You are here

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

New entranceway

The Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre now is more accessible following renovations completed there last week. The new ramp and stairs with railings, completed by local contractor Ed Kaun and Sons, will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the museum. The public is reminded the museum has a fully-accessible public washroom just inside its front door.

Final lot sold

Chief Building Official Tyson Dennis and Fort Frances clerk Lisa Slomke on Friday morning did the honours of putting up the final “sold” sticker on the billboard promoting lots for sale at the Huffman Court subdivision on Friday morning.

Separating colour

Shyan Scott made some colourful artwork, using a marker and alcohol on fabric to create a “tie-dye" effect, on Monday afternoon during Community Living Fort Frances and District's "Open Air Art Studio” at McIrvine Park. The theme was chromatography—using science to separate colour mixtures. Next Monday's free activity will be stick weaving at Front Street Park from 3-7 p.m.

Art meets science

Lyla Moen applied alcohol to fabric after writing her name on it with a Sharpie marker yesterday afternoon during Community Living Fort Frances and District's “Open Air Art Studio” at McIrvine Park. The theme was chromatography—using science to separate colour mixtures. Next Monday's free activity will be stick weaving at Front Street Park from 3-7 p.m.

Traffic controls

If pedestrians want to cross the intersection at Keating Avenue and King's Highway, they now have to push one of these buttons to activate the “walk” signal. While the buttons might be a common sight in other communities, they're are a first for Fort Frances.