Orleans Hub is 5 years old today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 April 2018 at 10:35 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: It looked like a white planet when firefighters, including Dan Strong of Carlton, responded to a chimney fire on Ridge Road in Gaines during a blizzard on March 12, 2014. Orleans Hub has been at the scene of numerous fires and serious car accidents the past five years, as well as ice storms, wind storms and significant flooding events.

ALBION – The Orleans Hub is 5 years old today. Since we went live on April 2, 2013, we have posted 9,908 news articles, 5,319 sports stories and 1,135 letters to the editors. We have posted about 20,000 photos since our first day.

We’ve never taken a day off. We post stories everyday, even on major holidays.

We’ve steadily grown each year, increasing the daily average for unique visitors and pageviews. In 2017, we averaged 7,884 daily unique visitors and 23,435 pageviews each day.

The Hub has one full-time employee, Tom Rivers, while Mike Wertman covers sports and his wife Cheryl Wertman takes many of the photos at local high school games.

The Hub is part of Lake Country Media, which also owns the Lake Country Pennysaver. The Hub shares the same advertising and office staff as the Pennysaver. Karen Sawicz is the publisher of both the Orleans Hub and the Pennysaver.

We appreciate our readers and the roughly 100 advertisers who make the site possible.

The Hub is open to all of its readers without annoying pop-up ads or surveys. We don’t have a subscription-based model that limits the content to some users.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman: Aaron Metz makes a diving catch in right field for Roy-Hart in a game against Medina on May 11, 2015. Cheryl Wertman has captured many great moments on the local athletic fields for the Orleans Hub.

We’re local people and we’re grateful to be a part of the community. Each year we have honored “Outstanding Citizens” and frequently recognize people who make the county a better place to live.

We are happy to celebrate in successes locally. We also offer suggestions for improvements.

We recently added a new php-driven format, powered by WordPress. One could call this a “modernization of our code” that became necessary as we outgrew our older, simpler format.

One could also say that the new format made it easier for our contributors to post stories from any computer, anywhere.

We added “trust certificates,” to take advantage of the newest in internet security features, to keep our visitors as safe as possible from malware attacks.

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