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Mind Dancing Under the Disco Ball

Now that we're getting settled in and have a little room to breath, Joe and I will be adding some other new features to the paper as well, all part of our plan to make this the best weekly in the region.

Joe has already done CD and DVD reviews, a musician's profile (go Spectris!), and Jatoba in this issue has our new Musician's Spotlight header. This Mind Dancing column will be a regular feature, and in future issues we plan on adding chef, cook and restaurant profiles in our food section, an Athletes in the Classroom feature in sports, regular health and finance pages, and profiles of local businesses and services.

That's just for starters. We see The Messenger as the "new and exciting go-to" paper for readers and advertisers in this region.

If our readers have any other recommendations for things they'd like to see regularly in our pages, please email us with your suggestions at news@messengervt.com. Think of The Messenger as your paper.

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Essentially Worthless Things We Could Get Rid of to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint: Those little plastic coffee creamers. Nobody ever uses just one of those things. If I have to use them, it takes four to six. Get real - triple the size if they have to stay around. While they're at it, do the same thing with those little ketchup packages.

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Website Recommendation of the Week: www.gumbopages.com/music/insurgent, a roots rock, insurgent country site (off-shoot of a site itself dedicated to preserving New Orleans music) dedicated to a lot of bands you may not have heard of but should have. What exactly is "insurgent country?" As defined by Bloodshot Records, it's music that "applies a steel-toed boot to the rhinestone-encrusted ass of commercialized country crap." Check it out.

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