Welcome to the Area 53 web site.
The site home page contains the ten most recent posts
Site Pages (links across top of page)
The sections to the right of the “About Area 53″ link are pages with useful information about important area topics. These pages are specific to Area 53 general service (for example, “Committees” and “DCMs & Districts”).
Type a few keywords – or even a few letters – in the box next to the magnifying glass in the top right corner, then hit return on your keyboard. Every page or post matching your keywords will be displayed.
RSS (really simple syndication) is an easy way to stay informed any time a post is added to this site. You can use your favorite subscription service, save the RSS feed as a dynamic bookmark, or even load the feed in email programs like Thunderbird. If you are unfamiliar with RSS, see more help below.
There is a calendar page (link across top of page) and a small calendar to the right. If a date on the small calendar is in red, that means an event is scheduled. Move your mouse over the date to see more information (you may have to wave it over the date a few times).
- Clicking a link under Past Posts will display all posts from a particular month.
- Clicking a link under Categories will display all posts marked under a particular category.
Help Opening Files
If you are unable to open PDFs, try downloading either of the following readers. They are both free.
If you are unable to open PowerPoint slideshows (.ppt files), try downloading one of the following:
- OpenOffice: An open-source productivity suite – just like Microsoft Office, only it’s free (Mac or Win; Mac version requires X11)
- NeoOffice: Like OpenOffice (Mac only)
- PowerPoint Viewer 2007: Presentation viewer from Microsoft (Win only)
- PowerPoint Viewer 2003: Presentation viewer from Microsoft (Win only)
Think of RSS as a collection of bookmarks or a favorites in your web browser or RSS reader. (Your web browser is the program you are using to access this web site. Some well-known browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Safari.)
If you know how to add a boomark or favorite, you can probably use RSS. It really is that simple!
So What is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication – but that’s not very helpful, is it?
Let’s try this. Subscribing to an RSS Feed is like adding a bookmark or a favorite, but there are a few differences.
- A bookmark is a link to one page. That link does not change. It is static. Under normal circumstances, it will always take you to the same page.
- An RSS Feed is a collection of bookmarks. More important, those bookmarks change every time a new post is added to the site.
- Depending on the browser you use, the RSS links may be stored differently than a static bookmark or a favorite. We have some links below that may be helpful.
- You don’t have to use a browser to subscribe to an RSS Feed – but many people find it easier. See the section “Other Ways to Subscribe to RSS” below.
Whenever a post is added to this site, the oldest bookmark in our RSS Feed is dropped, and the new bookmark goes to the top of the list. All you have to do is check your Area 53 RSS Feed from time to time to see what’s new.
How do I Subscribe to an RSS Feed?
Again, it depends on the reader you use. Many people find it easy to use their web browser. Here are instructions for the most common web browsers:
- Firefox 2 and 3
- Safari 2
- Safari 3
- Internet Explorer 6 does not support RSS. You may want to consider upgrading your browser.
- Internet Explorer 7
- Internet Explorer 8
You may also subscribe to RSS in your mail client. Here are instructions for common mail clients:
If you still need help, try these sites:
- Google’s Feed 101
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention RSS Page (a good resource)
Other Ways to Subscribe to RSS