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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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Safe disposal

Ann Hinton, operations manager of Winnipeg-based CleanHarbors Environmental Services Inc., sorted through paint cans at the Public Works building during the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Day on Saturday, which saw district residents line up along Fifth Street West to drop off everything from oil to turpentine.

Blood clinic

A Canadian Blood Services clinic assistant prepped Dave Gosman, who’s given blood more than 60 times over his life, to donate “the gift of life” once again late yesterday afternoon during the first day of the fall blood clinic at Fort Frances High School. The clinic wraps up today from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.

Fall blood clinic wraps up today

Canadian Blood Services saw a total of 147 donors come out yesterday for the first day of its two-day fall blood donor clinic being held at Fort Frances High School.

This yielded 131 units of blood, CBS spokesperson Harvey Heather noted this morning.

Since each unit of blood can help up to three people, he said yesterday’s donations alone can help up to 393 people in need.

Public invited to condo meeting

The Town of Fort Frances will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24 to gauge interest from potential property developers and unit buyers to see if building another condominium here is a feasible venture down the road.

The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre, local economic development officer Geoff Gillon told council Monday night.