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Duane Hicks

Duane Hicks has been a staff writer/photographer for the Fort Frances Times since 1998. Raised in Fort Frances, he left town in 1993 to attend the Journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa. He returned in the spring of 1998, being hired at the Times shortly thereafter. He covers a variety of news beats, including municipal politics which he has covered since 2001. He also makes a mean salsa which he shares with the rest of the Times staff on his birthday.

Contact him at: dhicks@fortfrances.com

Enjoying shortcake

Riverside staffers Michelle McFayden, left, and Tracy Cryderman took a break from the X-ray department to grab a cool treat outside the hospital last Thursday afternoon during the annual “Strawberry Social" hosted by the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary.

'Strawberry Social'

Britainee Kellar, left, and her son, Connor, enjoyed strawberry shortcake and a nice chat with her grandmother—and Connor's great-grandmother—Betty Batiuk, during the annual “Strawberry Social" yesterday afternoon at La Verendrye Hospital.

Zumba class to support 'FITS'

The local “Fun in the Sun” committee keeps coming up with fun events leading up to Canada's 150th birthday, including an outdoor Zumba class tomorrow (June 17).

Jenna Nowak, of Zumba with Jenna, will lead the class starting at 4 p.m. at the Point Park office to help raise funds for the Canada Day celebration here in two weeks.

Parade float entries sought

Let's do the time warp this Canada Day!

The theme for this year's July 1 parade here is “Fort Frances Since the Centennial,” and with it coming up in just over two weeks, the public is urged to put on their thinking caps.

Groups, businesses, families, and individuals can pick a decade that occurred since 1967 and create their float around that era.

Ahrens book

Merv Ahrens, left, showed Coun. Wendy Brunetta and Debbie Ballard, chair of the museum advisory committee, samples of images from his forthcoming book on pioneer photographer William Hampden Tener during last Thursday's reception.

Boys, girls wanted for mini-royalty

Who will be the 2017 Mini-King and Mini-Queen?

Registration now is open for this year's mini-king and mini-queen contest, which will take place July 1 at 1 p.m. on the “Fun in the Sun” stage at Point Park.

Organizer Melissa Gushulak noted the contest is open to boys and girls aged four-seven (as of July 1).

She will accept five boys and five girls for the contest.