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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

'Project Runway'

Brooke Lelonde, left, and Cadance Sinclair, right, made sure Emma Wilson's newspaper wedding apparel, complete with bouquet, was ready to be modelled on the runway during “Tween Club" yesterday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library. Tweens used their imagination to put on the library's first "Project Runway” newspaper fashion show.

Practice makes perfect

Brittany Strachan, left, Rob Tovey, Beth Logue, and Lew Kempf on Thursday evening rehearsed a scene from “Monday at the Manor,” an upcoming dinner theatre production written and directed by Tracy Gibson. The comedy, set in a home for the elderly, will be performed Oct. 18-20 at La Place Rendez-Vous. See story on A5.

Food drive underway

Carol Angus and Lisa Gibbs showed off the growing collection of food and cash coming into the local BDO Canada office for its “Drive Away Hunger” campaign. Donations will help out the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen located at the Good Beginnings Fellowship on Mill Road here. BDO staff also will conduct a food drive tomorrow (Sept. 27) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

George speaking

Museum curator Sherry George said the museum has served the community well over the past four decades and looking forward, the building, collection, staff, and volunteers are “very capable of leading us into the future.”