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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

Council set to ban smoking near arena doors

Town council will vote tonight on amending a bylaw to prohibit smoking nine metres from the front overhang and west entrance to the Memorial Sports Centre, and that the “no smoking” zone be clearly marked.

The recommendation for the bylaw amendment was made by the Community Services executive committee, with input from the Planning and Development executive committee.

Sweet treat

This Christmas tree, adorned in Lindor chocolates, actually will be pleasure rather a chore to un-decorate. It is being donated by Beta Sigma Phi (Alpha Mu chapter) for this Sunday’s “Spirit of Christmas” fundraiser at La Place Rendez-Vous from 4-8. The painted wooden moose in front of the tree was made by the Times’ own Linda Plumridge.

Winter wonderland

Todd Wood of the Fort Frances Power Corp. put up snowflake Christmas light decorations for the local Business Improvement Association this morning on Scott Street. The FFPC once again volunteered its services to put up the lights prior to next Saturday’s Santa Claus parade.

Artistic gifts

Fine Line co-op member Jean Richards prepared a display of Terril Pentney’s Mexican-style paper sculptures in anticipation of the Christmas open house there tomorrow and Saturday. Join local artists for gingerbread and cider while browsing for gift ideas.

‘Gift of Hope’

St. John’s Anglican Church Sunday School students Emma Keeler, front row left, McKenna Begin, Hailey Beaudry, and Tory Beaudry, along with Hallee Nugent, back row left, Logan Nugent, Brayton Levesque, and Kaylyn Levesque, presented Capts. Marlene and Angel Sandoval with boxes full of donations for the Salvation Army food bank Sunday evening.

‘Spirit’ of charity

A sampling of the items donated so far for the silent auction at this year’s “Spirit of Christmas” fundraiser was spotted at Tichborne’s Real Estate office this morning—and much more awaits those who atend the annual event this Sunday (Nov. 23) from 4-8 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. Those wanting to donate items must get them in by this Friday (drop them off at Tichborne’s).