“The Coop was broken into last night and the cash register was stolen. This is the second robbery the Coop has experienced in three weeks. The first time, the register was also stolen, but we were still open. No money was in the register last night, but since that first robbery our sense of safety has been compromised.
“Since that first robbery, the community has rallied around the Coop in such a fabulous way. Every evening for the last couple hour we’re open, community members have been gathering around the wood stove to keep the cashier company and to deter potential robbers. Music and poetry readings happen, conversations flourish and friends are made. Thank you, so much, to everyone who has rallied around the Coop.”
• Liz, Front Porch Forum member in Central Vermont