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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

Reading together

Amanda Perreault read along with her daughter, Kaidence, last Thursday during Family Literacy Night at St. Michael’s School here. The event offered literacy-based activities, such as word Bingo, buddy reading, computers, listening centres, and a Smart Board presentation in an effort to engage parents in supporting their children with literacy skills at home.

Town to look at recycling upgrades next year

The Town of Fort Frances will be considering improvements to its recycling transfer station in next year’s budget, and will apply for funding in the near future with the understanding the upgrades will be completed in 2010.

Council last night received a report prepared by Trow Associates Inc. recommending the town look at three prioritized upgrades, including:

Family literacy

SK student Emma Mainville and her mom, Jessica, read and listened to a story together yesterday evening during Family Literacy Night at St. Michael’s School. The event offered literacy-based activities, such as word Bingo, buddy reading, computers, listening centres, and a Smart Board presentation in an effort to engage parents in supporting their children with literacy skills at home.

Recruiting drive

Fort Frances OPP Community Services officer Cst. Anne McCoy explained the benefits of being an OPP officer to a group of about 20 men and women at the Civic Centre last night during a recruitment session. With more and more “baby-boomers” retiring, the OPP is looking for new recruits.

‘Challenge’ deadline nears

Area businesses that want to know how good their customer service is, and how they could improve, have until this Friday (Feb. 20) to sign up for the Rainy River Future Development Corp.’s sixth-annual customer service challenge.

RRFDC officer manager Cynde Milette said that as of noon yesterday, a total of 25 district businesses had signed up, including some new to the program.