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Kissimmee puts stamp on Valentine's Day

KISSIMMEE - To folks at the local post office, the postmark they stamp on each outbound envelope is an ordinary, everyday thing. But to about 1,000 people from across the country, it's a mark of love. "To us, it's plain old Kissimmee," postal secretary Linda Latino said. "When other people look at it, they think it's 'Kiss-a-me."

So Kissimmee postal workers have played Cupid again this year, hand-stamping about 1,000 cards and sending them on to their Valentine's Day destinations.

The Kissimmee post office has received valentine cards from such places as Grand Prairie, Texas; Tacoma, Wash.; Eugene, Ore.; South Windsor, Conn.; Willard, Mo.; and Mesa, Ariz. Kissimmee doesn't advertise, or claim any connection to St. Valentine, so 1,000 cards is a modest amount compared to some 250,000 letters and packages sent to its neighbor down the road, Christmas, Fla., every December.