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Volunteers are dedicated to Medina Visitor’s Center

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
MEDINA – Historical sites, walking tours, restaurants, lodging and other sites. Volunteers at the Medina Visitor’s Center are willing to point people towards amenities and attractions.

“It’s important to have a place for people to be welcomed and learn about our village and some of the things to do,” said Jim Hancock, chairman of Medina’s Tourism Committee and head of the visitor center.

The center is in the main lobby of City Hall on Main Street. The center moved there in 2011 after the former Chamber of Commerce building was sold.

The lobby at Medina City Hall is stocked with brochures, maps and Medina merchandise. Jim Hancock sits at the desk, ready to take questions about the community.

The center started in the Chamber building in 2009 and volunteers were there in the afternoons. Staff from the Chamber and Red Cross were available in the morning to pass out brochures and answer questions about Medina.

When the visitor center went to City Hall, it went to a largely empty building. There weren’t other agency staff in the same spot. So Hancock and volunteers stepped up to be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Mondays through Fridays.

The center has menus from local restaurants, maps for bike tours and walking tours, lists for local lodging and attractions.

The Right Rev. R. William Franklin, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, visited Medina on Wednesday and stopped by City Hall to see the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame, which is in the main meeting room. Franklin, left, chats with Jim Hancock after Franklin signed the guest book. About 100 visitors, from 28 states and five countries, signed the guest book last year.

There are 14 dedicated volunteers right now. Hancock welcomes more. He would like to add some hours on Saturdays.

“The more the merrier,” Hancock said about the volunteers.

For more information, contact Hancock at (585) 798-2118.