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 Bar Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
  • City Planning Board approves solar farm plans

    ELLSWORTH — A proposal for a solar farm on the Mariaville Road received unanimous final approval from the Planning Board at a virtual meeting on June 3, with the caveat that board members be able to review a decommissioning plan for the panels that is being worked on by the city’s attorney. The code enforcement

  • Councilors aren’t sold on EMS license

    Councilors aren’t sold on EMS license

    ELLSWORTH — The Fire Department will continue to respond to all emergency medical calls in the city, per the requirements of its emergency medical services (EMS) agency license, but councilors aren’t all sold on whether to continue the practice going forward. “You come up with $7,800,” said Councilor John Phillips at a meeting on Monday

  • City preparing for July 14 elections

    City preparing for July 14 elections

    ELLSWORTH — Like everything else, voting in the July 14 primary is going to look a lot different this year. Expect a lot of physical distancing, only a certain number of people allowed in the building, sneeze guards, gloves, masks, face shields and fewer voting booths. “Based on the number of people absentee voting, we’re

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 18

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 18

    ELLSWORTH — A Massachusetts man turned himself into the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for child pornography out of Massachusetts this week, according to a police report. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office had been working to locate Garrett Bowden, said Ellsworth Police Chief Glenn Moshier, for an extraditable warrant out of Massachusetts for

  • New operator sought for Fiberight plant

    ELLSWORTH — The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) does not expect Coastal Resources of Maine, which operates the waste and recycling plant in Hampden, to be able to secure financing and get the plant back up and running within a 30-day window. The MRC is casting a “wide net” in search of another operator, board members

  • Fiberight plant is shut down; trash sent to landfill

    Fiberight plant is shut down; trash sent to landfill

    ELLSWORTH — Coastal Resources of Maine, the $70-million waste and recycling facility in Hampden, shut down in late May after an expected $14.7 million in funding fell through. The closure forced the 115 member towns that send their waste there to landfill their trash until the plant reopens. “We’re behind on our bills,” Shelby Wright,

  • Man charged with sexually assaulting child

    ELLSWORTH — A man who had recently moved to Ellsworth was arrested on June 11 on a charge of gross sexual assault for alleged abuse of a 14-year-old girl, said Police Chief Glenn Moshier. The Ellsworth Police Department received a referral on June 9 from the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office regarding Wayne M. Rameau,

  • City councilors cut $100,000 in library funding

    City councilors cut $100,000 in library funding

    ELLSWORTH — Councilors decided unanimously last Thursday evening to cut $100,000 from the amount taxpayers give to support the Ellsworth Public Library, or roughly 18 percent of the $561,872 projected appropriation and 15 percent of the library’s overall budget of $672,372. “It’s a valuable asset,” said Council Chairman Dale Hamilton, but, “If the surrounding communities

  • Bliss opens in former Ruth Foster’s, pandemic aside

    Bliss opens in former Ruth Foster’s, pandemic aside

    ELLSWORTH — Husband and wife team Scott Mayer and Susan Nordman are no strangers to opening a business. They’ve owned stores in New Jersey and Bar Harbor before opening in Ellsworth. But opening a business during a pandemic is a different story. “How do you keep your customers safe, how do you keep yourself and

  • City recreation budget down

    ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA is seeking a little more in funding from the city this year, but on the whole the proposed Ellsworth Recreation Department budget is down a little more than 5 percent for fiscal year 2021, to $173,410. The Recreation Commission recommends that the council support the proposed increase in

  • Budget for Public Works is down

    ELLSWORTH — The proposed Ellsworth Public Works Department budget is down close to 2 percent for the coming fiscal year, from $1.939 million to $1.904 million, according to documents on file with the city. Most of the budget — $1.456 million — is allocated to the Highway Department. That figure does not include funding for

  • Library budget down; fees for nonresidents delayed

    Library budget down; fees for nonresidents delayed

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Public Library’s proposed budget is down roughly 3.5 percent for fiscal year 2021, with a decrease in the city appropriation of nearly 6 percent. “We are projecting working toward continuing to diversify our budget, so the city of Ellsworth appropriation has gone down a little bit more in proportion to the