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Newspaper reporter ends up reporting on her own proposal

Newspaper Reporter Ends Up Reporting On Her Own Proposal

A newspaper reporter in Canada investigating a mystery in her town probably never thought she would end up covering her own marriage proposal.

The Welland Tribune reports it all started back in April when residents of Welland, Ontario, began spotting pink heart signs around town.

Welland Tribune reporter Maryanne Firth was asked to look into the local mystery for the paper. She told Yahoo she thought they were for a charity event at first. "The signs started showing up and they were hard not to notice around town. They were bright, but it's so rare to see signs these days that don't deliver a direct message. It just started to bug me."

To try to get to the bottom of things, Firth started a hashtag on Twitter and began asking anyone and everyone if they knew anything about the mysterious pink hearts.

No one had any information for Firth until last week, when new signs started popping up next to old ones with information for an event to be held on Sunday afternoon in one of the town's parks.

When Firth arrived at the park that day, she was greeted by dozens of people and a man dressed in a suit with a box over his head. He was handing out flowers, so she took one.

The next thing Firth knew, the mystery man gathered the remaining flowers into a bouquet and took off his mask as everyone around her started taking photos. As one of the onlookers revealed on Twitter later that day, it was her boyfriend getting ready to propose.

Firth wrote in the Welland Tribune, "This was the man who I've loved for the past eight years. Who I've built a life with. Ryan got down on one knee and as I tried unsuccessfully to hold back tears, he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Of course I was ecstatic."

When the park finally cleared out and the excitement died down, Firth realized she could finish the story she had started weeks ago. Luckily, she had plenty of pictures to use for research from the dozens of people in attendance, including her parents, whom her boyfriend had secretly invited.

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Bluedane June 10 2014 at 12:34 PM

How precious and thoughtful! Congratulations to the love birds!

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baileysno1lala June 10 2014 at 12:47 PM

What a wonderful story!!

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Mike June 10 2014 at 1:23 PM

He had a box over his head but I doubt that was the package on him that made her say yes.

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tsr5112 Mike June 10 2014 at 2:40 PM

Can you be any more of a turd.

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halt1025 June 10 2014 at 4:37 PM


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Anne halt1025 June 10 2014 at 8:45 PM

You are an ass with a one track mind - get off the net and out of discussions, as you have nothing intelligent to say.

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Lady halt1025 June 10 2014 at 10:37 PM

trickle down. and go away.

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dickn2000b June 11 2014 at 3:14 AM

And yet another inane fluff piece from the AOL/Fluffpost. AND WTF does the photo shown with the story headline have to do with the story? Ans. NOT ONE DAMNED THING!! Stupid Stupid Stupid.

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belldn3 June 10 2014 at 10:45 PM


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bigred8690 June 10 2014 at 5:36 PM

They may think it's cute, but no one wants to watch self-absorbed talentless local journalists (local as opposed to the big names on national tv) talk about themselves. That's why no one watches this local tv news crap anymore except maybe to get the weather.

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Lady bigred8690 June 10 2014 at 10:38 PM

loosin up the bone Wilma!

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jerbtl June 10 2014 at 4:07 PM

this make me cry. good luck two them.

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erin June 10 2014 at 3:57 PM

Awwwww. That was lovely. Best wishes for a wonderful life together.

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vincent.barnes1 June 10 2014 at 1:28 PM

Take the rung back and run,,run,,run as far away as you can go .....

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