By JULIE E. GREENE
Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he was impressed with the cleanliness and friendliness of Hagerstown's sister city, Wesel, Germany, during his visit there last week.
The mayor and a small contingent of city representatives headed for Wesel on Sept. 19 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the sister city affiliation. They returned on Sept. 25.
Bruchey said he learned that during World War II, 97 percent of the city was destroyed by bombs.
"You'd never know it now. It's a clean, beautiful city with friendly people," he said.
The city has a graffiti problem in common with Hagerstown, so Bruchey and his German counterpart, Wesel's burgermeister, discussed ways to tackle the problem, he said.