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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

Iconic rockers

Multi-instrumentalist Dave Genn of the iconic Canadian rock band, 54•40 played a guitar solo during a number Sunday evening at the Townshend Theatre. The show, entitled “Unplugged: Songs Stories," featured all of 54•40's hits reimagined and was the second in the 2018-19 "Tour de Fort" passport season.

Exhibit speaker

Genny Jourdain shared a few words on behalf of her husband, Glenn, during the reception last Thursday at the museum. Glenn Jourdain helped Laura Gosse and Kayleigh Speirs with their research in putting the exhibit together.

Colourful craft

Kali Tessier, left, showed her best friend, Olivia Allen, her colourful creation during Community Living Fort Frances and District's garland-making open art studio yesterday afternoon in the Shaw Room at the Fort Frances Public Library. Participants used fabric, burlap, and ribbon to make unique garland—just in time for the holidays.

Consummate performers

54•40 frontman Neil Osborne sang his heart out while performing yesterday evening at the Townshend Theatre. The show, entitled “Unplugged: Songs & Stories," featured all of 54•40's hits reimagined and was the second in the 2018-19 "Tour de Fort" passport season. The next show is "Boreal,” a showcase of winter-themed original songs and holiday classics, set for Friday, Dec. 7.

'Snowflakes' given a fresh look

The “snowflake” decorations that line a few blocks of Scott Street each holiday season are getting a fresh look this year thanks to the BIA.

The group representing downtown businesses has been busy painting all 34 of the large, metal snowflakes red.

“We've been doing them for years,” noted BIA president Doug Cuthbertson.

Boards in need of applicants

A new town council is preparing to be sworn-in next month but they won't be the only fresh faces seen around local municipal meeting tables in the coming term.

The town is accepting applications from qualified residents to serve on various boards and committees until Nov. 21 and from the looks of it, quite a few applicants are needed to fill those positions.