Help (Still) Wanted: A Plumber For A Rural Town In Maine In August, a couple in Jackman, Maine, created a scholarship for a student willing to train as a plumber and come back to work in the rural town. Months later, no student has taken the plunge.
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Help (Still) Wanted: A Plumber For A Rural Town In Maine

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Help (Still) Wanted: A Plumber For A Rural Town In Maine

Help (Still) Wanted: A Plumber For A Rural Town In Maine

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

In August, we brought you a story about a small, isolated town without a plumber and their quest to find one. A family in Jackman, Maine, created a scholarship fund for a high school student there who agrees to train as a plumber and come back to work in the town. We checked in with Denise Plante, principal of the Forest Hills Consolidated School District.

DENISE PLANTE: Well, from the school's standpoint, we haven't had anybody terribly interested in moving to Jackman, Maine, to become a plumber.

RATH: But there may be someone willing to take the plunge.

PLANTE: We do, however, have one student - a current senior - who - one of his top three plans is to go to be trained and to earn certification to be a plumber and return to town.

RATH: If that student decides to train, it could still be years until he's certified. So until a plumber is secured...

PLANTE: Well, we'll save our flushes. (Laughter) Again, we have some plumbers that kind of do handiwork that may not be certified and some that travel.

RATH: The scholarship was established after a couple moved back to town and reached wits' end trying to get a water softener installed.

LARRY HARTH: We've been chasing plumbers for two years. So, yeah, we'd like to see a plumber.

RATH: Larry Harth says they have gotten a lot of inquiries about the plumbing scholarship from people all around the country and even overseas. But remember, this is a tiny town - so isolated, it's been designated as an on-shore island. The scholarship is really about getting someone who knows the town and the people. Harth says in a town this small, it's important to have an in.

HARTH: You know, we really would love to have people learn a skill and return to town, plain and simple.

RATH: So in Jackman, Maine, the search for a plumber continues.

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