Happening Around Epping

July-August 2018 | Volume 11, Issue 4

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 (Sept-Oct) of this newsletter will be available in early September 2018. We will accept submissions through August 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

The 2017-2018 school year is coming to a close with our Epping End 68 Hours of Hunger program feeding an average of 35 kids a weekend and over 1500 weekend bags of food to local kids. That is a value of $15,000 of food directly into the hands of Epping kids to enable them to get proper nutrition over the weekend.

Our program is only as strong as its volunteers and supporters. A special thank you to all our team leaders, packers, school contacts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Epping sport teams, Epping Library, Epping Senior group, The Stove Shop, Epping Walmart, and all of our monthly donators. 2017-2018 was a successful year thanks to all of you!

We look forward to the 2018-2019 school year. We will be in need of volunteers to pack bags once a month and also for two people to lead a packing team. Our week 1 and week 2 teams need significant help and leaders for next school year. The commitment is only once a month for an hour. Please reach out via email or Facebook.

Have a great summer! Karen Poplaski, Coordinator

In and Around Epping

The Planning Board approved an Urgent Care to go on the lot between Valvoline and Cumberland Farms. Blue Bird Storage is still plugging away at their location.

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

Improving Access to the Lamprey River



The Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee (LRAC) is assisting several towns this summer to improve access areas for paddlers and other visitors.

In Newmarket, the new Schoppmeyer Memorial Park is taking shape. The site is located behind the Newmarket Community Church on Main Street and will feature benches, picnic tables, and carry-in boat access. The town’s park advisory committee is also looking into the possibility of including a handicap-accessible kayak launch. The LRAC donated money for the purchase of the site and will help with the design of signage dedicating the park in memory of Chris Schoppmeyer.

In Epping, the canoe landing at the Route 87 bridge crossing is in need of repairs and reconfiguration. This is the finish area for the annual Lamprey River Canoe Race. The Epping Conservation Commission and LRAC are looking at improving the canoe launch, doing trail maintenance on the flood plain educational path, and replacing the tired kiosk panel. The parking area has already been improved with gravel to minimize the drop away from the paved area.

In Epping and Lee, the LRAC is partnering with Trout Unlimited to remove sections of downed trees that block canoe passage. The wood removed will be placed back into the river to provide necessary cover for fish. This work is being supported by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Summer Events along the Lamprey River

July 27: Nature activities and river walk, Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library, 10-11 am

August 25: Splash and Dash, Schanda Park, Newmarket

The Third Annual event kicks off with a parade of boats and paddlers decked out in the “Pirates of the Lamprey River” theme. The next stage will be when participants in the 3k head out to Great Bay. After the 3k is underway, novice paddlers will vie for honors in the 1/2k.  Race prizes will be awarded for best time for solo and team and theme parade prizes will be awarded for best-decorated boat or paddlers.

Please contact the Newmarket Recreation at recdesk@newmarketnh.gov or 659-8581 for more information and to register. Kayaks are available to rent from Newmarket Recreation and Seven Rivers Paddling. Advance reservations are recommended.

September 1: Lamprey River Tidal Eco-paddle, noon to 2:30, Schanda Park, Newmarket

Join experts in oyster restoration, fish passage, Great Bay water quality, estuary wildlife, and eelgrass issues on a guided paddle out to Great Bay and back. Kayaks and gear will be available for rent at a discount through Seven Rivers Paddling. Reservations are required for kayak rentals.

Contact sevenriverspaddling@gmail.com. This family-friendly program is free for those who bring their own boat.

Ultrasonic Nocturne: Listening for Bats

This summer, you might catch a glimpse of this odd looking equipment; don’t be concerned. The LRAC is working with Normandeau Associates to get a baseline data set of bat communities along the Lamprey River and several of its tributaries. The equipment records the high-pitched calls of bats as they hunt and communicate.

What do you think they might find? Stay tuned!!

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Helping communities protect the Lamprey River


Submitted by Suzanne Petersen

Nature Talks

Walk in the Woods and Paddle the River

Your Conservation Commission has been working on trails! Todd Hathaway is designing 4-5 miles of mountain biking trails at the Folsom Conservation Area (on the west side of town near Joshua Lane), which connects to the Rockingham Rail Trail. We’ll be looking for volunteers there once it’s all well marked. The work will be with hand tools, such as rakes, shovels and hoes, along with some saw work on downed trees and limbs and some pruning.

Many of you know that Robert Friend Low Park (on Mast Road by the speedway) was harvested last summer and we marked out a trail there, about 1.5 miles. We’ll be looking for some volunteers to help get that one in shape once the weather cools off a bit.

Thanks to Trail Steward, Joel Harris, Fox Run trails are in much better shape. He installed one microbridge near the exit and repaired the main bridge at the trail entrance by the kiosk.

The Lamprey River Advisory Committee is working with the Conservation Commission to upgrade the Tilton Bridge Canoe Launch area. Some of you might have noticed last fall that the Town put down a layer of gravel to smooth the parking area around the pavement. Preston Samuel has designed the upgrade to the canoe launch and Kevin Martin will rework the trail markers, and we’ll need volunteers to help get that trail up to snuff.

Lots is happening and we are all working hard. Please consider supporting this effort when you see the signs out asking for volunteers! Send a message to EppingOutdoors@gmail.com or put a note in our box at the Town Hall.

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed

Epping Garden Club

Epping Garden Club Plant Sale

Five of our members made the drive out to the Keene Country Club to attend the Spring Meeting of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs with over one hundred other members.

We watched a wonderful program on our White House gardens through the years.  We also checked out information booths, one being all about our many NH Invasive plants, Pull All That Bittersweet! Kudso is getting closer to NH each day.

Speaking of weeds - either pull and bag them, then add to your trash barrel or use a mix of vinegar, salt and dish soap.  Quit buying weed killer  - it kills more than weeds.  Say No to  ROUNDUP!  You can mix your own spray up in sprayers, with the above ingredients. The recipe is on our Facebook page but you can also Google organic weed killer. You can also fill a tea kettle bring water to a boil and take out to patio/driveway areas and pour over each weed you want gone. Your well water will be that much healthier than using poisons that DOT, Highway depts and others use.

We will have walked our downtown area by the time this newsletter goes to print.  We will be looking into ways to make our downtown area look more vibrant. Please stay tuned!

We will be offering enormous fall mums that will arrive in September.  If you missed the pansies, but saw how beautiful they were, the mums are amazing as well.  Call 300-0064 and give us your email address if you are not using Facebook so you will know when our sales are and how much the plants are selling for.

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

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

Submitted by Eunice Miller

American Legion News

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 July 8th and Sunday, August 12th – 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!

4-H Circuit Horse Show

4-H members and nonmembers are welcome to join in the Rockingham County 4-H Circuit Horse Show on Sunday, August 19th. Registration and Class List will be posted three weeks before the event. The Show is hosted by the Peppermint Ponies 4-H Club at Brookvale Pines Farm, 154 Martin Road, Fremont.

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.

Musical Theater Youth Summer Camp

The Epping Community Theater will present the first annual Musical Theater Youth Summer Camp from August 20-24 from 8:30 to 12 noon daily.  It will be held at the Epping Playhouse (formerly the Leddy Center at 38 Ladds Lane in Epping).  The cost will be $135 a week.

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

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.

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.

Epping Summer Morning Out:

Fridays - 9:30-11 am. (four Fridays July 20-August 10) 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. (Except for July 12, August 30) 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.