Welcome to the family, Iniades.
The agrarian community in Greece is now Lawrence’s third sister city, after Lawrence city commissioners formally approved a “friendship agreement” during their meeting Tuesday night.
A 10-member delegation from Iniades — led by Mayor Adonios Aletras, who also signed the agreement — attended the ceremony at City Hall. Delegation members already have been busy getting familiar with other Lawrence sites, including visits to Free State Brewery for lunch, the Lied Center for a tour and the city-county Emergency Dispatch Center to observe high-tech operations.
Today’s scheduled stops include Murphy Hall, the home of Kansas University’s Theater Department. The department has been sending students to the Greek community — a collection of five villages, which together have about 12,000 residents — each summer since 1986.
Also scheduled today is a visit to Allen Fieldhouse.
Lawrence’s other sister cities are Eutin, Germany, and Hiratsuka, Japan. The program receives about $7,500 a year from City Hall, and relies on donations and volunteers to finance and facilitate exchanges and other efforts.