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Interest level in neighborhood news vs. international news?

How would you rank your interest in news, by proximity?  International vs. national vs. local vs. neighborhood?

The results from a Pew study (below) jibe with what we often hear from Front Porch Forum members.

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Cali the missing Maine Coon cat gets the message

“My post about our missing Maine Coon cat was published within minutes of submitting it. I received a response from a neighbor not long after. Then a few hours later, she finally showed up at our door. Maybe she heard that people were looking for her! Thank you Front Porch Forum. This is an extraordinarily valuable community service.”
• Sherry, Waterbury FPF



Grand Isle teens ready to get to work

“The Yard Work Assistance position has been filled – I had contact from seven young folks, both girls and boys from eighth grade to high school age, within two hours of the FPF posting. This warmed my heart – we hear so much criticism of young people these days. I have kept the names and contact info and if anyone is looking for help there are hard working young people looking for employment. Thank you to Front Porch Forum.”
• Fay, Grand Isle FPF


Vergennes kids threatened with gun

June 13, shortly before 5:00pm, my three oldest boys were outside playing. A vehicle drove past them… and the driver pointed a gun out the window of the car at my children, said something they couldn’t understand, and drove away, up Elm Street and turned onto 22A/Main Street. The boys were scared and ran inside to tell my husband and me. We called the police who came by to speak with them.

Unfortunately, my sons were startled and did not get much information to help figure out who did this. They each confirm that the vehicle was blue and they say it looks like a Suburu but could be mistaken. They are pretty sure two teenage guys were in the car and that it had green, VT plates. But they aren’t sure what direction it headed once it turned onto Main Street. The gun looked to them like a small, black gun.

While I hope that the most likely scenario is that some very cruel, irresponsible guys did this with a fake weapon as a deranged joke, we have no way of knowing who they were or why they did this. Frankly, I am very scared. If you have any knowledge of who this could have been, please call the Vergennes PD to report it.

One of the very best things about living in this small, tight-knit community is the way everyone looks out for each other. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and share any information you may have regarding it with the police.

• Alexandria, Vergennes Front Porch Forum


Richmond chipmunk reunited with family

“Seeking a little stuffed animal chipmunk that was likely dropped by my daughter on our walk around town — Tilden/ Jericho /Bridge / Esplanade / Richmond Market. Thank you!”
• Amy, Richmond FPF

“Thanks to multiple tips, I was pointed to the popcorn section of the Richmond Market where, to my delight, our little stuffed chipmunk was waiting patiently on one of the shelves. Front Porch Forum saves the day!”
• Amy, Richmond FPF next day


Williston electrician recommendations piling up

Front Porch Forum is great. I got about a dozen recommendations for an electrician. I contacted the first person recommended, and he came the next day and did a great job. Thanks everyone for your help.”
• Tom, Williston FPF



Plant thieves prey on Burlington gardeners

“Gee, this is a new one for me: someone stole a planted perennial plant out of my front yard yesterday or the day before. Pretty bad karma since people garden for all kind of positive reasons. On the slim chance you’re the thief and read this, please take care of this one, it was a favorite. Also, next time just stop by the house and I’ll probably give you a clipping to grow. I’m going to tell myself that maybe this was a plant rescue since I’ve gotten behind in my weeding.”
• Bill on Bradley St, posted on a Burlington neighborhood Front Porch Forum

“Someone dug up two lilies, two daffodils, and a dianthus from my front yard last night. Unbelievable. If I find you, I’m calling the police.”
• Megan on Bright St, posted on a Burlington neighborhood FPF

“I went out to work in my front garden today, and I noticed that one of my Coral Bell plants was missing. It appears to have been dug up and some of the dirt and mulch was replaced to cover the hole. I’m having a hard time figuring out why someone would do that, other than really wanting a new plant. I’m assuming that you wanted to make your yard more beautiful too and I really hope it was replanted in a lovely spotIn the future if you would really like a plant, knock on my door and ask me. I would be more than happy to divide one of my hostas for you. If you are reading this and you took my plant, I would be very grateful if you would return it.”
• Megan on Greene St, posted on a Burlington neighborhood FPF

“Grrrrr, plant thief in the night… A small white rosa rugosa was stolen from the hell strip (the land between the sidewalk and the street) in front of our house on N Prospect St last night. Whether the thief believed it belonged to the city or to me, it remains a theft. May the branches of my fragrant rose prick your conscience for some time to come.”
• Angie on N Prospect St, posted on a Burlington neighborhood FPF


Cute kitten back home in Craftsbury

Did you lose a kitten? She is a most beautiful white cat with a rust and grey saddle and three black stripes on one front leg… about seven inches long, fairly long hair… but quite boney… appeared on our doorstep last evening. We are feeding her and calling her Amber (please take her before i’m completely in love)… can’t have her inside (allergy)… too sweet for just a barn cat… please call if you’d like to come by and meet her.”
• Carol, Craftsbury FPF

“Kitty is back home… I love Front Porch Forum… had a lovely day with a pretty kitty and now she’s back home.”
• Carol, Craftsbury FPF, next day