National park economic impacts broken down


MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A new report by the National Park Service could help the supporters who want a new national park in the Katahdin region.

The report, which shows the economic benefits from the national parks around the country, stated that 2.56 million people visited Acadia National Park in 2014, spending $221 million in the communities near the park. That spending generated around 3,486 jobs.

Supporters of the proposed national park said the park would not attract the same number of people that Acadia gets each year.

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Telephone town hall meeting will discuss national park


MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Those who still have questions about the long debated proposed Katahdin Woods And Waters National Park will have the chance to get answers at a teleconference town hall meeting on Wednesday night.

The national park and recreation area would be located on lands east of Baxter State Park, much of which is owned by Roxanne Quimby, who's been trying to bring another national park to Maine for some time. The plan includes 75,000 acres for the national park and another 75,000 acres for hunting, snowmobiling and other recreational activities. Quimby also wants to put $40 million in a trust for the park's future.

Chairlift failure at Sugarloaf; several injured




CARRBASSETT VALLEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Four people were injured Saturday after a chairlift incident on the King Pine chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain.

Multiple witnesses tell NEWS CENTER the lift came to a stop, and then started moving backwards, causing people to fall from it.

Sugarloaf officials say the incident happened around 11:30 a.m.

Mountain safety personnel are at the scene and working to get everyone off the lifts safely.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

EMCC introduces new outdoor tourism program


MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Eastern Maine Community College in Millinocket is embracing the region's natural beauty with a new program that could bring more people to the area to live and work.

The new Outdoor Recreation and Tourism program is a two-year associate degree program. Students will be trained in guiding and outfitting of outdoor excursions along with management, customer service and hospitality.

The goal is to attract people to the area and promote year round outdoor tourism in the region, as well as attract new residents and business owners.

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How to relieve a killer hangover

How to relieve a killer hangover

I'm guessing that a few people were hung over after celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Do you have a tried and true hangover cure? We've got a few. Check out this slideshow on the Catching Health Blog.

Pay It Forward: Become a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer

Pine Tree Hospice will offer its CORE training for volunteers during the week of April 12-18th.  The 11 hour training prepares individuals to support hospice clients in their home or at a healthcare facility.  The training is free and open to both men and women in the community.

 

There are 450,000 hospice volunteers in the United States.  Hospice programs care for 60 percent of all dying patients each year, a total of 1.5 million.  Because of lack of information, patients and their families seldom take advantage of all the hospice services that are available.  This is unfortunate, since hospice can enrich the end of life experience, creating a way to live out our lives with dignity and purpose.  

 

For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a new report that has big implications for the health status of Americans. Read some of the recommendations and tell us what you think! PS It's not to eat more red meat.