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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

ER service on shaky ground across north

With Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora announcing last month it would be making a permanent scheduling change to its ER by not having a physician on-site at night, and Dryden Regional Health Centre warning last week it may be left with no choice but to temporarily close its ER on an intermittent basis due to physician shortages, Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc.

Essay contest winner

J.W. Walker student Danielle Hammond, one of the two winners of an essay contest held in conjunction with Local Government Week (Oct. 19-25), received a certificate of participation and Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce gift certificate from Mayor Roy Avis at Monday night’s council meeting. Both Hammond and St.

Give peace a chance

This poster by Robert Moore student Storm Angecomb is among the entries in the Fort Frances Lions Club’s annual peace poster contest. The winning posters, and honourable mentions, from Robert Moore, J.W. Walker, St. Francis, Crossroads, and Mine Centre School will be on display at the Fort Frances Museum until Nov. 22.

‘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.