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 has opened an emergency storm shelter in Mud River, GCG for any residents who might be displaced by an offline region. This is a temporary shelter where, by joining the Eternity Isle group, you can set home in times of need. The Shelter includes a campfire circle, kitchen, livingroom, changeroom, shower and beds. The Shelter will be open year round and a group joiner is located on the street address sign out front. The Manitou Storm Shelter is located at 400 Mud Flats Road Mud River 53, 21, 21 and is available to all GCG Residents for temporary use.
The Regional Municipality of Manitou has five homes available for any new members or displaced residents looking for a new home. Contact IM Winter Silversmith inworld for details.
"Manitou received a record snowfall this week between December twenty-third and today. This has caused some traffic delays but city crews are working dilligently on this holiday to clear the snowfall from main pathways" said Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism.
The city was prepared for a snowy winter and has closed off the Meaford boardwalk and a couple secondary pathways to contain excess snow piles. "We are using the riverways for excess snow but we are keeping them accessible to skaters and pedestrians" said Bill D'Rite of Manitou Public Utilities. Signage will be posted in closed areas to re-direct traffic.
"The city of Manitou receives a decent amount of snow each season with the bulk of it falling in Meaford and Massey districts. The coldest region, also the highest, is Muskoka and it receives snowfall first as it did this year. The mildest district is Manitou where the south-east parcels are last to receive any snowfall" said Stormy Waters of Environment Manitou. The cold weather in winter will keep the excess snow piles around the city until February or March when spring arrives.
Stats from this weeks' snowfall event (December 23 to 25):
Meaford district 49 centimetres (19.2 inches)
Manitou 38 centimetres (14.9 inches)
Massey 42 centimetres (16.6 inches)
Midland 32 centimetres (12.6 inches)
Muskoka 8 centimetres (3.2 inches)
Minesing 12 centimetres (4.7 inches)
Mud River 8 centimetres (3.2 inches)
Greetings Neighbours and Friends,
Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. No matter what faith you have this is a time of year for peace, reflection, giving, and if you are lucky, family and friends. You are my virtual family. It is a pleasure to know all of you and to share in this great community we have built together. May this holiday season and 2017 bring you everything you need, good health and happiness in the moments.
GCG Events Coordinator
CAO Manitou Tourism
Editor Corran Journal
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A heavy snowfall warning has been issued for Manitou, Midland, Muskoka and Meaford districts in the Regional Municipality of Manitou. A snowfall watch has been issued for Massey, Minesing, and Mud River districts. The storm is expected to deliver twenty-five to thirty-five centimetres of snow to the city by Saturday evening. Caution is advised in all travel in the city during and immediately following this snowfall warning. Update issued by Stormy Waters, Environment Manitou.
There is a delightful winter walk you should experience before the season is over. It begins with a Midnight setting on the Silversmith Foothills, 8 Aileas Close, Manitou 82,138,27. Walking south through the forest and left at the Y intersection you can see wildlife, colourful festive lighting and find places to sit by a campfire alone or with friends.
Walk through the gate, across the street and head to your right then left through the nutcracker gate to arrive at zun's Winter Wonderland. Winter Silversmith and zun zun have teamed up once again to give visitors an enchanting walk through several beautiful seasonal displays. In zun's refuge you can wander about, skate on the pond and end your evening by sitting on Santa's lap for photos. Many items on zun's refuge are free to copy and take home with you. Don't be naughty, don't be late, be sure to check out this walk through a winter wonderland before it's melted away.
The public opinion phase is now open on the proposed new levy being considered for Manitou Market Mall. "We are looking into activating the Pay Group Liabilities and Receive Group Dividends option for Mall merchants if it even works in GCG" said Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism.
"It costs over MC$230,000 to operate Silversmith Estates (7 regions, Corran Journal, Manitou Tourism, GCG Pulse, contests and more) each year and while the MC$14,775 in donations received so far in 2016 are greatly appreciated they barely make a dent in our expenses." The Manitou Tourism group provides advertising for the mall and merchants free of charge, provides free rental space and runs a website to promote Manitou as a whole including the shopping district. "We may piss off a few merchants but the MC$1-2 a week isn't going to make a huge impact on your wallet. The other option we considered was to start charging rental fees in 2017 that could cost anywhere from MC$25 to MC$200 per week per merchant" said Winter. The Liabilities option was always a thorn for SecondLife members, some did not mind paying the dues while others live free and were disturbed by negative balances on their wallet.
Winter explained the mall and it's contribution to Manitou, "The mall accounts for only fourteen percent of Manitou so if it closed down and were replaced by housing we would not be impacted that much as a community. I have always strived to provide free housing to members and my philosophy has been you only need one store in the grid to make money. The idea of having twenty shops in twenty regions makes sense in the Real World but not in a place where the other side of the grid map is only a click away. This is how kiosks came about, we allow merchants a small space to promote their wares and direct potential customers to a larger store they may have on another region".
Right now Manitou Tourism is looking for merchant feedback from its shop owners in Meaford. "Like I said, I don't even know if the option works in the group in OpenSim but if it does and I turn it on this month I don't want a dozen pissed off merchants pounding on my IM" said Winter. Merchants will receive this article in the Group and are asked to send a notecard to Winter Silversmith with their opinion on liability fees and rental fees in general.
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