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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

Russian Friendship Concert

The Annual Russian Friendship Concert will be on Thursday, January 8 at 7:30 PM, at Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School.  There will be a reception after the concert upstairs at the Cominsky Promenade.


Linkages Picnic
Tuesday August 19, 5:30 – 8:30
Buckland Lodge
Bring a dish to pass,
Linkages will provide the main course

Linkages Awarded US-Russia Peer to Peer Dialogue Grant

Linkages of Rochester has learned that its application to the US-Russia Peer to Peer Dialogue program has been selected for funding. The program, administered by the US Embassy in Moscow, offers opportunities for Russian and American organizations to team up to work on projects of mutual importance and interest to both societies. Linkages will partner with the Family Center in Rochester’s sister city, Velikiy Novgorod to address a prevalent social problem in both US and Russian society: domestic violence. Over a one year period professionals, students and individuals whose lives have been affected by domestic violence will compare approaches and programs that can prevent domestic violence and that can offer hope for a life free from violence to victims. The year-long dialogue will take place through videoconferencing, e-mail and other long distance communications. The project will also include two in-person exchanges. A group from Velikiy Novgorod will visit Rochester in October and an American group will visit Novgorod in spring 2015. Other partners in the project include Novgorod State University and the College at Brockport.

Breton Dancing and a C47 Returns to Rennes

**** From our sister-sister-cities program *****
PUBLICITY_CITY_HALL_CONCERT_For_Ray_And_Mike_2_(2) fest_noz_2014_(1)Dear Friends,
This Friday, April 25th, the Rennes-Rochester Sister City Committee (RRSCC) in partnership with the Alliance Française will be hosting a Concert at City Hall from 12:00 – 1:30 PM by the Rochester Franco-American Choir in honor of the soldiers that fought and died in Normandy almost 70 years ago. With the D-Day anniversary rapidly approaching, our committee has also linked up with the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo. Their C-47 troop transport that once dropped paratroopers on St. Mere-Eglise will be leaving again from Geneseo in mid-May to take part in D-Day celebrations, including again dropping paras over Normandy on June 6th. More info can be found at their website at
Our committee has asked the museum to extend their trip to Brittany. They have agreed to fly over and stop in Rennes on June 9th as guests of the Aeroclub de Rennes. Eric Beaty, my counterpart in Rennes, has cleared the decks to make this happen. He told me today that the mayors of Rennes and St. Jacques-de-la-Lande will be there to personally greet the pilot and her crew. He and his committee expect hundreds to be at the airport.
We are raising $3,000 to cover fuel and flight expenses. Thirty people at $100 each can get this done tomorrow. All donations, regardless of size, are tax-deductible, freely accepted and much appreciated. Please forward your check, made out to ISCOR and earmarked for the Return to Rennes to Mike Leach at City Hall, located at 30 Church Street in Rochester 14614.
That isn’t the end. At Nazareth College from 7:30-9:30 PM, the RRSCC will be co-hosting Fest Noz, an evening of Breton dancing. Information on that affair is attached and we urge everyone to celebrate with us. Please RSVP to Hannah Berry at (There is still time…)
Both Hannah and Dr. Mireille Le Breton, board members of the RRSCC, have done a superlative job in putting both programs together. Our thanks to them cannot be expressed enough. Dr. Le Breton also heads up the Maison Francaise and the Alliance Francaise of Rochester.
We look forward to seeing you this Friday and we thank you for your continued support.
Ray Griswold
Rennes-Rochester Sister City Committee


LeSavoy2013Linkages Board member, Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, has been awarded a faculty post to the 2014 summer session of the SUNY Stony Brook/ St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI).The St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI) is an advanced study program organized every July in St. Petersburg, Russia at St. Petersburg State University.  This year’s institute will be held July 14-August 1, 2014. Continue reading LINKAGES BOARD MEMBER AWARDED FACULTY POST AT ST. PETERSBURG INSTITUTE