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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

Christmas goodies

Sara Roach looked over the baked goods at a fundraiser sale for the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau on Saturday at 279 Scott St. (the old Leisure Audio next to The Den). The sale, which features arts, crafts, and Christmas baking, will continue to run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day this week until Saturday (Dec. 20). All proceeds will to go towards the annual community Christmas dinner on Dec.

Songs of hope

Nicole Cain, left, Wendy Brunetta, and Nadia Felix, along with the rest of the Fort Frances Choraliers, performed this year’s Christmas cantata, “Hope Has Hands,” on Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s Church here.

Winter wonderland?

Tim Fowler had his snow blower out early this morning along Third Street West as Borderland residents dug out from yesterday’s blizzard-like storm. Old Man Winter also wreaked havoc further east, with Highway 17 being closed east of Thunder Bay earlier today due to hazardous road conditions.

‘Hope Has Hands’

Under the direction of Diane Maxey, the Fort Frances Choraliers performed the Christmas cantata, “Hope Has Hands,” at St. Mary’s Church yesterday afternoon. Despite the drifting snow and frigid wind, music-lovers filled more than three-quarters of the church to enjoy what’s become a local Christmas tradition.

Bogus Maple Leaf coupons circulating

It always pays to read the fine print, especially when it says, “Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited.”

A local grocery store reported yesterday that a number of customers recently have been trying to use coupons for free Maple Leaf Foods products they got off the Internet, but the truth of the matter is these coupons are fraudulent and should not be used.

Browsing for goodies

Kerry Zucchiatti, left, and her mother, Anne, eyed up the selection of packaged baked goods and other snacks laid out at the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Upscale” bake bale last Thursday at the Little Beaver Snow Park lodge. The inaugural event saw about 50 people drop in, buy gifts, and mix-and-mingle, raising about $2,000.