Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers Orono and Old Town from the Bangor bureau.
Phil Grant (right) and his wife, Kathy, were celebrated for their donation of $1 million to Husson University at the school's Kominsky Auditorium on Dec. 5, 2014.

Couple donates $1 million to create business professorship at Husson

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 06, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
BANGOR | A $1 million gift from a retired professor will be used to create the first endowed professorship in Husson University’s 116-year history, according to the university. Husson will create the Dr. Phil Grant Distinguished Professorship in Management and Economics, named after the longtime professor and businessman who …
Geaghan Bros. Brewing Co.'s Larry Geaghan (from left), Andrew Geaghan, Pat Geaghan, Peter Geghan and Maine Distributers' Scott Solman address the media during an unveiling of the first local craft beer truck in the region, which will take Geaghan Bros. beer to distributors and bars in several surrounding counties Wednesday at their soon-to-open brewery expansion in Brewer.

Geaghan Bros. Brewing Co.’s expansion means new truck to take it to market

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 04, 2014, at 7:13 a.m.
BREWER | When asked what they thought of having their faces plastered on the side of a 28-foot box truck, the Geaghan brothers responded with self-deprecating humor. “I’m not convinced this is going to help sales at all,” joked Peter Geaghan. His brother Larry Geaghan said he’d like to …
People react as the Investment Committee of University of Maine board of trustees voted to back a “coal divestiture policy.”

Facing protests, UMaine System committee recommends dropping investments in coal

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 03, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
BANGOR | The University of Maine System should cut some investments in coal mining companies out of its portfolio and prevent future investments in the industry, a committee of the system’s board of trustees recommended Wednesday. In a 4-0 vote, the system’s Investment Committee backed a “coal divestiture policy,” …
Paul Colburn, photographed at the 112th anniversary tribute commemorating the sinking of the battleship U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor at Davenport Park in Bangor on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.

After more than 40 years of organizing Pearl Harbor ceremony, Bangor veteran ready to pass on mantle

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 03, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
More than four decades ago, a Bangor veteran who was fed up with driving to Portland to commemorate the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor started his own remembrance in the Queen City with the support of a veterans’ organization. After serving as the man behind the curtain …

Bangor’s fire chief search draws 26 applicants, five from inside department

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 02, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Bangor officials hope to select the city’s new fire chief by the New Year. Bob Farrar, assistant city manager, said the city received and reviewed five applications from department personnel and 21 from external candidates. All five internal applicants have been interviewed by city officials. The application …
City of Bangor crews help to raise a 35-foot-tall balsam fir tree in West Market Square from Sprague's Nursery and Garden Center Tuesday morning in downtown Bangor.

Bangor raises 35-foot balsam fir tree for holidays

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 02, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.
City crews raised Bangor’s 35-foot balsam fir tree to usher in the holiday season on Tuesday morning. The city will light the tree, the first in Bangor’s newly renovated West Market Square, during a ceremony Saturday night immediately after the conclusion of the Festival of Lights Parade, …
Roy Hubbard, developer on the Dakin building project, shows the recent progress on the building. The Dakin building and the "circular building" at 25-27 Broad St. next to West Market Square have seen major renovations.

Developers of new downtown apartments excited to contribute to Bangor’s resurgence

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 30, 2014, at 5:32 p.m.
If you think downtown Bangor has changed a lot in recent years, give it a few more months, say developers who are breathing new life into long-vacant downtown properties. A trio of major downtown apartment developments are slated to wrap up within the first half of 2015, …
An investigation that started Nov. 23 at a Westbrook motel resulted in the seizure of 35 grams of crack cocaine, 11 grams of heroin, an illegal firearm and $4,000 cash. Two New York men were charged in connection with the bust, according to police.

Westbrook drug bust nets cocaine, heroin, gun and $4,000 cash, police say

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 30, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
Last week, a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Westbrook police investigation took 35 grams of crack cocaine, 11 grams of heroin, an illegal firearm and $4,000 cash out of circulation, according to a Sunday news release. The investigation launched when Westbrook Police went to a Westbrook motel …

Brunswick man killed in Saturday night crash in Harpswell, police say speed was factor

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 30, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
A Brunswick man was killed Saturday night after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into an SUV at an intersection on Harpswell Islands Road. Police identified Eric Allred, 28, as the deceased driver in a Sunday afternoon news release. Lt. Donald Foss of the Cumberland …
Richard R. Johnson, Sr., 69, of Saco, was killed Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 2014, when he lost control of his pickup truck on an icy bridge on Route 1 in Arundel, according to police. Icy road conditions caused dozens, if not hundreds of crashes across the state on Sunday.

Icy Sunday morning weather causes fatal crash in Arundel, police say

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 30, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
A 69-year-old Saco man died Sunday morning after losing control of his pickup truck on any icy bridge near the Arundel-Biddeford town line and crashing into a utility pole, according to police. Richard R. Johnson Sr. was killed in the single-vehicle crash, according to Chief Deputy William …
Mike and Asheley King play with magnetic stones at The Rock & Art Shop in Bangor while deciding whether to get some for their nephews during Small Business Saturday. The day is downtown's counter to Black Fridays and larger retail stores.

Shoppers descend on downtown stores for Small Business Saturday

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 29, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
BANGOR | Downtown Bangor was bustling Saturday, with people looking to find deals while giving mom-and-pop shops a boost leading up to the holiday season. Teresa McDonald of Holden and Beth Gardner of Orono worked their way down Central Street on Saturday afternoon clutching a collection of paper bags …
Crews from Berwick, South Berwick, North Berwick and New Hampshire work to douse a blaze that broke out at a Berwick apartment building late Friday night, Nov. 29, 2014. One firefighter from South Berwick suffered minor injuries when an exterior stairway collapsed.

Firefighter hurt when stairs collapse under him amid Berwick apartment blaze

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 29, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.
A firefighter from South Berwick suffered minor injuries when an exterior stairway collapsed as crews tried to douse a blaze overnight at a Berwick apartment building. Berwick Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Plante said Saturday morning that the call came in around 11:40 p.m. Friday. Police, who reached …
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Twin brothers arrested, charged in Topsham armed robbery

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 29, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
Topsham police arrested a second twin brother Saturday in connection with an armed robbery he allegedly helped his brother commit at an athletic field last weekend. Alexander Laurelez, 18, was arrested Friday night at the police station, according to a department post on Facebook. The brief statement …
Maureen O'Malley takes her dog, Ruby, for a walk along the Brewer Waterfront on Wednesday.

Plan envisions what Brewer could look like in 2025

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 26, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
Much has been said of Bangor’s transformative growth during the past decade. But what about its neighbor across the river? Brewer’s expansion and development of its waterfront and business corridors has, on a smaller scale, mirrored that of its larger counterpart and is ongoing. City officials are …
From left, Judith Coscarelli, Hope Brogunier and Adam Hallett along with other Bangor demonstrators wave signs in downtown in response to the grand jury's decision to not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. "What's happening in Ferguson is not going to be allowed to disappear," said Brogunier.

In wake of Ferguson decision, demonstrators gather in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 25, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
A small group of demonstrators gathered in Peirce Memorial Park next to the Bangor Public Library Tuesday afternoon to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, they said. “It’s helpful to be standing with people who feel the same way I do,” said Judith Coscarelli, adding that …
Construction crews work to build the 124-room hotel next to the Cross Insurance Center on Nov. 17 in Bangor.

November snowstorms haven’t held up Bangor hotel construction, official says

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
Construction of Bangor’s next hotel is on schedule in spite of two early November snowstorms and a third that’s on its way, according to an Ocean Properties official. Ocean Properties, which owns more than 100 hotels and resorts in North America, is building a 124-room, five-story hotel …
This property on Garland Street is one the Bangor City Council wants torn down.

Bangor continues push to rehabilitate eyesores, targets properties at Garland, Third streets

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 24, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.
Another eyesore in Bangor is coming down to make way for new single-family housing. On Monday night, Bangor city councilors approved the purchase of a rundown home at 171 Garland St. and gave a plot of land at 120 Third St. to Habitat for Humanity. The Garland …
The Divest UMaine, a student organization protested that fossil fuel producing companies are included in the University’s endowment portfolio. The students protested in Orono Friday by cleaning up a mock oil spill and asking that the University divest in these companies.

Students call on UMS to drop fossil fuel investments; trustees to start by weighing coal

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 21, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
ORONO | A group of University of Maine students and activists gathered outside Fogler Library Friday morning demanding that Maine’s public university system divest itself from investments in companies that deal in fossil fuels. Some stood on the steps holding signs decrying the effects dependence on fossil fuels has …
Patrons play poker at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor in this March 2013 file photo.

Study finds Maine’s casinos had $227 million economic impact in 2013

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 20, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
BANGOR | Maine’s two casinos support nearly 1,500 jobs in the state, pay about $83 million in taxes, and last year had a total economic impact of $227 million, according to a study released by the American Gaming Association on Thursday. “This research reveals a vast industry that boosts …
Jack McKay speaks to the media during the a press conference regarding the Food and Medicine's Annual Solidarity Harvest at the Solidarity Center in Brewer. The Solidarity Harvest provides Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

Need greater than ever as Solidarity Harvest prepares 1,200 Thanksgiving meals for struggling families

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 20, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
BREWER | With more than 1,000 millworkers in Maine laid off or soon to be out of work, many families are likely to struggle to put a Thanksgiving feast on their table this year. The ripple effect of the paper industry’s struggles stretches to loggers, the railway, restaurants and …
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