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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

Voter turnout still high

Voting in the Fort Frances municipal and school board elections continues to go briskly here.

As of the end of voting yesterday, a total of 998 out of 5,179 eligible electors had voted by telephone or internet, which equals an 19.2 percent turnout so far, returning officer Lisa Slomke told the Times.

'Dress for Work' out to help women

Are you a woman who is getting back into the workforce but maybe needs a helping hand? Or do you know someone who is?

The newly-launched “Dress for Work” program is here to help.

The new non-profit program, started by local entrepreneur Jennifer Horton, will provide women in Rainy River District with outfits to go to job interviews and to get back into the workforce.

Heavy snow

Cathy Westover was among the Public Works staff out shovelling last Thursday morning for the first significant snowfall of the season. Borderland received about nine cm (3.5 inches) of white stuff overnight—and reportedly a bit more in the west end of the district—much to the chagrin of area residents. Good news is on the way, though—tomorrow will be sunny and warm, with a high

Voting off to brisk start

The local municipal and school board election got off and running here yesterday, with about 11 percent of the electorate having cast their votes via the internet or telephone by the end of the day.

“Day 1 went very, very well,” returning officer Lisa Slomke told the Times this morning.

Family fun

Sarah Faragher, centre, helped her daughter, Carmen, and son, Theo, stick pins in a pattern in preparation to make string art yesterday afternoon during Community Living Fort Frances and District's open art studio in the Shaw Room at the Fort Frances Public Library. Community Living is expected to hold one more free art studio this year (felt and fabric garlands) on Nov. 12 from 3:30-6 p.m.

Voter help

Returning officer Lisa Slomke, rear, along with election staff Debbie Scofield and Colleen Barnard, got the Voter Help Centre located in Council Chambers at the Civic Centre up and running this morning. Online and telephone voting for the municipal and public school board elections began today and will close at 8 p.m. next Monday (Oct. 22).

Life-saving equipment

Angela Dokuchie, left, Kyson Dobransky, and Jayden Perreault learned from Capt. Rob Dokuchie and volunteer firefighter Real De Gagne of the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service how the new cutters and spreaders recently acquired by the fire department are used to extricate people from vehicles during Fire Safety Day on Saturday at Canadian Tire.