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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

Top pledger

Samantha Halliday (at left) ran to the finish line during Sunday afternoon's Terry Fox Run here. She was the top fundraiser at this year's event, bringing in $1,662.70 in pledges. She once again ran in memory of her late uncle, Robert McNay. While some participants took it easy in the afternoon heat, more experience runners like Jake Tytler of Sault Ste.

New development

The construction of new multi-residential units on the riverfront here has begun. The forms for foundations have been built at the corner of Front Street and Minnie Avenue, where two separate structures—a four-plex and a three-plex—will be built.

Sorting waste

Crystal Brown of Miller Environmental Corp. sorted through a box of items dropped off Saturday morning during the Hazardous and Special Waste Day at the Public Works yard here. The event, which gave residents the chance to properly dispose of hazardous waste, was even more popular than last year, drawing 297 vehicles throughout the day—with some starting to line up as early as 8 a.m.

Customer service (ind.)

RBC Royal Bank branch manager Pam MacKinnon, left, was all smiles as she received the Customer Service (Individual) from Robyn Racine of Good Impressions Printing. Three other RBC Royal Bank staff—Michelle Elias, Kory McEvoy, and Shelley Matias—also were nominated for the same award.

Terry Fox flag

Die-hard supporters of the “Marathon of Hope,” George Walsh and his brother, Sandy Stalker, proudly flew the Terry Fox flag at the local run here Sunday afternoon. While Walsh took this year off from fundraising for the event, he's raised well over $100,000 in the past 38 years. See story, more photos A2.

Top new business

RRFDC chair Gord Armstrong presented Alicia Armstrong of StyLush Salon with the New Business Award. Armstrong assumed ownership of the former Celeste's Beauty Salon back on Feb. 1 and, along with her team, has continued to proudly provide clientele with salon services.

Top business woman

Diane Gibson of Gibson Design/Enchanted Events shared a few words of thanks after being presented with the Business Woman of the Year award by PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise rep Karen Lynn Evans. Gibson also did the décor for the evening's classy, Oscars-like dinner and awards ceremony.

Terry Fox Run

Piper Cross, left, and her grandmother, Sandy Bridgeman, were among the 45 participants who came out yesterday afternoon—despite the hot, humid, and windy conditions—for the annual Terry Fox Run here. People of all ages walked, ran, and rode from the Sorting Gap Marina to La Verendrye Hospital and back.

Safe disposal

Wayne Skirten dropped off some used batteries Saturday morning during the Hazardous and Special Waste Day at the Public Works yard here. The event, which gives residents the chance to properly dispose of hazardous waste, was even more popular than last year, drawing 297 vehicles throughout the day—with some starting to line up as early as 8 a.m.

Business award

Gord McQuarrie of Tim Hortons celebrated after being named Business of the Year (16+ employees) last night during the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's 22nd-annual business awards at La Place Rendez-Vous. Chamber past-president Cathy Emes presented McQuarrie with the award on behalf of award sponsor Tbaytel.