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 Bar Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
  • Flute-maker: Hawk Henries creates instruments that appeal to all the senses

    Flute-maker: Hawk Henries creates instruments that appeal to all the senses

    SULLIVAN — “My bag is full of flutes,” writes Hawk Henries, the Sullivan musician and artist, on his CD, “Keeping the Fire.” “Some are long and dark, some wide, some mottled. Still others have been broken, working differently than originally intended. There are light colored, short, bristly voiced and smooth, high-pitched ones. Which is the most

  • Female scientists share their experiences in online discussion

    Female scientists share their experiences in online discussion

    ELLSWORTH — “Science,” writes geobiologist Hope Jahren in her memoir, “Lab Girl,” “has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life.” The joys of science and deriving happiness from discovery was also part of a discussion

  • Industry reps talk trash

    Industry reps talk trash

    ELLSWORTH — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in the nearly six decades between 1960 and 2017, Americans threw away 218,300 tons of plastic: water bottles, bags, Styrofoam, PVC pipes, jugs for milk and laundry detergent, yogurt containers – you get the idea. In that time frame, just 7 percent of all that plastic was

  • Meet the City Council candidates

    Meet the City Council candidates

    ELLSWORTH — Voters here will elect two city councilors at the polls on Nov. 3. Four residents, Dale Hamilton (current chairman), Gene C. Lyons, Bronson Platner and Edmund J.M. “Mike” Springer, will be running for the seats, which are currently held by Hamilton and Councilor John Moore. Both seats have three-year terms set to expire

  • Resources available for struggling business owners

    Are you a business owner who has questions about accessing COVID-19 relief programs, personal protective equipment and other resources? Call (or email) Sonya Connelly, who started late last month as the city’s COVID-19 coordinator. “I’m literally just walking in, connecting with the owner, seeing where they’re at, what they need, are there are obstacles in

  • Appeals board grants mall owners partial tax abatement

    Appeals board grants mall owners partial tax abatement

    ELLSWORTH — After two lengthy hearings, members of the city Board of Appeals voted unanimously on Sept. 28 to lower the 2019-2020 assessed value of the largest Maine Coast Mall building by roughly $2.5 million, to $12.5 million, but rejected other tax appeals by the mall’s owners on nearby properties. Valuing the mall building at

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Oct. 1

    ELLSWORTH — A 31-year-old man was arrested on Sept. 24 after reportedly driving more than 50 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, according to a police report. Jacob Bowden of Bucksport was arrested and charged with operating over the speed limit by more than 30 mph and failure to stop for a law

  • Rainbow crosswalks painted at Ellsworth schools

    Rainbow crosswalks painted at Ellsworth schools

    ELLSWORTH — The crosswalks at Ellsworth High School (EHS) and Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School (EEMS) got a lot more colorful this week, as members of the EHS Gender/Sexuality Diversity Alliance (GSDA) set about painting them rainbow colors in support of the LBGTQ+ community. The School Board approved the plan earlier this year. The group has also

  • Ellsworth Chamber holds unusual awards ceremony

    Ellsworth Chamber holds unusual awards ceremony

    ELLSWORTH — “I haven’t liked this summer at all,” said Brian Langley, co-owner of the Union River Lobster Pot, at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards ceremony on Thursday evening. “But you either adapt or perish, as they say.” It was an unusual summer, of course, and an unusual awards dinner: there was

  • Conservancy looking to preserve 1,400 acres in Hancock

    HANCOCK — Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) is hoping to raise a total of $900,000 to preserve 1,400 acres in Hancock as part of a larger 4,500-acre conservation project. “To find a larger, intact property like this is becoming less and less frequent,” said FBC Land Protection Manager Kat Deely. “The fact that that land is

  • Ellsworth company developing a drug to stimulate damaged heart tissue

    Ellsworth company developing a drug to stimulate damaged heart tissue

    ELLSWORTH — A company seeking to develop a drug that could help stimulate the formation of new heart muscle after an acute heart attack has moved its laboratory into the Union River Center for Innovation (URCI) on Water Street. Novo Biosciences, a seven-year-old, for-profit spinoff company of the MDI Biological Laboratory, is run by Voot

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Sept. 24

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Sept. 24

    ELLSWORTH — Two Ellsworth residents were summoned on theft charges on Sept. 11 after police received a report from Walmart regarding $390 worth of stolen merchandise, according to a report. Summoned were Jade Giger, 33, and Michael Stevens, 29. Death Police were called to Walmart on Sept. 21 around 8:30 p.m. for a report that