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]
  • MXA Fitness opens at Maine Coast Mall

    MXA Fitness opens at Maine Coast Mall

    ELLSWORTH — Area residents have one fewer excuse to pack on the pounds this holiday season, since the former owner of Tag’s Sports Bar John Morse has a new venture: fitness. “There was a need for it,” said Morse, a Maine Army National Guard veteran who recently opened MXA Fitness at 225 High St., next

  • Smooth sailing for state ballot questions

    Smooth sailing for state ballot questions

    ELLSWORTH — Voters in Ellsworth and Fletchers Landing were in line with the rest of Hancock County and the state on Nov. 5, voting 69 percent in favor of a $105-million transportation bond. The same percentage cast votes in favor of amending the state constitution to allow persons with disabilities to sign petitions in an

  • Three elected to City Council

    Three elected to City Council

    ELLSWORTH — The results are in: there will be two new faces and one familiar one at next month’s City Council meeting. Incumbent Marc Blanchette, pharmacist Robert Miller and physician’s assistant Michelle Kaplan all won election Tuesday, beating brewer Edward Kamin III and cement worker Gene Lyons. Out of the 3,140 votes cast for council

  • Their place on earth

    Their place on earth

    EAST BLUE HILL — Hannah Sol Rhea and Colby Smith eat roadkill and acorns and sleep on a bed made of hay bundles and bathe outdoors year-round. And they want to teach you how to do all of that, and more. “We’re trying to reclaim everything that should already be a birthright to everyone living,”

  • Ellsworth Police log week of Nov. 7

    Ellsworth Police log week of Nov. 7

    ELLSWORTH — Two collectable items valued at $6,805 were reported stolen this week, according to Officer Christopher Smith. The theft allegedly occurred in August at a local antiques show. Police are investigating. Handcuffs theft David Craig, 29, of Bucksport was arrested twice over the past week. On Oct. 28, he was arrested on a charge

  • City considering allowing boats at marina year-round

    City considering allowing boats at marina year-round

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors are considering opening Ellsworth’s marina for year-round use, but not until they see a lot more information. That was the word after a council meeting on Oct. 21 in which interim Harbormaster Chad Brackett came to councilors with a proposal from the Harbor Commission to extend the boating season past Oct.

  • High winds knock out power to thousands

    High winds knock out power to thousands

    ELLSWORTH — High winds snarled through Maine Thursday night, downing trees and power lines and leaving more than 115,000 homes and businesses without power across the state. As of 10:45 a.m., Emera Maine was reporting 50,643 of its customers were without power statewide. Central Maine Power (CMP) was reporting 68,494 customers without power statewide as

  • Firms sought for HCTC study

    Firms sought for HCTC study

    ELLSWORTH — Plans are moving forward for a feasibility and planning study to look into renovating or expanding Hancock County Technical Center (HCTC). A notice seeking firms to work with the HCTC Facility Feasibility Steering Committee was posted on the School Department website as well as in the Bangor Daily News and Kennebec Journal last

  • EHS freshman joins the Eagle Scout ranks

    EHS freshman joins the Eagle Scout ranks

    ELLSWORTH — Neil Armstrong. Stephen Breyer. Gerald Ford. In June, 14-year-old Ellsworth High School student Robert Springer joined their venerable ranks when he earned the highest rank in Boy Scouts: Eagle Scout. His achievement was recognized at a ceremony in September. “He loves it,” said Springer’s father, Mike. “He’s matured tremendously. There’s a lot worse

  • City borrowing $3.5 million for projects

    City borrowing $3.5 million for projects

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors last week unanimously approved a request from officials to borrow $3.5 million for a variety of equipment and infrastructure projects, albeit with some protest from at least one resident. “Most of these are projects that have to get done,” said Councilor Gary Fortier, “some of them by federal and state mandate.”