For the past two weeks, we've had a visitor from our sister-county of Csongrad, Hungary, here in Lucas County. Mr. Arpad Varga is a member of the Csongrad General Assembly, which is the counter-part to our board of county commissioners, and he was here in May for the official visit commemorating our 10-year anniversay of the Csongrad-Lucas sister county agreement.
Arpad arrived August 19th, but his luggage was 4 days late. During his visit, which was part business and part vacation, he spent time learning about our plan commission, attending both a BCC and plan commission meeting, visiting the Sylvania Senior Center, meeting with hospital representatives about transparency in billing and customer service, and getting a demonstration of the electronic voting machines along with a tour of the Board of Elections.
He also went on a sailboat race, enjoyed a traditional back-yard bar-b-que with homemade apple pie and was a featured guest at the Birmingham Festival.
On Tuesday, I will travel to Csongrad to participate in several events as part of the 10-year commemoration of our sister county agreement. I will visit Arpad's home town of Szentes, attend the Mako Onion Festival and host our County booth at their fair. I will participate in several other cultural events and activities, including two panel discussions.
I'll be posting updates on my visit (as well as photos) here and on the county website. I hope that you will follow along!