Happening Around Epping

Mar-Apr 2021| Volume 14, Issue 2

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 (May-Jun) of this newsletter will be available in early May 2021. We will accept submissions through April 23, 2021 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 - Epping

Our program would like to thank all of the residents and businesses who helped us provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals this holiday season!  We provided dinners to 12 families who rely on our program.  We helped feed the 25 children in our community throughout Christmas vacation in addition to running our regular program every weekend.  Our program's biggest needs continue to be pasta, mayo, canned goods and crackers. Our drop off location is at Erica's Garden.  We are so grateful for all the support our community continues to give, without it we would not be able to continue to feed the children in need within our community.  

Epping Lions Club

“We Serve”

We Want YOU to Join the Epping Lions Club!


The Epping Lions Club still has not met as a group (our last meeting was January, 2020!) due to the feelings of group members about gathering together.

We have continued to assist applicants in need, via email assistance. Otherwise, it's been a very quiet year - nothing to report.

Deb Brooks, President

Cheryl Denoncour, Treasurer

Colleen Palmer, Secretary

Nature Talks

Trails, Signs and Our Intern

For many of us, February brings with it an opportunity to begin focusing on spring. Higher temperatures are definitely coming!! Your Epping Conservation Commission (ECC) is planning a Trail Workday for a warmer day in the next month or two at Robert Friend Low Park. The Low family wanted to protect undeveloped water frontage along the (Piscassic River), wildlife habitat on the property, and the scenic enjoyment of the general public.

In accordance with the forest management plan, timber at the park was harvested in August, 2017 and shortly thereafter, the ECC marked out a trail. At least once a year since then, some clearing has occurred to ensure the trail markings are still visible. With more folks taking advantage of the outdoors, we’re hoping a large group of volunteers will turn out to complete the trail clearing and put on the finishing touches.

You’ve probably seen the sign at Miriam Jackson Park, located at the corner of Water and Mill Streets, but have you ever wondered who she really was? When the ground thaws enough for installation, look for a new educational sign answering that question. She was a remarkable woman and conservationist.

In other ECC news, please welcome Garrett Snyder as a temporary Commissioner! As a UNH senior majoring in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, he needs work/internship experience to graduate. We will share our knowledge with him and he will contribute his time toward achieving some of our goals. It’s a win/win situation for sure! Garrett prefers field work to looking at paper, specifically mentioned compass and digital geographic systems and will get some experience monitoring properties. Additionally, he will take a close look at the Epping Natural Resources Inventory to gain an understanding of the ecological value of the land, the wildlife habitat and recommendations for protecting these natural resources.  If you have any questions about those things in particular, and/or  anything else in general, please send them our way! Thank you, Garrett!!

Our Temporary Commissioner: Garrett Snyder

Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors!

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

Ice Symphony

Chilly Schanda Park in Newmarket
photo by Rachel Stevens

Most of the 49-mile Lamprey River is freshwater, but the 2-mile section from Macallen Dam in Newmarket out to Great Bay is saltwater.  Twice a day, this water rises and falls with the tides. This rhythm occurs even with a covering of ice.  As ice expands with the incoming tide and constricts with the outgoing tide, it cracks and contorts. The action does not happen silently.  The sound waves travel through air and water as usual, but they are distorted when they travel through ice. The result is a symphony of eerie and spacy sounds consisting of creaks, groans, pings, pops, rumbles, and screeches. The best times to hear these estuary concerts are when the tide is actively turning, about halfway between high and low tides. Free tide charts based on location are readily available online.

The same phenomenon that occurs in estuaries and on tidal rivers can also be found on frozen lakes. Lakes do not experience tides, but changes in temperature cause ice to contract and expand, resulting in similar sounds. The best times to catch an ice symphony on freshwater typically are often near sunrise and sunset when the sun actively affects the temperature of air. For those who have not heard an ice symphony, internet searches using “sounds under ice” will produce a few lake hits. Lake ice sounds are interesting, but tidal flows help to diversify the mix, with currents sometimes dragging ice under ice. So, dress warmly and go visit your local tidal river in person. If you are lucky, the ice will be nice and sound will abound.

Improving Detection of Variable Milfoil in Pawtuckaway Lake

Variable milfoil stem and cross section

Pawtuckaway Lake empties into the Lamprey River in Nottingham. Problems in the lake can easily become problems in the river.  Variable milfoil is one of those potential problems; it grows and spreads quickly. Left unchecked, it can overtake a body of water, ruining its water quality and recreational appeal. In 2014, variable milfoil plants were found in the lake.

The Pawtuckaway Lake Improvement Association (PLIA) sprang into action and employed a seek-and-remove campaign to augment its already robust invasive plant prevention program. Locating variable milfoil is normally a time and energy consuming effort, with divers physically searching for individual plants. With over 50 percent of Pawtuckaway Lake shallow enough to support the growth of milfoil, the task of detecting each individual plant was daunting. To make early detection more efficient, the PLIA requested and received a Community Grant from the LRAC to purchase side-scan sonar for a pilot project.

During the summer of 2020, PLIA volunteers learned how to use the equipment and interpret the data. Their results were impressive! After scanning areas known to have supported variable milfoil in the past, other areas of the lake not known to have milfoil were searched. The sonar logs from these runs were analyzed and all suspicious areas were investigated. Fortunately, no new areas of infestation were found.  In the five years that the PLIA has been searching for milfoil, they learned that underwater searches take about one person hour per acre; side scan sonar can cover about 10 acres per person hour. This order of magnitude increase in productivity makes it feasible to satisfy the original goal of searching a high percentage of potential areas of infestation on a regular basis with reasonable amounts of time and effort. While they did have a number of “false positives,” divers were able investigate each case without undue extra effort, especially in early summer when the surrounding native vegetation was still small.

To see all of these reports, please visit www.LampreyRiver.org under research on the multi-media tab.

Recreation, Revised!

Our popular Explore the Lamprey River Map and Guide has been updated and is now available for free at most local libraries, town recreation departments, and online. Updates include new paddling access points, more hiking trails, and new parks.


You can also request a free copy to be mailed to your house. Please send your request to info@LampreyRiver.org and provide your mailing address. Winter is a great time to enjoy many beautiful trails!







 Helping communities protect the Lamprey River.

Submitted by Suzanne Petersen


UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry and Wildlife Program

The NH State Forest Nursery 2021 catalog is now available! Their seedlings are well adapted to NH climate and are free of disease and insect pests! Seedlings from the nursery can be used for wildlife food and cover, erosion control, reforestation, and much more! https://www.nh.gov/nhnursery/

Epping Garden Club

We would like to thank all of you who supported our small group by shopping our fundraisers in 2020.  It is our hope 2021 will be a healthier year for all of us.


Our first fundraiser of the new year will be our very popular Pansy Bowls. Last year the prices were one bowl for $15; two bowls for $25. We will soon have this year’s prices from our grower.  Follow us on Facebook for more details as the time gets closer.  For more information, please call 300-0064.

Everyone please stay safe!

Submitted by Eunice Miller

American Legion News

Monthly Breakfast Buffets

Monthly Second Sunday Buffets are canceled until further notice.

Cell Phone for the 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 Your Help!

It is an honor and privilege for the Pease Greeters to welcome and care for our Troops, Department of Defense employees, the Civilian Contractors and occasionally working Military Dogs as they return or deploy through Portsmouth International Airport at Pease located in Portsmouth, NH.  The Pease Greeters organization has been a registered Non Profit in New Hampshire since 2005.

Greeting Our Troops

Pease Greeters provides refreshments and beverages during their layover at the airport.  Each reception is at a cost of $100 - $300.  The Pease Greeters use cash donations to pay for the cream & sugar, bottled water, soda, etc.   The Pease Greeters also have corporate donors that provide consistent support with products and / or donations. 

Care Package Program

Along with greeting the Troops, since 2008, the Pease Greeters operate a Care Package Program.   On a monthly basis, the Greeters ship packages totaling 400 – 500 pounds.  Costs for shipping runs at $400 to $600 per month.  Among items included in the Care Packages are handwritten cards.  The cards are especially appreciated by the Troops.

There are BIG Care Package shipments that go out to the Troops twice a year.

Individuals or groups wishing to get involved with the Care Package Program with cards, stockings or ‘Wish List’ items may contact peasegreeterscarepackages@gmail.com for further information. You may also donate items for the Care Packages through Amazon.com!

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

Epping Parks & Recreation Department News

Home of the "River Otters"

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

17 Academy Street
Epping, NH 03042

Mailing address:
157 Main Street
Epping, NH 03042

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The last we heard, the Recreation Department is currently closed to the public until further notice. You may email eppingrecreation@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding food assistance during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Nicole Bizzaro, the Director can also be reached by phone at 608-9487. 

Any programming questions you can contact Marlee, the Assistant Director at eppingrecprograms@gmail.com.

There will be no activities at the Recreation Department until further notice.



Here is the link https://www.familiesfirstseacoast.org/family-programs/parenting-classes-familiy-groups/ to our Family Center page. It outlines the different kinds of Virtual support we are offering at Families First, and the text is below. We have online parent and grandparent support groups open to all.

Here is the link to the online calendar https://www.familiesfirstseacoast.org/calander/?tribe-bar-date=&tribe_eventcategory=49,37,48,38 with Zoom meeting links for those groups. 

The groups have been small so far but are really fun and a great way to connect with other parents. Hopefully more people will find them.