Monthly Archives: January 2016

Praise in public; criticize in private

Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2016 by No comments yet

13702760“I’ve read some recent public appraisals of public servants on FPF. There is an old and very good adage about this. Praise in public; criticize in private. When we have a problem with how someone’s performance or behavior is affecting us, it is best to tell that person directly, in private. Try to do it without personalizing it and assume the other is a good person who wants to do the best they can. Doing it in public humiliates and hurts people but rarely resolves a conflict.”
• Michael, Westford Front Porch Forum

Jericho neighbors lend cots to Brundibar

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 by No comments yet

brun_show_page“I am amazed at our community… after posting one night asking for fold-away cots for an upcoming musical, I was well received by so many welcoming families and friends… thank you all. I am talking to the director, so please bare with me. I love this Forum… thank you all again.” [Brundibar, or 802-86FLYNN]
• Lupe, Jericho Front Porch Forum

Sammy back home in Jericho… sleeping like a pup

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 by No comments yet

130206142433-snow-golden-deuce-irpt-horizontal-large-gallery“My dog got out last night around 10:00pm. My husband is out of town and I could only look for him for about an hour with our 18-month-old. I am really worried because his tag only has my husband’s cell on it. His name is Sammy and he likes to wonder down by Raceway. Please if anyone see him if you can call or email me.”
• Kendra, Jericho Front Porch Forum

“I’m writing to express my gratitude to Linda, who cared for my energetic 10-year-old golden retriever late last night and this morning. Additionally I also want to thank everybody who responded to my FPF post… I really appreciate being part of such an amazing community. SAMMY is exhausted from his journey and is sleeping like a little pup. Again thank you all!”
• Kendra, Jericho FPF later the same day

Dancing at Berlin Grange Hall

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 by No comments yet

maxresdefault“If you were one of the 90+ people who came to Family Fun Day at the Grange Hall in Berlin this past Sunday, Thank You! There was dancing with a caller and a stage full of young fiddlers, toddlers and teens, grandparents, babies and everyone in between, painted faces, balloon art, movies and a casual supper of Mac and Cheese and local vegetables! It was a wonderful afternoon with old and new friends, neighbors, and family. Keep an eye on the for more community events with great music, meals and dancing.”
• Elizabeth, Randolph Front Porch Forum

Thanks to FPF’s 2015 advertisers

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by No comments yet

“FPF provides a great service and you help make it happen! Thank you to all the FPF sponsors.”
• Peg, Wallingford FPF

Please join us in thanking the major Front Porch Forum 2015 sponsoring advertisers. Without their support, your local forum would not be possible. Special appreciation to:

Big Rock Landscape
Building Energy
Cabot Creamery
Champlain College
HMC Advertising
Karen Fahey Advertising
New England Federal Credit Union
The Edge
University of Vermont
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
Vermont Tech

If your Vermont business, nonprofit, institution or agency would like to join this community-minded group, please contact us at or 802-540-0069 x1. Learn more about how FPF advertising can help you reach Vermonters:

Additional 2015 FPF sponsors to whom we’re also grateful include:

– 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
– AllEarth Renewables
– Artemis Fitness
– Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
– Bolton Valley Resort
– Bourne’s Energy
– Brook Field Services
– Burlington Telecom
– Cathedral Square Corporation
– Champlain Valley Expo
– Chittenden Solid Waste District
– City of Burlington
– Colchester Health and Fitness
– Comcast
– Computers for Change
– Copley Hospital
– Curtis Lumber
– Efficiency Vermont
– Energy Co-op of Vermont
– Greater Burlington YMCA
– Healthy Living Market and Cafe
– Hickok & Boardman Realty
– HowardCenter
– Hunger Mountain Coop
– J Andrews Marketing
– Johnson Law Group
– Mad River Glen
– Norwich University
– Pompanoosuc Mills
– Saint Michael’s College
– Same Sun of Vermont, Inc.
– SerVermont
– Smugglers Notch
– Stephen & Burns
– Sterling College
– Stern Center for Language and Learning
– Stowe Brewers Festival
– Stowe Mountain Resort
– Sugarbush Resort
– The Doughnut Dilemma
– The Schoolhouse
– Thomas Hirchak Company
– Timberlane Allergy and Asthma Associates
– University Mall
– UVM Medical Center
– Vermont Agency of Transportation
– Vermont State Treasurer’s Office
– Vermont Teddy Bear Company
– Vermont Tent Company
– Waterbury Sports
– Westview Meadows
– Wick & Maddocks Attorneys at Law
– Windows & Doors By Brownell

And thanks to the many more not listed above. Best wishes to all.

Ice skating for Old North End kids

Posted on Monday, January 25, 2016 by No comments yet

600-01249370“Hi Neighbors – I was unlacing my skates on the little ice rink in Roosevelt Park yesterday and two 11-year-old girls stopped by to twirl around in their sneakers and skirts, telling each other how much they’d like a pair of ice skates. I’d love to find a way to round up outgrown or unwanted ice skates and find new homes for them among Old North End kids. Does anyone have ideas on how to do this? What organizations might be good at distributing skates, assuming I/we could round some up? Can you think of an alternative approach might be better – e.g., more of a lending library, or an organization that lends them out?  If you have any ideas, would like to help, or have skates you’d like to donate, please send me an email. I’m hoping to do something soon before the imminent snow covers our ice!”
• Amanda, Old North End Front Porch Forum in Burlington

Loving Essex Junction community

Posted on Saturday, January 23, 2016 by No comments yet

cropped_11067921_1841626045_49nM_20131016093104056_website_our-services_96683996-1500x792“What a wonderful tool we have in our community in Front Porch Forum! I just wanted to thank all of you who have posted or contacted me directly regarding my request for electrician recommendations. Thank you, everyone!”

• Kathleen, FPF in Essex Junction

Burst water pipe in South Burlington… who ya gonna call?

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016 by No comments yet

Broken-Frozen-Water-Pipe-Michigan“When my water main burst, my first response, after shutting off the water, was to race upstairs and type “plumber” into the Front Porch Forum archive.  I called the guy whose name came up most often, and now he’s here now working to solve the problem!  I still don’t know the end of this story, but I’m glad my immediate reaction was to turn to FPF.”

• Joanne, a South Burlington FPF

Yestermorrow tuition scholarship turned down… almost!

Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by No comments yet

ym-sign“I am overwhelmed by all of the kind offers for rooms to rent in response to my post here two days ago. Yestermorrow offers an amazing education, but with a housing budget of $500/month, I thought I would have to turn down my tuition scholarship… especially during ski season. Luckily someone directed me to Front Porch Forum, and I’ve had about 20 responses in two days.”
• Christina, Mad River Valley FPF