The Puddledock Press Staff in the early 1990s.

The all volunteer staff of the Puddledock Press outside their storefront office in the Hayward Block on Mechanic Street in the early 1990s.

The first issue of The Puddledock Press.

The very first Puddledock Press, Volume 1, Number 1, was published in December of 1979.

Farmington Town Christmas Party

The Town of Farmington used to have a Town Christmas Party. Here is a 1963 ad from the Farmington News.

Fire trucks outside the Station on Mechanic Street

Mechanic Street Fire Station in its hay day. On the left is the 1942 Seagrave Truck which was given to the town by H.O. Rondeau.

An old group photo hanging in the Puddledock Office.

Back: Ned Parker, Delores Bridge, Mary Cloutman, Henry Johnson; Front: Iola Sabine, Lilliam Emerson

Robert's Drug Store Christmas advertisement in 1906.

Robert's Drug Store was a popular spot in downtown Farmington and sold lots of Farmington post cards.

Old Farmington Town Hall

An old photo of the Farmington Town Hall, which is currently the Recreation Center, as it appeared in an issue of the Farmington News.

Fire Destroys the Trafton Block

The Trafton Block after a fire destroyed it on January 15, 1943. The fire damages totaled $50,000.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Farmington’s “Blessed Bargains” Thrift Shop Celebrates 20 Years of Making All Things Affordable

by Deborah Leary
Farmington’s “Blessed Bargains” Thrift Shop Celebrates 20 Years of Making All Things Affordable at First Congregational Church.  In this changing and often chaotic world, “thrifting” has become a way of finding peace in things from the past and pleasure in gently loved items. That’s why people keep coming back to “Blessed Bargains” Thrift Shop, a basement store where everyone is welcome and customers become friends.  It is located at historic First Congregational Church on Main Street in downtown Farmington.

Blessed Bargains opened on February 28, 1998 at the suggestion of the church’s minister at that time, Rev. Nancy Spencer-Smith.  Church members, Susan Loker and Dottie Bean organized the transformation of the lower level of the education building into a “unique boutique” featuring quality clothes for all ages, toys, books, household items, pictures  and collectible treasures.

“At first,” comments Susan Loker, “Dottie and I weren’t sure how this was going to work.  We visited other thrift shops and spoke with local business owner Lorraine Meyer who gave us valuable advice. We answered an ad for hanging racks and my husband, Rob, drove to Maine to get them.  The seller neglected to tell us that the racks were in pieces and frozen in ice.  We used a hatchet to chip them free and brought them back in Rob’s truck.  Some of these racks are still in use today.” 
Blessed Bargains is open on the second and last Saturday’s of each month from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.  One of the secrets to the shop’s long-term success is that the prices have never changed in twenty years.  Winter jackets are still only $5, sweaters and slacks sell for $3 each and most children’s clothes are 50 cents!  Books, toys and many items sell for $1 or less. People come in thinking they don’t need anything, until they see an item that they just can’t pass up.

“We are very thankful for the generosity of the community in donating goods that are in excellent condition.” says Dottie Bean.  “Every Tuesday, volunteers work from 10 am to noon to sort and price items and organize them for display. We have fun working together, knowing that we are helping people and helping the church.”

With modest prices, in 20 years, Blessed Bargains Thrift Shop has raised $131,764.00 to assist the church and provide affordable goods to thousands of people. A special reception for the Blessed Bargains volunteers will be held at First Congregational Church, on Sunday, February 25.  The public is invited and welcome to attend.  For more information, visit the church website at www.farmingtonnhucc.org.





Sunday, February 4, 2018

The February Edition of the Puddledock Press is Available Online an in Town

The February 2018 edition of the Puddledock Press is now available!  You can find it online and in many of our local distribution sites.   The issue will be at all our distribution locations in the coming week.  Visit your local Farmington carrier of the Puddledock and get your issue now. Hope you enjoy it.

It also has been posted on the Puddledock Press website and the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online. It is also available in the archives of both Puddledock Press and the Farmington Historical Society websites.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Superintendent Ruth Ellen Vaughn Outlines Strategic Plan and Budget Priorities for Future of Our School District

“It’s a fact,” says Superintendent Ruth Ellen Vaughn, “Excellence is in sight!”  Good news for Farmington residents, and even better news for our students!    Superintendent Vaughn began a presentation of the school budget for the town and Budget Committee on December 20 with those words.  Speaking to a packed house, and supported by school board members, and administrators, Ruth Ellen outlined the results of a recent survey taken in order to define the priorities of our town citizens and what direction they wanted the school district to take.  The survey was the first part of the development of a strategic plan for improvement.  The school board gave Superintendent Vaughn a charge of putting the Farmington School District in the top ten schools in New Hampshire in the next ten years.  “I take that charge very seriously,” Vaughn states often.
The broad goals for the district’s Strategic Innovation Plan come from the priorities uncovered by the survey.  And her use of the word “fact” had double meaning.  More correctly spelled “FAC3T” is an anagram for Facilities, Achievement, Curriculum, Community Communication, and Technology, the categories of district improvement included in the district’s Strategic Innovation Plan.  It’s both clever and powerful and the district is not shying away from the challenge. The details of the plan, outlined below, form the basis for the school budget, which has been kept lower than last year’s school budget.

Facilities
  • Buildings to be in good repair with all systems on a regular maintenance and replacement schedule by 2027.
  • Roofs replaced for HWMS by 2023; FHS by 2025; plan for VVCS by 2027.
  • Access road to FHS and VVCS for secondary egress to be in place by 2027.  
Achievement
  • Portrait of a Farmington Graduate complete by late 2018.
  • Assessment scores place Farmington students in the top 50% of students on the NH State assessments by 2022 and the top 10% by 2027.
  • Percentage of graduates with post-secondary placement plans (college, vocational/career, military) increases to 100% by 2027.
Curriculum  
  • By 2020, curriculum adoption and review schedule of vertically aligned curriculum in place. NEAS&C site visit complete for FHS.
  • Full competency-based grade reporting to be in place for FHS by 2022; by 2027 for HWMS and VVCS.
Community Communication/Relations
  • Communications plan and regular feedback loops in place for information delivery to community and return comment by 2020.
  • By 2022, Community perceptions survey will have 70% positive responses. By 2027, the same survey will show 90% positive responses.
Technology
  • By 2021, FHS will be fully 1:1 with technology implementation. HWMS 1:1 by 2023; VVCS 1:1 by 2025.  
  • Security systems will be fully upgraded by 2020 following state security audit this winter.
There will be a public hearing with the Budget Committee on January 3, and the School Deliberative Session will be at the High School Gym on Saturday, February 3 at 9:00 AM.   

You can find materials and information on the 2018-2019 School Budget on the Farmington School District website at http://www.sau61.org/school-boards/farmington-school-board.

The January 2018 Edition of the Puddledock Press is Available Now

The January 2018 edition of the Puddledock Press is now available!  You can find it online and in many of our local distribution sites.   The issue will be at all our distribution locations in the coming week.  Visit your local Farmington carrier of the Puddledock and get your issue now. Hope you enjoy it.

It also has been posted on the Puddledock Press website and the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online. It is also available in the archives of both Puddledock Press and the Farmington Historical Society websites.

Please consider advertising in the Puddledock Press.  Your support through advertising helps build connections to the community.    Price. Quality. Community.  That is the commitment the Puddledock Press makes to you. See our Advertising Page for details

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Friday, December 1, 2017

The December 2017 Issue of the Puddledock Press is Out!

2017 December Puddledock Press page 1The December 2017 edition of the Puddledock Press is now available!  You can find it online and in many of our local distribution sites.   The issue will be at all our distribution locations in the coming week.  Visit your local Farmington carrier of the Puddledock and get your issue now. Hope you enjoy it.

It also has been posted on the Puddledock Press website and the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online. It is also available in the archives of both Puddledock Press and the Farmington Historical Society websites.

Please consider advertising in the Puddledock Press.  Your support through advertising helps build connections to the community.    Price. Quality. Community.  That is the commitment the Puddledock Press makes to you. See our Advertising Page for details

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The November Edition of the Puddledock Press is Available Online an in Town

The November 2017 edition of the Puddledock Press is now available!  You can find it online and in many of our local distribution sites.   The issue will be at all our distribution locations in the coming week.  Visit your local Farmington carrier of the Puddledock and get your issue now. Hope you enjoy it.

It also has been posted on the Puddledock Press website and the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online. It is also available in the archives of both Puddledock Press and the Farmington Historical Society websites.

Please consider advertising in the Puddledock Press.  Your support through advertising helps build connections to the community.    Price. Quality. Community.  That is the commitment the Puddledock Press makes to you. See our Advertising Page for details

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Friday, October 6, 2017

The October 2017 Issue of the Puddledock Press is Online now!

The October 2017 edition of the Puddledock Press is online now.   Hope you enjoy it.


The October issue is out at many of our distribution sites now and will be at the rest in the coming week.  Visit your local Farmington carrier of the Puddledock and get your issue now.

It also has been posted on the Puddledock Press website and the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online. It is also available in the archives of both Puddledock Press and the Farmington Historical Society websites.

Please consider advertising in the Puddledock Press.  Your support through advertising helps build connections to the community.    Price. Quality. Community.  That is the commitment the Puddledock Press makes to you. See our Advertising Page for details

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