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]
  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 20

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 20

    ELLSWORTH — Run-ins with animals in the roadway resulted in the death of a dog and a deer this week. A dog without a collar died after being hit by a car on the Bangor Road around 10 p.m. on June 15, according to a police report. The pit bull reportedly ran into the road

  • Chummies shuts its doors

    Chummies shuts its doors

    ELLSWORTH — Chummies Bar, a neighborhood watering hole on Franklin Street known for its open mic and karaoke, closed its doors on May 31. “After some careful consideration and introspection, I have decided to step away from the bar business,” owner Gabe Wood wrote in a Facebook post in April. “I will be entertaining serious

  • Housing developments on Beechland, 1A approved

    Housing developments on Beechland, 1A approved

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Planning Board approved final plans for two major subdivisions at a meeting on June 5. Both were put forward by developer Jonathan Bates. Bates plans to build four three-story apartment buildings off the Beechland Road (titled Jefferson Luxe Townhomes), behind Acadia Provisions and Global Beverage Warehouse, with a total of 45

  • Hannaford wraps up remodel; festivities planned

    ELLSWORTH — Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy will hold festivities Fridays through Sundays from June 7 through 28 to celebrate its recent $3.9-million makeover. The renovations, including an updated pharmacy and expansion of fresh food options, began last August. Bangor-based architecture firm WBRC oversaw the project. “We are very happy to be able to offer such

  • City school  budget vote  is June 11

    City school budget vote is June 11

    ELLSWORTH — Voters will head to the polls on June 11 to vote on whether to approve the $22.6-million 2019-20 school budget. Taxpayers will be asked to come up with $11,675,247 to fund city schools, a 3 percent increase in the local appropriation over last year and a 5.78 percent increase in the expense budget

  • Plastic bag ban bill passes House

    Plastic bag ban bill passes House

    ELLSWORTH — A bill to ban single-use plastic carryout bags statewide advanced in the Legislature this week, passing the House 91-52. It now heads to the Senate for a vote. “The business community is asking us for stability. Rather than grappling with a patchwork of local ordinances, they would prefer to have a universal statewide

  • Full steam ahead!

    Full steam ahead!

    ELLSWORTH — There is no real reason to travel by train. Cars are more convenient, the highway system extensive, and a plane is almost certainly less expensive for any comparable distance. But trains hold a magic that few modes of modern transportation can match: the rhythmic click and swish of the rails, the soft sway

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 6

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 6

    ELLSWORTH — A resident who was reportedly setting off fireworks during the afternoon of May 30 was asked by police to keep the noise down because it was scaring a neighbor’s horse. The reveler agreed to stop setting off fireworks. Hit-and-run Police are investigating an early-morning accident on June 2 in which a pickup truck

  • First National opens new Beechland location

    ELLSWORTH — First National Bank officially opened its location on the Beechland Road on May 20, moving from its High Street location after more than 40 years. The two-story branch stands on the site of the former Weymouth Chiropractic building, which the bank bought earlier this year and razed. The Beechland Road location will be

  • Planning Board to consider rezoning to allow single-family homes

    Planning Board to consider rezoning to allow single-family homes

    ELLSWORTH — Planning Department staff are proposing rezoning roughly 115 acres of land between Douglas Highway and High Street in the area across from Marden’s from commercial and rural to urban zoning. The land straddles Buttermilk Road and includes 17 parcels, including one behind Walmart. The changes would allow single-family homes to be built in