THE ONLY RESIDENT AND BUSINESS OPERATOR IN A TINY NEBRASKA TOWN CAN BE FOUND IN “MONOWI”

The Sunday, June 26, 2022 edition of The New York Times introduced us to Mrs. Elsie Eiler, 88, who runs a business on the brink of disappearing into the prairie. She’s the sole business woman of the Monowi Tavern, which her family began running in 1971. On top of bar tending and cooking, she is also Monowi’s Mayor and Tax Collector. Tavern regulars pour their own coffee, join the gossip conversations, and restock the beer coolers – but The Tavern probably won’t last forever. It’s one of the best gathering places for the county – a place to swap stories. “This is my home,” Mrs. Eiler once said. “All my friends are around. Why would I want to leave?” In the photo above friends and family are celebrating Mrs. Eiler’s half-century at the tavern last year – a place to swap stories – and enjoy themselves. As well – Arby’s featured her in a 2018 commercial, and has had visitors from all 50 states and more than 60 countriesMONOWI itself is the photo below. <Article and Photographs by ALYSSA SCHUKAR; Thanks to “Sunday Business” from The New York Times; and of course to Mrs. ELSIE EILERwonderful story and fine images.>

THE LOEW’S SIGN REMINDS ME OF WORKING A FEW NIGHTS WEEKLY AFTER CLASS & FOR THE MOVIES.

As a  school usher I remember being certain that visitors managed to find a convenient place to sit down and behave themselves. One of the youngsters got very sick and I brought in the cleanup brigade. I remember several movies that played in Loew’s – “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte”, “Days of Wine and Roses”, “Teacher’s Pet” starring Doris Day and “Gypsy”, a famous musical. I haven’t forgotten any of them. They’ve all become classics, and they were all at LOEW’S once upon a time.

SCREENING PARTS OF A“PRIDE PARADE” IN MY FORMER HOME TOWN, AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA. I’M SURPRISED !

That was some time ago when Amherstonians took to the streets and put on a wonderful “Pride Parade”Some details on Amherst’s “Pride Parade”. – The first Pride Parade in Amherst was June 3, 2017. There were also parades on 2018 and 2019. No parades were held in 2020 and 2021, due to Covid. This year Amherst proclaimed June 13th to June 18th as Pride Week. On June 18th, 2022 there will be a vendor market, music and festivities in Victoria Square from 11 am to 4 pm with a Pride Parade at 2 pm.

THERE ARE REASONS FOR VISITING THE CIBC BUILDING AND SQUARE, DURING EARLY STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT

CIBC SQUARE brings you an unparalleled experience in the centre of Toronto. CIBC Square (known during early stages of development as Bay Park Centre) is an office complex under construction in the South Core neighbourhood of Toronto. The complex, located on Bay Street south of Front Street, is a joint development of Ivanhoe Cambridge and Hines – and will become new global headquarters for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) consolidating about 15,000 staff from several CIBC-buildings in Greater Toronto. The complex includes the Union Station Bus Terminal on behalf of Metrolinx for GO Transit and other bus services, connected directly to Union Station. The 2,900,000 square foot complex will consist of two towers. The South Tower (81 Bay Street) is now complete. It includes the Union Station Bus Terminal for regional GO Transit and inter-city bus services, replacing the former terminal on Bay Street. A pedestrian skybridge links the complex to the Scotiabank Arena and Union Station, expanding the PATH walkway system, south of the railway corridor to the One Yonge Street complex and other proposed developments farther east.

FIRST DOCUMENTED IN 1730 THE INDEPENDENT ORDER OF “ODD FELLOWS” IS NOW INTERNATIONAL

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is an international fraternity of lodges first documented in 1730 in LONDON. Its ornate red-brick building at 2 College Street (450 Yonge Street) was constructed between 1891 and 1892. The architects were Norman B. Dick and Frank W. Wickson, who designed the old Royal Canadian Yacht Club near the Lakeshore. It was demolished, but many of the houses and offices by the architects survive to this day. Yonge and College buildings even today inspire images of mystical rites in the 19th century, mixing Romanesque and Gothic, with many of the ornamentations being Gothic. The 4th floor on the south side has pointed gables, similar to a French chateau, and there are octagonal towers facing Yonge Street. In the 19th century many men belonged to clubs, fraternal societies, secret organizations, places to socialize,  and create business organizations. Some of these structures, created then, are today among Toronto’s finest heritage buildings. The former Masonic Hall remains as an event space at Yonge and Davenport. The old Temple Building, long gone from Bay and Richmond, was for the IOOF (Independent Order of Foresters). The Odd Fellows building has been saved as its development rights were sold to allow greater density in the newly-built surrounding condos.  <PHOTOGRAPHY – Ross Winter>

LATELY OCAD UNIVERSITY GRADS PAINTED NEW MURALS LINKING TWO TORONTO DISTRICTS.

These are two of the art works, both murals credited to EMILY MAY ROSE & HEIDI BERTON. One is “Hello – Bicycle Riding” And the other is labeled “Honk Honk – Hit The Road.”  Both are Universal Triangle Images. And there are more to come. A brilliant idea from OCAD.

FOREGROUND – A CONDOMINIUM GOING UP . . . . BACKGROUND – YORKVILLE’S PUBLIC LIBRARY.

The Yorkville Public Library Branch, a classical building with pediment on the right in the Background, opened in 1907 as a philanthropic venture of Andrew Carnegie and is one of the hundreds of Carnegie libraries built across North America in the early part of the century. The Yorkville branch is the oldest library in Toronto and an official Heritage Site. <PHOTO BY ROSS WINTER>

SOME GREAT NEWS FOR AIRCRAFT TRAVELLERS IN THE FUTURE – FOR TORONTO’S IN’TL PEARSON AIRPORT

From The Globe and Mail – There’ll be a temporary suspension of COVID-19 bottlenecks for travellers as the federal government announced it will stop mandating random testing of fully vaccinated travellers.The suspension will be in place until July 1, when the random testing will resume outside of airports.

The changes are the latest attempt by the government to ease the bottlenecks at airports, especially Toronto’s Pearson, that leads to hours-long waits, missed connections and cancelled flights. Ottawa has hired more security screening officers and is installing more customs kiosks.

 

Toronto, Canada – August 24, 2018: A plane is landing at Pearson International.

‘ABSOLUTE TOWERS’, NICKNAMED MARILYN AFTER CURVACACEOUS MARYLIN MONROE IN MISSISSAUGA

The Absolute Towers – Best New High-Rise buildings in The Americas/2012. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has honoured MISSISSAUGA’s Absolute Towers (50 and 56 storeys) as “the best new high-rise buildings in the Americas/2012”.  The Towers (nicknamed Marilyn, after curvaceous (Marilyn Monroe) are located near TORONTO’s western border, easily recognizable on the Mississauga skyline.  The architect: Ma Yansong, MAD Architects, in Beijing, China.