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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

'Which came first?'

Jean Richards showed off Ed Halvorsen's pair of entries for the Fine Line Art Gallery's annual spring art show, this year entitled “Then and Now,” which will open this Friday from noon-7 p.m. The exhibit will run through the month of May.

Town's OFSAA support thanked

The OFSAA Hockey 2017 committee showed its thanks to the Town of Fort Frances for its support of the OFSAA 'A/AA' boys' hockey championship held here last month.

Committee chair Bob Miller presented mayor and council with a large, framed photo of the 2016-17 Muskie boys' hockey team during last night's council meeting.

Celebrity reader

Muskie girls' hockey blueliner Lillie MacKinnon read “Snap!" to attentive youngsters during the Blue Spruce "Celebrity Storytime" on Saturday morning at the Fort Frances Public Library. The other readers included Lauren Hyatt, Ruth Caldwell, Cam Gushulak, and Judy Kielczewski,with the "Friends of the Library” providing snacks.

Happy trails

Neila Booth bid farewell to employer Doug Cuthbertson this morning to start off her last day at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts. Booth, 61, is retiring after 12-and-a-half years there and before that, 11 years at Tammi's Flower Garden. Well-known for her service with a smile, Booth said she'll miss the customers most of all.

Tulips sprouting

Tulips are sprouting from the flower beds outside the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre—and soon will bloom red-and-white to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday on July 1. The bulbs were planted by a small group of volunteers in late October as part of Ontario Public Library Week festivities.

Borrow, grow, donate

Nadine Mutz got the seed library at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre all ready for its third-annual launch tomorrow, which will take place from 10 a.m.-5. p.m. Everyone is welcome to borrow seeds, grow vegetables, and then donate seeds back to the library at the end of the season to keep the program going.

Several FITS fundraisers set

Whether you donate your dollars or your time, the local Fun in the Sun (FITS) committee needs your help to make this July 1 celebration bigger and better than ever in honour of Canada's 150th birthday.

The committee has come up with several ways for people to support them—and have fun at the same time, FITS chairperson Cynthia Donald told the Times.

Cupcake sale

Piper Lidkea, left, helped her older brother, Cameron, and his fellow FFHS “Chem-Free" Grad committee members Taylor McQuaker, Mackenzie Wright, and Averi King sell festive Easter cupcakes during "Egg-Stravangza” on Saturday.

'Egg-cellent' treat

Laurie Woodgate gave an Easter treat to Skylar Mansbridge outside of Professional Hair & Body Care on Saturday during the fourth-annual “Egg-Stravaganza” hosted by the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club and The Shops on Scott. About 20 businesses participated, along with some 30 other businesses and groups which donated to the event.