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Ghost of Midnight

… about neighbors, community and Front Porch Forum

Small businesses do well using FPF

Locally owned businesses get support from their neighbors on Front Porch Forum:

“Thank you everyone on FPF who has recommended and or used SR Kiely Design-Build Inc. This has resulted in a fantastic year for our company.”  • Stephen in Bristol

“At last Saturday’s Farmers Market a nurse walked by our spot and said you sure use Front Porch Forum a lot aren’t you doing very well. We are doing well because we use FPF.”  • Charlie at Floating Bridge Family Farm

“We are getting a wonderful response to our pop ups. We’ve had vendors signing up through the ads from FPF. And then they spread the word to others, which is great for everyone.”  • Vicki at the River Garden, Brattleboro


The cold is here…. let’s Button Up Vermont!

Temperatures are falling, snow is on the ground and the forecast calls for slick roads.  That means it’s weatherization season, too. Button up your home this year and stop heating the outdoors.

Have you heard about the incentives? Vermonters can get 50% off weatherization projects (up to $4,000) and cover the rest with free 0% interest financing on a Home Energy Loan from Efficiency Vermont.

Attend a local Button Up VT workshop and learn how to lower your heating bill, save energy, and make your home more comfortable at ButtonUpVermont.org.

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


Paying it forward

The Holiday Season is fast approaching, but on Front Porch Forum we see neighbors paying it forward year-round. See this very generous posting from a Montpelier neighbor looking to pass on the goodwill in her life:

“Hi neighbors! I’ve just been to Costco for the first time since moving to Central Vermont a couple of years ago, and am super happy with the nutritious and relatively inexpensive food I was able to purchase!

As I’ve been experiencing some stressful food, fuel, and housing insecurity this past year, I’ve been incredibly grateful to local friends and organizations who have generously helped me fill up a tank of gas so I could get to work, share some of their shelf-stable food so I wouldn’t go hungry, and more!

I’d like to pay it forward — please let me know if any or all of the following (fresh, refrigerated) would be helpful to you, and when and where I could bring it to you…” 

Get inspired to connect with your neighbors and you might find surprising ways to support one another!


Our Leaf Bag is Full!

With help from thousands of Vermont and upstate NY neighbors… we made it! Thank you to the many Front Porch Forum members for chipping in to reach our October Supporting Member Campaign goal of $200,000.

If you meant to make your contribution and haven’t yet had a chance, there’s still time. Donate today!

“FPF has become the fabric of our communities, keeping each one abreast of the local to dos and stuff for sale and meetings to attend, and events coming up and information and gratitude for the great place we live here in Vermont.”   • Dave in Jericho

“I certainly agree with comments made about the important services provided by FPF. Vermont should never be without this kind of forum, providing an easy way for our communities to stay connected.”   • Roberta in West Bolton

FPF is a Public Benefit Corporation and not a charity. Contributions are not tax deductible. Ad sales to Vermont businesses cover most of our expenses, and your Supporting Member contribution helps close the gap.


Who needs Uber when you’ve got great neighbors?

Neighbors ask and receive help for rides regularly on Front Porch Forum.

“I am in awe of this community I live in! I received 7 offers, and 2 more responses, to my last FPF posting requesting a ride to an upcoming medical appointment.  It’s easy to ask for referrals for roofers, gardeners, etc., but- at least for me- not that easy to ask for more personal help. This was an exercise in acceptance for me, and an uplifting belief in the goodness that exists in the world, and especially in our little corner of the world. Thank you all. I am deeply touched.”  • Jane in Burlington

“I am still in the midst of seeking transportation to a series of appointments. I’ve been able to find the help I need, so far. It was heartwarming to read Jane’s posting. If I need these rides again I will post on FPF. Kindness is everything. Thank-you everyone for your help.”  • Judy in Burlington

“Due to the generosity of so many in this amazing community, I was emailed no less than 7 times by locals offering to run me up to the airport tomorrow. This is actually no surprise at all; this community ROCKS !! I’m all set – and I thank all of you so much for the offers of assistance…Cheers!”  • George in Stowe



A mistakenly taken lawn mower

Frequently neighbors post on Front Porch Forum offering free items. What happens when the wrong item is taken?

“I am hoping this is a misunderstanding, but I posted a listing on FPF advertising free lawn mowers to give away. Several folks contacted me and one gentleman came and picked up 2 while I was here (those mowers are NOT in question). However, 2 mowers were taken that WERE NOT available to take because they are our running mowers. I am asking that if you took them thinking they were free, contact me and return them, no questions asked.”

Shortly after this post, a neighbor responds!

“The mowers were returned and my faith in my neighbors has been confirmed!! Thank you to the person that returned them and, again, I am sorry for the confusion!!!  Thank God for good people and Front Porch Forum!!!   • Bill in Hyde Park


Did your Little Bo Peep lose a sweet stuffed sheep?

In response to this query on FPF:

“We know we live in a very special community. Reading the notice about finding a child’s stuffed toy affirmed this belief. I remember driving hours to retrieve a forgotten animal at Grandma’s house. How could our son possibly sleep without it? Thank you, Penelope. You have made a real effort to reunite these two friends and warmed my heart.”  • Joan in Craftsbury  

“Wow, there is nothing like living in a community of wonderful, caring folks. We are thankful for the return of our husky Braveheart and for everyone who kept a lookout and reached out to us. Much gratitude and love : )” • Marilyn in Fayston

Drone found! Thanks Front Porch Forum and to Stacy, who found it. We are most grateful.”  • Torrey in Bristol

You never know what your neighbors might find on FPF!


FPF on VPR’s Vermont Edition Oct. 23

Tune in to VPR on Wed., Oct. 23 from 12:05 p.m. – 12:45 p.m., to hear a fascinating discussion between Jane Lindholm and FPF co-founder, Michael Wood-Lewis.  Details here.

This Vermont Edition will take a deep-dive into responses from survey participants about life in rural Vermont. The results of the Vermont Rural Life Survey, a part of the VPR and Vermont PBS This Land project, reveal new insights into the quality of life in Vermont.

Turn on your radio for this great segment on Wednesday afternoon, or stream it here!


In giving you will receive

It’s wonderful to know we have neighbors and loved ones alike who can help us out when we need a hand. Sometimes, it’s even better to be the one offering something! A heartfelt story of thanks shared on Front Porch Forum below…

“Last month Rachel O., who is a teacher, requested Legos on our Front Porch Forum. I had a large bin of them from my grandchildren. They hadn’t played with them for years, so I thought it would be a good thing to donate them to Rachel, for her students.

Well, yesterday I received a thick envelope, in the mail. Seven students, from her 5/6th grade class wrote me thank you letters. What a heart warming surprise!

The saying goes, ” in giving, you will receive” how true that is.”  • Carmen in Burlington

If you want to see more stories like this, consider supporting FPF with your donation – become a Supporting Member.