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Feb. 23, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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Couple honored for 72 years of marriage

WEST SENECA, N.Y., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A New York state couple who have been married for 72 years are being honored by the faith-based Worldwide Marriage Encounter organization.

The marriage enrichment organization declared West Seneca residents John Frontera, 96, and Victoria Frontera, 91, as the 2012 New York State honorees of the Longest Married Couple Project, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Wednesday.

Mark Kulyk said the choice was based on nominations from across the state.

"The search started four years ago for the longest married couple in the United States," Kulyk said. "Then we realized we had enough [nominations] for every state."

John, who married Victoria Oct. 28, 1939, quipped the secret to his long and happy marriage was to "have a glass of wine every day."

Victoria said her marriage worked because she "wasn't lazy."

"There's always gonna be some things he doesn't like and something you don't like. There will always be mistakes," she said. "You gotta make a little compromise. Before you know it, it's all gone."

Purse with $1,800 returned with cash

BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A New York state woman who tracked down a woman to return a lost purse said the good karma from her deed did not stop her from being hit by a car.

Jessica Wieczorek, 26, manager of the Coffee Culture cafe on Elmwood Street in Buffalo, said she found the purse Feb. 11 when it was left behind by a customer and used a Sam's Club card inside and Google to find the phone number of the owner, Lidia Couzo, The Buffalo News reported Wednesday.

Couzo said she was overjoyed to get her purse back, especially since she had just cashed a $1,800 check and the money was inside.

"I think it's amazing," Couzo said. "That just shows you the type of people we have here. In an economy that has people reeling, to me this was significant."

Wieczorek was rewarded by Couzo, but she said the deed did not earn her enough good karma to avoid being struck by a car late last week on Elmwood Street. The incident left her with a broken leg.

"It just happened," she said. "It was an accident."

Engineer aims for 'annoying' with alarm

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A New York engineer said he raised $75,000 in just six days to create what he describes as the world's most "annoying" alarm clock.

Paul Sammut, 24, said he was inspired by his mother's method of waking him up in high school and wanted to emulate her "annoying" tactics, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

"In high school, I had a really good alarm clock, and it was my mom," he said. "She wouldn't stop annoying me until I got out of bed. I tried to think of something similar to that."

Sammut said his invention, which he dubbed the Ramos clock, will only stop ringing when the owner uses a punch pad to send a wireless signal from a room or two away.

"You can't turn it off, you can't reset. It's going to go off," he said. "It's friendly. You just need to do what it says."

Sammut said he showcased his prototype on fundraising Web site and raised $75,000 in just six days. He said the first customers will receive their clocks in September.

Celebrity impersonators gather in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Dozens of celebrity impersonators garbed as famous folks including Sean Connery, Cher, Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra gathered in Las Vegas for a convention.

Organizers of the 21st Celebrity Impersonator Convention at the Golden Nugget said the event Monday and Tuesday helps participants trade tips, book gigs and socialize with like-minded -- and in some cases, like-dressed -- people, the Las Vegas Sun reported Wednesday.

This year's event featured people dressed as a wide range of celebrities, including Dr. Phil, Whoopi Goldberg and multiple Sinatras and Neil Diamonds.

Monday night's festivities included the Reel Awards, a red carpet event honoring excellence in celebrity impersonation. Tuesday featured Vegas Tribute Idol, a competition for the impersonators to test their skills against one another.

"You'd think one Neil Diamond against another Neil Diamond would turn into a competitive thing, but it's not," competitor Jason Scott of Canada said. "It becomes a supportive thing."

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