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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Can you follow your cat into cohousing?

Here’s a beautiful story and poem from a FPF member who lives in Burlington co-housing…

© Sharyl Green
August 10 2017
Burlington VT


How did Fisher get to be called a cat?

The members of FPF‘s Calais neighborhood have been having lively discussions about this creature found in Vermont’s woods!

Conversation began with this simple post alerting neighbors:
A fisher cat has returned and has been seen behind my small pond down the hill from the closed road in North Calais.”  • Reid

Followed by a flurry of topics related to the “Fisher Cat”: 
“”fisher cats” is a common, but incorrect, misnomer. The fisher is a fairly large member of the weasel family, and bears no relationship whatsoever to cats…” • Warner

“I was interested in why they have been mistakenly called cats. Are there physical similarities? Are the sounds similar? Perhaps the use got transferred to large feral cats….Just wondered..” • Mary

“With all the emphasis on “cat”..my question now is — Why fisher…? Do they fish?” • Heather

“My first thought upon seeing yet more posts about fishers was, “Oh, no!” but I found myself laughing out loud…I think I will name the next cat that comes into my life “Fisher” as in “Fisher (the) Cat…” • Craig

Nothing like lively conversation on Front Porch Forum to connect us with our neighbors!


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