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Mailbox vandalism in Middlesex

Disappointing news on the Middlesex Front Porch Forum this week…

“Did anyone else notice smashed mailboxes on Center Rd? Ours was hit and it looked like more were hit as I went down the road.”
• Cindy

“Our mailbox was damaged last night as was others on West Hill Road. Mailboxes on Marcy Road also appear to be have been targeted.”
• Ira

“Our mailbox was also hit here on west hill rd and I noticed another one on story rd. It has a blue mark on it so whatever they were using was blue.”
• Nichole

“Almost every mailbox was hit on Macey Rd! My mailbox was particularly hurting.”
• Hal

“I think our mailbox was vandalized Thursday night. It was fine on Thursday, but Friday morning it has a big dent and the door won’t shut. Hard to understand why someone would do this.”
• Scottie

“I was disgusted thus morning to see the amount of damage done to our neighborhood mailboxes. Alot of them destroyed. This is beyond the damage that has been done in the past. I truly hope those that had severe damage done have called the police. This is not acceptable… I know I will be watching even more closely. Also I saw a bear acouple nights ago on my lawn.. becareful everyone.”
• Kathie

“Our mailbox was also hit here on west hill rd. on Thursday night. The impact mark was rounded. I would guess it was a baseball bat.”
• Harold

“We noticed our mailbox was bent and the door wouldn’t shut Friday am, too. Any follow up to the rest of the roads with this vandalism? Thanks.”
• Linda

“Shady Rill across from French road was hit this weekend as well.”
• Zara


More parked-car vandalism in Burlington

Neighbors – The windows in my son’s car were shot out with a pellet gun a couple weeks ago.  It’s been a tremendous burden… both financially and wondering when the vandals will strike again. I have friends that have been hit on DeForest, South Cove, Foster and Robinson, so they’re all over the place. My neighbors down the street had their motorbikes shoved over violently, causing damage to all three… completely and utterly senseless. Don’t park you vehicles on the street if you don’t have to, and keep a look out!”
• Tony, a Burlington neighborhood Front Porch Forum


Bear and bird sightings abound on Front Porch Forum

People are reporting bear sightings to their neighbors via their local Front Porch Forum all across Vermont this week… ’tis the season.

Also, lots of bird sightings are being shared too, including… Indigo Bunting, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Scarlett Tanager, and a pair of Barred Owlets being fed by mom and dad.

Post your sightings on your local FrontPorchForum.com so your neighbors can be aware.


Car vandalism in Burlington’s South End

Seeing more postings like this lately in Burlington’s South End…

“Today a car that was parked in front of our house had the street side windows busted out. It appeared the person who did this drive by and maybe used a BB gun. Nothing was stolen out of the car. So it appears it was a malicious act and not for financial gain.”
• Andrew, Hill Section Front Porch Forum


Robberies in West Brattleboro

“During the past weeks, several thefts have occurred in West Brattleboro. A purse was stolen from a truck on Meadowbrook. And an iPhone was stolen from a car at another address. A resident on Pleasant Valley Road also reported seeing a car parked in front of his house “sizing it up.” When the owner came outside, the car rapidly departed. Please lock your cars and homes and report thefts or suspicious activity to the police. Thank you.”
• Valerie, Brattleboro Front Porch Forum


Bear opens garage door and helps himself in Fayston

“We live near German Flats and had a bear get into our closed garage door, lifting it right open! Muddy paw prints on the door… Our plan now: replace our garage door as soon as we can with one that we can lock, eliminate food from our garbage by putting all food scraps in the freezer until the morning of garbage pick-up, and put ammonia in our trash bin as suggested by someone on Front Porch Forum — thank you! I appreciate all the suggestions and warnings of bears in the area. Whatever the cause, I think it’s important to keep each other informed so that we can find ways together to stop feeding the bears. Feeding any kind of wild animal isn’t good for them either.”
• Jessica, Mad River Valley FPF




Found! Lost pug in Mad River Valley and black cat in Williamstown

“The lost pug, Buddy, has been found this week. The assistance of friends, strangers, and — most importantly — Front Porch Forum subscribers, resulted in the location of Buddy. Apologies for not responding to this helpful forum earlier — this was the group that resulted in Buddy’s location. Thanks to all for your vigilance.”
• Margaret, Mad River Valley FPF

“Thank you to Jeff Poulin on Gilbert Road who called to say Jasmine was seen on his porch a few times! He told her she was grounded and sent her home!! Thanks to Front Porch Forum!!!”
• Jeanne, Williamstown FPF


Found in Brandon: lost cat and person to mow

“I posted on Friday with two requests… got someone to mow right off, and, as of today, have my lost cat back… both thanks to Front Porch Forum and some wonderful people on Carver St.”
• Judy, Brandon FPF