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 Bar Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
  • More Hancock County businesses can reopen starting Monday

    ELLSWORTH — Some restaurants and retail stores in Hancock County will be allowed to open several weeks earlier than expected, starting this Monday, said Governor Janet Mills at a press briefing on Friday. With precautions such as physical distancing and enhanced cleaning, retail stores will be able to open on Monday, May 11, in counties where

  • First coronavirus death in Hancock County recorded

    BAR HARBOR — Hancock County recorded its first death of a person who tested positive for coronavirus this week, a man in his 60s, according to figures released on Friday by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The county had recorded 10 cases as of Friday, nine of which were listed by the

  • Businesses react to state reopening plans

    Businesses react to state reopening plans

    ELLSWORTH — No cruise ships with more than 50 passengers. Required 14-day quarantine for those coming from out of state. The plans for reopening Maine’s economy are likely to have an outsize effect on the state’s tourist sector, Governor Janet Mills acknowledged at a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon. “There will be losses, inevitable losses,”

  • Supporting children with autism in challenging times

    ELLSWORTH — With 1 in 54 children identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2016, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more families than ever looking for guidance and support on helping children cope. “It’s very individualized for every child,” said Rachel Bousquet, director of education and residential

  • Vaccination law upheld at the polls: Bar Harbor voters say “No” 3 to 1

    Vaccination law upheld at the polls: Bar Harbor voters say “No” 3 to 1

    ELLSWORTH — On Tuesday, voters in Hancock County and statewide decided to keep a law that eliminates non-medical opt-outs for childhood vaccinations, joining California, Mississippi, West Virginia and New York, all of which have passed similar legislation. Roughly 67 percent of the 16,995 voters who cast ballots in Hancock County (with all but Gouldsboro reporting)

  • Bond questions set

    Bond questions set

    BAR HARBOR — Maine voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to consider two statewide measures: a $105-million transportation bond and a constitutional amendment that would allow voters with physical disabilities to sign petitions in an alternative manner. The majority ($85 million) of the bond, if passed, would be directed toward the

  • Airbnb listings climb

    Airbnb listings climb

    BAR HARBOR— The number of rental properties in Bar Harbor on home sharing site Airbnb grew this year compared to last, according to data from the company. But while there were more properties for renters to choose from, the overall number of visitors grew at a slower pace. As of July 1 of this year,

  • Life in sync for musician, public servant Antonio Blasi

    Life in sync for musician, public servant Antonio Blasi

    ELLSWORTH — If you know Antonio Blasi, it’s probably through music. The Hancock resident sings or plays woodwinds in bands around the county and beyond, from Bangor to Blue Hill. He’s played in the orchestra at The Grand, with the Bar Harbor Band, at the Winter Harbor Music Festival and was a co-founder of the

  • Paine on painting

    Paine on painting

    BERNARD — Art Paine has piece of advice for his painting students: “Honestly, have a friend that shoots you at the two-day mark. You really need to be shot at that point. There’s a horrible temptation to overwork it.” Anyone who’s been around boats in Maine is likely familiar with the Paine name. Art (whose

  • New law aims to protect internet access

    New law aims to protect internet access

    ELLSWORTH — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth and Trenton) aimed at protecting internet users was signed into law by Governor Janet Mills last week. “Internet service providers should not be the gatekeepers of the internet and its potential to connect people and provide critical information,” Grohoski said in a statement. In 2017, the