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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Strafford County Head Start Now Taking Applications for 2017-2018 School Year


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 this summer. Strafford County Head Start, a program of Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, provides 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, including children with disabilities.  Extended days will be available in Milton and Rochester this fall.

Interested families are invited to attend an application day on June 28 th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Rochester Head Start located in the Community Center at 150 Wakefield Street. Late afternoon and evening application days are scheduled for July 19 th from 2 PM to 6 PM at Dover Head Start (62A Whittier Street) and July 26th from 2 PM to 6 PM at Farmington Head Start (120 Main Street). Applications will also be accepted on August 2nd and August 9th from 9 AM to 3 PM at Rochester Head Start.

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. Families can apply at any center most convenient for them.

For more information on Strafford County Head Start, please visit the website at straffordcap.org 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 www.straffordcap.org, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The June 2017 Issue is Finally Out!

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

We apologize for the delayed release of this month's issue.  It was delayed at the printer's due to unforeseen circumstances.  But, it is here now at most of our great distribution sites, and will be at the rest by the weekend.

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.

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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, June 5, 2017

Dedication of the new Farmington Public Safety Building Sunday, June 4

The Dedication of the new Farmington Public Safety Building took place on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  The events started at 1:30 PM with a brief ceremony at the old Police Station. Following brief remarks by the chief, the police drove their vehicles, sirens and lights going full force, over to the old Fire Station.  At the old Fire Station, the fireman had a brief ceremony, taking down the flags and folding them.  The firemen then got into their vehicles and followed the police vehicles in a parade down Route 153, where they were joined by the Boy Scouts near the new Public Safety Building.  The parade continued to the new building, where ceremonies of flag raising and building  dedication were followed by some food and building tours.,

The Puddledock Press was there and took over 130 photos of the ceremonies and parade.  You can view the 2017 June 4 - Farmington Public Safety Building Dedication Puddledock Photo Album on the Puddledock's Flickr photostream.  Thanks to Pam Lord for sending along a few more photos to add to the collection.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Remembering the 2017 Memorial Day Observance

The 149th Memorial Day Observance by the citizens of Farmington, NH was planned and directed by joint efforts of the Clarence L. Perkins Post 60 of the American Legion, the Wilson Hunt Post 6906 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Chapter 23 of the Disabled American Veterans and each of their Auxiliary Units and Youth Groups.

The Puddledock Press was there and took 150 photos of the ceremonies and parade.  You can view the 2017 Memorial Day Observance Puddledock Photo Album on the Puddledock's Flickr photostream.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Zander Varney, Farmington Student, Wins Scholarship 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!  

Update: Winners were announced and Zander was one of them!   https://www.frisbiehospital.com/about-us/news/frisbie-invites-public-cast-vote-student-artist-year/


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 ddenitto@sau61.org 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 straffordcap.org 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 www.straffordcap.org, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and YouTube. 
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