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, October 31, 2015

Farmington Halloween Parade 2015

The Farmington Halloween Parade was held on Friday, October 30 and began at 3:30 PM at the Town Hall.  The paraders lined up and then started their trek through Downtown, where they met our Farmington Business owners, who handed out candy and good wishes to our children.

Below are some of the highlights of the events.

Paraders lining up at the Town Hall

More Lining up before the Parade starts.

The line slowly starts to take shape.

The parade starts and children start to file past Krasner's Law Offices, receiving candy from Manny and Suzanne.

Innovative costumes were found all over.

Even our animal companions were welcomed as they got into the spirit.

More clever costumes.

Superman and a vampire await their next stop.

More creative costumes on our paraders.

Even a dinosaur made an appearance at the parade.

Warm welcomes from friends and neighbors were everywhere.

The march downtown continues.

More candy from Jean and Stu at the Village Boutique.

The Fire Department brought our a truck for the kids to see.  A safe crossing place to the other side.

More candy distribution.

A small group parades down Central Street.

Eager businesses await the lines of children.

The parade continues north on Main Street.

Even Chewbacca was there.

All in all, a good time was had by all.  Don't eat all your candy at once, kids!  What a nice day we had and the Rec Department's Rick and Alicia hosted a warm and welcoming event that our little town's youngest citizens will enjoy and remember for years to come.  

The November Issue is Out and Available Shortly at our Local Distribution Sites

The November issue has been posted on the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is now available for viewing online. You can view and download and print the issue in color from the Scribd site, if you wish. 

Note: Printed Copies have an error in the full page Ad for the Christmas Spectacular on Page 5.  It incorrectly reports the show will be on Saturday and Sunday, when it is correctly Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12.  Sorry for the mistake.  It was corrected in the online version.

Printed hard copies of the November issue will be available at our fine distribution sites in Farmington soon.  To find out where to pick up your printed hard copy, check the Find a Puddledock tab on this site, and select Current Edition for the list of our fine Farmington businesses that carry the Puddledock Press!  Don't forget to thank these establishments for carrying the Puddledock, visit them often, and remind them how you appreciate their supporting our paper, and that you'd love to see them advertise in the paper!  

Please consider placing an ad in the paper for your business or non-profit organization.  You can help to support our Community newspaper and our services like the Around the Town Calendar, and online access.  Consider running an ad or just sending in a contribution.  

Hope you enjoy the November issue! Start submitting your news and articles for December now. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Taking a Stand to Prevent Falls

by Dr. Thomas Naro

Falls are NOT a normal part of aging. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) follows the trends and rates of how falls affect Americans. The results are alarming. From a 2015 study, researchers found that 55% of unintentional deaths of people 65 years or older were caused from falls. From the year 2000 to 2013, the total increase in death from fall injuries rose by 15%. To give a little more background on the reporting, deaths caused by fire (2%), suffocation (8%), and car accidents (14%) declined in this 13 year period.

There are a number of statistics out there about falls in this country. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports more than 1/3 of adults 65 years or older fall each year; up to 30% of those who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries like bruising, hip fractures, or head trauma; and those injuries can limit a person’s mobility and independent living. The bottom line is: fall rates are high, mortality rates from falls are getting worse, and falls are preventable.

September 23rd marked the first day of autumn (fall) as well as the 8th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The Falls Free® Initiative is lead by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to reduce falls nationwide. If you aren’t aware of it yet, preventing falls is a major health topic. Thirteen percent of Farmington’s population is 65 years and older. The people who are 10 birthdays or less away from reaching that age group make up another 15% of Farmington’s residents. We all know loved ones, neighbors, acquaintances or passersby who are at risk for falling. However, it’s probably not your first thought when we see them. We can help make everyone safer by reducing the risk for falling. And it can start right now for you and everyone in your family.

Falls happen for many reasons and for each of those reasons there is a prevention tip. We can’t address them all in this article but once you get the idea, a little common sense goes a long way. Most falls actually happen in or around the home. So let’s start there. Make sure to keep rooms and hallways free of clutter, turn on the lights or use a night light when it’s dark, secure or remove throw rugs and electrical cords that you may trip over, use a rubber mat in the shower or tub and install grab bars in the bathroom. Medications play a role in causing falls. For instance, lightheadedness is one common side effect that may cause loss of balance. Review your medications with your physician or pharmacist regularly to know if this may happen to you. Vision plays a crucial role in staying on your feet. Unfortunately, vision declines as we age so having your eye sight examined annually and updating prescription lenses will help.

Visiting your doctor is a great way to see if you are at risk for falling. Having a history of falling at least once in the past 12 months is criteria for being at risk for falls. Other ways to tell if you or someone else may be at risk for falling includes: holding onto walls or counters when walking, frequent loss of balance, trouble getting out of a chair, challenged with climbing stairs, or shuffling feet when walking. These things tend to happen as we get older but it MUST NOT be mistaken for being normal. It is NOT NORMAL and attention needs to be brought about to correct these issues.

Training your body to become stronger and better at balance will reduce your risk for falling. Exercise classes like tai chi (pronounced “tie-chee”) are proven to increase balance. Tai chi classes are available at the Alton Senior Center. You can find other classes to help your balance at the Granite YMCA in Rochester. The NCOA recommends people with balance and walking problems to see physical therapist. A physical therapist will assess a person’s fall risk, provide exercises to improve strength and balance, and make other appropriate suggestions. Some people may need to use a walker or cane. A physical therapist will provide proper fitting and instructions on use for any assisted walking device.

Falling can happen at any age. Sometimes slipping on the ice, tripping over our own feet, or missing a step can make the best of us fall down. The younger we are, the better we “bounce” and recover. Staying on our feet comes from a combination of strength and coordination training that starts when we’re toddlers. Sports, recreation and fitness help maintain these skills as we grow into our adult years but it often stops for some reason in too many people. Encourage everyone you know to improve their strength and balance. It’s never too late to start and you scientifically are never too old to get make your muscles stronger. Falling is a real topic and shouldn’t be ignored. Remember the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? We all can make the people of Farmington (and everywhere else) stronger and safer by taking a stand to prevent falls.

Author Thomas Naro, MSPT, DPT is a doctor of physical therapy, partner/manager of Coppola Physical Therapy Farmington located at 395 NH Route 11. 

Savor the Flavor Recipes for October 2015

Gather round the table for down-home cooking, international flairs, vegetarian dishes, gluten-free and so much more. Kids Kitchen will offer recipes young chefs can prepare. Everyone has special recipes to  share.  Be a guest contributor by submitting your classic specialties.  Savor The Flavors is a food column for all of our readers, so please share your ideas and suggestions.  Each month we will have a featured recipe from one of our readers so we urge our readers to be a guest contributor. Please stay tuned to see who it is? Be of good heart and sit back to Savor The Flavors!
Our first guest contributor is Pam Lord.

Low Sodium BBQ Sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes     Cook time: 10 minutes


   1 cup no salt added Heinz Tomato Ketchup
   ¼ cup cider vinegar
   ½ tsp ground cinnamon
   ½ tsp garlic powder
   ½ tsp onion powder
   ½ tsp paprika
   ½ tsp black pepper
   ½ tsp chili powder
   2 Tbsp honey
   1 Tbsp molasses
   1/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
   1 tsp liquid smoke


Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Heat until hot then turn down heat to low to let simmer and thicken.  Use as dipping or grill sauce or use with pulled pork recipe.  Serves: 20 Keeps refrigerated 4 weeks in a sealed container.

Pulled Pork


   3 lb pork roast, trimmed and tied
   Ingredients for BBQ Sauce above


In a large bowl, combine all sauce ingredients except liquid smoke. Add pork roast.  Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 6 to 10 hours.  Turn occasionally to keep roast coated with sauce. Transfer pork roast and sauce into slow cooker, add the liquid smoke.  Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours or until very tender.  Add water as needed while cooking if pork becomes dry.  Transfer cooked pork to cutting board, cover with foil to keep warm.  Skim the fat from the surface of the cooking liquid.  Shred or chop pork into small pieces.  Serve pulled pork on buns. Servings: 8

Kale Chips

Kid's Kitchen with Adult Supervision


   Cooking spray
   1 Head of kale, separated into leaves, washed, and thoroughly dried.
   2 Tablespoons olive oil
   Sea salt for sprinkling


Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.  Spray 2 or 3 baking sheets with cooking oil. In a large bowl, toss the kale leaves with olive oil to coat evenly. Transfer leaves to baking sheets and bake until the leaves are crispy, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the chips with sea salt while they are still hot.
Blueberry Buckle
Blueberry season is here. So here is one of my all time favorites my mother makes often.


   ½ cup shortening
   ¾ cup sugar
   1 egg
   2 cups sifted  all-purpose flour
   2 ½  tsp baking powder
   ¼ tsp salt
   ½  cup milk
   2 cups fresh blueberries
   ½ cup sugar
   ½ cup sifted all-purpose flour
   ½ tsp ground cinnamon
   ¼ cup butter or margarine


Oven at 350 degrees.  Thoroughly cream shortening and ¾ cup sugar; Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
Stir together 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt
Add to the creamed mixture alternating with milk.
Spread in greased 11x7x1 ½  inch pan. Top with berries.
Topping:  Mix ½ cup sugar, ½  cup flour, cinnamon, together.  Add butter and crumble it together. Sprinkle over blueberrys. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
Cut into squares.  Serve warm. Put on a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Tips to Ponder
When chopping herbs, toss a little salt onto the cutting board; it will keep the herbs from flying around.
See you next month.  

The October Issue is Now Available

The October issue has been posted on the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is now available for viewing online. You can view and download and print the issue in color from the Scribd site, if you wish. 

We are proud to announce two new columns making their appearance in this issue!
We have our new recipe feature, "Savor the Flavor", written by Debbie Reed and Sue Fisher.  Debbie will be writing the future issues and invites readers to share their favorite recipes with her. We also have a new health and wellness column, "Healthy Living", written by Dr. Thomas Naro.  Dr. Naro is a physical therapist and owner operator of Coppola Physical Therapy Farmington, one of our local businesses on Route 11.  We're happy to have these newest additions to our local paper and hope you enjoy them.    We welcome them to our Puddledock Press family of volunteer contributors. 

Printed hard copies of the October issue will be available at most of our fine distribution sites in Farmington, and the rest will be out soon.  To find out where to pick up your printed hard copy, check the Find a Puddledock tab on this site, and select Current Edition for the list of our fine Farmington businesses that carry the Puddledock Press!  Don't forget to thank these establishments for carrying the Puddledock, visit them often, and remind them how you appreciate their supporting our paper, and that you'd love to see them advertise in the paper!  

Hope you enjoy the October issue! Start submitting your news and articles for November now.