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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

'Angel' program to help kids get gifts

Christmas is a time when magical memories that last a lifetime are made, so why not make sure this one is special for all district children?

The Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services' annual “Adopt an Angel” campaign is underway again, with trees now up at Walmart, The Bargain Shop, and Taggs Source for Sports here, as well as Tompkins Hardware in Emo.

Angel tree

Dawn Gray, interim store manager at The Bargain Shop here, arranged the tags with names on them on Saturday. It is just one of the district stores with “Adopt an Angel” trees in them this holiday season.

Volunteering because it's fun: Donald

Sometimes, the best part about volunteering is the other volunteers.

At least that's the opinion of Cynthia Donald, who was surprised and humbled to be honoured as the 2018 “Citizen of the Year” for Fort Frances during Monday night's council meeting.

She noted that mayor-elect June Caul had asked her if she wanted to go in the Christmas parade with her this Sunday (Dec. 2).

Christmas bazaar

Volunteers Susan Chiasson, left, and Johanna Strahl got ready for the next round of gift-buying customers during the C.W.L. of St. Mary's Parish's Christmas tea and bazaar on Nov. 18. The very popular event featured handmade crafts, draws, a silent auction, and a kids' zone, as well as coffee, tea, and refreshments.

Tea time

Courtney Yatchuk, left, offered a plate of finger sandwiches to her grandmother, Alice Pollard, during the annual Christmas tea, bazaar, and bake sale held Saturday afternoon at the Zion Lutheran Church. The event was the most recent in a series of opportunities to socialize and stock up on goodies and gifts for the holiday season.

Young entrepreneurs

Jasper Dennis, left, and her brother, Blase, were selling their homemade wares—cookies and fridge magnets—on Saturday during the Alberton Rec Committee's fifth-annual “Holiday Bazaar” at the Alberton municipal office. The popular event was just one of several holiday-themed bake sales and bazaars held in recent weeks.

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.