by Winter Silversmith
RP – The New Hope, Corran, GCG City Manager Winter Silversmith held a special news conference on Saturday evening after the council meeting concerning developments in upper New Hope, Corran, GCG.
“Good evening citizens of New Hope, Corran, GCG, and, welcome to our friends from the mainland media and their viewers, I am here with an update on changes in our growing city”, Winter began.
Winter turned toward the small group of reporters and cameras and began to tell them about the developments over the past week. Winter pressed a button on the remote control in his hand and photos of the area and new construction appeared on a projection screen to his left.
“I must say it has been a very busy week in our city as we become one of the fastest growing communities in the Georgian Triangle. I would like to start by sharing some great news with everyone. Prairie Mills Farm is now rebranded as Prairie Mills Greenhouses. It has been a week of changes for Prairie Mills Farms in Corran, GCG. The modest 1-acre farm, my little farm, was bought out by the new company Corran Pharmaceuticals (RP).
The small corporation is moving their head office into New Hope, by the end of June, to grow medicinal cannabis for the medical and recreational markets. The Prairie Mills farm was unceremoniously leveled to make way for a massive 1-acre two-part greenhouse to be constructed.”
Winter paused for a moment as a couple brief gasps sounded from the residents in the crowd of onlookers, clearly disturbed by the removal of the popular traditional farm.
Winter took a drink of water from a glass on the podium and continued his speech, “As a contribution to the community, I am told that, greenhouse one will continue to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for local markets and delivery to the mainland. Local restaurants, the Metro Bar and the Good Eats Diner have signed new contracts with the pharma company to buy harvests year-round as needed. Chen’s Supermarket will continue to sell fresh fruits and vegetables in its New Hope and Manitou stores. I have spoken to all the business owners and they are very pleased with the new arrangements”.
Winter turned to face the screen and with the touch of a remote control loaded an image of the red siding farmhouse on the parcel, “The farmhouse after being moved here from Collingwood, has been relocated once again to land near the city of Barrie. The former house footprint has been converted into a Farmers’ Market offering a variety of goods to visitors and locals”.
Winter turned to his right and a man dressed in plaid shirt and dress slacks nodded as he rose to the podium next to Winter. “Mr. Donald Suntune is here from Corran Pharmaceuticals to tell you more about the new greenhouses at Prairie Mills, Mr. Suntune…”, Winter stepped back from the podium to allow his guest speaker to step forward and handed the young man the remote control.
“Good evening, as Winter said my name is Donald Suntune, I am the new General Manager for Corran Pharmaceuticals, and I will be working here in New Hope in our offices and at Prairie Mills. Let me begin by telling you how pleased I am to be here tonight, and I look forward to meeting everyone in my new home. Okay, so, let me tell you about the new Prairie Mills.”
As Winter mentioned greenhouse one will be growing organic fruits and vegetables for our local merchants and mainland buyers. Greenhouse two will grow nearly two hundred marijuana plants to be harvested every week for transport to processing facilities near Collingwood, Ontario. Along the fence line with the Broncos Community Park we have planted apple trees. Over near the new water towers we have erected bee hives for honey and spent an additional hundred prims to maintain the dock down to the water for fishing. We needed to open up space near the greenhouses and we removed the farmhouse to make room for an organic market, and we are providing additional processing equipment to the market”.
Mr. Suntune clicked the remote and an aerial view of the one-acre parcel flashed up on the screen. “Both greenhouses are equipped with a special four tower system that provides fresh filtered water to the crops. The plants virtually grow around the clock thanks to special plant bulbs erected in the growing rooms”.
Winter stepped up beside Donald and addressed the group. “Okay… we will now take any questions you might have about the facility or any other developments here in our city”.
A reporter from KMTV-7 News held up his hand, “Have you harvested any crops from the new greenhouses?”
Winter nodded to Donald “that’s for you” he said.
Donald looked down at his notes and then at the reporter “The first harvest from the two greenhouses netted over three thousand points in the OSW Satyr Farmers Market. It is expected to gross over a quarter million points per year, which will more than pay for the resources consumed by the operation including wind and solar generated electricity, filtered water, and waste management services…”. Winter nodded and said, “next question?”
Another reporter raised her hand and spoke “I had a couple people ask me on the way here about the changes to upper New Hope, apparently you have done away with the rental houses?”
Winter stepped up to the microphone to answer the question. “Yes, we have made a few changes. As you may recall two of the residences were destroyed in the natural gas explosion over a week ago and had to be demolished. The third residence, back toward the park, was occupied but that resident was asked to leave following a security incident. We decided at that time to build two new three storey buildings on the site. Nearby the condominium company has built a second tower to hold our growing population and added a second shop on street level. The shop has been rented by myself for Silversmith Studios, a showcase of the RealLife photography of Kevin M. Klerks (Winter’s typist). The two residential towers, shoppes and avenue are now known as the Chinook Avenue Towers”.
A reporter in the back spoke up “Can you tell us what the security incident was involving the resident?”
Winter “No, sorry, it is a public safety matter that continues to be under investigation. The individual has been banned from the region and measures have been taken to protect our residents and merchants from any further disruptions, next question?”
A young female reporter Winter recognized from a mainland newspaper spoke “How has the Agri-fair been going?”
Winter replied, as Donald took a seat for a moment, “I am glad you asked, the first annual Corran, GCG Agri-Fair has had 47 visitors in the first two weeks and continues until June thirtieth. I am proud to say that the Corran Journal donated two thousand Maples to the Rush Tribute concert fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and awarded over five hundred Maples in prizes, so far, for contests on the fairgrounds. The next ‘secret word’ will appear in the Notice, in Corran Journal group, for this article. You need eight correctly spelled words to qualify for the draw for one of three seven-hundred and fifty Maples prizes”.
The press conference continued for a few minutes longer before Winter thanked everyone for coming and Donald stated he would be available when ever he was at the new office in downtown. The new Corran Pharmaceuticals office will be located upstairs from the Lucky Dragon Chinese Restaurant on Oak Avenue.