I'm not sure this could ever replace the Emporium in YS, but it is a really interesting use of the Internet on a very local level. Article on the Orton Family Foundation Website: Starksboro Gathers on Virtual Front Porch. See also FrontPorchForum.com.
Thanks to Laura Carlson for the heads up on this.
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