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Starting off on the right foot

Memorial Day was a good day to get started working in Ennis.
It’s a time-honored holiday spent with friends and family and aimed at showing respect and reverence. For me, it provided a small window into some of your lives, and that’s a priceless kind of exposure for a journalist. Especially as the paper’s new editor, the need to see and be seen is huge, because being close to this community has become my job.
The people who gathered at Myrtle Cemetery on Monday were incredibly gracious. Hearing that I have the responsibility of leading the newsroom staff here at the Ennis Daily News was like music to their ears — they wanted to offer their advice, their time and their homes. A warmer welcome might just be impossible to find.
The solemn silence of a Memorial Day ceremony felt like a good end cap to my introduction to this city. My wife and I moved into Ennis last week and were immediately greeted by the sights and sounds of the National Polka Festival. That was a taste of a completely different side of this community — no less educational, just anything but solemn.
It didn’t afford us much of an opportunity to indulge in the anonymity that is our custom. Instead, our first forays out to restock our kitchen cabinets and find hardware to hang shelves and pictures came as the community pulsed with life in and around downtown.
Any person who was out and about can tell you this year’s festival was a big one. There was more than enough for every taste, too, from the music that spanned the weekend, downtown arts and crafts shows and street dancing to the King and Queen contest and annual parade, just to name a few.
Honestly, it felt a lot like where I came from. Ruston, Louisiana, a pine forest city north of bayou country, hosts the much-lauded Peach Festival every June.
Festivals just seem to have that way of drawing in entire communities, regardless of age, race, sex or creed. Something about coming to town in time to immediately see how the city celebrated felt right, and the impression Ennis has given my wife and I so far is one of a friendly and warm place, even when the sun isn’t hammering the street in downtown.
That warmth will be priceless, too, as we here at the paper continue the relationship that the Ennis Daily News has forged with this city. You look to us to know what’s coming up, why certain events are important to you and generally to expand your knowledge of this community. That is the pledge we as journalists make to you as readers: we are here to work to keep you informed and up-to-date on all that we can, with a little help from you.
To do that, we need your input. I’d encourage you to drop us a line by phone, fax, e-mail or in person. Such a good introduction to the people of Ennis makes it hard to not want to know more.
Nick Todaro is the editor of the Ennis Daily News. He can be reached at nick@ennisdailynews.com or by calling 927-875-3801.

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