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Duane Hicks

Duane Hicks has been a staff writer/photographer for the Fort Frances Times since 1998, becoming editor in 2019. 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

Museum seeking artwork reflecting climate change

The Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre is looking for submissions of original artwork reflecting the theme of climate change.

From April to June, the museum's exhibit will be “Taking Back Our Natural World” and curator Sherry George wants this artwork to a part of it.

George said she's looking for “anything that highlights the impact of climate change on our world.”

Easter cantata in works

A listening session—and first practice—for this year's Easter cantata is scheduled for Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship here.

Practices will be held each Monday afterward.

Diane Maxey, who once again will be directing the choir, is asking those interested in participating to contact her beforehand at 274-7309.

Getting creative

Lucy Bigler, left, and Emmette Garon got creative with Play-Doh during Family Day activities at the Fort Frances Public Library. The library hosted some free drop-in activities based around STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

'Connect 4'

Zaila Rose, left, Kellyanne Legg, and Nova Dallas played a game of “Connect 4” on Monday morning at the Fort Frances Public Library, which hosted some free drop-in activities based around STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for Family Day. The library was a popular spot; some families even were outside waiting for the doors to open at 10 a.m.

Canada Post working to get delivery on track

Some local residents have seen far less frequent mail deliveries this winter—sometimes waiting more than a week to get mail—but Canada Post said it's trying to remedy the situation.

“The winter weather has been difficult on our employees. We've had days where we weren't able to deliver and . . . we've had some injuries,” Canada Post's media relations told the Times.