Sen. Wieland’s Capitol Update for the Week Ending March 9, 2017


Jefferson County’s students, advocates and families visiting the Capitol

14Jefferson County residents and Mizzou nursing students Alyssa Sitzes, Haley Martin and Taylor Patterson visited to talk about many of the challenges facing our health care system. These bright students will make wonderful nurses and the education and experience they are receiving will save lives. It is great to see the future of this industry already advocating for their patients.



15Another group advocating for their patients this week consisted of representatives for Pony Bird. Sara Sucharski and Linda Dallas advocated for some of the neediest individuals in our community. They sincerely do some amazing things with limited resources and it is always good to hear their perspectives on legislation and the state budget.




\17We also discussed many of the programs and clubs that our Jefferson County schools offer to help educate students about drug and alcohol abuse. Clubs such as Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), leadership programs like NCADA and campaigns like Please Return On Monday (PROM) help educate students about the serious consequences of using drugs and alcohol.


16Multiple groups of students from across the district came to advocate about drug abuse prevention. The students were from Fox, Seckman and Windsor. These kids did their research and provided statistics about drug and alcohol use in their schools. They talked about the access kids have and potential solutions to the problem. These kids serve as role models in their classroom and actively advocate to keep their schools drug free.


We had a very large group of Home School families from Jefferson County visit the Capitol this week. These students got to tour that Capitol, visit with legislators and see government in action. The students and their families asked great questions and showed a lot of interest in what goes on in their Capitol building. It was truly a hands-on learning experience for these kids.


Fish Fry events in Jefferson County for Friday, March 10th

Arnold Knights of Columbus, 1263 Jeffco Blvd. 11 to 7 p.m.; Jack salmon, fried cod, catfish, crab cakes or shrimp plus sides, dessert and drink: $9 children; $5 children. Grilled cheese, fish sandwiches also sold.

Cedar Hill VFW, 1 Lynn Lane. 4 to 7 p.m.; Benefits Fourth of July Fireworks display. Call 636-274-5001.

Festus Knights of Columbus, 316 N. Adams 11 to 6 p.m.; Call 636-937-9980 for curbside delivery or carryout.

Hillsboro Knights of Columbus, 9330 Old Hwy. 21. 4 to 7 p.m.; Cost: $9 or less. Carryout: 636-789-2744.

Meramec Arnold Elks, 1515 Miller Road, Imperial. 4 to 7 p.m.; Jack salmon, cod, shrimp and chicken tenders. Sandwiches, children’s plates available. Call 636-464-8960.

Our Lady Catholic Church, 1550 St. Mary’s Lane, Festus. 4 to 7 p.m.; Baked cod and shrimp dinners $8.50; fried catfish and baked tilapia dinners $8; cod sandwich $6. Dinners includes sides, dessert, drinks. Alaskan cod, shrimp, sides, drinks, dessert. Call 636-931-2963.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 4696 Notre Dame Lane, House Springs.  4 to 7 p.m.; Fried cod, basa, shrimp and catfish dinners with sides, drink, dessert: $8 regular and $10 large. Child fish or pizza plates $5. Family packs sold. Drive-up and carryout. Info: 636- 671-3062 or

Rock Memorial American Legion, 910 Montebello Road, Imperial. 3 to 7 p.m.; Fried cod, Jack salmon, swai or shrimp with three sides: $10. Carryout. Karaoke at 8 p.m. Call 636-464-2599.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 3009 High Ridge Blvd. 4 to 7 p.m.; Alaskan cod, shrimp, sides, drinks, dessert. Carryout: 636-677-4868, ext. 212.

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 6020 Old Antonia Road, Imperial. 4 to 7p.m.; Baked lemon pepper fish, breaded cod fillet, catfish fillet and breaded shrimp with sides, drinks, desserts. Macaroni and cheese and cheese pizza also sold.

St. Paul Catholic Church, 15 Forest Knoll, Fenton. 3:30 to 7 p.m.; Fried cod, fried shrimp, tilapia plus sides, dessert, drinks. Cost: $9 to $9.50 adults, $5 to $5.50 children; cheese pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches available. Call 636- 343-1234.