On August 8, members of the MEP Steering Committee, Emiko, Mel, and Miya Moore, and members of the LHS Japanese Art and Culture Club sponsored an event to announce and celebrate a friendship that is being developed between Ishinomaki community in Japan and Miller Ecological Park.  The Flowers of Friendship Event was held from 10:00 AM until 1:00PM.  Activities included Kamishibai theater story telling, martial arts demonstrations, origami lessons, butterfly exhibits, bonsai exhibit, and   Japanese snacks and trinkets for purchase.  

The Moore family of Lebanon led a project in the tsunami devastated city of Ishinomaki to build a playground. This city was the birthplace of Emiko's mother, Sumiko Tate, who was a longtime resident of Lebanon and lived right behind the Miller Family Farm. Members of the Miller Ecological Park Steering Committee contacted Emiko and her family about building a friendship park relationship with Ishinomaki's Matsunami Park.  After contacting leaders of the Ishinomaki community and discussing the idea with Lebanon City Parks Commission, the informal friendship relationship is official.

       We look forward to seeing this friendship blossom!

 For a photo story of the history of the Friendship,  Click Here