Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
Perry's Nut House, a Route 1 fudge and nut shop and iconic tourist stop is looking for a buyer. The owner says he wants to retire so someone else can breathe new life into the 90-year-old business.

Historic roadside attraction Perry’s Nut House is for sale

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 18, 2017, at 5:37 p.m.
An iconic, 90-year-old midcoast roadside attraction known for its fudge and the giant pink triceratops skeleton out front is on the market.

Police identify bicyclist killed in Rockport crash

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 17, 2017, at 8:34 a.m.
The body of David Wayne Allen, 51, of Rockland was discovered Saturday along Mt. Pleasant Road in Rockport.

Machias man killed after kayak tips over

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 17, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
First responders rescued one woman after a kayak capsized on Indian Lake, but the search for a man continues.
POLL QUESTION
Kent Seneres, a senior computer engineering major from Saco, takes part in a test launch of a high-altitude balloon that will film the coming solar eclipse on Monday morning, Aug. 14, at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. The eclipse is Aug. 21.

UMaine team to launch high-altitude balloons for live broadcast of solar eclipse

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 16, 2017, at 7:54 p.m.
The UMaine High Altitude Ballooning group will travel to Clemson University, where it will be one of many teams documenting the eclipse as part of the NASA-sponsored Great American Eclipse project.
POLL QUESTION
The City of Belfast has passed a city-wide prohibition on plastic bags for all retail businesses starting next year.

Belfast becomes latest city to ban plastic bags, polystyrene

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 16, 2017, at 3:11 p.m.
“I remember when plastic bags didn’t exist, and we all seemed to manage just fine,” Councilor Mary Mortier said.
The Isle au Haut lighthouse.

Island communities band together to save historic lighthouses

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 15, 2017, at 1:50 a.m.
Residents of two Maine islands, Isle au Haut and Swan’s Island, have joined forces to bring new life to their historic lighthouses.
Louis and Mowgli, a pair of Norwegian dwarf goats who escaped their pen in Belfast back in April, were on the lam again Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Belfast police Sgt. Daniel Fitzpatrick went to recover the goats from a stranger's garden and return them to their High Street home

Wily internet-famous goats captured by Belfast police again

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 14, 2017, at 2:50 p.m.
Belfast’s most notorious escape artists are at it again.

Blaze damages Eliot recycling facility for second time

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 14, 2017, at 8:16 a.m.
A fire swept through Aggregate Recycling Corp. Sunday evening, the second blaze to hit the facility since May 2016.

Masardis man severely injured in motorcycle crash

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 14, 2017, at 8:12 a.m.
Devin Stoltz, 39, suffered serious injuries after he failed to navigate a corner and crashed into a group of trees.
An unidentified Husson University graduation uses her mortarboard to show that she "took care of business" during the 2017  commencement at the Cross Insurance Center.

Maine students leave college with an average of nearly $30,000 of debt, report finds

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 10, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
Maine students leave school with the 15th highest rate of of college debt in the nation.
ODD JOBS OF SUMMER
BDN coastal reporter Nick McCrea helps set up for the Maine Celtic Festival in Belfast.

The heavy lifting behind a Maine summer festival

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 10, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
The dozens of festivals that pop up in communities across the state during summer months play a key role in that vitality, bringing out locals and visitors are looking for a chance to get out and enjoy Maine’s fleeting warm weather.
Two tornadoes swept through isolated stretches of Maine on Saturday.

Pair of tornadoes touch down in rural Maine

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 09, 2017, at 8:31 a.m.
Two tornadoes swept through isolated stretches of Maine on Saturday.
ODD JOBS OF SUMMER
BDN coastal reporter Nick McCrea (right) helps clean the dishwasher while Julie Horton cleans the refrigerate of a Bayside cottage rental after guests had left.

Every stain, loose hair and crumb: What it’s like to clean cottages for tourists

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 08, 2017, at 6:21 a.m.
On this Saturday — and every summer Saturday — Jennika Lundy, owner of Bayside Cottage Rentals in Northport, is frantically busy. Today, 17 cottages will change hands, and each takes hours to prepare.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is launching a new online degree program.

A bachelor’s degree for less than $10K? Maine university says it can happen

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 07, 2017, at 5:43 p.m.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is launching a new online degree program aimed at helping students return to school to finish a bachelor’s degree for less than $10,000.

Man, 44, dies in Westbrook motorcycle crash

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 07, 2017, at 10:59 a.m.
A 44-year-old man died late Sunday night after crashing his motorcycle in Westbrook, according to police.

Seven rescued from ocean after boat sinks off Biddeford

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 07, 2017, at 8:16 a.m.
The cause of the sinking hasn’t been determined.

Men charged with arson after car found on fire in Waterville parking lot

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 04, 2017, at 8:44 a.m.
Two men from out of state face arson charges after they allegedly set a vehicle ablaze in a Waterville parking lot Wednesday morning.

Man accused of sending bomb threat to Hannaford supermarket in Saco

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 03, 2017, at 8:21 a.m.
The Hannaford and other stores in the same shopping plaza were evacuated Wednesday afternoon.
Ducktrap River of Maine, which makes smoked salmon and other fish products at its Belfast facility, is expanding after purchasing a vacant building next door.

Belfast salmon smoker planning $5 million expansion to meet boosted demand

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 02, 2017, at 4:27 p.m.
A local company that makes smoked salmon and other seafood products is taking over a shuttered building next door to meet increased national demand for its products.
ODD JOBS OF SUMMER
Cameron Brann trudges through the mud looking for a spot to dig for bloodworms in a mudflat on the Jordan River in Lamoine. Brann, who is still new to digging, digs year-round and hopes to dig around 500 worms a day.

I made one very big mistake during my day as a bloodwormer

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 02, 2017, at 1 a.m.
I followed Brann down past the seaweed strewn rocks and into the muck. This is where it went wrong for me.