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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

Trio chatting

Diane Clifford, left, Val Calder, and Min Crowe had a friendly chat as music played and festive laughter filled the air on the main floor of the museum Thursday evening during “Novemberfest.”

Museum auction

Laura Gosse, community engagement co-ordinator for the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre, showed off a set of paddles made and donated by Friends of the Museum members Eric Fagerdahl during the live auction. One paddle has an image of the “Hallett" burned into it while the other depicts the "Owandem.”

Filling cup

Volunteer Jorja Pope, top left, offered Ron Bridgeman some sandwiches while her friend, and Bridgeman's granddaughter, Piper Cross, refilled his coffee Sunday afternoon during the annual Remembrance Day Tea hosted by the Legion Ladies' Auxiliary at the Legion Hall.

Honouring veterans

Laura Gosse, standing, community engagement co-ordinator for the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre, and Kayleigh Speirs, administration manager at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre, were busy this morning getting the new exhibit, “Indigenous Veterans of Treaty No. 3,” ready at the local museum. The exhibit will open this Thursday (Nov. 8) with a reception from 5-7 p.m.

Remembrance Day tea

Julie Lowry, left, and Priscilla Wright were among the few hundred people who came out to the annual Remembrance Day tea, hosted by the local Legion Ladies' Auxiliary, yesterday afternoon at the Legion here. The always-popular event featured baking and candy tables, meat pies, cabbage rolls, and perogies, as well as a cookie walk, “Pick-a-Poppy,” penny table, door prize, and a 50/50 draw.

Photobooth fun

Kimmy and Malcolm Daley posed for a pic at this festive photobooth on Thursday evening during Friends of the Fort Frances Museum's “Novemberfest” fundraiser there. The seventh-annual wine, cheese, and beer fundraiser, which drew a packed house, also featured hors d'oeuvres, live music, games, and a live auction.