Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers Orono and Old Town from the Bangor bureau.
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 …

Bangor council begrudgingly passes budget with 5 percent tax hike

By Nick McCrea on June 23, 2014, at 9:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor city councilors resigned to passing a budget with a nearly 5 percent tax increase on Monday night, one that none are happy with and most say is out of their hands. The $49 million fiscal year 2015 municipal budget that will increase the city’s tax rate …
During an interview at the Bangor Daily News in Bangor Monday, June 25, 2012, Bangor Savings Bank president and CEO James Conlon discusses the bank's expansion across the state, particularly in southern Maine, and the bank's continued emphasis on customer and community service.

Bangor Savings Bank reports 13th consecutive year of earnings growth

By Nick McCrea on June 23, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Savings Bank saw its 13th straight year of increased earnings in the last fiscal year, raking in $20.5 million in net income. That represents a more than 8 percent increase over the banner growth it saw in the previous year. Maine’s largest independent bank was scheduled …
Cathy Conlow Bangor City Manager.

Bangor councilors to vote Monday on budget expected to raise taxes by 5 percent

By Nick McCrea on June 23, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor City Councilors are expected to vote on a nearly $49 million municipal budget that will increase the city’s tax rate by $1 per thousand dollars of property valuation during their meeting Monday night. If the budget is approved, the city’s mill rate would increase from $20.80 …
Bangor High School sophomore Nick Danby brought home fifth-place honors in the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament held in Overland Park, Kansas, last week.

Bangor High School sophomore earns fifth place at national speech and debate tournament

By Nick McCrea on June 22, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor High School sophomore brought home fifth-place honors from a national speech and debate tournament last week. Six Bangor High School students participated in the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament held in Overland Park, Kansas, June 15-20. Nick Danby placed fifth in the country …
Viewed from atop Hollywood Slots Hotel, thousands watch the Fourth of July fireworks explode over the Penobscot River between Bangor and Brewer.

Bangor organizers prepared for July 4 festivities, hope to recover from 2013 tragedy

By Nick McCrea on June 22, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Organizers of Bangor’s Fourth of July festivities say they’ve spent hundreds of hours planning this year’s events and hope to help the community heal after a tragic end to last year’s parade. On the morning of July 4, 2013, a despondent man started firing shots out the …
Gerald Kelly enjoys a beer during Bangor's second Tap into Summer Beer Festival on the waterfront in Bangor.

Brewers laud law changes at Bangor beer festival

By Nick McCrea on June 22, 2014, at 6:16 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Brewers and patrons alike lauded recent changes to Maine law that have cleared up confusing, outdated regulations surrounding the state’s booming brewing industry. Ian McConnell, owner and brewer at Banded Horn Brewing Co. helped keep the taps flowing, passing out samples of his beers to patrons at …
The Bangor Community Garden on Essex Street has entered its fourth season. Now, city officials are considering a second community garden in the city focused on supplying local food cupboards and pantries serving struggling residents and families.

Future Bangor community garden could help keep struggling families stocked with fresh, healthful food

By Nick McCrea on June 21, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — City officials are considering building a second community garden in Bangor with the intent to supply local food pantries with fresh produce in warm weather months. Providing a steady supply of healthful food options can be a challenge with limited space and a shorter shelf life for …
Bangor Waterworks is a rehabilitated historic property of five adjacent brick buildings incorporated into one 18,000 square-foot, two-story structure, which has more than 30 units of affordable housing on the Penobscot River in Bangor.

Maine awarded $1.2 million in federal funding to curb homelessness

By Nick McCrea on June 20, 2014, at 5:09 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday $1.25 million in funding for homeless assistance programs in Maine. The funding, part of a $140 million release announced by HUD last week, was divvied among eight programs aiming to put people experiencing homelessness into reliable housing. …
Jason Bird, community and economic development officer for Bangor

Bangor offered $400,000 federal grant to test sites for contamination, court developers

By Nick McCrea on June 18, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The federal government has offered Bangor $400,000 to find out whether plots of land in the city are contaminated in order to clear the way for potential developments. “This may be the first time we’ve ever received this funding,” and it should serve as a valuable economic …

Dover-Foxcroft residents lose power after box truck strikes pole

By Nick McCrea on June 18, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — About 660 people in Dover-Foxcroft and Guilford lost power after a box truck crashed into a utility pole Wednesday morning. Central Maine Power spokeswoman Gail Rice said crews were dispatched around 9:30 a.m. after the truck struck a pole on W. Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. Dover-Foxcroft police …
Don (right) and Dora Winslow watch as a flash mob of dancers unfolds in front of them on Tuesday at the Bangor Waterfront. The community decided to show their support of Don, a retired Bangor police chief, who recently decided to stop treatment on his cancer.

Community flash mob dances, shows love for ailing former Bangor police chief

By Nick McCrea on June 17, 2014, at 7:36 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Don Winslow, a former Bangor police chief, halted his chemotherapy treatments several weeks ago, and he and his wife have picked out a plot at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. But on Tuesday night, as Dora Winslow took her husband out for a quiet stroll along the Bangor Waterfront, …

Bangor Council to vote on new rules for backyard burns

By Nick McCrea on June 17, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor is about to revamp regulations regarding what and how you burn during backyard barbecues and nighttime chats around the campfire. After a group of residents in the area of Garland Street and Forest Avenue came to the city last month seeking relief from a neighbor’s large, …
From left, Trynity Plummer, Dakota Jenkins and Wyatt Jenkins of Houlton cheer after the Dave Matthews Band performed "Two Step" with Tim Reynolds at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on June 6.

Bangor seeking consultant to improve Waterfront Concerts venue

By Nick McCrea on June 16, 2014, at 6:40 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor officials are looking for a consultant to help shape the future of the city’s Waterfront Concerts amphitheater. The city issued a request for qualifications Friday seeking engineering or architectural firms with expertise in designing outdoor concert facilities or other facilities that draw large crowds. That company …
Two vehicles were involved in a crash near the intersection of Route 2 and the Annis Road in Hermon Monday morning.

Three people injured in crash on Route 2 in Hermon

By Nick McCrea on June 16, 2014, at 12:15 p.m.
HERMON, Maine — Twin sisters and a Milo man were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center late Monday morning after a pickup and SUV collided at the intersection of Route 2 and Annis Road in Hermon. Police say Donald Merrill, 76, of Milo was attempting to turn his black pickup …
People applaud during a rally for Republican politicians who are running for re-election or office at Husson University in Bangor Friday morning.

Maine GOP presents unified front in wake of primaries; Dems doubt it will last

By Nick McCrea on June 13, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A group of Maine Republican leaders gathered at Husson University on Friday in a show of unity they believe will help them win in this fall’s general election. The Maine GOP hosted a pep rally of sorts that drew more than 100 loud, enthusiastic supporters to the …
Employees of Building 4 at St. Joseph Healthcare Park were moved out after complaining of congestion and sore throats.

St. Joseph Healthcare Park building declared safe, employees move back in

By Nick McCrea on June 12, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Employees have returned to Building 4 in the St. Joseph Healthcare Park on Broadway after air quality tests showed the workplace should be safe. The building was evacuated Friday and again on Monday after several employees complained of congestion, sore throats and breathing problems. Crews had removed …
Recycling waiting to be picked up in Orono Thursday.  The City of Bangor will start no-sort system of recycling.

Here’s what Bangor residents need to know about next month’s switch to zero-sort recycling

By Nick McCrea on June 12, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor makes the switch to zero-sort recycling on July 7, meaning residents will be able to dispose of more than 20 types of materials, instead of the five types now collected. Here’s what you need to know: Curbside collection will happen every other week, rather than every …
EMHS President and CEO Michelle Hood

EMHS boss says patients need to be ‘partner in their own care’ to lower costs

By Nick McCrea on June 11, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Come 2020, health care organizations across the country will be looking to Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems as a model, its leader vowed Wednesday during the annual meeting of corporators. EMHS President and CEO Michelle Hood said the system will continue its shift toward new ways of treating …
A sign paid for by the Bangor Education Association encourages voters to vote in favor of the Bangor school budget.

Bangor voters support contentious school budget 2-1

By Nick McCrea on June 10, 2014, at 9:47 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Supporters of the Bangor School Department’s $43 million budget doubled the turnout of opponents at the polls on election night. Unofficial tallies had 2,051 Bangor residents in favor of the school spending plan, 1,081 opposed. The budget for fiscal year 2015 is a 1.25 percent increase over …
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