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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.

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Town planning ways to showcase local government

Local Government Week, an initiative aimed at enabling Ontario’s youth and other citizens to learn about local government and become more informed and engaged members of the community, is coming up Oct. 19-25.

Not so much a new event, Fort Frances clerk Glenn Treftlin noted Friday that Local Government Week used to be held annually but dropped off the radar sometime in the 1990s.

Library blitz hits $26,000

The “Building for the Future” fundraising campaign’s “Drive for 35” phone blitz headed into its final day today with only $9,000 to go after seeing pledges totalling $7,000 yesterday.

Campaign chair Mark Kowalchuk said this morning they’ve now reached $741,000—moving ever closer to the campaign goal of $750,000.

Condo talk

Economic development officer Geoff Gillon encouraged anyone with an interest in a new condo development in Fort Frances to fill out a survey during a meeting at the Civic Centre last night.

Library phone blitz reaches

The “Building for the Future” fundraising campaign’s “Drive for 35” phone blitz got off to a good start yesterday, having raised $9,000 of the final $35,000 needed to meet its $750,000 goal.

Campaign chair Mark Kowalchuk said this morning that thanks to the generosity of area residents, they’ve now reached $724,000.

Public offers input on condos

Local residents showed interest in the possibility of a new condominium in Fort Frances last night as 40-50 people showed up at the Civic Centre for a public information session.

Economic development officer Geoff Gillon conducted the session, explaining the impetus for it and what residents can do to show their interest in a potential development here.