The site serves Orleans County in western New York state. Launched in 2013 by journalist Tom Rivers and The Lake Country Penny Saver owner Karen Sawicz. Revenue: Advertising.
Our site covers rural Orleans County NY, population 42,000. We went live on April 2, 2013 piggybacking on the Penny Saver's staff. Lake Country Media hired Tom Rivers as a full-time editor for the new site. In late August 2013 we added Mike Wertman as a part-time high school sports writer. We average about 7,000 unique visitors each day and have become the "go to" place for local news.
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The model works because we share staff with the local Penysaver, including ad reps, office support, tech support, and the same building.
As the lone full-time staffer devoted to Orleans Hub, I do work every day, including Saturday and Sunday, without a day off for early 3 years now. We could use a second person to add to our coverage and also allow me some time off.
Other sites in Buffalo and Rochester regularly use our stories, giving us credit and links including rescue on Feb. 27, 2016 of a college student and dog from near drowning.