Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
The Camden Snow Bowl can be seen on Tuesday in Camden.

Businesses hope to return to Camden Snow Bowl slopes

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:19 p.m.
Cold Toes Tacos and Sidecountry Sports, which were booted from the slopes of the Camden Snow Bowl earlier this month, hope to return by the end of January.
Hollie Ann Beal stands in front of her Sandy Point home, which was declared a dangerous structure by town officials, on Feb. 23, 2016, in Stockton Springs.

Woman determined to finish, return to condemned Stockton Springs home

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 16, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
“My plan has always been to live in that house, and that hasn’t changed,” said Hollie Beal, the owner of the 675-square-foot Sandy Point house.
Logs are stacked up in Oxbow on Nov. 7, 2016.

Foresters, feds unveil strategy to boost beleaguered industry

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 12, 2017, at 4:45 p.m.
Maine’s foresters will have to get creative in finding new uses for their wood and new places to send it if the industry wants to recover from years of mill shutterings and economic upheaval, according to a report issued this week.
The Camden Snow Bowl can be seen on Tuesday in Camden.

Town boots businesses from Camden Snow Bowl

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 11, 2017, at 4 p.m.
Town officials are under pressure after a taco vendor and sporting goods store were kicked off the slopes of Camden Snow Bowl last weekend.

Rockport mobile home burned after chair by wood stove caught fire

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:54 p.m.
A fire last week that left a Rockport man with serious injuries started when a chair sitting too close to a wood stove caught fire.
The rusty patched bumblebee, which will officially receive endangered status on Feb. 10, can be seen in Madison, Wisconsin, in this August 2015 file photo.

Midcoast Maine among last strongholds for newly protected bumblebee species

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:18 p.m.
For the first time, a bumblebee species is slated for protection under the Endangered Species Act, and one of its few remaining strongholds is in Waldo and Knox counties.

Fire crews contend with ice, explosions as blaze levels Liberty business

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 09, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
“I remember at least five or six explosions,” Liberty Fire Chief Bill Gillespie said Monday afternoon.

Ax-toting man arrested for terrorizing Cushing residents, police say

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 09, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
A Rockland man accused of wielding an ax and peeking in the windows of a house in Cushing early Sunday faces terrorizing charges.
Belfast resident Kiril Lozanov recently purchased the former William C. Crosby School in Belfast. He plans to turn the building into community theater space, offices and co-housing apartments.

New owner plans co-housing, performance space for old Belfast high school

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 05, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
“I’m looking at soon making the Crosby School my home, and a home for other people, too.”
Belfast City Hall.

Belfast stalls marijuana sales, social clubs as it awaits regulations

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 04, 2017, at 5:18 p.m.
Belfast has put a hold on any retail marijuana operations for at least 180 days, and perhaps longer, as it weighs how to regulate the expected industry.
The eye-catching former Dos Amigos restaurant, which has been sold to Anna Wagner, who hopes to give the space a drastically new look and open a coffee shop and lounge, can be seen Tuesday off Route 1 in Northport.

Former midcoast Mexican restaurant getting major makeover

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:17 a.m.
The gaudy, lime green former home of Dos Amigos Mexican restaurant, at 144 Bayside Road, is getting a makeover and a new life, likely as a cafe and lounge.

Rockport man suffers serious injuries, escapes burning mobile home

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 03, 2017, at 1:02 p.m.
A Rockport man suffered serious injuries when fire swept through his mobile home early Tuesday, according to the Maine fire marshal’s office.
Kate Pendleton (right) and her brother, Kody Pendleton, relax in Kate's apartment in Belfast on Wednesday. Pendleton had a hard time finding an affordable apartment in Belfast. She recently moved into her small apartment above someone's garage earlier this year.

Why it is so hard for midcoast residents to find a decent place to rent

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 31, 2016, at 7 a.m.
“The competitiveness of trying to find an apartment is one of the most stressful factors. It’s like a battle of the fittest.”
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The Garry Owen House, which offers transitional housing to homeless veterans, can be seen Wednesday in Searsmont.

This motorcycle club is on a mission to help homeless vets

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 29, 2016, at 6:31 a.m.
The group’s board hopes this is just the beginning of a much larger push to ensure veterans are supported when they hit hard times.
Neil Lagasse

Father charged after bringing 11-week-old to hospital with broken bones

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 27, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
Waldo County General Hospital staff contacted police to report that an 11-week-old child was undergoing treatment for serious injuries including broken bones.

In wake of autistic son’s death, family strives to build community for those who struggle to belong

on Dec. 27, 2016, at 7:17 a.m.
“We want to start a place where people like Jonno can live, thrive and feel welcomed and included,” Christina Camacho said during a recent interview at their home.
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Christina Camacho explains how the room of her son, Jonathan Grinstein-Camacho, who drowned in early December 2015 after running away from home, has been slowly converted into a hobby/guest room through 2016. The family, who had moved from Massachusetts just a few months before he died, believes that what happened to him could have been avoided if Maine'’s mental health care system was better. Over the course of the year they have spent much of their time grieving and healing, and also working on their dream of opening a Camphill-inspired life sharing community in Belfast, where adults of all abilities can live and learn together.

In wake of autistic son’s death, family strives to build community for those who struggle to belong

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 27, 2016, at 7:12 a.m.
“We want to start a place where people like Jonno can live, thrive and feel welcomed and included,” Christina Camacho said during a recent interview at their home.

Online phishing expedition targets UMaine

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 23, 2016, at 4:13 p.m.
UMaine says 86 of its employees and students were tricked into providing passwords to online scammers.
Belfast City Hall.

Belfast weighs delay on marijuana sales, social clubs

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 23, 2016, at 3:59 p.m.
Belfast is considering a moratorium on retail marijuana to give city officials time to craft local rules and regulations around its sale and use in social clubs.
Peter Rollins of Camden is spearheading an effort to place a bench near the road where "The Waving Man" used to sit and wave to people driving by. Kermit Merry Ingraham was a resident of the Washington Street Home For Seniors for years and he spent a lot of time in front of the building waving to passing people and cars.

With his legacy preserved in song, bench planned in memory of Camden’s ‘Waving Man’

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 22, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
Kermit “Kert” Ingraham Sr. died on Nov. 27 at age 87.