See the top 5 stories from Orleans Hub in October

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 November 2015 at 12:00 am

Nearly 700,000 pageviews for news site during month

Photo by Tom Rivers – A fire broke out at a farmhouse for six year-round employees at Watt farms on Oct. 24. The damage was extensive and the building will have to be knocked down.

Orleans Hub had one of its biggest months for traffic in October with 682,735 pageviews, a daily average of 22,074. We also averaged 6,906 daily unique visitors, which was also one of our best months since the Orleans Hub started in April 2013.

The election has sparked reader interest, particularly with letters to the editor. We had 33,219 pageviews for the letters last month, or just over 1,000 each day.

Crime and a big fire at a historic farmhouse were among the top stories of the month. However, an article about a gravestone donated to Hillside Cemetery in Holley for Lillian Bentham, a survivor of The Titanic, proved very popular with readers.

Photo by Tom Rivers – Brigden Memorials in Albion donated this garve marker for Lillian Bentham, who survived The Titanic. Two men form Holley perished when the ship sank in April 1912.

Here are the five most popular stories from October (the ones with the most “clicks”).

1. Task Force raids Murray Superette in food stamp trafficking scheme, untaxed cigarettes

2. Gravestone given for Lillian Bentham, Holley teen who survived Titanic

3. Fraud at Murray Superette could be in ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars,’ police say

4. Fire heavily damages house for farmworkers owned by Watt Farms

5. 3 face drug charges in Orleans

Contributed photo – John “Pinky” Loughlin

Sports had its second-biggest month ever with 37,204 pageviews, with coverage highlighted by the playoffs. However, the top sports story of the month was a feature on a new Wall of Fame for Medina varsity football players. (Click here to see “‘Pinky’ Loughlin Memorial Wall of Fame to induct first members Friday.”)