June was record-breaker for Orleans Hub

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 July 2016 at 12:00 am

News site sees big jump in readers

Provided photo – Nearly 100 Medina teachers wore ribbons with Notre Dame blue and gold, and a small green ribbon during the June 24 commencement in honor of Jeff Evoy, the school superintendent who died on June 23 at age 50. Evoy was a big fan of Notre Dame and he was also proud of his Irish ancestry. His death was mourned by the community.

MEDINA – Orleans Hub saw a big jump in traffic in June, setting a new record high for readership. Orleans Hub had 780,920 page views in 30 days, an average of 26,031 per day.

That breaks the record of 765,677 page views in September 2015, a daily average of 25,523.

September was also our previous high for average daily users. We had a 7,671 daily average in September during a heated primary season for sheriff and other local elected positions.

We’ve consistently stayed over a 7,000-average, but hadn’t eclipsed the September standard until June, when the daily average was 8,424. That is the first time we’ve been over an 8,000-daily average for a month. For the first six months this year, the daily average was 7,054 in January, 7,135 in February, 7,108 in March, 7,556 in April, 7,530 in May and 8,424 in June.

Jeff Evoy, a well-regarded superintendent of schools for Medina, died on June 23 at age 50. Evoy had been battling a serious illness, but continued to be active in running the district while he was in the hospital. He checked email and was often on the phone in the last month before he passed away the day before graduation.

The story about his death was the most-viewed during the month, and by far the most-viewed story of the year on the Orleans Hub.

Here are top five most-viewed stories of the month:

1. Jeff Evoy, Medina school superintendent, dies unexpectedly

2. Injuries in head-on collision in Barre

3. Holley man dies in motorcycle accident in Town of Greece

4. Carlton home badly damaged in fire

5. 3-car accident at 5 Corners; 1 taken by Mercy Flight

Photo by Tom Rivers – This home on Sawyer Road in Carlton was badly damaged in a fire on June 6.

Local sports also continues to be popular on Orleans Hub. Mike Wertman, a long-time local sports writer, provides a daily update on local high school athletes and other local sports. His wife Cheryl has photos from many of the games.

The most-viewed sports story was on June 4, featuring Medina High sophomore Jalin Cooper. He scored an impressive sweep by capturing both the 100 and 200 sprints at the Section VI Division 2 championships.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Jalin Cooper was a double winner at Sectionals.