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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

Cookies to help local awaiting transplants

With Valentine's Day less than a month away, Tess Coish of Tess' Kitchen here once again is taking her heart-shaped cookie cutter out to help a good cause.

Coish now is taking orders for cookies until Feb. 11, with proceeds this year to go to help local woman Samantha (Sam) Pearson, who has been in Ottawa for more than a year awaiting a second heart transplant and now a kidney one.

'Lady in Red'

Fort Frances Museum curator Sherry George affixed the information card to “Lady in Red"—one of the 26 pieces made by local fibre artists that comprise the new "Fibre Arts Festival" exhibit now on display in the small gallery upstairs. The original piece is made with fabric, rhinstones, and lace.

Creative carving

Bruce Caldwell carved a wood creation during a beginners' wood-carving workshop held Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Fort Frances Museum. Led by Steve Latimer, the class was sponsored by the “Friends of the Museum.” For information about future workshops, check out the museum's Facebook page or call 274-7891.

January tradition

Fire officer Gavin Payne tossed another tree onto the trailer while his crew made their way down Frenette Avenue during the Fort Frances Fire Brigade's annual Christmas tree pick-up Saturday afternoon. This might be the final year for the pick-up as fewer and fewer residents have real Christmas trees.

Fantastical fibre

“Wilfred the Wizard" is one of the 26 pieces that comprise the new "Fibre Arts Festival" exhibit on display in the small gallery upstairs at the Fort Frances Museum as of this morning. The judging for the juried show, featuring the work of local fibre artists, will be conducted tomorrow afternoon. The exhibit will be up until the end of March.

Tree pick-up

Volunteer firefighter Mike Barlow grabbed a tree from in front of a Fifth Street East home during the Fort Frances Fire Brigade's annual Christmas tree pick-up on Saturday afternoon. This might be the final year for the pick-up as fewer and fewer residents have real Christmas trees.

New west-end business

The drive-thru oil change facility is up at the future site of the Great Canadian Oil Change at King's Highway (just west of Boston Pizza). The businesses will sit vacant until its utilities (electricity, gas, sewer, and water) are installed in the spring, after which time it will be open for business.