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]
  • No progress on Maine Coast nursing, technician contracts

    No progress on Maine Coast nursing, technician contracts

    ELLSWORTH — Unions representing Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital nurses and medical technicians have yet to make progress on contracts in negotiations, said Jennifer Nappi, a representative for Maine State Nurses Association. “We are still in negotiations,” Nappi said. “We have not made any progress.” Two separate unions, one that includes nursing staff and another

  • Group working to revive Open Door

    Group working to revive Open Door

    ELLSWORTH — Open Door Recovery Center was, by numerous accounts, a sorely needed service that had helped many residents struggling with substance abuse disorder over the years. So when Open Door and Hills House, a residential program for pregnant women and mothers, closed in July amid financial and licensing issues, a group formed almost immediately

  • Ellsworth Police log week of Dec. 5

    Ellsworth Police log week of Dec. 5

    ELLSWORTH — Sgt. Chad Wilmot was called to a report of a possible domestic incident at a local residence at around 1 a.m. on Nov. 27. As a result, Dylan Knowlton, 25, Ellsworth was arrested on charges of furnishing liquor to a minor and furnishing a place for minors to consume liquor. Neighborhood watch Officer

  • Home prices climb 2.8%

    Home prices climb 2.8%

    ELLSWORTH — The median sales price (MSP) of a single-family home in Hancock County edged up 2.87 percent in October compared to the same time last year, according to data recently released by the Maine Association of Realtors. The median sales price indicates that half of the homes sold for more and half sold for

  • City seeks solar firms

    City seeks solar firms

    ELLSWORTH — The city put out a request for proposals (RFP) on Nov. 7, officially kicking off the process of looking for a firm to install solar panels at several possible sites. Those sites include a former landfill and the rooftops of Ellsworth High School and Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Proposals are due by Dec. 18,

  • Police, fire departments to upgrade radio system

    Police, fire departments to upgrade radio system

    ELLSWORTH — Local public safety agencies will soon no longer have to worry if their radios will work in Ellsworth’s schools and hospital after city councilors unanimously approved a $208,000 upgrade to the area’s radio communication system Nov. 18. A piece of infrastructure on Dollard Hill off the Bucksport Road failed in 2017, said Ellsworth

  • Library plans  $400K remodel

    Library plans $400K remodel

    ELLSWORTH — Four years after a $4.95-million bond to fund an expansion of the Ellsworth Public Library was defeated at the ballot box, library officials are back with a new plan. The project, a $400,000 renovation to be funded by grants and private donors, would add floor space by expanding the second-floor balcony level on

  • Ellsworth Police log week of Nov. 28

    Ellsworth Police log week of Nov. 28

    ELLSWORTH — A 37-year-old Ellsworth man turned himself in to police on Nov. 24 after he reportedly crashed the sport utility vehicle he was driving on Union Street while under the influence with a child in the vehicle. Cpl. Shawn Merchant reported that Gregory Bryson was allegedly driving while intoxicated and had his 2-year-old child

  • Apples of his eye

    Apples of his eye

    BLUE HILL — It was perhaps a marker of his celebrity that John Bunker, apple sleuth, founder of Fedco trees and lover of baseball, got a fist bump from an audience member as he made his way to the podium at the Blue Hill Public Library on a recent Tuesday evening. Bunker was there to

  • Library officials outline fee policy

    Library officials outline fee policy

    ELLSWORTH — A forum held on an unseasonably cold Wednesday evening drew a small number of residents to the Ellsworth Public Library to discuss how the library plans on diversifying its funding model going forward. The changes, which include charging some non-Ellsworth residents a card fee if their towns don’t fund the service fully, had