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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.

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Stripping shingles

Andrew Mueller of Mueller Roofing was hard at work stripping shingles from the roof of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (old CN station) on Fourth Street this morning. The roof will be seeing much-needed upgrades over the next couple of weeks, including new shingles and some replacement of fascia, with care taken to preserve its historical value.

Knitting circle

Oona Seguin was all smiles as she knitted a new creation last Wednesday evening during a gathering of the “Fireside Yarn Club” at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. The group meets there every Wednesday from 6-7:45. p.m., although some knitters come earlier. Beginners and veterans alike are urged to come out, create, share tips, and learn.

New location

Renovations continue at the future home of the Nor-West Animal Clinic on McIrvine Road here, with the clinic expecting to move into the former Clover Valley Farmers' Market building next month. The transition will be a gradual process but at no time will the clinic stop seeing patients, Dr. Dan Pierroz stressed.

Talented performer

Little Miss Higgins charmed and delighted a small but enthusiastic crowd of music fans last Thursday evening at the Townshend Theatre to kick off the “Rainy Lake 150" concert series. The show was supposed to be held downtown but was moved to the theatre due to inclement weather. The next free concert will be "Northern Artists Night,” featuring the Nite Hawk Band, tomorrow (Sept. 21) at 6 p.m.

Popular event

Martin Preteau with Miller Environmental Corp. of Winnipeg, top left, carefully added a few more fluorescent tube light bulbs to the growing collection while local resident Bob Svobodon put another battery on the pile that rapidly was accumulating during the annual Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Day on Saturday morning at the Public Works building here.