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 snow plowing team going strong

    City snow plowing team going strong

    ELLSWORTH — By mileage, Ellsworth is one of the largest cities on the Eastern Seaboard: over 95 square miles, including 125 miles of roads. And the 10 drivers for the Ellsworth Public Works Department are responsible for sanding, salting and plowing nearly all of them. “They’re very busy. Even though people don’t see them they’re

  • Obamacare ruling worries local hospitals

    Obamacare ruling worries local hospitals

    ELLSWORTH—The future of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was thrown into jeopardy Friday hours before open enrollment for 2019 coverage was set to close. A federal district court judge in Texas ruled that the law was unconstitutional, sowing confusion among patients and advocates. “It would be very, very unfortunate if this ruling

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 20

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 20

    ELLSWORTH — Police responded to several residents in need of crisis care this week. Officers and emergency crews were called to a local residence on Dec. 13 after being notified that a 37-year-old woman had overdosed on over-the-counter medication in an attempt to commit suicide, according to a police report. The woman was willingly transported

  • Fate of former Ticonic firehouse in limbo

    Fate of former Ticonic firehouse in limbo

    ELLSWORTH—“It’s like quicksand. Just when you feel like you’ve gotten your feet under you, something changes,” said Judy Blood, a former school teacher and resident of Ellsworth Falls who has been fighting to save the former Ticonic firehouse from being demolished. Blood was speaking at her home on Sunday afternoon, seated across from a window

  • Glass and vape shop open on High Street

    Glass and vape shop open on High Street

    ELLSWORTH − It’s a small, unassuming shop with large picture windows and a white storefront. But Ellsworth’s newest glass and vape shop is riding a multi-billion wave that isn’t expected to crest anytime soon. “It’s been pretty good,” said Tim Robison, co-owner of Smoke & Vape, which opened two months ago at 27 High St.,

  • Home prices fall, but still unaffordable for many

    Home prices fall, but still unaffordable for many

    ELLSWORTH — Home prices were down this quarter but are still out of reach for many potential homebuyers. The price of a single-family home in Hancock County fell 3 percent in the third quarter of this year compared to last, to $223,590. “Supply is not meeting demand at certain price points, especially homes for downsizing

  • Building permits up in October, down in cold, snowy November

    Building permits up in October, down in cold, snowy November

    ELLSWORTH — Building around the city was up in October but slowed considerably in November compared to last year. Weather hampered construction: temperatures dipped below average, while snowfall and high winds swept through the state. City staff issued 11 building permits, mainly for small alterations and accessory structures. Last year, a mild November resulted in

  • Bustling builder Bates a man of many hats

    Bustling builder Bates a man of many hats

    ELLSWORTH — If it feels like Jonathan Bates is everywhere these days, that’s because in a way, he is. Bates is office manager, developer, landlord and just about everything else behind Stone Park Properties LLC. “I often struggle with delegating,” Bates admitted. But so far the long hours have been worth it. “This is my

  • Cathy Bell Clark captures animals in action in wool

    Cathy Bell Clark captures animals in action in wool

    GOULDSBORO — One could be forgiven for thinking there is a pair of rats perched motionless on a cabinet at the Gouldsboro home of Cathy Bell Clark. Clark’s woodland creations — red foxes, harbor seals with mottled coats and horsehair whiskers, a chipmunk with wax-dipped toenails — look as though they are nearly in motion,

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 13

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 13

    ELLSWORTH — Officers responded to several residents in need of aid this week. On Dec. 9, police were called to two separate residences to speak with men who were having thoughts of suicide, according to a report. Officers brought one of the men to the hospital and confirmed that a crisis worker was on the