Ghost of Midnight

… about neighbors, community and Front Porch Forum

Revitalizing downtown Randolph

Residents in Randolph are making great use of Front Porch Forum to stir up ideas regarding their downtown! It all started with one post…. and numerous responses later, the community held a brainstorming session and created a survey to set some goals to stimulate business in their downtown.

“Lets see if we can get a list, through discussion, on what types of business people might like to see downtown. Lets list anything that we can dream up” • John in East Randolph

“I appreciate how much everyone has engaged in this discussion, you all have wonderful ideas and we should really think about getting together to have this discussion in person. It seems like the energy is there and that’s the most important ingredient.” • Trevor in Randolph

“Gratitude for all the thoughtful discussion going on. Front Porch Forum is alive–and so is Randolph!” • Josie in Randolph Center

We can’t wait to see what develops!

Borrowing in times of need…and for fun!

From the obscure to the rarely used items in your home, people find what they need when asking their neighbors on Front Porch Forum.

“I recently saw a post for someone wanting to borrow a large black light for an event. Now I’m not saying nobody has one, but really, who has one laying around that works? Such an obscure random request I thought, but I had one that fit the bill and is brand new, so I emailed and they picked it up, he said the kids had a BLAST and even brought me a gift which probably costs more than the light! This (FPF) is such an asset when it comes to really cool, random items for sale, for free or wanted to borrow and the fact that it’s SO local….you just NEVER know what you’ll find!” • Steven in Shelburne

“Sincere thanks for the many offers of crutches to borrow. Thanks to FPF and wonderful neighbors I am all set.” • Greg in Charlotte

“Thanks to all who responded to my request to borrow a walker. The number of responses speaks volumes to how generous and supportive this community is. All the wishes for a speedy recovery were also much appreciated.” • Hugh in Starksboro

“I want to thank the many generous FPF people in our community who responded to my post a few weeks ago requesting to borrow some medical items needed for upcoming surgery.” • Lois in Winooski

“Wow, thank you to everyone who responded offering to let me borrow their snowshoes. What a generous community we have! I have made arrangements to borrow a pair, so I am all set. Thank you again to everyone who offered.”  • Martha in Shelburne

Community love

Love is in the air… and our towns!

“Thanks for all you do. In this increasingly chaotic and lonely world, you help us build community in our lovely town.” • Bruce in Burlington

Downsizing with the help of neighbors

“Another use for Front Porch Forum: downsizing! I recently cleared out a shed by posting on FPF and giving the objects away for free. The lawn mower, rain barrel, etc were spoken for within minutes and people came to pick them up within a couple of days. It was so easy!” • Paige in Ferrisburgh

The items you no longer need could be just what your neighbor is looking for…. remember to post about items you’re looking to sell or donate on FPF!

BB gun vandalism

Neighbors look out for each other on FPF. There have been two dozen reports since Jan. 1 of car windows being shot out by a BB gun in Burlington, city police say. “Incidents recently were reported on Front Porch Forumconfirms the Burlington Free Press.

“Keep an eye out, our son’s car was shot at several times with a BB gun in our drive way this past week.” • Wendy in Colchester

“heads up that the rear windscreen of our car was ‘shot out’ by a BB Gun – looks as if there’s a rash of these incidents in and around our neighborhood.” • Craig in Burlington

“We just noticed that our car was shot at multiple times with a BB gun whilst parked outside our house.” • Joanne in Burlington

“This is my first post…someone shot our car with a BB gun. We have Damage to our windshield and what appears as three shots above the right headlight.”  • Amanda in Burlington

“We’d like to put you on alert that our vehicle parked in our private driveway was vandalized. The likely source of the damage was a bb gun, and the damage was extensive to the body and glass.”
• Nicole in Winooski

Keep your neighbors alerted on FPF and remember to report all incidents to your local police.

Helpful recommendations come from our neighbors

Front Porch Forum members trust their neighbors for recommendations…. and get many!

“Thank you for all of your responses for the request for a post and beam barn builder. There were so many kind replies. We had no idea how many possibilities would come our way!  FPF is wonderful, and so are our neighbors!” • Toni in Charlotte

Thank you all for the helpful recommendations for an auto garage to use for inspection! Always nice to ask the neighbors!”
• Nina in St. Albans

OMG! You are all so amazing. I got so many referrals/recommendations for website design. Thank you.  I will be contacting a few of you to pick your brain for my project.  Front Porch Forum rocks!!” • Penny in Waitsfield

Thank you all for all the great recommendations we received for our posts about both an exterior house painter and a tiler. Love FPF, love this community!” • Marsha in Jericho

Looking for advice on an upcoming project? Ask your neighbors on FPF!

We have a winner!

Barbara in Danville has won a new iPad for using FPF’s “Invite Neighbors” feature as part of our recent push for new members. She was randomly selected from those members who successfully invited their friends, family and neighbors to join the conversation on Front Porch Forum over this past week.

Congrats to Barbara and thanks to all of our FPF members who participated in our contest.

Interested in learning more ways you can stir up interest in your FPF? Learn more here:

Invite People You Know to Join FPF… Win an iPad!

People join Front Porch Forum when they hear about it from someone they know. Spread the word to your Vermont and Washington County, NY contacts now through mid-day Friday, and you could win a new iPad!

Use FPF’s “Invite Neighbors” feature to invite as many people as you like (FPF is available in every town and neighborhood in Vermont, as well as in Cambridge, Jackson, White Creek and Argyle, NY). You’ll be entered into the raffle one time for each person you invite this way who actually signs up for a new FPF account by Groundhog Day, Feb. 2.

Invite more people to increase your odds of winning a new iPad! Try people from any walk of life… work, school, community, church, family, friends, social media, clubs and more. If your local FPF is already loaded with active members, think about people you know in other parts of Vermont and upstate NY who would be interested.

People tend to love their local FPF… so share FPF and give the gift of community. Thanks much!


Any current FPF member may enter by using the “Invite Neighbor” feature starting Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, and ending noon ET, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Every new member that registers by the deadline due to your “Invite Neighbor” invitation will enter you one time in the iPad random drawing. Multiple entries per person are encouraged.

To enter:

  1. Go to https://FrontPorchForum.com and click LOGIN (if not already logged in)
  2. Click MY ACCOUNT
  3. Click INVITE FRIENDS TODAY under “Pitch In”
  4. Enter one legitimate email address of a person you know in each row.
  5. Click ADD ANOTHER if you want to enter more than three email addresses. (Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether your friend is already an FPF member… our system will NOT send invitations to email addresses already used by FPF accounts.)
  6. Click SEND INVITE to finish.

The winner of the random drawing will be presented with a gift certificate to Small Dog Electronics with sufficient funds to purchase a new iPad 9.7-inch 32GB Wi-Fi.

We will verify that the iPad winner adhered to the letter and the spirit of this contest (so please play nice!). It’s all about spreading the word about Front Porch Forum to more local folks — helping neighbors connect and build community.

Other ways to stir up interest in your FPF are located here: https://frontporchforum.com/about-us/pitch-in

Connecting with neighbors through the library

Librarians have been making great use of Front Porch Forum for over 10 years!

“Here’s your chance to get out of the house and meet your fellow Moretownites at this after hours get together at the library. Bring a snack to share (you got too many holiday cookies perhaps?), and be prepared to play Apples to Apples as our first game.”
Librarian, Moretown Memorial Library, Moretown

“The Friends of the Castleton Free Library are thankful to be able to use Front Porch Forum to connect and share with our community. FPF certainly is a great asset to our community!” • Liz in Castleton

Over 90 librarians participate on FPF. Does yours?