Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, speaks in opposition to Question 2 on the November ballot, which seeks to raise $157 million in funding for Maine schools by taxing Mainers who earn more than $200,000 per year, during a news conference in Brewer on Thursday.

Coalition of business, education leaders calls Question 2 ‘deeply flawed’

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 15, 2016, at 6:59 p.m.
Question 2 on the November ballot seeks to raise more than $157 million toward education by adding a 3 percent tax on taxable income above $200,000.
Drought conditions have left the water level unusually low at Swan Lake, pictured here in late August, and other Maine waterways.

Drought leaves Maine waterways low but unusually clean

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 14, 2016, at 6:31 a.m.
Marty Stout, president of the Swan Lake Association, said Tuesday that some boats and docks are resting on dry land.
C&L Aviation CEO Chris Kilgour at the company's hub in Bangor on Monday.

Bangor aircraft repair company prepares for $2.5 million expansion

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 13, 2016, at 12:43 p.m.
“We’ve got a nice little complex here now,” C&L CEO Chris Kilgour said. “Every service is available in one place, and that’s what our customers want.”
 An empty car, which had rolled backward through a busy downtown intersection, crashed into a tree next to Mexicali Blues on Monday in downtown Bangor.

Empty car rolls backward through downtown Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 12, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
“It’s amazing, really,” Rachel Fuller said. “Thank God no one got hurt.”
Wayfair co-founder Steve Conine cut the ribbon on the company's new call center on Friday in Bangor. The online furnishings retailer plans to hire 450 people in Bangor and 500 in Brunswick.

Wayfair cuts ribbon on Bangor call center, continues Maine hiring effort

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 09, 2016, at 5:35 p.m.
“We appreciate the solid New England work ethic.”
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigates suspected methamphetamine production inside a vehicle parked at home in Old Orchard Beach on Friday.

Police investigating meth lab in Old Orchard Beach where white supremacist was arrested

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 09, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating alleged methamphetamine production at the home where a member of a white supremacist group was arrested Thursday.
POLL QUESTION
The escape room dubbed "Grandma Ethel’s Private Office" can be seen Wednesday at Bangor Escape Rooms in Bangor.

Love puzzles? Bangor’s first ‘escape room’ to soon open

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 09, 2016, at 1 a.m.
A Bangor business is offering to shut you in a room with co-workers, friends or strangers and let you puzzle your way out using cryptic clues scattered around the room.
The auction of historic 629 Main St., the old Manna Ministries building, has been postponed until Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Inside one of the old prison cells in the basement.

Auction of historic Manna headquarters pushed to October

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 08, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
The auction has been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the historic 629 Main St. property.
Buoy Local, a Portland-based gift card company

Bangor Savings Bank acquires Maine gift card company

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 07, 2016, at 6:37 p.m.
Buoy Local provides gift cards that can be redeemed only at select Maine restaurants, retailers, gift shops, spas and other businesses.
Actor Sean Astin, who was visting Maine to stump for Hillary Clinton, speaks with members of the community Tuesday at The Briar Patch in Bangor.

‘Lord of the Rings’ actor stumps for Clinton in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 06, 2016, at 7:38 p.m.
The actor best known for his role in helping save Middle Earth visited UMaine and downtown Bangor hoping to convince people to get out to elect Hillary Clinton as president.
Ron Dennis, owner of Dennis Paper and Food Service in Bangor, decided to sell the company to his employees effective January 2015.

Bangor food service company plans to expand, hire up to 75 workers

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 06, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
A Hampden-based food service distributor plans to expand its warehouse and hire up to 75 new workers over the next five years.
POLL QUESTION
Connie Higgins (left) and Tim Griffen sit down to breakfast at Bangor’s Howard Johnson Restaurant on Tuesday for the restaurant's closing day after 50 years in business. Griffen joked that he'd still come back later in the week just to double check because the restaurant "sure has had a lot of closing days."

And then there was one: Bangor HoJo’s serves up breakfast for last time

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 06, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
The restaurant closed its doors Tuesday after 50 years in business, though the attached Howard Johnson motel remains open.
Passengers board a Community Connector bus in downtown Bangor in August 2013.

Bangor gets ‘game changing’ $1.4M grant to overhaul bus fleet

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 02, 2016, at 5:02 p.m.
The city’s bus service has been struggling to keep enough of its aging buses running to maintain its services.
Work continues on the Union Street bridge over Interstate 95 in Bangor in this March 2016 file photo.

End in sight for Bangor’s Union Street bridge replacement

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 02, 2016, at 2:50 p.m.
Crews expect to soon clear off Union Street after completing a bridge replacement project that’s taken more than two years.
The Maine Charter School Commission weighs applications to open new schools in 2016 during a meeting in Augusta  in this November 2015 file photo.

Maine at-risk youth agency applies to become state charter school

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 01, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
New Gloucester-based Wayfinder Schools wants to start Wayfinder Academy, which would begin with about 100 high schoolers.
Seventh-grader Erik Wickett opens a past live lesson through Maine Connections Academy, a virtual charter school, at his home in Glenburn in this April 2015 file photo.

Maine’s virtual schools attracting more students

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 31, 2016, at 6:07 p.m.
Maine’s two online charter schools are seeing increased enrollment this academic year.
Caryle Janicki, a special education teacher at the new Central Community Elementary School, talks to 3-year-old Noah Werenko to help him find the pre-kindergarten classroom on the first day of school Wednesday morning in Corinth.

Corinth-area students begin academic year at new $26 million elementary school

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 31, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
Central Community Elementary School welcomed its first crop of pupils on Wednesday, bringing all the district’s K-5 kids — about 550 this year — under one roof.
Don Christen of Starks smokes marijuana outside the Somerset County Courthouse during the 26th annual Patriot's Day Rally smoke-in, which he organizes every year to educate and bring awareness to the benefits of marijuana, in this April 2016 file photo.

Bangor wants research before deciding potential marijuana restrictions

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 30, 2016, at 8:13 p.m.
Bangor plans to start studying how cities and towns in other states have reacted to the legalization of marijuana before figuring out what, if any, restrictions to set for businesses that want to sell it.
Bangor Public Library’'s three-year, $9-plus-million renovation effort is finally approaching its conclusion and library officials plan to show it off during an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Bangor library to show off its $9.6M modernization effort

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 30, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
Bangor Public Library’s three-year, $9-plus-million renovation is finally approaching its conclusion, and library officials plan to show it off this week.
Four Maine teachers were among 213 educators honored by the White House for excellence in teaching math and science to K-12 students. Clockwise from top left are Marielle Edgecomb of Peninsula School in Winter Harbor, Lauree Gott of Veazie Community School, Cary James of Bangor High School, and Laura Stevens of Dora L. Small Elementary school in South Portland.

Four Maine math, science educators earn national recognition

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 30, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Four Maine teachers are among 213 educators honored by the White House for excellence in teaching math and science to K-12 students.