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
  • Graphic book captures caring for dying loved one

    Graphic book captures caring for dying loved one

    BAR HARBOR — During the months her ex-husband was dying of cancer in her living room, Emily Bracale would often illustrate the events of each day — doctor visits, conversations with friends, signing paperwork — in a journal. “That was my grieving process,” said the artist/author at home in her Bar Harbor studio. “It led

  • Jackson Lab to hire 300 new employees

    Jackson Lab to hire 300 new employees

    ELLSWORTH — The Jackson Laboratory has increased its minimum wage to $15.75 an hour and will hire 300 new employees over the next year, according to a press release from Senior Public Relations Manager Sarah Laskowski on Tuesday. The move comes as the Bar Harbor-based organization, which made $400 million before expenses in 2017, continues

  • Island-hopping couple found a home in Frenchboro

    Island-hopping couple found a home in Frenchboro

    At first, Ann Fernald wanted to be a marine biology researcher. Raised in Hebron, she received an associate degree in marine biology from Southern Maine Community College and moved to Portland to look for research positions. But there was “no money for research,” said Ann, and so she took a job at Sappi Fine Paper

  • Town lifer Lunt: “It’s home”

    Town lifer Lunt: “It’s home”

    David Lunt, who goes by Davie (his father is also David), has lived in Frenchboro nearly his whole life, apart from the four years when he attended high school on Mount Desert Island. “To me it was ideal,” said Lunt of growing up on the island. “We pretty much had the freedom to do whatever

  • New leader cites Jackson Lab’s “rapid growth”

    New leader cites Jackson Lab’s “rapid growth”

    ELLSWORTH — The Jackson Laboratory’s new chief operating officer and executive vice president, Catherine “Katy” Longley, has a message for the region: the lab is hiring and the jobs are good. “We still are in a rapid growth mode,” said Longley in an interview at the lab’s Bar Harbor campus. “We have good quality jobs,

  • Seal rescued from Bayside Road

    Seal rescued from Bayside Road

    ELLSWORTH — A seal pup made its way onto the Bayside Road on Friday morning. “There’s a little brook across the street from where it was,” just past the Spindle Road, said Maine Marine Patrol Spc. Sean Dow, adding that he was told the waters were high after yesterday’s rain. “I’m assuming maybe it found its

  • Gagnon named Bar Harbor Planning Director

    Gagnon named Bar Harbor Planning Director

    BAR HARBOR — After 17 years working with the city of Ellsworth, Planner Michele Gagnon will be leaving her job to take the job as planning director in Bar Harbor. “We just really liked her enthusiasm for the job,” said Bar Harbor Town Manager Cornell Knight. “I think she’ll be a great fit. She has

  • Electricity rates rise

    Electricity rates rise

    ELLSWORTH — Keeping the lights on is about to get more expensive for some customers in Hancock County and surrounding areas. After accepting bids from suppliers, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced Dec. 4 that the standard offer for electricity supply for customers in the Emera Maine Bangor Hydro District will increase just under

  • Test results ‘unhelpful’

    Test results ‘unhelpful’

    ELLSWORTH — The results of the state assessments of student performance for the 2017-18 school year are in, but school administrators caution against reading too much into the numbers. Schools in the MDI Regional School System performed much better than the Hancock County and statewide averages. The Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) reports the percentage of