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.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The March 2015 Edition of the Puddledock Press is Available

The March edition has been posted on the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online.

You can view and download and print the issue in color from the Scribd site, if you wish.  The hard copies are at most of our fine distribi=ution sites in Farmington, now.  The rest will be distributed to theother sites soon.

You can view past issues on the Farmington Historical Society's Puddledock Press page.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Farmington Woman's Club has Long History of Service to the Town

Woman's Club members tend to their Adopt-a-Spot in downtown Farmington.
by Jo-Ann Doke

Woman's Clubs can trace their history back to 1868. The Farmington Woman's Club was founded in 1910. Woman's Clubs began in communities as modern household advances afforded the women more leisure time. The clubs' original function was as study clubs or reading clubs. As time went on, their goals also included social welfare; building schools, hospitals and libraries. Woman's Clubs in the United States helped fund the building of 75%-80% of all libraries across the nation, including our own Goodwin Library. The Farmington community should be proud of the longstanding support and leadership that the Woman's Club has exemplified for our town and our library.

At the Goodwin Library cornerstone laying ceremony in 1928, Fred Thayer, master of ceremonies, noted, "I wish to especially call your attention to the influence of the women in this community in this growth and I refer particularly to the Farmington Woman's Club. In 1911, this organization, which is regarded among the leaders for civic programs, conceived the idea of creating a fund for the erection of a public library building. They not only conceived the plan, but have carried it through each successive administration by supplementing the small original fund with proceeds of social activities, until one year ago there was somewhat over $1800 in the treasury. With this fund, the Board of Trustees had for some time discussed and negotiated for a suitable site for such a building. Last November, this very spot upon which we stand was purchased." We have a library in Farmington because of the dedication and support of the Farmington Woman's Club.

Prior to the building of the Goodwin Library, books were kept at the Farmington Opera House and were lost in a fire there. Continues Thayer, "Immediately after the fire, the women again came to the fore and have continued through social activities, to swell the funds for the continuance of this institution."
The Woman's Club celebrates new memberships in 2014.
Fast forward through the years of consistent monetary and in kind donations to various causes in Farmington. The goals of promoting social, ethical and intellectual culture, to further education is still present in our modern day activities.

Through the efforts of some of our fund-raising committees, we have been able to double the amount of our yearly scholarship to a FHS graduate to $1000. We continue the decades long tradition of hosting an annual faculty tea to show our appreciation for our educators and also to award each school with a monetary donation.

Joan Funk, from the Board of Selectmen, recognizes the Woman's Club
for their 100 years of service to the Farmington Community.
In 2010, on the occasion of the Farmington Woman's Club's 100 the anniversary, the club was recognized with a congratulation letter from President Obama. The Farmington Board of Selectmen also acknowledged the Woman's Club's efforts with a formal proclamation.

In holding to our traditions, we have also tried to keep current with changing times. Some of our daytime meetings have been changed to evenings to allow our working members to attend. With the continued growth of the club, we have seen an increase in our fundraisers with an influx of new ideas. We have donated to many causes including: the Interfaith Food Pantry, The American Legion, Farmington Arts Boosters, The Farmington Recreation Department, The Puddledock Press and more. The club was responsible for the purchase of the lovely trees downtown and continues to maintain the flower garden site in the middle of town. One of the American flags flying proudly was a club donation. The club is not all about good works. We do have social activities where we can enjoy each others company and invited guests. The Woman's Club hosts several social activities and fund raisers throughout the year.

As always, the FWC welcomes new members from Farmington and surrounding communities to attend a program or a meeting and see if we are a fit for you. Please contact President Stephanie Roux at 603-755-9902 for more information. Ω

Farmington Town Players Celebrate 30th Anniversary by performing all Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or less

The Farmington Town Players, 2015 cast
by Elizabeth Van Gelder
It's 2015, and the Farmington Town Players are ringing in the New Year with some new faces, a great new attitude and rehearsals for a hilarious new play!
The Farmington Town Players is a group of local theater lovers, who have been volunteering and performing in Farmington since 1985. The group is comprised of some local veteran members, who have been involved in the production, direction, and performance of a variety of stage plays. The extensive list of performances over the last three decades reveals a staggering variety, including classics like: Your a Good Man Charlie Brown (1986), Our Town (1998, done in homage to Farmington's bicentennial) and Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (2009), as well as holiday staples such as The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1996), The Gift of the Magi & Dicken's A Christmas Carol (2002 & 2003, respectively). And while the group has also presented a handful of melodramas and murder mysteries, we certainly cannot forget the Player's overwhelming sense of humor and historical success, in comedic shows such as I Want My Mummy (1999), Men Are Dogs (2005), and Happily Ever, Once Upon (2007).
As we celebrate the Farmington Town Player's 30th anniversary, the group is proud to welcome multiple new members into our thespian family, and excited that rehearsals have begun on our newest endeavor; a hands-down hilarious comedy titled "The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 minutes or Less"!
Debbi Van Gelder talks to the cast in preparation for a scene.
Join the Farmington Town Players as they (quickly) present you with the mythology of Zeus, Hera, Hermes & all of the epic Greek Gods. Watch as they rush to beat the clock, introducing the Gods as they walk the red carpet, slap fight through battles and loosely, but humorously, translate the stories of Pandora, Helen of Troy and Odysseus, all while each actor plays multiple roles. There is never a dull moment!

The show is scheduled to hit the stage Friday April 10th & Saturday April 11th, at 7:00pm. Price of admission is undetermined at this time. Keep your eyes open for updates in the Puddledock Press, on The Farmington Town Players public Facebook page and on the Farmington News Facebook page. The Farmington Town Players can't wait to see you at the Farmington Recreation Center this spring for their 30th Anniversary, and their 30th performance!
Director, Debbi Van Gelder, discusses the scene with actors.

The two act play is fast paced, satirized for your enjoyment, and modernized to a great extent. It's both fun to watch and actually does cover both of Homer's epic narratives, and all Greek mythology. Mark your calendars for this one. You won' t want to miss it. This play is fun for the entire family.
The versatile cast, pictured above, take on a wide variety of roles throughout the telling of these myths and stories.  
  • Jess Bowen: Helen of Troy, Persephone, Glaukos, Eurydice, and Circe
  • Amy Drapeau:  Aphrodite, Penelope, Noble Steed, and other sensational characters
  • Stan Freeda: Hades, Hephaestus, Menelaus, Principal Thomas, Ajax, Minotaur, and Odysseus
  • Samantha J. G. Goodwin: Athena, Mrs. Henderson, King Priam, Medea, and others
  • Tami Larock: Demeter, Thetis, sleeping Trojan, Trojan commander, Galatea, Arachne, and Coach Tantalus 
  • Benjamin Menard: Tom, Epimetheus, Odysseus, Hector, Diomedes, Jason, Cyclops, Phaethon, and Exploitatis
  • Joshua Menard: Prometheus, Apollo, Achilles, Orpheus, Perseus, Oedipus, and Telemachus
  • Ruth Menard: Hestia, Iphigenia, Scylla, Ariadne, Medusa, Agenor
  • Tracy Menard: Hera, Aeolus, Mother of Odysseus, and Queen of the Phaecians
  • Anna O'Sullivan:  Hermes, Nestor, Priam, Iris, Peleus, and Trojan Officer
  • Fred Pitman: Zeus, Agamemnon, Atenor, Patroklos, Pygmalion, and Old Dog
  • Elizabeth Van Gelder:  Jane, Pandora, Semele, Oracle, Andromache, Thisbe, Tiresias, and Calypso
  • Kevin Willey:  Poseidon, Paris, Man, Hercules, Theseus, and Thor
Tickets are $5.00 at the door, with family group rates available.

Iliad, Odyssey and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less,
by Jay Hopkins, John Hunter, and Homer

On a simple stage, with the clock ticking in front of everyone's eyes, the cast speeds through all of Greek Mythology. Its funny, updated and made easy to understand. The Gods walk the Red Carpet. The Creation of Mankind is a botched subcontractors job. Man and Pandora try settling down despite an ominous wedding gift. Love stories are a dating show and the Greek Tragedies are sports highlights! And don't forget the two greatest stories ever told, The Iliad and The Odyssey. Kidnap Helen of Troy and you've got a 10 year slap-fight of epic proportions with pouty Achilles, war-hungry Agamemnon, and clever Odysseus, destined to wander the seas for 10 more years fighting giants, seductresses and the Gods themselves. All the silly decisions, the absurd destinies, and the goofy characters are presented lightning-bolt fast with hysterical results as the clock is stopped with only seconds to spare.
    "This riotous distillation of classic Greek mythology and Homer's epic poems takes boldface names from myth and literature and turns them into a thing that would make Cliffs-Notes and Monty Python proud... Hopkins and Hunter use pop culture to spoof some of the more overly dramatic Greek moments and do a wonderful job of picking up on all the things that never made sense in these traditional stories-" - Orlando Sentinel

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    March is Woman's History Month

    Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” You can learn more about Women's History by visiting Women's History Month on the web at For short articles and pictures, visit “A Natioonal Opolicy of Nagging” on Pinterest at

    You can get the executive and legislative documents from the Law Library of Congress' guide to the legislative history of Women's History Month.        Ω

    About Women's History Month  Library of Congress

    New Fun Feature: Where in the World is the Puddledock Press!

    We know from the website statistics we have for the online editions that people all over the world access our issues and read them. So now, Puddledock Press readers everywhere can share their love of the Puddledock and for our local readers, their love of travel!

    If you are a reader of the Puddledock Press, and are outside of Farmington, you can share with us where in the world you are with the Puddledock Press.  Take a selfie of you at your location, with the Puddledock Press and send it to us at PuddledockPress at  If you are a Farmington resident, take the Puddledock with you as you travel and send us a selfie of you and the Puddledock as you travel.  If you read the Puddledock online, please print a copy of at least the front page, and have it with you in the photo!

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