Port Townsend: Ichikawa to officially become PT sister city

PORT TOWNSEND — Ichikawa, Japan, will officially become Port Townsend’s sister city next week when a delegation of 20 local residents, including Mayor Kees Kolff and Councilwoman Freida Fenn, visit the Far East.

Kolff is set to sign a document with the rural city of 15,000 northwest of Kyoto to formalize a relationship between the two cities that has existed for the last six or seven years.

The City Council adopted a resolution authorizing a sister city agreement in October 2001, but it lacked some necessary documentation. The council authorized a new agreement Monday.

The Port Townsend delegation will spend four days at the homes of its Ichikawa hosts, visiting a castle and hot springs and touring the dairy farming and agriculture-based region.

The delegation departs Monday.

Other delegates include Steve and Miko Crosland, Nancy Schmidt, Mike Bleakney, Leo and Kaye Lake, Sue Gillard, Shary Irwin, Yuko Umeda and sons Seiji Umeda-Thielk and Michael Umeda-Thielk, Sally Davis and son Caton White, Norma Wieman, Frank and Catherine McNabb, Freya Fenwood and Beth Allen.

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