Linkages Anniversary Celebration in Novgorod

7885This year marks the 25th anniversary of the official sister city relationship between Rochester and Velikiy Novgorod, Russia. In 1990 a group of Rochesterians, led by City Council President, Lois Geiss, travelled to Novgorod to sign the formal agreement pairing the two cities. To commemorate a quarter century of sister city relationships and activities, the city administration of Velikiy Novgorod has invited Linkages to form a delegation to attend festivities in Novgorod in May. The celebration will coincide with the city’s observance of Victory Day in Russia, an important holiday commemorating the nation’s victory in World War II. We are invited to join the celebration from May 7- 9, 2015.
We have not yet formulated final arrangements for the trip but, most likely, the delegation will spend several days in Velikiy Novgorod, followed by a few days in beautiful St. Petersburg.
If you have an interest in joining the group that will represent Rochester, or would like to be kept apprised of further information about the trip, please write Paul Caccamise, president of Linkages, at

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