Monday, November 8, 2010

New Press Releases from York County


Historical Committee to observe Veteran's Day in Historic Yorktown
"Letters from War" is the continuing theme of the annual Veterans Day ceremony to be held in Historic Yorktown.  
Gather with members of the York County Historical Committee as they pay tribute to those who are serving, and have served, our nation in times of war.
In remembrance of Veteran's Day 2010, the Historical Committee will observe the occasion with a memorial service in the Board Room, Second Floor, York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, on Thursday, Nov. 11. 
The service will begin at noon and will include a tolling of the bell, presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, laying of honors, and "Taps." There will also be a special recognition of all Veterans of our Armed Forces.
Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony. For information, call 757-890-3500.
County webmaster wins national award for resourcefulness
For her innovation in using low-cost, public domain Web site software to completely revamp York County's Web presence, webmaster Coleen Cason was recently awarded the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) Open Source in Government Award for Most Resourceful Use of Open Source Software.
"Ms. Cason receives this award in recognition of her successful conversion of the York County Web site to a standards-compliant open source content management system based portal," wrote Deborah Bryant, conference director for GOSCON in a press release issued by the organization. "Coleen accomplished the transition to great accolades from her management and local citizens, with a staff of one – herself – no formal IT training and no additional budget resources."
The county officially relaunched its Web site in December of last year, after staff spent more than 2,000 hours converting the site to its new DotNetNuke content management system. DNN currently powers over 400,000 sites, including intranets, extranets and public Web sites. It was originally developed by Microsoft and subsequently released to the public as open-source software.
"The money that staff saved the county in this process is just astounding," said County Administrator James O. McReynolds, noting that were the county to have contracted out for the work it would have cost upwards of $300,000. By building the site and transferring content in-house, the county spent under $2,500 for the new Web site.
GOSCON's awards recognize government employees who have made significant accomplishments in the application of open source technology in support of their agency's mission. For more information, contact Todd Simmons at 541-737-0790, or visit

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