct 12 – Cardiology, Dr. Best, Oct 16 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, Oct 17 – Ortho – Dr. Whitaker, Oct 18 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy– Dr. Vardakis, Oct 19 – Urology – Dr. Boullier, Oct 20 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Oct 24 – Ortho – Dr. Whitaker. Outreach Clinics Thursday, Oct 5 – Schell City 10:00 a.m. Rockville 1:00 p.m., Oct 26 – AC Estates 9:30 a.m. Beech Street 10:15 a.m., Montrose 12:30 p.m. Deepwater 1:30 p.m., Hickory Courts 3:00 p.m.

Are you confident your assets will go to your heirs the way you want them to? Have you taken steps to minimize family squabbles after you are gone? Do you know how to split the farm or business when only one child wants to return? Have you prepared your successor to take over and be successful in the future? Do you understand the tax implications? Are you effectively communicating with your kids? Do you know how to avoid probate? Do you know how to provide for your spouse or even your retirement needs while letting someone else take over? Do you understand what a power of attorney can do? These are all difficult questions. Planning for your estate is something most people simply prefer to put off until a later day. But let’s face it, none of us are getting out of this alive. Why spend your entire life working and building up your business and assets to then risk it all because we don’t want to face the hard and difficult decisions? The time for estate planning is now. While you are at it, do not stop at just estate planning for the transfer of assets alone. But if you own a farm or business you need to take the next step as well which is succession planning. This is where you begin to plan and prepare the next generation to take over at some point in time. If we don’t do a good job with this step our legacy could end right here. Succession planning is not turning over the checkbook the day after the funeral. It is a process that takes time and commitment to be successful. Cedar County Extension Center will be hosting a two-hour estate and succession planning program on Tuesday, November 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cedar County Library, 717 East Street, Stockton, MO 65785. The cost to attend is only $10/person. Please RSVP at 417-276-3313 or by November 10. The fee to attend needs to be paid to the Cedar County MU Extension Center (113 South Street, Stockton, Mo. 65785) by the November 10 deadline. No refunds if you cancel after November 10. This program is brought to you by the Cedar County Commissioners, Cedar County Extension Council, and University of Missouri Extension. It is open to anyone that wants to learn more, including farmers, business owners, or just individuals that want to learn about basic estate planning.

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.

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