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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

Smoking ban sought at arena entrances

Town council will receive a written request from Dr. Lorena Jenks at tonight’s meeting to have a bylaw banning smoking outside both main entrances to the Memorial Sports Centre.

“My understanding of the current provincial law is that there is to be no smoking nine metres from the entrance to a public facility, such as hospital and schools,” Dr. Jenks wrote in a letter to council.

Healthy eating

Rita Bagacki, left, handed Sabrina Stoessinger, LTC/health services co-ordinator for the Sunset Country Métis, her order form for a “Healthy Living Food Box” at the third-annual Seniors’ Lifestyle Expo on Saturday at Fort Frances High School.

CT scanner celebration

Riverside CEO Wayne Woods, “Just Imagine” campaign chair and current Foundation chair Deane Cunningham, and former Foundation chair Larry Cousineau did the honours of cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the new CT scanner at La Verendrye Hospital yesterday afternoon as Riverside staff and board members Patti Johnson, far left, Teresa Hazel, John McTaggart, Sandra Beadle, Robin Wright, Su

Customer service strategy

Keynote speaker Maggie Chicoine used a sash to explain planning in the “now, near and far,” as well as how to avoid “knots,” during a customer service workshop last night at Confederation College here. The session, held in conjunction with Small Business Week (Oct. 19-25), was attended by 16 people.

Future mayor?

St. Francis student Mackenzie Wright got a chance to be mayor temporarily this morning at the Civic Centre as Solange Busch’s Grade 4/5 French Immersion class took a tour of town facilities in conjunction with Local Government Week (Oct. 19-25). She and some fellow students, acting as councillors and town management, debated the good and bad points of building a shopping mall in Fort Frances.

Comics creation

Aimee McEvoy put her imagination onto the page as she made her own comic book Saturday morning at the Fort Frances Museum. The workshop was held in conjunction with the new exhibit, “Comic Books: A History,” which runs there until Nov. 17. The public is welcome to drop by and read materials on loan for the exhibit.