Happening Around Epping

Nov-Dec 2017 | Volume 10, Issue 6



Newsletter Schedule

Have we missed your group or event? Please let us know. Our purpose is to include as many Epping groups and events as possible.

The next issue (Jan-Feb) of this newsletter will be available in early Jan 2018. We will accept submissions through December 21, 2017 to be included in the next issue. Please send your content, including contact information, for consideration by using the CONTACT US section of our web site or by emailing us.

End 68 Hours of Hunger in Epping

Did you know End 68 Hours of Hunger - Epping feeds about 40+ kids a week in Epping Elementary, Middle and High schools?  Please help us keep our program going by donating food to our drop boxes at Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library and Bodywise Physical Therapy.  You can also email us at: eppingnh@end68hoursofhunger.org.

A class was recently asked by a teacher what they would do if they had $100. One child wrote, "If I had $100, I would give it to my mother to buy food for us.”

End 68 hours of Hunger is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate the 68 hours of hunger that some local school children on the free and reduced lunch program here in Epping experience between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday afternoon, and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday morning.

The food in each bag costs approximately $10. Is this a lot of money? Some might think so. But without their weekend backpacks, these children will go hungry for 68 hours each week.

How can you help?

You can get involved by making a cash donation or donating some food items we have on our list.  These are the types of foods we would like donated

We want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our Touch the Trucks event in September to support the End 68 Hours of Hunger - Epping program! We are so grateful for all of you who attended and the numerous businesses who participated to bring this amazing event together! We could not run our program without the generosity of our community. The following is a list of businesses we’d like to express our gratitude to:

We also would like to thank Don Jalbert and everyone at the Epping Art Association for giving a portion of the proceeds from their art show to our program! They held a pop-up art show and generously donated 20% of sales to End 68 Hours of Hunger - Epping! You can check out Don’s work at http://donjalbertfineart.com.

We also owe a big thank you to the Residents’ Social Club at Rockingham County Nursing Home for their wonderful donation of book bags and school supplies. Thank you so much for your generosity!!

Lastly, we would like to thank all our behind the scenes volunteers who help us pack and deliver the food each week!

You can keep up-to-date with the Epping Program by emailing us at: eppingnh@end68hoursofhunger.org or checking us out on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/E68HHEpping/.   We are always looking for more volunteers! And speaking of volunteers, we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our very loyal, weekly packing teams!

Karen Poplaski, Jamie Checket, Tasha Morrison: Coordinators

In and Around Epping

The board just approved a project that included six duplexes on Fremont Road. They also approved the architecturals for the site next to the Shell Station on 125 so hopefully that will be built soon. The Board will be discussing proposed zoning changes in the next few months so be on the lookout for that. And there are a few projects in the works but nothing official yet.

UNH Professional Development & Training Launches Inaugural Craft Brew Conference

UNH Professional Development & Training is hosting the inaugural New Hampshire Craft Brew Conference, a collaboration between the University of New Hampshire and the Granite State Brewers Association, on Friday, November 10th in Durham. The NH Craft Brew Conference (NHCBC) features 16 different track sessions focusing on the business and technical aspects of brewing, a vendor showcase, and an industry career fair. Industry expert Mitch Steele is the keynote speaker.

Steele is brewmaster, COO and co-founder of New Realm Brewing Co. in Atlanta, Ga. He has over 30 years of brewing experience. Steele is the author of the book IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. The Brewers Association awarded Steele the prestigious Russell Scherer Award for innovation in craft brewing in 2014.

The NHCBC is ideal for brewing professionals, hobbyists, and brewing entrepreneurs, with special conference topics including sourcing grains/hops, distribution, quality control, licensing/permits, trademarks, integrated marketing, taproom management and many other key aspects of craft brewery startup, sustainability and management.

Tickets for the conference are $150, with option to attend the Brewers Banquet for an additional $65. Tickets include breakfast, lunch, several tastings (21+), refreshments throughout the day, and a “Hoppy Hour” to close the event. 

To learn more about the New Hampshire Craft Brewing Conference or for more information; http://training.unh.edu/brewing.

UNH Professional Development & Training (PD&T) is dedicated to enhancing the professional knowledge and skills of individuals and organizations in New Hampshire and surrounding communities. PD&T offers a variety of learning experiences, including over 250 noncredit workshops, conferences, boot camps, certificate programs, customized corporate trainings and online courses. For all PD&T offerings, go to http://training.unh.edu.

Cell Phones for Our Troops

Donate your old cell phone

More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Please make a donation of your old cell phone so they can call home, providing these soldiers with a much needed connection to their loved ones. There is a drop off box at the Epping Town Hall for your convenience.

The Pease Greeters Need Our Help!

The Pease Greeters, hundreds of volunteers, meet our Armed Forces any time of day or night, as they pass through Pease International Airport on their way to a war zone or on their way home. For more than eleven years, Greeters have welcomed service members on every flight with a warm meal and beverage, small gifts, a cell phone to call home and a hearty round of applause. And for that we give the Greeters our warmest and most sincere thanks. The Pease Greeters began welcoming flights in 2005 and a couple of months ago reached the milestone of having welcomed 1,000 flights.

Recently, the number of flights through Pease has increased and the Pease Greeters are in need of monetary help. We need to support our service men and women any way we can. If you can give any amount, please make a check payable to Pease Greeters and send or drop it off to Joyce at the Town Hall.

To learn more about the Pease Greeters, sign up for flight alerts or to make a contribution, visit www.peasegreeters.org.

Epping Lions Club

“We Serve”

We Want YOU to Join the Epping Lions Club!


The Epping Lions Club was established in April 2009. We support sight programs and services including vision screenings and eyeglass recycling, and we provide assistance to local families in need of eyeglasses. In July, we turned in 965 pairs of glasses for recycling, collected at several collection boxes around town. We support community programs as well as participate and sponsor some exciting events, such as the Lamprey River Canoe Race, the Highnote Festival and our annual Gas Card raffle.  The raffle is a  fundraiser that goes towards providing Marshalls gift cards for Christmas to many deserving Epping families.

We are looking for innovative people who desire to become involved in improving our community and having fun doing it.  If you're interested in learning more, please visit our website at: www.epping.nhlions.org.

Meeting times are posted and are generally the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.  We currently meet at the Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library in Epping.  With your involvement and ideas we look forward to creating even more special fundraising events. We understand people have busy lives and the Lions Club allows you to volunteer as little or as much as you like.  We’d love to see you!

Colleen Palmer, President

Cheryl Denoncour, Treasurer

Deb Brooks, Eye-glass Collector

Nature Talks

What’s Happenin’?

Epping Conservation Commission Photo Contest: Bob and Heidi Jordan took first place with “Corey’s Tractor.” Go check it out in the library.


Congratulations also to the runner-up, Dan McCombs. for
The Beauty of a Morning Run Through Epping (1) and (2)

AND thanks to everyone who submitted a photograph! The best news is this: there will be another contest next year with submittal deadline in August or September, but you could start taking pictures right now!

Intern: Welcome to Whitman Constantineau, UNH Environmental Studies student. Having grown up in Epping, he is looking to give back by helping the Commission with outreach – specifically social media.

Monitoring: Welcome to John Clark, our new volunteer easement monitor! A long-time lover of the woods, he’s already walked his first property with compass and camera. He also agreed to head up the Epping Outdoors Monitoring Committee and is looking for others to help monitor Epping conservation properties. Please put a note in the Conservation mailbox at Town Hall if you’re interested in joining this group. Thank you, John!

School Partnership: Liz Wilson, Conservation Commission, and Alyson Bates, Epping Elementary Science Teacher, have teamed up to get kids outdoors. The three fifth-grade science classes are competing to see which group can develop the best scavenger hunt at Fox Run Park. We hope all you kids have loads of fun connecting with the outdoors!

Forest Management: As many of you may know, the Robert Friend Low Park was harvested this summer, primarily due to the overgrowth of bull pines and other low quality trees (chips, firewood, and pulp). They were harvested, leaving the high-grade trees, and the proceeds went into the Town general fund. The goal of this harvest was to allow the regeneration of better wood and improve wildlife habitat. Our plan for next summer is to delineate a trail and maintain it while the new growth fills in the rest of the land.

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

Nature Isn’t Rocket Science

In the coming weeks, as the holidays approach and hype threatens to overwhelm a sense of normalcy, remember that a soothing, calm presence is just outside your door. The pesky insects and humidity of summer will be history. The cold and dark of winter will not have arrived in full force. The time is perfect to get out and enjoy some peace and quiet. If you’re not already an outdoorsy type, this is for you especially...

Embrace the transitional time when nature ends a season of growth and enters a season of rest. Even if it’s simply a walk around the neighborhood, put on your coat and connect with the outside world.  Embrace the chill of the air and the warmth of the sun on your face. Enjoy skies that range from muted pastels to vivid blue. Listen to the crunching of dried leaves underfoot and the chattering of birds overhead. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, focus on the smell the aroma of autumn leaves, and then let it all go. Repeat as often as desired.

Your quality outside time doesn’t need to be long or technical. Leave the technology behind. Your smart phone can’t capture an aroma or a subtle sound and everyone can afford to have a few minutes of peace; just feel the moment and save it to your personal internal file. If you head to the woods or water, be sure to wear flame orange and follow normal safety rules.

Have a peaceful late fall and pre-winter and find time to appreciate the people and places you love.

Twenty Year Progress Report

The Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that it has recently published its Twenty Years of Progress report. The document traces the history of local, citizen-led protection of the Lamprey River from the humble beginnings of the Lamprey River Watershed Association to state and federal Wild and Scenic River designation and then the formation of the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee. The report highlights key achievements and future goals in line with the Lamprey Rivers Management Plan with personal stories by the people who have made significant contributions.

The report was funded through a grant from the National Park Service as part of celebrations in 2018 for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  Copies will be available at all public libraries and provided to all planning boards, conservation commissions, and town councils/select boards in the Lamprey River watershed. The report is also available at http://www.lampreyriver.org/about-us-lrac-twenty-years-of-progress. We hope that local people will share in our pride of what has been accomplished and will feel empowered to play a role in keeping the Lamprey River as an outstandingly remarkable resource for the people of New Hampshire and the United States.

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Helping communities protect the Lamprey River

Submitted by Suzanne Petersen


Epping Garden Club

Epping Garden Club Plant Sale

We had a wonderful Fall Plant Fundraiser in conjunction with our first town-wide Scarecrow Event!  Thanks to all of you who bought plants and kits and wow - what you did with them was amazing!  There were so many smiles and so much laughter and cars slowing down - yes really, just to take a look at them.  Our Library thanks you, as do the volunteers who worked so hard putting it all together.  Winners will be announced on Halloween.

As we have for five years, we will again be offering gorgeous NH-grown poinsettias of red, pink and cream for the holidays.  We offer delivery to our local businesses and for large orders.  Churches in Epping, please call in your orders and I will get them to you in time for Advent.  Restaurants, the same deal, we will deliver them right to you. All residents will be asked to pick them up on December (2-3) or (9-10), depending on the grower.  We have brought so many wonderful plants to town from our growers up at Wentworth Greenhouse.  It is just October, but 900 Degrees and Popovers have already asked. They always order through us as they know a great deal when they see one.  Prices we charge for the quality you receive is like none other, so give us a try this year for your holiday color.

We will also be offering beautiful wreaths that we’ll be bringing right here to Epping from the north. They are thick and full and heavy and of the very best quality.  Get one with a bow or decorate your wreath with a fancy one of your own!

Prices for poinsettias:

Prices for wreaths:

Joyce will have order forms at the Town Hall or call me at 300-0064. The deadline for orders is November 25th. I will be at the EHS Athletic Boosters Craft Fair at the school with a beauty for the raffle and will also be taking paid orders, so please get yours in early if you can. Let's fill a truck!

Please follow the Garden Club Facebook Page for upcoming sales and events. The Garden Club will be meeting Sunday, November 12th and may go for breakfast.  If you are interested in joining, please call me at 300-0064 or email us at eppinggardenclub@gmail.com

Submitted by Eunice Miller

American Legion News

Children’s Christmas Party in Epping

The Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 51 in Epping is hosting a Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 16th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  It is open to Epping children and the children/grandchildren of the Members of Post 51.  The eligible ages are birth to ten years old.  We hear that Santa will be making a special visit! 

To make sure that Santa has a gift for all the kids, please make sure all eligible children are signed up before the deadline date of December 10th.  Prior sign up is required.  No calls after that date will be accepted. 

Please call Linda at 944-5429 or Janet at 944-3288 and let us know your name, your children’s ages, and boy or girl. Again, the deadline date for signing up is Sunday, December 10th

We will have some crafts to do while we wait for Santa to arrive and there will be light snacks, juice and water.  It will be held in the non-smoking Harry Bradshaw Memorial Hall of the American Legion on Route 125 in Epping (across from Telly’s Restaurant).

Monthly Breakfast Buffets

Monthly second Sunday breakfasts are being held from 8:00 to 11:00 am. Come enjoy our hot Breakfast Buffets on Sunday, November 12th and Sunday, December 10th - eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, home fries, and coffee are all piping hot and ready to be enjoyed. Bring your newspaper and your appetite!

The Buffet is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6 to 12 and children under six are free - worth every penny!

Epping Parks & Recreation Department News

Home of the "River Otters"

Director: Nicole Bizzaro
Cell Phone: 608-9487
Recreation Dept. Main Phone Number: 679-3006

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If you need to reach the Department, please contact Nicole, Recreation Director via e-mail at eppingrecreation@gmail.com or cell at 608-9487.

Now that Watson Academy is open again, we are getting back to business. The Epping Parks & Recreation Department has been busy at work, meeting with potential new instructors and staff to develop future programs and offerings at Watson for the town residents. For more information and to register, please contact the Recreation Department via e-mail at eppingrecreation@gmail.com or visit our website at www.EppingRecreation.org.

Please check out our website and our Facebook page for announcements and program updates.

Preschool Programs

Story Discoveries

Literacy based interactive programs for children ages 2-5 with an accompanying adult. Join us for songs, stories and hands-on activities at 10:00 am on Tuesdays. Starting with songs and finger plays to help participants feel comfortable and included, Miss Tracie will read two picture books which introduce the children to a topic that is relevant to their experience in the world. Following the stories will be a fun project using a variety of art media, giving the child something to take home that will hopefully inspire further investigation and more discussion of the topic. These projects can be messy, so although aprons will be available, washable play clothes are recommended. There will also be age appropriate puzzles for the preschoolers to explore as they complete their project.

“Miss Tracie” Wilkins has over 25 years of experience as an early childhood educator, having worked in preschool, kindergarten, children's museum and public library settings.

Sports Programs

If you are looking for beginning and advanced team sports-related programs for children ages 5+, please visit the Epping Youth Athletic Association (EYAA) website at www.eyaa.org for sports programs offered in Epping.

Elementary School Programs

Before & After School Program

Fall Registration is OPEN for the Before & After School Program:

The Fall 2017 Before & After School Program Registration was available starting June 1, 2017.

To register, please download Registration Form and Participation Forms from left side of the Parks and Recreation website and mail.

Space is limited and If we need to start a wait list, parents will be notified!  Please e-mail our Recreation Director, Nicole for further information. at eppingrecreation@gmail.com.

We provide a safe, nurturing place for children to attend quality programming beyond the schools’ hours of operation. We strive to help youth reach their full potential by allowing them to explore their physical, social and intellectual interests in a safe and fun setting. The culture of our programs emphasizes quality relationships and a healthy respect for individuality. We provide enough structure to keep everyone safe, but we also offer an open atmosphere that allows children to explore their interests in groups or on their own.

The Before School Program operates on normal school days at the Epping Elementary School gym in the mornings for youth in grades K-7. The program opens at 6:45 am and runs until students leave for their classrooms at 8:20 am! Kindergarteners are escorted by staff. At the program the youth are able to finish homework, work on arts and crafts projects and play games in the gym. The youth are able to eat breakfast with the school breakfast program.

The After School Program starts at the EES Library to gather, then they head outside to the EES playgrounds during good weather days or walk down to Watson Academy for snack and homework time from 3:15-4:15 pm, during cold or bad weather days. The program then runs organized games and activities from 4:15-5:45 pm at Watson Academy and on scheduled days, uses the gym for PE related programming. The program operates from school dismissal until 5:45 pm. Children are grouped by grades: K-1, 2-3 and 4-7. This may vary slightly depending on space and child needs in each of the groups.

Grades K-7

6:45–8:35 am – Before School Program at Epping Elementary School Gym

3:15 – 5:45 pm – After School Program meets in EES Library, goes to Playground and Watson Academy, with use of the EES Gym on scheduled days.

Call Nicole for more information at 608-9487.

Martial Arts Programs at Epping Recreation and Elementary School (offered by Epping ATA)

Karate Classes Mondays (EES Gym) and Thursdays (MS Stage) 3:10 – 4:15 pm, $65 per month.

For more information or to sign up your child, please contact Mrs. DeNapoli at 674-6599 or e-mail her at eppingata@gmail.com.

***ALL beginners receive a FREE Uniform.***

Youth Ceramics Class

8th – 12th Grade CIT program

The program is back again this year. Students who like working with children and want to gain experience may apply to be a Counselor-In-Training. School year and summer positions are available and it’s FREE! For an application, please contact the Rec. Dept.

Both the Application and two Reference Forms need to be returned to the Recreation Director at Town Hall, 157 Main Street, for review. Without references (non-related), applications will not be accepted. CIT positions are limited! We will call all applicants in for an initial interview with the Recreation Director and Program Director. The CIT program is not a full summer, full week program. Each CIT will be given a schedule of days and hours they will be assigned to complete their volunteer time with us. CIT’s will ASSIST staff in running programs for kids, preparing materials for programs, helping with general clean up after programs and being role models for children participating in programs. Most CIT hours are completed on school grounds (no field trip hours). If a CIT shows exemplary skills in assisting children during on-grounds programs, we may contact those parents to arrange for field trip volunteer hours.

Adult Programs

Please check our Facebook page for updates, including cancellations on all programs.

Adult Basketball

Want to play some adult basketball? Come join The Epping Recreation Department for some pick up co-ed basketball in the Epping Middle School Gym on Sunday nights.

Day / Time: Sunday – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Epping Middle School Gym (Use EHS entrance)
Cost: $30 for 10 nights – Please make check out to the “Town of Epping.” If paying in cash, please bring exact change.

Each participant is required to sign a waiver form prior to playing and payment. Waiver forms will be available at the gym. We will have a sign-in sheet, to keep track of the days used. Once you have used your ten nights, please bring in your next payment of $30 for ten additional nights. You will not be allowed to play if we do not have a signed waiver and payment. The payment covers the cost of the staff to provide this program.

We will also notify you via e-mail of any program changes, so please provide a current e-mail address.

Adult Ceramics Class

To Register, contact the Epping Recreation Dept at eppingrecreation@gmail.com or stop by the program to speak with Barbara Young.

Epping Family Morning Out:

Fridays - 9:30-11 am. For children ages birth to six with parents or other caregivers. Children will explore age-appropriate crafts and other activities, have positive play with peers and adults and enjoy songs, stories and snack. Facilitator: Patricia Keck. Held at the SAU 14 Building, 213 Main Street, Epping. Cost: It’s free! See you there! Advance sign-up not needed.

For information call 422-8208, press 2, or visit http://www.familiesfirstseacoast.org/programs.cfm.

Exeter Family Morning Out

Thursdays: 9:30-11 am. For children ages birth to six, with parents or other caregivers. Children will explore age-appropriate crafts and other activities, have positive play with peers and adults, and enjoy songs, stories and snack. Facilitator: Patricia Keck. Held at Exeter Parks and Recreation (32 Court Street, Exeter). Cost: Free. Pre-registration not needed.

For information call 422-8208, press 2, or visit http://www.familiesfirstseacoast.org/programs.cfm.

All parents and children are welcome at our Parenting Classes, Parent-Child Groups and Parent Groups. Advance registration is needed for most programs and is always needed for childcare; please go to FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org and click on the Register for Family Programs button, or call 422-8208 x2.

The Porch

Our goal is to demonstrate the unconditional love of God to our community by building relationships, meeting physical and financial needs, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus that transforms lives.

Epping Lighthouse will benefit the community in numerous ways, including:

Kids Club

Our kids club is for kids in grades 1-5. We offer free pick up from EES, and provide snacks and drinks at no charge. We have a structured time of singing, Bible Time and Game Time. The club starts at 3:15 and goes until 5:00 pm.

Teen Central

Our Teen Central is geared for grades 6-12. We offer pool, ping-pong, air hockey, and foosball. We also have computers, a TV, board games and provide snacks and drinks at no charge. Teen Central opens at 2:30 pm and goes until 4:30 pm.

We provide classes and other events throughout the year as well.

We require all of our workers to complete a background check.

If you are interested, please check us out at www.eppinglighthouse.org or you can e-mail us at eppinglighthouse@hotmail.com to request a form.