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Our Web is reaching out to readers

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By Lee Helscel

Many of our readers have learned the joys of navigating the electronic highway along with its frustrating software detours, potholes and crashes. Personal computers, using e-mail mailboxes and Web surfing have trickled up to the greatest generation via their kids, the baby boomers, and the grandchildren, who don’t know life without PCs.

Winter residents carry their computers from summer to winter home or have one in both houses. Those folks and the transplants find it more convenient – and faster – to stay in touch with family and friends scattered from one end of the country to the other through their Web mail addresses.

Not to be left in electronic dust, the Citizen built a Web site several years ago. It helps our Snowbirds keep up-to-date with the ongoing events in their Southern homesteads while they summer up North or travel at their leisure.

It also makes it easier for the relatives and neighbors left behind to keep up with what mom and dad are doing in their new or second home. It has been a popular site, so it was revamped a few months ago.

The new home page is easier to use and links to most of the features inside can be found there. A photo and headline from the lead story in the current issue will take visitors to that story.

We can also bring more pictures to our readers. Below the lead story readers will find “slide shows” from recent news articles. And, because we have more “space” online than in the printed version, visitors will find pictures we didn’t have room for in the street issue.

Nonprofits, houses of worship and neighborhood social clubs also have a new way of promoting their meetings, fundraisers and events – especially if their announcement comes after the deadline for Friday’s paper. We have a new online Community Calendar toward the bottom of the home page. Click on “List an event,” register and type in what, when, where, how much and whom to call.

If you used the Citizen Web site in the past and now have trouble finding it, you may need to reset your “favorites.” First, delete old listing in your “favorites.” Then type smcitizen.com into the address bar of your Web browser. This should take you to the new site and you can reset us in your “favorites.”

We are still learning how to use all the features of our new Web site. But whether you live in the Corridor fulltime or gallivant across the country, the Citizen will keep you up-to-date on what’s going on in the neighborhood – and then some. In the future, readers will find news bulletins and late-breaking events and photos online that don’t appear in our printed newspaper.

As our community is adapting to the electronic age the Citizen is doing the same and is still committed to keeping our neighbors connected to each other and things that are going on in the Corridor and the world around it.