Appleton news

By Jessica Davis | Dec 20, 2012
Arlington National Cemetery after wreaths were placed.

Appleton Library News

An exhibit by Appleton artist Priscilla Cross is featured at the library this month with a variety of paintings and sculptures; please stop in to see her work and to peruse her art notebook featuring her other works. The Thursday Story Time participants are in need of white card stock and colored construction paper for their weekly craft projects; if you would like to make a donation of these art supplies, please drop them by the library during open hours. Just in time for the holidays — Appleton Library large tote bags, suggested donation $15/each — stop in to get one for everyone on your shopping list! The library hours during the school break will be as follows: closed Dec. 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31 as well as Jan. 1; the library will be open Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (no story hour) and 7 to 9 p.m. as well as Dec. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will resume regular hours Wednesday, Jan. 2. Appleton Library staff would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a Healthful New Year.

Appleton Baptist Church News

There will be a Christmas Eve Service on Monday, Dec. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. This will be a time of singing Christmas carols, special music, and scripture reading.

AVS News

The annual AVS Christmas Concert will be on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

There will be an early release day Dec. 21. School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Christmas vacation will be Dec. 22 to Jan. 2.

Calling all fall sports photos for the Appleton 2012-2013 yearbook! If you have photos of cross country or soccer, please contact Mrs. Waldron via email at or call the school to make arrangements for us to use your photos of the students in this year’s yearbook.

If you have a child who is five years old on or before Oct. 15, 2013, he/she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten next fall. Please contact our office to place that child’s name on our list. Registration does not take place until the spring, but we are trying to determine the class size for budgeting purposes.

The first trimester honor roll is as follows; high honors: grade 8, Quinn Kelley, Jack Moody; grade 7, Gillian LaFleche; grade 6, Lydia Blaisdell, Clark Gleasner, August Gray; grade 5, Amy Kunzinger. Honors: grade 8, Morgan Ford; grade 7, Maya Blaisdell, Annalee Carroll, Sophie Dorsky, Audrey Heriz-Smith, Isaac Kieran, Madisen Maxwell; grade 6, Abbie Harrington, Courtney King, Alexandra Smith, Ian Sullivan, Taylor Tremblay; grade 5, Hugh Costigan, Myles Kelley, Mckenna Maxwell, Max Mckenna, Ben Owre, Suzannah Richardi, Colin Stewart, Olivia Talgo and Hannah Taylor.

Keep up the good work!

Wreaths Across America

This past weekend, I had the privilege to go to Arlington National Cemetery and take part in Wreaths Across America. My husband works for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and they sent three deputies and two corrections officers down to place wreaths and represent Knox County. I have been to Washington, D.C., a few times before this, but it was nothing like this trip. Arlington National Cemetery was crowded with people. Volunteers and family members came to place wreaths on the graves. Some may have known the gravestones they placed the wreaths on, but many were there to honor those who have fought to give us the freedom that we have today.

I felt humbled as we rode into the cemetery; all these gravestones represented all the men and women who died. My grandfather fought in World War II. He was in the Marine Corp. and the amphibious tractor he was driving blew up off of the coast of Iwo Jima. He survived, but many didn’t. My grandfather didn’t like to talk much about his past war experiences, and even to the day he died, we didn’t know a lot of what happened.

What I do know is that he was a hero, and so are all these other men and women who are fighting for us. Not just the soldiers, but the police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, ambulance workers and the list goes on. Without them, where would we be?

While at the cemetery, I was overcome with pride that so many of my fellow Mainers, and fellow Americans came to honor our heroes in this manner. There were more people there than I imagined. Men and women of all ages, children walking and in strollers, people in wheelchairs, there were people everywhere! They waited in line to get their wreaths, went and placed them on a grave, and then came back for more wreaths! I am very thankful for the opportunity that I had to go on this trip. Even though, with three young children, things can get a little bit crazy. It was a day I won’t soon forget. For more information on Wreaths Across America, you can check out their website at

Deputy John Palmer passing out wreaths.
The group that passed out wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America.
People waiting in line for wreaths.
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