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.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Puddledock Connects to Kids with new Column

Local readers have requested a comeback of a previously managed section of the paper. In December 1979 Volume 1 Number 1 of the Puddledock Press a section called Creative Corner was published sharing the writings of Farmington students with the community. Kids Corner will be a modern rendition of Creative Corner. The paper will accept writing submissions from any student who resides in Farmington. A lottery process will be used to select a single piece to go to print with the rest of the paper in hardcopy and online format. Each month will be a different writing selection. Due to limited print space, other submissions will receive recognition through a special section to be published online only.

The rules: article submissions must be electronic, editable and e-mailed to Kid’s Corner editor Tom Naro at Size of the writing is preferred to be under 300 words. Longer submissions may be edited in length to highlight sections of the piece so it can fit the paper’s available space.Topics of any interest will be reviewed. Here are some suggested themes: heroism, love, victory, tragedy, beauty, holidays, family, life lessons, coming of age, the future, inspiration, sorrow, reality, identity, power, overcoming and hope. Style of writing can be expository, descriptive, persuasive, or narrative. Short stories, poems, essays, news, reviews, opinions, nature, and most of anything else is encouraged.

The student’s first name, age and school will be mentioned along side her or his writing. Farmington has students who attend public school, private school, do home schooling, and those who utilize distance learning. Any student from early learning through high school levels are asked to produce individual or group work. To make the selection easier for the editors, we ask teachers, parents, or groups leaders to screen selections from their students and send directly to the Kids’ Corner editor.

To provide an example here’s something that was printed in the very first issue of the Puddledock Press from Mrs. Collins’ eighth grade reading class by Robert Suydam.

Many people have heard stories about heroes long ago, but do not realize that people still qualify for being a hero today.I believe my father could be a hero today because, in my eyes, he qualifies as a hero. First of all, he is very brave. He served in the Marines and fought in World War II. He is not scared of anything. He is also very strong and uses his strength wisely. He is not mean unless he has to be.When it comes to fairness and dedication to duty, my father is the tops. All in all, my father has all the qualities of a hero.

Kids’ Corner is sponsored by Coppola Physical Therapy Farmington.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Error in December Issue Advertisement.

Unfortunately, we printed the wrong website address for Kyle Leach's Happiness Tree Decor ad in the December issue.  This error only appears in the printed copy.  The online copy has the correct website address.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  Please visit the webpage and support our sponsors.

The December Issue of the Puddledock Press Is Here

The December edition of the Puddledock Press is out at our distribution sites now or will be very soon.  Visit your local Farmington carrier of the Puddledock and get your issue now.

It also has been posted on the Puddledock Press website and the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online. It is also available in the archives of both Puddledock Press and the Farmington Historical Society websites.

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