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]
  • How do city taxes stack up? It depends

    How do city taxes stack up? It depends

    ELLSWORTH — It’s budgeting season again, and heading into the City Council’s final June 3 workshop it looks likely that taxes will go up again this year, at least slightly. While taxes may increase, officials often argue that Ellsworth’s tax rate compares favorably to other similar cities around Maine, especially service centers whose roads and

  • Seatbelts, child safety seats, save Sullivan four from serious injury

    Seatbelts, child safety seats, save Sullivan four from serious injury

    ELLSWORTH− Four Sullivan residents, including a pair of year-and-a-half-old twins, escaped serious injury on Thursday morning when a van driven by 29-year-old Samantha Polchies crash on Route 180, according to Ellsworth Police Officer Jon Mahon. “[Polchies] was headed southbound into town,” just before 9 a.m., said Mahon, “when she swerved to avoid a deer, went

  • New holistic health center opens on Store Street

    New holistic health center opens on Store Street

    ELLSWORTH — Call it mind-body, complementary, holistic or alternative, Ellsworth added to its growing reputation as a hub for such medicinal practices this month with the addition of Downeast Wellness Holistic Health Services at 9 Store St., across from City Hall. Ruth Moore, who inspired a federal bill to help sexual assault victims, has turned

  • Developer steps in after alleged wrestling club theft

    Developer steps in after alleged wrestling club theft

    ELLSWORTH — A local building company has stepped up to help the Ellsworth Little Eagles Wrestling Club after a former volunteer allegedly embezzled more than $2,000 from the organization. After reading a story about the theft in The American, Broughman Builders owners Daisy and Mike Wight decided to make a donation to cover the lost

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of May 30

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of May 30

    ELLSWORTH — A Bar Harbor man was charged with theft on May 24 after police finished conducting an investigation that began in March. Timithy Lary, 29, allegedly took $3,777 out of a joint account he shared with his ex-girlfriend. The money was her tax refund, according to police. Turkey and deer cause trouble for drivers

  • Veteran on trek for PTSD awareness makes stop in Ellsworth

    Veteran on trek for PTSD awareness makes stop in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — When Eli Smith sat down next to a pretty, dark-haired woman at a farmers market in California, he thought she looked vaguely familiar, maybe a bit like a movie star. “But everybody’s beautiful in Los Angeles,” Smith said. The woman asked about his backpack and gear; he explained his three-year journey, walking and

  • Healing tonic

    Healing tonic

    ELLSWORTH — Bob Sewall is an evangelist. Not of God, but of something a bit closer to earth: An apple cider vinegar evangelist. “The list of benefits is probably in the hundreds,” said the Lincolnville apple grower, speaking on the phone in April during a lunch break from tending his 500 trees. Sewall runs Maine’s

  • Officials consider funding requests for nonprofits

    Officials consider funding requests for nonprofits

    ELLSWORTH — They may not be fighting fires or patrolling the streets, but fun deserves funding too. That’s the message nonprofit directors are trying to send to city councilors wrestling with difficult decisions this budget season. “I don’t have to convince anybody about how vital The Grand is to the community,” Director Nick Turner told

  • DEP approves Weaver Wind project

    DEP approves Weaver Wind project

    ELLSWORTH — A 22-turbine, $147.5-million wind farm project is one step closer to breaking ground after receiving approval from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Friday. “We are really pleased to have a DEP permit for the Weaver Wind project,” said Longroad Energy Partners Chief Development Officer Matt Kearns in an email. “Weaver

  • Mexican restaurant to open in former Bangkok Restaurant space

    Mexican restaurant to open in former Bangkok Restaurant space

    ELLSWORTH — A Mexican restaurant plans to open in the former Bangkok Restaurant building on the Downeast Highway. Mi Sombrero Mexican Restaurant and Bar will offer burritos and tacos along with other traditional Mexican dishes, said owner Zunilda Ayala Escalante. The menu will draw from cuisines around the Caribbean and Central America, but mainly focus

  • HCTC study funds OK’d

    HCTC study funds OK’d

    ELLSWORTH — School Department officials seeking funding for a study to look at renovating or replacing the Hancock County Technical Center (HCTC) got one step closer on Monday evening. City councilors proposed funding a $150,000 feasibility study with money from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) reserves. “When the building first opened there were 75 students,” said

  • Council approves $22.6M school budget

    Council approves $22.6M school budget

    ELLSWORTH — After some hesitation and more than an hour of discussion, city councilors unanimously approved a $22.60-million school budget on Monday evening, roughly $436,000 less than the School Department had initially asked for. “I don’t believe the taxpayers can afford this budget,” said Councilor Gary Fortier. “You’re telling me you need this to run