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A shout out to generous neighbors

Thank you all, and, Front Porch Forum, for the ability to seek items, and the onslaught of people that responded!” • Dean in Rochester

“I am so happy that I post here before any where else cause it’s the community you live in that is always the most helpful.”  • Heather in Grand Isle

“Thanks to everyone who responded so quickly with my search for Mason Jars and Glass Jugs for our wedding. I am once again overwhelmed at the outpouring of support in this community.” • Lisa in Fayston

“I was looking to borrow a Pole Saw and within ten minutes of my post my doorbell rang with my neighbor having a pole saw in his hand!” • Chris in So. Burlington

“It looks like we’ve found our hoop! What a great community this is!” • Jennifer in Middlebury

“Thanks to all who responded to our call for wood. FPF is a life saver and our friends & neighbors are beyond helpful.” • Cecile in Vergennes

Several people responded to my search for bike wheels…I’m so stoked about this project and the community that so readily pitched in to help.” • Seth in Cambridge

“In regards to ‘Desperately Seeking Bed’, thank you to all that responded to my plea! It’s really nice knowing that I have moved to such a great place with amazing people!” • Erica in Stowe


Hello to summer!

Front Porch Forum members celebrate community in various ways this Memorial Day weekend.

“We’re going to hold an old-fashioned Block Party and celebrate in the street with games, food and fun…. so come out and play with us!” • Kate in St. Albans

Following the ceremony, the Legion Auxiliary is hosting a potluck lunch.” • John in Guilford

“Please join us for an Ice Cream Social as we say hello to summer!” • Julie in Essex Junction

FPF applauds the many communities who will be gathering together in remembrance and tribute to our veterans.

 


Vibrant, positive, essential

Did you know Front Porch Forum has over 10,000 small businesses across the state using our Business Directory?

“A paid business directory listing on @frontporchforum matters to @clearbold because FPF is a vibrant, positive, and essential VT-based alternative to other social media platforms.“ •  Clearbold, LLC

Don’t miss out! Join our Business Directory for free or learn more about becoming a FPF sponsor.


Raising awareness about ticks

FPF members are sharing news in their neighborhoods on how to deal with ticks.

“After talking to area residents we think reporting tick bites will help us know and get a feel for our local situation. It would be helpful to answer all or some of these questions. 

– When were you bitten?

– Where do you think you picked up the tick?

– Were you wearing repellent?

– Do you know what kind it was? (Example – Deer Tick/Black Legged Tick, Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, etc. Google to identify.)

– Did you take the tick to a health center or send it in to be tested (University Of Mass is one place that tests)?

Please report onto your neighborhood Front Porch Forum to help raise awareness. See a very interesting and informative graph for Vermont that updates Every week.” • Susan in Waitsfield

Keep alert and informed during tick season!


Escape From Facebookistan

Can a public sphere worth living in ever be built online? Micah Sifry includes an interview with FPF Co-Founder, Michael Wood-Lewis, in his article appearing in The New Republic, Escape From Facebookistan

“In the same way people need banks to hold their money safely and to help it circulate, creating businesses and jobs, they also need trustworthy online digital forums to hold their social identities and help foster beneficial connections between friends, neighbors, and the larger society.” • Micah Sifry

Alternatives exist! Thanks for recognizing Front Porch Forum in your article!


Vermont’s future generation of women

This year’s Girls on the Run 5k event will be unlike any other and FPF is proud to be a part of it! With hundreds of girls crossing the finish line – each one beaming with confidence and pride – it’s a community celebration of and for our local girls. We invite you to help support Girls on the Run and experience the 5k for yourself! Learn more at gotrvt.org/5k


The unseen value of being a good neighbor

Our very own co-founder, Michael Wood-Lewis shares the FPF story at TEDx Stowe. “A dozen speakers told stories about the Green Mountain State, stories that, taken individually, stood solid on their own merits, but when combined into an entire evening, became a sort of warm, fuzzy, flannelly fabric.” – Tommy Gardner of the Stowe Reporter


Thanks for friends and neighbors

Neighbors and friends continue to support the work we do.

“We are so grateful for this great way to reach you! We use Front Porch Forum a lot to let folks know about our rental cottage and we always find GREAT people through FPF. It feels safe and fun to rent our place this way and we have just become contributing members on a monthly basis to help keep FPF available to us all!  It’s super easy to do, and you can choose the payment amount that works for you!” • Peg in Calais

Learn more here how you can join Peg and Indigo as supporting members!


10% of Barn Sale Proceeds

Neighbors frequently extend their thanks to FPF, including John who held a barn sale in Cornwall, and donated a portion of his sales. Free or for sale, members find success on FPF:

“The bike helmet was taken within an hour of the posting. Thank you Front Porch Forum.” • Jean in Middlebury

“Thanks. FPFers. The Trek bikes are gone. We had over 30 responses.”
• Jeff in Waterbury

“The Subaru tires are gone, thanks to all those who inquired, I don’t think it took all of 15 minutes really. Support FPF!” • Fred & Karen in Northfield

“As a thank you to Front Porch Forum, a donation will be made to FPF equal to 10% of the total proceeds from orders received from this posting and future postings. Thanks FPF!” • John from Got Vinyl?

“Free tandem kayak found a good home and we really appreciate all the interest. Our Front Porch Forum is a GREAT resource!”
• Rick in Jericho

Thanks to FPF the golf clubs and cart were picked up today.”
• Irene in Barre

“The bike has gone to a new home. Front Porch Forum is a wonderful place.” • Kathy in Jericho


Need a tailor? Or a lawn tractor fixed?

From recommendations to suggestions on do it yourself repairs, Front Porch Forum members respond!

“Thanks to all who gave me recommendations for a tailor/seamstress, they were much appreciated. FPF rocks!”
• Pam in St. George

“I posted that I was looking for a dog groomer, a chaise lounge and upholster. And low and behold, I got lots of recommendations and 3 possible chaise lounges. I love FPF!” • Hasso in Calais

In response to a request for lawn tractor repair, a neighbor responds: Can’t help you with a recommendation, but 9 times out of 10 these “no juice” “won’t crank” problems boil down to a safety switch. There are probably three or four on your machine: one under the seat (operator presence), one on the mower deck switch (make sure it’s off), and one on the brake or clutch pedal (must be depressed). Also make sure your transport/mow speed lever or pedal is in neutral. Wiggle all those around and see if you can’t get it started.”  • Peter in Cornwall