Mr. Silversmith enjoyed a meal of free range turkey, home fries and green beans followed by a plate of delectable cannoli for dessert all served with a bottomless glass of frosty root beer on the side. When asked how his meal was he replied "absolutely delicious".
The Wailing Banshee pub is located in the commercial district of Manitou next to the public docks. Dinner is served at the pub from four until nine in the evenings seven days a week. Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!
A picture is worth a thousand words and these pictures tell of the great success at our latest Gathering. The Gathering, an informal get-together which has been taking place for approximately a year now, held its first meeting at a special new fireside circle located on Lawson Island on the Minesing region (Manitou) in the Great Canadian Grid.
The Gathering is an opportunity for new and old members to gather together to talk about anything from the weather to grid issues. Once in a while GCG grid owner Roddie Macchi is able to find time in his schedule to attend - this was one of those times.
Roddie talked about the upcoming rate hikes and answered any questions presented from the twenty people who attended this month's Gathering event. This month's Gathering lasted approximately two hours and discussed topics including: rate hikes, copybotting, the new code and upgrades, roleplaying and more.
"The setting could not have turned out better" said Winter Silversmith organizer of the Gathering get togethers and designer of the Lawson Island parcel. "I wanted it to have a real community feeling that didn't feel like we were attending a town hall meeting. A fireside circle in the woods seemed the most Canadian to me, after Tim Hortons of course".
When asked why the venue was changed from Tim Hortons on the GCG Welcome region Winter had this to say "I have actually wanted the gathering to be on my region for some time now. When I first proposed the idea it was to make use of the GCG Cabin but we found the location to be too close to the nearby club. The Tim Hortons was okay but we had a few issues with seating and some attendees wanted to use voice. Since I had no control over either I could not fix the problems as they occurred. I wanted a setting that wasn't official GCG property, a place where people could feel free to speak their mind, and somewhere I could reset scripts or click on or off voice if necessary. The idea of a fireside circle on my region is a perfect venue even in the dead of winter".
Manitou will be closing seven of their eight regions on January 1st 2018 including Minesing region due to the rate hike affecting grandfathered regions. "Yes, the event will continue on my region. I will be setting up a new region in early January and include on it an island for our special new fireside gathering circle. Rest assured the meet and greet event will continue into 2018".
Donations of $Maples are greatly appreciated but not required. Please travel to the Minesing region, gathering fireside circle and find the beaver donation box. Donations are used for fundraising events and landscaping for Manitou regions.
"Thanks to everyone who attended. Thanks to Roddie Macchi for coming and answering members questions. Thanks to Anna Wright, Sabrina Dementos and Lynnestra Parker for providing me with photos" said Winter.
Mark your calendars and join 'The Gathering' group in GCG, the next gathering will take place on: Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:00pm GCG time on Lawson Island, Minesing, GCG. Check the group for a landmark or just watch in early October for reminders.
On behalf of myself, Sabrina and the real life Independents, we want to thank each and every one of you that attended and donated to our recent fundraiser. (Tribute to ZZTop to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada). We are so happy to announce we raised MC$ 16,275
At the time of writing this (Monday, September 25th), that amounts to 93 Real Life Canadian Dollars!!!!
A very special Thank You to Stassi Susanti, and Kotu Sapphire for all their continued support and hard work they put in to helping us with the very worthwhile causes we raise money for. We are very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community. Thank you all again for all your generous donations. We'll keep you posted on upcoming fundraisers.
In the meantime, you can follow us on Facebook.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR TOP FUNDRAISERS:
To make a donation directly you can click on this link Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Donations
Thanks Again, Everyone!
Toaster & Sabrina Dementos
The Gathering is an informal meet and greet hosted by Winter Silversmith of Manitou, GCG. Mr. Silversmith announced that this week's Gathering will be held on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:00 pm. The original venue chosen was the Tim Hortons on GCG Welcome region, however this location has been changed to the Gathering Circle, Lawson Island, Minesing, GCG.
The Gathering get-together's have been held in three different locations in the past year. These locations include the GCG Cabin, Tim Hortons and the Archives of the Avatar. The Gatherings were started as a way to meet and greet new members in the community and share stories and ideas about anything including issues specific to the grid.
"They have been quite popular" Winter Silversmith told the Corran Journal today. "We have counted as many as two dozen avatars in attendance during some of the gatherings which have varied in length of ninety minutes to over four hours". The new venue has seating for 14 including Winter but as he noted "additional seating can be added if needed".
When asked about the reason for the sudden change in venue Winter had this to say "well, I have actually thought about relocating it to my home region in the past. Several of the members have expressed that they felt the gatherings taking place on a GCG owned region had too much of a meeting-type feeling to them. Attendees want to feel comfortable and laid back and welcome to speak their minds about any subject including grid issues".
The Great Canadian Grid has maintained an open-door policy to both compliments and complaints about their service. The Gatherings were not created to be a place to complain about the grid. "They are a get-together between old and new friends. We are all neighbours here in this expansive community and it is great to gather together to just chat about whatever" Winter said.
The Gathering will be held at 6:00 pm GCG time on Tuesday. The Landmark for the event is posted in the notices on GCG Events, The Gathering and Eternity Isle groups as of Sunday night. Everyone including Hypergrid visitors are welcome to attend.
Lions Head Fire Services responded to a 9-1-1 call about a vehicle fire in the development area of the old town of Manitou. The department is about ten minutes from the area and when crews arrived the truck was completely engulfed. Ontario Regional Police closed the section of Highway 8-A for about an hour while fire crews extinguished the blaze.
The driver of the truck, Peter Fields of Wiarton, stated that the engine overheated and smoke began to rise from the hood. He was able to maneuver the vehicle to a safe stop parking lot across from the arcade and witnesses called the emergency services. The truck was completely destroyed by the fire, fortunately the driver escaped without injury. The damage to the almost new vehicle is estimated to be $22,000. The highway was re-opened by police following the incident.
Councillor Requests Early Start to Halloween
"It has been a hard season for everyone and I think we need to celebrate something!" said Councillor Winter Silversmith, representative for the Town of Manitou. "I am inviting all of our residents and businesses to decorate now for Hallowe'en, Autumn and Canadian Thanksgiving. I know we are a week early for Hallowe'en but let's get things rolling while we still can".
The Covenant calls for decorations to be placed no earlier than one month before the holiday date and removed within a couple days after. Residents and businesses in Manitou are invited to decorate for Canadian Thanksgiving (October 9), Hallowe'en (October 31), Autumn (September 22) now. Winter begins in the Town of Manitou on November 1st and the regions close forever December 31, 2017.
Ontario Regional Police responded to a call in remote Mattawa Bay from a distraught parent who insisted that they send an officer up to speak to her son. When officers arrived the boy, Bobby, 13 of Toronto, Ontario described a rather unbelievable story to Travis Steel lead investigator on the call.
"I was playing over near the big turbine back over there" he pointed. "I was just throwing pebbles at some turtle on the beach, not trying to hurt it or nothing, just playing with it you know, when I saw a huge silver ball come right up out of the lake". The boy's mother, Mary, did not witness the event but stated she did hear "a strange swooshing sound coming from the area where her son had been playing". She described it further to the Corran Journal. "It sounded like you know when water shoots up in one of those fountains and comes crashing down all at once, that but a lot louder. I was afraid for my son's safety so I ran up there and he told me what he saw. Of course I grabbed my phone and called the cops right away".
The incident is not the first one reported to police in the area this year. Several reports of "large silver balls" and "giant black triangles" have been viewed hovering or flying near the northern shore of the peninsula out above the lake. "We really do not have any explanation for the sightings at this time" stated a representative of the Ontario Regional Police. "All officers can do is take the reports and hope that a logical explanation presents itself soon" they concluded.
Mattawa Bay is home to the Silversmith estate, Mr. Silversmith is a councillor for the Town of Manitou and owner of the Corran Journal. "I have not witnessed any strange events near my home, I kind of wish I would though. We could really use some concrete video evidence to bring more tourism dollars to our region" he said when asked about the incidents.
The good news is the GCG went back online on September 10 after being down approximately eleven days for a database backup.
The bad news is the return was followed by an announcement by grid owner Roddie Macchi that region rates will increase on January 1, 2018. The increase affects those loyal region owners who were grandfathered in at the start-up rate of $5 per region years ago. Unfortunately this delivers yet another blow to future stability of Manitou.
As you read this month Manitou is cutting back to 4 regions in April 2018 to save $15 Canadian per month in tiers. "My real life job situation is not as lucrative income wise as it was a year ago and when you have to decide between money for entertainment or money for car insurance some tough sacrifices have to be made" said Winter Silversmith, CEO of Silversmith Estates the RP parent corporation that owns all of the Manitou regions.
The new rate increases lead to the decision to close an additional three regions on January 1, 2018. "The good news is that our pre-payment will be applied to a new single twenty-thousand prim region and Manitou in some form will live on... the bad news is seven of the eight Manitou regions will close as a result of the increased rates" Winter explained to the Corran Journal this evening.
Mr. Silversmith was asked for his opinion about the increased tier rate, he reiterated the statement he had made in his notecard issued to the new Manitou region group members late Friday night. "Like I said some people might be upset about the changes coming in the next few months but in the end GCG is a business not a hobby and they have bills to pay like everyone else."
The Corran Journal obtained a copy of the notecard that Winter Silversmith issued to friends and renters of the Manitou regions late Friday night, the document in its entirety is included below. Various communications by Roddie Macchi, grid owner, including the GCG Forums, stated the rate increases were the result of the need for improved programming and continued support. Those interested in knowing the specific reasons for the rate increases are welcome to contact the Great Canadian Grid for comment at email@example.com
Dear Friends, Neighbours and Supporters of Manitou,
First, I want to give you a little backstory on myself and my regions.
I have been in GCG for over 3 years now, and owned regions almost since the first week I was here. I just checked, my avatar was created September 9, 2014. I’ve been “inworld” though since December 2008 in that “other grid”.
A wee jump ahead now…
In 2016, I was still working in a retail store as a Manager and making a decent salary. I have been in GCG for a few years now and was fortunate enough to take advantage of the original $5 per region rates. It’s been a great 3 years and in that time Manitou has grown and flourished to 8 regions.
I have pre-paid my regions a year in advance during the past two years because GCG is my home. I think I go to SL maybe once per year and I hate it. I don’t go to any other OpenSim regions except when I Hypergrid and I do not like doing that at all. I might bitch now and again about how things are in GCG but it’s because I care so much about my community, my friends and my home.
Well, as you may have heard the recession finally hit Alberta last year and in 2017 I lost my management position and job. I looked for 2 months and after not finding work I moved back to Ontario, unemployed and costing about $3,500 to move back I had to make some tough decisions concerning my entertainment budget.
I ended up getting a job in June 2017 but it was paying far less than I was making before in Alberta. I decided that in April 2018, when my regions tiers came up for renewal that I would cut 4 regions from my budget. This would reduce my monthly bill of $33+tx to $18+tx.
I wrote in the Corran Journal a few weeks back that I was going to make the transition to 4 regions in March 2018. My renters and others found out one day, however, rather suddenly that I decided to expedite my plans and turn the 4 regions into greenspaces now focusing all my attention on the remaining 4 regions.
I must apologize once again for the over 10 people who got evicted. I just needed to make the change. The ideas for the new town were piling up in my brain and driving me crazy with anticipation. Anyone who has designed and built their own regions and put their heart and soul into them will understand what I mean.
I had just started to build the new “Town of Manitou” when the grid went down for 10 days. Well, here it is a week later and I’m almost done the new build.
And then Roddie announced the rates would be increasing for GCG. The resulting increase would cost me $5 more per region for 3 of the 4 “remaining” regions I had planned to keep in April 2018.
Unfortunately, I cannot afford to put $15 per month more into the 3 regions that would be affected. After all my plan was to save $15 a month not move it into other regions.
The result is this.
In December, I will begin dismantling the “new” Town of Manitou. Yes, the one I just built and had a select few of you moved into this past week.
January 1, 2018 all the regions, as they exist now, will close.
I plan to obtain one – 20,000 prim region for $10+tx per month under the new rate plan with all the bells and whistles of the “new coding” Roddie mentioned in his notice.
The good news is this new rate plan and my changes will end up saving me $23 a month, which is great because my income is about half what it was in 2016 and it’s very hard to make ends meet without spending $350+ a year on one game.
I now spend over half my working hours paying for gas and food to work my new job. It’s one of those weird catch 22 situations eh. You need work to buy gas and food but then you need more gas and food when you are working. Ah well it’s still good to have a job these days.
The bad news is that there is going to be a dramatic scale back of my roleplay town to a single region. Yes, one region. It will have a couple shops and residences. I do not have a plan laid out yet. I just don’t want to think about all my hard work being ripped to shreds in a few months.
I know a lot of people are probably upset at Roddie right now for raising rates. I am not upset at the raising of rates. It had to come sooner or later, but, like everyone I'm sure, we all hoped it would be later than sooner. It's just the cost of doing business and in the end GCG is a business.
I do know that I’ll probably end up evicting even more of my friends just because of the reduction of space available. To be honest I DO NOT KNOW. I will wait until December to decide what the new “whatever” will look like.
In the meantime, I will strive to carry out an interesting roleplay in the new “Town of Manitou” for the next 3 months.
Please follow the Corran Journal at www.corranjournal.ca for the latest RP story in our quaint little fictional Ontario, Canada town www.manitoutourism.ca I might keep that name Manitou Tourism even though the region will change, it could be a private company that was just hired to promote the new single region community. We shall see.
Thank you again all of you for your continued support and loyalty to me, the Corran Journal and Manitou. You do not know how much I truly appreciate it.
Winter Silversmith firstname.lastname@example.org
(RL: Kevin M. Klerks www.kevinmklerks.ca)
Welcome to the new Corran Journal as we wait patiently for the Great Canadian Grid to come back online. Past articles posted in the Corran Journal are available under the CJ ARTICLES menu located in the top right of this page.
The Great Canadian Grid has been offline since August 31, 2017 performing backups on their data. They will hopefully be back online within the next two weeks depending on what Hurricane Irma does to Florida (home of the servers for the GCG).
Shortly before the grid went offline we began construction of the new Manitou regions. In spring of 2018 four of the regions will be cancelled, Meaford, Massey, Minesing, and Mud River due to financial constraints. This left Manitou, Midland, Muskoka and Mattawa Bay to be the new Manitou.
I decided to completely re-terraform the entire town and scale it back from the city it had become into what you might call a "rural" community. Assuming nothing bad has happened in the interim, the regions have adopted a peninsula design with a single highway running up along the shoreline connecting all four regions. The regions that will be cancelled have been converted into lake (water) with a sprinkling of islands to make it easier to delete them next year.
There will be shops and services along the highway and up to ten homes scattered throughout the four regions. While many of them will be roleplay in design I have invited three of our previous merchants to set-up in the new town - Anna Wright (Chinook), Toaster Dementos (Independents), Couture Chapeau.
The roleplay portion of the community includes a gas station with convenience store, Chinese food restaurant, Police station, a small boat launch with dock, and possibly one or two other businesses. The residential units will be 'tiny/miniature homes' and eight former residents have been selected to move to the new town if they so desire.
The website will be completely remodelled once I am able to get inworld and take photos. The history and the city design are gone, the new Town of Manitou is a humble community of approximately twenty-five to thirty avatar and role-play residents. It is so small they do not even have their own fire station because they can not afford a truck. Community services such as these are provided by a roleplay community down the highway to the south.
Once the grid is back online it will take approximately a week to complete all of the changes to Manitou. Thank you for your patience.
CAO, Town of Manitou, GCG
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