When word got out that the full staff of the now-defunct Message for the Week was putting together a new paper to fill the void left behind. The Messenger, with the help of Vermont's own New Market Press, the response from the Southern Vermont community was a bit overwhelming.
Congratulations filled Joe Milliken's and my own email inboxes, and the welcome for the new newspaper very nice indeed. So here are a few of the hundreds of comments we received. And one note - normally we are drastic and unforgiving editors when it comes to eliminating excessive exclamation points, but for these comments, all is forgiven!
Congratulations. This paper is the life of our communities and makes Southern Vermont feel like one big community. Thank you for your efforts!
Director of Alumni & Parent Relations
So glad you are setting up the paper again- -the shock and loss of The Message was felt in every corner of the communities that you served.
VAULT Gallery, Springfield
YEEAAAAHHHHH!!!!! SO happy to have you back!
Maryann McArdle, Director of Communications Vermont Academy
Excellent news! I like the new name! All the best to you all - we'll be sure to send you our news!
Fantastic news!! Many congratulations and all the best wishes for this new endeavor!!
Congratulations! This is great! So glad you'll be in BF!!
Roots on the River Festival Founder
Great news! I look forward to the first historic issue.
Congrats gentlemen - look forward to seeing the first issue!
Executive Director Springfield Regional Development Corporation
Bravo, Rob! So great to hear!
Sam Lloyd, Actor
Joe & Bob
If you want to come back on SAPA to talk more, let us know.
Congratulations! Excellent news.
Derrik Jordan, Musician
Congratulations and good luck!
Rep. Michael Obuchowski
Outstanding news and congratulations to all.
Attorney Ray Massucco,
Hey Bob and Joe, I can't tell you how excited that you guys are doing the paper. It is fantastic.
Chester Andover Elementary School
It is great news that you are bringing back a paper that we need so much. I have no doubt that it will be a huge success. We didn't realize how much we depended on The Message until it was gone. Good luck with the paper.
This is great news that you are... creating the Messenger. Thank you, thank you!!!
I will pass the info on to the Cavendish Town Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization and snowsports program.
Great to have you back.
We love you guys!!!!!!
Nancy Kelley, Six Loose Ladies, Ludlow
Congratulations Robert and Joe!
I am so glad to hear you are back in business. We at the Nature Museum were a bit lost without The Message.
The Nature Museum at Grafton