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Will Fredericksburg officials embrace sister city in Africa? page 3
What is the future of sister-city relationship between Prince's Town and Fredericksburg?

 "If we can make personal connections back to the continent, it would be difficult to ignore the plight of most Africans," says local Sister-City Association President Paula Royster.
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"This obviously is not a middle class-to-middle class relationship, as is the case for most other sister cities. This is a long-term partnership and as we mature out of this infancy stage, so will the opportunities for a more robust exchange."

STRENGTHENING TIES

Twenty-seven years of robust exchanges and activities have marked Fredericksburg's sister-city relationship with Frejus, a city of 50,000 between Cannes and St. Tropez on the French Riviera.

A.C. Whitley, president of the Fredericksburg Sister City Association Inc., said "hundreds of people" from Fredericksburg and Frejus have visited each other's cities since the bond was created in 1980.

This summer, 14 teenagers from the Fredericksburg area visited families in Frejus. Next summer, French teenagers will come to Fredericksburg.

The student exchanges have been going on for years, along with scholarships, work-study and cultural programs.

The Fredericksburg-Frejus group has an annual budget of about $16,000, including a yearly contribution from City Council of $4,000. The balance comes from a variety of fundraising activities such as French classes, auctions and product sales.

Royster said the Fredericksburg Princes Town Sister City Association also plans to fund its future activities "via philanthropists, corporate donors, grants and fundraising activities and events, including membership drives."

"All sister-city relationships are designed with the underpinnings of learning about other cultures, to share our culture with others and advance peace throughout the world," Royster said.

"Fredericksburg will get out of it what Fredericksburg puts into it. Prince's Town will get out of it what Prince's Town puts into it," she said.

Fredericksburg-Princes Town Sister City Association: fredericksburgsister city.org/index.html Fredericksburg-Frejus Sister City Association: http://fsca.community point.org/index.html The Joseph Project: thejoseph project.com/ More on sister-city relationships: sister-cities.org Frank Delano: 804/333-3834
Email: fpdelano@gmail.com


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SUNDAY: Sister cities Prince's Town and Fredericksburg are world's apart. MONDAY: Sister-city relationship shines a beacon of hope into Prince's Town. Tale of two soccer balls illustrates town's need, and obsession. TUESDAY: Spotsylvania man leads effort to protect villagers from malaria. YESTERDAY: Profile of Fredericksburg's Pamela Bridgewater, ambassador to Ghana.

TOMORROW: Forty years later, reporter's return to Ghana is bittersweet. In LIFE SATURDAY: Remembering Prince's Town's Golden Age, and a photo essay on a traditional burial. In TOWN & COUNTY For previous stories in this series, see fredericksburg.com

Reporter Frank Delano visited Prince's Town, Fredericksburg's new sister city, during a July trip to Ghana, where he served in the Peace Corps 40 years ago.

The Fredericksburg-Princes Town Sister City Association will collect books, school supplies, shoes and sporting goods "to meet some of the short-term needs of our sister city," said association President Paula D. Royster.

Royster said the collection drive will begin tomorrow and end Oct. 12.

DROP-OFF SITES: Books, school supplies The Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St.

Beck's Antique's & Books, 708 Caroline St.

James Monroe High School library, 2300 Washington Ave.

Shoes Room 101 of Monroe Hall, University of Mary Washington. Sporting goods Sporting goods, including soccer balls and apparel can be dropped off at The Free Lance-Star, 616 Amelia St. FOR MORE INFO Call Mary Bridgewater at 540/373-7951 or Maude Williams at 540/785-9925, or go to fredericksburgsistercity.org.