Top 10 stories from Orleans Hub’s second year

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

Closing of Brown’s Berry Patch’s retail operation is most viewed

Photo by Tom Rivers – Brown’s Berry Patch announced on March 3 it would close its retail operation, a popular site along Route 18 in Carlton for about three decades.

ALBION – The top story in Orleans Hub’s second year was about a farm shutting down its retail operation. Brown’s Berry Patch announced on March 3 it would close its ice cream stand, gift shop and popular playground.

The story went viral on social media across Western New York. It was the most viewed story in Orleans Hub’s second year with 23,585 “clicks.” That popularity is indicative of Brown’s Berry Patch’s reach in the region. The site on Route 18 in Waterport has won numerous awards as an agri-tourism draw.

Bob and Deborah Brown are retiring from the business. The Browns will continue the fruit farm that has been in the family for more than 200 years.

Only one other time has Orleans Hub had a story break the 10,000 mark. “A love story until the very end” also topped 10,000 clicks and was a world-wide phenomenon. The story featured Ed and Floreen Hale and their 60-year marriage. That story on Feb. 16, 2014 had to be taken off our server because it was so popular and kept crashing our system.

Here are the top 10 stories in Orleans Hub’s second year:

1. Brown’s Berry Patch will close retail operation

2. Father of 12 leaves legacy of love in Medina

3. Crooked Door closes in Albion

4. Firefighters battle to put out blaze in Carlton

5. Friends raise funds for funeral of 22-year-old Albion man

6. Man arrested after manhunt in Holley

7. Teen dies in apparent accidental shooting

8. Bear is spotted in Kendall

9. Albion doctor has license revoked

10. Doctor says billing irregularities at Medina hospital