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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!


Opera scores and Victrolas snatched up on FPF

“So thrilled that some of my unmarked opera scores in great condition were snapped up so quickly, in one day! I am happy that a young local musician will enjoy them now in her music studies as I did! Front Porch Forum is a great idea.” • Annie-Vera in Stowe

“Wow! Front Porch Forum amazes me. Many many people responded to my Roku posting of this morning – but it’s been spoken for.”
• Lawrence in Montpelier

“I think that it is really COOL that my Fridge has sold. I can now CHILL out that its is soon to be gone. Want to thank all that replied, not to FREEZE anyone out here.”  • Paul in Stowe

“The Victrola Was Instantly Claimed! I love FPF. Thanks to everyone for your interest.”  • Elizabeth in Middlebury

Need some speedy responses to items for sale? Post them on FPF!



FPF now has 140,000 members!

We’re excited to announce that Front Porch Forum now has 140,000 members across Vermont.  More than half of the households in the state participate in their local FPFs.  Thanks to all who have helped achieve this milestone.

To share FPF with other Vermonters, please send them to FrontPorchForum.com to check it out and sign up.

FPF’s mission is to help neighbors connect and build community.  We do that by hosting a statewide network of online neighborhood forums where Vermonters post about lost pets, borrowing ladders, recommending plumbers, sighting moose, reporting break-ins, discussing school budgets, and much more.


Community responds to child’s stolen bike

While crime reports on FPF may not result in finding stolen items, neighbors can be counted on to help!

“I wanted to thank our community for the support we received after my son’s bike was stolen last week. We received three offers of new bikes for him (one of which he is happily riding around on) and lots of messages of support. The original bike has yet to be seen, but maybe one day it will turn up.”  • Jaime in Montpelier

Original post: “We woke up this morning to find my autistic seven year old’s bike stolen off our porch. If you’ve taken it, PLEASE bring it back. It’s worth almost nothing, but he is very attached to it. As a back up, if anyone has a 20 inch kids bike with training wheels lying around, we’d like a replacement as soon as possible. He’s going to be very upset when he realizes it’s gone.”

Use Front Porch Forum as a neighborhood watch in your town.


Need help with yardwork?

Ask your neighbors on Front Porch Forum!

In response to the following post: “Seeking person to mow lawn. Approx 2 hrs a week starting immediately.”
A solution was found the following day: “My first time posting on FPF. I was amazed at the responses. What a great resource. My lawn is all set. Thank you everyone.”   • Pat in Waterbury

We were overwhelmed by qualified people who were interested in cutting down our trees for reasonable prices. Thanks to everyone who replied to our request.”  • Terry in Ferrisburgh


Thanks to Front Porch Forum, I found a wonderful gardening helper!” • Sarah in Shelburne

And you may even find help when you’re not even looking for it!

“Yesterday evening I started cutting the grass in our backyard and got about half-way through before heading out with two of my kids on bike for dinner. When we returned an hour later, we noticed that the entire backyard was now cut.  We were the recipients of a random act of kindness. Thank you, anonymous helper, for finishing the job in our backyard! We will pay it forward.”  • Michael and family in Burlington