Happening Around Epping

May-June 2019| Volume 12, Issue 3

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 (July-Aug) of this newsletter will be available in early August 2019. We will accept submissions through June 25, 2019 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.

In and Around Epping

Bluebird storage is hoping to open in May. The Planning Board has been reviewing a large solar project that will be going on the big open field behind Walmart and Lowes. They also reviewed a 14-lot subdivision off Pleasant Street across from Ledgewood Lane and the Catholic Church and a potential asphalt plant on Shirking Road. Glass Pro (the grey and blue building on Exeter Road) is moving right along and should be opening soon. Kennebunk Savings (the old Cumberland Farms site) will hopefully be breaking ground this fall. 

Submitted by Brittany Howard

Keep Epping Beautiful!

The Epping Parks & Recreation and Public Works Department is sponsoring a Town-wide cleanup weekend – May 3-5!  “NH the Beautiful” Blue Bags, gloves and Town maps will be available at the Town Hall and Library through May 6th. Please use these bags for roadside trash only.

The Highway Department will be coming around to collect Blue Bags on Monday, May 6th on designated Town main roads.

Once you have filled your Blue Bags, bring them out to one of the designated roads and leave them for pick up on Monday. Busy that weekend? That’s okay. Use the Blue Bags for cleanup when it is convenient for you and bring them to the dump for disposal. Please do not leave bags at roadside prior to the May 3-5th weekend. Thank you for helping to keep Epping beautiful!

For more information please, email eppingrecreation@gmail.com.

End 68 Hours of Hunger in Epping

A BIG Thank you to our volunteers who help with all the packing and delivery of the food to the schools. We appreciate you so much!   We are also very thankful to all who have made cash and food donations to keep our program going. We can’t thank you enough for all of your support. 

The Walmart Food Drive is just around the corner... thank you in advance to all who will be there to volunteer and to all who have helped in coordinating another great way to help all the hungry little bellies. 

We are so thankful for our Epping Community. Our little town is amazing! We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events. More details to follow.

Submitted by Eleni Maschas

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.

They also send Christmas stockings to our Troops overseas. The Pease Greeters care package team recently completed the momentous task of stuffing 2,480 Christmas stockings with goodie bags and holiday cards to send to active military overseas.

Throughout the year, the greeters seek donations of toiletries, individually packed food items and “fun stuff” like small toys. There are donation sites throughout Portsmouth, Dover, Hampton, Greenland and Concord. Please contact peasegreatercarepackages@gmail.com for further information about the care package program.

The Pease Greeters began welcoming flights in 2005 and a few months ago reached the milestone of having welcomed 1000 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.  We support community programs, as well as participate and sponsor some exciting events, such as the just completed Lamprey River Canoe Race, the Highnote Festival and our annual Gas Card raffle.  The raffle is a fundraiser that goes towards providing 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.  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!

Deb Brooks, President

Cheryl Denoncour, Treasurer

Colleen Palmer, Secretary

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

Rivers for Change Comes to NH

The Lamprey River community is fortunate to have been chosen as a focus river this year by the non-profit group, Rivers for Change. The mission of the organization is to connect people to rivers through Source to Sea adventures. They envision a world where people and communities are active stewards of river systems with a holistic understanding of their interconnectedness and interdependence. They accomplish their goal using three core strategies:
1. Connecting People to People
     a. fostering community dialogue about rivers
     b. cultivating relationships and networks
     c. acting as a conduit between geographically separate communities and organizations
2. Connecting People to Rivers
     a. actively engaging people in their backyard river
     b. building people’s understanding of a river from its source to the sea
     c. telling a river’s story from source to sea
3. Connecting Rivers
     a. building relationships between communities and organizations in  different watersheds
     b. creating a visual representation of the interconnectedness of rivers]

In May, a small group of experienced paddlers will go Source to Sea, starting in Northwood and ending in Newmarket. Along the way, they will document what they encounter: flow, obstacles, developed vs. natural surroundings, wildlife, scenic views, erosion of river banks, etc.

From July 8-12, they will engage local middle school Student Ambassadors in five days of paddling and experiential learning. Participants will become proficient in paddling kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards while learning proper technique, safety, and leadership. 

On July 13, citizens are invited to help with a morning river clean-up in Newmarket using canoes and kayaks. That afternoon, the project leaders will offer a guided public paddle from Schoppmeyer Park in Newmarket to Packers Falls in Durham and back.

Scholarships and boat rental discounts are available to encourage maximum participation. There are also opportunities for partners, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers.  Show your support for the Lamprey River by getting involved with this program!

For more information, please visit http://www.riversforchange.org/lampreyriver/

Herring Aid

Join the folks from NH Fish and Game and the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee on Saturday, May 11th, from 10:00 to 12:00 as they help river herring returning from the sea to get back into the Lamprey River at the Macallen Dam in Newmarket. Participants might also view see-through baby American eels and prehistoric sea lampreys!

This rain-or-shine event is free and registration is not required. Park in the public lot behind the Newmarket Public Library on Route 108. Follow the fish signs to the event.

This event is sponsored by NH Fish and Game.


Worm Date Night

It was a dark and cloudy night, about 70o. In the backyard, shiny, slender brown bodies were everywhere, most darting back into the soil as I walked. Some, however, were getting very neighborly and were sharing far more than idle gossip. I don’t normally think of my backyard as a hot spot on a Friday night, but that night was all about stirring the night crawler gene pool.

This is a family-friendly newsletter and not everyone will enjoy the intimate details, but for those who are curious, the Cooperative Extension in Illinois has a great website in plain English that explains all sorts of interesting worm stuff. https://extension.illinois.edu/worms/.   If you get the chance, step outside to your own backyard at night with a flashlight and perhaps you, too, can witness the spectacle of worm date night.

If we conjugate the verb “to love,” we get I love, you love, he loves, she loves, we love, they love; and those night crawlers were doing it all.  There is no telling who is he or she; it doesn’t matter.  For worms, it’s both and neither at the same time.  Maybe that is why worm reproduction is called “conjugation.”


Signs of Spring on Route 87

The annual Lamprey River Canoe race has come and gone, but changes are afoot at the Route 87 crossing. In the very near future, the canoe access will be well marked from the road with a new sign and sign frame. In the parking area, a brand new, freshly designed kiosk panel will be installed, replacing the old, flood-damaged panel. Once the spring waters subside, the flood plain trail will have new signposts marking items of interest and the wettest areas will have slightly elevated walkways.

Good things are happening in your town! Please thank the members of the Epping Conservation Commission for their vision to improve the park and their diligence in pursuing a grant from the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee. We were pleased to be supporter and partner of this worthwhile project.

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Helping communities protect the Lamprey River

Submitted by Suzanne Petersen

Nature Talks


Your Conservation Commission is working on trails. You might recall we opened about 4 miles of mountain biking/walking trails last fall at Folsom Conservation Area (connects to the Rail Trail off Joshua Lane on the west side of town). Todd Hathaway led that effort and close to 30 riders/workers showed up to help. Todd is planning another work day for trail maintenance and clearing 2 more miles of trails. The work will be with hand tools, such as rakes, shovels and hoes, along with some pruning and saw work on downed trees and limbs. The best news is there will be a ride following the work!

So, mark your calendars: Sunday, May 19th, 2:00 pm, at Folsom Conservation Area. It’s a wonderful way to give back to your community. Questions?  Drop a note in our box at Town Hall or send us an email: to EppingOutdoors@gmail.com.

We’re looking for more volunteers to help clear trails at Robert Friend Low Park; let us know if you’re interested!

If you are interested in helping in any way, please send a note to EppingOutdoors@gmail.comor drop anote in our box at Town Hall.

Photo Contest

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to get out your cameras and start shooting! The Entry Period is June 1 – August 6. The public will choose the winner and that photo will be framed and hung in the Library.

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed

Epping Garden Club

The Epping Garden Club would love to thank all of you for shopping for your pansies with us!

Enjoy the pansies downtown and maybe this year our bench will be installed.  The Police, Fire, Library, Town Hall and the Historical Society have all received these plants and they’ve also been planted in three intersections in Epping.

We had 150 bowls delivered for $30 and with our sales we were able to add the color to town and still make $200.  Many thanks to the Wentworth Greenhouses for their support of our tiny garden club!

We are trying to get a pallet of bagged bark mulch delivered to us so we can finish the corners before Memorial Day.  Our cars are too small to pull that off.

Do you want to shop with us for your annuals?  We have to bring ours to town so please let us know if you are interested.  

Submitted by Eunice Miller

Rockingham County 4-H News

2019 Rockingham County 4-H Cucumber Pickle Challenge Kick-off

Learn how to grow cucumbers and make pickles!  At the Kick-off, pick up cucumber seeds, growing information, marking stakes and patio pots.  A Master Gardner will be available for instruction and questions.  The pickle making session is September 7th; all supplies for the pickling party will be available.  Then bring your pickles to the Deerfield Fair!  If you cannot make it to the May 6th kickoff event, please call the office.  Cost: Free  Deadline May 3, 2019.

Rockingham County 4-H Circuit Horse Show - May 2019

Date: Sunday May 5th
Location: Shannon Trails
208 Shannon Road
Salem, NH 03079

4-H members and non-members are welcome to join in the show. Hosted by Nutfield Hunt Club 4-H and Rockingham Riders 4-H Club.

Rockingham County 4-H Circuit Horse Show - June 2019

Date: Sunday June 2nd  
Location: Shannon Trails
208 Shannon Road
Salem, NH 03079

4-H members and non-members are welcome to join in the show. Hosted by the Rockingham Horse Leaders Association.

2019 Rockingham County 4-H Horse Qualifying Show  - June 2019

Date: Saturday June 29th to Sunday June 30th  
Location: Deerfield Fairgrounds
34 Stage Road
Deerfield, NH 03037

Annually the Rockingham County Horse Leaders Association hosts the 4-H Horse qualifying show for Rockingham County.  This show is the qualifying event for both riders and stable managers wishing to attend the New Hampshire State 4-H Horse Show.  This show challenges 4-H members in their riding, horse knowledge, communication and safety skills.

4-H members wishing to participate must register through the 4HOnline portal and confirm with your club leader about your readiness to participate.

American Legion News

9th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show

On Saturday, May 18th, the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron 51 is hosting the 9th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show at the American Legion Post 51 on Route 125 in Epping.  Proceeds will benefit Epping Project Graduation Class of 2020. Gates open at 8:00 am. The show is from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is No Entry Fee; however, donations will gladly be accepted.  Come show your car – 1978 or older!  For these antique cars, there will be First Place and Second Place Award Categories.  There also will be a People’s Choice Award for any year car. Come show your motorcycle – 1978 or older!  For these antique motorcycles, there will be a People’s Choice award.  Also, there will be a Custom People’s Choice Award for any year motorcycle. There will be raffles and a 50/50.  Food and Refreshments will be for sale during the event.  This event will be held in the parking lot of the American Legion on Route 125 in Epping (across from Telly’s Restaurant).  The rain date is Sunday, May 19th.  For more information, please call Rob Hoffman at 944-5485.

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, May 12th and Sunday, June 9th – 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

17 Academy Street
Epping, NH 03042

Mailing address:
157 Main Street
Epping, NH 03042

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If you need to reach the Department, please contact Nicole, Recreation Director via e-mail at eppingrecreation@gmail.com or call Watson Academy: 679-3006 or Program Cell Phone: 608-9016 or 608-9076.

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

Preschool Sports

Our Pre- School Sports Program is a fun way to help your little ones start to develop listening skills, team work, and the basic rules of soccer and t- ball. We split them into two groups and rotate through soccer skills and drills and then t-ball practice. The kids will practice ball control, shooting, and the basic rules of soccer. In our t-ball program they will learn how to bat, run the bases, throw, and catch. At the end of our practice we do a fun parachute or large group game to promote teamwork.

Soccer and T-Ball
When: Fridays May 17th - June 7th  
Time: 9:15-10:00 am
Where: SAU Field (behind town tennis and basketball court)
Cost: $20 for 4, 45 minute classes

Preschool T-Ball
When: Tuesdays, May 14th - June 4th
Time: 5:30-6:15 pm
Where: EES Field
Cost: $20 for 4, 45 minute classes

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.

Youth Programs

Summer Camps

There will be 2 Summer Camp Programs again this year!

River Otters Summer Camp for kids going into Grades 1-4

Bobcats Summer Camp for kids going into Grades 5-8

The 6-week program starts on Monday July 8th and ends on Friday August 16th. See Camp Brochure and Parent Handbook for more info!

Camp Registration opens on Town Voting Day (March 12, 2019). The Recreation Dept. will have a table to pick up information on programs and summer camp!

Please mail registration to 157 Main Street! The 1st Payment is due with registration to reserve your space and registration is on a First Come basis! Registration forms are required for EACH child:

Please check our Facebook Page for Availability Updates and check out last year’s brochure for information on trips!

Before & After School Program

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-5. 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 3:15-4:15 pm, during cold or bad weather days. The program then runs organized games and activities from 4:15 to 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.

If your child would like to participate in the school offered programs after school or extra work with a teacher, we do have staff available to pick up the kids at the designated school dismissal areas at the close of these programs. We ask that parents notify us, if their child will be attending one of the school programs and if they will be picking them up from these programs so we can coordinate the pick up schedule daily.

We offer No School Day, Parent/ Teacher Workshop and Vacation Week full day programs, which will have their own registration forms! Please check one month in advance of any No School Days on the school calendar or call us at 679-3006, if you have questions. We will not be offering programs during the Thanksgiving and Winter Break School Closings, to allow our staff time with their families during the holidays, as well as traditionally low enrollment in past years during those times. Our Before and After School Programs run on the last day of school, but are then closed until the start of our scheduled Summer Camp programming.

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

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

For more information or to sign up your child, please contact Mrs. DeNapoli at 661-6635 or e-mail her at diannadenapoli@gmail.com.

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

Youth Ceramics Class

Youth Golf Program

Ages: 8-14
Time: Saturdays 9:00-10:00 am
Cost: $100 for 9 week clinic
When: June 15th- August 17th (No July 6th Class)
Where: Twin Pines Driving Range
Aug. 17th class held at Apple Hill Golf Club

Fee due at registration. Please mail to 157 Main Street or drop off at the Town Hall, payable to Town of Epping

Youth Field Hockey Clinic

Grades 2-8
Time: Wednesdays 3:15-4:30 pm
When: May 15TH - June 5th
Where: EES Field
Cost: Free

Introduction to field hockey is designed to introduce and teach the basic fundamentals of field hockey to children by emphasizing fun and physical activity. Over 4 weeks, the participants will learn stick skills, take part in drills and get an opportunity to play in mini games/scrimmages.  Stick & Ball equipment provided. Mouth and shin guards required.

8th – 9th 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: $3 per night – 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.

Adult Ceramics Class

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

Teen Central

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.

Epping Family Morning Out:

Fridays – starting May 3 -  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, snack and first friendships. With Patricia Keck. This group meets most Friday mornings during the school year. Meets 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 –starting May 2 - 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. Advance sign-up not needed.
For other programs, please see our event calendar.

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.