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Couple’s love story is Hub’s top story

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Provided photo – Floreen and Edward Hale married in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Albion on May 12, 1953. Mrs. Hale, an Albion native, died on Feb. 7. Her husband died a day later.

The story about Ed and Floreen Hale’s 60-year marriage and their death a day apart is by far the most popular story ever posted on the Orleans Hub.

We posted the article – “A love story to the very end” – at about 8 p.m. on Sunday. The story has been viewed at least 7,562 times. The second most popular story ever on the Hub, about a Medina drug bust, has 3,586 page views.

Since we launched the site on April 2, we’ve posted about 2,500 articles. Our most viewed stories, unfortunately, tend to be crimes, accidents and tragedies.

Many of the people who have read the article about the Hales have commented on Facebook that it is a positive story about a life-long commitment. The media should report more of these stories, people have wrote on our Facebook page.

Orleans Hub obliterated its traffic records on Monday, mostly due to people reading the story about Ed and Floreen Hale. We had 19,947 page views and 9,143 unique visitors, by far our best numbers.

WGRZ in Buffalo also featured the couple on Monday.