In its centennial anniversary yr, Sugar Creek has taken the primary steps to a Sister Metropolis connection, one which harkens to the town’s deep Japanese European roots.
Sugar Creek and Independence plan to kind a relationship with Martin, a metropolis of about 58,000 within the northern a part of Slovakia. That nation had been a part of Czechoslovakia till the cut up in 1993 left the Czech Republic to the east. Czechoslovakia had been shaped within the aftermath of World Battle I and previous to that had been a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The Independence Metropolis Council and Sugar Creek Board of Aldermen have permitted resolutions this month to work on an settlement with Martin. The subsequent steps, former Sugar Creek Mayor Stan Salva stated, are to place collectively a steering committee and have a digital assembly with leaders in Martin to affirm their dedication. From there, they acquire recognition from Sister Metropolis Worldwide and organize for an official ceremony.
“We’re taking it step-by-step, and we’re virtually there,” stated Salva, who’s president of the Czech and Slovak Membership of Better Kansas Metropolis.
For Independence, it could be a second Sister Metropolis connection. Two years in the past, residents celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the connection with Higashimurayama, Japan. Sugar Creek Mayor Mike Larson stated Independence’s expertise is useful in Sugar Creek forming this settlement.
Independence Mayor Eileen Weir stated the plan is “neat alternative.”
“Independence actually has an extended historical past, and a profitable one, of sustaining a Sister Metropolis relationship,” she stated.
The thought happened after Kansas Metropolis police officer Robert Pavlovic returned from a current one-year particular task in Slovakia with the U.S. Military. Pavlocic’s spouse, Irina Kobzeva-Pavlovic, who first got here to the U.S. as a Russian change pupil, is an adviser with Sister Metropolis Worldwide. They, Salva and Ross Marine, former CEO of the present Truman Medical Facilities Lakewood hospital and now the honorary consul of the Slovak Republic to the Midwest, primarily based in Kansas Metropolis, began placing the plan in movement stateside.
Pavlovic known as his time in Slovakia “completely wonderful.”
“Throughout that point, I found monumental enthusiasm there about American tradition, however there’s not many avenues to hook up with the U.S.,” he instructed the Independence council. “The heat of the folks is totally the middle of the tradition.”
Salva is actually aware of Martin.
“It occurs to be about half-hour from the village my mom was born in,” he instructed the Independence council. “Culturally it’s a unbelievable selection. They had been very enthusiastic about Independence. They had been slightly enthusiastic about Sugar Creek, as a result of clearly we’re not as huge as Independence, however we do have a variety of actions with Slavic affect in our metropolis.”
“My first go to was again in 1994, and I’ve been there now 14 instances. I’ve a variety of second cousins there.”
Salva’s grandfather labored on the Customary Oil refinery, which had opened in 1904 and operated into the Nineteen Eighties. The refinery, together with the cement manufacturing facility, attracted many immigrants to the realm for jobs. Salva’s father was born in Hannibal, Missouri, in 1908 after that household immigrated from Japanese Europe, and his mom’s household moved from Slovakia when his mom was 3 years previous.
The town of Sugar Creek was formally integrated in 1920, and household technology tales akin to Salva’s might be discovered in lots of households in Sugar Creek.
“That’s our historical past. That’s the place these folks got here from, to work on the refinery,” Larson stated.
Over the previous couple years, the mayor has attended ceremonies for the a hundredth anniversary of the Pittsburgh Settlement, which shaped Czechoslovakia.
The pandemic has shuttered many plans or conventional celebrations in Sugar Creek that might have helped have fun the town’s centennial – occasions akin to a historic society open home and the long-running Slavic Fest. Larson stated there’s a “glimmer of hope” they could be capable of have a time capsule opening in November and collect to gentle the Christmas tree in December, however he’s not sure these will occur. The Sister Metropolis plan, he acknowledges, is a welcome addition.
“It’s actually going to be a neat factor,” Salva stated.