How The Messenger Came To Life

We'll tell the stories of the great-grandmother celebrating her 100th birthday, and we'll write about her teenage great-grandson's new metal band. As in this initial issue's stories on the late, wonderful teacher Claire Ogelsby, SAPA TV and on local musicians like the Davis Brothers, Bernie Moss and Frydaddy, each week we'll have lots of in-house features on the diverse people and events that make this such a great region to live in.

The Messenger will have the same huge, Southern Vermont and New Hampshire coverage area, from Brattleboro and Keene to Rutland and Claremont, and will also be direct mailed just like The Message was, to over an amazing 20,000 households in our key readership area from the very first issue! It will have a towns-style format, along with the local Sports, A&E, Food and Home & Garden sections each week.

It has taken a great deal of work by several people to create a paper to fill the void left by the loss of The Message, and if ever there were a time that we need support from our advertisers, this is it! The next few weeks will be crucial for the success of The Messenger, which is really YOUR paper, for your communities.

So many people lamented the demise of The Message, now we need your support for The Messenger! The fact that we've been able to come out of the blocks with a 32-page premier issue of a brand new newspaper only seven weeks after The Message ceased publication shows the remarkable support many former advertisers gave us. Thank you!

From the moment The Message's doors closed, there was considerable industry interest in filling the news gap left. New Market Press, out of Middlebury, VT was one of the serious newspaper publishers that stepped up to help us, and over the course of a couple of weeks, we were able to work out an arrangement to create a great new area paper.

We did an extensive search for office space in our central

Chester-Springfield-Bellows Falls distribution area. Our new location will be at 51 The Square in Bellows Falls, the former Bulls Eye Music

store. It's a bright, interesting, street-level space in the middle of a vibrant community, and we're very excited to launch this new endeavor there.

On behalf of all of the staff, we want to thank all of our readers and advertisers for the great support we received during the past several weeks. With your help, we're determined to make The Messenger the bestweekly in Southern Vermont!

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