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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

'Pride' supporter

The store window at Curvy Chick on Scott Street is among the numerous businesses and organizations that have decorated in celebration of the inaugural “Borderland Pride Week" here. In addition to the distinctive rainbow colours reflecting diversity, many participants have included hearts and messages of "love for all” in their displays.

Caul joins mayor race

Coun. June Caul has joined the race for mayor of Fort Frances in the upcoming municipal election.

Coun. Caul, who filed her nomination yesterday afternoon at the Civic Centre, said she's worked hard and learned a lot in the last four years, and it's time to make a bid for mayor.

“About six months ago, the thought [to run for mayor] wasn't even in my mind,” she admitted.

Frosty treat

James Aasen, left, and his daughter, Keirra, beat the heat with an ice cream treat at the Sorting Gap Marina here yesterday afternoon. The Falls' residents were visiting Canada on their July 4 holiday. Borderland reached a high of 28 C (82 F) by mid-afternoon but which felt like closer to 37 (99) with the humidity.

Perry unveils bid for mayor

Coun. Ken Perry is running for mayor in the Oct. 22 municipal election here in Fort Frances.

“I want to continue things the way they're going and I think I am the one to do it,” said Coun. Perry, who first was elected to council in a 2008 byelection before being acclaimed in 2010 and then re-elected in 2014.

Behind the mask

A display of four masks made by local individuals who recently participated in the Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario (BISNO) “Unmasking Brain Injury" initiative now can be seen at the Fort Frances Public Library. The idea behind the initiative is that there's a story behind every mask—and behind every mask there's a person who has been touched by a brain injury.

'Unmasking' initiative

A display of masks made by local individuals who recently participated in the Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario (BISNO) “Unmasking Brain Injury" initiative now can be seen at the Fort Frances Public Library. The idea behind the initiative is that there's a story behind every mask—and behind behind every mask there's a person who has been touched by a brain injury.

Mini-royalty contest a go again

The 2018 Mini-King and Mini-Queen once again will be crowned here on Canada Day.

Registration is now open for this year's contest, which will take place on the “Fun in the Sun” stage at Point Park on the afternoon of July 1.

Organizer Melissa Gushulak noted the contest is open to boys and girls aged four-seven (as of July 1).