Sparks bound for Russia

September 05, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Mayor Earnest Sparks said this week he will be making a trip to Russia later this month for the formal signing of a sister cities agreement with Peterhof.

"It appears there's some real good possibilities for economic development. I'd be remiss in my responsibilities to the city if I didn't go," Sparks said Thursday. When asked about making the trip at a council meeting last month, he said he was undecided.

He's scheduled to make the five-day trip to Peterhof on Sept. 20, Sparks said. There he will meet his counterpart, Mayor Andre Nikolaevitch Likhachev.


When asked if he was anxious to make the sojourn, Sparks said, "in one way I am. In another way, it's going to be kind of a rough trip."

The plane trip, he said, will take about 16 hours each way.

The sister cities arrangement was made through the Institute for International Training, Trade and Development at Shepherd College.

The city has budgeted $4,000 for the trip, but the institute announced last month it would pay the bill.

"I'm not much of a world traveler. I haven't seen enough of the United States to be traveling abroad," Sparks said.

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