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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

Chefs’ dinner tops $6,000

The fourth-annual “Chefs’ Charitable Dinner and Auction” here Sunday evening ended up being very successful, raising an estimated $6,200 for further promotion of Alzheimer awareness and education.

“This has been our highest amount raised to date,” Margaret Schonewille, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River District, enthused yesterday.

Albanese re-elected

Fort Frances Coun. John Albanese was re-elected chair of the Northwestern Health Unit’s board of health for a sixth-consecutive year during a meeting Friday in Dryden.

“I am looking forward to leading the Northwestern Health Unit for another year, and thank the board for their support throughout the year,” Coun. Albanese, who has sat on the board of health since 1989, said Monday.

Appealing appetizers

Volunteer Sue Drew, left, offered up roasted tomato and goat cheese bruschetta, as well as spinach and artichoke wonton crisps, to Don Manty before the main course of Chef’s Charitable Dinner & Auction at the Adventure Inn on Sunday night.

Albanese re-elected

Fort Frances Coun. John Albanese was re-elected chair of the Northwestern Health Unit’s board of health for a sixth-consecutive year during a meeting Friday in Dryden.

“I am looking forward to leading the Northwestern Health Unit for another year, and thank the board for their support throughout the year,” Coun. Albanese, who has sat on the board of health since 1989, said Monday.