Articles by: Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Digital Media Strategist
Kate is the paper's Digital Media Strategist, responsible for all things social, and the occasional story too! She's a former reporter for the paper and can be reached at: [email protected]
  • MRC towns to weigh in as sale proceeds

    MRC towns to weigh in as sale proceeds

    If all goes as planned, employees could start returning to work at the shuttered waste processing facility in Hampden as soon as Monday, June 14, said Robert Van Naarden, CEO of Delta Thermo Energy (DTE), at an online meeting of the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) on April 28. 

  • PERC repairs to continue, electricity generation stalled

    PERC repairs to continue, electricity generation stalled

    Repairs at the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC), which takes in much of the waste from Hancock County and surrounding counties and burns it to generate electricity, are turning out to be “a lot more extensive than we anticipated,” said Plant Manager Henry Lang in an email last week. Because of that, the plant will be combusting trash but won’t be generating electricity for more than a month.

  • $92M awarded to local businesses

    $92M awarded to local businesses

    ELLSWORTH — More than 2,200 Hancock County businesses received a total of $92.24 million as part of the Paycheck Protection Program, a measure intended at staving off economic collapse as businesses around the country scaled or shut down due to the pandemic, according to an analysis by The American of recently released federal data.  The

  • Frontline workers are first in line to receive COVID vaccine

    Frontline workers are first in line to receive COVID vaccine

    ELLSWORTH — Certain health-care workers and emergency responders could be given the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine sometime in December as long as the authorization process goes smoothly, said Dr. James Jarvis, medical specialist for Northern Light Health’s incident command, in a press conference on Nov. 25. “There are two vaccines that have asked

  • COA student scientists get real world experience in Deer Isle 

    COA student scientists get real world experience in Deer Isle 

    BAR HARBOR — On a recent sunny morning in late October, before fall winds swept the rest of the leaves from the trees, several students at College of the Atlantic gathered on the lawn of the college for an unusual task: the necropsy of an Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus) that was brought ashore in Deer Isle. Metal

  • District 132 candidates met in online forum to share views

    District 132 candidates met in online forum to share views

    TRENTON— Candidates for House District 132 (Ellsworth and Trenton) shared their views on the pandemic, the opioid epidemic, the state budget, climate change and more on Tuesday evening at a forum hosted by League of Women Voters of Maine and The Ellsworth American.  Incumbent state Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) and City Councilor Michelle Renee Kaplan met virtually in

  • Potential recycling plant buyers down to three 

    Potential recycling plant buyers down to three 

    HAMPDEN — The number of interested buyers for the waste and recycling plant in Hampden has been whittled down to three, Municipal Review Committee (MRC) members announced at a town hall meeting on Sept. 30.  “All three assume a closing before the end of the year,” said MRC Executive Director Michael Carroll.  The plant shut down in May and

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