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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

Making mask

Kaleah Henderson made a pretty Hallowe'en mask during an open art studio Saturday afternoon at the Fort Frances Museum. Some visitors also made masks using plaster cast. This free activity was put on by Community Living Fort Frances and District.

'Dragons of Hope'

Stacey Rowe checked out “The Dragons of Hope"—a photo of the Thunder Bay dragon boat team comprised of cancer survivors—during the "Luncheon of Hope," a biennial event presented by the Rainy River District Breast Health Network on Saturday at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Fall fundraiser

Midget 'AA' Fort Frances Canadians' defencemen Matthew Mainville, left, and Colten Allen raked some leaves yesterday during a yard clean-up fundraiser by the team. The players went around town, raking and removing leaves in exchange for donations.

Canadian icon

“Glass Tiger" frontman Alan Frew charmed and entertained a packed house of cheering fans last night during the "Tour de Fort” series concert at the Townshend Theatre. Glass Tiger performed a thoroughly-enjoyable set comprised of many of their hits in an acoustic but no less engaging format. Their new album, made with acclaimed country singer Johnny Reid, is due to come out in February.

Arching presence

At long last, the fences are down and the new Rainy Lake Square is open. The public is welcome to come on in, reports the town. A small number of deficiency items still need to be completed in the next few days but this work will not impede the use of the space. Asphalt repair will be done at the rear of the site next week.

'Food for Fines'

Nadine Mutz added a couple of more items into the “Food for Fines” collection yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. In celebration of Ontario Public Library Week (Oct. 15-21), patrons can pay their library fines all week by donating non-perishable food items to the library.

Punk rock duck?

Sporting its trademark spiky hair, this red-breasted merganser stood out amongst the gulls hanging out along the shoreline near Seven Oaks last week. While mild weather is forecast for this week, more and more birds no doubt will be heading south as winter draws near.

New friend

Sherin Hagen, left, of the Fort Frances Friends of Animals was happy Candi Stevens, right, decided to adopt “Kiwi" after falling in love with the puppy Friday afternoon at Sunset Country Ford. As part of its "F150 Fridays” event this month, Sunset Country Ford donated $25 to Friends of Animals every time someone test drove a 2017 Ford F150 that day.