Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers Orono and Old Town from the Bangor bureau.
Brewer police arrested Edward Lufkin, 20, for domestic violence assault in Brewer on Tuesday.

Brewer plainclothes police officer breaks up alleged domestic assault, draws gun near bridge

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 28, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
Brewer police rushed to the Penobscot River Bridge Tuesday after a caller reported one man holding another at gunpoint. It turned out to be a plainclothes police officer intervening in a domestic assault, according to police. The incident started on the Brewer side of the bridge, with …
Former Bangor police Chief Don Winslow

Bangor police station could be renamed after former chief who succumbed to cancer

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 27, 2014, at 8:18 p.m.
Bangor’s police station could soon carry the name of the first man to sit behind the chief’s desk there. Former Police Chief Don Winslow died on July 10, about five months after announcing cancer had resurged in his lungs. He was 57. During a meeting with city …
Michael Celli

Deceased mayor, state legislator to be recognized in Augusta, Brewer

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 27, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
A Texan who dedicated much of his life to the city of Brewer will be recognized by city officials during the regular council meeting next month. Michael Celli, 59, died Oct. 22, surrounded by family and friends. He served seven years on the Brewer City Council, four …

Early voting starts Monday in Bangor at Cross Insurance Center

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 27, 2014, at 5:26 a.m.
Early and absentee voting for Bangor residents begins Monday, Oct. 27, at the Cross Insurance Center on Main Street. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is Thursday, Oct. 30, which also is the last day voters will be able to cast their ballots early. Polls at …
Mark Farley

Three vying for pair of Brewer School Committee seats

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 24, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
A former member of the school board, a product of Brewer schools and a mother with two children in the school system are running to fill a pair of three-year posts on the Brewer School Committee. Committee members Janet McIntosh and Mike Hutchins, the chairman, are not …
Pickering Square in Bangor is seen in this March 2013 file photo.

Bangor puts off allowing food truck to set up shop in Pickering Square

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 22, 2014, at 5:13 p.m.
With city officials starting to think about a major overhaul of Pickering Square, the idea of allowing a food truck to move into the downtown landmark area has been put on the back burner. During a Tuesday night meeting with the city’s Business and Economic Development Committee, …
The Almost Home Daycare on Charles Street in Bangor.

Bangor home day care licensed since 1999 shut down by DHHS after complaint

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 22, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
A Bangor day care that has been licensed since 1999 shut down suddenly on Oct. 17 when the owner voluntarily surrendered her license to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, according to department spokesman John Martins. The Almost Home Daycare, which operated out of a …

Tourism board wants to bring Can-Am first responders competition to Bangor area

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 22, 2014, at 3:10 p.m.
Bangor may compete for the rights to host the first responders equivalent of the Olympic Games in 2020. The Can-Am Police-Fire Games are a biennial event, held in even years, that bring hundreds of international competitors and their families to the host cities for 10 days sometime …
Trudy Darling, coordinator of Bonnie's Bargain Basement in Brewer for OHI, poses for a photo in the new store on Tuesday in Brewer.

Brewer thrift shop opening to support food pantry

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 21, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
A new thrift shop opens this month in Brewer with the mission of “turning deals into meals” by raising funds for the Brewer Area Food Pantry, according to the nonprofit organization opening the store. Bonnie’s Bargain Basement will be located below the Brewer Area Food Pantry, 222 …
Maine State Nurses Association President Cokie Giles (right) calls on the Obama administration to ensure hospitals across the nation are implementing the best possible protocols to protect health care workers, patients and the public from Ebola during a Tuesday press conference at Pickering Square in Bangor.

Maine nurses urge federal action to protect health care workers from Ebola

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 21, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
BANGOR | The nation’s largest nurses union is calling on President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to ensure hospitals across the nation are implementing the best possible protocols to protect health care workers, patients and the public from Ebola. A small group of registered nurses, members of the …
Alex Justice Moore, chief development officer of the D.C. Central Kitchen, visited Bangor on Friday, to share his organizations model of how to fight hunger and poverty.

‘Hunger isn’t about food’: Bangor native shares program that breaks cycle of hunger, homelessness

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 17, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
If Maine is going to prevent people from going hungry, it needs to do much more than feed them, according to a Bangor native who works to help people out of homelessness in Washington, D.C. Alex Justice Moore, a 2003 graduate of Bangor High School, returned to …
Paul Zebiak (right), owner of Maritime International in Bangor, receives an award from the Friends of Bangor Public Library's Gerry Palmer during a Thursday ceremony in Bangor. Zebiak helped catch a thief who stole $31,000 worth of war memorabilia from the Bangor library.

Library group thanks Bangor collectibles dealer for preventing loss of ‘treasured’ war memorabilia

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 17, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
Supporters of the Bangor Public Library on Thursday thanked a downtown merchant for his role in saving an irreplaceable collection of posters and portraits, many dating back to the Civil War. Friends of Bangor Public Library, a volunteer organization geared toward supporting and raising funds for the …
Michael Aube, president of Eastern Maine Development Corporation.

Eastern Maine business leaders say collaboration is key to recovering from mill layoffs

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 17, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
BANGOR | The way to weather the economic storm created by the upcoming closure of the Verso paper mill in Bucksport and the troubles of other mills in the region is to work together to find new sources of employment, business and community leaders said Friday. “There’s probably no …
A culvert was removed after it was washed out by flooding on Lincoln Street in Dexter.

Question 6: Should Maine borrow $10 million for clean water, upgraded culverts?

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 17, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
Editor’s note: This is one of a series of articles examining the bond questions that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot in Maine. BANGOR | Floodwaters swept away Maine roads and damaged homes across the state during severe storms this year. Future damage could be prevented with investment …
Jim Rier is commissioner of the Maine Department of Education.

Education commissioner tours Bangor schools to see how ‘model’ district is tackling proficiency requirements

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 16, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Schools have been figuring out how to implement a sweeping change in the way students are expected to learn and prove their readiness for the world after high school, and the state is looking to highlight examples of who’s “doing it right” as a guide. Department of …
C&L Aerospace CEO Chris Kilgour addresses the media during a press conference announcing the opening of their new aircraft painting facility Thursday in Bangor. The space is expected to bring more jobs to the ever-growing company.

Company debuts new aircraft painting facility in Bangor, looks to hire 20 more employees

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 16, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
Three years ago, the CEO of a small aircraft maintenance company moved his family and headquarters from Brisbane, Australia, to Bangor. He had just 20 employees when he started in Maine. As of Thursday, Chris Kilgour, CEO of C&L Aerospace, employs about 130 people, is looking for …
The new facade of Brewer High School is seen during a public tour of the renovated building on Wednesday in Brewer.

‘A building they can be proud of’: Brewer High School shows off new look, renovations

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 15, 2014, at 8:04 p.m.
Many Brewer High School officials, students and alumni are familiar with a moniker for their school, used derisively by rival high schoolers and affectionately by Brewer students — “Plywood High.” But it’s a name that’s a lot harder to justify now that the school has wrapped up …
University of Maine Chair of the Board of Trustees Sam Collins

UMaine System trustees oppose closing one of USM’s 3 campuses to solve budget woes

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 15, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
BANGOR | The University of Maine System Board of Trustees said Wednesday that they are committed to keeping all three University of Southern Maine campuses open, the system announced in a news release. As the system weighs how to close USM’s $16 million structural gap for fiscal year 2016, …

Brewer could be asked to reconsider superintendent residency rule

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 14, 2014, at 9:37 p.m.
Just 28 months ago, Brewer voters decided their school superintendent should be required to live in the city. They might be asked in 2015 if they want to change their minds. In June 2012, Brewer voters approved a charter amendment requiring the city’s superintendent of schools to …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Democratic candidate for Maine governor, fields questions from a group of business and political leaders at a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

Michaud tells Bangor business group Maine’s paper mills can find ways to survive

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 14, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
Maine is lagging behind the rest of New England in terms of wages and job growth and needs a change in leadership to buck the trend, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said Tuesday morning. “Mainers are working harder than ever but aren’t getting ahead,” Michaud said. He spoke …
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