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]
  • Tan Turtle to close

    Tan Turtle to close

    ELLSWORTH — After a little more than a year in business, The Tan Turtle will close its doors on Oct. 20, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The affiliated Tan Turtle Tavern in Northeast Harbor will also close. “The Turtles, as you know them, will be closing their doors at both locations,”

  • Ellsworth Olympia Sports will stay open

    Ellsworth Olympia Sports will stay open

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Olympia Sports store will stay open, said Joanne Kenny, the company’s corporate communications director, despite the planned closing of roughly half of Olympia’s locations after its acquisition by national retailer JackRabbit. JackRabbit, a retailer that specializes in running and active lifestyle brands, announced this week that it had acquired Olympia Sports,

  • Meet the City Council candidates

    Meet the City Council candidates

    ELLSWORTH — City voters will elect three city councilors at the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5. There are five candidates for three available seats, all of which are three-year terms. Three councilors’ terms are up this year, and two have opted not to run again: Gary Fortier, who is retiring after 24 years, and Dawn Ihle

  • Ellsworth Police log week of Oct. 17

    Ellsworth Police log week of Oct. 17

    ELLSWORTH — Officer Josh Steward issued a verbal trespass warning to a local resident “following a disagreement over the color of toenails,” according to a police report on Oct. 8. Concerning Facebook posts Steward issued a trespass warning to a Bar Harbor resident on Oct. 8 following “some concerning posts” on Facebook, according to a

  • Property values up county-wide

    Property values up county-wide

    ELLSWORTH — Property values are up across Hancock County, including in Ellsworth, Blue Hill and Sullivan, according to preliminary figures recently released by the state. Ellsworth’s valuation climbed $50.8 million, 4.7 percent, to $1.13 billion. The county’s valuation overall rose close to 4 percent, to $13.6 billion. Blue Hill saw an 11 percent jump, from

  • Road sealant eyed in crashes  wasn’t used on Route 1A

    Road sealant eyed in crashes wasn’t used on Route 1A

    ELLSWORTH — A protective road sealant that may have contributed to several crashes around the state, including in Bar Harbor, was not used in roadwork that recently took place on the Bangor Road, said an official from the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT). Public Information Officer Paul Merrill said in an email that the “fog

  • Portland developer plans 51-unit apartment complex in Ellsworth

    Portland developer plans 51-unit apartment complex in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — The Portland-based developer that constructed the Oriole Way Apartments off Washington Street behind Renys will bring plans for another 51-unit complex on nearby Foster Street, behind Shaw’s, in front of the Planning Board at the end of the month. Developers Collaborative recently submitted sketch plans for the apartments, which will include market rate

  • LifeFlight runs  lean in world  of rising costs

    LifeFlight runs lean in world of rising costs

    ELLSWORTH — On Jess Jordan’s first day of orientation at Kmart in Bangor three years ago, her cell phone wasn’t working. So when the call came in — her 2-month-old son, Landon, had been found unresponsive and not breathing in his crib — a staff member pulled her aside to hand her a store phone.

  • Ellsworth Police log week of Oct. 10

    Ellsworth Police log week of Oct. 10

    ELLSWORTH — Police arrested three Sullivan men following a fight at a local bar on Oct. 4, just before 11 p.m. William Butler-Lagasse, 21, and Brian Lagasse, 42, were charged with disorderly conduct (fighting) and assault, while a third man, Devin Riley, 21, was charged with disorderly conduct (fighting). Car-deer collisions Jeffery Nicholas reportedly walked

  • Sorrento man killed in logging accident

    Sorrento man killed in logging accident

    ELLSWORTH — A Sorrento man was killed in a logging accident last week, according to Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Dupuis. A woman called in the early morning hours of Oct. 4, according to Dupuis, concerned that her 53-year-old husband, Marc Calcia, had not returned the night before. After a “brief investigation,” officers learned that