County chamber director McKeown re-elected to Seaway Trail board
Friday, October 1, 2010 - 12:33 pm

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Patricia McKeown, Canton, has been re-elected to the Board of Seaway Trail, Inc., Sackets Harbor.

McKeown will serve a second two-year term with the not-for-profit organization that promotes travel and tourism-related economic development along the 518-mile-long Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway.

The full slate of officers and directors for the 2010-2012 Great Lakes Seaway Trail board that guides activities associated with the series of roads that form one of America’s Byways, a National Recreation Trail and a New York and Pennsylvania Bicycle Route is:

• Chairman of the Board: John Hall, a principal with Cannon Design, Grand Island, NY

• Treasurer: Donald G. Bennett, Jr., CPA and Campground Owners of New York President and CEO, Pittsford, NY

• Secretary: Florine Luhr, Executive Director, Advancing Arts and Culture Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY

and Directors:

• Kory Ahlstrom, Director of Development, City of Dunkirk, and Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation Director, Dunkirk, NY

• Emily Beck, Director of Tourism Development, VisitErie, Erie, PA

• Jill Chamberlain, Community Relations Specialist, New York Power Authority, Massena, NY

• Jim Costello, Director of Advocacy, Bert’s Bikes and Fitness, and Senior Event Coordinator, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

• Gary DeYoung, Executive Director, 1000 Islands International Tourism Council, Alexandria Bay, NY

• Doug Kohler, Erie County Historian, Niagara 1812 Legacy Council member, Clarence Middle School 7th grade teacher, Clarence Center, NY

• Pat McKeown, Executive Director, St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Canton, NY

• Carlos Mercado, business owner, Rochester, NY

• Teresa Mitchell, President and CEO, Seaway Trail, Inc.

• John Percy, Executive Director, Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, Niagara Falls, NY

• August Schiava, Senior Sales Manager, Scott Enterprises, Erie, PA.

The biannual elections meeting was held at The Wilson House Inn and Restaurant in Wilson on Sept. 16.

Recently-popular travel themes for the Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway include natural history and birdwatching, the new Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail, and the French and Indian War military history of the shoreline region.

The nonprofit organization is currently enhancing its Great Lakes Seaway Trail bicycle-related travel resources and developing plans to commemorate the Bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812.

Learn more online at or call Seaway Trail, Inc. at its Seaway Trail Discovery Center headquarters in Sackets Harbor, NY, at 646-1000.