Happening Around Epping

Sept-Oct 2017 | Volume 10, Issue 5



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 (Nov-Dec) of this newsletter will be available in early Nov 2017. We will accept submissions through October 25, 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

Childhood hunger is a national problem. Here in our town there are children who suffer from hunger every weekend. They have trouble learning in school due to the many impacts of poor nutrition. The impact on the child is enormous often causing both physical and behavioral effects. Teachers tell us that on Friday afternoons the children who are unlikely to have enough food at home become very edgy and are unable to concentrate. On Monday mornings they return to school ill, often spending the day in the nurse’s office. They are unable to focus and concentrate until they once again are nourished.

That’s where our program, “End 68 Hours of Hunger,” comes in. End 68 Hours of Hunger is a nonprofit, 100% volunteer organization. The Epping program started in November 2015 with our first food delivery January 2016. The goal of End 68 Hours of Hunger is to end local childhood hunger. This program puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend. Each bag of food costs $10 each week and provides two breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners for a child, with some left over to share! But we can’t do it without your help!

Last year Epping End 68 Hours of Hunger fed 46 children each weekend at $10 per bag. Our Epping Program has three program coordinators, Karen Poplaski, Tacheryn Morrison and Jamie Checket who are working together to help raise the money needed to make this possible. We solely rely on the community, local businesses, community groups, and the schools for our food drives and fundraisers. There are also drop box locations for donations within the community, such as the Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library and Bodywise Physical Therapy.

On September 17th from 10 am to 2 pm we will be holding our second Annual “Touch the Trucks” event to benefit Epping’s End 68 Hours of Hunger. Last year the event raised $3400 and was a great support for our program! The event will be held at the Epping Middle/High school parking lot. We will accept cash donations at the door.  There will be a DJ for the event, food, and many local groups and businesses putting on games and activities. Activities will include raffles, face painting, carnival games and more. We will have police, fire, state police, construction trucks, race cars and more available for kids to see up close and personal. Please come join us and help us fight childhood hunger!

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

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.

Highnote Festival

The 17th annual Highnote Festival, a nonprofit benefit for the Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation, will be held on Saturday, September 9th from 2:00 pm until dark at the Governor Prescott House, 173 Prescott Road in Epping.  Events will be held rain or shine. They include tethered balloon rides at $5 per person (weather permitting) and 10-minute helicopter rides at $25 per person. There will be arts and crafts for kids of all ages, hayrides, local artisan exhibit booths, and a horseshoe pitching tournament.

Entertainment will be by Rob and Jody, Wayne from MAINE, Tan Lines, the Shoestring Giant Theater giant puppets, Wildlife Demo - On The Wing and Snowmobile water cross. There will be food from Potatoe Caboose and Billy Goat Grubb. There will also be Northstar Fireworks in the evening, weather permitting.

The cost is $15.00 for adults. High school students and children are admitted free.  Tickets will be available at the gate. The Festival grounds are handicap-accessible.  Due to insurance reasons, we ask that you leave your pets at home.

Additional donations may be made to The Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation, 173 Prescott Road, Epping, NH 03042

Find more information on Facebook.

Jack Sharkey 5K   

Come join us for the official Highnote Jack Sharkey 5K! The course is an official USATF-certified course, starting at the Governor Prescott House and winding through some of Epping's new neighborhoods.

Jack Sharkey was a Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1932 and retired in Epping in 1950.  He passed away in 1994.

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 and the Highnote Festival.

Our next event will be the Highnote celebration on Saturday, September 9th.  Our popcorn and 50/50 raffle are popular at this event.  We will also be having an Egg Toss Competition once again.  Last year’s Egg Toss had some stiff competition, so bring your A-game!

Our annual Gas Card raffle will be coming up in October.  First prize is a $300 gas card at the gas station of the winner’s choice.   There are also 3 additional gas card prizes of $50 each.  This fundraiser 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

American Legion News

Halloween Dance on October 28th

The American Legion Post 51 is hosting a Halloween Dance on Saturday, October 28th featuring “Chippy and The YaYas.”  They are a NH based cover band that they say is born to blow our mind, rock our socks, and shake our booty like never before.  They play songs from the 60’s on up.  Hard driving and high octane!!  We expect our dance floor to be jam packed with ghouls and goblins!!! 

You can visit Chippy and The YaYas online and check out their music at www.chippyandtheyayas.com. There will be prizes for the best costumes, a 50/50 raffle, and snacks.  The doors open at 8 pm.  Admission is $5 per person at the door and a cash bar will be open.  Singles are welcome!  The event 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).  Costumes are optional but are more fun!  679-8320.

Monthly Breakfast Buffets

Monthly second Sunday breakfasts are being held from 8:00 to 11:00 am. Come enjoy our hot Breakfast Buffets onSunday September 10hh and Sunday, October 8th - 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!

Nature Talks

Photo Contest

This summer the Epping Conservation Commission held a photo contest open to the public. Thanks to everyone who got outdoors to take pictures! Sixteen photos were submitted and the Conservation Commission chose five finalists. Voting ended August 31st, so the winning name was not available to include in this article. After Sept 2nd, you can check EppingOutdoors.com for the winner. The winning photograph will be framed and displayed in the Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library. Thanks again to all who submitted photographs!

The finalists were:
Jennifer Star for Lacuise Robin and the Burley Farm

Robert Jordan for Cory’s Tractor


Dan McCombs for The Beauty of a Morning Run Through Epping (1) and (2)

To learn more about ECC activities, including opportunities for easement monitoring and trail clearing, please visit the ECC website, www.eppingoutdoors.com, or write to EppingOutdoors@gmail.com.

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

Indian Pipes

Photo by S. Petersen

Most people who frequent our woodlands have encountered waxy white or pinkish Indian pipes, also known as corpse plant or ghost flower. Many think that they are a type of mushroom, but Indian pipes are actually perennial plants. Unlike most plants, they cannot make their own food. They lack chlorophyll, the pigment that enables photosynthesis, and they have greatly reduced leaf bracts along the stem. While most plants are classified as ecological producers, Indian pipes are classified as ecological decomposers.

Indian pipes have a network of roots covered by mycorrhizal fungi. In most plants, this relationship is mutually beneficial: the fungi benefit by absorbing energy compounds from the plant and the plant benefits from additional moisture and nutrient retention near the roots. The relationship between Indian pipes and the root fungi is not mutually beneficial; Indian pipes are actually parasitic on the fungi. The fungi in this case provide a pathway for the Indian pipes to absorb energy produced by nearby trees without being directly parasitic on the trees. Indian pipes are members of the plant family Ericacae, which also includes blueberries, rhododendrons, and azaleas. All plants in this group supplement their own food-making abilities with energy made by other nearby plants. Indian pipes and their closest cousins, pinesaps, represent the logical extremes of this strategy.

Indian pipes almost always have a single flower on each stem, thus the Latin name, Monotropa uniflora. In the photo above, the flower that faces down has not yet been pollinated by a tiny bee. The upright flowers have been pollinated and will turn into seed capsules. After the tiny seeds are dispersed by the wind, the whole plant will turn black and wither.

Because they do not rely on sunlight for energy, Indian pipes often thrive in forested sites that are too shady for other plants that must make their own food. The presence of Indian pipes is a good sign that the forest is mature and the soil is ecologically complex. These ghost flowers are a welcome spirit in our woods.

What’s in a View?

Packers Falls, Lamprey River, Durham Photo by Ecophotography

The National Park Service is the guardian of some of the country’s most iconic natural, historic, and cultural places. One of the key qualities that make people visit and remember these places is “the view.” Defining what makes a particular view memorable and assessing the importance of the view are complicated and often very subjective. Predicting the effects of changing a view can be just as complicated.

Visual Resource Assessment is a systematic process that helps to standardize the value and importance of a view. At the July workshop of Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers, river representatives and National Park Service personnel dove into this process to see how it might be adapted from strictly terrestrial views to river systems. The guided process of objectively evaluating lines, colors, textures, complexity, and many other factors resulted in remarkably similar scores for a diverse group of about 40 people. Dissecting a view in this way can feel very awkward, but the resulting objectivity might well be needed if a favorite view is altered by cell towers, land clearing, energy projects, or other forms of development.

Special places in or near national parks, monuments, or Wild and Scenic Rivers often have multiple demands placed on or near them. Development must be considered carefully to maintain what is most valuable and to minimize negative consequences. In many cases, understanding exactly what makes a view spectacular or important can be part of a river’s resource inventory and can inform wise development that protects the view while meeting the needs of the proposed development. Visual Resource Assessment is an emerging tool that helps to quantify what has traditionally been difficult to define: What’s in a view?

New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program (NHRMPP)

A 23-mile segment of the Lamprey River is a National Wild and Scenic River, a great accomplishment which we hope you know by now. But did you know the entire river and its five major tributaries are also designated by the State of New Hampshire? What does this mean in real terms?

The NHRMPP was enacted by the New Hampshire General Court in 1988 (RSA 483) to protect “designated” rivers for their outstanding natural and cultural resources. The program is administered by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. The Lamprey River in the towns of Lee and Durham was one of the first to be selected as a designated river. The entire river and five of its tributaries were added in 2011.

Designation is initiated when individuals or an organization develop a “river nomination report” that outlines the river’s special qualities and documents support by local residents and municipalities. The report is given to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for review. It then goes to the General Court for consideration. If the legislature and governor agree, the river is “designated” and RSA 483 is amended to add the new river for protection.

When a river is designated, a volunteer local river advisory committee is created. One of the committee’s first jobs is to create a river management plan that describes how the river’s qualities will be protected for the future. (To view the 2013 management plan for the Lamprey, please visit http://www.lampreyriver.org/about-us-2013-management-plan-draft.) The other state-mandated jobs are to submit yearly reports to NHDES and review and comment on development or redevelopment projects proposed within a quarter mile of both sides of the river. Most river advisory committees go well beyond the minimum requirements and contribute significantly to public appreciation of their rivers through recreation, outreach, water quality testing, and research.

The Great Bay region is fortunate to have concerned citizens who have worked hard to get their rivers designated. In addition to the Lamprey, the NHRMPP has recognized the Oyster, Exeter/Squamscot, Cocheco, and Isinglass rivers. Together we are protecting our rivers for today and tomorrow.

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Helping communities protect the Lamprey River

Submitted by Suzanne Petersen


Epping Garden Club

Epping Garden Club Plant Sale

The Epping Garden Club’s annual “Fall Mum” Fundraiser is now in progress. They will be taking paid orders until September 5th. The Order Form is on the Garden Club Facebook page.

Here is the Price List for our Fall Fundraiser:

Please make checks out to Epping Garden Club and drop off your orders with Joyce at the Epping Town Hall or mail to:

Plants will be delivered to the Library on September 9th.

Submitted by Eunice Miller

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

There will be Preschool Sports programs offered this fall for 3-5 year olds - in the morning and possibly also in the afternoon. For further information about these programs, please check with the Recreation Department at: eppingrecreation@gmail.com.

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

This program is ongoing so the child comes 3 times and then is completed or signs up for another 3-week session.

8th – 12th Grade CIT program

It's 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:

Beginning Friday, September 8 - 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.

What is being offered from parent ed this fall:

Family Fun Night

Mondays (except Sept. 4 & Oct. 9) @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Families First Health & Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Monday is Family Fun Night! Join us to enjoy a family-style dinner and family-friendly activities, without the stress of making it happen. A fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress.

September 4th: NO FFN (Labor Day) ~ Tuesday, September 5th: Family Game Night ~ September 11th: Egg Drop Experiment ~ September 18th: Create Your Own Story ~ September 25th: Invent a Toy from Recycled Materials ~ October 2nd: Family Fear Factor ~ October 9th: NO FFN (Columbus Day) ~ October 16th: Homemade Slime ~ October 23rd: Fun with Fall Crafts ~ October 30th: Halloween Fun (Feel free to come in costume!)

For up to date information and sign up, visit: www.tinyurl.com/FFparentingwww.tinyurl.com/FFparenting

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 for more information!