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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

‘Citizen of the Year’ to be named tonight

Mayor Roy Avis will announce the “Citizen of the Year 2009” at tonight’s council meeting.

The “Citizen of the Year” selection committee, consisting of Mayor Avis, Coun. Sharon Tibbs, Bill Gushulak (“Citizen of the Year 2000”), and Mark Kowalchuk (“Citizen of the Year 1994”), met last Wednesday to choose from among the 18 nominations that came in before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Safety award

Kristie Steele, second from the left, of AbitibiBowater, presented Betty-Anne MacKintosh, manager of community services and quality assurance for Family & Children’s Services, FACS board member Meghan Haehn, OPP Cst.

Sign of remembrance

With Remembrance Day coming up on Tuesday, Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 member Ed Bogacki was among the team of volunteers selling poppies yesterday. They will be out at locations around town, including the LCBO, Safeway, Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart, and along Scott Street, prior to Nov. 11.

Spicy sample

Shannon McFarlane, left, got a sample of “Bert & Meg’s Chili” from Fort High student Roberta “Bert” Pringle during last Wednesday’s “Great Canadian Chili Cook-off.” Pringle made the chili along with fellow student Megan Bannon.

Crash site

A tree and lamp post (not pictured) were knocked over on the 500 block of the La Verendrye Parkway (Front Street) early this morning after a man driving a pickup truck fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road. Fort Frances Power Corp., police, fire, and ambulance were called to the scene to attend to the driver, who reportedly received minor injuries.