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.

Monday, January 19, 2015

We're Building, But the Site Works Now

Proceed with Caution!  But do Proceed!

Please forgive us while we complete the building of the pages of this website.  The Puddledock Press of Farmington, NH is in its 36th year of operation and is going digital for the first time.

We plan to develop an informational website that would provide details on the following information:

  • History of the Puddledock Press
  • How to get an advertisement in the Puddledock Press
  • How to submit an article for publication
  • How to subscribe, both via email and by mail.
  • How to Contact the Puddeldock Press
  • How to become an active volunteer and help move the Puddledock Press forward.

...and more!

As we develop the pages, more content will become available.  Please forgive us as we transition into a new age for our Community Paper, and comeback often.  The information you are looking for just might be there!

How to Contact us and where to pick uyp your copy of the Puddledock Press is currently accurate.

You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.  Other Social Media outlets will be coming forthwith!

Thanks for visiting.  Come back soon!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

JoAnn Doke Retires After 30 Years with the Puddledock

As the Puddledock enters the Digital Age, it seems fitting to dedicate this issue and the front page to the woman who made it all possible. If it wasn't for the strength of will of our editor of the past 30 years, the Puddledock would have most likely been a lost piece of history, just one more thing Farmington used to have. But because of JoAnn's amazing leadership over the past 30 years, the paper has not only survived, it has thrived.

The Puddledock Press was first published in December of 1979. It began with a school grant from the Mott Foundation of Flint Michigan with the purpose of bringing the school and community together through a local newspaper, published by the school and distributed throughout the town. Under the grant, the paper was published by a group of volunteers who worked through the Main Street School's School-Community Coordinator. After the grant concluded, the volunteers kept the Puddledock alive by selling advertising space in the paper to local businesses, a practice which continues to fund the Puddledock to this day.

JoAnn started with the Puddledock in 1984 as its advertising and billing manager. She rose to the ranks of editor when the editor at the time failed to show up for a meeting and soon dropped out of the picture altogether. Over the next 30 years, under JoAnn's steady leadership and guidance the paper continued to thrive and grow. At the high point, she was printing 1200 papers. In recent years, the number has been reduced to 600 to save on printing costs. The paper is also available on the Farmington Historical Society's website, where is can be read online or you can download a digital copy.

During JoAnn's tenure as editor, the Puddledock office moved several times. From the school, it moved to the Town Hall , now the Recreation Center, basement. Then had a store front office in the Hayward Block. It occupied a suite of offices above Palmer's Hardware before settling back to the Recreation Center, taking over the old police station office, where it currently exists. While JoAnn is leaving the editor's role, she will still be involved in some aspects of the paper, and promises not to disappear as her former editor did. She will guide the Puddledock into its second generation.

The Town of Farmington applauds JoAnn's efforts and honors her for the 30 years of ups and downs that occur when publishing a local community newspaper with only a handful of volunteer staff.
The Puddledock Press offers a unique picture of our Farmington communty. The “Good News” paper that touts the virtues of our small town and local color. Newcomers and life-long residents, of every age eagerly await its arrival at the local store counter tops and office shelves where it can be found, every month. For Free. For the last 35 years. Thanks, JoAnn.