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, February 26, 2016

Registration Open for Full Day Kindergarten at Valley View Community School

Starting in Sept 2016, Kindergarten at Valley View Community School will expand to full-day sessions, partially funded through our Title 1 grant. Valley View Community School is taking registrations for Kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year between March 7 and March 18. Please go to the school office between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00 to register children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept 30, 2016.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Election Season Starts with New Hampshire Primary

Farmington will have several Election Days this year!  The first two will occur on February 9 and on March 8.  This is a Presidential election year, so New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Primary will be held on Tuesday, February 9.  Town Election Day is always the 2nd Tuesday in March, which is March 8. Farmington Town Meeting is always held the Wednesday after town election day.  Town Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 9.  You'll get a chance to review the town budget and have your say in how our town spends its revenues.

In order to register to vote, New Hampshire citizens who are at least 18 years of age must demonstrate proof of residency and register with the Town Clerk, or the Supervisors of the Checklist, on Election Day or at the posted Supervisor’s meetings.  Once registered as a voter, your name will appear on the Town Voter Check, and you will be able to vote in a  future elections.  Town citizens should exercise their right to vote. You can register at the Municipal Building by filling out a NH Voter Registration Form, bring along your id (driver’s license, or passport, or birth certificate), and proof of residency (mail delivered to a Farmington address, or your Farmington tax bill).

In New Hampshire, no one is permitted to register to vote after ten (10) days prior to an election, except voter registration is accepted on Election Day. This ten day gap allows the Supervisors of the Checklist time to update and print the Checklist that will be used at the polls on Election Day.
If you are a registered voter, or will register to vote at least ten days in advance of an election, and are unable to vote at the polls on Election Day, due to absence from town or physical disability, you may obtain an absentee ballot from the Town Clerk.

The civic responsibility of voting is an important right for all Americans and the foundation of our democratic society.  We all  should exercise our right to vote at every opportunity.  Voting is our chance to voice our opinions, and take an active part in what happens in our town, state, and nation.  The first line in the introduction to Voting is an Ethical Issue from the Princeton Press, states "When we vote, we can make government better or worse.  In turn, our voters can make people's lives better or worse." ( It is as simple as that.  Hopefully, we vote to make things better.

In New Hampshire, we have a semi-open voting system. A registered member of one party cannot votet in the other Party's primary.  But, it does allow registered independent voters to choose the  ballot for the Party of their choice when they vote.  New Hampshire state law requires the Secretary of State to move the primary's date to one week before any similar Primary election.
Please remember to vote in all elections.

This is the February issue cover story, but elections and voting are important, so I thought I would share our feature story online with you.  - sjf.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The February 2016 Issue of the Puddledock is Out

The February issue of the Puddledock Press is out online and will be delivered to our local distribution sites for pick up on Friday, February 5.  Because the cover story deals with our upcoming New Hampshire First in the Nation primary, I will release the online version before the hard copies are available.  The 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. 
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 February issue! Start submitting your news and articles for our March issue now. 

Tuesday, February 9th is our New Hampshire First in the Nation Primary.  Don't forget to vote!

Puddledock Press February 2016