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Janet and Tom O'Connell are the grand marshals for this year's North Hudson Pepper Fest parade. Life has come full circle for the couple, who have been married for 59 years. Their first meeting took place at a former village watering hole. Submitted photo

O'Connell's are Pepper Fest Grand Marshals

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For Tom and Janet O'Connell, life together got its start in North Hudson. Now 59 years later, they will return there to serve as grand marshals at this year's Pepper Fest parade.


The couple met there in a bar near the Mallalieu Inn.

"He sent over a beer and I wouldn't turn that down, but I wasn't too impressed with him. He seemed kind of cocky. He wanted to show me his white Buick," Janet recalled.

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Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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