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]
  • 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

  • Habitat’s ReStore in Ellsworth to close

    Habitat’s ReStore in Ellsworth to close

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Habitat for Humanity ReStore will close its doors in August. “Not being immune to the challenges which other small businesses face in this economy, as we approached our 11th year, with expenses rising and in-demand [donated] inventory unpredictable,” said Executive Director Kelley Ellsworth in a press release, “the affiliate’s board

  • 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