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What goes in your attic?

What goes through your attic hatch other than your parents’ slide projector, the fondue set, and your prize winning ugly sweater? A lot of that heat you’re paying for 🔥💰😨.

Which is why FPF encourages you to insulate your attic hatch.  Especially since the folks at Button Up Vermont will cover the cost of some of those materials!  Learn how to earn up to $100 back by getting at least three DIY checklist items done at ButtonUpVermont.org

As for those items stored in our attic we no longer want, Front Porch Forum members are finding new homes for them!

“Would you like a complete dart board set containing bristle dart board, darts, play instructions and manual with double dry erase score boards? It’s a beautiful set that has been in the attic for years.” • Judy in Burlington

“I have 2 twin size box springs in very good condition that i would like to find a new home for. They have been stored in the attic for a few years.”  • Priscilla in Stowe

Front Porch Forum is proud to be Button Up Vermont’s Community Partner, helping our neighbors be ready for winter.


Almost there! Pitch in before midnight Halloween

Wow!  The response from Front Porch Forum members has been amazing.  We’re about $12,000 shy of our October Supporting Member Campaign goal with one and a half days remaining!

Please chip in today or tomorrow.  Thanks much!



The next best thing to sitting around a pot-belly stove….

Times may change, but Front Porch Forum is happy to provide a gathering place for neighbors across the state.

“Front Porch Forum is the next best thing to sitting around a pot-belly stove in the town general store. Neighbors meet neighbors, exchange ideas, ask and make recommendations, sell and buy useful items, publicize local events, find missing pets, and much, much more. We’re here for one another in the old-fashioned way. Let’s keep this Forum flourishing with a critical donation, no matter how large or small.” – Gretchen B. in Morrisville

If you value the free service that Front Porch Forum provides to your community, consider making a supporting member contribution today: https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members.


Let’s pick for our neighbors this apple harvest season

The Vermont Foodbank reminds us to visit one of Vermont’s orchards this season and Pick for Your Neighbor!   Front Porch Forum is pleased to sponsor this yearly initiative to help our neighbors.  So let’s work together to help increase the amount of fresh produce available for Vermonter’s facing hunger and support our local orchards.  To see a list of participating orchards visit https://www.vtfoodbank.org/event/pickforyourneighbor


IRS Scam Calls

A local police department warns neighbors and provides tips on Front Porch Forum.

“We have received several calls from elderly citizens recently regarding fraudulent “robo calls” (recorded automated phone calls) from someone claiming the recipients of the calls have not paid their taxes. They threaten police action if a payment is not made immediately.

Neither the Internal Revenue Service nor the Vermont Department of Taxes will make contact by phone and demand immediate payment for unpaid taxes. Local police, sheriff’s departments, and state police are not involved in enforcing payments of federal or state taxes.

Should you receive a call like this, do not confirm or give out personal information, simply hang up and make a report to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office at the Consumer Assistance Program site below:

http://ago.vermont.gov/cap/

You can sign up for scam alerts from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office at this site:

http://ago.vermont.gov/consumer-assistant-program-scam-alerts/

Information on this specific scam from the Internal Revenue Service:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-urges-public-to-stay-alert-for-scam-phone-calls

Please contact your elderly friends and family members and inform them of this scam.
• 
Michael with the Montpelier Police Department

Share this info on your own FPF!


The Great Monday Night Dog Chase

It’s not uncommon to hear wild tales of animal chases and gracious shout outs on Front Porch Forum, but it never gets old!

“Thank you to everyone who helped, offered to assist, pointed us in the right direction, or simply wished us luck as we chased the very fast and wily “Rolo the dog” all over our fair city after he escaped while we were dog-sitting. His jaunt included most of North Street (twice), Spring Street, all of Weaver Street, the Winooski Circle, the Casavant trail, and ended on Platt Street.

A special thanks to Ben for assisting with our pursuit on his moped; to all of the folks who donned headlamps and searched on foot; to the kind couple on Platt Street who found one very exhausted pup in their driveway and called the Winooski PD; and to the Winooski Police Department for their kindness and prompt attention. And lastly, our sincere apologies to anyone who was offended by a silver Subaru that was driving in a less-than-courteous manner as we tried to keep Rolo the Escapee in our sights.

Rolo is home safe and sound, and we are grateful for such a caring community! ” – Charlotte A. & Chris in Winooski


Appreciation for the splendor around us

A neighbor shares his love of a local trail on Front Porch Forum.

“I took my first ride under forest canopy, between wildflower meadows in full bloom with our native species, flushed out flocks of Goldfinch, travelled past pond and wildlife on paths in excellent condition. See vineyard and mountain peaks colored by the sunset and get away from it all right here!” • Larry in Charlotte

Thanks for the reminder to get out and explore where we live!


FPF’s role in “Catching Murphy”

It isn’t unusual to follow stories on Front Porch Forum of owners looking for and reconnecting with their lost pets. From dogs and cats to goats, chickens and pigs, we’ve seen it all. However, the story of Murphy, a runaway golden retriever, and how he captured the hearts of Vermont communities is very special. So special, that Wilson Ring, FPF member and the state’s correspondent for the Associated Press, wrote a book about it.

“see a glimpse of how a small Vermont town rallied together to help bring Murphy home.”

Read the story of Catching Murphy, documented through local neighborhood FPF posts.


Vermont band making noise in libraries

FPF happily supports the Book of Zoo Library Benefit Tour, now in the middle of their two-month tour performing at 13 rural libraries this Summer. Come hear some great music and support our rural public libraries, an important part of our communities! All donations from the concerts go to support literacy programs for the hosting library.

“As the public storehouse of knowledge, the public library can be viewed as a free society’s insurance that all ideas will be accessible to everyone who may want them. Ideas and information are certainly available elsewhere, but no other agency or organization can guarantee such a wide accessibility to ideas of all kinds that will be free of charge to all its customers.” • Librarian at the Arvin A. Brown Public library in Richford

“I was totally unprepared for the outpouring of cards, gifts, sweet wishes, reminiscences, and hugs that have come my way as my tenure as librarian has come to an end with my retirement! I am on Front Porch Forum to say: thank you all for your wonderful kindness and generosity, and for the joy of being allowed to love your children for all these years!” • Lynne in Middlesex

Post thanks to your own librarian(s) on FPF!