Rest Area Information Center volunteers treated to appreciation luncheon

JAMESTOWN The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau recently hosted an appreciation luncheon at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station for the many volunteers staffing the Chautauqua Lake Rest Area Information Center on I86. CCVB manages and maintains the Visitor Information Center at the rest area overlooking Chautauqua Lake. The luncheon was catered by Elegant Edibles.

Visitors Bureau Executive Director Andrew Nixon introduced Lee Harkness, Manager of the Train Station, who presented a history of the building and told of the renovation of the former Erie Railroad Station.

Michael Barnes, Manager of the Chautauqua Lake Rest Area Information Center, along with Nixon, thanked the volunteers for the many dedicated hours they give seven days a week throughout the year. The volunteers, several of whom are members of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, staff the information center greeting travelers and tourists from all over the world.

As the first rest area and information center in New York State for eastbound travelers, the Chautauqua Lake Rest Area Information Center has proven to be an important marketing tour for area tourism businesses. Volunteers regularly hear comments about the beauty of the rest area facility and also the beauty of the Chautauqua County Region. The success of the information center over the past 8 years has resulted in the Visitors Bureau having to add display space to keep up with the demand from new participants at the center.

For more information about the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and volunteering at the Chautauqua Lake Rest Area Information Center, call 357-4569.