We enjoyed the opportunity to meet students at Oceanside High School last week during their Career Day and College Expo.

More than 50 organizations including local employers, major industries, nonprofits, colleges, universities and military recruiters took part in the event. It included tables and booths in the school gym providing information about future opportunities and breakout sessions in classrooms in which local employers could talk about career options with the students.

Oceanside students asked a lot of great questions and made thoughtful comments during these sessions. Events like this are vital to providing interactions between community leaders of the present and those who will take over for us in the future.

Jobs For Maine's Graduates Specialist Jane-Ann Reinink and her students deserve a lot of credit for organizing this event. It involved a lot of work contacting all of the various visitors and setting up the school for their arrival. Though it had a lot of moving parts, it went smoothly and without a hitch.

We would not be surprised if some of the students participating took the first steps toward their future careers as a result of this event.


A good bill from Bill

Rep. Bill Pluecker, I-Warren, is to be commended for presenting "An Act To Require Ingredient Lists at Certain Retail Food Locations."

While he has taken some heat for this bill, he did this to help constituents like 10-year-old Daniel Forcillo of Hope, who lives with life-threatening food allergies every day. Daniel often has to miss out on enjoying a meal or snack at a store, or enjoying himself at an event or party, because he is not sure the food there is safe for him. Even small particles of allergens can threaten his life or lead to sickness and missed school.

Forcillo went all the way to Augusta to testify about the need for this bill.

The bill would require commercial food producers with retail locations to provide, on request, a list of all of the ingredients in all of the foods offered. A tall order, but totally worth it to give a boy like Daniel a better life and perhaps save his life.


Thomaston at a crossroads

So is it us, or does the town of Thomaston seem to be squeaking a little louder than usual?

The community is wrestling with whether to maintain its municipal police department. It might save some money to outsource policing to the Sheriff's Office, but the town will likely miss the service provided by its own department, especially during the busy summer months. The department deals with many calls to the big box section of the town, and it has traditionally had to work very long, hard hours around major events, including the annual Fourth of July celebration.

In other news, the town in a public meeting called for replacement of longtime town attorney Paul Gibbons. We expect that will generate further developments in the near future.

And in other Thomaston news, we have been hearing some heated debate about a proposal to site a crematorium at a town cemetery. What a crazy idea!

We had figured the town might settle down after the many years of road construction finally ended, but we look forward to reporting on further developments.