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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

Season of giving

Capts. Angel and Marlene Sandoval of the local Salvation Army joined deputy mayor Sharon Tibbs and Canadian Tire employee Joleen Pettis to kick off the Christmas kettle campaign Monday morning at Canadian Tire. The Salvation Army would like to have kettles out at area businesses Monday through Saturday until Dec. 24, but desperately needs more volunteers to ring the bells.

Bake sale items

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s special events committee has rounded up many gift ideas in preparation for the “Up Scale Bake Sale” at the Little Beaver Snow Park lodge on Thursday evening.

And the winner is . . .

“Citizen of the Year” Linda Hamilton drew the winning ticket for the Kiwanis “Trip of the Month” draw for December as Kiwanian Alan Zucchiatti looked on this morning at International Travel Services. James Ward of Fort Frances will be heading to sunny Montego Bay, a trip valued at $5,000.

Christmas greeting

Santa and Mrs. Claus waved to the crowds lining the streets Saturday evening during the Business Improvement Association’s annual “Parade of Lights.” The UNFC Aboriginal Head Start program won first prize for its float, with the St. Mary’s Youth Group and Canadian Mental Health Association placing second and third, respectively.

Christmas ensemble

The Borderland Ensemble, consisting of Dr. George Elliott, foreground, Jess Brandrick, Kirsten Stinson, Sam Harcus, Fr. Wayne McIntosh, Bill McPherson, Pam Brandrick, Dean Lindstrom, and John Jankiewicz (not pictured) played for people who stopped by the Fort Frances Museum on Saturday afternoon to warm their toes and enjoy hot cider. There also was cookie decorating for kids.