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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.

Contact him at: dhicks@fortfrances.com

Indigenous doulas bringing back knowledge

Indigenous knowledge of pre-natal, delivery, and post-natal care is being shared with a new generation in order to reconnect women and families with the ways once practised before colonization.

Some two dozen area women now are certified indigenous doulas after attending two separate sessions of workshops last week and the week before at La Place Rendez-Vous here.

Celebrate the resurrection

The Fort Frances Choraliers performed the Easter cantata, “Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb,” on Sunday afternoon at the New Beginnings Fellowship here. This year's cantata, featuring 36 singers, once again was directed by Diane Maxey. It also featured a duet by Tania Cox and Pam Guild, solos by Mike Andrusco, Shawn Holditch, and David Miller, and narration by Michael Brady.

Season finale

Suzy Wilde of “Dirty Dishes” broke out the washboard for a couple of numbers last Wednesday evening at the Townshend Theatre during a concert to close out Tour de Fort's 2017-18 season. The trio of talented musicians played guitars, rhythm sticks, fiddle, and even kazoos.

Showing solidarity

The Town of Fort Frances joined other communities across the country which flew its flags at half-mast over the past week in honour of the 16 lives lost as a result of the horrific crash involving the Humboldt Broncos' hockey team bus on April 6 near Tisdale, Sask. The flags were back at full mast before noon yesterday.

Easter cantata

The Fort Frances Choraliers performed the Easter cantata, “Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb,” before a full house yesterday afternoon at the New Beginnings Fellowship here. This year's cantata, featuring 36 singers, was directed by Diane Maxey and narrated by Michael Brady. An encore performance will take place this Sunday (April 22) at 3 p.m.

'Bullying stops here'

Dimit Bus Lines Ltd. once again went all out to decorate its buses for the annual “Day of Pink" yesterday—a day where communities can unite in celebrating diversity while raising awareness to stop all forms of bullying, including homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny.

Down-home music

Lisa Olafson of “Dirty Dishes,” along with bandmates Suzy Wilde and Ali Porter, delighted a full house yesterday evening at the Townshend Theatre with their harmony-driven Gospel, bluegrass, and country stylings to close out Tour de Fort's 2017-18 season. Tour de Fort also announced its lineup for the 2018-19 series, which include Irish Mythen (Oct. 16), 54-40 (Nov. 11), Boreal (Dec.