Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.

Washington County Jail inmate dies

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 25, 2016, at 1:31 p.m.
The state medical examiner’s office is expected to determine the cause of Roy’s death.

UMaine System trustees push forward proposed Portland graduate center

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 24, 2016, at 6 p.m.
Trustees unanimously backed an 80-page business plan for the center during a special meeting at University College Center in East Millinocket.

Midcoast woman says man blew powder in her face, sexually assaulted her

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Investigators say the suspect was described as an “older male,” with brown wavy hair standing 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches tall.

UMaine System releases plans for consolidated graduate center in Portland

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 21, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
Leaders of the University of Maine System released details of their plan to unite graduate programs for aspiring businesspeople, lawyers and public administrators under one roof.

State’s last charter school slot to remain vacant as applicant withdraws

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 20, 2016, at 12:53 p.m.
“We have decided to stay focused on the work we know and the work we do well as a private school,” Wayfinder’s CEO said.
Lynn Arsenault

Murdered woman’s sons sue stepfather over forged will

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 20, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
Mathew and Nick Day, are suing their former stepfather, Donald Arsenault, and a Portland businessmen after a probate judge ruled that their dead mother’s will had been forged.

In a Belfast bar where no one is enthused with this election

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 19, 2016, at 9:05 p.m.

Parlez-vous? Maine schools struggle to find foreign language teachers

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 17, 2016, at 1 a.m.
In a taxing scramble to find qualified foreign language teachers, some Maine school districts are turning to digitized assistance to expose their students to other tongues.

Skowhegan educator honored by state officials

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 13, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.
The Maine Department of Education has named a Skowhegan middle school teacher the state’s top educator of 2017.
Dan Leclair, project associate at UMA, demonstrates how to pilot a drone at the University of Maine at Augusta Thursday. UMA is offering a course, starting Oct. 27, for students and nonstudents to learn how to pilot Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones. UMA will be the first institution of higher learning in Maine to offer such a course.

UMA unveils Maine’s first drone piloting course

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 13, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Visitors to campus may notice small unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, commonly referred to as drones, whizzing about overhead in coming semesters as the university works to build a training center and specialize in training new pilots.
A computer rendering of the proposed Building 6 expansion at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast. Building 6 (second gray-green structure from left) would stand 66 feet tall. The other buildings pictured already are standing.

Belfast’s Front Street Shipyard hopes to expand again in spring

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 12, 2016, at 4 p.m.
Front Street Shipyard is preparing for yet another expansion along the Belfast waterfront as it vies for a major contract to build carbon-fiber ferries for New York City.
The 126-foot steam-powered yacht Cangarda docked at the Front Street Shipyard awaiting minor maintenance work. The 115-year-old vessel is still powered by the original Sullivan steam engine, though the boiler producing the steam is a modern, diesel-fired unit. The Cangarda is one of only three similar vessels left in the world.

Belfast shipyard cares for luxury yachts steeped in history

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 06, 2016, at 11:28 a.m.
Two historic luxury yachts have been fully restored and are living quieter lifestyles.
Bob Ramsdell, chairman of the Searsport Shellfish Management Committee, digs up a clam in this July 2014 file photo.

Maine recalls shellfish, shuts down harvest in some areas

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 04, 2016, at 5:03 p.m.
Maine has shut down shellfish harvesting in some parts of the state and issued a recall after finding elevated levels of toxins.
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2016.

Air Force One Bangor landing may have been called off

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 30, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
The temporary flight restriction around Bangor International Airport that signaled the fight’s expected arrival was canceled by the Federal Aviation Administration sometime Friday afternoon.
Students from the University of Maine Orono's class of 2016 gesture to the cheers of the crowd upon entering the Alfond Arena during morning graduation ceremonies on May 13.

Coalition launches push to drive students to higher ed, boost college savings

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 30, 2016, at 11:19 a.m.
A coalition of Maine business and education leaders have joined forces in hopes of boosting the number of Mainers going to college and avoid hefty debt that might keep them from finishing.

Emergency drill planned in Belfast

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 29, 2016, at 10:49 a.m.
If you hear sirens or see hazmat suits on the Belfast waterfront Saturday morning, it’s only a drill.

Students wanted to hear another voice in that debate

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:14 p.m.

Lights out, discussion on:

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:01 p.m.

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:44 p.m.

UMaine students engaged as debate devolves into banter

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:29 p.m.