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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.

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Pruys wins international gold

Local artist Cher Pruys continues to impress art enthusiasts and critics both domestically and overseas.

Her painting, “Entranced,” recently was awarded the gold medal for figurative painting in the Mondial Art Academia's International 2018 competition.

“This honour is a wonderful kick-start to 2019,” Pruys told the Times on Friday.

Colourful quilts

Laura Gosse, community engagement co-ordinator for the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre, admired “Fallen Halo" and "Peaceful"—two of the quilts local resident Hubert Meyers submitted yesterday for the upcoming "Fibre Arts Festival.” The deadline to submit a piece for the juried exhibit featuring the work of district fibre artists is this coming Tuesday (Jan.

Discarded tree

Some local residents already have discarded their Christmas trees on the boulevard in anticipation of the Fort Frances Fire Brigade's annual tree pickup. The pickup will take place next Saturday (Jan. 19)—a week later than usual.

Rapt attention

Jorja Fournier listened closely to the numbers call during a fast-paced game of Bingo at the “Tween Club” held yesterday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library. The club has resumed now that the Christmas break is over. Youths aged nine-12 are urged to come by the library each Monday from 4-5 p.m. for fun and informative activities geared towards them.

'Tween Club' fun

Bingo caller Sarah Clouston, left, and library CEO Caroline Goulding checked which numbers had been called during a game yesterday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library. The game was played during the weekly “Tween Club” which has resumed now that the Christmas break is over. Youths aged nine-12 are urged to come by the library each Monday from 4-5 p.m.

New owner

Nick Beyak is settling in as the new owner of Fort Frances GM (formerly Jim MacDonald Motors). Beyak, who also owns Sunset Country Ford here and Dryden GM, officially assumed ownership as of yesterday. Beyak's late father, Tony, sold Causeway Pontiac GMC to Jim MacDonald in August, 2000 when the Beyak family moved to Dryden to buy the GM dealership there.

Lifetime pet licensing proving popular

Whether you got a new animal companion for Christmas, or your favourite cat or dog is celebrating another year with you, it's time to get a new pet licence.

And while the town continues to offer annual licensing, lifetime licensing, which first was offered starting last year, is becoming a popular option, bylaw enforcement officer Patrick Briere told the Times on Monday.

Gift of song

Several generations of the Gerber family treated patients and staff alike to a lovely selection of Christmas songs last Wednesday afternoon at La Verendrye General Hospital here. The Gerbers have made it a holiday tradition to spread joy through music.

Christmas helpers

Marc-Andre Michon, left, and Maria Gilbert were among the volunteers who served up food to everyone who attended the community Christmas dinner Christmas Day at Knox United Church. The delicious meal was prepared by volunteer cooks Sharon Gurski, JoAnne Formanek Gustafson, and Tracy Clarke.