The city purchased the building in 1984 and fully restored the structure to its original design and textures thanks to fundraising efforts by members of the Manitoulin Historical Society and local businesses. It has been rented several times in the last thirty years mostly to families new to the city. In summer 2016 until now it served as the company home of Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith until other accommodations became available.
The house is thirty metres by thirty metres by twenty-three metres high, remains by far the largest privately occupied home in Manitou, GCG, but surprisingly only takes up 255 prims. The parcel is massive at 6,416 square metres and includes riverfront access, nearby bridge to downtown Meaford and a free parking space for the renter down on the street south-east of the manor. Privately owned farms are located south and east of the parcel, riverfront to the west and parkland to the north.
Manitou Tourism has stated that several conditions are attached to the rental of this house. Due to the special conditions potential renters must contact the CAO first to be approved before they can rent the location. "The renter must be a family or couple, two or more members, not just an individual. The renter will receive one thousand personal prims to decorate with but the structure, textures, and landscaping on the parcel can not be changed. The rent is higher than other residential rentals in Manitou, GCG because of the prime location and size of the building at MC$ 250 per week" said Mr. Silversmith.
Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith is moving out of the historical Paulstone Manor House in middle Manitou, GCG, the home will be placed up for rent this weekend. "I recently purchased a beautiful tiny home, the Cozy Timber Home, from SunKissed Creations (creator: Genavieve Page) on Kitely and I will be living on Winters Isle in my new home" said Mr. Silversmith. "I have always wanted to own a tiny home in RealLife so this will be the next best thing. The home is absolutely beautiful and perfect for one or two avatars".
Mr. Silversmith explained one of the funny challenges of moving into a smaller home, "a couple people were confused when I said I was moving into a tiny home, they thought that I meant I was becoming a Tiny and moving into a small house. The "tiny home" or "miniature home" is becoming very popular in the RealLife Canada and United States. The home itself is about the size of a mobile home or trailer home and even comes with wheels but it is a lot more spacious than the homes you might be used to. I am thrilled the concept has finally come to GCG and the Kitely Marketplace".
The Cozy Timber Home comes in unfinished wood textures, furnished for $4.50US or unfurnished for $2.00US. The unfurnished version is approximately 305 prims and measures twenty metres by eight metres. The tiny home was placed on the Island on Friday and crews assembled a new bridge to the island this morning at a cost of 93 prims. "It all counts under my staff member two thousand prims allowance" Winter said "and we will place the Paulstone Manor up for rent at MC $250 per week with 1,000 personal prims. It is a historical landmark and perfect for a family to rent".
"This tiny home rates as one of the top five homes I have ever owned in OpenSim, I recommend it to anyone who wants to promote better living in the Great Canadian Grid with a smaller, more responsible, footprint. It gives you all of the comforts of home plus you are left with a lot more room on your parcel for gardening or a patio to entertain friends" Winter concluded.
The Manitou Department of Public Safety spokesperson Officer Beatdon released a statement at half past three today concerning the incident at the South Promenade Metro Transit station in downtown Manitou, GCG.
"At 1:03 pm our 9-1-1 service received a call from an individual at the Transit centre to report an individual that was threatening passengers with a knife or a gun. The facility was already in lock-down mode as per anti-terrorism procedures when we arrived on scene at 1:05 pm. The first detachment to respond is located in downtown Manitou about half a block from the centre....
The responding officers witnessed the individual on the sidewalk near the doors of a bus. The suspect was waving a knife around and screaming obscenities at onlookers and officers could see one victim laying on the ground near the front bus tires...
M.D.P.S. officers instructed the suspect to drop the knife several times. The suspect refused to comply with the orders of the officers and lunged toward the victim nearby. At this time Officer Pikeme fired his service revolver at the suspect. The suspect was shot and died as a result of his injuries. The victim was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was released a short time ago...
Public Safety officers from detachments in Manitou, GCG and Midland, GCG secured the scene and conducted a search of the area to ensure public safety. The area was released from lock-down at 2 pm and the nearby street re-opened shortly afterward...
We have identified the suspect as twenty-four year old Ikila Lotapeple. Mr. Lotapeple was wanted in connection with a domestic dispute that resulted in the stabbing death of his spouse twenty-year old Victovia Lotapeple, last week in Othertown. This was not an act of terrorism as previously reported, it was a tragic domestic dispute that carried into our community. While the investigation will continue we do not believe there is any further threat to our city".
This is the first substantial incident of violence in the R.M. of Manitou, GCG since the robbery in Mud River, GCG on March 13 of this year that resulted in two deaths.
"Manitou Department of Public Safety members and emergency services personnel are on scene following what appears to be an knife attack at the South Promenade Metro station approximately twenty minutes ago. Around 12:55 pm an unidentified male approached bus passengers and threatened them with a knife while uttering verbal threats. Police were called by transit officials and the area was locked down around 1 pm. The suspect refused to comply with police demands to disarm and was subsequently shot and killed after he attempted to continue their attack on observers. Police remain on the scene investigating the incident and making sure the area is safe to re-open. The Terminal Road section in the District is closed in both directions at this time. Transit services to the downtown area are disrupted at this time, all other terminals remain open. We will have more details when they are available and a full report on tonight's KMTV-7 News broadcast.... this is Maria Gonabegon reporting for KMTV-7 News from downtown Manitou........"
The historical Lloydminster Abbey is for rent as a residential parcel. The Regional Municipality of Manitou purchased the building from the Catholic Church last fall during a liquidation of surplus church owned properties. The municipality renovated the building to updated building code standards while preserving its landmark title.
The Manitoulin Historical Society published the history of this location last year when it was named to the list of historical buildings in Manitou. "1874 The Lloydminster Abbey is built in Midland. It is originally used to house nuns of the Saint Francis parish. It plays a pivotal role during World War II as a hospital for injured soldiers. It received Historical Landmark designation in 2016."
The two storey building and 2,704 square metre grounds include 1,000 personal prims for only MC$ 100 per week. Contact Winter Silversmith for a copy of the Covenant and to rent this location today.
A minor electrical fire closed two streets in Midland and caused a power outage in Midland and Muskoka regions for approximately half an hour this afternoon. Fire services from Midland and Manitou responded to the alarm. No one was injured in the incident and power was restored this evening.
You may have noticed the special Canada 150 flags and signage appearing across the Manitou regions this month. The Regional Municipality of Manitou is marking the 150th Birthday of the nation of Canada with authorized logo signage.
"You can not just use the logo wherever you want, it is a copyrighted logo" Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism told the Corran Journal this afternoon "I had to submit an application to the Government of Canada (on behalf of the reallife Kevin M. Klerks) to use the logo in the virtual platform of the Great Canadian Grid on flags and signs". The good news of an approval to use the logo was received last Friday via email.
The application approval grants the use of the logo on virtual flags and signage on the Regional Municipality of Manitou, GCG regions only and only by Kevin M. Klerks (avatar Winter Silversmith). "Anyone else who wants to use the logo must complete the application form with the Government of Canada" Winter said.
For your convenience you may click on COMPLETE AN APPLICATION to file for use of the logo in the Great Canadian Grid or anywhere else. You must complete the application using your real life information and it is bound by law.
Wildrose Industries has constructed their first solar farm in Manitou. This 5kW farm is located near the enterance to the inner harbour and the Massey Estate on former residential property. The energy produced will be used to power nearby oil operations and lighting around the Massey Estate historical site.
The Regional Municipality of Manitou has commenced an aggressive program to develop solar power across the city. The panels will be installed on the top of all buildings throughout the Meaford Market Mall and Midland. The energy produced will be used to power street lighting, security lighting, and other auxiliary systems decreasing our dependency on the nuclear facility for power.
Council has been discussing the possibility of returning the city to renewable energy sources and selling the nuclear energy to other cities to generate revenue. If development of 'green energy' proceeds in the city it is expected to cost approximately twenty five hundred prims per region. Council will vote on the motion in June 2017.
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