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Knife Assault on Burlington Bike Path

“On April 27, my 13-year-old was attacked just before 6 p.m. by a man with a folding pocketknife on the bike path near the train trestle between North Beach and Leddy Park. The man demanded my son hand over his bike and his wallet. Although my son was fortunate enough to get away with both his bike and his wallet, the man slashed him with the knife on his face and his shoulder. The cuts were superficial, but the whole event was incredibly frightening. Please take care on the bike path!”
• Lori, a Burlington South End neighborhood Front Porch Forum

UPDATE:  “I’ve received several requests for a description of the man who assaulted my son on the bike path on Thursday, April 27. My son is still in shock and cannot recall all that happened, but here are the details he remembers about the man:  White male, mid- to late twenties, approximately 5′ 7″ tall, average build, was wearing a very nice Nike zip-front black hoodie with the hood up and navy workout pants, and had two rings on his right hand—one on the pointer finger and one on his middle finger. The man first slashed my son while the knife was in his right hand, but then transferred the knife to his left hand before slashing my son the second time.”


Looking for the ideal swimming holes?

Front Porch Forum members ask neighbors for help in discovering the areas best finds!

“We recently moved to the area and are excited about exploring some new swimming spots. We’re compiling a list of swimming holes both small and large, and would LOVE to hear your favorite spots!”
Alexander in Moretown

Looking to explore Vermont’s treasures? Ask your neighbors on FPF!



Organic connections make difference to FPF member


“I want to thank you so much for the work that FPF does. It connects communities in such an organic way. As a new homeowner I would be up a creek without it. Professionally I can cite it as a reason for my growth.”

R.J. in Middlebury

New homeowner? Consider posting in your neighborhood FPF for answers you need.


Building bridges with potlucks and in-person conversation

It’s heartening to see local folks in Westford using their FPF to promote their new “Neighbor to Neighbor” program; organizing local in-person conversation of challenging topics…

“Bring a dish to share at potluck talks designed to build bridges between neighbors while talking about issues of importance to us as Vermonters. The first talk will focus on migrant workers on Vermont farms. This issue has been in the news recently and, as a farming community, is important to our town.”
Fred in Westford

Would something like this work in your town?  Give it a shot! Post on Front Porch Forum.


Our Northeast Kingdom neighbors sum it up nicely….

FPF is the Closest Thing to My Favorite Past-Time: Drinking coffee on the front porch of the General Store.”  • Tim in Craftsbury

“FPF is the glue that keeps our rural conversations connected!” • Lian in Walden

“FPF keeps me informed of town and school issues thanks to posting by our town clerk and principal.”  • Rhonda in Morgan

Satisfied members tell their friends about Front Porch Forum… that’s how the word gets out. Have a neighbor in the Northeast Kingdom looking to get connected? Invite them today!



Hinesburg chicken coop stolen in broad daylight

“Posting for a friend: She had a chicken coop stolen off her property in Hinesburg Wednesday afternoon about 3-4:30. Blue Chevy pick up headed towards Bristol with 3 people 2 males and 1 female. If you saw them or have any information please contact Hinesburg Police. I don’t have a photo of the coop but it’s big, stands on 4 legs, has window on side and long one on back to get eggs out. No siding on it yet just plywood on sides. Its about 6 feet by 4 feet.”
• Mallory, Bristol Front Porch Forum

Many folks recommend reporting local crimes on your FPF… helps to raise awareness… a kind of neighborhood watch.

And… who steals someone’s chicken coop?


Wandering Monkton goat reunited minutes after FPF posting

“Within minutes of Monkton’s Front Porch Forum hitting inboxes, we got a call from the owner of the missing goat we found wandering Rotax Road. Thank you FPF for being there for lost souls and other community messages.”
• Jane, Monkton FPF

In most Vermont communities, a majority of households tune into FPF frequently.  Need results fast?  Try posting to your local FPF.


Lost wallet anonymously returned to Burlington man… so he joins local FPF to say thanks

“Thank you very much to whomever returned my wallet to City Market customer service. A friend of mine at Mule Bar told me today that he had seen that someone had found my wallet on Front Porch Forum.  I would like to offer a reward to this mystery person. Please contact me!”
• Daniel, joined FPF in Old North End of Burlington so he could post this

Some folks use their local FPF as a form of insurance… a safety net when things go awry.  Send Vermonters to FrontPorchForum.com to sign up.