The outgoing Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday received something it earlier had given away. A copy of it, actually.
Before Commissioners David Penny and Mike Rundle stepped down from their seats, the commission received a print of the painting the city last year presented to its sister city, Hiratsuka, Japan.
Ted Kuwana, who chairs the local Friends of Hiratsuka, also gave commissioners an update on the group's activities and some news from Hiratsuka.
The group is focusing on raising money for a trip this summer by 14 Lawrence junior high school students and their teachers to Hiratsuka, he said.
"No public funds are involved in this trip," Kuwana said, "and the city of Hiratsuka has generously offered to cover the expenses of these students and their teachers once they arrive in Japan."
He also showed a copy of a poster that was part of a recent "Lawrence, Kansas, Week" held in Hiratsuka. Pointing to Japanese script on the poster, he joked, "See? It says `Lawrence.'" The poster showed color photos of the Douglas County Courthouse and the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum.
Louis Copt, who painted "View of Lawrence from Shank Hill Road," the painting given to Hiratsuka, was at the meeting to hand the framed print to Mayor Shirley Martin-Smith.
The print will be hung in the commission chamber near a painting that was presented by Hiratsuka to Lawrence, Martin-Smith said.