This Week In History: January 8th

January 8th, 2002 – 20 Years Ago
Three Rivers News | Vol. 1 No. 9

The Three Rivers News premiered online 20 years ago!

BY VALERIE ROBERTSON     Thanks to the efforts of Seth Barden and Tom Witham, the Three Rivers News can now be read worldwide! By going to Milo’s website, WWW.TRCMAINE.ORG, the weekly newspaper can be read from any computer that is hooked to the Internet. And people are reading it!
The Trcmaine website has been up and running for five years. Seth and Tom designed and built the website to enter a contest and won. The site was updated recently by the two men and is a wonderful, informative way for area folks and those from away to keep up on local happenings and events. The site has received e-mails from as far away as Japan! Here is a sampling of the comments received:To: <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 19:19:49

To all the people that put this together (the newspaper), very nice. I will look forward to it each week. I am sure I may be able to help out. Feel free to contact me.
Paul W. Brown, The old Town Crier photographer And from Japan…
Dear Three Rivers News Editors:
I just read your e-mail version of the Three Rivers News’ New Year issue. Congratulations on launching such a needed and well done publication. Life is all about people and serving the area in this way helps family and friends stay connected. I’m posting your site in my “favorites” category and look forward to future issues. My wife had me copy Kathy Witham’s recipe for the Farmer’s Strata, so we could share it with friends here. Thus, your newspaper is being digested in Japan in more than one way.
Congratulations also to the Patriot teams which have enjoyed recent victories. It’s nice to see names of relatives associated with these events.
Again, kudos to the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club for this wonderful news service!
Sincerely yours,
Tom Poole, MHS’64
Ikoma, Japan

Kathy Witham received this response to the paper being online:

What a wonderful website!! I’ve been mesmerized reading all of the news. I can’t get over the size of the newsletter. So wonderfully “small town”. I read every word of every column and loved it (except the part where Stearns got beat). A great undertaking if I ever saw one!! Loved your contribution too. Kudos to Three Rivers Community!!
As one of the editors of the newspaper, I can’t tell you how much these kind words mean to us.. For two months we have been putting our hearts and souls into making the paper as readable, informative and entertaining as possible. I think we are getting there. Thanks to Seth and Tom, the paper is much more available to folks who want to keep in touch with what is going on in our wonderful area. We have big plans for both the paper and the website. The donations we have received are almost covering the cost of printing and when we have extra money, we are going to buy or lease our own printer (we currently use the PVHS copier).
So please keep the comments and donations coming, both will help us publish a better paper.

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