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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

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.

'Bail or Jail' raises $4,175

The Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club's “Bail or Jail” was a success once again this year, raising about $4,175 for the club.

The event took place at the curling club on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in conjunction with the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's annual Business & Community Expo.

“It was really good,” enthused Lion Bill Michl.

Rockin duo

Irene Laing, left, and Laureen Vandetti enjoyed a good chat as La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary president Dixie Badiuk (back left) and Ann Wood looked on during the annual “Rockin' For a Reason” fundraiser Saturday morning at the Business & Community Expo. This year's effort brought in more than $10,000 for local health care.

CMHA mugs

Brenda Funk, left, received a mug from geriatric mental health worker Norma Reather last Thursday afternoon. The mug has a painting of Robert Moore School on it by local artist Vi Plumridge.

Keepin' it 'teal'

Here's a sampling of the artwork submitted by local artists and crafters for the Fine Line Art Gallery's annual spring art show, with this year's theme being “Teal.” An open house to kick off the show will be held this Saturday (May 5) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Drop by 529 Mowat Ave. to see the artwork, much of which will be for sale, and enjoy refreshments.

'And the winner is . . .'

Kerry Zucchiatti of 93.1 The Border drew the May “Trip of the Month” draw winner while Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on this morning at International Travel Services here. Ted Scholten will be heading to Reykjavik, Iceland—a trip valued at $4,000. Next month's trip is to Barcelona, Spain ($4,500).

Decisions, decisions

Danielle Krahn, left, her daughter, Trinity, and her grandmother (and Trinity's great-grandmother) Anna McNay carefully chose where to put in their tickets at the penny table yesterday afternoon during the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's annual spring luncheon held at the Robert Moore School gym. Following the theme “Mama Needs to Relax,” the fundraiser drew 112 woman of all ages.

Expo overview

The view from upstairs at the Fort Frances Curling Club provided an overview of all there was to do and see at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's annual Business & Community Expo held Friday and Saturday. The Tbaytel-sponsored event, which featured about 40 local and out-of-town exhibitors, drew a fairly steady crowd over the two days.

'Mama Needs to Relax'

Allison Cox, left, the new director of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, joined Riverside Foundation Special Events committee members Natalie DeGagne, Lynne Savage, and Livia Lundon in showing off some of the fabulous silent auction items donated for the annual spring luncheon slated for this Sunday (April 29). Called “Mama Needs to Relax,” the luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.