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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 29th

Record number of Strafford County law enforcement agencies to participate

SOMERSWORTH - ONE Voice for Strafford County is proud to announce that 11 Strafford County law enforcement agencies will be participating in the 13 th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29. This is the highest number of agencies in Strafford County to have participated in the event since its beginning.

The public is invited to take part in preventing prescription medication misuse by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps. Only pills or patches are accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public health issue. Unused or expired medicines that hang around in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion and misuse. Studies show a majority of misused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.

To dispose of medications, visit one of the following locations on Saturday, April 29 to dispose of your unused medications between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2.p.m.:

Barrington Police Department: 774 Franklin Pierce Highway, Barrington
Dover Police Department: 46 Chestnut Street, Dover
Farmington Police Department: 160 Main Street, Farmington
Lee Police Department: 20 George Bennett Road, Lee
Madbury Police Department (partnering with Strafford County Sheriff’s Office): 334 Knox Marsh Road, Madbury
Milton Police Department: 7 Townhouse Road, Milton
Rochester Police Department: 23 Wakefield Street, Rochester
Rollinsford Police Department: 667 Main Street, Rollinsford
Somersworth Police Department: 12 Lilac Lane, Somersworth
UNH Police Department: 18 Waterworks Road, Durham
4 Pettee Brook Lane, Durham from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29th Take Back Day event, contact your local police department or ONE Voice for Strafford County’s Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator Alissa Cannon at 603-994- 6340.

ONE Voice is a Regional Network of community members and organizations working together to promote substance misuse prevention, treatment opportunities and recovery supports. Online at or on Facebook.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Historical Society and Woman's Club Host A Visit with Abraham Lincoln

The public is invited and welcome to attend an engaging evening with Abraham Lincoln!

"A Visit with Abraham Lincoln"
Friday, May 5th
7:00 pm
in the Multipurpose Room
Valley View Community School
presented by 
Steve Wood
Association of Lincoln Presenters
New Hampshire Humanities Council Presenter

Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.  

Steve Wood, a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Forestry, worked for nearly thirty years with the UNH Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator in Forest Resources, retiring at the end of 2003. He has been researching and presenting Living History programs as Abraham Lincoln since 1995. Steve is a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, and the NH Storytelling Alliance.

This program is supported by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

The program is sponsored by the Farmington Historical Society and The Farmington Woman's Club.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Farmington High School Students Debut Their Movie

On Thursday April 20th the students of Farmington School will be debuting their movie "All Things Must Pass".  It is about a group of eclectic students who compete for a film festival while struggling with the daily rigors of high school.  The run time is 75 minutes.  The movie will held in the main gym and doors open at 5:00 PM with the movie starting at 6:00 PM.  The event is free but people are asked to bring food and clothing donations.  Those donations are awarded tickets that can used for food, drink, and raffles.

Movie night is a biannual event that has been afoot for seven years.  Students of both the middle school and high school create and star in their own movie.  Past movies has been about drug use, crime, and range from action, adventure, horror, and science fiction.  Members of the program has been recognized state wide from Mayors, Senators, Governors, and have received several awards including Union Leaders' top 40 under 40, Seacoast top 10 to watch, and Governor's Art award.

The movie trailers for both the high school and middle school movies can be found on the Farmington School District website at

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The April Edition of the Puddledock is Available Online an in Town

The April 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. You can also find this and past issues 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.

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