Story posted August 13, 2009
Those who lunch at Moulton had a treat — and a chance to help local lobstermen.
Sensitive to the hard times that have befallen lobstermen — plummeting lobster prices amid ever-increasing operating costs — Bowdoin Dining Service hosted a special lobster lunch and sale Thursday, August 13, 2009.
Inspiration came when Dining Service Purchasing Manager Jon Wiley spoke with Bob Waddell, owner of Quahog Lobstermen's Coop, the College's lobster supplier.
Waddell, who has been a lobsterman for 60 years, told of his dire personal situation and how the current economic pressures may drive him out of business.
In response, Dining Service bought hundreds of lobsters from Waddell to serve a lunch for a small additional fee to the Bowdoin community.
"We’re not making money on this, but that’s not the point," Wiley said to one of two television news crews that came to Moulton Union to cover the event.
"The point is to keep lobster on people’s minds and help the industry."
Waddell has been the go-to guy when the College has needed delivery of 2,300 lobsters at a time for events such as Commencement and Reunion.
He takes in lobsters from many lobstermen in the Harpswell area.
Crews from WCSH and WMTW spoke with Waddell and Associate Librarian Judy Montgomery, who ordered 20 lobsters to take home.
Montgomery's order was among approximately 250 live and steamed lobsters sold to people taking advantage of the special $5 per lobster deal.