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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

Bringing down the house

Vancouver folk band “The Fugitives," consisting of Adrian Glynn, left, Brendan McLeod, and Rob McLaren, along with Carly Frey (not pictured), entertained the crowd with their harmonies, musicianship, and sincere between-song banter last night during the latest "Tour de Fort" concert at the Townshend Theatre. Their new album, "The Promise of Strangers," is out Jan.

Métis in focus

Fort Frances Museum curator Sherry George straightened this photo—taken by Sarah Marusyk—which is part of the new Métis Art Gallery Program exhibit upstairs there. Last November, the local branch of the Métis Nation of Ontario asked district residents to take photos of what they feel represents Métis culture and received about a dozen. The exhibit will be up through the end of February.

New CSO

After three years as the local OPP Community Safety Officer, Cst. Guy Beaudry has passed the torch to Cst. Yenta Davidson. She has been on the force here for nearly 15 years.

OPP has new CSO

The local OPP detachment has a new Community Safety Officer (CSO).

Cst. Yenta Davidson has taken over the role from Cst. Guy Beaudry, who now is the court officer here as of Monday.

Cst. Davidson has been an OPP officer here since March, 2003 and most recently was court officer.

Dining area

The dining area at the women's resource centre will be used for “lunch and learn” workshops, as well as a spot to relax, have a coffee or tea, and socialize. The eclectic mix of tables and chairs gives it a quirky and fun yet homey feel.

Ready to serve

Outreach worker Heather Johnson, seen here behind the counter of the coffee nook area, is eager to open door at the Rainy River District Women's Shelter of Hope's first women's resource centre.