'Will you marry me?'

Surprise proposal

John Pettibone School
in New Milford hosted a Halloween parade last Friday afternoon, and the event had a memorable conclusion. When the parade ended, special education para

Laura Salamon received a surprise visit in her classroom from a "gorilla" who presented her a dozen roses. She accepted the gift, although she admitted later she wasn't sure who was inside the gorilla costume. Then Ms.

Salamon's boyfriend, Greg Lyon , who was dressed in the gorilla outfit, bent down on one knee and asked her to marry him. A tearful Ms. Salamon exclaimed "yes" as her colleagues and a group of students looked on and Mr. Lyon slipped a ring on her finger, above. The majority of the staff at JPS and many of the couple's friends knew about the proposal and were in on the surprise. The happy New

Milford couple, shown at right posing for

colleagues' photographs after the proposal, have been dating for three years and are

looking at having their wedding in 2006.