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I had a chance in the early ‘80s to work for the paper — writing articles.

It is such a joy to look back on a paper that is dedicated to giving the communities a chance to read about those things that are happening within their area and also those things that are outside the area, but have an important impact.

Steve Kroll helped bring me and my writing ability along. The Hartnetts treated my very kindly. I felt I was part of something local and important.

I’ve stayed in touch with the area through friends. And each time the paper came up as the source behind the local happenings.

I’m now working in Mississippi, with my family in Cocoa Beach, Fla. As time goes on, I hope to transfer my job to one based closer to my family in Florida — the bi-weekly commute is killing me.

The local paper The Sea Coast Echo here in Bay St Louis reminds me so much of my past and gives me hope that the future will continue to contain such community based papers. I lifted this quote from their Web site as an example of the small town paper determination found throughout the U.S. “The Sea Coast Echo lost its downtown Bay St. Louis newsroom, all of its presses and just about its entire staff during the hurricane. Yet, the paper keeps reporting on Hancock County’s post Katrina news.” Thanks for the chance to make contact again.

HANK ABBOTT

Mississippi

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