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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 owner

Nick Beyak is settling in as the new owner of Fort Frances GM (formerly Jim MacDonald Motors). Beyak, who also owns Sunset Country Ford here and Dryden GM, officially assumed ownership as of yesterday. Beyak's late father, Tony, sold Causeway Pontiac GMC to Jim MacDonald in August, 2000 when the Beyak family moved to Dryden to buy the GM dealership there.

Lifetime pet licensing proving popular

Whether you got a new animal companion for Christmas, or your favourite cat or dog is celebrating another year with you, it's time to get a new pet licence.

And while the town continues to offer annual licensing, lifetime licensing, which first was offered starting last year, is becoming a popular option, bylaw enforcement officer Patrick Briere told the Times on Monday.

Gift of song

Several generations of the Gerber family treated patients and staff alike to a lovely selection of Christmas songs last Wednesday afternoon at La Verendrye General Hospital here. The Gerbers have made it a holiday tradition to spread joy through music.

Christmas helpers

Marc-Andre Michon, left, and Maria Gilbert were among the volunteers who served up food to everyone who attended the community Christmas dinner Christmas Day at Knox United Church. The delicious meal was prepared by volunteer cooks Sharon Gurski, JoAnne Formanek Gustafson, and Tracy Clarke.

Christmas smiles

Families and individuals of all ages attended the community Christmas dinner at Knox United Church. Here, Marlon, Camille and Katrina Hagarty enjoyed a dessert. In addition to food and camaraderie, dinner guests were treated to a performance of the Christmas cantata, “Good News from Home,” thanks to Diane Maxey and a dozen or so of the Fort Frances Choraliers.

Rainycrest furniture

Rainycrest resident Verenia Zucchiatti, front row left, joined Rainycrest Auxiliary president June Caul, resident May Matheson, activity worker Elizabeth Logue, and resident Robert Bliss, as well as auxiliary vice-president Diane Maxey, Riverside Foundation director Allison Cox, auxiliary member Laurie Hogan, auxiliary treasurer Sheila McMillen, and Foundation chair Bill Gushulak, in celebratin

Season for sharing

People from near and far attended the 31st-annual community Christmas dinner at Knox United Church here Tuesday afternoon. Above, Emilia Suminska, hailing from Warsaw, Poland, and Mike Kempf, originally from Fort Frances but now living in Finland, joined Kempf's mother, Bernice, for a delicious meal.

Season for sharing

People from near and far attended the 31st-annual community Christmas dinner at Knox United Church on Tuesday afternoon. Here, Emilia Suminska, hailing from Warsaw, Poland, and Mike Kempf, originally from Fort Frances but now living in Finland, joined Kempf's mother, Bernice, for a delicious meal.