By MARLO BARNHART
Each time Jane Burhans returns to Wesel, Germany, the memories flow over her like a warm breeze.
She is there now, celebrating the 45th year of the sister city relationship with Hagerstown established by her late husband.
It turns out the little town in Germany was the actual seat of Winslow Forthman Burhans' ancestry.
Ironically, Wesel was chosen by accident - the Burhanses didn't know the personal connection until later, she said.
"Winslow gave a speech in 1955 in Wesel ... in German," she said. "He practiced for six months."
While they were there for that event, the Burhanses discovered, and nurtured, the personal connection.
Burhans, a three-term Hagerstown mayor, died in 1990. Since then, his widow has kept up his memory as well as the reality of the bonds with Wesel - both here and in Germany.