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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

Raising awareness

Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts board member Carol Derksen, left, joined Mayor June Caul and Mary O'Connor, the local Alzheimer Society's client services co-ordinator, in raising the flag at the Civic Centre on Friday morning to mark January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month" in Fort Frances. The annual "Forget Me Not” charitable dinner is set for Saturday, Feb.

Pruys wins international gold

Local artist Cher Pruys continues to impress art enthusiasts and critics both domestically and overseas.

Her painting, “Entranced,” recently was awarded the gold medal for figurative painting in the Mondial Art Academia's International 2018 competition.

“This honour is a wonderful kick-start to 2019,” Pruys told the Times on Friday.

Colourful quilts

Laura Gosse, community engagement co-ordinator for the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre, admired “Fallen Halo" and "Peaceful"—two of the quilts local resident Hubert Meyers submitted yesterday for the upcoming "Fibre Arts Festival.” The deadline to submit a piece for the juried exhibit featuring the work of district fibre artists is this coming Tuesday (Jan.

Discarded tree

Some local residents already have discarded their Christmas trees on the boulevard in anticipation of the Fort Frances Fire Brigade's annual tree pickup. The pickup will take place next Saturday (Jan. 19)—a week later than usual.

Rapt attention

Jorja Fournier listened closely to the numbers call during a fast-paced game of Bingo at the “Tween Club” held yesterday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library. The club has resumed now that the Christmas break is over. Youths aged nine-12 are urged to come by the library each Monday from 4-5 p.m. for fun and informative activities geared towards them.

'Tween Club' fun

Bingo caller Sarah Clouston, left, and library CEO Caroline Goulding checked which numbers had been called during a game yesterday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library. The game was played during the weekly “Tween Club” which has resumed now that the Christmas break is over. Youths aged nine-12 are urged to come by the library each Monday from 4-5 p.m.