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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



Jewelry…. lost and found around Vermont

It seems a fair amount of our FPF neighbors are losing jewelry. Just as fortunate, their items are being found!

Thanks to Front Porch Forum and the person who found it, my sister is gratefully reunited with the bracelet she lost at the Moscow parade.”    • Suzanne in Stowe

I lost a necklace on the way up to, or on top of, the Ledges Trail the night of July 3. It has a reddish/orange short strand of beads with an etched silver metal centerpiece. If found, please call.”   • Marianne in Bristol

I found a berated necklace hiking down from Bristol ledges tonight. Be in touch if you know who it belongs to.” • Joe in Bristol

My necklace was found and is now back in my possession! I am feeling very grateful to Nancy for finding it, for Front Porch Forum which gave us the means to communicate with each other (although we live in the same neighborhood, I’m not sure we ever would have connected), and to everyone who replied to my post! I am thankful that we live in such a great community!”  • Betsy in Williston

“If you lost your bracelet on the college green get in touch. Found by the volleyball net.”   • Kim in Montpelier


Pet Bear in Stowe?

FPF members have had great fun writing witty postings about the possibility!

“To the neighbor with the pet bear: Please keep your bear leashed when going past my house. While I truly appreciate you love your pet bear, he or she has now busted open both of my compost bins. It’s especially sneaky of you to walk him or her just in the nighttime, when our dog door is closed.”  • Emily on June 6

“Of course I walk my pet bear late at night without a leash. Honestly, who leashes a pet bear? Anyways. Please let me know if you see her. I’d be forever grateful to get her back.” • John on June 7

“Going on vacation? Busy work schedule? Is your pet bear getting too large for you to walk on your own? I’m open to late night walks….”  • Steve on June 9

“Now, truth be told, I’m fattening my bear up on berries, greens, and wholesome honey right now. I’m confident that when he goes off for his evening strolls he’s so well fed he’s not bothering with my neighbor’s trash, as if he’d deign to eat trash! And, of course, I don’t want him going for brisk walks, that would defeat the butterball bear I’m looking forward to this fall. • Tamara on June 10

“The bear “stories” make me smile every time I read one! I love imagination….and we have been honored with a lot of that lately! Life is so busy…..it’s refreshing to know that people can slow down long enough to have fun!”
• Nancy on June 11

There are many ways to connect with your neighbors on Front Porch Forum! Have some summer fun 🙂


Protecting the bees

Bees are endangered, and FPF members work to educate us on how to keep them healthy so they can do the huge job of pollinating our food crops.

“Only use natural pesticides and fertilizers. Avoid using herbicides or pesticides in the garden. They not only can be toxic to bees but also are best not introduced to children or adults that visit your garden. If you encounter a bee swarm, post on FPF immediately. Local bee keepers can capture and re-home honey bee swarms. Swarms are docile and non-threatening. Just keep respectful distance. They are waiting for their scouts to return with instructions, and will soon be gone.”  • Lea in Burlington

Thanks to Front Porch Forum and one avid pollinator protector, my husband and I were able to catch a honey bee swarm that had settled into the lilac bush in front of the Elementary School.  I am happy to say that they have settled into their top bar hive beautifully. We are grateful for this community forum – for without it, the school may have had to destroy this bee swarm, out of concern for the students.”   • Gerette in Hyde Park

 


Friendship and mentoring over the Revolutionary war

“About three years ago I posted a FPF request asking for someone to help my daughter learn to sew a 17th century Colonial Day outfit from scratch. Much to my surprise, I received a few responses and they were all directing me to the same young woman, who was graduating that spring with a degree in historical sewing (not the official degree title). My daughter and I reached out and what started with an idea turned into 3 years of mentoring, friendship and learning. My daughter got to delve deep into the Revolutionary time period through sewing, attending reenactments and completing historical arts and crafts projects. She has developed, presumably, a life long interest in all things Revolution. If it wasn’t for FPF, my daughter would not have gained a truly important friendship and have learned so much.”
• Cathy in Richmond

Have a passion for a particular interest? Share it on Front Porch Forum and you just might make a new friend or two!

 

 

 


Bagged Poopies

We all have pet peeves… this one resonated with us!

“One of my pet peeves: bagged dog poop just tossed wherever like a huge bagged colorful flag saying “I’m now sequesturd in a plastic bag, but I’m still poopy, and everyone can see me now.” Why in the world would someone take the trouble to bag the poop and then leave the bagged poopies all over the place? On a run with my wife the other day, I picked up 5 of them. FIVE! (am I not virtuous?) I’m really puzzled by it: why bag it and then pitch it wherever? I mean, isn’t it better to just leave it unbagged? (not that I’m suggesting that at all, no, not at all) instead of adding a bag to it? There’s got to be some logic to this widespread practice. People are generally logical by their own lights, just not by other people’s lights. Is it that the dog chooses to poop right in front of everyone, and so one just has to bag it or face massive disopprobrium, but then later one, when no one is looking, it’s easier to dump the poop? I volunteer my trash bin for bagged poopies: feel free to bag it up, tie it off, and leave it in my bin. But do tie it off, so my bin doesn’t smell like poopy.”   • Jacques in Burlington

Have some thoughts to share? Post them on Front Porch Forum!


Runaway winter tire found!

Sometimes the posts we see on Front Porch Forum, bring a chuckle and smile. Here’s yours for today!

In the morning: “While putting away my studded snows, one got away from me and rolled down the street and I can’t find it. If it landed in your yard, please let me know…”

By the afternoon: “Well, my ego and reputation may be a bit bruised, but fortunately nothing else was – thanks to the great help of neighbors and the Montpelier Police who found the lost tire that rolled a remarkable trajectory into another neighborhood. If only I could lose the spare tire around my waistline as easily!!”   • Emily in Montpelier


Did you know Sugar Maples are bisexual?

We’ve all begun to notice the trees beginning to bloom, and FPF member William, brings his insight about what it all means. Did you know there are male and female flowers?

“The red “buds” on the Red Maples and the green “buds” on the Sugar Maples and Norway Maples, are not leaves, they are flowers.

The reproductive biology of Sugar Maples is especially interesting. They are bisexual, producing both male and female gametes, so how do you avoid the ultimate incest of mating, not just with a sibling, but with yourself? Sugar Maples do this by producing the male and female flowers at different times. Some trees in the population are protandrous, and produce the male flowers first, then the female flowers second. Other trees are protogynous, producing the female flowers first, then the male flowers. The male flowers are long and pendulous, with the anthers which produce the pollen. The female flowers are bulkier but less obvious, with the stigmas, which capture the pollen, at the outside, leading down to the ovule at the base. If you look closely, the ovule looks like a pimple with ears. Eventually the ovule will ripen into the maple fruit, with the seed inside, and the “ears” will become the “wings”.”
William in Warren