Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers Orono and Old Town from the Bangor bureau.
A group of middle and high school students gather in front of the granite sister city monument at Bangor Waterfront Friday. Students from around the area will travel to China for three weeks as part of an immersion program. The group will present an exact replica of the monument to their Chinese host officials in Harbin, along with a key to the city of Bangor.

Students bringing a piece of Bangor to sister city in Harbin, China

By Nick McCrea on July 11, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A group of Bangor-area kids are heading to China for a three-week cultural immersion and are bringing along something to tie together two cities more than 6,000 miles apart. About 15 middle and high school students with the Bangor Chinese School, joined by chaperones, are slated to …
Mario "Lee" Sirabella, of Brewer, holds a photograph of himself (left) with another soldier.  Sirabella photographed the salvaging of the B-17 aircraft that crashed near Rangeley in 1944.

‘Like a giant lawn mower went through there’: Brewer man recalls B-17 crash 70 years ago in western Maine

By Nick McCrea on July 11, 2014, at 5:36 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Somewhere under decades of dense forest growth on a remote mountain west of Rangeley are the remains of a B-17 aircraft in which 10 American fliers spent the last moments of their lives July 11, 1944. The entire crew of young men on their way to Europe …
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Public might get say on giving Bangor council line-item authority over school budget

By Nick McCrea on July 07, 2014, at 8:58 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor city councilors will decide next Monday whether to host a public hearing to ask residents whether they believe the council should have line-item authority over the School Department’s budget. On Monday night, Councilor Pauline Civiello brought a charter amendment proposal to the city’s government operations committee. …
Pauline Civiello stands in front of her house in downtown Bangor in 2013.

Bangor councilor wants more control over school budget in wake of tax hike

By Nick McCrea on July 07, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor city councilor hopes to rekindle talks that could give the Council line-item authority over the Bangor School Department budget. Councilor Pauline Civiello has asked that the Council discuss a potential city charter amendment that would allow the Council to control expenditures in certain portions of …

Crews from Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island continue to repair tropical storm damage

By Jen Lynds and Nick McCrea on July 06, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Emera Maine crews on Monday morning continued to repair damage done by the remnants of Hurricane Arthur over the weekend, bringing the number of homes and businesses without power down to about 3,600 as of 5:30 a.m. More than 2,500 of those outages were located in Washington County with another …
Bangor police Officer David Farrar releases a mother and her eight baby ducks in a pond Saturday, May 23, 2014, after he picked up the stranded family near the Texas Roadhouse on Stillwater Avenue.

Police are people, too: Several local departments taking to Facebook to prove it

By Nick McCrea on July 06, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Police are people, too. Bangor Police Department has garnered a lot of attention in recent months because of its efforts to remind Facebook users of that fact. A few months ago, Sgt. Tim Cotton took over social media duties as part of his new role as public …

Geaghan Bros. to expand brewing in Brewer

By Nick McCrea on July 05, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
Bangor-based Geaghan Bros. Brewing Co. is expanding its brewing operations in Brewer, an addition that will drastically increase the company’s capacity to make beer. The pub and brewery based in Bangor will still be the hub of the business. Beer production is expected to start by early 2015.
Andrew Geaghan (from right), Peter Geaghan and Larry Geaghan stand in a garage at 34 Abbott St. in Brewer, where they plan on building an expansion for their brewing operations based across the river in Bangor.

Bangor-based Geaghan Bros. to expand brewery, brew brews in Brewer

By Nick McCrea on July 05, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Geaghan’s Pub took a big chance when it decided to open a brewery in 2011. The risk has paid off. Demand for Geaghan Bros. Brewing Co. beer has grown to the point where it is sometimes a challenge for the pub to keep its own bar and …
Kaiden Phillips, 2, giggles after getting a kiss from Gretta Phillips during the annual Fourth of July parade Friday.

Thousands line streets for Brewer-Bangor July Fourth parade, fireworks still on in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on July 04, 2014, at 4:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Revelers seemed optimistic during Bangor’s Fourth of July parade, as most seemed to have left their umbrellas at home in spite of the rainstorms looming just west of Bangor. Umbrellas were far outnumbered by American flags. Antique cars, fire engines, clowns, a steel drum band, politicians and …
Viewed from atop Hollywood Slots Hotel, thousands watch the Fourth of July fireworks explode over the Penobscot River between Bangor and Brewer.

Forecast has some Maine communities postponing Fourth of July fireworks, Bangor still on

By Nick McCrea on July 03, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Some communities are weighing whether to call off their fireworks in anticipation of wet weather forecast for Fourth of July night. The state’s biggest Independence Day celebration — Portland’s “Stars and Stripes Spectacular,” which includes a performance by the Portland Symphony Orchestra and typically draws 50,000 people …
Concrete is put down near the intersection of Main Street and Lincoln Street on Tuesday in Bangor.

Downtown construction, lane closures are precursors of big changes in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on July 01, 2014, at 6:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Construction season has reared its head on Main Street this summer. Crews from S.E. MacMillan have been working to replace about 3,500 feet of aging water lines underneath Main Street. On Tuesday, that work forced them to close down a lane of traffic and several side streets …
A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and  Lincoln Street in Bangor.

Bangor closes lanes, shuts down portions of streets as crews replace century-plus-old water, sewer lines

By Nick McCrea on July 01, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Construction season reared its head on the first day of July in downtown Bangor. Last night, crews shut down Main Street through downtown as they worked to replace Civil War-era sewer lines that cut underneath Main Street, according to Public Works Director Dana Wardwell. The same closure …

Charlie: Why the killing of a young, gay man in Bangor 30 years ago still matters

on July 01, 2014, at 12 a.m.
Thirty years after the killing of Charlie Howard shocked Bangor, his death is now remembered for its profound effect on Maine.
Maine elver fishers listen to a presentation on Maine's elver fishery on Monday in Brewer.

Maine elver fishers worry about proposed catch regulations, call for more research into eel numbers

By Nick McCrea on June 30, 2014, at 6:52 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Maine’s elver fishers want to continue to be responsible participants in the fishery but fear a regulatory agency might reduce their catch so other states can cut in on the tiny-eel-harvesting industry. In May, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission board approved Draft Addendum IV to the …

Marine resources department to host public meeting on elvers Monday in Brewer

By Nick McCrea on June 30, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — The Maine Department of Marine Resources will meet with members of the public Monday to gauge their feelings on a series of changes aimed at protecting the American eel population in U.S. waters. In May, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission board approved Draft Addendum IV to …
Occupied parking spaces along Main Street in Bangor in this June 17 photo.

Starting Tuesday, Bangor parking enforcement goes digital; tickets can be paid online

By Nick McCrea on June 30, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor’s parking tickets take a step into the 21st Century this week. “We’re doing away with the old-school method of chalking tires,” Jason Bird, community and economic development officer, said Monday. On Tuesday, the city switches to an electronic parking citation system — an effort to increase …
Workers on Friday, May 5, 2013, shingled roofs in the rain and erected tents as completion of the beer huts and dressing rooms at the Waterfront Concert venue wrapped up.

Bangor no longer responsible for grounds maintenance at Waterfront Concerts venue

By Nick McCrea on June 26, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — City officials have handed over to Waterfront Concerts responsibility and costs associated with ground maintenance of the music venue along the Penobscot River, which is an amendment to the five-year agreement between the two parties. Bangor city councilors approved several amendments to the deal during a meeting …
Bangor’'s first trolley car is shown in this 1889 photo.

Main Street construction unearths long-hidden remnants of Bangor transportation history

By Nick McCrea on June 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — As work crews dig up Main Street to replace aging water lines, they are unearthing an often forgotten piece of Bangor’s transportation history — trolley tracks. Until the years after World War II, Bangor was home to an extensive network of street trolley lines that stretched through …

Man accused of threatening family with shotgun in Hampden indicted by grand jury

By Nick McCrea on June 25, 2014, at 6:16 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Penobscot County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a man accused of threatening his family with a shotgun outside a Hampden home in April. Perry Antone Jr., 31, whose address is listed as Evans Mills, New York, was arrested early Sunday, April 20, after he allegedly carried …
Geaghan's Restaurant & Pub owner Peter Geaghan said he has noticed an increase in the number of patrons from out of state since the Waterfront Concerts started.

Study: Waterfront Concerts drew $17.5M to Bangor area last year

By Nick McCrea on June 24, 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Seasons Grille & Sports Lounge had its first full summer of operation in 2013, and the restaurant saw “minor to moderate” foot traffic from Waterfront Concerts, which is surprising, considering the venue is located just across the street, manager Tom Workman said. Seasons decided to beef up …
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