Community notes and news


Front Porch Forum hires local, Harrington

As Front Porch Forum celebrates 10 years helping neighbors connect and build community, our team has grown and evolved. FPF serves every community in Vermont, and 130,000 members participate out of the 260,000 households that exist in the state. Our staff has grown and evolved to better serve our members and business community.

Jodi Harrington is an eight generation Manchester gal and fifth generation graduate from Burr and Burton Academy. Previous owner/editor of the Winooski Eagle newspaper and marketing director for both Onion River Co-op and Opportunities Credit Union, Jodi's small business marketing skills are a great advantage to businesses utilizing FPF. She's a strong activist in her communities having served on both the Winooski School Board and City Council. She loves the mountains and can be often found on the slopes. She is a level 3 PSIA ski instructor who has taught at Bromley, Smuggs, Whiteface, Bolton, Stowe and Burke.

Front Porch Forum celebrates 10 years helping neighbors connect and build community. Using technology to bring neighbors closer together, members of a local forum submit their own messages, which FPF distributes to nearby residents as an online newsletter. Because the service is moderated and real names accompany postings, the discussions remain civil, engaging, and relevant. FPF is popular, because it works. Ask any of our sales team staff how they can help put your business in the forefront of neighborhood conversations with our active, engaged membership.

Conservation Camp scholarships available

It's time to register for the 2017 Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Lake Bomoseen, or Buck Lake this coming summer. Camp stays are filling up fast. The application process is simple, and can be done completely online. For Youths ages 12-16 years of age these week long camps are owned and operated by the State of Vermont, and offer hands-on learning experiences about fish, wildlife, ecology, botany, forestry, hunter firearm safety, outdoor first aid, and so much more. Visit to find camp availability and then follow the application process. Ninety percent scholarships are available through the Manchester Rod & Gun Club for all Youths within a 30 mile radius of Manchester. All you have to do is contact Club Member Carol Dupont at 802-362-5556, and request your $225 scholarship authorization prior to filling out the online camp registration form. If you need help with the online application a Rod & Gun Club representative will help you. Contact Eric Severance at 802-362-2666.

Hildene announces new summer program for area youth

This spring Hildene will select just six rising 7th, 8th or 9th grade students to be trailblazers for the first Hildene Youth Corps for three weeks this coming summer. By definition a corps is a group of people working together, and by design this corps will be bound by the common goal of constructing a handicapped accessible observation deck at the edge of the bob-o-link sanctuary at Hildene's Dene Farm. The idea of a youth corps at Hildene was inspired by Hildene President Seth Bongartz's experience as a camper and counselor at camp when he was this age. He recalls, "The time I spent at camp made a lasting difference in shaping the person I became. The shared purpose, camaraderie and sense of achievement made it both meaningful and a lot of fun. I still think about those summers. We want to provide that same opportunity for area youth."

Construction of the deck, designed to hold a class of up to 20 students will be facilitated by experienced builder Peter Palmer, a retired ski coach and restorer of historic buildings. Palmer, well-known in the community, is volunteering his time because he believes in the value of the program. Under Palmer's tutelage, much of the work will be accomplished by utilizing historic tools and techniques. There will also be two Youth Corps staff members, Piper Campbell of Bennington and Jack Ameden of Manchester. Both Piper and Jack are familiar to all connected with Hildene as they have spent much of their high school summers as Hildene employees.

Tuition for the program that runs from July 10 to July 28, 8:45 to 3 p.m. five days a week, is $500. At the end of the three weeks, those who have shown up every day, interacted well with their teammates and carried their share of the workload will receive a check for $140. But perhaps more important than the financial reward, will be the memories and the knowledge that the Youth Corps members have accomplished something of lasting importance - building a platform from which to tell the story of these remarkable birds and why they need the sanctuary Hildene has created for them. The work of the Youth Corps embodies the Hildene mission of Values into Action.

Those interested in becoming members of the Hildene Youth Corps must submit an application (available at by April 1. Prior to acceptance, a meeting with the candidate and his or her parents is required. If a student has a strong desire to participate, but finds the cost to be an obstacle, parents are encouraged to call President Bongartz at 802-362-3996. Some scholarship money may be available.

Bongartz points out that, "It is the intent of Hildene that this program be offered every summer, each year with a different core project. A Youth Corps member may apply to return in successive summers. After that, depending on Hildene's staffing needs and the interest of the Youth Corps alumni, summer employment is a possibility." To learn more about Hildene programs go to, call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or find us on Facebook.


GNAT seeks community input

Greater Northshire Access Television, the region's Community Media and Training Center, is conducting a comprehensive community needs assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to gauge the community's awareness of, satisfaction with and needs from GNAT's programs and services. The results of the survey will help shape the development of GNAT's Strategic Access Plan.

GNAT is encouraging anyone living or working in its service area to complete a short online survey. GNAT's service area includes: Arlington, Dorset, Manchester, Peru, Londonderry, Rupert, Sandgate, Stratton, Sunderland, Weston and Winhall. Surveys will also be available at GNAT's Studio in Sunderland. Anyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a new iPhone (made possible by donations from GNAT's Board of Directors). The deadline for completing the survey is March 31. GNAT is one of 25 community media centers in Vermont providing media education and broadcasting public, education, and government content on Comcast Cable. GNAT's programs may also be viewed on GNAT's website:, on Roku and on YouTube.

For more information about GNAT-TV call 802-362-7070 or visit


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