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Many thanks to many neighbors

I was hiking through the golf course on Saturday and lost my phone while wandering around for two hours. Saw many hikers, skiers, dog walkers, and many took my number and offered to call for the next hour or so, hoping it would alert someone. The dog walker even suggested I let her dog sniff my glove because he was a good tracker. She promised to leave the phone on my car if she found it. After an additional hour of looking, I figured it was hopeless. Got in my car, but decided to go to upper parking lot and try one more time, retracing steps. Unbelievably, I found it, but more unbelievable is that in the last 45 minutes I had 14 missed calls recorded on my phone — all my helpers! When I called one number back, the most persistent, to thank him and tell him how astounded I was at so many calls, his response was: “Welcome to Vermont.” Warms my heart.

Shared by Pat on her Front Porch Forum in the South End of Burlington today.


Liz Stephen: US Ski Team

Shared by Daniel with his neighbors on the East Montpelier Front Porch Forum today…

East Montpelier native and FPF member Liz Stephen is skiing right up to the podiums this year. Her latest victory a US record. http://nordic.usskiteam.com/news/stephen-makes-history-us-team Not only does she represent the US team well, she also takes the time to visit our schools to inspire and encourage our students. She is sincere, positive and team oriented.

To Liz and her family, congratulations and keep up the excellence. Your home town is proud and supports you.



Roots of Passion… finding happiness thru meaningful work

Check out Live Happy magazine on newsstands everywhere this month (Feb. 2015). “Roots of Passion” focuses on four people who “found happiness in lives filled with purpose and meaning,” including 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben and Front Porch Forum co-founder Michael Wood-Lewis…

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Need a financial advisor? Ask neighbors on FPF

Martha shared the following on her East Montpelier Front Porch Forum today…

Last week I posted requesting recommendations for a financial adviser to help me with retirement planning. Over 25 wonderful neighbors responded. Thank you all. Several people asked me to send them the names I received, so I thought I would open it up to FPF. If you would like to see the list of recommended financial advisers, email me and I’ll pass it on.

 

 

 

 

 


Business owner offers $5,000 reward on FPF for info about fire

The Stowe Reporter used the Morrisville Front Porch Forum recently to learn…

A Morristown man is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for a fire that destroyed his business last year.  But state fire investigators say the blaze wasn’t suspicious and there is no active investigation.

Most traditional media outlets in Vermont use their local FPFs for leads to stories that they investigate and report on.  We’re glad to play this role… and others.  Further, we appreciate when proper attribution is included in the piece, e.g….

He posted a notice on Front Porch Forum last week, offering a $5,000 reward in hope that someone would contact state police with information.

Stowe and the surround communities are fortunate to have the Reporter and the Record digging into local stories.

 


Be A Good Neighbor – The Front Porch Forum Story

Lang McLaughry Real Estate, a leading real estate company in Vermont, focused on Front Porch Forum recently on their website.  We’ve heard from Realtors across the state that they love to inform their clients about FPF… a “modern welcome wagon.”


7 Words for 2015 — Enter FPF’s Annual Raffle Today!

It’s time for our annual New Year word play and free prize drawing!

Submit your posting to Front Porch Forum before midnight Wednesday, January 7, 2015 consisting of exactly seven (7) words and you’ll be entered into a free drawing* to win one of these great prizes:

Thanks to the local Vermont businesses listed above who donated these wonderful prizes.

Now get creative and POST AN ENTRY!

  • To post to your FPF, go to FrontPorchForum.com and click LOGIN (if not already logged in).
  • If you’re already logged in, click MY ACCOUNT.
  • Then click COMPOSE POSTING.

*FPF welcomes up to two entries per day per person. Post about whatever tickles your fancy. Click on the links at right for loads of great samples from years past.

UPDATE:  The winners of our random prize drawing…

One $50 gift certificate to Small Dog Electronics
http://www.smalldog.com/
Dan in Athens
“Why isn’t everyone using Front Porch Forum?”

One Tower of Treasures from Lake Champlain Chocolates
http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/corporate-holiday-gift.html
Stephen in Dorset
“If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?”

Four passes to the Pump House Indoor Waterpark at Jay Peak
http://www.jaypeakresort.com/pumphouse/waterpark
Diane in Wells River
“Who will be governor? There’s a raffle!”

Gift cards redeemable at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops
Robert in Middlebury
“Lost spouses. New-found love. At 80.”

Everyday Apothecary Box Sets from Urban Moonshine Bitters and Tonics
http://www.urbanmoonshine.com/products/merchandise/wooden-box-apothecary.html
Phyll in West Windsor
“Shhhh, be like Dad and keep Mum!”

Two one-day lift tickets for Bolton Valley
http://www.boltonvalley.com/?utm_source=frontporchforum&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sevenwordscontest
John in Benson
“Fly away loon. Open water leaving soon.”

One “Year of Free Bread” card (one loaf/month) from Great Harvest Bread
http://greatharvestburlington.com/
Melissa in Charlotte
“Great posts – not fences – make great neighbors.”

$50 gift card to Higher Ground
http://www.highergroundmusic.com/
Nancy in Worcester
“Ancestral farm beckoned us home, blessings abound.”

Pair of tickets to Grease Sing-A-Long-A at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
http://www.flynntix.org/flynn-mainstage/grease-sing-a-long-a/Details?perfNo=11080&perfCodePrefix=FLV15G
Tom and Linda in East Montpelier
“East Montpelier coyote teaches goldendoodle to howl.”

One-month family membership to The Edge
http://edgevt.com/
Marsha in Montgomery
“Is there more light? Wait a fortnight!”

One $50 gift certificate to Jivana Holistic Spa
http://jivanaspa.com/
Elizabeth in Winooski
“FPF, 7DVT and vtdigger.org keep me informed.”