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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

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.

Town planning ways to showcase local government

Local Government Week, an initiative aimed at enabling Ontario’s youth and other citizens to learn about local government and become more informed and engaged members of the community, is coming up Oct. 19-25.

Not so much a new event, Fort Frances clerk Glenn Treftlin noted Friday that Local Government Week used to be held annually but dropped off the radar sometime in the 1990s.

Library blitz hits $26,000

The “Building for the Future” fundraising campaign’s “Drive for 35” phone blitz headed into its final day today with only $9,000 to go after seeing pledges totalling $7,000 yesterday.

Campaign chair Mark Kowalchuk said this morning they’ve now reached $741,000—moving ever closer to the campaign goal of $750,000.