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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

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.

Snow a boon to sled sales

While snowfall may elicit groans from those who have to shovel their driveways, the hefty helping of white stuff so far this winter is good news for district snowmachine dealers.

“It’s been a better winter. The snowmobiles are coming around a bit,” said Jim Badiuk of Badiuk Equipment, the local Ski-Doo dealer.

Spirit of giving

Salvation Army Capt. Angel Sandoval helped Helen Cup out the door of the Citadel with her Christmas hamper on Friday. With the support of the community, the local Salvation Army handed out about 200 hampers to families in Fort Frances and across the district, from Rainy River to Mine Centre, from Friday through Monday.

Mexican tradition

Rachel Jean, left, was among the youths who took turns leading “Bessie” the Jerusalem donkey along downtown streets Friday evening during the second-annual “Las Posadas” procession here. Children and adults from St. John’s Anglican Church (dressed as shepherds, angels, wise men, and Joseph and Mary) travelled from motel to motel as they looked for a place to stay.