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Tip from neighbor and two-hour chase brings ducks on the lam home to Huntington

“Thanks to everyone who emailed me about our four missing ducks. A tip from one of you brought us to the pond/pine tree where they were hanging out. After a couple of long hours chasing them around looking like a bunch of idiots, they are back home (with their wings clipped). Thanks, neighbors!”
• Amanda, Huntington FPF

Quack!  Missing an animal or pet of any kind?  Ask neighbors for tips on Front Porch Forum.


Real-life Grinch steals lighted Christmas tree in Waterbury

“We had a small, artificial tree that we put in our front yard each year as part of our Christmas lighting. Someone (had to be a Grinch) stole it and the 300 lights and nearly ruined the extension cord hitched to it. I hope it was someone who couldn’t afford it and just wanted some trim for their kids to enjoy. My fear is that the fact may be way different. Anyway, it is gone and I just wanted people to know that their outdoor trim may not be all that secure. We are ready for unforeseen possibilities.”
• Gloria, Waterbury Front Porch Forum



Missing Ferrisburgh Schnauzer – now safe and warm!

“After 8 nights of being lost and wondering outside, little (now 10 pound) Trey is now back with me. After the community calling in with sightings and us being able to determine the general area that he has been staying, John and I were able to see him yesterday in the fields between Lime Kiln Road and Pea Ridge Road. Giving him a soft call and me on the ground, he slowly approached as I held my breath, tossing fresh grilled chicken from Shaws! He came slowly and started to cry as he crawled in my lap. My heart skipped a beat and John offered his coat to us as we left those fields forever. So many people have helped looked for this little guy, so many people called in to say where they last saw him, others loaned traps and offered to pick them up and bring them to the fields. Deb and Rachel braved the cold, windy day to help set traps, loaned blankets, including horse blankets to make the traps cozy… so thankful to them. Trey smelled like cow and barn, so thank you to the farmer and the cows that obviously shared their barn on the cold nights. Last night was the first night all of us didn’t feel our hearts sink as the sun did. We are so thankful to all of you who had Trey in your thoughts. Vermont truly is a special place with special people. And if there is ever a reason to believe in angels… especially the lost doggie angel.. this is it! Trey has some recovery time, but the worst is over. He will have a good holiday season!”
• Kim, Ferrisburgh Front Porch Forum



UFO sighting in Lincoln

“Today, Sunday, at about 4:35 pm, I was driving down River Road in Lincoln, VT, when I saw what appeared to be a plane at low altitude heading east – upriver, so to speak. Besides going in a strange direction, it seemed to be flying low. As I drew closer I could see its outline in the darkening sky. It had wings with lights on the ends, a red light under the center, and what looked like two fuselages with an odd tail. It was just hanging there in the air like an air balloon. Hard to tell how high – maybe 200-300 feet?  I was so startled I turned around at the bottom of River Road and went back to look at it again, but it was gone. Did anyone else see this thing? I feel like I must have been hallucinating.  Thank you. “
• Tina, Lincoln Front Porch Forum


420 address sign in Waitsfield stolen… again

“Hi Neighbors… Once again someone stole my address numbers. This is the third time, twice this year. This time they pulled the whole post out of ground… with the number 420 on it. I have had this address since the start of E 911, and I hate to change it. If you see a brown 4×4 with number 420 on it please notify me or the State police.”
• Vic, Waitsfield FPF

“I want to thank all those who responded to my posting about the stolen house number post. You left me a lot of suggestions on what I could do. I want to thank Front Porch Forum for their help, and special thank you to Susan who spotted the post on Blush Hill in Waterbury, and sent me directions. The post has been picked up and I will reset it and try again.”
• Vic, Waitsfield FPF, a few days later


Burlington home ransacked

“Greetings, Centennial Front Porch Forum Members: Please be advised there was a violent break-in at my home on Grove Street. They had time to ransack my home and look through everything. Nothing was left untouched. Cash, a few personal items and a bicycle were the only items stolen. Just posting this to make others aware that there may be more criminal activity around your home, too. Be on alert, and also be neighborly by watching suspicious activity around your neighbors’ homes, too. Thanks for listening. Have a great day.”
• Christopher, Burlington neighborhood FPF


Pear Predation near Plainfield

What a fine neighborhood we live in, and what a fine, smart service is this new way of combining and circulating information that Front Porch Forum has become.

I put out a query on Sunday about the astonishing disappearance, overnight, I think, of the considerable remainder of the finest pear crop ever on our oldest tree. I dismissed the idea of a human taker because of the obscure location of the tree, and the considerable height of it, 25 feet, I would guess, from which every last pear had been taken, top to bottom. The responses came in quickly, 8 or so, with suggestions & hypotheses: crows took them, or raccoons, turkeys, woodchucks, moose, hunters wanting to bait deer, and maybe a Drone.

The crow theorists had the most decisive evidence: they had themselves seen crows ransacking pear trees, dramatically.

So as far as our family is concerned, the crows have it… and had them, the pears.

“Crows” and “thieves” are words joined in my mind. I try to push that identification away. The idea of “thief” is an altogether human artifact. Crows do genuinely what comes naturally to them. They’re natural opportunists.

And they were here first, besides. We planted our pear trees on their ancestral land.

We shouldn’t plant our epithets on them, as well; although I do.

• Jules, Marshfield-Plainfield FPF