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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


Rather than phone book or Google search, FPF finds roofer fast

“It occurred to me how much I depend on Front Porch Forum. Phone books are pretty obsolete an not everyone has a website. Yesterday, we posted for a roofing quote. A LOCAL professional roofer came to the property today and gave us an estimate — less than 24 hours later!”
• Mary, Northfield FPF


Mad River Valley seamstress found

“I would love to have a recommendation for someone who does alterations and repairs to women’s’ clothing. Thanks so much.”
• Judith, Mad River Valley FPF

“Thank you everybody for your recommendations. Problem solved due to the wide reaching power of Front Porch Forum — amazing!”
• Judith, Mad River Valley FPF… next day


Cluster fly army invades Mad River Valley

“I was overwhelmed by all of the responses I received to my cluster fly question! I will try to summarize the dozens of replies I received: (1) vacuum, vacuum, vacuum; (2) use any combination of crushed egg shell canisters (from Gardener’s Supply), sticky paper, bowl of soapy water, ladybugs, Riddex… ; (3) try exterminators but be careful of toxic materials and this is often a relatively expensive, short-term fix.  So the good news is that we are not alone. The bad news is that there does not seem to be a silver bullet. I have learned a lot and will try many if not all of these.  Love Front Porch Forum!”
• Heather, Mad River Valley FPF


Praise in public; criticize in private

13702760“I’ve read some recent public appraisals of public servants on FPF. There is an old and very good adage about this. Praise in public; criticize in private. When we have a problem with how someone’s performance or behavior is affecting us, it is best to tell that person directly, in private. Try to do it without personalizing it and assume the other is a good person who wants to do the best they can. Doing it in public humiliates and hurts people but rarely resolves a conflict.”
• Michael, Westford Front Porch Forum


Loving Essex Junction community

cropped_11067921_1841626045_49nM_20131016093104056_website_our-services_96683996-1500x792“What a wonderful tool we have in our community in Front Porch Forum! I just wanted to thank all of you who have posted or contacted me directly regarding my request for electrician recommendations. Thank you, everyone!”

• Kathleen, FPF in Essex Junction


Burst water pipe in South Burlington… who ya gonna call?

Broken-Frozen-Water-Pipe-Michigan“When my water main burst, my first response, after shutting off the water, was to race upstairs and type “plumber” into the Front Porch Forum archive.  I called the guy whose name came up most often, and now he’s here now working to solve the problem!  I still don’t know the end of this story, but I’m glad my immediate reaction was to turn to FPF.”

• Joanne, a South Burlington FPF

Home energy audit recommendations in Vermont

“Thanks to the 20(!) people who responded to my question about home energy audits. You provided several different recommendations and a few very helpful caveats, and I feel much clearer about how to proceed. This is a great example of how Front Porch Forum rocks!”
• Lawrence, Montpelier FPF


Vermonters listen to neighbors’ business recommendations

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 7.18.49 AM“I visited Deepa’s Beauty Salon after reading a recommendation on Front Porch Forum. Thanks for the review. I also found it to be very clean, have professional staff, good prices, and great services. Thanks.”
• Luba, Winooski FPF

Here’s the original post recommending this local business…

“Today my out of town friend took our daughters to Deepa’s Beauty Salon for manicures. They had an excellent experience–great customer service and quality of work. The atmosphere was clean, professional, yet also homey and inviting. My friend took off her very valuable (both financially and emotionally) wedding rings for the manicure and then left them there. Several hours later, she realized her mistake.  The salon owners met us after hours on a Saturday night and very cheerfully opened up the salon and returned the rings. We are so grateful for their integrity, honesty, and friendliness. It’s businesses like these that bring pride to Winooski. I encourage you to support this wonderful locally owned business!”
• Arica, Winooski FPF


Like Angie’s List, only better… in Morrisville

“I’ve donated to FPF as I’ve found my ‘lawn guy,’ and someone to clean my chimney and repair my washing machine! I also gave away stuff that I no longer needed. It’s like Angie’s List, only better… and LOCAL! So I encourage everyone who uses FPF to donate if you are able – it is a great resource.”
• Debbie, Morrisville Front Porch Forum