Spring is fast approaching (February 1) and Stormy Waters of Environment Manitou would like to take this moment to remind residents of the dangerous conditions that are developing on our rivers and streams. In the weeks before spring the ice layers become unstable and are subject to breaking. All ice fishing and skating is prohibited on Manitou waterways effective January 15th. Please obey the warning signs and stay off the ice.
The Gathering meet and greet at the Great Canadian Grid marked it's one year anniversary on January 9th of this year. The Gathering has held five get-togethers over the last year. "We are hoping to have them at least once a month during the late winter before things get crazy for me in reallife" organizer Winter Silversmith told the Corran Journal today.
The next Gathering meet and greet will be held at the Great Canadian Grid Cabin. The date has been changed back one week due to an RL thing, it will now be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10:00am GCG Time.
A new group has been created in the Great Canadian Grid. The "Charities and Fundraisers" group brings fundraisers and contributors together on a common goal - helping others. The new group is open to all residents of the Great Canadian Grid, the rules are as follows:
1. accepts notices from real life charities and organizations for fundraising.
2. accepts notices from members who are raising funds for a real life charity or organization.
3. accepts members who want to donate to real life charities and fundraisers inworld.
4. This group does not endorse any particular charity or organization. It is up to the member posting to be responsible for the information provided and any monies collected.
5. Limit one notice per fundraiser per day.
When asked why he formed the new group Winter Silversmith had this to say "I wanted to create a group where people wouldn't feel obligated to contribute. There are many good people out there who don't mind giving a few Maples to a worthy cause or fundraiser and this group prevents that feeling of giving being spoiled by one or two naysayers". The group members are only those who post for fundraisers and charities or who are willing to contribute. "If you don't want to contribute then don't join the group" Winter said.
It was not aliens or other strange phenomenon that kept Manitou residents awake night after night with a strange buzzing noise in their ears. "We discovered that the power transformers located in several neighbourhoods around Manitou were not big fans of the cold weather" Bill D'Rite Manager of the Manitou Public Utilities told the Corran Journal on Thursday. "We have worked around the community to by-pass the units until they can be repaired. Fortunately the addition of the nuclear plant to our community made the transition easier as the electricity now comes from a central source" he said. The transformers have been removed and will be replaced with new ones outfitted with new parts that are 'cold weather friendly'.
Thank you to the supporters of the Manitou Safe Harbour Red Deer fundraising campaign.
Lynnestra Parker, Kamira Sirnah, Alex Reese99, Marianna Monentes, Doctor Song, Storm Anor, Kell Babenco, Fiesty Lotus, Armore Seerose and Winter Silversmith.
Together we raised MC$ 10,338 or a total donation of MC$ 20,676. This converted at Podex's worst rate ever of MC$167 per $1 Cdn for a total donation made this week of $123.63 Canadian to the Safe Harbour Society of Red Deer, Alberta.
It doesn't show up in the receipts but I did give credit to the "caring virtual members of the GCG grid game" who didn't feel obligated to contribute but wanted to give to this worthy cause.
"All I can say is wow!" That was a quote from Gathering organizer Winter Silversmith late this evening. Today the fifth Gathering meet and greet set yet another attendance record of 27 [beating the old record set October 30th of 21]. "It's a new record for the Gathering and a new record for 2017 - one that needs to be beaten again before the year is over" Winter exclaimed.
The once monthly get together started at 10:00am today at the Great Canadian Grid cabin and friends and neighbours quickly showed up to hang out. The photo above was taken around 10:30am and had fourteen people seated. "I never expected it to grow to be so popular" Winter said "I was hoping that maybe a dozen people turn out and if we were lucky it would last about an hour".
The Gathering set two records today, one for attendance and the other for duration. Instead of the usual one to two hour get together this meeting lasted for FIVE HOURS. The remaining half dozen people who had been there for most of the event, including Winter Silversmith, left shortly after 3:10pm GCG Time.
The meeting took on an interesting format this week. "First we had a few hours of social chit chat on everything from buying regions to glow in the dark penisis. Then as things settled down there was an hour or so of neighbourhood watch and safe community discussion and finally we ended the day with a round or two of less witty banter fueled by too much coffee and far too many beers" said Winter. "I'll have to check my notes if you want to know anything further" he said "until then you just need to get your butts down to the next Gathering".
The next Gathering Meet & Greet will be held at the Great Canadian Grid Cabin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10:00am GCG Time. This is about two weeks earlier than usual as we're trying to hold them by-weekly until mid April (when things get crazy again for Winter in RL).
Rental fees coming to Manitou, that was the word from Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith this morning. "We are introducing rent and group liability fees to our members beginning January 1, 2017. I spent the last two months considering rental fees and I've decided on this new hybrid rental system to introduce it to Manitou residential and commercial units". The city of Manitou is managed by Manitou Tourism and owned by Silversmith Estates.
Winter described the yearly budget to the Corran Journal "There are seven regions in Manitou at a cost of $406.80 per year [approximately MC$73,000], there are two websites valued at $25 per year [approximately MC$4,500], and we've been spending over MC$75,000 on Kitely and inworld purchases. This is a total expenditure of about MC$152,500. We greatly appreciate tips and donations from our renters and visitors unfortunately the total donations Manitou received in 2016 came to only about MC$18,000."
The new Manitou regions rental system is described below and can be found on the Manitou Tourism website.
How renting works in Manitou regions -
We have decided to introduce weekly rent and liabilities to help support our C$150,000 per year budget.
If you had a residential or commercial rental before December 31, 2016 you will continue to be weekly rent-free provided you remain an active renter and comply with the Covenant.
If you moved to the new Meaford Market Mall in 2017 all of the new Meaford Market Mall group members (including those who were in the Studio City Manitou group) will pay group liabilities fee (this may or may not be charged by the system but it is usually just a small amount of Maples per time).
If you had a commercial rental before December 31, 2016 you will not pay actual weekly rent in the new mall unless you have failed to respond to the "recall of our merchants" requests by the deadline or you move out or you are evicted and want to return - then you will be subject to the new weekly rent.
The "recall of our merchants" period will officially end on January 6, 2017, after that you will pay weekly rent as a new merchant would.
We have decided to charge the following rates in 2017:
Large stores MC$75 / week 750 prims
Small stores MC$50 / week 500 prims
Kiosk stands MC$15 /week 150 prims
What we have available is what we have. We will not add stores or stand spaces just so you can rent. Do not harass or pressure our renters to move out just so you can rent the space either - this will get you publicly banned from the city.
We have started charging rent on residential units that were vacant on January 1, 2017. For 1,000 personal prims the rent will be MC$100 per week.
If you had a residential rental before December 31, 2016 you will not pay actual weekly rent unless you move out or you are evicted and want to return - then you will be subject to the new weekly rent.
2016 marks a bitter year for Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith as detailed in his end of year address below.
"Well, all I can say is that it's about friggin' time 2016 came to a close. It was probably one of the worst years on record for me personally and for the world it seems.
The Great Canadian Grid had a couple DDoS attacks, a hurricane, and more than a few back-stabbing comments by ex-members who are jealous of how great a community that has been built here. The drama inworld was almost as bad as what I had to deal with in RealLife. I ended up in the emergency room three times, almost left my job, had my safety threatened a couple times, worked insane hours in the summer to my own detriment and as with 2015 ended 2016 with a bitter taste in my mouth when speaking of humanity as a whole. In the real world we had terrorism, a world I still cringe at because of its false origins in our current society, lies, wars, conflict, racism, hatred and other ridiculous nonsense that made the headlines, and don't even get me started on reality TV.
It was probably the worst year I've lived through in my forty-five years this time around and sadly with how pathetic our society is becoming I don't see much positive predictions for 2017 UNLESS people decide they've had enough too and grow the F up. I think the best memes I read in 2016 is posted below. I look forward to my time inworld as my escape from the drama of real life and yet there are a few, well several, individuals this year who shall remain nameless who had nothing better to do than make life miserable for others. Shame on you. I'm sorry that your lives are so small and meaningless to you that you feel you must attack others with lies and half truths only to cause drama and discourse. Please, in 2017, leave us alone!
There will be big changes coming in 2017 starting with cutting about MC$25,000 from the MC$150,000 Manitou Tourism budget. Yes, you read that right, MC$25,000, that's about $140 Canadian, when Podex isn't raping our wallets bare and actually paying a decent rate. This means no more sponsorships of events like the Christmas Spectacular in 2015 (MC$10,000 in 2015). Don't worry I won't be holding or contributing to any charities in 2017 in which I match funds from members (MC$33,000 in 2016). It simply is not worth the drama to me any longer.
Merchants previously in the Manitou Market Mall will receive spots in the new mall and only be subject to group liability fees if any if they return by January 7th. New merchants who choose to set up shop will be charged rental fees, sorry but someone has to start carrying the water and, while greatly appreciated, MC$18,000 in tips isn't going to cut it for 2017.
Residential renters who are in Manitou now will not be subject to any rent increases or group liability fees, at this time. New renters, those after January 1, 2017 will be. I think I have about five houses available for rent and each will have to pay, plus any that come available, a weekly rent to help support the city. No more free rides, except for those who have been contributors to our community over the past year again thank you for your support.
The Gingerbread House building contest will return in 2017 as far as I know but the prize money will be cut down and I'll be looking for donations from merchants for the entrants and winners. There will be no sponsored music events held in Manitou in 2017 by Manitou Tourism.
Otherwise, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make 2016 tolerable, both old and new friends, who didn't allow the drama to consume our community and, like me, want what's best in 2017. And to this end, I conclude by saying ~ Goodbye 2016 you can kiss my a**"
The new Meaford Market Mall is setting up an artist and photographer appreciation gallery. They have constructed a wall and they are offering spaces for seven artists and photographers to start. If more want to participate they will look at adding a second smaller wall for exhibits.
1) must be your own art work or photograph (no exceptions),
2) you can offer your work for sale or for free,
3) you have a maximum of 50 prims (keep within the red lines set on the pavement,
4) you must be in the group (ask Winter Silversmith),
5) your work must comply with "family standards" for content (basically no nudes or sexual content) and not create lag from scripts at all.
The Artist Appreciation Show begins January 1, 2017 and will run on the region until February 28, 2017.
"Domestic air travel in Manitou was grounded tonight for ten minutes following the report of unusual traffic on MATC radar" said Paul Skies of Manitou Air Traffic Control. "A craft of unknown registry was detected hovering above the Massey district for several minutes. It disappeared before Manitou Armed Services could reach the scene" he said. Domestic air travel resumed shortly after 8 o'clock this evening.
"We can only confirm that we were alerted by Air Traffic Control to an anomoly detected in the skies over Manitou. We dispatched an F-14 to investigate but no aircraft could be located" said Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Alberta of Manitou Armed Services. Manitou Armed Services remains on Yellow Alert at this hour.
A security camera at the Midland Park Solarium detected a bright light in a field located in south-west Massey district just north of the Manitou Market Mall. The source of the light remains unidentified. This is the third incident of an unidentified flying object reported over Massey in the past year.
A commercial cargo flight arriving from GCG Stores was diverted to another airfield off region during the incident. It has since taken off from the alternate site and landed in Midland.
Manitou Tourism Budget 2017
Space for lease, only MC$1,000 gifted per month.
Space for lease, only MC$1,000 gifted per month.
Space for lease, only MC$1,000 gifted per month.
Each year Winter Silversmith spends approximately MC$125,000 on regions, websites, products and events. You can help by giving a gift via Paypal at the link below or by donating to our tip jars inworld.
Kevin M. Klerks, Editor
(aka Winter Silversmith)