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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Please Vote for Zander Varney, Farmington Student, In Frisbie Art Competition

Zander Varney displays some of his art at the High School Art Show on May 4, 2017

Zander Varney, Farmington High School Art Student,  has made it to the finals in an art competition hosted by Frisbie Memorial Hospital. Voting takes place now through May 21. Please stop by Frisbie Memorial Hospital and bring a friend, to vote for Zander's piece titled "Docta Peppa".  

Docta Peppa by Zander Varney

Spread the word and ask everyone you know to go vote as well.  Voting takes place  in the main entrance.  Just ask for a voting slip at the front desk. With your help, we can help Zander be eligible for a $1000 scholarship.  This talented student needs our support and community spirit.  He is a wonderfully talented artist and we're proud he's a Tiger!  

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Public Notice Announcement Regarding Outdated Special Education Records

The Farmington School District (SAU #61) will destroy records that have been collected, maintained and/or used in providing special education services in the upcoming months.  This will affect records of students born in the year 1992 or earlier, and only applies to students who received special education services during any of their time in the Farmington School District. This activity is in compliance with Federal, State, and local policy.  The destruction of data policy provides that records may be destroyed when they are no longer needed for educational planning purposes.  Please be advised that some of the information contained in these files may be needed later on for other purposes, such as eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits.
If you wish to have these records before they are destroyed, please contact us at 603-755-2627 or by email at before June 1, 2017. Records will be provided only to a former student who is 18 years of age (or older) or the former student’s legal guardian with the proper identification.  Anyone obtaining records will be required to produce identification that contains both a picture and signature.  We will notify the individual by phone when the requested records are prepared.  The records can be obtained at the SAU office, 60 Charles Street, Farmington, NH 03835.

Strafford County Head Start Application Days Announced

Are you looking for high-quality preschool program this fall?  Mark your calendar and plan to attend one of Strafford County Head Start’s application days in May.  Strafford County Head Start is a program of Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, providing high-quality early education, health screenings, nutritious breakfast and lunch, family support, parent involvement and volunteer opportunities, and community resources to qualifying families in Strafford County with a child ages 3 to 5.  Extended child care may be available at some sites.

Application days will take place on May 5th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Head Start Centers in Dover (62A Whittier Street), Rochester (Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street), and Farmington (120 Main Street).  Applications will also be accepted in Rochester on May 11th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Dover on May 17th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and Farmington on May 18th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.  Please register by contacting Peggy Hawksley at 603-652-0990.  If you are unable to attend these sessions, please contact Peggy to provide preliminary information over the phone and schedule an appointment.

For more information on Strafford County Head Start, please visit the website at and click Programs, or visit the Facebook page (@straffordcountyheadstart).

Since 1965, CAPSC has helped thousands of Strafford County residents meet their basic needs through over 60 unique programs, including food security; parent and child education; child care; utility assistance; transportation; housing; emergency shelter; and job training and employment services.  CAPSC improves the quality of life for at-risk children, working families, the elderly, and those experiencing low incomes.  The mission of CAPSC is to educate, advocate, and assist people in Strafford County to help meet basic needs and promote self-sufficiency.  For more information about CAPSC, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and YouTube. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

The May 2017 Edition of the Puddledock Press is Out.

The May edition of the Puddledock Press is out at our distribution sites now or will be very soon.

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. You can also find this and past issues 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.

Online and mail subscriptions are also available.

Please remember to thank our sponsors for their continued support of the Puddedock Press when you visit and buy local. We could not publish our paper without their support. And remind our other Farmington businesses and organizations that the Puddledock needs their support.

Don't forget to Take your Puddledock with you when you travel and take a selfie with the Puddledock at your destination. Submit it for publication in our Where in the World is the Puddledock Press column. Let's see how far we can spread our community newspaper.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Farmington School District is Seeking Public Feedback

Public Survey Feedback Needed

The Farmington School District is beginning a long-range planning process to form our District Strategic Innovations Plan.  They want to learn what the perceptions and priorities are for our townspeople regarding our schools.

The survey will be open until May 10, 2017. Click the link below to take the survey online. Paper copies are available upon request (755-2627) or at the following locations beginning April 28th:
  • ·       The SAU Office (60 Charles Street)
  • ·       The Town Offices (365 Main Street)
  • ·       Goodwin Library (422 Main Street) 
  •         Crowley's Variety and Grill (351 Main Street)
  •         Studio 393 (393 S. Main Street)
  •         Farmington House of Pizza (485 Main Street)
  • ·       Any Farmington School Office 
Your thoughts and opinions matter.
 Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 29th

Record number of Strafford County law enforcement agencies to participate

SOMERSWORTH - ONE Voice for Strafford County is proud to announce that 11 Strafford County law enforcement agencies will be participating in the 13 th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29. This is the highest number of agencies in Strafford County to have participated in the event since its beginning.

The public is invited to take part in preventing prescription medication misuse by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps. Only pills or patches are accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public health issue. Unused or expired medicines that hang around in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion and misuse. Studies show a majority of misused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.

To dispose of medications, visit one of the following locations on Saturday, April 29 to dispose of your unused medications between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2.p.m.:

Barrington Police Department: 774 Franklin Pierce Highway, Barrington
Dover Police Department: 46 Chestnut Street, Dover
Farmington Police Department: 160 Main Street, Farmington
Lee Police Department: 20 George Bennett Road, Lee
Madbury Police Department (partnering with Strafford County Sheriff’s Office): 334 Knox Marsh Road, Madbury
Milton Police Department: 7 Townhouse Road, Milton
Rochester Police Department: 23 Wakefield Street, Rochester
Rollinsford Police Department: 667 Main Street, Rollinsford
Somersworth Police Department: 12 Lilac Lane, Somersworth
UNH Police Department: 18 Waterworks Road, Durham
4 Pettee Brook Lane, Durham from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29th Take Back Day event, contact your local police department or ONE Voice for Strafford County’s Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator Alissa Cannon at 603-994- 6340.

ONE Voice is a Regional Network of community members and organizations working together to promote substance misuse prevention, treatment opportunities and recovery supports. Online at or on Facebook.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Historical Society and Woman's Club Host A Visit with Abraham Lincoln

The public is invited and welcome to attend an engaging evening with Abraham Lincoln!

"A Visit with Abraham Lincoln"
Friday, May 5th
7:00 pm
in the Multipurpose Room
Valley View Community School
presented by 
Steve Wood
Association of Lincoln Presenters
New Hampshire Humanities Council Presenter

Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.  

Steve Wood, a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Forestry, worked for nearly thirty years with the UNH Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator in Forest Resources, retiring at the end of 2003. He has been researching and presenting Living History programs as Abraham Lincoln since 1995. Steve is a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, and the NH Storytelling Alliance.

This program is supported by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

The program is sponsored by the Farmington Historical Society and The Farmington Woman's Club.