College students no longer wet behind the ears

14 years ago

By Barbara Scott
Staff Writer

Each summer since 1997 the Caribou Utilities District has taken the opportunity to employ area college- bound students during the summer. In the past only two students were taken on but currently between four and five students become not only part of the local workforce, but the Caribou Utilities District family as well.


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College students who were employed over the summer months at the Caribou Utilities District were guests of honor at a company picnic held Aug. 13. The students will be returning to the college studies as the summer draws to an end. In front students and the respective college they attend are, from left: Nick James, University of Maine at Orono; Jesse Caron, Northern Maine Community College; and Ellis Pelletier, University of Maine at Presque Isle. In back are Dustin Morgan, Penn. State Law School; and Ally Hessert, University of Maine at Orono.

Recently a picnic was held at the District recognizing the five student workers who will be leaving in the near future to return to their respective schools. Those making up this year’s student work roster include Nick James, Jesse Caron, Ellis Pelletier, Dustin Morgan and Ally Hessert.

According to administrators at the Caribou Utilities District, one of the regular water district employees, who is a “born jokester,” Harry McCarthy, wasn’t going to be in attendance at the student picnic, due to  prior plans for a fishing trip. In his absence, two of the summer student employees, who happened to be the target for most of the summer of McCarthy’s jokes, developed a “pay-back” day.

While McCarthy was out on a project, the two shrink-wrapped his pickup truck prior to his leaving for his fishing trip.

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Dustin Morgan and Ally Hessert, summer student employees at the Caribou Utilities District, are shown getting a bit of revenge on “the company jokester” Harry McCarthy by shrink-wrapping his pickup truck  — the vehicle that was to take him on a planned fishing trip.