September was record-breaking month for Orleans Hub

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Randy Bower, a candidate for Orleans County sheriff, is pictured at a Sept. 11 memorial service in Albion. Bower forced a Primary and won the Republican line for sheriff. The race has been a hard-fought battle and also has generated lots of traffic on Orleans Hub.

September was a record-breaker for traffic on the Orleans Hub. We obliterated records for unique visitors and page views, and also set a new record for most traffic for sports in a month.

We had 765,677 page views in 30 days last month, a daily average of 25,523. We averaged 7,671 unique visitors each day of the month. This is the first time we’ve been over a 7,000 daily average in a month.

The race to be the next Orleans County sheriff generating a lot of interest to the site, especially in the letters to the editor, which included letters from the two Republican candidates, Tom Drennan and Randy Bower, and many of their supporters.

Two of the letters about the sheriff’s race were in the top 5 for most clicked on stories for September. Bower won the Republican line with a narrow victory in the Primary over Drennan, 1,671 votes to 1,650. (The two are both on the ballot for Nov. 3, which will also include Don Organisciak, the Democratic Party candidate and retired Medina police investigator.)

The death of Deputy Erin Fuller, by a self-inflicted gun shot, also reverberated in the community. His funeral was attended by hundreds of people, including many police officers in Orleans County and Western New York.

Law enforcement officers included a black band over their badges in honor of Fuller. This photo shows the badge worn by Deputy Josh Narburgh at Fuller’s funeral on Sept. 19.

Here are the top five stories in September (the ones with the most clicks).

1. Sheriff’s Office mourning loss of Deputy Erin Fuller

2. Deputy wounded in shootout says upper management has shown ‘blatant disregard’ for his well-being

3. ‘He was incredibly special. He was absolutely a hero.’

4. Drennan responds to allegations of micromanaging and ambulance interference

5. Crucifix burned into front lawn at Waterport mosque

Fall sports season has been in full swing and Mike Wertman has been providing a daily report on the games. His wife Cheryl also takes many photos showing action and drama from the games.

Sports had 38,107 pageviews last month or a 1,270 daily average, which is our highest ever. That just counts the people who click on the “Local Sports” tab. We also get a lot of sports traffic through Facebook and Twitter.

The most viewed sports story for the month was the season-opening victory for the Medina/Lyndonville football team, a 46-41 win over Lew-Port at Vets Park on Sept. 4.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Jake Cotter runs in for a two-point conversion for the Mustangs as Nick Christman tries for the tackle for the Lancers during the 46-41 season-opening win for Medina/Lyndonville.