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Duane Hicks

Duane Hicks has been a staff writer/photographer for the Fort Frances Times since 1998, becoming editor in 2019. 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

'Tree of Christmas Giving'

A “Tree of Christmas Giving” has been set up at Rainycrest Long Term Care with tags on it for the residents there. Here's how it works: Pick a paper ornament from the tree. Go get a gift (or gifts) for the individual (they are only identified as male or female and what size they wear—not by name). Bring the gift back to the activation department by Dec. 18.

Deck the halls

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Rainycrest Long Term Care. Activation staff members Mary Lou Mitchell, left, and Joann Magel took some time yesterday afternoon to put up tinsel and other holiday decorations to give the home a festive feel.

Fine Line relocated

Jean Richards and the other co-op members have been busy getting the Fine Line Art Gallery ready to open its doors at its new location at 326 Scott St. The gallery originally was located at 306 Scott St. when it first opened in 1995. It then moved to Mowat Avenue.

Bountiful books

Fort Frances Public Library CEO Caroline Goulding had her hands full yesterday with just a fraction of the books the public has generously donated for Friends of the Library's annual book sale coming up this Saturday. The book sale will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the library. Drop by, find some books you like and make a donation.

Climate change in focus

Museum curator Sherry George straightened a panel which is part of the new exhibit about climate change, “Taking Back our Natural World,” yesterday at the Fort Frances Museum. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held there tomorrow (April 24) from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome. The exhibit runs through June 22.

'Mama's Gone Country Chic'

Livia Lundon, left, Allison Cox, Janice Cousineau, and Natalie DeGagne of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's special event committee showed off just some of the penny table and silent auction items that will be available at this year's spring fundraiser luncheon which be held on Saturday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the upstairs hall at the Emo Arena.

'Woodland' art

Fine Line co-op member Jean Richards showed off two pieces submitted for the upcoming “Woodland" spring art exhibit at the Fine Line Art Gallery here. The larger piece is by Debbie Larson while the smaller painting on birch bark is by Darlene Mitchell. Artists are reminded the deadline for entries is the end of this month.

Carbon tax in effect

The price at the pump has gone up five cents a litre as of Monday thanks to the new federal carbon tax. The new tax, also applied to home heating fuels and natural gas, is meant as an incentive for industries—and consumers—to innovate and find ways to lower their fossil fuel emissions.

Dance #16

Annie Kivimaki got some serious air while dancing to “When I Grow Up" on Friday evening during Dancemakers School of Dance's recital, "Twenty Years of Unforgettable Memories,” at the Townshend Theatre.

Dance #5

Hailey Bragg busted a move to “River" on Friday evening during Dancemakers School of Dance's recital, "Twenty Years of Unforgettable Memories,” at the Townshend Theatre.