How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home. Read more ...

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Brewer takes steps to beef up small business climate

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Job growth continues to be a priority for many Maine town and cities. Yet while some areas are looking for help by attracting new businesses, others are looking to grow some of their own.

City officials in Brewer have devoted a lot of their attention to small business growth. For years the city's economic department has been hosting workshops on entrepreneurship. They have also retooled the city's website to offer step by step guidelines on how to start, move or pass on a business from one generation to the next.

Small enterprises can be play a big part for any economy but in recent years the risk of starting one has deterred many Americans.

Experts say the best way to get started is to develop a solid business plan for your store. That includes finding a way to fund it and also getting the right place to put it.

Canoe racers prepare for high water levels

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of racers will flood the Bangor area this weekend for the 48th annual Kenduskeag stream canoe race. With the winter we've experienced, weather was one of the big concerns leading up to the race. Now, it's the water levels.

Bob Martin has competed in all but four races in the history of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. He says he's seen some similar racing conditions, the most recent being back in 2008 where he says it was just a bit lower than it is currently. The high level, of course, brings both pros and cons to the competition. The pros being the faster moving waters and less rocks to dodge. The cons being the danger and increased risk of capsizing. These conditions have even the most experience canoes preparing for what could be as race weekend approaches.

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Advocates for medical marijuana in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine held an information session today for those who are interested in cultivating their own legal medicinal marijuana dispensaries, and for those who wanted to learn more about the state of Maine's medical marijuana laws.

The organization went over what has recently changed with medical marijuana laws. Doctors are now allowed to recommend its medical use to patients and caregivers growing medical marijuana are now allowed to employ an extra person to help with maintaining their business. The Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine believe that more flexibility in law will allow for more jobs to be created in the industry.

However, the group says there have been hurdles along the way.

Husson/NESCom PRSSA raises money for Children's Oncology Center

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- It all started with a past club member's inspiring story of her childhood struggle with cancer. Now, four years later, the New England School of Communications' and Husson University's Public Relations Student Society of America club carries on with an annual charity concert to benefit the Eastern Maine Medical Center's Children's Oncology Center where children are treated for cancer and other serious illnesses.

Friday night, the PRSSA held its fourth annual Music Saved Me concert at Tantrum Nightclub and Lounge in downtown Bangor. The club's goal is to raise $3,000 to donate to the center. A donation that is greatly appreciated by not only the center's staff, but it's patients, too.

Golf course preps for 50th Anniversary season.

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some courses across the state were open for business on Friday, but others are still defrosting.

At Bangor Municipal Golf Course, the fairways are clear for the most part. There are puddles from all of the melting that has taken place, and that melting is still on-going. Snow remains on some of the holes near the woods. Upcoming spring weather, however, could wash that away quickly.

Course Superintendent Russell Bragg says they can usually get the course up and ready to go within a week, but they need help and cooperation from the weather, which is something they've been struggling with early in the spring.

He says one of the first priorities is to make sure the greens are cleared, then they will set up the course as far as putting out tee markers, cups, flags and the out of bounds markers.