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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

Winter dump

Like so many other Borderland residents, Murray Beninger spent his afternoon Sunday clearing snow from his Front Street residence. The area received a dump of more than 25 cm (10 inches) of the white stuff on Saturday to go on top of an already heavy accumulation of snow so far this winter. Unfortunately, there’s a 50 percent chance we’ll get more snow this Friday.

Winter wonderland?

Under the watchful eye of his “supervisor” and grandson, Trey Beninger (not pictured), Murray Beninger Sr. spent his afternoon yesterday clearing snow from his Front Street residence. Borderland received a dump of more than 25 cm (over nine inches) of the white stuff over the weekend to go on top of an already heavy accumulation of snow so far this winter.

Picking a winner

Alan Zucchiatti drew the Kiwanis Club’s “Trip of the Month” winner for January this morning at International Travel Services as fellow Kiwanian Irene Laing looked on. Kevin Busch of Fort Frances will be heading to San Diego—a trip valued at $2,500. The club sold all of its “Trip of the Month” draw tickets prior to Christmas.

Lovisa eager to take over as Durham College president

After spending more than 20 years with Confederation College, Fort Frances native Don Lovisa has been appointed president of Durham College in Oshawa.

Lovisa, who first joined Durham College in July, 2007 as vice-president (Academic), had been serving as interim president there since May. He was unanimously endorsed by the school’s Board of Governors on Dec. 18.