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CONTEST: Cutest Couple in Mountain View?

Mountain View Patch is holding a cutest couple contest. Enter to win $30 to a restaurant in Mountain View. Get your friends to vote for you by commenting on the article.

Update: We really got into the spirit of Valentine's Day and decided to give a little love to our readers! Introducing the Cutest Couple Contest!

With Valentine's Day just a day away, Patch wanted to highlight the love that's in the air in Mountain View!

Take for example, Essie and Josh Curnell (pictured), who've been married 61 years. Essie, 83, and Josh, 85, met as kids in the town of Calvert, Texas where they both lived. Essie's father was the town preacher and also a carpenter, and Josh took his woodworking class.

While Josh was deployed with the U.S. Army between 1942 to 1944 during World War II, Essie attended Praire View A&M and majored in Home Economics. When he returned they began to date and according to Essie, the two always had a chaperone–usually her young sister–which made it hard to sneak a kiss!

Eventually they married and had three children, one whom they live with in Sunnyvale. Three times a week, the couple visits the  and participate in different activities including a , which Essie hopes will them fight dementia.

Why they love one another?

Josh told Patch that he loves Essie because she's kind, gentle, understanding and appreciative.

Essie said it's because "he loves me and he always made me feel great." She added that Josh is "very understanding, he doesn't get angry and he always has a smile."

Why do you love the person you are with?

Whether you've been dating for a month, a year or 61 years like Essie and Josh, there's a reason you love this person.

How to Enter

Enter by submiting a photo of you and your loved one and in the caption let us know why you love one another. Don't forget to include your names!

How to Vote

Cast your vote by commenting in the comments section below. Be sure to include which couple you're voting for! Each person may only vote once. (See below for rules.) The Contest will begin at 5.30 a.m. ET on 2/14/2012 and end at 12:00 a.m. ET on 2/20/2012 (the “Entry Period”).

Voting Deadline

The Public Voting Period will be ongoing and will begin at 5.30 a.m. ET on 2/14/2012 and end at 12:00 a.m. ET on 2/21/2012.

We need at least two entries to award the prize, so help us spread the word by posting this on your Facebook or Twitter accounts. The voting will be done in the comments section of this article. One vote per user, please.

Kristi Green February 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
i vote for pete and kara! hope you guys are well in your rolling abode!
Claudia Cruz (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
That's sweet Tommi!
Alicia C. February 14, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Oh noes! Not Carolyn! :)
Jack Hopkins-Vasquez February 14, 2012 at 09:59 PM
My vote is for that sweet guy in the red shirt!
caryn February 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I vote for Josh and Essie Curnell. But they really are all lovely. The (other) city of love ... Mountain View!
Claudia Cruz (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Okay, I need to clarify something. Technically, Essie and Josh aren't participating in the contest. I wrote a story about them to get EVERYONE else inspired to participate. However, if they get votes, I'm not going to deny them a prize. So don't hold back. Nominate who you want and vote for whomever. What we should do is visit the senior center and do something for all the couples there! I stopped by today and met a couple married 71 years! Very spunky!
Tommi February 15, 2012 at 12:14 AM
well - Claudia - in that case - I vote for Pete and Kara...you MUST read their blog to appreciate their adventures...
Cathy Flinchbaugh February 15, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Pete and Kara!! I'm always for wackiness!!!! :)
Michael Fogelstrom February 16, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Carolyn and Sabio for sure! I can't think of a couple that better embodies the spirit of Mountain View than these two.
David Stafford February 16, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I Vote for Jim and Lina. They *are* the cutest couple in California! But, I suppose, Mountain View will do.. for now.
Bonnie Malouf February 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Sorry to the others, but Josh and Essie Curnel HAVE to be the cutest couple.......and the sweetest!
Neeta Bajaj February 18, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I vote for Pam & Kal ...they're the cutest
Sylina Sossamon-Cancilla February 18, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Yeah my vote is for Pam & Kal .....toooooo cute...lovin it...
Sylina Sossamon-Cancilla February 18, 2012 at 04:34 AM
PAM AND KAL.....TOO CUTE FOR WORDS...
Cantona February 18, 2012 at 06:04 AM
KAL and PAM their sons could use the coupon
harmanpreet February 18, 2012 at 07:58 AM
Pam aunty n Ketu mama you guys are the best lov u
cathy February 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I vote for Pam & Kal <3
Missy February 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Pete & Kara!
Rochelle Brodhead February 20, 2012 at 12:52 AM
wackiness and living in a van so no kitchen so they need a certificate for food!!
Rochelle Brodhead February 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Pete and Kara for SURE!!! They live in a van and have no kitchen - so they REALLY need to eat out!!!
Doug Brodhead February 20, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I vote for Pete and Kara! Eat to your hearts content.
Ashley Wernette February 20, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Pete and Kara!
Ashley Wernette February 20, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Pete and Kara! Miss ya bro!
Virginia Plonski February 20, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Jim Neal and Lina Neal, are sickeningly cute. Just spend one evening with them. Their apparent love is not shown off for others but is present because it's an essential truth.
Denise Kurner West February 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Pete and Kara Yeah crazy kids
Donna Hashemzadeh February 20, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I vote for Pete and Kara
Lorraine February 20, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Pete and Kara. Living in an Astro van and smiling the whole time. Must be happy or one would be dead right now! You guys rock!
Zack February 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Pete and Kara rock!!
Cindy February 21, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Pete and Kara!!!
Jeremy Spencer February 28, 2012 at 06:25 AM
i have it on good authority that they like sangria!

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