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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Puddledock Press Announces Town Elections Page as New Online Feature

The Puddledock Press is proud to announce a new online feature.  We have just released our new Town Elections / Candidates Information page.  In an effort to get you the information you need to make informed voting decisions, the Puddledock will issue a series of questions to candidates, and ask candidates running for office to answer them.  We will post all statements or answers to our questions on the new Town Elections page.

This year, our Town Elections will be held on Tuesday, March 14.  Voting wil be at the Town Hall as usual.  The Town Meeting will be held on the following day, Wednesday, March 15th.  The Puddledock Press has posted a series of questions for Candidates to answer, if they so choose, so the voters can get to know them a little better and understand their positions so they may make informed decisions when they vote on March 14.  The Questions are posted below the list of open positions and known candidates.  The answers or statements submitted by the Candidates will be linked to the Candidate's name.  We hope that this service will be of value to our voters and Candidates alike.

If you are a candidate running for any of the offices, please feel free to submit your answers to these questions to PuddledockPress@gmail.com. We will post them for our voters to review.


For Board of Selectman Candidates
  • Why do you want to hold the office you seek?
  • If you are an incumbent, describe one contribution that you made on the Board.
  • If you are a challenger, describe one challenge you see with the present Board. 
  • What is your vision for Farmington's economic future?
  • How do you accommodate those that do not share your vision?
  • What services and resources should a municipality provide for its citizens?
  • What are the first 5 actions you would take, or encourage the board to take, if you were elected?

For Budget Committee Candidates
  • Why do you want to hold the office you seek?
  • If you are an incumbent, describe one contribution that you made on the Board.
  • If you are a challenger, describe one challenge you see with the present Board. 
  • What is your vision for Farmington's economic future?
  • How will you balance an affordable tax rate with the investment needs for Farmington's infrastructure?
  • What are the first 5 actions you would take, or encourage the board to take, if you were elected?

For School Board Candidates
  • Why do you want to hold the office you seek?
  • If you are an incumbent, describe one contribution that you made on the Board.
  • If you are a challenger, describe one challenge you see with the present Board. 
  • What is your vision for Farmington School District?
  • Do you support accreditation for Farmington schools?  Why or why not?
  • What improvements would you make to the education of the children of Farmington?
  • What are the first 5 actions you would take, or encourage the board to take, if you were elected?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The February 2017 Puddledock Press is Now Available Online.

The February 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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Don't forget to Take your Puddledock with you when you travel and take a selfie with the Puddledock at your destination.  Submit it for publication in our Where in the World is the Puddledock Press column.  Let's see how far we can spread our community newspaper.