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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

Foundation memories

Allison Cox, left, director for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, and Jan Beazley, chair of the Riverside Health Care board of directors, looked over one of several scrapbooks of newspaper clippings marking the 20-plus years of the Foundation's history during an open house yesterday to mark the new location of the Foundation's office (now in the main lobby of La Verendrye Hospital).

Pop

Diane Lovisa browsed through some of the items for sale in the new Betty's “pop-up” shop located within the gift shop at La Verendrye Hospital here.

Made with TLC

Logan Dallas carefully trimmed around a laminated paper heart during the Craft Club for Kids held Saturday morning at the Fort Frances Public Library. The craft club runs there every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this free activity.

Cutting up meat

Dale Ossachuk of Pinewood removed the castor sacs from a beaver Saturday morning during a fur-handling demonstration at the Métis Hall here. These are the scent glands beavers use to mark their territory. Later that day, Ossachuk did a demonstration on a fisher.

Heart pizza

Tina Geerdinck, left, Jesse Carmody, Dale Fortes, and Jeanette Roth showed off a heart-shaped pizza at Boston Pizza here—just like the kind customers can order tomorrow for a special Valentine's Day fundraiser. Proceeds will go to KidSport Fort Frances.

New location

Allison Cox, director of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, and Foundation board chair Bill Gushulak did the honours of cutting the cake this morning to mark the grand opening of the new location of the Foundation's office, which is now in the main lobby of La Verendrye Hospital.