Monthly Archives: January 2013

Vermont connection to The Simpsons?

Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 3.32.49 PM#BTV #VT – Posted by Nicki Feldman on the Underhill Front Porch Forum today…

My brother, Ben Feldman, is 1 of 3 finalists chosen out of 25,000 for a contest on the Simpsons Television Show! The winner will have their illustration animated on the season finale.

I am being a shameless sister and asking if you would please vote for him…check it out!!


Thank you and stay warm : )

Campaigns, Businesses and Nonprofits put FPF to work

#BTV #VT – 45,000 Vermont households participate in their Front Porch Forum now.  Use FPF advertising and campaign postings to place your message into neighborhood conversations.

“Front Porch Forum is the finest tool ever invented for speaking directly to your constituents, or to potential voters.  It’s direct, it’s personal, and it’s increasingly powerful as more and more homes come online.  Where I used it in my last election, my vote totals visibly increased, because it’s less a form of advertising and more a kind of conversation — and that’s the way we should be doing campaigns in Vermont.”
– Philip Baruth, Vermont Senate Majority Leader

“We just conducted a survey, seeking respondents through many local news channels.  Our Front Porch Forum campaign outperformed every other link by a huge margin!  So huge in fact, that we needed to retool our workflow to manage the high number of FPF-generated responses.  Front Porch Forum is amazing!  It will always be an integral part of our  ongoing community outreach effort.”
– Cal Workman, Greater Burlington YMCA

“We book with FPF because we feel it’s a great, cost-effective way to reach local consumers who are actively engaged with their communities and looking to support local businesses/organizations.”
– Elisa Garcia-Rey, Karen Fahey Advertising


“There is no doubt that Front Porch Forum was immensely helpful in making this year’s conference our most successful event ever.”
– Charlie Brooks, 15th Annual Vermont Breast Cancer Conference

Local Online Advertising to Grow 31%

From Greg Sterling

Borrell Associates has released its 2013 Local Advertising Outlook report. There’s a lot in the document. However for the purposes of this post the headline is: Local online advertising projected to grow 31% from $18.7 billion in 2012 to $24.5 billion in 2013.

Sure beats dealing with scams…

#VT – Just wanted to let everyone know I sold the iMac I posted the other day to another FPF member.  Front Porch Forum sure beats dealing with scams from Nigeria on Craigslist.

Shared by Dana with her Shelburne neighbors today.

13 Words for 2013 FPF Raffle!

#BTV #VT – Enter the 13 Words for 2013 FPF Raffle and win a $100 prize!  Enter before noon Jan. 10… just submit a posting to your Front Porch Forum that contains EXACTLY 13 words and you’ll be in the running for one of these great prizes…

• One Bash Badge for Smugglers’ Notch Resort
• Two lift tickets for Mad River Glen
• Two lift tickets for Bolton Valley
• One overnight room at The Essex Resort & Spa
• $100 gift certificate to Leunig’s Bistro & Lounge
• $100 gift certificate to Bluebird Barbecue
• One-month family membership to The Edge

I’ll post some of the entries here later… see submissions from past years here.  Happy posting!

UPDATE:  The 13 Words for 2013 Raffle is CLOSED.  Here are the lucky winners of the drawing…

One Bash Badge for Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Jyles Yates, Berlin FPF
• Five below, a hot cup of cocoa, Husband’s outside, I think he’s loco.

Two lift tickets for Mad River Glen
Jane Agran, Richmond FPF
• I am living where I am now because of awesome Front Porch Forum!

Two lift tickets for Bolton Valley
Charlie Magill, Williston FPF
• My father’s advice: Find ways to enjoy the things you have to do.

One overnight room at The Essex Resort & Spa
Cheryl Gosselin, West Rutland FPF
• To those who ordered through FPF 2012, daughter’s troop disbanded, no cookies, sorry!

$100 gift certificate to Leunig’s Bistro & Lounge
Adriane Paige, Isle La Motte FPF
• Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened

$100 gift certificate to Bluebird Barbecue
Mark Benton, New Haven FPF
• My wife and I are quitting smoking after thirty years. Wish us luck.

One-month family membership to The Edge
Greg Goyette, South Burlington FPF
• “DADDY! Look at my snowfort… WOOHOOOOO!!!” A routine driveway shoveling suddenly became unforgettable.

Here are some of the 1,300 entries… good stuff:

• Every day in January has more light than the last one. Thank God.

• My husband, my friend, our love will not end. I love you Steve!

• Let’s all rally around Vicky and Horace who lost their home to fire!

• If we could have had our Grandaughter first we wouldn’t have had kids.

• People who live in glass houses ought to get dressed in the basement.

• If one reads FPF long enough one hears all sides of a story!

• Nothing can replace, Front Porch Forum, It sets the pace, For eliminating boredom.

• Too many blonds in the family to keep track. Thankfully neighbors can count.

• Be the first in your neighborhood to help keep Burlington Telecom Local – www.KeepBTlocal.com

• Does anyone know the legal load limit for Grove Street? I am curious.

• Step outside what´s familar. Walk, listen, learn, be there. No expectations. Return refreshed.

• I love Front Porch Forum and do not even have a front porch.

• Dalai Lama asks in pizza shop, can you make me one with everything?

• Why do penguins swim in salt water? Because pepper water makes them sneeze!

• Heat makes things expand. I’m not overweight, I’m just a little too warm.

• All year, $13 FPF donation for each desired result. Wanted: re-home two guineapigs.

• I love the five sister’s neighborhood. My friends are here. We climb trees. Lia (age 8)

• Vintage wedding dress: 1953, once white, now rich ivory, satiny, lace, lovely– $100.

• Everyone i know is having babies, i better learn to hold them soon.

• Neighbors helping neighbors, now that’s a motto we can all feel good about!

• Why not put an ice rink in the Oakledge Park? Skating is fun!

• Two years into perfect carpool met on Front Porch Forum. With gratitude, Helen

• thanks to the gentlemen who pushed my car over the snow on winooski!

• Headline: Toddler sets downhill speed record at Bolton. Anyone have a used harness?

• Thanks Front Porch Forum for bringing our community together, and for the raffle!

• Thanks to Front Porch Forum for another community strengthening and fun facilitating year!

• A decade living here, 2013 is time to get more involved. Hello neighbors!

• Wonderful way to exercise, socialize, relax, think, see how your neighborhood is doing.

• Questions, concerns and community awareness, what’s not to love about Front Porch Forum?

• There is no way I could limit my FPF accolades to thirteen words!

• Looking for a wild ride? Night sledding down Philo is quite a rush.

• Have you ever noticed there are thirteen letters in the words, “thirteen words?!”

• Why aren’t elephants allowed at Shelburne Beach? They can’t keep their trunks up!

• I asked Freja to write something for this raffle but she said “No!”.

• My hope for you, my Essex neighbors is life, love, peace and happiness!

• Feeders full, Birds of all kinds. Cat on the sill, losing her mind!

• Husband bought a boat, so now chickens for me. Coop for sale, anyone?

• Went over the fiscal cliff with only my wallet to break the fall.

• Wise words from Mom, “Forgiving is not forgetting. It’s remembering and letting go.”

• From hunting laws, to deicing roofs, I learn so much on this forum.

• Skeleton walked into a bar and said, “Give me beer and a mop.”

• What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhinoceros? Hellifino!

• I have concluded that the future is not what it used to be.

• The chances of a raffle are nice, but having a community is priceless.

• What do you call a crate full of ducks? A box of quackers!

• What did the chef say about the tiny pickle? That’s no big dill!!

• Cat walking on keyboard drives me absolutely bonkers, but I love her anyway.

• Help! Held hostage by two old TVs. 22-inch and 21-inch. Both work. Free.

• Bindings broke, I’m in a pickle, Any snowshoes out there for a nickel?

• Richmond’s Front Porch Forum is one of the most interesting in the state.

• Have you heard about corduroy pillows? They are making headlines across the nation!

• Nothing inspires such false hope as the first four hours of a diet.

• From the mouth of babes: “Mommy, I’m not watching tv, I’m watching Netflix!”

• Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it right now.

• Posted our lost cat on FPF. Responses aplenty. He was found. FPF ROCKS!!

• Lots of holiday company. Lots of left overs. Want to come for dinner?

• Knee surgery last winter. Grounded. One year later…bring on snow and snowshoes!

• How lucky we are to have Front Porch Forum at our fingertips everyday.

• No bears allowed says the sign at my bird feeder. Grrr says bear.

• Roses they are red. Violets are blue. Everyone I know. Loves FPF too.

• A termite walked into a bar and asked, “Is the bar tender here?”

• What do you call a heifer after she gives birth? Decaffeinated. Get it?

• How many ways can we say how much we enjoy Front Porch Forum?

• Oh, glorious Vermont, how lucky we are to live here. Love thy neighbor.

• Thanks, FPF, for connecting me to my Valley neighbors, even in the winter!

• I’m glad that Northfield joined FPF. It helps me feel connected to neighbors.

• Hurricane Irene hit hard but showed us what wonderful people our neighbors are!

• Waiting is imprudent so the time is now to act on your dreams!

• If we look at everyone we see as holy, then peace will come.

• This raffle will get you used to posting on the Front Porch Forum.

• seeking clean loveseat for my nonprofit office. cheap is good, free is better. (o:

• And I love winning things! Leunig’s is my favorite restaurant. Got fingers crossed!

• Vermont is such a special place to live. I feel so blessed everyday.

• Seeking local, sustainable, community-oriented renewable energy sources? FPF will fill your tank.

• I apologize. The beautiful white snow on each corner is now yellow. Django.

• “All a woman needs is a little love and a lot of chocolate.”

• Winter…be warned…hellebore, crocus, tulip, daffodil, hyacinth and iris wait to spring.

• Tell everyone in your ‘hood, test every battery before calling it no good!

• Thanks Front Porch Forum for keeping neighbors connected to each other in 2013.

• Living in Burlington, Vermont is a gift beyond compare. Lake, Mountains, Sky, Community!

• Drag your tree to a group for pick-up; Christmas trees look better together!

• Blades scrape, pucks clatter; I don’t even skate but our rink rocks…THANKS! Becky Galvin

• Quote: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or go without!

• Why did the Komodo Dragon cross the road? To get to the commode!

• I love free stuff… Neighbors offer free stuff on FPF… I love FPF!

• This forum makes my day! Found glove, used skis or cat gone astray!

• Gratitude is the attitude to lighten up the mood of any brooding dude

• “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.”

• I would like to say I appreciate everything you’ve done for me, FPF

• On FPF such great treats I find, like GS cookies, just my kind!

• Thirteen words? What would I write about? Seems too hard. I give up.

• 2012 record high temperatures. The universe may be unlimited, the Earth is not.

• Please consider school board run. Two seats open. We need thoughtful, new participants!

• Any screws, nails, hardware, antique tools to get rid of please contact me.

• Cold winds gone. Dog bored. Squirrels restless. Must mean mud in my future.

• Thirteen is my lucky number. I’m not just saying this. Or am I?

• Anyone have a good contractor they would recommend to improve existing attic insulation?

• While wearily waiting, we wonder when westerly winds will weaken wicked winter weather.

• Seeking local, personable, reliable, reasonably priced mechanic for vehicle whose warranty is up!

• What has no head during the day but at night gets it back?

• Snowshoeing on a blanket of snow over my sleeping garden, dreaming of Spring!

• We all witnessed an absolutely beautiful sunrise this morning from Brigham Hill Road

• Although a thaw this weekend, please remember shovel out hydrants during next snow.

• An opportunity for free, just add some spice. A neighborly jester. Why not!

• Arm chair with slipcover available. Free for Front Porch members, $25 on Craigslist!

• I would like to take this opportunity to thank Front Porch Forum for

• I see rabbits in my yard all summer. Why only tracks in winter?

• Troop 692 thanks the community for donations and support for x-mas tree pickup.

• Thankful for the snow in December 2012 and hoping for more in 2013!

• Two feet of snow and more coming! Who has the White Mountain now?

• If I win this raffle contest, thirteen will become my new lucky number! 🙂

• Everyone likes to win prizes. Is the prize possibly simply in the playing?

• Real Vermonters don’t leave when it’s below zero; we’re froze to the ground!

• Colchester is two hundred fifty years old in twenty thirteen. Celebrate, COMMUNITY, Colchester!

• “Most… lead lives… quiet desperation… go to… grave with… song still in them.”

• News Flash! Number Thirteen finally given chance to prove itself a lucky number!

• Quotation from Anais Nin: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage”

• Find your pet, someone to help you, a new home for unwanted stuff!

• Snowmobiles drove through *my lawn.* This is a no-no. Marshmallow cannon standing by.

• Free studded snow tires, size 235/75R15. Call 635-8336. And here’s 5 more words!

• Help! I need somebody. Help! Not just anybody. Help! I need someone. Help!

• How lucky I am to have the wonderful neighbors living in Summer Woods.

• I love the grace and thrill of skiing Hate the cost Pick me!

• Front Porch Forum spreads the word Just like a cute little tweety bird!

• Thank you for all the great snow already in 2013 – all is forgiven

• Would I shamelessly post to FPF for first time to win prizes? Yes!

• A skeleton walks into a bar, says, Gimme a beer and a mop!

• Thirteen words bring me luck so at Leunig’s I may dine on duck.

• chickadees, honeybees and beautious birch trees, microbrews slopes at noon; i love vermont.

• mother nature grows iller, political banter needs to shed the filler, talk truth

• In Tinmouth, potatoes grow small. You have to eat ’em skin and all.

• The news begins with “Good Evening”, then proceeds to tell you it isn’t.

• In the deep midwinter, snow on snow on snow, not so long ago.

• Lift up your heart and eyes to meet the ardor of the stars.

• Terrifying troublesome truck trouble tempting traumatized troubleshooter towards towing truck to Timbuktu tomorrow.

• I will try to keep this lean, with nothing more than lucky thirteen.

• Middlesex is booming with joy, kindness and creativity. Can you feel the vibrations?

• Seeking magical Vermont “potion” to remember that, somewhere, out there, awaits bucolic summer

• Temperatures rising, go and get ready; hurry and snowshoe, ski and go sledding.