May 23, 2018
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  • Anonymous

    I just tweeted this –

     Peter Ramsay ‏@pjramsay

    Some of our best tourists first visit Maine as passengers on a diverted flight. Thanks to all reprobates that support Maine’s tourism.

  • Anonymous

    They might have mentioned the troop greeters a little more overtly, but a decent AP article nonetheless.

  • Guest

    Bangor attracts riftraff from the air also??? All this time I thought they just came by bus.

    • Anonymous

      lol. Very funny. It is usually the British by air…

  • From the article: and its runway is more than 11,000 feet long, long enough for the space shuttle.

    Did someone forget to tell him the shuttle program no longer exist.

    • Anonymous

      Kevin- it was one of the backup landing sites for the space shuttle in the event of an abort. It had to be long enough to land the concorde as well.

  • Anonymous

    Who doesn’t know where Bangor, Me. is? That is like saying you don’t know where Boise, Idaho is, or Nashua, New Hampsire is? Or even more daring: Hartford, or Denver, or etc. Are you kidding me? Stephen King made Bangor famous internationally, also closer to home- The American Folk Festival brings in tens of thousands from ‘away’ and even Waterfront Concerts has made many in the music industry know where Bangor is. The tens of thousands of troops who have come through the terminal over the years all know and just like the others mentioned, make it known that they visited Bangor, Me. The Senior League World Series has been here for a decade now. Broadcast on ESPN. To not know where we are is the old way of thinking, but you would have to live under a rock to not know Bangor, Me. There are three cities that people think of now when they think of Maine. Portland, Augusta and Bangor with a fourth mention being Lewiston. But do you really think they are in that order on this very day?! Over 50 million people knew (as in died) or know where we are.. Destination : Bangor, Maine. Come on people, get out more…

    • Anonymous

      Well said…

    • Anonymous

      You are of course right Terence, people SHOULD know where Bangor is.  Until recently however,with the events you mentioned, Bangor had become somewhat of a cold-war relic.  Much of the industry left with Dow and retail left downtown when the Bangor Mall opened in 1978.  Let’s face it, Bangor has lost or remained stagnant in population for several decades.  Kind of the forgotten city of the northeast.   Many of us left for that reason.
      Much of the blame lies squarely on the backs of ambivalent city councils of the past and even urban renewal of the late 60’s. Marketing the city in any way was to say the least, a weak point. I was in Bangor visiting my parents this past weekend and they were commenting on what a thriving and vibrant downtown Bangor had in the 50’s and 60’s as we passed by largely quiet streets on a beautiful spring weekend.

      Having said all of that, I, like you feel that positive things are happening in Bangor.  It would be great to see more industry locate to Bangor and certainly some upscale office and residential large downtown buildings.  Bangor remains small and under the radar for many reasons.  Geographic, ambivalence of the councils (until recently) and business leaders failure or inability to bring industry and quality jobs back to the area.

      At some point Bangor will have to decide if they want to become a larger city or will remain content to be thought of as a small town that has a place to land big planes.  I hope they choose the former.

    • Anonymous

       some US citizens still think Maine is part of Canada. There are ignorant people everywhere.

  • Anonymous

    It’s crazy how little people know of Maine.  When I tell people that I’m from Maine, often they have no clue where it is geographically (probably have no idea where anything is geographically, LOL).  Those who have heard of it, usually only think of Stephen King.  Heck, when people think Portland, they think Oregon.

    They would likely recognize pictures of lighthouses. 

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