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]
  • Man charged with shooting gun at neighbor’s business

    Man charged with shooting gun at neighbor’s business

    ELLSWORTH — Police arrested 65-year-old Ellsworth resident Bruce Wallace after he reportedly shot several rounds from a .22 rifle into his neighbor’s motorcycle shop on the Bangor Road on Oct. 4, according to a report of the incident. Officers were called to GRC Motorcycles around 2 p.m. to investigate somebody “shooting a pellet gun” at

  • City hires economic development director

    City hires economic development director

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth will have a new economic development director come Nov. 1. Janna Richards, planning director for Bar Harbor, will succeed Micki Sumpter, who retired this month. Sumpter will work with the city on a part-time basis through June 2019 to assist with the transition. Richards, who will be paid $63,000 a year, was

  • Primavera closes, Tan Turtle takes its place

    Primavera closes, Tan Turtle takes its place

    ELLSWORTH — “The Turtle is making his way across the bridge. He should arrive on High St. in Ellsworth by November 1st,” read a Facebook post on Oct. 4 announcing the opening of the Tan Turtle Tavern in the former Primavera Restaurant. Owner Steven Foss and his wife, Mindy Morse-Foss, operate the Tan Turtle out

  • Metalsmith Cara Romano fulfills vision in new space

    Metalsmith Cara Romano fulfills vision in new space

    ELLSWORTH — The motto of KōT (pronounced “coat”), Cara Romano’s recently reopened shop on State Street, is “contemporary functional craft.” It’s an apt tagline: the minimal space is filled with carefully curated crafts, from desk caddies made of reclaimed heart pine to sturdy canvas rugs layered with marine grade finish. The space feels a bit

  • Longtime Ellsworth Police lieutenant retires

    Longtime Ellsworth Police lieutenant retires

    ELLSWORTH — On a cold, bright Friday morning, law enforcement officers and friends gathered in for a quiet ceremony in the Ellsworth Police Department to swap stories and offer congratulations to longtime Lieutenant Harold Page, who retired after 40 years in law enforcement. “He’s been an integral part of running the department,” said Police Chief

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Oct. 4

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Oct. 4

    ELLSWORTH — Car crashes and hit-and-runs kept officers busy this week. Old Town resident Justine Alexander was taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital with possible injuries on Sept. 27 after a three-car crash on Forrest Avenue. Around 6:30 a.m., a car driven by Brewer resident Michael Friel slowed and stopped at a red light

  • MCMH is officially Northern Light Maine Coast

    MCMH is officially Northern Light Maine Coast

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH) got a makeover on Monday as part of the rebranding of its parent organization, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS). At 10 a.m., EMHS became Northern Light Health. Nine affiliated hospitals also were renamed, including MCMH, which became Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital. The rebranding is more than just

  • Revived Weaver Wind project back on the radar

    Revived Weaver Wind project back on the radar

    EASTBROOK — Representatives from Longroad Energy Partners made the rounds in Eastbrook and Osborn last week to discuss their proposal for a $140-million, 22-wind turbine project involving four Hancock County towns. The plans are a revival of a 2015 project, Weaver Wind, which the company pulled after the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

  • Buyer beware: meth manufacture means hellacious cleanup bills

    Buyer beware: meth manufacture means hellacious cleanup bills

    ELLSWORTH — Maine disclosure forms reveal a lot of potential problems for prospective home buyers. Is there asbestos? Radon? How much does it cost to heat? Where is waste disposed? But one question that isn’t answered on disclosure forms might give some buyers pause: is the home contaminated with methamphetamine? “A new home buyer doesn’t