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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

Raising funds

FCpl. Maxwell VanDrunen, left, and FSgt. Courtney Sinclair of the 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron were selling baked goods Saturday morning at The Bargain Shop here. The air cadets are raising funds to travel to Europe for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, 2019.

Donald named town's top citizen

Cynthia Donald is the 2018 “Citizen of the Year.”

Donald, a retired teacher and longtime volunteer, was honoured by mayor and council at last night's meeting.

In addition to being chairperson of the “Fun in the Sun” committee in recent years, Donald is a Kiwanis Club member and vice-chair of the Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts.

Baking galore

Beth Logue showed off some of the baked goodies she was selling Saturday morning during the Alberton Rec Committee's fifth-annual “Holiday Bazaar” at the Alberton municipal office. Vendors of all ages were selling their wares at the event, which was just one of several holiday-themed bake sales and bazaars held in recent weeks.

'Stuff-a- Cruiser' in need of help

The ninth-annual “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign is less than a month away and organizers are lining up volunteers to help out.

The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Safeway, The Place, and Walmart here, Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo, and Beaver Mills Market in Rainy River.

Volunteers will be outside of those locations, collecting food donations from customers.

'Tis the season

Morgan Fulcher, left, and her aunt, Melissa Yellowega, enjoyed some dainties amidst the hustle and bustle of the C.W.L. of St. Mary's Parish's Christmas tea and bazaar held Sunday afternoon. The very popular event featured handmade crafts, draws, a silent auction, and a kids' zone, as well as coffee, tea, and refreshments.

Sidewalk plow

Snow will be removed from town sidewalks more often this winter thanks to changes to the provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards (MMS). One change is the requirement to have the sidewalks cleared within 48 hours of a three-inch (7.5-cm) snowfall.