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, December 18, 2015

December Savor the Flavor Recipes

Savor the Flavors is excited to be bringing you into the New Year with some exciting new recipes and helpful suggestions to make your meal planning easier.  We are still looking for people who love to cook and share their ideas to write to me and become a guest contributor to the column.  Let us kick the New Year off  filled with lots of ideas and cooking fun.

Vanilla Magic Custard Cake
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  45 mins
Total time:  1 hour
Serves: 9-12

½ cup unsalted butter-melted and slightly cooled
2 cups milk-lukewarm
4 eggs-separated
1¼ cups (150g) powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon water
1 cup (115g) flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 325°F
Lightly grease 8x8 inch baking dish, set aside
Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form, set aside.
Beat the egg yolks and powdered sugar until pale yellow.
Mix in melted butter and the tablespoon of water (for about 2 minutes) until evenly combined.

Mix in the flour until evenly incorporated.
Slowly beat in the milk and vanilla extract until well combined.
Fold in the egg whites (1/3 at a time, then repeat until all of the egg whites are folded in).
Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40-60 minutes (until the cake is barely jiggly in the center). Baking time might vary depending on your oven or pan you use, but start checking after 40 minutes. If the top browns too quick before the minimum of 40 minutes, you can cover the cake with aluminum foil.
Cool the cake completely before dusting with powdered sugar. Even cooled, it will be slightly jiggly because it has custard layer in the center.  ~~ENJOY~~


Rainbow Punch
1- 2 litre of Hawaiian Punch
1 - 64 oz orange juice (chilled)
1- 2 litre of Gingerale
Add all ingredients well. Mix in 1 - small tub of orange sherbet or rainbow sherbet ice cream, drop by tablespoons into mixture… Serve chilled..
Very easy for any of your young people to make and serve.  ~~ENJOY~~

Dried Apple Slices (Kids Can Cook)
2 apples (Gala or Fiji is best)
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 225°F.
 Slice apples as thinly as possible, about 1/8-inch or thinner (use a mandolin if you have one). Arrange slices in a single layer on 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with cinnamon if using. Bake 1 1/2 hours; flip slices and continue baking 1 1/2 hours longer or until completely dry and crisp (they will not crisp more upon cooling). Timing will vary depending on the moisture content of the apples and the thickness of the slices. Let cool. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week. These are great for an after school snack. Put a few in a baggie and take on the road or in your favorite bag for a quick pick me up. ~~ENJOY~~

VEGETARIAN CHILI (For those cold winter night suppers)
2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 package McCormick Chili Seasoning (For Slow Cookers)
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) tomato sauce

Brown turkey in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat (if any).
Place cooked turkey, seasoning mix, tomatoes, beans and tomato sauce in slow    cooker.Stir until well mixed. Cover.
Cook 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH. Stir before serving. Makes 8 servings. ~~ENJOY~~

2 quarts apple cider
1/4 cup sugar
10 whole cloves
6 whole cloves of allspice
4 sticks cinnamon
Combine ingredients in a large saucepan. Heat slowly to a boil; boil for 5 minutes. Discard spices or strain to remove. Serve hot with orange slices or whole cinnamon sticks, if desired.
Makes 8 1-cup servings. (Great for those cold nights by the fireplace or wood stove) ~~ENJOY~~

15 ounce cans black beans, undrained
1 16 ounce can vegetarian broth
1/2 cup salsa
1 tbsp chili powder
shredded cheese (optional)
sour cream (optional)
chopped onion (optional)
fresh chopped cilantro (optional)

Mash one can of black beans with potato masher or, pulse the beans in a food processor with a little bit of extra water if needed, until they are mostly smooth.
Pour both cans of beans into medium saucepan. Add vegetable broth, salsa, and chili powder. Bring to a boil. If desired top with shredded cheese, sour cream, onion, and cilantro.
Makes four low-fat servings of vegetarian black bean soup.. ~ENJOY~~

TURKEY HASH WITH COUNTRY GRAVY - Use leftover turkey from Christmas.
1/2 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1/2 cup frozen chopped onions
1/2 cup frozen chopped green pepper (recommended: Pict Sweet)
2 tablespoons chopped pimientos
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups leftover stuffing
2 eggs
2 cups diced turkey meat

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into skillet. Add onions, peppers, and pimientos. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until sausage is just cooked through, stirring often to break up sausage. Transfer to a large bowl. Clean pan and heat oil.
Add stuffing, eggs and turkey to bowl with sausage mixture and stir to combine. Add to heated pan and press down with spatula until bottom of skillet is covered with hash. Brown 5 to 7 minutes untouched. Use a spatula to flip over hash and continue to cook another 5 to 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, take leftover gravy and heat in a saucepan over medium heat. As gravy heats up, whisk in enough milk to thin to desired consistency.Serve hash topped with poached egg and warmed turkey country gravy ~~ENJOY~~

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup strong brewed coffee
Assorted fresh fruit (whatever you like, grapes, kiwi, orange sections, pineapple, apples, melon, strawberries)
In a heavy saucepan, melt chocolate with milk over low heat, stirring constantly.
 Stir coffee into chocolate mixture; keep warm.
Serve with fruit. Yield: 2-1/2 cups. ~~ENJOY~~

3lbs tart green apples, peeled,cored, and sliced thin
1⁄2 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1⁄2 cup apricot jam
2 lemons zested or grated
freshly grated nutmeg
apple pie spice
1 cup chopped and toasted walnuts
1⁄2 cup unsalted melted butter
1⁄4 cup apple juice
1 package egg roll wrap
caramel sauce

Place apples, apple juice, sugar, jam, zest, nutmeg, and apple pie spice in a large heavy skillet. Cook over med-high heat, covered, until apples are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Stir in walnuts and taste and adjust seasonings.
Place several tablespoon of filling at an angle in the center of an eggroll wrapper.
Roll up like an envelope. Lightly moistening edges with water to seal. Place seam-side down on buttered baking sheet.
Repeat until all filling is used. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
Place under hot broiler until golden about 3-5 minutes
To serve: Place caramel sauce into individual dessert plates  and place egg rolls on top. ~~ENJOY~~

As the New Year approaches, many cultures around the world prepare and serve special food on New Year's Day. Some believe that eating certain foods on the first day of the New Year will bring good fortune. “Many people will ‘eat for luck’ . . . and plan to eat special foods that, by tradition, are supposed to bring them good luck.” One such New Year's Day food tradition is black-eyed peas, considered in many cultures to symbolize prosperity, being said to represent copper coins.

Along with black-eyed peas, some cultures, particularly many African Americans serve greens, such as collards, turnips, or kale. Cabbage is another green vegetable served on New Year’s Day. Such green vegetables represent prosperity in the form of paper money
Similarly, some cultures will make sure that rice, another so-called good luck food, is eaten on New Year's Day. Hoppin John, southern dish that combines black-eyed peas and rice, might be a considered a “double dose of luck.”
Several nationalities include pork on the New Year’s Day menu. The Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut on the first day of the New Year is said also to bring good luck and protection. This practice may be traced back to Europe when wild boars were hunted and killed on the first day of the year. When Austrians, Swedes, Germans and other European settlers arrived in the United States, they may have brought this custom with them.
Another New Year’s food tradition comes from Spain, where it is customary to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. Each grape signifies one month of the upcoming year. A sweet grape means the month will be good. A sour grape means the month will be bad.
Other cultures include some form of fish as a lucky dish. People in the Northwestern part of the U.S. may choose to eat salmon on New Year’s Day. Some Germans and Poles choose herring, which may be served in a cream sauce or pickled. According to German folklore, eating a herring at the stroke of midnight will bring luck for the next year. Other Germans may choose to eat carp.
Many cultures believe that any food in the shape of a ring will bring good luck, as the closing of the ring means 'coming full circle' and represents a fresh start in the New Year. For example, lentils are symbolic of prosperity, so lentil soup or lentils with rice make up the first meal of the New Year in Brazil.

Please remember that Savor the Flavors is asking for your input on these articles. We want to see your ideas and recipes, so please email us with your ideas.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Farmington Town Players Present "A Christmas Spectacular"

The Farmington Town Players, under the guidance of producer, Mary Barron and director, Deb van Gelder, are offering a second production for 2015.  This Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, the troupe will present "A Christmas Spectacular", which promises to be "an evening of festive comedy, carols, music, and mayhem."  The show will open on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall.

The doors will open at 6:30, so arrive early to get a good seat.  Admission at the door is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12.  But, if you bring a new toy to donate, the admission will be reduced to $5.00.  The show will be repeated on Saturday, December 12, at 7:00 PM.  The troupe has been actively working hard through the fall to build an evening of holiday good will and festive spirit.

And as usual, they will deliver as promised.  The ensemble cast will once again take on a variety of roles to bring the show to Farmington.  "A Christmas Spectacular will warm your hearts, rekindle your spirit, and set the Holiday mood for all ages," Says producer Mary Barron.  In the holiday spirit, the troupe will also support the Firemen's Toy Drive.  mary asks that audience members "share the spirit of community and the tradition of gift giving by bringing a new unwrapped toy or book, receive $3.00 off the price of an adult ticket, and help the Farmington Fire Department load their coffers with Toys for their Annual Toy Drive !"

For over 30 years, the Farmington Town Players has taken great pride in presenting a wide variety of entertainment for folks in Farmington and surrounding communities. Your support of Town Player performances allows the troupe to contribute back to the community through their support of other programs that benefit the Town of Farmington.

The Farmington Town Players wish to thank all of their loyal supporters, old and new, and send their  warmest wishes for a joyous, safe, and peaceful holiday season.  Start celebrating this holiday season by attending the 2015 holiday show, A Christmas Spectacular!  Veteran Troupe member, Beth Van Gelder invites everyone to "Come for the festivities, stay for the laughter."

Come join us for a night of music, poetry, comedy, and mayhem!

Friday, December 4, 2015

'Tis the Season for Influenza

‘Tis the season
by Dr. Thomas Naro

Influenza, otherwise known as the flu is a virus that affects many of us in New Hampshire. This time of year the prevalence of flu infection cases rise, hence flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains on their website the basics on the flu plus more and I’ll give you a synopsis. The virus attacks the respiratory system and can cause mild to severe illness. We all know the signs and symptoms of the flu, right? You could have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, feel tired, and maybe vomiting and diarrhea. In some people it may only cause respiratory symptoms without a fever.

A person becomes infected through the nose, throat or lungs. It’s believed to spread mainly via droplet form. You know the expression, “say it don’t spray it”? That’s kind of an obnoxious example, but spreading the flu will also happen when a virus carrier coughs or sneezes into the air which contaminates other people through the routes mentioned above. It can also spread by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Here’s a good reason to wash your hands after touching public surfaces like door knobs, grocery cart handles and pay phones (what are those?) Then of course, avoid touching your face unless you know your hands are clean.

Knowing when you or someone else has the flu can be tough at first. Adults may be infected for a whole day before showing any symptoms and 1-4 days for children. That’s enough time to pass the virus on to others before suspecting a person was sick in the first place. Adults can remain contagious for about 5-7 days after you get sick. It can last longer in children and those with weakened immune systems. Everyone is at risk for getting the flu. There are some people who are at greater risk for more severe complications once infected. This includes older people, children, pregnant women, and if you have asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

Once you get the flu, it could make other conditions you have worse or even cause other conditions like bacterial pneumonia, ear infection, sinus infections, swelling of the brain, and dehydration. Who needs that, right? We need a game plan to battle against getting sick in the first place. In the case of the flu, the best defense is a good offense! Let’s take care to keep ourselves safe and the ones around us safe, too.

Get vaccinated. The flu shot is made available at your doctor’s office, medical clinics and some pharmacies. Did you know there are different types of flu shots too? You won’t really be shopping around for the best deal, your doctor will choose for you based on your age and reason for vaccination. There are 3 types of influenza: type A, B, and C. This time of year, we’re talking about seasonal flu shots to protect against two influenza A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) and an influenza B virus. You might be wondering about the swine flu and bird flu. H1N1 is also known as the swine flu so you get protected from that with a flu shot. The bird flu is not circulating in this country like the others do so vaccination isn’t part of the seasonal recommendation. Remember, the flu shot cannot give you the flu so don’t use that as an excuse to not get it. If you are concerned about the possible side effects, discuss this with your doctor.

If you are around children or work in healthcare, the CDC recommends you always get the flu shot each year. This is the best defense because you are likely to come in contact with other people who may be infected, knowingly or unknowingly. Your chances of getting infected and passing it on to others is reduced with the flu shot. Children 6 months and older are recommended to get the flu vaccine. However, if a child is younger than 6 months, it’s too early to get the flu shot. Children in this age group are at greater risk for more serious complications once infected with the flu so it’s important everyone around that child is vaccinated to prevent passing it on.

Here are some other tips to keep you and the flu from being "besties" this year. Wash your hands frequently. Regular soap is recommended over anti-bacterial soaps per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You should wash long enough to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Alcohol-based sanitizers work well if you can’t wash with water. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue and throw it in the trash immediately. Then go wash your hands again. Avoid people who are sick because they may be infectious. Clean and disinfect surfaces that were touched by others, especially if you know they are sick. Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, and mouth. And if you are sick, avoid other people because even though you are a nice person, you might get them sick accidentally. That’s not nice.

If you do get sick and suspect the flu, consult your doctor. Don’t wait! There are tests to confirm the flu and if you have it sometimes your doctor will prescribe specific anti-viral medications. After that you should rest, consume plenty of fluids (water, soup, sports drinks, etc.), try home remedies or over the counter medication to ease your symptoms and follow the advice from the paragraph above. Continue these precautions for 24 hours after your symptoms clear up. If your child becomes ill with the flu, contact the pediatrician. Please tell others about how to prevent catching and spreading the flu. Remember, you won’t know you have it until it’s too late.

Here’s wishing everyone health and happiness this flu season!

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