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 Nov. 29

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 29

    ELLSWORTH — Early-season snowstorms resulted in messy roads and crashes this week. An Otis resident was injured when the car she was driving hit a utility pole on the Mariaville Road on Thanksgiving Day, according to a police report. The pole, which was attached to guy wires, snapped in half and landed in the roadway,

  • Our bridges are old. But don’t panic.

    Our bridges are old. But don’t panic.

    ELLSWORTH — Many Hancock County bridges are older, in poorer shape and their condition has worsened faster than anywhere else in the state in the past decade. That’s according to an analysis of Federal Highway Administration data and information provided to The Ellsworth American by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT). In 2017, nearly a

  • Ticonic firehouse decision delayed again

    Ticonic firehouse decision delayed again

    ELLSWORTH — During a meeting that occasionally strayed into the chaotic, city councilors voted on Monday night to delay a decision on the former Ticonic 4 engine house and seek advice from outside legal counsel. The decision was made after it was revealed that attorneys for the law firm representing the city also have separate

  • Student test results take a downturn

    Student test results take a downturn

    ELLSWORTH — The results are in. And the results of the Maine Educational Assessment for the 2017-18 school year are, well, a bit disappointing. “We didn’t see improvements to the level we wanted,” said Jim Boothby, superintendent for Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25), which includes Bucksport Middle School and Bucksport High School. Bucksport fared

  • What can be recycled? The list just got shorter

    What can be recycled? The list just got shorter

    ELLSWORTH — Beginning in 2019, Ellsworth residents will no longer be able to recycle glass, box board (such as Kleenex and cereal boxes) and No. 3-7 plastics (which include single-use plastic bags, Styrofoam, shampoo bottles and some yogurt containers). The city will continue to accept corrugated cardboard, plastics numbered 1 and 2, polyethylene terephthalate (PET

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 22

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 22

    ELLSWORTH — No one was injured when a woman reportedly crashed a vehicle through a metal fence and into a children’s play area at the Moore Community Center on Nov. 14, according to a police report of the incident. “It was lucky” there were no children playing there at the time, Moshier said. Carol Glefke,

  • Longroad Wind farm project advances

    Longroad Wind farm project advances

    ELLSWORTH — A $140-million, 22-wind turbine project involving four Hancock County towns is moving forward. Longroad Energy Partners, which is developing the project, submitted an application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Oct. 31, said Mark Bergeron, director of the DEP’s Bureau of Land Resources. “One of the first steps that we

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 15

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 15

    ELLSWORTH — A man sent “inappropriate pictures” to an underage girl, according to a police report. The incident was reported on Nov. 6. Officers are investigating. Raccoon-car crash A car driven by an Ellsworth resident hit a raccoon on the Bangor Road on Nov. 11 around 6:30 p.m., according to a police report. The crash