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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

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.

Valentine craft

Autumn Smeeth and her brother, Chevy, made heart-shaped tissue paper suncatchers 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.

Skinning skills

Mike Bourre skilfully removed the pelt from a beaver during a trappers' workshop Saturday morning at the Métis Hall here. The event, hosted by the Rainy River District Trappers Council, saw a good turnout of district residents of all ages. The workshop featured fur-handling demonstrations, contests, and raffles, and also was an opportunity to network.

Ukulele lesson

Jim Curtis taught youths the basics of playing the ukulele yesterday during the first session of the new “Music Lessons in the Library" series at the Fort Frances Public Library. The five-week ukulele program is for kids aged nine-12. Registration is now closed but if you're interested in being put on a wait list for possible future ukulele lessons for kids or adults, contact the library.

Kitchen skills

Aubrey Eldridge, above left, carefully cut up some ham while McKenna Wreggitt, above right, sliced a green pepper to create toppings for “pizzadillas" their group made late Monday afternoon during the Tween's Club's first instalment of the "You're the Chef” program at the Fort Frances Public Library.

Readying exhibit

Laura Gosse, community engagement co-ordinator for the Fort Frances Museum, hung “Blizzard Outside, Tropics Inside," just one of the dozens of pieces comprising the new exhibit, "Fibre Content,” which opened yesterday in the main floor gallery. The travelling exhibit, which features a wide variety fibre art from across Ontario, will be up until the end of March.