Laisa/Mühlheim am Main (dpa/lhe) - Local call systems were once commonplace in Hesse. Today they are only used in a few villages. In Laisa in North Hesse, for example, a district of Battenberg in the Waldeck-Frankenberg district, Mayor Jörg Paulus regularly informs the 560 residents of the town about the technology from the 1950s. "You can inform people at very short notice. The announcements are only in the newspaper the next day," said Paulus, himself a journalist at a local daily newspaper.
Paulus announces community news over around 30 loudspeakers in town, provides information about local club life and events. The system is not pure nostalgia, but enables active village life, said the 43-year-old. "That way everyone knows. No one is excluded. That's good for the village."