Kosovo citizens explore American business ventures

By Cody Harrell
Mason Times staff writer

MASON—An April visit by Kosovo citizens developed new links with businesses around Michigan. During the weeklong visit, Mason Mayor Leon Clark took the citizens to numerous cities in Michigan to demonstrate the role of business, government, agriculture and education in community life. These included the Ingham County and Lansing courthouses, the Michigan Capitol, farms, Michigan State University and several businesses in the greater Lansing area. The trip’s purpose, according to Clark, was to provide Kosovans with contacts and business opportunities while giving tours of Mason and surrounding areas. Clark facilitated business by introducing the Kosovoans to Thielenhaus Microfinish, a Novi-based company that does business in numerous European countries.

Mason reaffirms relationship with sister city Vitina, Kosovo

By Henrik Blix
Mason Times staff writer

MASON—In a bilingual ceremony Monday evening, the City Council reaffirmed Mason’s sister city status with Vitina, Kosovo. In a statement spoken in Albanian and translated to English, Mayor Nexhmedin Arifi thanked the people of Mason and the City Council for supporting Vitina. Arifi discussed the state of his city, the changes he has seen during his tenure as mayor and expressed wishes to continue Vitina’s relationship with Mason. Arifi and Mayor Leon Clark then reaffirmed the sister city pledge in their respective languages, signed the pledge and exchanged gifts. Arifi received the key to the city, as well as customized fleeces, made in Mason, for him and his translator.

Kosovo delegation visits in early April

By Henrik Blix
Mason Times staff writer

MASON—The city of Mason will host visitors from sister city Vitina, Kosovo, next week for tours and discussion of American business and government . City Administrator Martin Colburn said there will be three visitors, including Mayor Nexhmedin Arifi, the mayor of Vitina. “I’m just excited for them to be here,” said Mayor Leon Clark. “We were there for a week and they are such wonderful people. We became friends in a very short period of time.”

Colburn said the guests from Kosovo will fly in Saturday afternoon and on Sunday they will visit people in Mason who immigrated from Kosovo in the late 1990s.

Gift of fire truck may lead to bigger things

By Alena Davis and Marissa Russo
Mason Times staff writers

MASON–On Jan. 4, city officials will show pictures from their trip to deliver a fire truck to Kosovo last October. The meeting at the high school will also include details about the possibility of forming a sister city alliance with Vitina, where the truck was delivered, said Mayor Leon Clark. “There were four of us that went on this trip to Kosovo,” said Clark. “Between the four of us, we took over 1,800 pictures.