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Ghost of Midnight

… about neighbors, community and Front Porch Forum

Planning a neighborhood block party?

Turn to your neighbors on Front Porch Forum, like this member did, to get it done!

“Is there any interest in having a casual neighborhood social / block party some time this fall to get to know each other? Willing to do most of the legwork organizing if others are interested. I put together a survey, and hope you’ll take a minute to fill it out and let me know! Feel free to send this to others that may not be on FPF. If there is digital interest, I will post signs around the hood in the near future. Take care!” • Sara in South Burlington

Get to know your neighbors in person and organize your own neighborhood event.


Successful search for foster parents

State agencies find using Front Porch Forum as a tool to speak to Vermonters works well.

“In the first few days after our initial statewide posting seeking foster parents we had more than 50 inquiries!”
• Lynn M. Bruce, VT Department for Children and Families

FPF members respond when the need is expressed.

An abundance of canoes and sheetrock

An FPF post that launched a thousand canoes….
“Recently I posted a request seeking a canoe to borrow or rent for use in showing to visitors our local ponds and lakes. In response I received offers for enough canoes to float a navy. I am grateful to live in this good and generous community.”  • Stephen in Woodbury

Your neighbors have what you need! Ask them on Front Porch Forum, as this neighbor did who was doing renovation work on his home:

“Wow, you wouldn’t believe how much scrap sheetrock there is in Jericho! I had a bunch of responses before the FPF email even went out, and was able to pick up the piece I needed from the first one who responded. Thanks everyone! What did we do before FPF was around??”   • Chris in Jericho

 



Neighborhood watch for dog snatcher

A number of Front Porch Forum members in Addison county have been sharing the below post to alert their neighbors:

“It has been brought to our attention at Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, that there is a woman driving around the county stealing dogs from yards. We are told that she has hit Brandon and Shoreham and is driving a white minivan. The police are involved. Our shelter advises the public to keep their dogs inside unless they are being directly supervised and to report any observations of suspicious behavior to the local or state police.”

Remember FPF is a powerful tool to alert your neighbors when needed!


Packages pinched from porches

Residents are looking out for each other in Essex as thefts of delivered packages have been noted on Front Porch Forum. Watch Local 22 TV to see how neighbors watch out for each other to increase public safety!


Dog hit on I-89

Reasons why our Front Porch Forum members LOVErmont!

“Thank you to all the strangers who took time out of your day to try to help our dog to safety on 89 South. To the person that hit him. I’m so sorry this happened and thank you for circling all the way back to check on him. To the person who stopped and stayed with him and then transported him to Waterbury Veterinary Hospital, a million times thank you. Thank you to the State Police officer who gave him an official escort. To the woman at WVH who held our hands and said all the right things…thank you. To WVH for making our beloved pet presentable for us to say our final goodbyes…thank you. We will miss you so much Clifford. RIP and play with your sister Bella. This is why we moved to Vermont. Because people here are good and care.
• Weeze in Waterbury

Have someone to thank in your town? Share it on FPF.



Keeping neighbors alert

“I have to admit I haven’t followed the bear posts very closely, because our neighbors initial post did all that was needed- alerted neighbors to a possible threat…  My almost four year old is just becoming independent in the back yard and when I saw the post about the sighting on our road I told my husband right away and we have had to be more alert and more restricting, a difficult balance. We also just got back into chickens and I realize after reading the post I could do more to deter bears…

SO thank you Neighbor, for your warning, your care, and your information. Thanks to FPF for giving us another way to connect with our neighbors and ‘shout’ from the porch.”  •  Ann & Everett in Elmore

Bears getting too close to your home? Let your neighbors know on Front Porch Forum!


Attempted apiary break-in

“The suspect was large and brown, with a big nose and quite unkept fingernails. A similar break-in was reported 1/4 mile away at a neighbor’s trash can. The suspect’s given name is believed to be Ursus, but uses many aliases including: “Baloo”, “Paddington”, “Smokey”, and”Yogi.” It is believed that the famous, “Poo” of the Hundred Acre Wood is also the same individual, or may be a cousin. Suspect is not believed to be armed, although citizens should consider the suspect to be potentially dangerous in certain circumstances and take appropriate precaution in the event of an encounter. Citizens should be advised that re-currant attacks are possible, even probable, and should take appropriate steps to protect valuable garbage, honey, and any other potential targets. Happily, appropriate safeguards were followed at the apiary for such an event and the perpetrator was unable to access the valuable honey stores.”   • Steven in Middlesex

Have you had bear sightings in your neighborhood? Let you neighbors know by posting on FPF!