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]
  • Fiberight plant placed in receivership 

    Fiberight plant placed in receivership 

    ELLSWORTH — Two months after it shut down due to unpaid bills, the Coastal Resources of Maine plant in Hampden has been placed in receivership by its bondholder trustees, meaning a company has been appointed by a court to oversee the operation until a new arrangement has been made, said Municipal Review Committee (MRC) board member Bob Butler in

  • Rate of COVID cases among nonresidents falls

    ELLSWORTH — Despite tourism picking up around the region, the rate of positive COVID-19 tests per day recorded among nonresidents has fallen compared to the most recent period in mid-June, according to figures provided by Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spokesman Robert Long in an email over the weekend.  As of July 18, the

  • New operator sought for Fiberight plant

    New operator sought for Fiberight plant

    ELLSWORTH — The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) does not expect Coastal Resources of Maine, which operates the waste and recycling plant in Hampden, to be able to secure financing and get the plant back up and running within a 30–day window.  The MRC is casting a “wide net” in search of another operator, board members said in a virtual

  • Fiberight goes dark, seeks additional funding

    Fiberight goes dark, seeks additional funding

    ELLSWORTH — Coastal Resources of Maine, the $70-million waste and recycling facility in Hampden owned by Fiberight, shut down in late May after an expected $14.7 million in funding fell through, forcing the 115 towns that sent their waste there to landfill their trash until the plant reopens.  “We’re behind on our bills,” Shelby Wright, director of

  • Man charged with sexually assaulting child

    ELLSWORTH — A man who had recently moved to Ellsworth was arrested on June 11 on a charge of gross sexual assault for alleged abuse of a 14-year-old girl, said Police Chief Glenn Moshier. The Ellsworth Police Department received a referral on June 9 from the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office regarding Wayne M. Rameau,

  • 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