Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
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Rock Harbor Pub and Brewery owner Dan Pease shows off the brewery part of his brewpub in Rockland Thursday. Pease has bought a new building with hopes of a big expansion on their brewing this summer.

Midcoast brewer plans for dramatic boost in suds production

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 05, 2016, at 2 p.m.
“We’re not making enough beer to keep up right now.”
James Kuhn

Maine dad who assaulted children with shock collar accused of making explosives

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 02, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
James Kuhn, 30, faces charges of criminal use of explosives, reckless conduct and endangering the welfare of a child.
The New Balance manufacturing facility can be seen Nov. 17 in Norridgewock.

Defense spending bill renews New Balance’s chances of selling sneakers to military

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 01, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
New Balance could get another crack at making shoes for the U.S. military after federal lawmakers decided to include an American-made requirement in the final version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
This conceptual drawing, released by the State of Maine Judicial Branch in February 2016, shows the expected scale of a new courthouse that the state hopes to build in Belfast. State officials say that now that a specific downtown site has been selected, architects might come up with an entirely new design for the building proposal.

State picks downtown Belfast site for future courthouse

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 30, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The Maine Judicial Branch has chosen a site near the Superior Court building for Belfast’s new downtown courthouse.
Students walk across the University of Maine Mall in Orono between classes in this April 2011 file photo.

UMaine officials: Training, info, technology key to emergency prep

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
Maine university and college officials say they are making efforts both to prevent incidents and to prepare students for escaping harm in the event tragedy strikes close to home.
Belfast City Hall

Belfast grapples with state over welfare program overhauls

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 25, 2016, at 4:21 p.m.
City officials say the increase in the city’s General Assistance costs came in large part due to a dramatic, threefold increase in welfare applications.

Waldo County rallies for employees after Liberty store fire

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 25, 2016, at 6:29 a.m.
“It’s unbelievable,” Jackie Boulay said. “I know there are people who have less than I do that are donating. It’s heartwarming.”
Neighborhood, a restaurant dealing in world cuisine, is expected to open in this building at 132 High Street in downtown Belfast sometime in mid-December.

Belfast food truck owners moving up to full-scale downtown restaurant

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 22, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
Partners Seth Whited and Sarah Waldron of Belfast plan to open Neighborhood restaurant in mid-December.
Dustin Barrows

Maine man accused of assaulting woman, throwing her phone on roof

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 21, 2016, at 5:12 p.m.
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The New Balance manufacturing facility can be seen Thursday in Norridgewock.

Norridgewock residents defend New Balance from social media uproar

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 19, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“They’re always the first at the table to do what they can to help,” Richard LaBelle said. “Norridgewock wouldn’t be Norridgewock without New Balance.”
Karl Crute Jr.

Two midcoast residents charged after apparent drug overdose death

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 16, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
Karl Crute Jr., 43, and Ranae Robbins, 45, were arrested after allegedly trafficking heroin.
Belfast Superindentent Paul Knowles shows areas that need improvement at Belfast Area High School on Nov. 4.

Belfast-area voters approve high school renovation bond

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 15, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
Belfast-area voters have decided to borrow $7.6 million to fix up their 51-year-old high school, allowing the district to push forward planning the renovations.
Belfast Area High School can be seen on Friday in Belfast. Belfast-area residents have a $7.6 million bond question on their ballots asking for money to renovate the high school.

Voters to decide on $7.6M proposal to renovate 51-year-old Belfast school

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 05, 2016, at 10 a.m.
“The building is showing its age, and it needs some attention quickly,” Superintendent Paul Knowles said Friday during a tour of the school.
A teen driver accidentally backed her car up a utility pole guy wire in Freedom on Thursday, according to the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.

Teen driver backs up onto utility pole guy wire

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 04, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
“Deputy Mulligan was able to assist the operator out of the vehicle and get her safely away from the car, which had backed up the wire so far it was resting on its front bumper,” Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton said Friday.
Rick Fitzsimmons (right) works with Eye Cheenthada (second from right), 17, to drill anchor holes while Liam MacMillan (left), 16, and Colby Johnson, 15, measure boards at the Penobscot Marine Museum's Hamilton Educational Center in Searsport in this January 2016 file photo.

The state’s first high school for future sailors is getting closer to opening

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 03, 2016, at 6:29 a.m.
“We’re a maritime state, we need to get back to that with our kids,” Rep. James Gillway said. “It’s part of our heritage.”
Rylan Norris removes a broken 2-by-6 board while testing Norway spruce lumber at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono in this December 2015 file photo.

After UMaine testing, Norway spruce approved for use in construction

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 02, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
In Maine, the bulk of Norway spruce is in Aroostook County, though smaller plantations are scattered across the state, according to the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.
Kyle Skinner

Belfast man accused of grocery store arson sentenced to 90 days in jail

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 31, 2016, at 3:34 p.m.
A Belfast man will spend 90 days in jail after he allegedly set fire to his grocery store in an effort to get insurance money.
Bangor High School students check in to vote during classes on Tuesday in a statewide mock election.

In ‘tense election,’ Maine teachers challenged to keep classrooms civil

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 28, 2016, at 2:06 p.m.
For teachers, the task of showing children how to interpret the hyperbole and communicate their political beliefs in a civil, productive way has been an enormous challenge during what many believe is the most divisive and unpredictable presidential race in modern U.S. history.

Washington County Jail inmate’s death ruled suicide

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 26, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The state medical examiner’s office has determined that a Washington County Jail inmate died from injuries suffered when he jumped from a stairwell on Oct. 21.
Gordon Hamilton

Scientists across globe mourn loss of respected UMaine climate researcher

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 25, 2016, at 5:03 p.m.
Climate change researchers around the world are mourning a well-respected University of Maine scientis t who was killed in a snowmobile crash in Antarctica over the weekend.