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]
  • City Councilors to consider ambulance proposal

    City Councilors to consider ambulance proposal

    ELLSWORTH — At its monthly meeting on Aug. 20, the Ellsworth City Council will discuss a proposal from the Emergency Medical Services Committee that could change the way ambulance services are run in the city. The committee has been meeting for months to try and figure out a solution to the increased call volume, which

  • Poliquin explores nursing facility issues

    Poliquin explores nursing facility issues

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) was in town Aug. 10 to explore issues facing nursing facilities in the state. Poliquin met with Ken Huhn, administrator at Seaport Village Healthcare. Huhn had invited Poliquin, who is in the midst of a re-election bid for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. “Let me put my arms around

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Aug. 16

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Aug. 16

    ELLSWORTH — A mother and daughter were arrested on domestic assault charges on Aug. 9, after the two reportedly got into an argument over $300. Police said Tamara Strout, 48, reportedly lent her daughter, 24-year-old Mariah Ryan, the money. Ryan called police to the Ellsworth residence and claimed that her mother had pushed her into

  • Building permits down slightly from 2017

    Building permits down slightly from 2017

    ELLSWORTH — The city’s Code Enforcement Office issued 24 building permits in July, down slightly from the 27 permits issued in June. The combined number of permits issued over the past two months is down slightly from 2017, when 63 permits were issued over the same time period. Summer is always a busy time for

  • Detective Dotty Small retires after 37 years with EPD

    Detective Dotty Small retires after 37 years with EPD

    ELLSWORTH — Detective Dotty Small has seen a lot in her 37 years with the Ellsworth Police Department, from which she retired on Friday, Aug. 10. There was the man she handcuffed while standing in line at the post office, who Small helped connect to a check-kiting scheme that had bilked banks up and down

  • Washington Street development approved

    Washington Street development approved

    ELLSWORTH — A 24-unit development on Washington Street was unanimously approved by Planning Board members on Aug. 8, meeting little of the resistance that had plagued the project early in the process. In an interview following the meeting, developer Jonathan Bates said he would likely break ground on Washington LUXE at the beginning of September,

  • Hannaford to undergo $3.9 million in renovations

    Hannaford to undergo $3.9 million in renovations

    ELLSWORTH — Hannaford Supermarket is about to get a $3.9-million makeover, according to plans filed with the Code Enforcement Office. A representative from Hannaford declined to comment on the renovations, saying in an email that “Hannaford has not announced a plan to undertake a remodel of the Ellsworth store.” But plans filed with the Code

  • Woman reported missing found heading south

    ELLSWORTH — An 18-year-old Ellsworth woman reported missing several days ago by her guardian is “en route to Florida,” according to a police report. The woman, who was last seen in Southwest Harbor on foot on Aug. 5, was reported missing Aug. 7, said Police Chief Glenn Moshier. Officers eventually received a message from her

  • Maine Coast Memorial outlines challenges, plans

    Maine Coast Memorial outlines challenges, plans

    ELLSWORTH — Sharing resources, coordinating electronic medical records and providing more patient options were some of the strategies presented Tuesday by speakers addressing today’s health care challenges. The venue was a Community Council breakfast hosted by Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. The biggest challenges, according to speakers, are recruiting staff, patients who can’t afford payments and

  • Harmon Tire files for Chapter 11

    ELLSWORTH — Harmon Tire Inc. at 220 High St. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Aug. 1. Also, company owner Milton Albert Harmon Jr. filed for personal bankruptcy. The company has been in business for 72 years, operating a tire center and service bays and, more recently, a car wash. Harmon Tire Inc. lists in its