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Familiar Face Missing from Church Street

Burlington, Vermont - June 16, 2006

Church Street has dozens of restaurants. But for 36 years there was only one Hot Dog Lady. Church Street changed over the decades, but one thing stayed the same. Lois Bodoky was there with her steaming hot dogs. But this week, Lois turned over her mustard bottles to a new hot dog lady.

"We miss the lady that was there before," says Guy LaClair.

Over the past 36 years, Lois has become a Church Street celebrity, so it's only natural people are asking where is she? 83-year-old Lois sold the business she first tried 36 years ago.

"I said to my husband, 'I'm going to put a hot dog cart on Church Street.' My husband said, 'You've done some crazy things in your life, but this is the craziest,'" she recalls.

It may have been crazy, but Lois made it a success.

"Hard work and loving people. And I haven't met many people who don't love a hot dog," she laughs.

For 36 years, the Hot Dog Lady was known for her hair and her horn-rimmed glasses.

"I like that look. They're called cat eyes," she says.

But now there's a new Hot Dog Lady. Annette Johnson has a new look and a new legacy to create.

"It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, since I was a kid. So here I am being the new hot dog lady. Can't fill her shoes, but here I am and I'm having a great time doing it," says Annette.

A great time Lois had for 36 years.

"There's only one hotdog lady and that's it," says Annette.

Kate Duffy - Channel 3 News

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