For three decades, Lois Bodoky - with her cat-eye glasses and beehive hairdo - was a staple of Church Street. Known to most as "the hot dog lady" she was the very first Church Street vendor.
"Lois Bodoky was a huge icon and a friend and somebody who really charmed and brought so much joy to so many people in the community," said Ron Redmond, president of the Church Street Marketplace Commission.
Bodoky retired in 2005 but her friends wanted a way to keep her present on the Marketplace. They pitched in and made a special plaque honoring her 28 years of dishing out delicious dogs. She found out about the plaque at a special taping of Late Night Saturday with Tim Kavanagh. Together they celebrated his 100th episode and her contributions to Burlington.
"I'm overwhelmed," said Bodoky of the honor. "I have no other word. Totally in space."
Bodoky says she misses the dog days of summer but never thinks about going back. She is now happily working as a food sample lady at Costco. She sometimes visits the vendors and feels honored that they would want a permanent way to remember her work.
"It means that the people I loved so on the street loved me in return," she said.
The plaque is going to be permanently mounted outside of Homeport on Church Street so that visitors from far and wide can always remember the contributions of the hot dog lady.
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