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Phil Busse

Phil Busse

The return of Rogue Valley Chorale to live performances is perhaps the most encouraging and stirring indicator that we are finally and fully (?) rebounding from our COVID hibernation and isolation. Sure, a solo singer-songwriter performing in a venue will be and is a welcome return to normal, but consider

Joining a mental support group can help you through difficult situations. They can also give you friends and support when you need it the most. Sometimes just listening to other people can help you through your circumstances and inspire you to continue moving forward.  Easier than ever before  Joining a

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  These are some of our readers favorite places to eat – and chefs. Best Take-Out Food During COVID BESTIE                      Valentino’s Food Truck (Grants Pass) Hon. Mention

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  Here are favorite outdoor places and activities: OUTDOORS Best Hiking Trail BESTIE                      Cathedral Hills Hon. Mention              Upper Table Rock   Best Bike Mechanic BESTIE                      Don’s Bike

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  Some results from “staying tuned up”: Best Spa BESTIE                      Club Northwest (Grants Pass) Hon. Mention              Blue Giraffe Spa (Ashland)   Best Place To Get Groomed for Humans

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  A sampling of our readers’ favorite places to eat, and find food: Best Take-Out Food During COVID BESTIE                      Valentino’s Food Truck (Grants Pass) Hon. Mention              Bird

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  One of the most popular categories: Best Budtender BESTIE                      William Brown (Madrone Cannabis Club) Hon. Mention              Megan Breeze (Breeze Botanicals)

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  A small sampling. Best Cannabis Dispensary BESTIE (tie)               Breeze Botanicals (Ashland) BESTIE (tie)               Madrone Cannabis Club (Ashland)   Best Local Cannabis Strain BESTIE                      Gelato (Madrone

In last year’s Besties, Josh Gross was the Honorable Mention for our readers’ favorite local author category. Over the past year, he has completed his latest novel, Summer of Smoke. Taking a page from rock bands, Gross, the former Music Editor for the Messenger, will release off his book with

HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff (Available April 24-25) It is not a Hollywood movie pitch: “A chamber-rock opera about the intersection of finance and spirituality.” And, oh yeah, at the center of the story is disgraced financier Bernie Madoff and his decade-old con job. Perhaps not a