Featuring the dedication of the Empire State Building
To all North Pole City Elves, those in Santa’s Village, in the Lower 48 and all around the world, this is your weekly update for the week of April 25, 2022. I'm your host Walter "Mistletoe" Livingstone. Let's go to press.
|For the week of April 25, 2022 your sponsor will be Buzz’s Bakery and Breads. Opened in North Pole City the year the city was established, all elves in Santa’s Village and North Pole City are familiar with Buzz’s Bakery. If it's not fresh, warm, and soft, it’s not Buzz’s.|
|Update from Santa’s Village, a secret emergency meeting was called between Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the supervisors of the Paint factory this past week. We reached out to the Department of Elf Affairs to find out what the importance of the meeting was and were told that it was a meeting that was related to Elfland Security and information will be coming out in the future. They had no other statement at this time and wanted to keep the information confidential. We do know that the meeting lasted almost six hours and it was held in a closed door session at Claus mansion.|
|Edward Hinklemyer released updated guidelines on how you can bid on a position within Santa’s Village. These guidelines outline that any elf can bid on an open position at any time they choose; which will allow them to have a change in their career. You can review these updated guidelines now posted on TAOLF.com.|
|The developers at the Division of WWW/PR made some changes to the website this past week with the way links to blog posts are displayed on pages. The new look now has a larger image and shows only the title of the post. This was done to provide a cleaner look now that there are hundreds of posts on the site. Check out TAOLF.com for more information.|
|We will be experiencing unseasonably warm weather this week at North Pole City. Take advantage of this weather and get outside to enjoy yourself and your neighbors.|
|This week in Elf History, was the dedication of the Empire State Building. It was on May 1, 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicated New York City’s Empire State Building by pressing a button from the White House that turned on the building’s lights. Hoover’s gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D.C., someone else flipped the switches in New York.The idea for the Empire State Building is said to have been born of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation and John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, to see who could erect the taller building. Chrysler had already begun work on the famous Chrysler Building, the gleaming 1,046-foot skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. Not to be bested, Raskob assembled a group of well-known investors, including former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith. The group chose the architecture firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Associates to design the building. The Art-Deco plans, said to have been based in large part on the look of a pencil, were also builder-friendly. The entire building went up in just over a year, under budget (at $40 million) and well ahead of schedule. During certain periods of building, the frame grew an astonishing four-and-a-half stories a week.At the time of its completion, the Empire State Building, at 102 stories and 1,250 feet high (1,454 feet to the top of the lightning rod), was the world’s tallest skyscraper. The Depression-era construction employed as many as 3,400 workers on any single day, most of whom received an excellent pay rate, especially given the economic conditions of the time. The new building imbued New York City with a deep sense of pride, desperately needed in the depths of the Great Depression, when many city residents were unemployed and prospects looked bleak. The grip of the Depression on New York’s economy was still evident a year later though when only 25 percent of the Empire State’s offices had been rented.In 1972, the Empire State Building lost its title as world’s tallest building to New York’s World Trade Center, which itself was the tallest skyscraper for but a year.|
|The North Pole City Commerce Association once again is conducting a collection of old live Christmas trees this week that they will take out to Polar Bear Lake and sink so that they can be used for fish habitats. If you have changed out your live tree, please, place the old one outside of your business or cabin and someone will be around to pick it up and take it out to the lake.|
|The North Pole City Sports League in conjunction with The Easter Bunny will be hosting a hopscotch competition on Friday morning at city center for anyone wishing to come out and participate. You will be able to enter the contest individually or in teams of two and four. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place for each category. Registration will open at 9 a.m. and the contest is expected to begin around 11 a.m. Come on out and enjoy the fun.For those of you who need a quick review of hopscotch play before the event, see this week’s edition of The Peppermint Post where they will be reviewing the rules of play.|
|Santa’s Village Greenhouse will be hosting their annual spring social and dance this Friday night at the greenhouse. You can come out and view the new plants and saplings and take part in the dance they will be hosting to celebrate the spring planting seasons. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the dance starting at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be available throughout the night.|
|WELF-NPC Radio would like to wish a happy birthday to Emily Sue Livingstone who is celebrating her 600th birthday! She has been with the syrup factory for over 300 years now and enjoys the sweetness of each day. We wish her many more sweet days for her future!|
This is Walter “Mistletoe” Livingstone with the reminder: Friendship isn’t a big thing, its’a million little things.
Have a good evening, and be sure to tune in next week for another WELF-NPC North Pole Radio News Update.