Category Archives: Front Porch Forum

Watch your skis or snowboard… thieves strike slopes

“Just wanted to send out a quick PSA and let everyone know that there is apparently a ski/snowboard thief going around to most of the local resorts (Sugarbush, Smugg’s, Bolton, Stowe). My skis and poles were stolen last night from Bolton and the desk employee informed me there have been about 5-10 other reports just in the last 2 days. Please be cautious and lock/watch your things!”
• Jenessa, Richmond Front Porch Forum

Has your gear been stolen this season?  Pitch in by telling your neighbors on FPF.

“Let’s Not Trump Maple Syrup”

logcabiningredients1326840026“While some of you on this inaugural day (Jan. 20) might be mourning some kind of national tragedy, I’m most distraught by what my son told me: The breakfast waffle treat his class earned through safe, kind, responsible acts was served with… [deep breath, gather myself]…
Log Cabin syrup.

“While I appreciate our local education system maintaining fiscal responsibility, I think I speak for the entire universe when I say… let’s not be savages.”

• Lance, Westford Front Porch Forum

Antidote for annoying Xfinity wifi problem? Good neighbors

“I am wondering if other people are having this problem at home with their Xfinity WiFi. I choose my secure, private, password-encrypted non-Xfinity WiFi signal to work on my laptop and I am constantly thrown off my secure signal by Xfinity’s unsecured WiFi signal, which usually never allows me any connectivity.”
• Stephen, Montpelier FPF

“How wonderful is Front Porch Forum anyway!!?? I had seven great neighbors reply with all the information I needed to fix the problem!! Thanks to you all!”
• Stephen, Montpelier FPF, later same day

And a postscript from Stephen…

“Thanks again to so many who helped me. And to so many who are having the same problem, I offer what worked for me in my home in Montpelier. Be aware this worked for my MacBookPro (and I did the same thing on my iMac at my office just in case). I don’t know how this process works on PCs but maybe someone else does.

“Click on the Apple logo in the upper eft hand corner and choose System Preferences, then in the third row down, choose the “Network” icon. Then click on the Advanced button in the lower right. With the WiFi tab clicked, you will see a list of Preferred Networks. Find the network called “xfinity,” the one that does not have any security in the righthand column. It will say “None.” Highlight that one and then click the little minus sign just under the box on the left. That should remove the “public” unsecured xfinity that is causing the problems. So far, at home, working on my laptop for the last two hours I have had NO problems. Fingers crossed that it works for you.

“Again, thank you all great neighbors!!!”

What tech problems do you have?  Try asking neighbors for tips on your local FPF.

Thousands of business recommendations flow through Front Porch Forum

“A few weeks ago I posted on our Front Porch Forum seeking recommendations for XC boots in our area, and several people wrote to say Onion River Sports was the place to go. So we went there and, sure enough, my sister found the perfect boots. The salesperson patiently helped her get fitted properly, and, after years of XC skiing, she says these are the best boots she’s ever had. Yay for Onion River Sports and FPF posters. Thanks again!”
• Kathy, East Montpelier FPF

What’s your question?  Ask neighbors on your FPF and shop local!

Windblown snow tube recovered half-mile away by Hyde Park neighbors

“Thanks to a kind-hearted neighbor, our snow tube was FOUND! It traveled about 1/2 a mile and crossed Battle Row, but our neighbor kept it safe for us. Front Porch Forum helped us get the word out about it being lost, so we’re thankful for FPF too. Gotta love Hyde Park! Thanks, Fred.”
• Jon and Deb, Hyde Park FPF

“Glad to be a Vermonter, where good neighbors are the rule rather than the exception”

“I received a large number of responses to my ‘looking for a house’ posting. I am in the process of reading each one and plan on thanking the senders individually. But in case someone falls through the cracks of my responding, I want to offer this public THANK YOU. I love how responsive and supportive the community is. It’s things like this — along with reading about a person losing her credit card AND someone turning that same credit card into the police station in that same FPF issue — that make me glad to be a Vermonter, where good neighbors are the rule rather than the exception.”
• JD, Montpelier FPF

50+ sisterhood forming in Lamoille County

“After reading about the crafters group (I’m not a crafty), I was wondering if there are neighbors out there who would be interested in a social group for people age 50 and up for getting together once a month for a book club, a dinner, a movie, walking, coffee, etc. I’m busy working all the time and figured I need some balance in my life in the new year! Don’t be shy. Just email.”
• Gabriele, Morrisville FPF

“Our 50+ social group is up and running. We had a wonderful, very diverse evening of sisterhood last night with many more to come! This would not have been possible without Front Porch Forum. A big THANK YOU to FPF from all the fantastic women in our new group.”
• Gabriele, Morrisville FPF, week later

Many Vermonters use FPF to turn online social networking into real-world groups of friends and neighbors.  Give it a try in your town.

Increased break-ins? Rally neighbors to keep watch

“Just want to let people know that in Williamstown we are having break-ins. If you see or hear anything, please call police. This seems to be getting out of hand, so as a community we need to keep watch over our neighbors. If something doesn’t look right, call… especially when you know people are away and for the elderly who are home alone.”
• Donna, Williamstown Front Porch Forum

Many communities across Vermont use their local FPFs as a kind of neighborhood watch.  When break-ins, vandalism and other crime intrudes on your community, in addition to contacting police, post to your FPF to keep your neighbors informed.