Sister city names street for ex-Medford mayor

Officials in Medford's sister city of Alba, Italy, will name a street for John Snider, the Medford mayor who launched the sister-city relationship in 1960.

Doug Snider, John's son and a Medford architect still active in the cultural exchange program, said Alba officials plan to make a proclamation about the street name today. They plan a formal naming ceremony and celebratory dinner Oct. 1, when a delegation from Medford arrives in Alba.

The elder Snider died in May 1994.

The street —Via John Snider, which translates as John Snider Way — is just southwest of the main street entering Alba from Torino and immediately south of Piazza Medford. Alba's exposition and convention center is on the street.

Doug Snider noted that the city of Alba has streets named after authors, artists, heroes of the World War II Resistance, Italy's first prime minister and a Roman emperor from the town, but not any other Americans.

"This is a wonderful tribute to my father, but also a remarkable statement to the people of Medford that Alba places great value in our ties as sister cities," Snider wrote in an e-mail.

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