Category Archives: social capital

Farewell Essex… Hello Northeast Kingdom

“Since the beginning of this Front Porch Forum I have met many new friends and found things to do that I otherwise would not have known about. As of this weekend, I will no longer be on this Forum as I am moving to the Northeast Kingdom. It has been an enjoyable time, and it was wonderful meeting and interacting with everyone on here.”
• Donna, Rural Essex FPF

Random act of kindness in Montpelier

“This morning while in line to purchase a pound of coffee, we were the recipient of a random act of kindness. The driver ahead of us paid for our coffee. We just wanted to thank you for brightening what was a really sad day. It was a truly generous and kindly act. May something wonderful happen for you in return. We love Montpelier.”
• Susan, Montpelier Front Porch Forum

Jett, the Essex cat (who doesn’t answer to his name), is home again

“Our three-year-old totally black. slim-ish, cat has been missing for three days. His name is Jett, but he does not answer to that – he’s a cat. We’re missing him terribly and are hoping against hope that perhaps he got shut in someone’s garage by mistake.”
• Deedee, Essex Center FPF

“I’m happy to report that we have our black cat back, thanks to Front Porch Forum and some wonderful neighbors in Meadows Edge. We’re so grateful. We are remodeling… a lot of noise and strangers in and out. We think that is why he took off. Thanks again, everyone.”
• Deedee, Essex Center FPF, next day

Border-crossing Maltese rounded up in Stowe

“I just have to say how fortunate we are to have Front Porch Forum.  This morning a distraught young man stopped in to say he is staying at a house near us.  He is from Canada and doesn’t know the area.  Their 5 lb. Maltese, Lily, ran off and had been gone all night. Tonight my husband read the Forum and there was a post for a found white dog… we were able to connect the two people and Lily is now safe at “home”. Thank you Front Porch Forum.”
• Nancy, Stowe FPF

Richmond good neighbors recover forgotten bike

“Reason #57 why we love Richmond: You can forget your unlocked bike at the park and find it again four days later! So grateful to the friend who called after finding the helmet with our name on it, and to the observant villager who got the mountain bike back to us after reading my Front Porch Forum post. He actually joined FPF to figure out how to get the bike back to its owner! Love this town and the people in it, as well as FPF.”
• Kathryn, Richmond FPF

FPF works in Charlotte, Montpelier and Stowe

“2001 Volvo wagon I posted sold yesterday. Thanks to Front Porch Forum and to all who inquired.”
• Marvin, Charlotte FPF

“Talk about the power of our FPF!! I had posted free a CD player, Bose speakers and TV yesterday. The items were all spoken for within 10 minutes of the posting!!!  I received 30+ responses so far and have tried to respond to each to explain items were gone plus thank them for their interest. If I missed anyone my apologies.  So great to have a way to reach out and repurpose items rather than add to trash.  This is why I support FPF with a donation each year and urge those who can please do likewise.”
• Noah, Montpelier FPF

“We have one free twin bed left. Which is awesome since we inherited 6 unneeded beds when we bought our home. Thank you FPF!”
• Kristel, Stowe FPF

Bristol’s “Share the Road” discussion may lead to more considerate behavior

The topic of sharing the road between motorists and cyclists is heating up on the Bristol Front Porch Forum this week.  FPF member Marc’s posting made a great point…

I’m feeling a bit nervous now that I have opened the door to this conversation between bicyclists and car drivers sharing the road. But the door is now open so here goes.

After reading your post Ryan I found myself agreeing with almost all your points and identifying with your irritation… It also got me thinking that all your wonderful points and my points and Debbie’s points are maybe beside the point or at least not the main point.

A story: In my early 20s I shared a house with four unrelated people. We would get irritated with each other over not doing the dishes the right way or at all, leaving a mess around, being too noisy, etc. The less time we interacted with each other the more irritated we would get. When we did things together or just hung out and talked things would improve. Somehow people did a little bit of a better job and we became more tolerant and less annoyed. I think what happened is that we saw each other more as people and less as just annoyances and wanted to be nicer to each other.

So in my mind this conversation about bicyclists and car drivers sharing the road is not about whose points are right and whose points are wrong. It’s about having the conversation, making our points in a kind way, hearing our neighbors’ concerns and being heard by our neighbors. My hope is that in some magic way a kind and considerate conversation will lead to kinder and more considerate behavior on everyone’s part and a safer road for all of us.

Lost monkey spotted in Jericho

“On Thursday, my 9-month-old grandson tossed his favorite take-along toy out of the stroller in Mills River Park. It most likely was left on the trail to the off-leash area. It is a cloth, hot pink monkey holding a banana. It has a white plastic ring on it. I believe it is Lamaze brand. If anyone picked it up or knows its whereabouts, I’d be really glad to get it back.”
• Marilyn, Jericho FPF, Sept. 1

“A reader spotted the pink monkey toy on the bridge at the park but it was gone this morning when my daughter went to retrieve it. If anyone picked it up or knows where it is now, we are still eagerly looking for it. Bright pink monkey,holding yellow banana, on a white plastic ring. Lost in Mills River Park on Thursday. Thank you!!”
• Marilyn, Jericho FPF, Sept. 3

“Thanks to everyone who emailed me about the monkey toy. We have made a connection with someone to get it back and we are very glad. Cheers to all of you and Front Porch Forum!! Such a great community and a great community resource!!”
• Marilyn, Jericho FPF, Sept. 4