Manitou Wind Services announced today they are installing a fourth wind turbine in Manitou to meet the growing demands of the community. The addition of four new homes on the former Silversmith Farms lands, two new Market Parks in Meaford along with some industrial developments have increased the demand for electricity in the town.
The Regional Municipality of Manitou granted a permit to Manitou Wind Services for the construction of a maximum of six wind turbines if the demand warranted further development. In ideal conditions the four turbines operating at full capacity will generate approximately eight to twelve megawatts of electricity for the continent.
Manitou Public Utilities (MPU) report that a natural spring has broken through the new tile sidewalks of the Manitou Market Mall. "We're going to wait for the water pressure to decrease before we begin excavation of the site" said Bill D'rite, the new Manager for Manitou PU.
Tragedy struck Manitou on Saturday evening as a devastating fire broke out in the barn on the historic Silversmith Farm. The fire was reported to Emergency Services around 8:40pm and helicopters and surface response crews were immediately deployed.
Stormy Waters, weather prognosticator for Lloydminster Abbey, reported that "summer in Manitou has started off on a very dry note" he said "we did not see as much rain in the spring that we normally do and this has created the perfect conditions for devastating fires". The dry weather conditions and old wood structure unfortunately contributed to the rapid spread of the fire to nearby crops and trees.
Fire Chief Red E'lite conducted an investigation into the fire early this morning, his early findings report that "the fire may have been electrical" referring to the wiring in the barn that was "installed before Manitou became a town with building code standards", he said. Fire crews from three communities were able to contain the blaze in under two hours. The fire was declared extinguished around 10:00pm last night and Manitou Air Traffic Control (MATC) released air traffic restrictions for Manitou and Massey. An air quality alert remained in effect until after midnight until the jet-stream removed the remaining smoke from the regions.
"It is a terrible loss for the historic aspect of our community" said Mayor Silversmith, CEO of Manitou Tourism. "The cottage burned down earlier this year and we decided not to replace it simply to maintain the historic nature of the remaining estate."
The Farm has been the center of discussion lately with Manitou council following a fire that destroyed the cottage earlier this year. Council had originally blocked a development plan for the area citing the historic significance of the farm in the community. Mayor Silversmith was on scene early this morning and met with the Fire Chief, and other emergency personnel to assess the damage to the estate. Emergency Services has estimated the damage at over MC$ 2,500 in loss of structures and stock.
Council met in an emergency session before noon today and voted to sell the land for immediate residential and parkland development. "We can not afford to restore the estate and it won't be historic if we do", Mayor Silversmith said. "We will preserve the rural feeling of our community with the new low-prim rental development". The new construction of a residential development will cost Manitou Tourism over MC $2,500 in cleanup, new building design and planning.
The Planning Department already had plans submitted earlier this year which were blocked by the historical nature of the estate. "This is not the way we wanted this land developed", a spokesperson for Manitou Tourism told the Corran Journal, "we had hoped to fit modern buildings throughout the existing estate lands, trying to preserve as many of the historical structures as possible just like we did in Massey."
Massey Estate was a privately owned region complete with a large residence in the middle. After the remaining members of the Massey family had passed away the estate fell to disrepair. Local farmers reclaimed the surrounding lands, and later when Manitou Tourism acquired the lands residential homes were built merging history and practicality. Massey Estate remains as a historical landmark in the middle of the region and part of the surrounding property has been designated for public land use for camping.
"The fire could have been a lot worse", said Red D'lite of Manitou Emergency Services. "Thankfully Manitou Tourism just invested thousands of $Maples into the community with the construction of the new Emergency Operations Centre and response network". Shortly after the fire was reported a call went out to neighbouring regions to send any available fire services crews. Two neighbouring communities responded to the call and the blaze was contained. "The fire could have easily spread to Meaford jeopardizing over twenty commercial structures." he said. "We were able to stop the fire at the river to the west and the ruins to the north."
"The winds were light which was a welcome change from last week. If the fire had occurred in mid-April the spring winds would have spread it much faster." said Stormy Waters.
Crews will begin clearing the land today followed by construction of the new residential development. "We're looking at natural but modern buildings with more wood and windows to keep the natural look to the region", said Bill D'rite, construction foreman for Manitou Tourism.
"We're installing new stone facades on our buildings and we've installed beautiful paver stones in place of our dirt paths", said Winter Silversmith, CEO of Manitou Tourism. The Mall features seventeen storefronts and a market park with nine stalls. "We're just finishing construction on our second market park in Meaford just west of the Elk Bones Tavern". The remodeling project started late April 20th and is expected to take several days to complete. "Once we fill the two remaining stalls we'll open up the north market to merchants and begin promoting the parks to the public", Mr. Silversmith said.
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"It just hovered there for a minute or two before it darted off to the west over the ocean and then it was gone" said Bill D'Rite, construction foreman for Manitou Tourism's Memorial Park project. "It was early evening and we were installing street lights when a couple members of my crew noticed it was very bright in the park" The photo was taken by one of the crew members who requested to keep their name out of the news. "A couple of my guys were pretty shaken up, I've seen some strange things in this job, even dug up a body one time while building a house, but never seen a ufo before." said Bill.
Manitou Air Traffic Control (MATC) reported an anomaly was detected on their radar from 1935 hours to 1939 hours but it matched no known aircraft and no aircraft were over Manitou at the time of the sighting. The craft did, however, match the description of a unidentified flying object detected over Massey on February 9 of this year.
This is the second incident in the area involving a similar unidentified craft. Read about the first encounter here. "This land was undeveloped before, maybe it just wanted to see what we were up to" Bill suggested.
Manitoulin Memorial Park was relocated this week to its own dedicated region. The scenic region of Minesing is attached north of the Manitou Market Mall (Meaford). It offers GCG members 25 prims for free to place a memorial to friends, family, pets, and world events. There is a Catholic chapel on the grounds, all faiths are welcome to place memorials. The rules for the park have been updated. Members of the group may place a memorial, anywhere on the region, outside of the pre-designated parcels (law enforcement, fire fighters memorials and Chapel). Donations are appreciated and any questions should be directed to Winter Silversmith, CEO of Manitou Tourism.
The notice was sent out in the Great Canadian Flyer group earlier today buried among the music event postings and advertisements for the Easter Hunt. "We have 2 residential units are available with 1,000 prims each, cost MC$0/month. We are looking for NEW MEMBERS ONLY (NO ALTS) who are looking for a home to start a life in GCG. Thank you..." The ad was placed by Manitou Tourism concerning rentals on their Massey region.
This is the first advertisement, that we know of, to be posted specifying the desire to not have 'alt avatars' moving into the region. Is this discrimination or just strategic development?
For those of you who are actually new to the Metaverse here is a description of an "alt avatar" by Winter Ventura of SecondLife, "ALT" stands for "ALTernate Account".. and it's just another SL account created and controlled by a single person. Often Alternate accounts can be handy for doing things like testing next-owner permissions in products you plan to sell (you can SEE the permissions yourself by logging in as the alt, instead of trusting a friend to know what correct permissions should look like).
Alts are also good for compartmentalizing different roleplay experiences. For example, if you have interests in both adult roleplay like Gor or BDSM, but have times when you prefer to seek refuge in innocent, non-sexual age-regression.. You might create a special Alternate account on which to build a child avatar... keeping all traces of adult group affiliation away from your child alt. Alts are also good for situations in which people wish to compartmentalize their lives in other ways.. whether it's a dedicated alt for a certain kind of roleplay, or an alternate account to sell items that wouldn't make sense being sold by your main.
From managing business assets and advertising costs, to running automated "bots" to send group invitations and store newsletters.. Alternate accounts have proven extremely useful to many people in Second Life. Because of their ability to be used to "hide" certain aspects of your SL life, many people have become quite obsessed with trying to discover or "link" multiple-account holders in some fashion.
In the end though, an alt is just another face you use to log into Second Life.. just like having multiple journals at Livejournal, or multiple GMail accounts. What you do with your alternate account(s) is what makes them useful to you."
"It's all about providing homes for 'new' members and not the alts of existing ones", Winter Silversmith CEO of Manitou Tourism said earlier today. "Recently we rented a couple homes to 'new' members. We've since determined these were alts of an existing member. They were actually quite easy to spot, clearly the individual created them solely to rent out our houses than to have any real existence in GCG. This individual created these alts to fill our capacity and thus new members would turn to them for available housing." The two individuals have been evicted and banned from Manitou regions. "It is sad really, to think you need to compete over free housing?" said Winter.
How can you identify someone as an ALT? "If the 'never been in the metaverse before' Day zero member is wearing designer clothing has a professional looking avatar and doesn't walk like a duck... chances are the person is an ALT", said Winter. "That's how we were able to identify the deception of this individual, I mean seriously if you are going to lie and deceive someone try to be a little more like the newbie character role you are playing." <laughing>
The Great Canadian Grid boasts over three thousand members, however recently some have started to question how many of these are alt avatars. "It's not a rare thing you know, most grids allow alts and this boosts traffic numbers. It's not meant to deceive anyone. The grids are just allowing people to express their creativity through a variety of characters", said Winter. "The problem comes when these alts are used for deception or griefing others. I believe there should be a limit to how many alternate avatars you can create, I don't see the need for more than one or two at the most personally." Many grids, including SecondLife, allow the creation of one avatar for every email account entered, this means the number of alt avatars than can be created is virtually unlimited.
We asked Roddie Macchi, Great Canadian Grid Owner, his views concerning ALTs.
CJ: What is the positive side of creating an ALT avatar?
Roddie: "As a creator myself I believe having alts is essential when seeing how animations line up and how they work. It's just smart building to see how things look in perspective to others before selling your creation or furniture or homes. As a grid owner I believe they need to have alts to do that because I know first hand they do."
CJ: Is there a downside?
Roddie: "The down side of allowing alts is like a lot of grids do... they cheat... they pretend to have over one hundred thousand residents when really half of them are alts. Or a grid wanting to make it look like they are gaining popularity... the grid owner could make up a bunch of alts under his own account. It is the same way they do it with regions.... take grids for example that sell a lot of variable regions... meaning variables that go into the three by three, four by four, five by five... and so on."
CJ: How does such deception work to their advantage?
Roddie: "If they wanted to show on Hypergrid Business that their grid is growing in demand, they could easily make themselves, meaning the grid owner, a ten by ten variable and voila - their grid just went from zero to one hundred regions in a day <laughing>. This is why Hypergrid Business algorithm of using how much land on a grid makes it look popular is bogus. Always look at how many are online on that grid per day, that is where the action is - that is who is popular."
CJ: Any final comments you'd like to share with our readers?
Roddie: "Always remember that a Grid owner can fudge how much land there is, and how many residents there are on their grid... BUT! the one thing they can't fudge is how many is online at a time...well...unless they use bots...then they can <laughing>. So really the only true thing to do is be happy where YOU are... that's bottom line. So do I like the alt thing....yes...as a creator it is very essential to have."
In conclusion, ALTernate avatars are they good, are they bad, in the end it is all about how you use them.
Manitou Tourism announced today that the Manitoulin Memorial Park will be relocating to the new scenic region of Minesing.
The new region will be designated as parkland and is being created solely for the purpose of the memorial park. The new region will include the memorials to Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters and offer 1,000 limited prims to public memorials for loved ones. There is, and will continue to be, no cost to place a memorial on the region.
"Memorials are free but the region is not so donations are always accepted. We will create a special board to honour those who make donations to the maintenance of the region". said Winter Silversmith CEO Manitou Tourism. "As promised the free memorial park will remain open, however recent development has made it necessary to relocate the park to a dedicated region." The new region is expected to open by the end of April.
Manitou Tourism has invited Manitou Market Mall merchants to "Spring into Easter" with their latest decorating contest. The Tourism group sponsored a similar contest about a month ago and MC$2,250 in prizes were awarded to the best decorating efforts. The "Spring into Easter" decorating contest will follow the same rules and offer the same great prizes:
First place MC$ 1,000 - Zunzun Art Cuba
Second place MC$ 750 - Homes By Jayde
Third place MC$ 500 - S&M Creations
Contest ended April 2, 2016.
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