Pa. computer club boots up

March 03, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro is entering the high-tech world with its own computer club and online service.

Dubbed WACO by its founders, the Waynesboro Area Computer Organization began more than a year ago when the creators of individually owned and operated computer systems - known as bulletin boards - decided to combine forces.

"One of our goals is to become a resource center for technology in Waynesboro," said club President Mark Wray, who quit his job in highway inspection in West Virginia to develop his bulletin board system and the computer organization full time.

A $1-a-month membership fee entitles club members, including people and businesses who have modems, to download all four bulletin board systems for free.


Wray said the package offers online adventure games, allows users to send and receive messages, displays a Web page or company advertisement online locally and shows photo-realistic images.

The organization's central messaging system controller, Wayne Nocton, describes the local computer organization as a "message network" which allows users to talk to each other through the various bulletin board systems.

As messaging controller, Nocton said he can route calls so that no long distance charges are incurred. A message from a Waynesboro club member to a bulletin board in Chambersburg, Pa., normally a toll call, is routed through Greencastle, Pa. Calls to Chambersburg from there are free, Nocton said.

Club members are negotiating with two bulletin board systems in Greencastle and two in Chambersburg to join the Waynesboro organization, Wray said.

"We want to make local online service available to the public and expand the local online community," Wray said.

Members of the organization also offer computer assistance to the public by helping them through the system step-by-step, Wray said.

The club also sponsors computer classes, including HTML design and computer troubleshooting. Members plan to start online classes, Wray said.

Club members will meet Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in the Elks Club on Main Street. The public is welcome.

More information can be obtained by calling 1-717-762-3898

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