resident creates community directory
UNION-TRIBUNE COMMUNITY NEWS WRITER - June 8, 2005
CENTER When Verle Yoder and his wife, Helen, left San
Clemente last year longing for a country home, they found what
they wanted in Valley Center.
it was a little more rural than they had anticipated.
new to town, the Yoders needed to find some basic services:
cable, landscapers and propane.
were some things in the phone book," Verle Yoder said.
"I turned to the Internet to look up local businesses and
was amazed to see . . . not much!
was no official town Web site. The phone book is good for listings
like nails and dry cleaning, but since there are lots of small
and work-at-home businesses with no business phone, they are
not listed in the Yellow Pages."
from then on, Yoder began a quest of learning all he could about
he develops Web sites for a living, he created a site for Valley
put together all kinds of Web sites, but real estate is my specialty,"
48, hosts the new site; most listings are free.
do offer enhanced listings for a small fee, but the revenue
is hardly enough to pay for all of my work," he said. "The
payoff has been getting to know more about Valley Center and
having an excuse to call and talk with local business owners.
. . . It's a directory. I listed what I would have wanted to
see when I moved here."
took Yoder about two months to put the site together. He listed
businesses, including restaurants and automotive facilities,
as well as houses of worship and philanthropic organizations.
also has listed services and businesses outside the immediate
Valley Center area. He has included businesses from Palomar
Mountain, Pauma Valley and Pala.
met one guy on the mountain, and he started telling more people
about the Web site," Yoder said. "Putting this together
has helped me to meet people. I really cared what they did because
I just moved here."
Yoder hasn't promoted the Web site, he has had some positive
people couldn't believe I took the time to put this together,"
he said. "They really appreciate the effort."
said he is willing to list community events, such as garden
or art shows and plays.
going to leave it up to people to contact me and, if they feed
me the information, I'll be glad to list it," he said.
Web site is www.valleycenterweb.com