Three Generations of Citizen Diplomacy

In 1972, Kettering, Ohio established their first sister city relationship with Steyr, Austria. Since then, they have created lasting traditions and legacies together. The two cities have overseen five adult homestays and have conducted an alternating youth exchange for the past 40 years.

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Portsmouth welcomes Japanese students

"PORTSMOUTH -- Twenty Japanese students sang a traditional 1904 Japanese song “The Hills of Home” to the assembled student body of Portsmouth High School on Thursday, Oct. 5.

The Portsmouth High chorus answered them with the same song, in English, which they’d prepared as part of the Japanese welcome assembly.

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