Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings

USM tightens ties with Iceland university, announces $500,000 gift for scholarship

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 26, 2016, at 8:15 p.m.
The scholarship gift comes from the Boyne Foundation, named for the late Dr. Phillip J. Boyne, a Houlton native, dentist and oral surgeon.
The East Branch of the Penobscot River runs through parts of the area of Elliotsville Plantation Inc.

What we know about access to North Woods national monument land

By John Holyoke and Nick McCrea on Aug. 24, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
Those interested in visiting the new attraction might be wondering what kind of activities will, and won’t, be allowed on its 87,563 acres.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos) is located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Methadone clinic sues Bangor over expansion denial

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 23, 2016, at 6:52 p.m.
“We are hopeful and optimistic that the federal court will rule in favor of our client, and will permit those awaiting treatment to begin to receive that treatment as soon as possible.”
Arielle Oldmixon (left) plays with Aniyah Harvey, 2, at Mansfield Park in Bangor in March. The Bangor City Council voted Monday night to ban smoking in the city's parks to protect children and families from the effects of secondhand smoke.

Bangor passes ban on smoking in city parks geared toward kids

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 22, 2016, at 11:07 p.m.
The ban includes cigarettes, cigars and pipes, as well as electronic smoking devices.
Gerald Winters is setting up shop in downtown Bangor where he will display and sell rare books, manuscripts and letters from authors. He will call the shop Gerald Winters & Son.

Bangor shop to feature rare items from Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.D. Salinger

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 22, 2016, at 4 a.m.
Gerald Winters will be displaying rare books, letters, proofs and manuscripts from a range of authors at his downtown shop.
Pat Kimball, executive director of Wellspring treatment center, is retiring next week after over 20 years with the addiction treatment facility.

For over 30 years, this Maine woman tirelessly worked to aid those struggling with addiction

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 21, 2016, at 7:16 a.m.
“For the first time in a long time, [substance abuse treatment] is everybody’s top issue,” said Patricia Kimball.
Emergency workers prepare to remove a car from Belfast Harbor on Saturday during the Belfast Harbor Fest celebration.

Car rolls into Belfast harbor during Harbor Fest celebration

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 20, 2016, at 6:26 p.m.
A crowd of onlookers saw the car roll in and watched the recovery effort.

Investigators probe fatal house fire in Mexico

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 20, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
83-year-old man escaped uninjured.
Walkers make their way down the street during the seventh annual Champion for the Cure Challenge at EMMC Cancer Care in Brewer Saturday. Thousands of people participated in a 1K, 5K or 10K walk/run, a 25, 50, 75 or 100 mile bike ride or a 50 mile motorcycle ride. All proceeds raised stays in the community to support local cancer research.

Champion the Cure Challenge raises nearly $600,000 for Brewer cancer center

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 20, 2016, at 1:51 p.m.
The money raised will help fund research at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer to explore treatments and potential cures for all types of cancers that affect all ages of patients.
Terry Theriault exits his delimber while working in the field July 29, 2015, off the Golden Road.

Federal team touring Maine to help find answers for beleaguered forest economy

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 17, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Responding to a plea from Maine’s congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of Commerce is investigating how to boost the state’s beleaguered forest-products industry and communities that depend on it.
A sign at the entrance to the midway of the Bangor State Fair reminds visitors that the fairgrounds are a no-smoking area.  The City Council is expected to consider a ban on smoking in many of the city’s public parks.

Bangor council to decide on banning smoking in parks geared toward children

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 15, 2016, at 8:07 p.m.
Bangor’s smokers may soon have to be more careful about where they light up a cigarette.

Three Ruby Tuesday restaurants close in Maine

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurant at the Bangor Mall has closed, apparently along with the South Portland and Biddeford locations.
A Bangor resident clears away snow after a last winter storm dropped 11 inches on the city in March 2014.

Bangor Energy Expo to share tips on how to reduce energy costs this winter

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 14, 2016, at 8 a.m.
Bangor and Efficiency Maine will hold the first Bangor Energy Expo from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Cross Insurance Center.
Signs were posted Wednesday in the windows of a block of downtown buildings up for sale on Exchange Street announcing their pending sale.

Exchange Street buildings in downtown Bangor have likely buyer

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 11, 2016, at 4:40 p.m.
The block of downtown buildings on Exchange Street that recently went up for sale after years of underuse already has a likely developer after less than a month on the market.
Bangor Mayor Nelson Durgin addresses reporters during a press conference on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the State House.

Two members of Bangor City Council won’t seek re-election

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 10, 2016, at 6:46 p.m.
Bangor’s nine-member city council will have at least two new councilors after November’s elections.
The old engineer's house at Waterworks Apartments can be seen Jan. 11 in Bangor.

City panel clears way for historic waterworks engineer’s house to be torn down

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 10, 2016, at 4:54 p.m.
A historic home that has become a derelict eyesore along the Penobscot River could be coming down this winter after the latest twist in the lengthy battle over the future of the property.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center, which is right of Quiznos, can be seen on June 30 at the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Methadone clinic officials weighing litigation over rejected expansion bid

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 09, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
The Bangor council voted 7-2 Monday night to deny Colonial Management’s application to expand Penobscot Metro’s number of patients from 300 to 500.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos), located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor, applied to increase its capacity from 300 to 500 patients.

Bangor council rejects methadone clinic expansion

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 08, 2016, at 10:34 p.m.
The council voted 7-2 to deny Penobscot Metro’s application to increase its patient cap from 300 to 500.
James Harrison, regional director of Colonial Management Group, and Lisa Davis, program director of Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center, address the council during a public hearing on a proposed expansion of methadone treatment during a meeting on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.

Bangor council to vote on methadone clinic’s expansion request

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 08, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
City councilors will vote Monday night on whether one of the city’s three methadone clinics will be allowed to expand.
Manna Ministries is eyeing this building at 100 Center St., seen Friday in Bangor, as its future home after its current property at 629 Main St. is auctioned off.

Manna Ministries working on move to Center Street

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 05, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
The organization has obtained a certificate of occupancy for 100 Center St. in Bangor, according to city records.