Ambassador visits hometown of Leechburg before leaving for Italy

Sep 10, 2013 1467

By Mary Ann Thomas

Relatives of new U.S. Ambassador to Italy John Phillips didn't have to press too hard for him to visit his hometown of Leechburg before he begins his diplomatic assignment in a few weeks.

"We knew he was really busy, but we wanted to get him here soon because it's unlikely we'll get to see him for a long time," said Ernie Phillips, 72, of Lansing, Mich., who helped plan his brother's homecoming over the holiday weekend.

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