Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.

Arsenic forces Maine school to restrict water use

By Nick McCrea on April 27, 2017, at 9:37 a.m.
A Maine school has shut down its drinking fountains after discovering elevated arsenic levels in the drinking water.

Mainer to tell Senate about crippling effects loneliness can have on elderly

By Nick McCrea on April 26, 2017, at 3:38 p.m.
A Mainer is urging D.C. lawmakers to support programs that help seniors stay social in order to stem the far-reaching effects of loneliness and isolation.
Louis (left) and Mowgli, pet Nigerian dwarf goats, play on top of an overturned rowboat in their pen. The pair gained internet fame after breaking out of their pen in Belfast, getting into a neighbor's garage, and spending the day in a Belfast police officer's cruiser.

Newly famous Maine goats return to quiet life at home after a Sunday on the lam

By Nick McCrea on April 25, 2017, at 1:59 p.m.
It’s been a weird week of animal-related shenanigans in Belfast.
Rain falls into a puddle in Bangor.

Persistent rain to soak Maine this week

By Nick McCrea on April 25, 2017, at 8:35 a.m.
Keep an umbrella handy during the next few days.

Police search for driver who evaded them Monday night

By Nick McCrea on April 25, 2017, at 7:58 a.m.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who ran away from police after crashing his pickup during a chase late Monday night.
The University of Maine system's seven campuses and branch facilities have reduced carbon output by 34 percent since 2006.

How Maine universities made big carbon emission cuts over the past decade

By Nick McCrea on April 22, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The University of Maine System has cut its carbon emissions by a third in the past decade, a big step toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040.
Alton resident Darlene Young was one employee who took advantage of federal retraining funds, which recently have been allocated to millworkers in Lincoln. Her training to become a certified medical assistant has paid off, she says she loves helping people at her new job at the Helen Hunt Health Center in Old Town.

Maine’s unemployment rate hits a new low

By Nick McCrea on April 21, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
Maine posted a 3 percent unemployment rate for March, the lowest since the current method of measuring unemployment was adopted in 1976.

Hancock County couple dies in South Carolina crash

By Nick McCrea on April 21, 2017, at 8:18 a.m.
A crash in South Carolina claimed the lives of a Hancock County couple tied to a popular Route 1 restaurant.
Sommer Huntress (left) and Jillian Crago, both 15 and of Kittery, touch and examine a cow brain at the University of New England "Brain Station" on Friday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor during the Maine Science Festival.

In the wake of Trump’s proposed cuts, Mainers rally to support science

By Nick McCrea on April 19, 2017, at 4:50 p.m.
UMaine will host a March for Science, one of hundreds scheduled internationally this weekend, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Other Maine marches are planned in Portland, Machias and Sanford.
A moose crossing the Veteran's Memorial Bridge in Belfast on Wednesday morning made for an unusual commute. After crossing the span, the moose continued down Route 1 and sightings have since been reported on Lincolnville beach and in the seaside community of Bayside.

Moose on a mission ties up traffic on busy Maine bridge

By Nick McCrea on April 19, 2017, at 12:05 p.m.
An unusual jaywalker briefly tied up traffic on a busy Belfast bridge Wednesday morning.
Habib Dagher, director of UMaine advanced structures and composites sector, speaks to the crowd during a trip to celebrate the first year of the University of Maine's floating wind turbine, VolturnUS.

Wind power advocates alarmed by bill to move Monhegan test site

By Nick McCrea on April 18, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“If we had to move this site now, everything is gone — the investments disappear,” said Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
Lydia Tracy, a seventh-grader at Wagner Middle School, affixes a portrait she drew of a classmate to the wall of the school with the help of street artist Orson Horchler, better known as Pigeon. Pigeon has been visiting schools across the state as part of a program aimed at spreading acceptance and inclusiveness in schools.

Maine street artist uses student drawings to foster community at schools

By Nick McCrea on April 17, 2017, at 10 a.m.
The project aims to challenge the perception that people “from away” can’t be Mainers or aren’t a true part of their communities.
University of Maine at Augusta president James Conneely, who recently announced he is stepping down.

Officials ponder future of UM-Augusta after school loses 4th leader in less than 3 years

By Nick McCrea on April 14, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.
After cycling through four presidents since September 2014, University of Maine at Augusta faculty and staff are pleading for stability.
Stockton Springs Elementary School.

Voters back shuttering of Stockton Springs school

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2017, at 4:22 p.m.
The votes are in, bringing an end to another small-town Maine school.
University of Maine at Augusta president James Conneely speaks to members of the community at Eastport Hall in Bangor, Dec. 1, 2015.

University of Maine at Augusta president resigns unexpectedly

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
The University of Maine at Augusta president announced he is leaving his post after two years and four months on the job.
Jon Fishman, drummer for Phish, performs on stage at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on July 3, 2013.

Inspired by Bernie Sanders, Phish drummer runs for local office in Lincolnville

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Jonathan Fishman, the drummer for Phish and side project Touchpants, has decided to have a go at public office.

Possible replacements for longtime district attorney named

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Republicans representing several counties have picked two attorneys they’d like to fill the role of their longtime district attorney.
This house at 180 Abrams Mountain Road, called "The Froggery," sold at auction over the weekend for an undisclosed sum. Earlier this year, it was listed for $10.9 million, making it the most expensive house on the market in Maine.

Former midcoast mansion owner sues auctioneer who sold it for mere $1.4 million

By Nick McCrea on April 11, 2017, at 6:16 a.m.
The former owner of a $10 million island mansion is suing a high-end, Florida-based auctioneer after his home sold for a meager $1.375 million last June.
Chelsea Larrabee

Teen gets 3 years in prison for car accident that killed passenger

By Nick McCrea on April 06, 2017, at 1:36 p.m.
A 19-year-old woman will spend three years in prison after a high-speed car crash that killed her friend.
The University of Maine at Machias has entered into a partnership with the University of Maine in an effort to turn around the declining enrollment at the state's smallest university.  The partnership will bring more opportunities to the students at both campuses.

University of Maine at Machias VP tapped to take top post on campus

By Nick McCrea on April 06, 2017, at 8:13 a.m.
Kay Kimball will serve as executive dean and chief of academic operations at UMM when the campus’ new leadership structure becomes official on July 1.