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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

Site work begins

A crew from Tom Veert Contracting yesterday began preparing the construction site of the new Boston Pizza franchise here. Located just west of the Super 8 Motel, an official ground-breaking is planned for next Tuesday (May 19), after which Platinum Construction Corp.

‘The Reader’

Elsie Stevens’ needlepoint work, “The Reader,” was among the 40-plus pieces of art unveiled at the opening of the “Thread” spring exhibit on Friday evening at the Fine Line Art Gallery on Mowat Avenue. The exhibit runs through the end of the month.

Old-time fiddling

Champion fiddler Scott Woods and family entertained a 200-plus crowd Saturday evening at Knox United Church. This is the fourth straight-year the Scott Woods Old-Time Fiddling Show has has come here for a fundraiser concert for the church, which is raising money to becoming handicap-accessible.

Work of art

Judy Kielczewski showed off a rug hooking piece she has entered into the Fine Line Art Gallery’s spring art exhibit, “Thread,” which opens this evening with a mix-and-mingle from 6-9 p.m. The exhibit will run through the end of May at the gallery (529 Mowat Ave.)

Spring art show opens tomorrow

The Fine Line Art Gallery’s 2009 spring art exhibit, “Thread,” will kick off tomorrow evening with a mix-and-mingle event.

Fine Line co-op member Jean Richards said that as of yesterday, 25 pieces have come in so far, adding it’s possible more will be submitted as the gallery is prepared for tomorrow’s opening.

OPP detachment commander hired

The Rainy River District detachment of the OPP will see a new detachment commander as of May 11.

S/Sgt. John Kendrick, who presently is the OPP’s regional traffic manager in Thunder Bay but soon will be promoted to inspector, was appointed about two weeks ago after the Fort Frances and Atikokan police services boards and OPP finished up interviews for the position.