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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

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.

'Under the sea . . .'

Laura Gosse, community engagement co-ordinator for the Fort Frances Museum, pinned up “Floating Honu," an example of the high-quality fibre art comprising the new exhibit, "Fibre Content,” which opened today in the main floor gallery. The travelling exhibit, which features impressive fibre art from abroad, will be up until the end of March.

Fire safety being urged

With Borderland in a deep freeze for about a week now, residents are doing what they can to stay warm and deal with cold-weather problems such as frozen pipes.

But after responding to two fires since Saturday, the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to keep fire safety in mind.

Winter survival

Members of 116th Independent Field Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery set up a second Arctic tent in the field north of the Fort Frances Curling Club on Saturday afternoon. Braving the bitter cold, reservists practised the use of skis and other specialized equipment, as well as basic winter survival skills.