New Bell Atlantic Directoy Features Illustration of Historic Roanoke City Farmers' Market

New Bell Atlantic Directory Features Illustration of Historic Roanoke City Farmers' Market

Yellow Pages Now Offer E-Mail and Web Site Addresses

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Bell Atlantic Directory Services

Stephanie Hobbs,

BETHESDA, Md. -- Bell Atlantic has begun delivery of some 212,000
copies of its 1998 White and Yellow Pages to businesses and residences
in the Roanoke, Va., area. The cover of the new Roanoke Directory
features an illustration of the Historic Roanoke City Farmers' Market.

For the first time in the Roanoke region, Yellow Pages listings also
feature an optional extra line for E-mail and Web site addresses in
response to businesses' growing use of the Internet. Industry
analysts report that some 50 percent of all U.S. companies have set up
Web sites.

"The Bell Atlantic directories for the Roanoke area reflect our belief
in providing our customers and advertisers with local information and
services that allow for global access, such as the Internet," said
Kathy Koelle, vice president of sales at Bell Atlantic Directory

The cover of the Roanoke directory features an illustration of the
Historic Roanoke City Farmer's Market, the oldest continuously
operating farmers market in Virginia. For over 114 years, the market
has provided space for farmers to sell fresh fruit, vegetables and
flowers to the community. The market has been recognized by the
Lyndhurst Foundation as a "Great American Public Place," alongside
such other winners as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington,
D.C., and Central Park in New York City.

The directory cover illustrator is artist Mary Lynn Blasutta, who is
based in New Paltz, N.Y. Her illustrations will be featured on each
of Bell Atlantic's 500 directories in the communities it serves in 13
states and Washington, D.C.

Bell Atlantic is the world's largest publisher of Yellow Pages

Bell Atlantic (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications and information industry. With 40.5 million telephone
access lines and six million wireless customers worldwide, Bell
Atlantic companies are the premier providers of advanced wireline
voice and data services in the eastern United States and market
leaders in wireless services. Bell Atlantic companies are also among
the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications
markets, with operations and investments in 21 countries.