Happening Around Epping

Jan-Feb 2018 | Volume 11, Issue 1



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 (Mar-Apr) of this newsletter will be available in early Mar 2018. We will accept submissions through February 23, 2018 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

The Program Coordinators of the Epping End 68 hours of Hunger Program would like to thank all of our volunteers, local businesses that continuously support us, our school, and this wonderful community we are blessed to be a part of, for a great 2017!  

Your generosity is making a very big difference in the lives of the children we support both in the home and on the school front! We can’t thank you enough! We are looking forward to what 2018 will bring! God bless you all!

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:

Submitted by Tasha Morrison, Coordinator

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.

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

Managing Town Forestland in Epping

Mature big tooth aspens (poplars) and young regrowth at Fox Run Park

The town of Epping owns several parcels of land conserved and managed by the Conservation Commission. Walking trails and kiosks have been developed on some, so the townspeople can get out and enjoy the outdoors. A large part of maintaining these parcels is proper management of the trees growing on them. A few of the past members of the commission took on the role of managing these forests.

Jerry Langdon, who manages his own forestland in town, took the lead in working with a forest manager and the loggers who do the work. I have been in the Forestry group with him, along with a few others over the years. Charlie Marino is a well-respected forest manager who works with us to be sure the properties are maintained in a way that produces the best types of trees for the lands they are on, looking for good results 20 or 50 years down the road. When the trees are cut, any income goes back to the town and some of that can be used for trails or maintenance to keep them accessible to the people in the area.

Before any work is done we look at any special features of the land to be sure to preserve what is there. A few Big Trees are registered with the state and these are labeled as “not to be cut.” Wetlands are avoided and wildlife needs are considered. The conservation commission or selectmen are notified of what is going on and asked for their input.

When the work is first done, it will look much different and concerns are sometimes expressed about the cutting of the trees. The town does not own larger town forests of a few hundred acres as many other towns do, where the thinning of the trees can be done on different sections of the land spread over many years. This is not as noticeable as some of our cuts on 11 to 40 acre lots that the town of Epping owns. Just keep in mind that the conservation commission has the best interests of the woods and the townsfolk in mind as we manage our lands. The temporary messy looking properties will soon be growing new young trees and the larger and older trees have been given the room to improve.

At a time when most of the available land in our area is developed, we are lucky in Epping to have some woodlands set aside by the town. Many other acres have also been preserved by local conservation groups. Our hope is that all this land will be well-managed so future generations of people and wildlife can enjoy them.

Submitted by Kevin Martin - Forestry Committee

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

Improving Nesting Sites for Blanding’s Turtles

Blanding’s turtles are listed as endangered in New Hampshire. They have large ranges and require diverse habitats to meet their physiological and reproductive needs. Because they need to travel, they are at an increased risk for encounters with vehicles and predators. Females produce only a dozen or so eggs each year and they do not reach sexual maturity until 15 to 20 years of age. Like most turtles, they lay eggs in sandy or gravelly soils, but Blanding’s turtles often select dangerous sites such as sandy road shoulders.

Recent construction work to widen Route 108 included the elimination of sandy shoulders to discourage female turtles from laying eggs near the roadway. Much of this area passes through conserved land managed by the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Staff from the two organizations are teaming up to investigate the potential for encouraging Blanding’s turtles to utilize man-made nesting sites located in safer, more suitable areas so that nesting females and hatchlings are not put in peril. Work to create these nesting sites was started in December 2017. The Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee is pleased to provide financial support for this project and looks forward to seeing the results of the experiment as a potential means to help Blanding’s turtles in other vulnerable areas.

Photo: Blanding's Turtle, by Jon Bromley

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Turns 50

It’s your river. Make a splash!

Acccording to the National Park Service, there are approximately 3.6 million miles of streams in the United States. 1.1 million are at least five miles in length. Only 12,734 miles are protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act – only 0.35% of the rivers found here. But what a wonderful 12,734 miles! Wild and Scenic rivers include the Allagash, Salmon, Snake, Missouri, Concord, Four Mile, Trinity and our very own Lamprey.

How did these rivers come to be “Wild and Scenic”? The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was created by the US Congress in 1968 (Public Law 90-542; 16 U.S.C 1271 et seq.) to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

The Act is notable for safeguarding the special character of these rivers, while also recognizing the potential for their appropriate use and development. It encourages river management that crosses political boundaries and promotes public participation in developing goals for river protection.

One of the key motivations for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was the rapid and rampant construction of dams for hydroelectric power. The Act specifically noted that “the established national policy of dams and other construction at appropriate sections of the rivers of the United States needs to be complemented by a policy that would preserve other selected rivers or sections thereof in their free-flowing condition to protect the water quality of such rivers and to fulfill other vital national conservation purposes.”

As the Act nears a half century of protecting some of our greatest rivers, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating its accomplishments—and in working for its future. While there is much we have to do, there is much we have done, and to the thousands of people across the country who have worked tirelessly to save their local river, it’s time to take a moment to celebrate, to congratulate each other, to look forward, to add to the 12,734 miles.

To To learn more about the 50th Anniversary please visit https://www.rivers.gov/wsr50/index.php. In 2018, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Over the last 50 years, the Act has protected over 12,700 miles on 208 of our nation's rivers. This is a milestone to celebrate past accomplishments and look forward to the future of river protection. To learn more about the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, please visit https://www.rivers.gov/wsr50/index/php.

The State of Our Estuaries December 2017

Epping is not a coastal town, but what happens in Epping affects the estuaries and coast of New Hampshire. Epping is not alone in this fact; 52 communities in New Hampshire and southern Maine are located in the drainage area and are joined as stakeholders in the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, or PREP. The staff at PREP recently hosted a conference updating ecological and social trends that help to paint a clear and true picture of how our estuaries, including Great Bay, are faring in the face of rapid development and change.

Over the last five years, scientists and other researchers have gathered lots of data and performed rigorous analyses for 24 indicators of environmental health and resilience. On the surface, our estuaries appear much as they have for as long as anyone can remember, but details below the surface and in the surrounding landscape are showing several symptoms of concern.

About half of the indicators are listed as cautionary, “…demonstrates possibly deteriorating conditions, a mixture of positive and negative trends, or moderate progress relative to the management goal.” Four indicators are listed as negative: impervious surfaces (areas where water cannot soak into the ground due to pavement, roofs, etc.), eelgrass acreage, population of adult oysters, and population of adult clams. A negative rating demonstrates deteriorating conditions, generally poor conditions, or minimal progress relative to the management goal. Six indicators are listed as positive or improving: nutrients from wastewater treatment facilities, fecal bacteria, beach advisories, toxic contaminants, conservation land, and migratory fish restoration. The remaining four (salt marsh acreage, housing permits, stormwater management, and environmental volunteerism) are new indicators and, therefore, show no trend over time.

So what does this mean for you? What can you do? There is no one simple answer that will fix everything, but there are many simple things that each of us can do that will make a big difference: Learn about and take care of your septic system. Don’t over-fertilize your lawn. Keep soil covered by plants. Direct stormwater run-off to areas where it can soak into the ground. Volunteer your time to pick up litter or be a citizen scientist to help to monitor migratory fish, water chemistry, or invasive species. (Visit the Stewardship Network to learn about all sorts of volunteer opportunities.) Support efforts by the town conservation commission and local land trusts to protect natural land so that it can provide clean water to streams and people. Learn about our waters and share with friends, family, and your representatives why protecting them is important to you.

For the full report and more ideas on how we can help to protect our rivers, estuaries, and coast, visit www.StateofOurEstuaries.org or contact PREP at 603-862-3729.

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Helping communities protect the Lamprey River

Submitted by Suzanne Petersen


Epping Garden Club

Epping Garden Club Plant Sale

Thanks to all of you who purchased a wreath or a poinsettia in this year's holiday fundraiser.

We are hoping to work with our churches and students as well as the Grange Hall and Library for future sales. Joined efforts bring even more results in making this a true community. Please call us at 300-0064 if you’d like to make this happen.

Our current members will get together in January, but it will be for us to gather and unwind. The next meeting will be Sunday, February 11th. Come join us, as the topics discussed will be the gardens we maintain around town and pansies.

Do you have a spot near your home you can add color to and water and weed? Yes, it is hard work but so worth it as you drive through the town watching everything bloom. Maybe neighborhoods can adopt a corner and when you decide on plants give us your list and we will get you the best deals around. Pairing perennials and annuals will give you the most color choices. Throw in some herbs as well, so when you go to weed your garden you can cut some fresh for your meals.

We will discuss doing some future workshops where you make and take, as well as some speakers to offer you even more ideas on pulling your spaces together. Follow us on Facebook to hear the latest on upcoming events. Please follow the Garden Club Facebook Page for upcoming sales and events. If you are interested in joining us, please call me at 300-0064 or email eppinggardenclub@gmail.com.

Stay warm!

Submitted by Eunice Miller

American Legion News

Valentine’s Prime Rib Dinner Dance with “The Bert Scott Band”

The American Legion Post 51 is hosting a Valentine’s Prime Rib Dinner Dance featuring “The Bert Scott Band” on Saturday, February 10th. The dinner includes prime rib and all the fixings.  Only 100 Tickets will be sold for this Prime Rib Dinner that will be served between 6:00 and 7:30 pm.  The tickets Must Be purchased in advance for $15/person.  Tickets go on sale on January 9, 2018.  Please see the bartender in the Canteen at the Epping Legion (679-8320).  Tickets will be sold until they run out or until the cutoff date of February 6th. This ticket does include entrance to the dance that will begin at 8 pm.

The Bert Scott Band will be playing 60’s, 70’s, Rock, Rhythm & Blues!! You can check them out at www.myspace.com/bertscottband Grab your honey and come on down for a great dinner and a rock’n good time. If you miss out on the dinner tickets or you just want to attend the dance which starts at 8 pm, the cost is $8/person at the door.  A cash bar will be open.  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).  All are welcome!  For more information please call Darlene at 793-6090 or Janet at 944-3288.

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 January 14th and Sunday, February 11th - 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.

Youth Programs

Before & After School Program

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.

McIntyre Ski Program

Epping Rec is participating in the McIntyre Ski program starting this January.  For information contact the Rec Department: eppingrecreation@gmail.com.

Register online at: http://www.mcintyreskiarea.com/snowsports/registration.

Summer Camp 

We will be running two Summer Camp Programs again this year!

6 week program

See camp brochure and parent handbook for more info!

Forms are required for registration for EACH child: Camp registration comes out on Town Voting Day (March 13th).

Please mail registration to us at 157 Main Street! 1st payment due with registration to reserve your space. Registration is on First Come basis!

Please check our Facebook page for availability updates

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.