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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.

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Christmas choir

Diane Maxey directed the annual Christmas cantata, this year entitled “Hope Has Hands,” yesterday afternoon at Rainycrest. The performance for the residents and their families was a warm-up for the actual cantata to be held this Sunday (Dec. 14) at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken at the door.

Half-century of dancing

Sandy and Bob Wepruk, of the Fort Frances Pairs ’n Squares Squares, presented local residents Marj and Bert Smeeth with certificates from the Canadian Square and Round Dancing Society and the Sunset Country Squares in recognition of their 50 years of square dancing during a potluck and dance Saturday at the Robert Moore School gym.

Goodies galore

Dorothy Wepruk perused the selection of packaged baked goods and other snacks laid out at the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Upscale” Bake Sale yesterday evening at the Little Beaver Snow Park lodge. The inaugural fundraiser saw about 50 people drop by, buy gifts, and mix-and-mingle, bringing in about $2,000. Proceeds will go towards new tubs and lift chairs at Rainycrest here.

For our troops

Florence Hill, a member of the local Legion ladies’ auxiliary, packaged up candy at the Legion yesterday afternoon to be put into care packages and sent to Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The auxiliary received very generous support from the public, with enough donated goods to fill four tables and more than $600 in cash to buy anything else they needed.