#BTV #VT – Hi neighbors. Many of you may have noticed that Dave the mailman for our neighborhood has been absent. I found out that he had a knee injury, and probably will be retiring.
This simple post by Nancy on a Front Porch Forum for a South Burlington neighborhood has led to 20 more postings in support of doing something to recognize their long-serving postal carrier. And, per usual, each posting leads to more direct conversation among neighbors off FPF. This particular FPF covers a 150-household neighborhood and has 195 members… and they’ve been discussing this issue for about a week now. Lucky Dave… I’m sure he’ll get some lovely and well-deserved expressions of gratitude in the coming days.
#VT – Hey neighbors! This is an odd bulletin but I wanted to share with you that after hiking with my dog at the gorge (aka Cady’s Falls swimming hole) yesterday he became ill in the late afternoon. He presented with ataxia (wobbliness), dry nose and then later in the night he lost control of his bladder and was constantly incontinent. I took him to the emergency vet in Burlington only for them to give him a drug test and find he was high as a kite on pot. Thankfully this wasn’t lethal, but after the two hour drive and $150 vet bill it also isn’t as humorous as it may sound. He threw up quite a bit of stems and other debris this morning and he’s still pretty out of it.
The only place he could have come into contact with this was at the gorge and he did indeed do the normal lab thing of digging around, trying to (and I guess successfully) eating things and rolling in who knows what, so I’m supposing he found someone’s lost stash. I’m hoping this is an isolated incident but if you are hiking with your pup out there please keep a very close eye on them.
#BTV #VT – Just want to give a big thanks to the Front Porch Forum. After less than a week after we posted our investment property for sale on here we are under contract… and we hadn’t even formally listed it yet!!
Over the years we have found all our tenants through you. We leave this part of our lives with a big thanks for all the wonderful people you’ve helped us meet, and for how much easier you’ve made our lives.
Posted to an FPF in Burlington today by Mark and Kandy.
Tackling Climate Change With Joy, Collaboration, and Panache
The founders of the award-winning sustainability game called Vermontivate! have just announced their next ambitious project: launching the most successful, big-ticket crowd-funding campaign in Vermont’s history.
Created last year by energy consultant Nick Lange and climate activist Kathryn Blume, Vermontivate! was their answer to the question, “How do we make responding to the climate crisis fun and collaborative?” In response, Lange and Blume ended up creating a hybrid real-world/on-line game in which players took on a wide range of sustainability-related challenges, earning points on behalf on their town. The winning town – which turned out to be Montpelier – won a community ice cream party from Ben & Jerry’s.
“Last year was a tiny test round,” says Lange, “with 13 towns and a couple hundred players. This year, we’ve built partnerships with dozens of organizations, businesses, and agencies across the state. We’re ramping up to make a game this spring which completely permeates the culture of Vermont. And the only way we can do that is with a great, big budget!”
“This creative, fun effort to inspire and motivate more people to be part of the energy and climate challenges we face is really inspiring,” says Johanna Miller, coordinator of the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network. “It’s why we presented Vermontivate! with a Community Energy Project award.” Miller adds, “If a dedicated duo volunteering their time could launch this effort with no resources, I can’t wait to see what they do with some real financial power behind them.”
“We set the bar high on this,” says Blume, “because the problem of climate change is so big. We’re not making a cute little game that a few people can play for laughs. We’re trying to build a huge, powerful game, big enough to actually have an impact on something as gigantic and overwhelming as the global climate crisis.”
The goal of the fundraising campaign – located at www.crowdfunding.vermontivate.com – was, like any good game, designed to set a record. “The most successful Vermont campaign,” says Lange, “raised $195,043 to help the Village Picture movie theater in Manchester go digital. If they can raise that much to bring a movie theater into the modern era, then we can raise $1 more to help the people of Vermont fight the modern era’s most pervasive, dangerous problem.”
This year’s round of Vemontivate! runs May 13-June 21. Interested potential players can find out more at www.vermontivate.com, and at their Earth Day Celebration and Launch Party on April 20, 1-4pm, at the Train Station at Main Street Landing in Burlington. Partner groups in Montpelier, Middlebury, Poultney, and Brattleboro will also have information available at their Earth Day celebrations.
“When most people talk about the perils of climate change, the words “˜depressing’ and “˜impossible’ tend to come to mind,” says Blume. “We want to replace that with “˜fun’ and “˜infinite possibility.’ A game – funded, supported, and played by an entire state – seems like a great way to start!”
#BTV #VT – Please join us at the 2013 Spring Business Fair – Thursday, April 18, from 10am to 2pm at Burlington ‘s City Hall.
The event connects people interested in starting or expanding their business with a variety of federal, state and local organizations and businesses that can help.
The event will include:
Over 30 tabling organizations that people can connect with for business assistance- Micro Business Development Program, SBDC , VT Dept. of Taxes, VT Dept of Labor, Community Capital of VT, USDA, PTAC, etc
Professional corners- speak to legal, accounting, insurance and marketing experts for free! Bring your business questions!
NEW THIS YEAR! Visit the Localvore Food Sector of the event and connect with food business development organizations. Interested in creating a food product or starting or expanding a food truck, food cart, restaurant, CSA, catering business, etc? Do you have a family recipe that you think would make a great product? Want to know more about packaging, nutritional labels and regulations? Want to get your product into stores like City Market? Connect with food experts to help you learn more!
Food available from Muchacho Taco- Southwestern-style fare
#VT – The other day I asked on Front Porch Forum if anyone had an old Apple keyboard that I could borrow for a few days. I received many, many responses, including one from a neighbor who is currently serving oversees. Wow, was I overwhelmed by these responses and offers to help. What a great community we live in.
I know we bicker about roads and taxes and other things that seem so important to us at the time. But what is really important about our community is that in spite of our political and social differences we all seem to care about one another as neighbors. I’ve lived in Alaska, NYC, Boston, western Mass… and I can’t begin to tell you how lucky I feel to be able to live in a community like Jericho.
Please don’t take what we have for granted. We are fortunate. We are all very fortunate to be able to live here, to be able to raise our families here… Jericho, VT.
Now, as to my Apple keyboard problem, thank you all for responding with your offers to help. I’ve tried to email each of you individually, but if I have been remiss and somehow failed to answer every post, I truly appreciate your kind offers. As it turns out, my next door neighbor had an extra key board so my problem has been solved. But that doesn’t diminish the kindness of the rest of my neighbors, and I thank you all very much.