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February was second-biggest month for Orleans Hub

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 March 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – The rescue of a Brockport State College student and a dog on Feb. 27 was the most popular story of the month on Orleans Hub in February. Holley firefighters are pictured on Saturday with Alexandria Disque, second from left, and a dog Sadie, as well as Sadie’s owner Cassie Wolfanger, left. Disque and Sadie were rescued this afternoon after being swept in a tunnel on Sandy Creek that goes under the Erie Canal. The firefighters were on a boat that went into the dark tunnel. Pictured from left in back include Fran Gaylord, Harris Reed and Justin McMillon.

February was the second-biggest month for Orleans Hub in our nearly three-year history, in terms of the daily average for unique visitors and page views.

Last month, Orleans Hub averaged 7,135 unique visitors each day. That’s the third time we’ve been above 7,000 for a month. We also averaged 23,566 page views each day.

Both numbers only trail September 2015, when the county was engrossed in a heated primary season. September remains the record for highest daily average for unique visitors with 7,671 and page views with a daily average of 25,523.

The February numbers passed January’s when we had a 7,054-average for daily unqiue visitors and a page view average of 23,089.

Here are the top five stories for February in terms of “clicks.”

1. Firefighters Save Woman, Dog from Drowning

2. 2 Arrested for Selling Crack Cocaine in Medina

3. Several Accidents Due to Slick Roads/Wintry Weather

4. 4 are Sentenced at County Court

5. Suspicious Fire Put Out in Old Boiler House

Firefighters on Feb. 15 put out a fire in an abandoned building in Medina along the railroad tracks and behind the Olde Pickle Factory. The former boiler house is believed to have been used for a former greenhouse operation, White Brothers Rose, next door.

Local Sports also proved popular on Orleans Hub with 34,785 page views. The top local sports story was two local soccer stars signing Division I soccer scholarships. Albion’s Mariah Elsenheimer and Roy-Hart’s Emma Lindke have been soccer rivals in Niagara-Orleans League competition for the last four years. They will be able to continue their rivalry on the collegiate level this coming fall as both signed national letters of intent to play for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference colleges.

Elsenheimer signed with Iona College and plans to major in Psychlogy. Lindke signed with Niagara University and will major in Marketing and Finance. Click here to see “Albion, Roy-Hart seniors earn Division 1 soccer scholarships.”