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Duane Hicks

Duane Hicks has been a staff writer/photographer for the Fort Frances Times since 1998, becoming editor in 2019. 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

Rafferty willing to mediate Point deal

With the clock ticking down until the Pither’s Point Park lease expires come May, Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty said he’s willing to step in and help the parties involved come to an agreement regarding the future of the land.

“The park is very important for all of us in this part of Northwestern Ontario,” Rafferty said Monday. “It’s a historical piece of property.

Prayer symbols

The symbol of World Day of Prayer 2009 was a combination of the cross and the bilum—a hand-woven bag which is widely used among Papua New Guineans to carry everything from food to a baby. Sitting on the table in front of the cross were symbols of disunity, violence, sickness, and bondage laid there during the Prayer of Confession and Forgiveness.

Rink being dismantled for new school

As activity starts at the site of the new Robert Moore School, the nearby outdoor rink is being dismantled.

Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council last night that Public Works removed the boards at the rink yesterday and the ice surface is officially off-limits, adding trucks will be carrying a total of 43,000 tonnes of fill onto the site starting March 16.

Winter flashback

Second Street East resident Mike Hall was one of many out early this morning shovelling away the white stuff Mother Nature dumped here yesterday and overnight. But don’t put away those shovels just yet as a winter storm warning remains in effect for the region, with another 13-23 cm (five-nine inches) of snow still possible.