The annual painting of the lines down the main streets in Eagle Point has been done and that always means July 4th is rapidly approaching.
This year’s 4th promises to be spectacular and a bit out of the ordinary.
Following the earthquake in Japan earlier this year, the Eagle Point Community Association (EPCA) contacted the city’s sister city, Showa, Mura, Japan. They learned that those in Showa were fine and not directly affected by the disaster. While it was good to know they were fine, the EPCA wanted to do something special for them, so they extended an invitation for some city officials to be Honorary Grand Marshals for the 4th parade. They accepted.
On Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m., four officials from Showa, two interpreters and perhaps some of the wives will arrive at the Medford Airport. The public is invited to attend and welcome them. While this is Eagle Point’s 100th birthday, EPCA learned it is Showa’s 50th.
Those expected to arrive include the superintendent of schools, the mayor, the president of the city council and the section manager.
Come parade time, District 9 Superintendent Cynda Rickert will ride with Showa’s superintendent of schools, Eagle Point Mayor Bob Russell will ride with Showa’s mayor, Eagle Point City Councilor Kathy Sell will ride with the president of their city council and City Councilor Mike Parker will ride with Showa’s section manager.
The Showa officials want to learn more about our government and way of doing business. There will be an informal session in the city council chamber on Tuesday, July 5 at 9:30 a.m. Community members, business owners, members of the Chamber of Commerce and city officials are asked to attend and share information.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent