Coverage of Culture Day in the Forecaster

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Bath to celebrate Japanese culture, friendship The Forecaster, February 22, 2017 By Alex Lear BATH — A friendship forged from tragedy nearly 130 years ago will be celebrated March 4 on Japanese Culture Day. Japanese residents cared for survivors of a Bath-built ship that wrecked offshore of Skariki, Japan, in 1889. A century later, a delegation of officials from Shariki – which later merged with four other villages to form Tsugaru City – traveled to Bath to propose a formal s...
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Tsugaru Students Start Visit

Japanese students swam laps at the Bath YMCA to help bridge the distance between Tsugaru and Bath
BY BEN GOODRIDGE Times Record Staff The city of Bath on Monday welcomed 12 ninth graders from Tsugaru, Japan, in what has been a successful exchange program between the two cities since 1990. A tour of Maine Maritime Museum and a barbecue on the banks of the Kennebec River kicked off their 10-day visit. “The student exchange is a really great community activity,” said Anne Schlitt, president of the nonprofit organization in charge of the program. “Bath has opened their arms ...
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Five questions with…Bath-Tsugaru’s new president

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The Times Record, March 1, 2016, by Daneem Kim The Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program recently appointed Anne Schlitt as the new president of its board of directors. She will be replacing Andy Bailes, who served as president last year and succeeded Deborah Patten’s 15 years of leadership. Schlitt, a Michigan native who now lives in Phippsburg, is no stranger to Japanese culture. She taught English to high school students in Ako, Japan for three years through the Japan Exchange and T...
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Bath sister city program taps new president

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The Forecaster, February 24, 2016, by Alex Lear BATH — The new president of the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program is no stranger to Japan. The board on Feb. 10 elected Phippsburg resident Anne Schlitt, a member since 2014, to head the organization. She replaced Andy Bailes, who succeeded Dr. Deborah Patten a year ago. Patten led the program for 15 years. Schlitt, a Michigan native who is assistant director of the Maine Humanities Council, spent three years in Ako, Japan, after c...
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Another Front Page Story!

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The Bath-Tsugaru Exchange Program made the front page of the Times Record again last Thursday. The article showcases the highlights from both the trip to Tsugaru and the hosting program in the Bath area, which concluded on Monday, August 17th. You can check out the full article here at the Times Record Online
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The Times Record: New Leaders Managing Exchange Program

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The Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program made the front page of the March 30th edition of The Times Record. With new leadership and renewed vigor, we have high hopes for this year's program, as well as future exchanges. Read an excerpt and access the full article below: Calling all with wanderlust, the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program is seeking travelers who are interested in experiencing Japanese culture firsthand through a 10-day homestay in northern Japan this summer. ...
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