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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

Oktoberfest fun

Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary president Heather Oltsher, left, her husband, George Oltsher, and her sister, Frances Gibbens were among those who dressed the part for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Oktoberfest” party Saturday evening at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium. The event netted over $22,000 for district health care.

Fire hazards

Wendy Adamkowski, left, and her mother, Nelly, chatted with local fire safety specialist Wayne Riches, who used items involved in actual house fires to explain the dangers of faulty appliances and leaving cooking pots on stoves Saturday morning at Canadian Tire. The discussion tied into “Prevent Homes Fires,” which is this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11).

‘Tree of Life’

Shoppers Drug Mart employee Heather DeGagné put another “leaf” on the ever-growing display for the “Tree of Life” campaign, which ends this Friday (Oct. 10). The campaign is a fundraiser where shoppers are asked to purchase a leaf ($1), maple leaf ($5), or apple ($50) to place on the large tree showcased on the store’s front window.

Fire info

Local firefighter Rod Davis showed Megan Perreault, her son, Morgan, and daughter, Myla, some of the features of the Fort Frances Fire Department’s new pumper truck Saturday morning at Canadian Tire. Firefighters were there to promote Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 5-11.

Season to give

Capt. Angel Sandoval of the Salvation Army pointed out how empty the shelves were Friday afternoon at the Citadel’s food bank. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, local residents are being asked to help the less fortunate and donate non-perishable food items. In related news, the public is invited to drop by the Citadel (316 Victoria Ave.) this Friday (Oct. 10) between noon-1:30 p.m.

Fire Prevention Week coming up

The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service will be at Canadian Tire this Saturday (Oct. 4) to kick-start Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11).

Fire safety specialist Wayne Riches said firefighters will be there from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and that the public is encouraged to come out to get fire safety information and enter draws for various prizes.