Articles by: Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
  • Building permits up in October, down in cold, snowy November

    Building permits up in October, down in cold, snowy November

    ELLSWORTH — Building around the city was up in October but slowed considerably in November compared to last year. Weather hampered construction: temperatures dipped below average, while snowfall and high winds swept through the state. City staff issued 11 building permits, mainly for small alterations and accessory structures. Last year, a mild November resulted in

  • Bustling builder Bates a man of many hats

    Bustling builder Bates a man of many hats

    ELLSWORTH — If it feels like Jonathan Bates is everywhere these days, that’s because in a way, he is. Bates is office manager, developer, landlord and just about everything else behind Stone Park Properties LLC. “I often struggle with delegating,” Bates admitted. But so far the long hours have been worth it. “This is my

  • Cathy Bell Clark captures animals in action in wool

    Cathy Bell Clark captures animals in action in wool

    GOULDSBORO — One could be forgiven for thinking there is a pair of rats perched motionless on a cabinet at the Gouldsboro home of Cathy Bell Clark. Clark’s woodland creations — red foxes, harbor seals with mottled coats and horsehair whiskers, a chipmunk with wax-dipped toenails — look as though they are nearly in motion,

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 13

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 13

    ELLSWORTH — Officers responded to several residents in need of aid this week. On Dec. 9, police were called to two separate residences to speak with men who were having thoughts of suicide, according to a report. Officers brought one of the men to the hospital and confirmed that a crisis worker was on the

  • Electricity rates rise

    Electricity rates rise

    ELLSWORTH — Keeping the lights on is about to get more expensive for some customers in Hancock County and surrounding areas. After accepting bids from suppliers, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced Dec. 4 that the standard offer for electricity supply for customers in the Emera Maine Bangor Hydro District will increase just under

  • Woman injured after vehicle goes airborne

    Woman injured after vehicle goes airborne

    ELLSWORTH — A 51-year-old woman from Harrington was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center on Monday afternoon after the vehicle she was driving “went airborne and then tumbled end over end until she struck a tree,” said Ellsworth Police Department Sgt. Chad Wilmot in an email. Edna Curtis was heading south on the

  • Hospital to have its own police officer on site

    ELLSWORTH — Patients and visitors may see a new face at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital come this spring: an officer from the Ellsworth Police Department. “People often ask me, what keeps me up at night?” said John Ronan, president of Maine Coast Hospital, at the hospital’s annual meeting on Tuesday evening. “Making sure our patients

  • Student chefs offer fine dining at modest cost

    Student chefs offer fine dining at modest cost

    ELLSWORTH — Brookside Restaurant may be a little out of the way, but it’s worth it, and not just for the food. Patrons of the student-run dining establishment at Hancock County Technical Center on the Boggy Brook Road not only get an affordable lunch (one recent lunch special — an 8-ounce sirloin served with roasted

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 6

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 6

    ELLSWORTH — A 26-year-old man critically injured in an April 2017 crash in Eastbrook has died in Ellsworth. Chase Debeck was seriously injured in the spring crash after a car he was in hit an embankment and a utility pole on Route 200 before rolling over, according to reports from The American at the time.