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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

Checking out top

Sue Ball checked out a nice summer top in the “Retreat Boutique" set up at the "Mama Needs to Relax” fundraiser Sunday afternoon at the Robert Moore School gym. Just one of many ways to raise funds at the event, the boutique sold donated clothing, soaps, and other fun items at low prices.

Sad convict

Not even some complimentary bread and water could cheer up “convict" Samantha Clifford of the Fort Frances Dental Centre as she waited to raise bail Saturday morning during the Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club's annual "Bail or Jail” fundraiser held at the curling club in conjunction once again with the Chamber of Commerce's Business & Community Expo. See story A2.

Contest winner

Tyler Ruppenstein, left, and Adrian Chapman of Investors Group presented Samantha Kabatay with a cheque for $10,000 at the Investors Group booth on Friday evening during the Business & Community Expo here. Kabatay had entered a nationwide Investors Group contest last year but only recently was notified of her windfall.

Greens booth

Shane Carriere of Green's Brand Source Home Furnishings demonstrated how a digital kiosk worked Saturday morning at the Business & Community Expo. Green's customers can use the kiosk at the Mowat Avenue business to find out more about the entire line of Ashley Furniture—and even send themselves product information and images for future reference.

Historic mugs being given out to older adults

Some district seniors will be getting a coffee mug this month that just might jog their memories.

The District Mental Health Services for Older Adults Program of the Canadian Mental Health Association has received a donation of 90 mugs from the family of Vi Plumridge and the Fine Line Art Gallery, and are distributing them in recognition of “Mental Health Week” (May 7-13).

Coin drop

Linda Shannon tried out the “Ocean Waves Ball Drop" game Sunday afternoon during the "Mama Needs to Relax” at the Robert Moore School gym. The object of the game was to drop a loonie or toonie into a glass container of water and try to get the coin to land into a wine glass at the bottom in order to win a prize.