Spring, 1999 (Sent out the end of  February, 1999)

Webmaster's Corner

Craig Shipp, Webmaster
5225 Pooks Hill Road, 1421N
Bethesda, MD 20814

I would like to thank you, once again, for your continued support of our area guides projects. I've attached some information designed to bring you up to date on our progress toward the goal of building a complete community guide network for this area.

The most important point I would like to make is the fact that we're just getting started! The Internet is in the wild wild west stages and you, together with us, are on the cutting edge. A friend of mine, who also grew up in the area, compared our construction of a network of Internet based community guides for this area to the construction of the Washington D.C. beltway in the '60s. Back then, to area residents and businesses, the beltway was a marvel. It changed lives, rearranged the lay of the land, created new businesses, and changed old ones forever. Like the Interstate highway system of that era, the Internet is here to stay and will only continue to grow and change the way we do business.

You're our partners! When we asked you to join us as a site sponsor we made some commitments to you. First, we promised you a key listing location on the Business & Services menu for your particular area guide. In addition, we promised not to increase your annual rate for ten years. We also gave many of our first clients enhanced webpages for the price of a standard webpage (a savings of 1/3) and waived all setup charges a savings of at least $100. We did all this because those of you who sign up in the early stages of this project must suffer through our construction dust. And, although we're making good progress and the sites are coming along, there's a long way to go.

On a quarterly basis we'll be sending you updates on our progress and, as always, please feel free to call me anytime with questions or comments. I'll take off my hardhat and go to a quiet place so we can talk.

Craig Shipp, Webmaster

PS: I've also included a few attachments. All this information and more can be found at

(Attached was: Come grow with us