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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

Here’s to the future

Looking forward to a partnership that will see construction of a new library and technology centre start in April, “Building for the Future” campaign chair Mark Kowalchuk, middle, shared a few words at the site of the future facility on Friday before presenting Mayor Roy Avis, second from left, and deputy mayor Sharon Tibbs, far right, with a cheque for $825,096.

Oktoberfest fun

Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary president Heather Oltsher, left, her husband, George Oltsher, and her sister, Frances Gibbens were among those who dressed the part for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Oktoberfest” party Saturday evening at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium. The event netted over $22,000 for district health care.

Fire hazards

Wendy Adamkowski, left, and her mother, Nelly, chatted with local fire safety specialist Wayne Riches, who used items involved in actual house fires to explain the dangers of faulty appliances and leaving cooking pots on stoves Saturday morning at Canadian Tire. The discussion tied into “Prevent Homes Fires,” which is this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11).

‘Tree of Life’

Shoppers Drug Mart employee Heather DeGagné put another “leaf” on the ever-growing display for the “Tree of Life” campaign, which ends this Friday (Oct. 10). The campaign is a fundraiser where shoppers are asked to purchase a leaf ($1), maple leaf ($5), or apple ($50) to place on the large tree showcased on the store’s front window.