Happening Around Epping

May - June 2018 | Volume 11, 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 - August) of this newsletter will be available in early July 2018. We will accept submissions through June 25, 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

We are now eight months through the school year and the Epping End 68 Hours of Hunger program has two more months to go until the end if this school year. We are currently feeding 39 Epping students every weekend.

It takes a village to run this program and we have a great group of packing, delivery, inventory, and shopping volunteers.

We are in need of a fundraising team. This aspect of our program gets overlooked at times with the tasks of running the program on a weekly basis. With a yearly budget this year of $12,000-$14,000 we need more fundraising. Please reach out to us if you can help our program in this or any other area!!

Much gratitude towards our group of amazing volunteers! 

Please reach out to us for more information at Eppingnh@end68hoursofhunger.org

Kids Fishing Derby

The Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Parish in Epping will be holding their Annual Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday May 5th. The Derby will be held at the Town Conservation Pond on Towle Road in Epping. We will post signs from the area of the Town Hall leading to the pond.

Registration will be at 7:30 am with the first cast at 8:00 am, no preregistration required. No artificial lures or bait are permitted, but we will supply worms for all participants. The Derby is open to all children 12 years of age and younger.

Contact Tim Acerno at 496-2697 or acernotim@gmail.com for additional information.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

The Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Parish in Epping will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday May 15th from 2:00 to 7:00 pm. The Drive will be held at St. Joseph Church on Pleasant Street in Epping.

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free Red Cross app, by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.   Refreshments will be served.

In and Around Epping

Blue Bird Storage is going in next to Telly’s and they are moving right along. There will also be a car wash and retail space. Telly’s will also be expanding their parking lot.

The Planning Board also approved a project off Route 27 in the lot that was cleared.  Right now one building will have indoor volleyball and virtual golf.  They want to get rolling on that project as soon as they have all of their approvals.

Keep Epping Beautiful!

The Epping Parks & Recreation and Public Works Department will sponsor a Town-wide cleanup weekend – May 4-6!  “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 7th 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 4-6th weekend.  Thank you for helping to keep Epping beautiful!

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

Memorial Day Parade on May 28th

Parade line up is 9:30 am at the American Legion and the parade steps off at 10:00 am.  All Town organizations are welcome to take part. – especially veterans. The American Legion always has food for participants after the parade.

Fill a Bag. Help Feed Families

The Post Office is collecting food on Saturday, May 12th.  Please bag healthy, nonperishable food and place it by your mailbox for letter carrier delivery to local food banks and pantries.

Please donate items such a pasta, cereal, oatmeal, canola oil, peanut butter and canned goods including beans, fruit, vegetables, soup, tuna in water, meat and sauce.  Avoid glass containers.

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 chartered in April 2009. We support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eyeglass recycling and provide assistance to local families in need of eyeglasses.

Thank you to all who came out for our biggest event – the Lamprey River Canoe Race on Saturday, April 28th. This year marked the 41st year of the event and the 9th year the Epping Lions were hosting it.  Prizes were awarded for the top three fastest times in Male Solo, Female Solo and 2-person categories.  There was also a special prize for Best Costume.  For a list of winners, please visit our website www.epping.nhlions.org.   

We are always 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 or Facebook page.  Meeting times are generally the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library in Epping.  We’d love to see you!

Colleen Palmer, President

Cheryl Denoncour, Treasurer

Deb Brooks, Eye-glass Collector

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

Great Blue Heron: The Bird That Dares to Stick Its Neck out

photo by nhptv.org

We are fortunate to have some big, really big, birds living along the Lamprey River. Great blue herons stand about 4 feet tall and have a wingspan up to 6.5 feet. In flight, they tuck their long necks under them to form an “s” and let their long legs trail behind.  When hunting, they pull their head close to their body and then ambush unsuspecting fish, frogs, snakes, and occasionally rodents using their razor-sharp yellow beak.

Great blue herons were once nearly wiped out by pollution and hunting, but they have made a strong comeback nationally. Their success has come about for several reasons: 1) The Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 makes it illegal to capture, possess, or cause harm to a great blue heron, its nest, or eggs. 2) Efforts to prevent pollution from reaching waterways have resulted in lower toxicity. 3) People now have a better understanding that wetlands are ecologically and economically critical. 4) People have stopped killing so many beavers. Beavers might seem to be an unlikely ally to these birds, but their dams create new wetlands. As a result, many trees drown. Over time, these standing dead trees provide ideal, safe nesting areas, called rookeries or heronries, for colonies of herons to raise their young.

To help these magnificent birds thrive in our increasingly populated and developed landscape, the best action we can take is to give them their space. The birds require a buffer area of at least 330 feet between them and human activity. From April through May, they will fly away from their nests if humans get as close as 400-600 feet. Not only is their sight acute, but their heron hearing is as well.

Hammock to 3k

Many of you might be familiar with the concept of a “couch to 5k,” in which people are encouraged to get off the couch and train to run a 5 kilometer road race. The prospect of going from little or no exercise to running a distance race can be daunting, but doing so with friends and friendly encouragement from trainers makes the challenge fun and doable.

The Newmarket Recreation Department wondered how they could adapt the couch to 5k model and help potential kayak racers prepare for a 3k race out to Great Bay and back as part of the annual Splash and Dash paddling event. The Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee is pleased to support this pilot project through a Small Grant. The details are still being worked out, but participants will gather weekly starting in June for training sessions to build endurance, fine-tune technique, and have a good time on the Lamprey.  Sessions will take place on both the freshwater portion and, as tides permit, the saltwater portion. The program will include a special class at an indoor pool to practice what many fear… falling into the water and how to get back into the boat. At the end of the program, participants will be ready to compete in the 3k on August 25th.

People from outside Newmarket are welcome to participate. For those without boats of their own, kayaks will be available to rent at a discounted price. For more details, follow Newmarket Recreation on Facebook or visit http://www.newmarketrec.org/.

Herring Aid 2018

alewife photo courtesy of dnr.maryland.gov

Spring has arrived, at last, and that means it is time for river herring to migrate from the ocean to the Lamprey River to spawn in freshwater. It also means that it is time for people to meet these important fish face-to-face. World-wide, migratory fish populations are declining; however, the alewife run in the Lamprey River is healthy and worth celebrating.

Join the hard-working biologists from New Hampshire Fish and Game and representatives from the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee for Herring Aid, Saturday, May 12th from 10:00 to noon at the Macallen Dam in Newmarket. In addition to seeing, handling, and learning about river herring, participants will probably also encounter tiny American eels and maybe a sea lamprey. Park behind the Newmarket Public Library and follow the fish signs to the event. This event is free, family-friendly, and will take place rain or shine.

LRAC logo small


Helping communities protect the Lamprey River


Submitted by Suzanne Petersen

Nature Talks

Epping Conservation Commission

2017 – A Good Year

Epping now has a Natural Resource Inventory. This document describes the Town’s natural resources with maps and explanatory text to help identify areas of high value for wildlife habitat, water quality, recreation, and other resources. The ECC uses it to help prioritize preservation by taking proactive management steps to insure long-term viability of these resources. Check it out on EppingOutdoors.com/NRI. We are grateful to the Rockingham Planning Commission for their support in this endeavor.

With our first annual Photo Contest, we pursued our goal of enhancing Epping residents’ connection to the outdoors. Sixteen photos were submitted and Epping residents voted for the winner. Pictures can be submitted in June-July and the winner will be announced in September.  Specific dates are posted at EppingOutdoors.com/photo-contest/. You could start taking pictures right now!

Check out TrailFinder.info to see all the trails in Epping, including those on Southeast Land Trust properties. We are thankful Joel Harris has volunteered to be our first Trail Steward. Additionally, the Select Board approved our plan to construct five short trails for mountain biking (probably most appropriate for kids) at Folsom Park, about 22 acres. Parking is on Joshua Lane for easy access. We hope to schedule this work sometime in 2018. Thanks to ECC member Todd Hathaway for leading this effort.

We are also reaching out specifically to connect children with the outdoors. Liz Wilson, ECC member, is working with Alyson Bates, Epping Elementary School Fifth Grade Science teacher, to get kids outside and learn about the woods. Three science classes are competing to see which team can develop the best scavenger hunt at Fox Run Park. Check EppingOutdoors.com in late April or May to see the winning team.

Managing and monitoring conserved town lands is also part of the ECC mission. We welcome John Clark as our first volunteer monitor. He loves walking in the woods with his GPS and helping to ensure our conserved lands are in good shape for everyone to enjoy.

Your Conservation Commission is actively working not only to protect land, wildlife and the woods for future generations, but also to generate more ways to enjoy the outdoors today. Special thanks go to John Bennett for keeping you informed via our website. We are looking for more volunteers to help build/maintain trails and monitor conserved properties. If you are interested, please leave a note in our box at Town Hall or email secretary@townofepping.com.

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed

Epping Garden Club

Epping Garden Club Plant Sale

We have worked hard on ideas through the winter in emails to one another and we chose the new white planters that sit within our planted intersections.  We needed a fresh look and nice deep planters so they would not dry out so fast. 

The new ones are self-watering - the days of hauling 90 gallons each are behind us. When it rains heavily, they will drain nicely and keep just what the plants need or at least that is our plan.  We will watch and take notes and we’ll remove them from the corners in autumn before the plants freeze in them. We can’t leave them out all winter. 

We brought the Pansy Bowls to town a day before Easter and everyone loved their scent and colors.  We would like to thank all who gave us their support.  

For those who made it to the polls or voted by absentee ballot, our group would like to say a BIG THANK YOU for liking what we do in town.   Yes, the $3,000.00 may sound like a lot to some, but based on the number of taxpayers in town it breaks down to just 50 cents from each of you.  Thank you again!

Our group hopes you like what we do and if you want input, please join us. Or join one of the many other groups that your taxes supported this past election. It is wonderful being a part of the many here in town who give of themselves to make this town a better place for ALL to live.  Pick your favorite group and join!  We all have things we love doing and are passionate about.

Do you want us to offer flowers for sale at the parade?  Let us know on Facebook or email us at eppinggardenclub@gmail.com.  Please let us know if you want geraniums, colorful Wave petunias or herbs or veggies.  We want to help you create beautiful spaces, but as well, all of our local beekeepers will have delicious honey.

We can also get you flats of one color if you have a theme going on or are having a summer wedding. We can get prices to you so you can shop for the best deal around - just ask us.

We will meet on Sunday, May 13th at the Safety Complex or at a member’s home or maybe a local breakfast place.  Call us at 300-0064 or follow us on Facebook to find out where we’ll meet.  We will decide on Parade plans that day, so give us your thoughts please.

Please call me at 300-0064 or email us at eppinggardenclub@gmail.com

Submitted by Eunice Miller

American Legion News

8th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show at American Legion

On Saturday, May 19th, the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron 51 is hosting the 8th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show at the American Legion Post 51 on Rte. 125 in Epping.  Proceeds will benefit Epping Project Graduation Class of 2020. Gates open at 9 am and the show is from 10 am to 2 pm. There is No Entry Fee, however, donations will gladly be accepted.  The Line Up Band will be playing outside from 1 to 4 pm, if weather permits.  The band plays classic rock from the 50’s to the 90’s. 

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.  A cash bar will be open. 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 20th.  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 13th and Sunday, June 10th – eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, home fries, and coffee are all piping hot and ready to be enjoyed. Bring your newspaper and your appetite!

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

Epping Parks & Recreation Department News

Home of the "River Otters"

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

Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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

Preschool Spring Sports

Our Preschool Sports Program is a fun way to help your little ones start to develop listening skills, teamwork, 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.

Preschool sports programs are starting up this month. T-ball will be on Tuesday nights starting May 15th and until June 5th from 5:30-6:15 pm.  Preschool Sports will be on Friday mornings starting May 11th and until June 1st from 9:15-10:00 am.  Download the registration forms from our website, pick them up at Town Hall or Watson Academy!

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

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 email 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 gathers at the EES Library, then heads outside to the EES playgrounds during good weather days or walks 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 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: 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

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 674-6599 or e-mail her at eppingata@gmail.com.

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

Youth Ceramics Class

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.

Epping Recreation & Edelweiss Farm Horsemanship Program

Does your child love and want to learn more about horses?  This 4-week program is a great opportunity for them!  Each week will include mounted horse time and learning hands on barn skills.  No previous experience needed.  Grades 2+ Welcome!

Thursdays: May 17th, 24th, 31st and June 7th from 3:30-5:00 pm
Transportation Provided by Epping Rec from School to Barn If Needed\

Edelweiss Farm
3 Towle Rd Epping, NH

What to bring:
Riding Helmet
Boots with a heel

If interested, please fill out a Registration Form and pay the $180 fee to hold your spot.  A minimum of 5 participants, maximum of 12.

Please email eppingrecreation@gmail.com for more information..

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

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.

Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction

Epping Lighthouse Ministries is hosting its annual Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction on Friday, May 11th.  Proceeds of the event will go toward opening a new building for The Porch, a teen youth center based in Epping.  The Porch provides a safe, loving environment for the teenagers in Epping to go after school.

Come experience a formal masquerade ball, complete with a DJ, dancing, refreshments, non-alcoholic drinks and silent auction.  There will be awards for Best Dressed and Best Dancing.  Formal attire and mask are requested.  Cost is $50.00 per person.  The ball will begin at 6:30 pm at the Exeter Inn and Epoch Restaurant, 90 Front Street, Exeter.  Tickets can be purchased by going to evenbrite.com.

Epping Lighthouse Ministries exists to provide assistance to the community by running a youth center, running an after school program for children and giving financially to families in need.  The long-term vision is to continue adding more programs for people in need, including tutoring, assistance for people struggling with addiction, a crisis pregnancy center and much more.

For more information about the ball or about Epping Lighthouse Ministries, visit www.eppinglighthouse.org.