The planned project for expansion has been approved. Manitou Armed Services Air Force division has constructed a new runway and support infrastructure behind the Emergency Operations Centre in Muskoka district. "The new airstrip is for military use only and a no-fly zone will be announced this week" said Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Alberta spokesperson for the Manitou Armed Services.
The new runway is 158 metres long by 20 metres wide and will handle light aircraft and fighter jets from Canada and our allies. "We are still considering a navy yard but there is not enough money in the budget to justify a full region with no revenue base right now" the Colonel said.
"I haven't reached the goal I set for this fundraiser so I am extending it until December 30, 2016. What can I say I'm determined to donate a certain amount and I need your help to reach my goal" Winter Silversmith told the Corran Journal this morning. Winter is holding a personal unofficial fundraiser for the Safe Harbour in Red Deer, Alberta. "They do great things for those in need in the community and I'm hoping everyone feels the need to help as I do" he said.
Winter Silversmith, aka Kevin M. Klerks, held a fundraiser earlier this year for the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fire Appeal campaign raising over $250 Canadian for the cause. "I take donations inworld, then I match them in RealLife. If members donate the MC$22,500 I'm asking for I will donate $250 Canadian to Safe Harbour. The names of those who donated and a receipt for the donation will be posted in the Corran Journal."
Two 'At Home in Gingerbread' contest winners have said they will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their creations to the charity, Doctor Song and Shirah Bare.
The first annual 'At Home in Gingerbread' contest is now over and winners have been announced. This first year event showcases the talent here on the Great Canadian Grid with a prim and sculpties only creation. All builds will remain on display until December 30th. Now that the contest is complete, if the creators choose to, they may place their builds for sale to the public.
Thank you to all of our participants you did an awesome job! Your prize money will be distributed this morning. This event has been sponsored by CAO Winter Silversmith of Manitou Tourism. Manitou Tourism ~ Less Lag More Living.
1st Prize - MC$ 2,000 Shirah Bare
2nd Prize - MC$ 1,000 Lynnestra Parker
3rd Prize - MC$ 750 InsideOutJim Umaga
4th Prize - MC$ 500 John Sheppard
5th Prize - MC$ 250 Jug Runner
6th Prize - MC$ 100 Doctor Song
The Judge Advocate General of the Manitou Armed Forces has opened new law offices in downtown Manitou. The building has been constructed on the former site of the Elk Bones Tavern that was destroyed by fire earlier this week. The new JAG offices are the legal department representing naval, ground and air members in our armed services.
The Manitou Armed Services Naval division have submitted a proposal for the construction of a naval yard if and when land becomes available. The construction calls for a marina, docks, warehouses and housing for personnel. The project is expected to take a week to complete at a cost of 10,000 prims and MC$5,000. "Unfortunately there is not enough land available at the present time to construct this new base which would bring much needed tax revenue into the community" said Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Alberta of the Manitou Armed Services. The military, in a joint effort with Emergency Services, Police, Fire and Manitou Tourism constructed the Emergency Operations Centre in Midland earlier this summer. "When the project has been approved will be constructing an air strip near the Emergency Operations Centre for military aircraft visiting from other regions" he said.
The historic Elk Bones Tavern is no more. Manitou Emergency Services Fire Department responded to an early morning alarm at the two storey structure in downtown Manitou. Upon arriving on the scene Fire Chief Red E'Lite assessed that the fire was too involved to stop. Fire crews worked aggressively to control the fire and limit it to the tavern structure.
Louis deVanner, an emigrant from Rotterdam, Netherlands, built the Elk Bones Tavern in 1854 in south-east Northgate Village near the harbour. It received Historical Landmark designation in 2016. The Tavern building has been unoccupied since summer after a challenging economy closed its doors and the business had been placed on the market.
"The structure could not be spared" Chief E'Lite told the Corran Journal "we believe it may have been arson as electrical services were disconnected in the building while unoccupied". When asked what will become of the land made available by the fire Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism said "we had planned to build a courthouse in Manitou, it is likely this will now be the location for it".
The fire brings the debate over emergency services available to the forefront again. Earlier this year it was reported that the city decided to spend additional funds it received through various tax programs on the renumeration of the city parcels. Critics presented the need for increased fire services in the city and implied that a disaster was imminent. "We are quite capable of fighting fires in our community" Chief E'Lite stated "we have fire hydrants, access to abundant water sources and helicopters in our arsenal for fighting fires."
Council will meet to discuss fire services and the construction of a new courthouse on the site of the former tavern. Clean up of the site will begin once fire services has completed its investigation.
Visitors to the Corran Journal Head Office in Manitou will get a surprise when they arrive. Today the Corran Journal announced the closure of its office in Manitou and its move of all operations to their former satellite office in GCG Communications region.
"We decided that the new office in the CSun region best serves our needs. To bring additional commercial services to Manitou we closed our offices there and leased the land to Chen's Supermarket" said Winter Silversmith, CAO Manitou Tourism and Editor of the Corran Journal. Chen's first store is located and will continue operations in Cedar Point, Kingfisher Bay, GCG. This second location will offer more frozen foods due to the seasonal access to metaworld markets via the GCG Ocean. The store is being stocked this week and should be open by the start of next week.
Excavation of a historic settlement in Manitou was halted this week due to deteriorating weather conditions. The skeleton was discovered earlier this year after heavy summer rains exposed part of the subterranean soil to the elements. Read more here.
"The early onset of winter has halted excavation of the archaeological site on Manitou region until spring" said Wesley Ferguson spokesperson for the University of Western Metaversia. When asked when the project will continue Wesley said "We had hoped to complete the project before winter but the snowfall arrived several weeks earlier than expected. We have protected the exposed site from the weather and we will continue the dig in April".
Public voting begins tomorrow in Manitou's first annual 'At Home in Gingerbread' prim building contest.
Entrants were required to build a prim and sculpty gingerbread-themed house not exceeding 300 prims. No mesh was allowed and only low script use permitted.
Voting boxes will be placed one next to each build late tonight for the public to begin voting. You may vote for more than one build. Basically the public is voting on theme, creativity, quality of build and overall appeal of the build. Public votes, combined with judging by Manitou Tourism will result in a winner.
There are 6 entrants. While assigned location numbers, as noted below, these names are not in any particular order of placement in judging.
1. Jug Runner
3. InsideoutJim Umaga
5. John Sheppard
7. Doctor Song
8. Lynnestra Parker
10. Shirah Bare
Manitou Tourism has already judged the builds by several criteria, public voting will be factored into these results. The specifics of what Manitou Tourism looked for will not be made public in the spirit of fairness before, during and after voting. This is a contest of creativity not point making.
First place will receive MC$2,000
Second place MC$1,000
Third place MC$750
Fourth place MC$500
Fifth place MC$250
Sixth place MC$100
Public voting will begin officially on November 24th and end on November 30th at 11:59pm. Any votes made on the 23rd after the placement of vote boxes later tonight will be counted.
Visitors are welcome any time on the commercial region. The Exhibition Area is located central-east on Meaford region in the Regional Municipality of Manitou (Manitou continent) in the Great Canadian Grid. Just look for the signage or Notices inworld for a landmark.
It was originally planned to be a community college but after careful consideration of the work involved in such a venture Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith has decided to change the intention of the new building in Manitou.
"It would be far too much work co-ordinating schedules and finding such a limited spectrum of activities involving the arts and literature" Winter said in a press conference this morning. "I have decided that this building will now best serve the interests of the Great Canadian Grid as an archive of avatar information. We will store notecards full of text concerning everything from roleplay, to avatar rights, to every day life in the GCG. This will be a source for everyone to visit, take all the free information available, and perhaps even contribute." The Archive, currently managed by Winter Silversmith, is inviting any and all members of the Great Canadian Grid to contribute notecards of information. The Archives already contain RolePlays from theRiverLands and several versions of the Declaration of Avatar Rights, all information free and contained in copy-able bookcases. "The bookcases containing information are slightly taller than the empty ones, this will become less notable as we fill all of the cases with information" explained Winter.
The new Manitou Archives of the Avatar is located at 9 Sawney Close, Midland region in Manitou, GCG. It is still building the archives, a project that will never end, and will be open to the public by the end of day November 21st. Contributions can be made inworld only to Winter Silversmith via notecard.
"Information will be organized loosely on the Dewey Decimal System and your notecard name has to be as detailed as possible. Do not send me a notecard with the name like 'all about me' and expect it to end up in the archives. You need to give it a name like, for example, 'biography of Winter Silversmith November 18 2016'. The information is already public and free, this gives everyone a place to research your roleplay, your business, or whatever, it's an archive of our existence in the metaverse" said Winter.
Lloydminster Abbey, built in 1874, is under threat of closure following the death of Abbot Alexander earlier this autumn. The Abbey, located at 3 Teasag Trail, has been spared from development only because of its historical significance and active use as a refuge for those wanting relief from the perils of everyday life for a while.
"While the building and grounds will remain intact the Regional Municipality of Manitou will buy the parcel and covert the Abbey into a residential home." Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith said Wednesday evening. The Abbey received historical designation this summer, whoever moves in will not be permitted to change the structure or the grounds. "The cemetery will be moved to another location before we rent out the building" Winter said.
Anyone interested in living in the Abbey should contact Winter Silversmith inworld, as with all other rentals you are not permitted to have a home or region anywhere else in GCG when you rent from Manitou.
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