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Sister Cities group to visit ‘siblings’ in Ireland, Germany

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON — Six members of the Dixon Sister Cities Association will be leaving Monday to visit two of Dixon’s Sister Cities: Castlebar, Ireland, and Herzberg, Germany.

Invitations were received from both cities earlier this year, and it was decided to combine visits into one trip.

Dixon Sister Cities members last visited Castlebar in 2005 and Herzberg in 2009.

The visit to Castlebar is happening during “The Gathering,” a tourism-led initiative urging people around the globe to visit Ireland this year for a series of local and national events commemorating Irish culture.

During the visit, the Dixon delegation will be hosted by local dignitaries and will visit many of County Mayo’s famous sites.

After leaving Castlebar on Sept. 29, the group will spend a day exploring Dublin before flying to Berlin and Herzberg on Oct. 1.

In Germany, the host Sister Cities organization plans a trip to local markets, castles and visits to both Dresden and Munich during Oktoberfest.

The delegation will be led by 2012-13 Sister Cities President Ray Schmidt and incoming President Cathy Seagren.

Through the Sister Cities program, communities around the world are encouraged to form relationships and bring people together in international peace and understanding.

Dixon has four sister cities, including Dickson, Russia, and Thika, Kenya.

Members pay their own expenses for the trips, although many expenses in the host cities are borne by the local organization. Similarly, when delegations visit Dixon, the local association is responsible for many expenses. Funds are collected through membership dues and other donations.

Find Dixon Sister Cities Association on Facebook or go to www.dixonsistercities.org for more information.

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