Less than seven weeks after Eagle Publications and the Twin State Valley Media Network of Claremont, N.H., announced that the company went bankrupt-instantly closing the doors of the Eagle Times daily and the weekly Message for the Week, the Connecticut Valley Spectator and the Weekly Flea-most of the staff of the defunct Message of the Week are now involved with a new southern Vermont newspaper-the Messenger.
The Messenger's 32-page first issue hit the streets Aug. 25.
Co-edited by Robert Smith and Joe Milliken, the former co-editors of the Message for the Week, the Messenger is published by New Market Press of Middlebury, Vt. New Market Press publishes the Eagle, of Addison and southern Chittenden counties, and the Rutland Tribune.
The Messenger will be distributed every Wednesday, with a direct mailing of over 20,000 copies to the paper's core towns, including Ludlow, Londonderry, Chester, Springfield, Rockingham and Westminster. Another 5,000-plus copies will be dropped at key distribution centers in Walpole, Charlestown and Claremont in New Hampshire, and from Brattleboro north and west as far as Rutland, making it southern Vermont's largest weekly.
Like other New Market Press publications, the Messenger is a positive news and lifestyle paper with an emphasis on local community events, local sports, arts, entertainment and food.