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Karma: Lost bankroll returned to generous owner in South Hero

“On Sunday morning some money was dropped on my front lawn. I have a table with Yard Sale Items with a sign that reads FREE OR DONATE TO THE FRANKLIN HUMANE SOCIETY. There was some money left in the donation tub. I would guess that the money I found fell out of your pocket when/if you made a donation. Thank you, by the way. The found money was an amount that I could not afford to lose. If you are this person or know who it may be please call me or stop by. By the way, NO SCAMMERS!. I have no tolerance for thieves and if you cannot satisfy me that you are indeed the person who lost this money I will report your license plate number to the Sheriff’s Dept. Hope to hear from you. If this money is not claimed it will, in fact, be a donation the Franklin Count Humane Society. Thank you.”
• Thom, South Hero FPF

“I posted a found money notice yesterday on FPF. Update: the individual and the money have been happily re-united. The end-all to this situation is that it happened so quickly and that it happened at all only because of Front Porch Forum. Thanks.”
• Thom, South Hero FPF, next day


Three dogs roam Belvidere… home now

“HUGE THANK YOU to all who helped in all ways. Dogs were found and taken care of so well. Love Front Porch Forum.”
• Kathy, Cambridge FPF


Car stolen in Montpelier recovered in Burlington

“Monday night, a Volkswagen Passat Wagon was stolen from in front of our house on Wilder St. in downtown Montpelier. If you have any information or see this vehicle, please call Montpelier Police, Washington County Sheriff, or Middlesex State Police Barracks.”
• Megan, Montpelier Front Porch Forum

“The car stolen front Wilder St. was recovered in Burlington Wednesday night! Thank you all for your concern.”
• Megan, Montpelier FPF, two days later


Vergennes stolen purse – happy ending

1130a861f02b00b460a0f65c168b47ce“Saturday evening, I inadvertently left my purse and tote on the sidewalk in the heart of Vergennes at the streetlight. Multi-tasking, I put my purse and tote down outside the Men’s Corner to load something up, then drove away. Upon our return 20 minutes later, my wicker purse (with wide black ribbon) and burlap tote (with white polka dots) were gone. Vergennes Police have been notified. My wallet, checkbook, cash, iPhone and other basics are gone; hopefully, not forever. If anybody has any information leading to their findings, please contact me. Offering $200 reward. Thank you.”
• Julie, Vergennes FPF

“Three cheers to Front Porch Forum – Sunday evening, I reported the unfortunate event of my stolen purse and tote bag on Main Street. Monday morning, I began the arduous task of obtaining a new drivers license, replacing my cell phone, and ridding myself of the anger I was harboring. I was particularly sad about the loss of my new purse from Malabar. The Little City with the Big Heart rallied and I extend my thanks to those who provided empathy and support since my last post. And good news – the thieves weren’t interested in my purse! Along with the tote, it was tossed into bushes on a nearby street and found the next day, unharmed. My thanks to FPF and concerned citizens, and the dear young couple who found it and returned it to me. Happy screams, hugs, and great joy followed. The longest day of the year had a very happy ending!
• Julie, Vergennes FPF, next day


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


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



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