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FPF Reaches Million-Posting Milestone

2017 marked the moment when Front Porch Forum saw its one-millionth posting! Celebrating 10 years helping neighbors connect and build community, FPF has experienced tremendous growth and accomplishments to serve every community in Vermont.

Take note of these FPF Milestones:

    • More than 1 million postings made by our members
    • 3.5 million e-newsletters sent every month
    • More than 130,000 members…in a state with only 260,000 households

Co-Founder, Michael Wood-Lewis notes “we couldn’t be happier about the impact FPF has had across Vermont. Once people have an easy and safe way to communicate with neighbors, they do! And that simple act adds up. The cumulative impact is huge… after months of FPF, people often report feeling more connected to neighbors, more tuned in to local goings on, and more a part of their community. And in many cases, people then become more active… organizing a group yard sale, mentoring a local kid, volunteering for a park clean-up, voting on election day, and, most recently, helping each other during Blizzard Stella. That’s what FPF is all about!”

 




FPF Hires, Achievements and Promotions: Sales Team Dedicated and Moving Forward!

As Front Porch Forum celebrates 10 years helping neighbors connect and build community, our team has grown and evolved. FPF serves every community in Vermont, and 130,000 members participate out of the 260,000 households that exist in the state. Our staff has grown and evolved to better serve our members and business community. Take a look at our dynamic sales team.

New Additions
Jodi Harrington is an 8th generation Manchester, Vermont gal and 5th generation graduate from Burr and Burton Academy. Previous owner/editor of the Winooski Eagle newspaper and marketing director for both Onion River Co-op and Opportunities Credit Union, Jodi’s small business marketing skills are a great advantage to businesses utilizing FPF. She’s a strong activist in her communities having served on both the Winooski School Board and City Council. She loves the mountains and can be often found on the slopes (she is a level 3 PSIA ski instructor who has taught at Bromley, Smuggs, Whiteface, Bolton, Stowe and Burke).

Wendy Wilson brings her 20 years of experience in marketing, public education and communications to Front Porch Forum. She’s been actively involved in the fabric of Vermont through past work with Chittenden Solid Waste District, Vermont Commons School and Energy Action Network. In addition to her role at Front Porch Forum, Wendy also works part-time for VBSR. She has two teenage daughters and lives in Bristol where she enjoys cycling, traveling, cooking, reading and walking her dog Stella.

Celebrating Five Years
Suzie McCoy has helped local businesses connect with FPF members since 2012. She’s seen FPF membership double in that time, and has a genuine enthusiasm for the important role that FPF plays in our communities. Fluent in French, Suzie earned a master’s degree in education, and has taught at the high school and college levels. She’s an active volunteer and cofounded the Vermont nonprofit Action Coalition for Media Education, and currently serves as school board vice chair. Mom to her 12-year old son, you can find her pursuing a number of outdoor activities year round.

Promotion
Congratulations to Gisele Nelson, who after six years with FPF has been promoted to Sales Team Manager. Gisele started her tenure with FPF as an intern while she was a student at UVM. Her skills were quickly put to work as she took on a role in both Member Support and as an Online Content Manager. She built a strong rapport with many local businesses while in these roles which led her into the sales realm at FPF. Gisele’s strength in balancing her work and understanding of needs from both members and local businesses, combined with her strong inter-office communication skills, led her into this newly developed role at FPF.

Front Porch Forum celebrates 10 years helping neighbors connect and build community. Using technology to bring neighbors closer together, members of a local forum submit their own messages, which FPF distributes to nearby residents as an online newsletter. Because the service is moderated and real names accompany postings, the discussions remain civil, engaging, and relevant. FPF is popular, because it works. Ask any of our sales team staff how they can help put your business in the forefront of neighborhood conversations with our active, engaged membership.


10 Words for 10 Years – FPF annual word play and free prize drawing

FPF is ten years old now! Help us celebrate with our annual New Year word play and free prize drawing!

Submit your entry before midnight Thursday, January 5, 2017 — any posting consisting of exactly ten (10) words submitted before the deadline will enter you into a free drawing* to win one of these 25 great prizes:

• One overnight room at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa
• One K250 Coffee Maker (in Red) from Keurig
• One Tower of Treasures from Lake Champlain Chocolates
• Two cases of SAP! Maple Drinks (2 winners)
• One $100 gift certificate to Jivana Holistic Spa in Burlington
• One $100 gift certificate to Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier
• One $100 gift certificate to Prohibition Pig in Waterbury
• One $50 gift certificate to Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne
• One $100 gift certificate to Bluebird Barbecue in Burlington
• One $100 gift certificate for Troy West Carpet Cleaning in Barre
• One $100 Gift Certificate to to Farmers to You in Berlin
• 12 pints of frozen yogurt (one/month) from SoYo Frozen Yogurt
• One “Year of Free Bread” card for Great Harvest Bread Company
• One full makeover at Sequoia Salon in Burlington
• One family portrait or signed print from Carolyn L. Bates Photography
• One 5-punch treatment card to OPEN Community Acupuncture in Waterbury
• One $100 gift certificate to the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington
• Two tickets to Joey Alexander April 22 at The Flynn Theater
• Two tickets to Balé Folclórico da Bahia Jan. 27 at The Flynn Theater
• Two tickets to Cinderella, by State Ballet Theater of Russia Jan. 28, Spruce Peak Arts
• Two 1-Day Lift Tickets (no restrictions) to Sugarbush
• Two 1-Day Lift Tickets (valid mid-week, non-holiday) to Bolton Valley
• One 1-month Family Membership to The Edge
• One $125 gift certificate to the Shelburne Field House
• Pair of Buy Local coupon books and mobile apps from Local First Vermont (3 winners)

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

Now get creative! Make your neighbors laugh, cry, smile, think! — and POST AN ENTRY:

• Go to FrontPorchForum.com and click LOGIN (if not already logged in).
• Once logged in, click MY ACCOUNT.
• Then click COMPOSE POSTING.
• Select posting category “10 Words for 10 Years – FPF Raffle,” type your posting, and click SUBMIT POSTING.

*FPF welcomes up to two entries per day per person. Post about whatever tickles your fancy. Click on the links under PAST ENTRIES for loads of great samples.

Invite your Vermont friends, family, co-workers and others to join their local FPF and enter the raffle!  They can sign up at FrontPorchForum.com. Check out flyers, social media tie-ins, and more on our Pitch In page.  Spread the word!

UPDATE:  This raffle is now CLOSED.  Here are our lucky randomly drawn winners…

One overnight room at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa
Mary O’Brien, Hartland
“Front Porch communication creates community, notifies neighbors, knits strangers together.”

One K250 Coffee Maker (in Red) from Keurig
Rita Muller, Peacham
“Despite digital distraction, community and neighbors still remain incredibly important.”

One Tower of Treasures from Lake Champlain Chocolates
Alec Slater, South End, Burlington
“I’m an apple-farming physician, so I keep myself away.”

Two cases of SAP! Maple Drinks
Berta Winiker, Bennington
“Oh, schizophrenic Vermont winter, what variety might we see today?”
Theresa Butts, Tinmouth
“Palindrome love: Are we not drawn onward to new era?”

One $100 gift certificate to Jivana Holistic Spa in Burlington
Dan Elliott, New North End, Burlington
“So many engaged people; tell a friend to join FPF!”

One $100 gift certificate to Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier
Ed Leszko, Barre
“My house has no front porch; internet does; thank you!”

One $100 gift certificate to Prohibition Pig in Waterbury
Elisabeth Walton, Stowe
“What did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt!”

One $50 gift certificate to Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne
Sarah Forbes, Williston
“Oh what nice people I have met borrowing and lending!”

One $100 gift certificate to Bluebird Barbecue in Burlington
Rachelle Gould, Old North End, Burlington
“FPF, the anti-Twitter: focused on local, no Trump, limitless characters.”

One $100 gift certificate for Troy West Carpet Cleaning in Barre
Quint Welters, Cabot
“Why did the chicken cross the road?  Dunno.  Ask FPF… ”

One $100 Gift Certificate to to Farmers to You in Berlin
Lava Mueller, Randolph
“I gave up social media… except for Front Porch Forum!”

12 pints of frozen yogurt (one/month) from SoYo Frozen Yogurt
Raven Grey, South End, Burlington
“Don’t feed loons poptarts, ‘they are endangered,’ people will yell.”

One “Year of Free Bread” card for Great Harvest Bread Company
Michelle Yargeau, South Burlington
“Let your words pass through three filters:  kind, true necessary?”

One full makeover at Sequoia Salon in Burlington
Zachary Key, Winooski
“Have I ever bought milk from the same cow twice?”

One family portrait or signed print from Carolyn L. Bates Photography
Bobbie Moser, Milton
“Congratulations to Front Porch Forum! We are all better connected.”

One 5-punch treatment card to OPEN Community Acupuncture in Waterbury
Linda Jones, Warren
“A broken ankle showed me the true spirit of Vermont!”

One $100 gift certificate to the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington
David Hobb, South Hero
“Sparks fly with impunity; Please grant immunity; Forum implies community.”

Two tickets to Joey Alexander April 22 at The Flynn Theater
Toria Reed, Salisbury
“Found a dog, lost a cat, everyone got pets back.”

Two tickets to Balé Folclórico da Bahia Jan. 27 at The Flynn Theater
Leo Laforce, Westford
“President elect should learn to use FPF instead of twitter.”

Two tickets to Cinderella, by State Ballet Theater of Russia Jan. 28, Spruce Peak Arts
Richard Hamlin, Georgia
“Once a small forum; now a lifeline for many people.”

Two 1-Day Lift Tickets (no restrictions) to Sugarbush
Amanda Skull, Newfane
“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”  • Abraham Lincoln

Two 1-Day Lift Tickets (valid mid-week, non-holiday) to Bolton Valley
Julie Welkowitz, Richmond
“Lending a hand; selling tires; love the Vermont community spirit!”

One 1-month Family Membership to The Edge
Dale Lacroix, Essex Junction
“Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.”

One $125 gift certificate to the Shelburne Field House
Carole Carlson, Shelburne
“This Front Porch Forum skeptic has become an avid supporter.”

Pair of Buy Local coupon books and mobile apps from Local First Vermont
Melissa Marcello, Charlotte
“You’ve outlasted the typical vacuum cleaner. FPF definitely doesn’t suck!”
Leah Pellegrini, Essex Junction
“We moved here one year ago. FPF has helped us!”
Laurie Newton, Bolton
“Bears hibernating, cats sleeping, frozen-fingered humans starting cold cars.”



Thanks to FPF’s 2015 advertisers

“FPF provides a great service and you help make it happen! Thank you to all the FPF sponsors.”
• Peg, Wallingford FPF

Please join us in thanking the major Front Porch Forum 2015 sponsoring advertisers. Without their support, your local forum would not be possible. Special appreciation to:

Big Rock Landscape
Brandthropology
Building Energy
Cabot Creamery
Champlain College
HMC Advertising
Karen Fahey Advertising
New England Federal Credit Union
SunCommon
The Edge
University of Vermont
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
Vermont Tech

If your Vermont business, nonprofit, institution or agency would like to join this community-minded group, please contact us at localbiz@frontporchforum.com or 802-540-0069 x1. Learn more about how FPF advertising can help you reach Vermonters: http://frontporchforum.com/advertise-on-fpf

Additional 2015 FPF sponsors to whom we’re also grateful include:

– 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
– AllEarth Renewables
– Artemis Fitness
– Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
– Bolton Valley Resort
– Bourne’s Energy
– Brook Field Services
– Burlington Telecom
– Cathedral Square Corporation
– Champlain Valley Expo
– Chittenden Solid Waste District
– City of Burlington
– Colchester Health and Fitness
– Comcast
– Computers for Change
– Copley Hospital
– Curtis Lumber
– Dealer.com
– Efficiency Vermont
– Energy Co-op of Vermont
– Greater Burlington YMCA
– Healthy Living Market and Cafe
– Hickok & Boardman Realty
– HowardCenter
– Hunger Mountain Coop
– J Andrews Marketing
– Johnson Law Group
– Mad River Glen
– Norwich University
– Pompanoosuc Mills
– Saint Michael’s College
– Same Sun of Vermont, Inc.
– SerVermont
– Smugglers Notch
– Stephen & Burns
– Sterling College
– Stern Center for Language and Learning
– Stowe Brewers Festival
– Stowe Mountain Resort
– Sugarbush Resort
– The Doughnut Dilemma
– The Schoolhouse
– Thomas Hirchak Company
– Timberlane Allergy and Asthma Associates
– University Mall
– UVM Medical Center
– VAST
– Vermont Agency of Transportation
– Vermont State Treasurer’s Office
– Vermont Teddy Bear Company
– Vermont Tent Company
– Waterbury Sports
– Westview Meadows
– Wick & Maddocks Attorneys at Law
– Windows & Doors By Brownell

And thanks to the many more not listed above. Best wishes to all.


FPF’s 6 Words for 2016 Raffle

It’s time for our annual New Year word play and free prize drawing!  Submit your posting to FPF before midnight Thursday, January 7, 2016 consisting of exactly six (6) words and you’ll be entered into a free drawing* to win one of these great prizes:

• One 32GB iPod Touch from Small Dog Electronics
• One Tower of Chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates
• One $300 home energy audit from Building Energy
• One overnight room at The Essex Resort & Spa
• Four tickets to “Cat in the Hat” at The Flynn Theater
• One Ultimate Beer Lovers gift box from The Cheese Board
• One $100 gift certificate for the Burlington Furniture Company
• One $100 gift certificate for Waterbury Sports

• One $100 gift certificate for Hunger Mountain Co-op

• One $100 gift certificate for Ebenezer Books in Johnson
• One 1-month Family Membership to The Edge
• Two 1-day lift tickets (no restrictions) to Sugarbush
• One Smuggs Bash Badge for Smugglers’ Notch Resort
• Two 1-day lift tickets (mid-week, non-holiday) to Bolton Valley
• Three sets of Buy Local coupon book plus Flashbag coupon clutch from Local First Vermont

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.
• Select posting category “6 Words for 2016 Raffle,” type your 6-word posting, and click “Submit Posting”

*FPF welcomes up to two entries per day per person. Post about whatever tickles your fancy. See loads of great samples from years past.

UPDATE:  See the winners of the random drawing below…

One 32GB iPod Touch from Small Dog Electronics
http://www.smalldog.com/
Robyn Kozierok, Bennington
“My hovercraft is full of eels.”

One Tower of Chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates
http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/
Kelly Grey, Burlington
“Goodbye sweet Granny. I miss you.”

One $300 home energy audit from Building Energy
http://www.buildingenergyvt.com/weatherization-insulation/energy-audits/
Claudette Vaughan, Bristol
“Can’t fix stupid with duct tape!”

One overnight room at The Essex Resort & Spa
http://www.essexresortspa.com/
Kristina Coan, Johnson
“Currently pretending I’m at the beach.”

Four tickets to “Cat in the Hat” at The Flynn Theater
http://www.flynntix.org/flynn-mainstage/the-cat-in-the-hat/Details?perfNo=12397&perfCodePrefix=FLF16C
Farryl Bertmann, South Hero
“Predictable unrestrained community discourse elicits amusement.”

One Ultimate Beer Lovers gift box from The Cheese Board
http://www.thecheeseboardvt.com/
Julie Levy, Weathersfield
“Imagine neighbors sharing a spacious porch.”

One $100 gift certificate for the Burlington Furniture Company
http://www.burlingtonfurniturecompany.com/
Mary Harbaugh, Saint Albans
“Want to share vegetable seed orders?”

One $100 gift certificate for Waterbury Sports
http://www.waterburysportsvt.com/
Nina Church, Morrisville
“FPF democracy: sometimes ornery, always vital.”

One $100 gift certificate for Hunger Mountain Co-op
http://hungermountain.coop/
Erin Hurley, Waterbury
“Hoping to increase Waterbury’s population soon!”

One $100 gift certificate for Ebenezer Books in Johnson
http://www.facebook.com/ebenezerbooks
Angela Apicelli, Walden
“Remember who you wanted to be… ”

One 1-month Family Membership to The Edge
http://edgevt.com/
Cathy Grey, Williston
“Life before Front Porch Forum: clueless”

Two 1-day lift tickets (no restrictions) to Sugarbush
https://www.sugarbush.com/
Kim Pawul, Moretown
“Is my guinea pig watching television?”

One Smuggs Bash Badge for Smugglers Notch Resort
http://www.smuggs.com/
Elaine Pierce, Danville
“Vermont. January. Fire. Book. Dog. Ahhhh.”

Two 1-day lift tickets (mid-week, non-holiday) to Bolton Valley
http://www.boltonvalley.com/
Abi Sessions, Cornwall
“Good things happen when neighbors talk.”

3 winners: Buy Local coupon book plus Flashbag coupon clutch from Local First Vermont
http://vbsr.org/local_first_vermont/buy_the_book
Brooke Pridemore, Burlington
“Being nude isn’t crude at home!”

Alex Trudeau, Underhill
“FPF has never let me down.”

Michael Fath, Charlotte
“I’m beside Myself, cloning machine works!”