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Happily, Vermont has Front Porch Forum

Did you hear the commentary aired on WDEV’s Friday morning news show about FPF?

In case you missed it, listen to the broadcast from Common Sense Radio commentator John McClaughry and learn why he encourages us to give a look at Front Porch Forum.


Best of social media

VPR correspondent, Stephanie Green, shared her FPF experience on the radio this morning. Looking to her neighbors for recommendations on a good plumber, she was “astounded to get 13 useful replies in 24 hours…. I had no idea so many people read these posts so closely – or felt so passionately about their plumbers. And the re-connection to my neighbors was heartening. This, I think, is social media at its best, and it’s a relief when we’re daily buffeted by national headlines about social media at its very worst.”

Read or listen to her commentary at http://digital.vpr.net/post/greene-best-social-media

 


Trusted, local searchable recommendations

“As you seek referrals for tradespeople and other services, don’t forget that Front Porch Forum maintains an easily searchable archive of all previous postings. I’ve used the archive several times and have found it to be very user-friendly.”  • Paul in Hinesburg

“Getting recommendations for local services like house cleaning and firewood is one of the benefits of FPF. When making a recommendation I encourage everyone to use the “Reply to Forum” button. This helps out your favorite local businesses and it will also add your answer into the searchable FPF archive.” • Adam in Richmond


Summer work with the help of neighbors

College students and landscapers find work with the help of FPF:

“Just wanted to let everyone know that I am booked with at least 9 people to work for this summer and will post something if I am open to more work. Thank you all to those who have replied to my Front Porch Forum as it helps a lot!” • Kyle in Moretown

“Thanks to FPF, I saw a post for landscaping, masonry, carpentry, painting, and driveway repair work when I needed help fixing our stone wall. Jeremy fixed the problems with speed and skill. He’s a clean, careful worker. I will hire him again.” • Casey in Johnson

“Thank you for all the recommendations for Lawn Care, we have someone now. I greatly appreciate all the responses and love Front Porch Forum.” • Kim in Morrisville

Looking for help with odd jobs around the house? Try FPF!


Thanks for friends and neighbors

Neighbors and friends continue to support the work we do.

“We are so grateful for this great way to reach you! We use Front Porch Forum a lot to let folks know about our rental cottage and we always find GREAT people through FPF. It feels safe and fun to rent our place this way and we have just become contributing members on a monthly basis to help keep FPF available to us all!  It’s super easy to do, and you can choose the payment amount that works for you!” • Peg in Calais

Learn more here how you can join Peg and Indigo as supporting members!


Need a tailor? Or a lawn tractor fixed?

From recommendations to suggestions on do it yourself repairs, Front Porch Forum members respond!

“Thanks to all who gave me recommendations for a tailor/seamstress, they were much appreciated. FPF rocks!”
• Pam in St. George

“I posted that I was looking for a dog groomer, a chaise lounge and upholster. And low and behold, I got lots of recommendations and 3 possible chaise lounges. I love FPF!” • Hasso in Calais

In response to a request for lawn tractor repair, a neighbor responds: Can’t help you with a recommendation, but 9 times out of 10 these “no juice” “won’t crank” problems boil down to a safety switch. There are probably three or four on your machine: one under the seat (operator presence), one on the mower deck switch (make sure it’s off), and one on the brake or clutch pedal (must be depressed). Also make sure your transport/mow speed lever or pedal is in neutral. Wiggle all those around and see if you can’t get it started.”  • Peter in Cornwall


Shout Outs to local business people

Front Porch Forum members regularly ask and receive recommendations.

“Through FPF I’ve met some wonderful people with services to give. I am grateful to have met Bev who cat sits for me, and Pete who does contracting work. Pete and Bev are honest and reliable, who I can trust in my home at any time. Thanks FPF for helping me to meet such wonderful folks.”
• Meg in Williston

“Thanks to Bennington Front Porch Forum, Allison came into my life. Allison came to our home for a mini photo session and the experience was one-in-a-million. We’re lucky to have an amazing photographer in our community!”
• Jessica in Bennington

“Looking for someone who can do just about anything, is a problem solver and is a lot of fun as well? Amanda helped with gardening projects, cleaning, cleaning gutters, installing heat cables on the roof and assisting with a party we held last October. If it can be done, she will do it.” • Sandra in Underhill

 


Finding the right person for a household need

Need help finding the right person for a household fix or project? Many turn to Front Porch Forum for the answer.

“I was in a little jam last night and needed the help of a plumber. After researching FPF I called a local plumber and told him my issue. Over the phone he told me how to fix my immediate problem and I did it in less then 10 minutes. Because of the way I was treated, he is coming by tomorrow to look at a larger project and to fix another small leak. Good things come to folks who didn’t know me from Adam but jumped in to help.”
• Robert in Montpelier

In response to someone looking for firewood:
“Jim’s Firewood – he advertises in the business section of FPF.” • Bruce in Hinesburg

“Many thanks to Front Porch Forum for helping to bridge the gap in the digital age for promoting small, local businesses!” • Richard in Richmond

Check out the FPF local Business Directory for a host of options for your next project.


Local businesses are part of our community – let’s support them!

“I find FPF to be an extremely effective way to communicate to other members of my community. The few paid ads that are listed have been relevant and at times I have made use of them. We should be supporting local business.” • Cynthia in Burlington

“I found an ad for Florauna Lodge Mobile Grooming here on FPF, and wanted anyone who might have had any interest in the service to know how pleased I am with Kelley and her work.” •  Pete in So. Burlington

Yes, we agree! Please support the businesses which sponsor your Front Porch Forum.


Helpful recommendations come from our neighbors

Front Porch Forum members trust their neighbors for recommendations…. and get many!

“Thank you for all of your responses for the request for a post and beam barn builder. There were so many kind replies. We had no idea how many possibilities would come our way!  FPF is wonderful, and so are our neighbors!” • Toni in Charlotte

Thank you all for the helpful recommendations for an auto garage to use for inspection! Always nice to ask the neighbors!”
• Nina in St. Albans

OMG! You are all so amazing. I got so many referrals/recommendations for website design. Thank you.  I will be contacting a few of you to pick your brain for my project.  Front Porch Forum rocks!!” • Penny in Waitsfield

Thank you all for all the great recommendations we received for our posts about both an exterior house painter and a tiler. Love FPF, love this community!” • Marsha in Jericho

Looking for advice on an upcoming project? Ask your neighbors on FPF!