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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

‘Sisters of Rethymnon’

Brenda Jones admired “Sisters of Rethymnon,” one of the dozens of works that were unveiled during the opening of local artist Connie Cuthbertson’s new exhibit, “‘The Awakening’—Memories of Greece,” yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Museum. The reception saw about 120 people stop by. Inspired by a trip to Greece this spring, the exhibit marks a new chapter in Cuthbertson’s art career.

Chamber still needs three more directors

FORT FRANCES—The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce acclaimed three new directors at its annual general membership meeting here Tuesday, but continues to look for more to round out its board vacancies.

“We actually still have three spots available, so we’re going to continue to work on that between now and our Dec. 16 meeting,” Chamber manager Dawn Booth noted Wednesday.

Town pessimistic about pre-budget consultation with province

While the Town of Fort Frances will provide input at the 2009 Ontario pre-budget consultation in Thunder Bay on Dec. 1, administration and council said Monday evening they’re not sure it will make any difference.

CAO Mark McCaig said he’d like to have gotten more notice of the consultation from the Ministry of Finance—the town only got it last Thursday.