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Boosting small business in Vermont

Many small businesses find success by posting on Front Porch Forum.

“My business started as a side gig gardening.  I got all my jobs through FPF.  In 2 years I had more work than I could handle and was able to quit my day job.”  • Jonathan with Better Trees and Gardens

“I have a small contracting business and work was very slow, so my wife said let’s try this site. My business increased to almost a full calendar of work. Thank you FPF.”  • Russell with R.P.M Contracting

Front Porch Forum is amazing! I filled the openings in my cleaning schedule. So many responses in just a few hours.”  • Kari in Montpelier

 Own your business? Post on FPF and use our Business Directory!

Are you reaching out to your new neighbors?

They’re looking to make connections through Front Porch Forum!

“Anybody in the Fair Haven area interested in old-time railroads? Perhaps a modeler? Senior new to Vermont would like to meet you.”  • Ron in Fair Haven

“Seeking Scrabble Players. English or German. Have sets for both. Recently settled here; want to make new friends and play Scrabble etc.”  • Llanda in Underhill

“We are fairly new to the area and were wondering is there are any local secular community oriented organizations that meet.” • John in East Randolph

Looking for someone to connect with on similar interests? Post on FPF.



Pet Bear in Stowe?

FPF members have had great fun writing witty postings about the possibility!

“To the neighbor with the pet bear: Please keep your bear leashed when going past my house. While I truly appreciate you love your pet bear, he or she has now busted open both of my compost bins. It’s especially sneaky of you to walk him or her just in the nighttime, when our dog door is closed.”  • Emily on June 6

“Of course I walk my pet bear late at night without a leash. Honestly, who leashes a pet bear? Anyways. Please let me know if you see her. I’d be forever grateful to get her back.” • John on June 7

“Going on vacation? Busy work schedule? Is your pet bear getting too large for you to walk on your own? I’m open to late night walks….”  • Steve on June 9

“Now, truth be told, I’m fattening my bear up on berries, greens, and wholesome honey right now. I’m confident that when he goes off for his evening strolls he’s so well fed he’s not bothering with my neighbor’s trash, as if he’d deign to eat trash! And, of course, I don’t want him going for brisk walks, that would defeat the butterball bear I’m looking forward to this fall. • Tamara on June 10

“The bear “stories” make me smile every time I read one! I love imagination….and we have been honored with a lot of that lately! Life is so busy…..it’s refreshing to know that people can slow down long enough to have fun!”
• Nancy on June 11

There are many ways to connect with your neighbors on Front Porch Forum! Have some summer fun 🙂


Need a lawnmower? Ask your neighbors!

You never know who may respond! Front Porch Forum members often find their neighbors lending a hand.

“I want to thank Stewart for answering my request for a working push mower for little to no money. He came by today with a really nice mower that’s going to workout just perfect for me free of charge. I knew that with all my friends and neighbors i would find one but a nice mower for free thank you very much Stewart i greatly appreciate your help. There’s still great people out there and they could be your neighbor.”  • Darin in Winooski

In need of a household or yard work item? Ask your neighbors on FPF!


Carbon Monoxide alarm gone off?

Recently, a FPF member shared their experiences and thanks for help. A good reminder for all of us to double-check your home alarms!

“My family and I are grateful to the Fire Department who came out last night when our Carbon Monoxide alarm went off. They were at our home within minutes of our calling and quickly identified the source of our problem. Please make sure to check the batteries in your fire alarm and go over your fire safety plan with all family members and babysitters. Our CO detector has a different alarm sound then the Fire alarm which caused some confusion.”
April from Ferrisburgh

 



Protecting the bees

Bees are endangered, and FPF members work to educate us on how to keep them healthy so they can do the huge job of pollinating our food crops.

“Only use natural pesticides and fertilizers. Avoid using herbicides or pesticides in the garden. They not only can be toxic to bees but also are best not introduced to children or adults that visit your garden. If you encounter a bee swarm, post on FPF immediately. Local bee keepers can capture and re-home honey bee swarms. Swarms are docile and non-threatening. Just keep respectful distance. They are waiting for their scouts to return with instructions, and will soon be gone.”  • Lea in Burlington

Thanks to Front Porch Forum and one avid pollinator protector, my husband and I were able to catch a honey bee swarm that had settled into the lilac bush in front of the Elementary School.  I am happy to say that they have settled into their top bar hive beautifully. We are grateful for this community forum – for without it, the school may have had to destroy this bee swarm, out of concern for the students.”   • Gerette in Hyde Park

 


Home repair help from neighbors

Overwhelming support from neighbors!

“Thank you for everyone who reached out to recommend their “go to” roofers. We’ve got a lot of contractors to get in touch with, such a wonderful community to be a part of!!!” • Ashley in Ripton

Thanks so much to all the neighbors who responded to my post for help finding a person/company providing water drainage support for my basement. FPF rocks!” • Denise in Waitsfield

When in doubt go to FPF– I must have had 10 people send me names of contractors who could put foam insulation under my kitchen floor. Thank you!” • Lynda in Middlebury

I want to thank everyone who responded to my request for recommendations for painters. It was rewarding to see so many replies. Thanks Front Porch Forum. I have found a painter!”
• Joann in Burlington

Need to fix something in your home? Or have a project needing attention?  Ask your neighbors for recommendations on FPF!


Finding a way home…

Front Porch Forum is known for the invaluable help that members provide in reconnecting lost pets with their owners. They also go the extra step to return lost items!

Thank you to all our friends and neighbors for helping us locate our cat Maggie! Thank you too to FPF for this valuable communication network!” • Sue and Filipe in Burlington

“The scared little terrier Winston and his brother Ollie are home in large part to my great neighbors who I haven’t officially even met yet! By the time I ran home from work there was a network including this forum on the lookout. I’m moved to tears at the generosity and thoughtfulness we have found in our new community.”  • Allison in Fletcher

Thank you to whomever returned my blue walking stick! I came home to see it leaning by my front door. My granddaughter had painted it for me as a Christmas present, and I am exceedingly grateful to have it back. Thank you, Front Porch Forum!” • Earline in Montpelier