Results for - In The Spotlight For All The Wrong Reasons

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The small town of Port Alberni, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, is almost completely surrounded by mountains, that provide hiking, walking, and mountain biking trails. It also provides an opportunity to view wildlife, including deer and black bears. The city is also known for its fishing. Its waters contain five different species of salmon and yearly runs of steelhead. This little picturesque town has seen its share of visitors, mostly for the nature and fishing, but recently it is gaining notoriety for the wrong reasons -- it is the home town of teenage murder suspects, who earlier this summer went on a killing spree. Both Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, the primary suspects of the recent murders of a tourist couple and University of British Columbia professor, were subjects of a nationwide manhunt. They both were found weeks after an extensive search, dead from self-inflicted gun shots. So, now the focus is on the town where grieving and healing has begun, but will probably long carry the stigma of this association. Is your home town or where you now reside famous for something as infamous as this town?

1. The small town of Port Alberni, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, is almost completely surrounded by mountains, that provide hiking, walking, and mountain biking trails. It also provides an opportunity to view wildlife, including deer and black bears. The city is also known for its fishing. Its waters contain five different species of salmon and yearly runs of steelhead. This little picturesque town has seen its share of visitors, mostly for the nature and fishing, but recently it is gaining notoriety for the wrong reasons -- it is the home town of teenage murder suspects, who earlier this summer went on a killing spree. Both Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, the primary suspects of the recent murders of a tourist couple and University of British Columbia professor, were subjects of a nationwide manhunt. They both were found weeks after an extensive search, dead from self-inflicted gun shots. So, now the focus is on the town where grieving and healing has begun, but will probably long carry the stigma of this association. Is your home town or where you now reside famous for something as infamous as this town?

No
49%
1,088 votes
Yes
17%
375 votes
Not to this extent, but something not "great"
11%
237 votes
Not sure
13%
282 votes
As far as I know, my town is not famous for anything
10%
218 votes
Port Alberni has had other notable residents far more appealing than the two murder suspects. Do you recognize any of these famous people that were born in this town?

2. Port Alberni has had other notable residents far more appealing than the two murder suspects. Do you recognize any of these famous people that were born in this town?

Kim Campbell, 19th Prime Minister of Canada from 25 June to 4 November 1993; the first woman to hold this office.
19%
425 votes
Laurent Brossoit, NHL player with the Winnipeg Jets.
6%
122 votes
Rick Hansen, Canadian paraplegic athlete and activist for people with spinal cord injuries who is most famous for his Man in Motion world tour to raise money for the cause and show the physical capabilities of such people.
21%
453 votes
Kenneth Oppel, Canadian writer of the Silverwing & Matt Cruse series.
2%
54 votes
All of them
3%
56 votes
None of them
69%
1,528 votes
It's hard for a town or city to erase the stigma associated with a horrible event or infamous resident, and rebuild its reputation. New York City suffered greatly after the tragic events of 9/11, in terms of tourism and business. But the city is slowly regaining its reputation as a tourist city, and rebuilding the site of the horrific tragedy. Have you been to the site of the attacks, and what did you think?

3. It's hard for a town or city to erase the stigma associated with a horrible event or infamous resident, and rebuild its reputation. New York City suffered greatly after the tragic events of 9/11, in terms of tourism and business. But the city is slowly regaining its reputation as a tourist city, and rebuilding the site of the horrific tragedy. Have you been to the site of the attacks, and what did you think?

I have been there and think the rebuilding is a testament to the strength and resiliency of this city and its people
13%
281 votes
I have been there and I do not like what they have done.
4%
88 votes
I have been there and am still emotional and overcome with sadness despite what they have done
6%
126 votes
I have not been there since 9/11
20%
441 votes
I have never been to New York City
50%
1,096 votes
I live in the city or close enough to be there a lot
8%
168 votes
Not every town is adversely affected by being known for a famous (or infamous) resident or event. How many of these towns do you associate with these?

4. Not every town is adversely affected by being known for a famous (or infamous) resident or event. How many of these towns do you associate with these?

Woodstock, NY -- The Woodstock music festival was held FIVE decades ago and, technically, on a dairy farm almost SIXTY miles away, but this scenic New York town will ALWAYS be known for this music festival
51%
1,120 votes
Salem, MA -- While recently trying to stake its claim as the birthplace of the US National Guard, Salem's entire identity is based on the infamous 1692 witch trials. The local school is called Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, police cars have witch logos on them, and there's the Salem Witch Museum, among other occult-related sights and stores.
48%
1,053 votes
Williamsport, PA -- The Little League Baseball World Series has been drawing fans to this Pennsylvania town since 1947.
17%
380 votes
Punxsutawney, PA -- Punxsutawney Phil is without a doubt the most famous groundhog in the world and definitely the most famous resident of this town
44%
960 votes
None
36%
783 votes
08/16/2019 Travel 2232 46 By: Harriet56

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