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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

'Snowflakes' given a fresh look

The “snowflake” decorations that line a few blocks of Scott Street each holiday season are getting a fresh look this year thanks to the BIA.

The group representing downtown businesses has been busy painting all 34 of the large, metal snowflakes red.

“We've been doing them for years,” noted BIA president Doug Cuthbertson.

Boards in need of applicants

A new town council is preparing to be sworn-in next month but they won't be the only fresh faces seen around local municipal meeting tables in the coming term.

The town is accepting applications from qualified residents to serve on various boards and committees until Nov. 21 and from the looks of it, quite a few applicants are needed to fill those positions.

'Novemberfest' deemed best yet

The local museum will be able to continue to provide top-notch workshops for another year thanks to the Friends of the Fort Frances Museum.

Their annual wine, cheese, and beer fundraiser gala, entitled “Novemberfest,” drew a full house of more than 100 people last Thursday evening and raised at least $4,000 with the live auction alone—about $1,000 more than last year.

BIA snowflakes

BIA members showed off the newly-repainted “snowflake” decorations that will be hung on streetlights along Scott Street next week. Pictured here are Heather Gill (TD Canada Trust), Duane Cridland (Flint House), Pat Gartshore (Garth's Pub), Doug Cuthbertson (Northwoods Gallery & Gifts), Ed Gackley (Flint House), and Katie Trigg (TD Canada Trust).

'Novemberfest' socializing

“From the Grind Up" owner Ben Morelli, left, chatted with "Friends of the Museum" volunteer Sarah Marusyk during the "Novemberfest” fundraiser gala Thursday evening at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre. The sold-out event saw nearly 100 people enjoy live music, games, a live auction, and beer, wine, and food—all in support of museum programming. See story, more photos on A5.

Holding steins

Emcee Lauren Hyatt, centre, interviewed Kevin Kennedy, left, as fellow stein-holding contestant Cameron Daley focused intently on keeping his mug aloft during “Novemberfest” last Thursday evening at the museum. Ultimately, Vance Dick won the men's contest while Colleen Fawcett won for the women.

Getting ready

Jean Richards last week got the silent auction ready for the Fine Line Art Gallery's upcoming “Christmas Extravaganza.” From now until the open house this Saturday (Nov. 10), people are urged to drop by 529 Mowat Ave. and bid on upwards of 25 items. The bids will be drawn during the open house, which will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and feature a variety of unique gift ideas for sale.

Bavarian fare

Debbie Collett was dressed in the spirit of the event as she enjoyed a plate of Bavarian fare. Flint House served up a smorgasbord of tasty food, ranging from bratwurst and Black Forest ham to soft pretzels and cheese dip.