Valentine's paper hearts re-appear in Vt. capital

A pedestrian walks past a store covered in hearts on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 in Montpelier, Vt. The annual display of hearts, put up by an anonymous source, covered the entire downtown of the capital city. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

February 14, 2011 7:36:02 AM PST
Vermont's state capital is aflutter in hearts again. In keeping with a mysterious Valentine's Day tradition, an unknown person or people plaster sheets of paper with red hearts on them all over downtown offices, shops and buildings.

The so-called Valentine's Bandit started the tradition in Montpelier in 2002. Each year, residents wake up to find the red hearts affixed to buildings, shop windows and other downtown fixtures.

The "phantom" has his -- or her -- own Facebook page, dubbed the Montpelier Valentine Phantom Phan Page.

Appreciative fans took to Facebook on Monday. One thanked the Phantom for making her drive to work wonderful.