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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

Family literacy

SK student Emma Mainville and her mom, Jessica, read and listened to a story together yesterday evening during Family Literacy Night at St. Michael’s School. The event offered literacy-based activities, such as word Bingo, buddy reading, computers, listening centres, and a Smart Board presentation in an effort to engage parents in supporting their children with literacy skills at home.

Recruiting drive

Fort Frances OPP Community Services officer Cst. Anne McCoy explained the benefits of being an OPP officer to a group of about 20 men and women at the Civic Centre last night during a recruitment session. With more and more “baby-boomers” retiring, the OPP is looking for new recruits.

‘Challenge’ deadline nears

Area businesses that want to know how good their customer service is, and how they could improve, have until this Friday (Feb. 20) to sign up for the Rainy River Future Development Corp.’s sixth-annual customer service challenge.

RRFDC officer manager Cynde Milette said that as of noon yesterday, a total of 25 district businesses had signed up, including some new to the program.

Cookies galore

“Friends of the Library” member Pat Bird re-stocked the popular “cookie walk” on Friday morning during the group’s annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser bake sale at the Fort Frances Public Library. The sale featured a delicious selection of baked goodies, a penny auction, and blanket draw (the blanket was made by Cathy Robinson and won by Donna Law).

Airport Sign

This sign at the exit of the Fort Frances Airport puts Rainy Lake front and centre as an attraction. Like the trip to Shreveport, La., it is part of a new marketing push to promote Fort Frances as a tourism destination, not just a place to drive through.