Five questions for 'The Wasses Girls'
Wasses has been around for 42 years, serving up their famous combination of grilled hot dogs and onions on a soft bun at its Rockland, Thomaston and Belfast locations.
Owner Keith Wass of Lincolnville entrusts the 2 North Main St. wagon in Rockland to The Wasses Girls — Sherrie Losier, Lillian Jones and Bea Dodge — who have a combined 38 years behind the spatula.
The cash-and-carry business caters to all sorts of clientele from the regulars to family reunions to business functions. While they were grilling and packaging an order for a special event at Oceanside High School East, the trio took time to answer these five questions:
What is the largest order you have had to fill?
"Either the annual E.L. Spear family reunion or a special order from Fisher Engineering for 200 hot dogs."
What is the oddest request you have received for a topping?
How many hot dogs do you sell on a daily basis?
"It varies according to the weather and events going on." One could place their own bet just by watching the line form throughout the day.
What is the most common combination ordered?
"A hot dog with 'everything' — mustard, relish and onions."
Why is ketchup not included on an everything hot dog?
"The original owner did not offer ketchup. When Mr. Wass took over, he tried putting ketchup on an everything automatically — customers didn't like that. Now it is a special request."
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 15.