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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

Climate change in focus

Museum curator Sherry George straightened a panel which is part of the new exhibit about climate change, “Taking Back our Natural World,” yesterday at the Fort Frances Museum. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held there tomorrow (April 24) from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome. The exhibit runs through June 22.

'Mama's Gone Country Chic'

Livia Lundon, left, Allison Cox, Janice Cousineau, and Natalie DeGagne of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's special event committee showed off just some of the penny table and silent auction items that will be available at this year's spring fundraiser luncheon which be held on Saturday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the upstairs hall at the Emo Arena.

'Woodland' art

Fine Line co-op member Jean Richards showed off two pieces submitted for the upcoming “Woodland" spring art exhibit at the Fine Line Art Gallery here. The larger piece is by Debbie Larson while the smaller painting on birch bark is by Darlene Mitchell. Artists are reminded the deadline for entries is the end of this month.

Carbon tax in effect

The price at the pump has gone up five cents a litre as of Monday thanks to the new federal carbon tax. The new tax, also applied to home heating fuels and natural gas, is meant as an incentive for industries—and consumers—to innovate and find ways to lower their fossil fuel emissions.

Dance #16

Annie Kivimaki got some serious air while dancing to “When I Grow Up" on Friday evening during Dancemakers School of Dance's recital, "Twenty Years of Unforgettable Memories,” at the Townshend Theatre.

Dance #5

Hailey Bragg busted a move to “River" on Friday evening during Dancemakers School of Dance's recital, "Twenty Years of Unforgettable Memories,” at the Townshend Theatre.

Recital finale

Dancers of all experience levels took to the stage one last time after performing the finale in Dancemakers School of Dance's recital, “Twenty Years of Unforgettable Memories,” on Friday evening at the Townshend Theatre. This event marked the dance school's 20th year, with each dance number being a flashback to a past recital starting with the first one in 1999.

Free tax help offered

While figuring out their income tax may not be difficult for some, it can be stressful to others—especially if they can't afford to hire a service to do it for them.

As such, the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau once again is offering a helping hand through the Canada Revenue Agency's Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVIP).

Town now waiting on any mill updates

Following last week's announcement that Resolute Forest Products had rejected the bid from Rainy River Packaging Inc. (formerly known as Repap Resources) to purchase and restart the mill here, and that Resolute is entering into an agreement with a community re-developer that may demolish the property, town officials are waiting for any new word about the future of the shuttered property.