Happening Around Epping

Sept - Oct 2018 | Volume 11, 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 November 2018. We will accept submissions through October 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 getting ready for the start of the 2018-2019 school year and the Epping End 68 Hours of Hunger program will soon be feeding several 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 help from the community, especially with fundraising. 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.

In and Around Epping

Blue Bird Storage is next to Telly’s and they are cruising. The Car Wash just came in and pulled their building permit as well. No news on the site at the corner of 27 and 125. The property through the woods behind Pine and Pond went before the Zoning Board for an elderly housing project and was approved. I am not sure when they will apply to the Planning Board.

Submitted by Brittany Howard

Epping Scarecrow Festival

The second annual Town wide Epping Scarecrow Festival will take place on Saturday, September 29th from 5-7 pm.

The Friends of the Library and the Epping Garden Club are already hard at work creating scarecrow kits for Epping’s second annual Scarecrow Festival! This year we’ll have a festival rather than a contest so we can all focus on the fun of making our own creations and seeing what our friends and neighbors come up with. Placing orders as soon as possible is very helpful as volunteers make these kits by hand and we want to have enough ready for everyone! Contact the library to order a full kit for $25, including a wooden frame, head, and felt pieces. If you’d just like to purchase a burlap/felt head by itself, the cost is $12. All proceeds benefit the Library.

Last year there were over 100 scarecrows added to homes and businesses around town, to make our event truly "the Talk of the Town."

Use your kits from last year or buy just a new head as this will be an annual event in Epping, as it is in many other communities.

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.

Route 27 Intersection to get Four-Way Stop

The state of New Hampshire is going to convert the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets in Epping to a four-way stop. Currently, there’s no stop for Route 27 at the intersection and traffic passes through without stopping, but there are stop signs on both sides of Main Street. The proposed change will add stop signs on both sides of Route 27.

With the increased commercial activity and congestion on 125, traffic on Main Street and at the intersection has increased and accidents have increased, too. It is hoped that the changes will provide better traffic control at the intersection.

No date has been set for the installation.

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, eyeglass recycling and provide assistance to local families in need of eyeglasses. We support community programs as well as participate in and sponsor some exciting events, such as the Lamprey River Canoe Race and our next event, the Highnote Festival, on Saturday, September 8th. We’ll hold our gas card raffle starting in November/December. All monies raised from the raffle are used to purchase gift cards that are donated to needy families in the Epping school system. Our new "Lion Year" began in July and Deb Brooks is the newly elected Club President for the 2018/2019 year.

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!

Deb Brooks, President

Cheryl Denoncour, Treasurer

Colleen Palmer, Secretary

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

Tidal Eco-paddle 2018

Eco-paddle participants check out
baby oysters.
Photo by Peter Sawtell

The Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee’s first tidal eco-paddle in 2017 was a great success. The weather was perfect, participants heard presentations from several local experts and asked good questions, and wildlife was all around, from bald eagles overhead to horseshoe crab molts and a harbor seal at the water’s surface. Although we cannot take credit for the weather or wild visitors last year and cannot guarantee either this year, we have done our best to arrange another enriching paddling experience for 2018. Experts on the tour will share their knowledge of Lamprey River restoration of river herring, Great Bay oyster restoration, Great Bay eelgrass issues, and overall progress and threats in Great Bay. Paddling novices and non-athletes are welcome and encouraged to attend. Total distance will be less than 2 miles.

Boat reservations must be made prior to September 1st.

All participants must wear a properly fitting life jacket or PFD. See you there!

Molting: The Changing of the Guard

For the most part, a new outer layer is no big deal for vertebrates. Mammals shed and grow new hair. Birds lose and grow new feathers. Reptiles regularly shed the outer layer of skin. Fish scales grow as the fish grows. Some invertebrates, such as clams and snails, have a shell that grows as they grow, so a new outer layer is no big deal for them, either.

Other animals don’t have it so easy. Some animals must literally squeeze out of their outer layer before they can grow. For animals with an exoskeleton, the process of getting a new outer layer is a difficult, bizarre process and takes many forms. Exoskeletons are hard, inflexible, and jointed. In order for creatures with an exoskeleton to grow, the exoskeleton must break open and the creature inside must get out. The animals are able to break shells from the inside using hydraulic pressure. The exoskeleton of insects breaks longitudinally down the back side of the thorax. The insects exit the shell by pushing up and out; thorax first, then the head, and the abdomen last. Crabs break their shells side to side behind the carapace and the animal must back out. Spiders and their marine cousins, horseshoe crabs, break their exoskeletons at the front edge of the cephalothorax and exit from the front.

Green crab starting to molt Dragonfly nymph molt
photo by Dr. Gabriela Bradt Photo by S. Petersen

When an animal first leaves its exoskeleton, it is soft and very vulnerable. Even the pinchers of crabs, when soft, are of no use. People take advantage of this when they eat “soft-shell” crabs; just boiling and then eating them whole, shell included. After molting, most creatures find a protected hiding place and wait until their new exoskeleton hardens.

People often mistake molted exoskeletons for dead animals. The easiest way to tell the difference is to hold the specimen. If it smells, it is dead. If it weighs what might be expected of an animal that size, it is dead. If it is lightweight and odorless, it is a molt. Once it is determined to be a molt, the exit point is usually easy to observe.

Molts are easy to find. Aquatic insect molts are often found on vertical surfaces next to rivers and ponds. Molts of saltwater animals can often be found on shore near the high tide mark or floating on top of the water. The next time you are near the river or Great Bay, see if you can find some of these old invertebrate suits.

Schoppmeyer Memorial Park Opens

Chris Schoppmeyer was an important man in Newmarket, serving on the conservation commission and organizing the annual fishing derby. “Nature Boy” or “Schoppsie” was a trusted colleague and leader in federal law enforcement, serving 35 years as a conservation officer. He accomplished much and touched many through his dedication to what was legally right, socially good, and often, just plain fun.

He was a great man with enormous character who left the best of himself with others. Although his life ended too soon, his memory lives on in the stories of family, friends, and colleagues. And now his memory will live on in perpetuity nestled in a beautiful little park between the Newmarket Community Church and the Lamprey River. In addition to the memorial section, kayakers can make use of the new dock to explore this section of the river.

The Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee was pleased to offer financial and artistic assistance to create this special place. Elizabeth Dudley, landscape architect and LRAC representative, generously designed the contemplative space near the entrance to the park. LRAC representative Dick Lord designed the panel that will be placed near the Lamprey River and assisted with layout for the memorial panel.

Dedication Ceremony and The Schoppmeyer family Photos by Dave LeGault


LRAC logo small


Helping communities protect the Lamprey River


Submitted by Suzanne Petersen

Nature Talks

Family Bike Event at John B. Folsom Conservation Area on August 12th

Todd Hathaway and Neal Folsom
opening the trails

There’s only one way to say it: SUCCESSFUL! It didn’t rain; about 30 riders (mostly adults and some kids - toddlers to teens) showed up to ride the new mountain biking and trail running trails. Their tires certainly helped pack them down! There are approximately 5 miles of trails, which also connect to the Rockingham Rail Trail on this 28-acre property dedicated to John B. Folsom. His son, Neal Folsom, recommended trail names (Quaker, Mary and Hobo) relating to the family’s and property’s history, and cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. His wife, Verna Folsom, refreshed and repainted the sign. It is beautiful! We are also grateful to DG Cycles for providing bicycle support. Thank you, Beniah Lane Farm for funding for the trail signs and Gravitas (the stone stacking game) for fabricating the signs, including one on the Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail pointing to Folsom Trails. Within the next year, we plan to add approximately 2 more miles of trails.

Thank you, Todd Hathaway, for this wonderful gift to the community! He took the lead and mapped and cleared these 4 miles of trails enough so they were easy to see in the woods. He planned and managed several volunteer work days, including posting it on social media, checking out appropriate tools from the Nature Groupie Trail Day Tool Loan program, and leading that effort on July 29th. These trails are specifically designed for families.

To all you volunteers who helped make this a reality, Thank You! You gave your time and energy to make more trails available in Epping. We are grateful!

First bikers ever on the trail – ready to roll

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed

Highnote Festival

The 18th annual Highnote Festival, a nonprofit benefit for the Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation, will be held on Saturday, September 8th 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 10-minute helicopter rides at $25 per person. There will be Northstar Fireworks in the evening, weather permitting. There will be arts and crafts for kids of all ages, hayrides, bungee jump, local artisan exhibit booths and a horseshoe pitching tournament, all things honoring our military families. .Entertainment will be Acoustic Radio, Rob and Dan West End Beat, Wayne from MAINE, the Shoestring Giant Theater giant puppets, Wildlife Demo - On The Wing, Chainsaw Demonstrations – Knotty Carvings and Snowmobile water cross. There will be food from Lexie’s Burgers, Potato Caboose and Memories Ice Cream.

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 Garden Club

Epping Garden Club Plant Sale

It’s time for us to begin taking paid orders for mums, cabbage and asters for your Fall decorating. We hope to get a delivery for September 9th so please have your orders in by September 4th. Please make your checks out to the Epping Garden Club. You can get forms from any Garden Club member and also at the Town Hall.

We are helping to get the word out once again for the Library’s Scarecrow Event. The second annual Town-wide Epping Scarecrow Event will be held September 29th. Whole kits and just heads will be available. Felt has been donated once again by John Clark to get really creative! Cutting and sewing has begun. Will you be one to join in on the fun? Last year the Town saw over 100 amazing scarecrows! Let's see if we can top that number so we can move the line on the thermometer out in front of the Library.

Orders for the Scarecrow kits and heads will be taken at the Library though a few of us in the Garden Club can take your orders and get them to Eva. If you see Eunice, Teresa, Barbara or John, just reach out. Make checks out to Friends of the Library.

We will be sad to see our beautiful petunias go, by September 9th they may be cooked with all this heat, but those self-watering containers worked amazingly well. We purchased them through Home Depot and they were delivered right to my door. Make life easier on yourself and check them out!

We can’t wait to see how beautiful our town is in Fall.

Thank You, Epping Garden Club

The Garden Club meets on the second Sunday of each month. Follow us on Facebook to see the meeting location we’ve decided upon.

Submitted by Eunice Miller

American Legion News

8th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show

On Saturday, September 15th, 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 8 am and the show is from 9 am to 1 pm. There is No Entry Fee; however donations will be gladly accepted. The Line Up Band will be playing outside starting at 11 am, 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 will also be a People’s Choice Award for any year car. Come show your motorcycle! For 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, September 16th. FOR MORE INFORMATION please call Rob Hoffman at (603) 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, September 9th and Sunday, October 14th – 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!

Seacoast Extreme Country Fair

The Seacoast Extreme Country Fair will be held at the New England Dragway, September 13th to 16th. There will be live music, horseshoes, barrel racing, bull riding, woodsman competition, helicopter rides and more.

Hours are:

Go to seacoastextremecountryfair.com for more information.

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.

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.

Youth Programs

Before & After School Program

The Fall 2018 Before & After School Program Registration was available starting June 1, 2018.

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. 

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.

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

1st Session starts: November 9th

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

To Register, contact the Epping Recreation Dept at eppingrecreation@gmail.com or stop by the program to speak with Barbara Young.

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 - 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.