My name is Chester Losinski and I have lived in Greene County for the past 22 years. Unfortunately, I have to be out of town the evening of the public meeting about the visitor’s center.
I have worked at the Greene County Visitors Center for the past eight years. When I retired I decided that it was time to give back to my community and provide a free service to the county. I enjoy meeting new people, who come from all over the world. I explain all that Greene County has to offer to make their stay enjoyable. I am able to offer brochures, maps and current event pamphlets; however there really is not enough room to display all of the informational brochures, of what Greene County has to offer.
I do not feel that our location is ideal. There have been times on a Saturday when I volunteer that the parking lot is so full of cars and motorcycles for the restaurant next door, that there is no room for anyone to park at the visitors center.
If there is additional space available, I recently spoke to someone at the Veterans Administration in Charlottesville who expressed a desire to have a temporary space, where they could meet with veterans from this area, as they do in Orange and Louisa. They could discuss Veterans’ claims if needed. As a Vietnam Veteran, I have been fortunate to have received help from a State Veterans Service representative in the past; I know how valuable this service can be.
I believe that the brick house located in front of Lowe’s is an ideal location, not only for visibility when driving on 29 into Greene, but also for parking. I can visualize so many activities that could occur in such a beautiful location. Perhaps there could even be a gift shop with local vendors displaying their wares. Maybe a wine tasting event, with picnic tables overlooking the mountains.
Moving the visitors center seems like a win-win situation. We provide local residents and visitors the information they need and want to enjoy this beautiful county. Maybe a gift shop would generate money to the county also. And perhaps we could provide a service to our veterans who cannot travel to the Veterans Benefit Center on Pantops.
Chester O. Losinski