There will be a rabies clinic at Appleton Fire Department on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Dogs and cats welcome. The cost is $12 per shot, cash or check only. Please bring past rabies shot records. All dogs must be on a leash, and cats need to be in some type of carrier. It’s also a good time to license your dog! It costs $6 for spayed/neutered dogs, and $11 for others. If you wait until after Feb. 1 to license your dog, there will be a $25 late fee! For more information or questions you can call the town office at 785-4722
Appleton Library News
Happy New Year from Appleton Library!! Please help us to keep the library open on Saturdays! We are seeking a second volunteer for the following shifts: first Saturday of each month (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), second Saturday of each month (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and fifth Thursday of the month (7 to 9 p.m.). If you or someone you know would be interested in helping to staff the library, please call Angie at 785-5656. Openings are available for the following Library Committees: Friends of the Library, Communication and Outreach, Building and Maintenance, Policy, and Collections; please stop by with your ideas and interests! Book donations? Appleton Library appreciates your lightly-used book donations; please leave books inside the library with a staff person; books and inclement weather are not a good combination!
I want to thank Wendy Thatcher-Hall for putting on such a nice Christmas concert at the school this year. I always enjoy listening to the young children sing.
There will be a PTO meeting at AVS on Jan. 2 from 6 to 7 p.m.
The next basketball game will be at AVS on Jan. 3 at 3:45 p.m. AVS will be playing Bristol boys and So. Bristol girls. Come out and support our basketball teams!
This year, the Geography Bee will be at the school on Jan. 4 at 1:45 p.m.
Wreaths Across America
I know that I wrote some about Wreaths Across America last week. But, I feel like I have more to share with you about it! We started out that Saturday with a pancake breakfast prepared by a local fire department; as we left the fire department we were in the convoy with all the wreath trucks, patriot guard riders, police officers, firefighters and others. As we got to the cemetery we were assigned different sections, the wreath trucks were parked at different points throughout the cemetery. People started lining up for wreaths about a half an hour before they were ready to be passed out. The deputies and corrections officers from Knox County helped pass out the wreaths.
My children were given the job of passing out Knox County Sheriff’s Office junior deputy police badges. They thought that was great fun, and ran up to each child they saw to present them with the golden badge. The other children took the badges from them cautiously, as if maybe it was some kind of trick. But as they walked away, their faces broke into a great big smile!
My children and I had the opportunity to lay some wreaths on a few different graves. One set of graves we laid wreaths on were a father and son next to each other. What an honor for them to be able to be placed next to each other. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to all those men and women who have fought for our country. After all the wreaths were gone from the trucks, there were a few more wreath ceremonies.
The Knox County officers placed wreaths at the Vietnam Memorial, World War 2 Memorial, Korean Memorial, and the Law Enforcement Memorial. The wreath that they laid at the Law Enforcement Memorial was at the names of two Knox County Deputies that had died while on the job. What a privilege it was for them to lay the wreath there.
I wanted to take time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope everyone gets to spend some time with their family this year. With all that has been happening lately, remember to cherish each moment a little more, hold your kids a little bit more, and spend more time with the ones you love!