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Tomzak’s new title: Burgermeister
UPDATE (10:50 a.m., Aug. 5): Thanks to Marcel Rotter, an assistant professor of German at the University of Mary Washington, we can read the article that appeared in the Schetzingen newspaper. You can read Rotter’s translation here.
Rotter said he is excited about the possibility of partnering with Schetzingen because of the opportunities it could provide for his students.
That’s mayor in German, not a position of employment at McDonald’s. It actually took me a while to figure that out when trying to read this story about Fredericksburg that will run in the newspaper in Schwetzingen, Germany, tomorrow.
I can’t tell you that it says glowing things about the city, because I can’t read it, but it can’t be too bad, because Schwetzingen Mayor Rene Poltl sent it to the city manager’s office. As you can read in tomorrow’s City & Spotsy Extra section (thanks to reporter Cathy Jett), Fredericksburg and Schwetzingen are talking about becoming sister cities.
Fredericksburg really gets around in the sister-city department. I am not sure how Frejus and Princes Town feel about Schwetzingen’s appearance on the scene, but I am pretty sure Frejus is planning to try to regain our attentions before too long with another one of her giant omelettes.
On Wednesday, some City Council members will meet with Poltl at the Burgermeister’s house to have "the talk" about where this relationship is going.
Fredericksburg isn’t exactly a rich suitor. The city this year has appropriated a total of $2,500 toward sister city activities. Of course, in a tight budget year when taxes are going up, some say that’s too much.