Happening Around Epping

Mar-Apr 2019| Volume 12, Issue 2

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 (May-June) of this newsletter will be available in early May 2019. We will accept submissions through April 25, 2019 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.

In and Around Epping

Glass Pro on Route 27 is now in full swing. The metal structure is up and the siding is being placed. The Urgent Care building next to Valvoline received their certificate of occupancy a few weeks ago. Blue Bird storage is still moving along, hopefully opening early spring.

Submitted by Brittany Howard

ClearChoiceMD Now Open

ClearChoiceMD has opened its 11th Urgent Care center on Route 125 in Epping. The Epping center is located on Beehive Drive between the Valvoline oil change facility and Cumberland Farms. It is open seven days a week, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and accepts walk-ins. For more information, call 734-9202.

Urgent care services provided by ClearChoice include stitches, minor surgery, lab work and employer-related issues such as drug testing and employee physicals. Sports and children’s camp physicals are also available.

End 68 Hours of Hunger in Epping

WOW! Where do we begin to thank everyone for another amazing couple of months of generous food and money donations? We are beyond thankful to EYAA for holding such a successful food drive for us and to Nick DeBernado of DeBernardo's Restaurant for supporting our program by offering the team who donated the most food items a pizza party at his restaurant!

To all the students and teachers at the Epping Middle and High Schools for collecting over 200 food items, we thank you so much! And then, taking time out of their busy schedules to sort all of those items into boxes to be delivered to the storage unit.

Thanks to Greg and Janes and to Erica's Garden LLC for raising over $700 for our families in need.

We are so thankful for our Epping Community. Our little town is amazing! We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events. More details to follow.

Submitted by Eleni Maschas

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.

They also send Christmas stockings to our Troops overseas. The Pease Greeters care package team recently completed the momentous task of stuffing 2,480 Christmas stockings with goodie bags and holiday cards to send to active military overseas.

Throughout the year, the greeters seek donations of toiletries, individually packed food items and “fun stuff” like small toys. There are donation sites throughout Portsmouth, Dover, Hampton, Greenland and Concord. Please contact peasegreatercarepackages@gmail.com for further information about the care package program.

The Pease Greeters began welcoming flights in 2005 and a few months ago reached the milestone of having welcomed 1000 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 upcoming 42nd annual Lamprey River Canoe and Kayak Race is being held on Saturday, April 27th.

The morning race registration begins at 8:00 am and the first boat enters the water at 9:00 am. The race begins at Mary Blair Park and is approximately 7.3 miles, ending at the Amethyst House on Rt. 87. The categories for this race are: Male Solo, Female Solo and 2-Person. Awards are given for the top finishers in each category.

The afternoon race is approximately 3 miles and is a non-competitive family-style race. Registration begins at 11:30 am and the race begins at noon. This race ends behind the Town Hall.

Race T-shirts will be for sale at Mary Blair for $5. You can't beat that! Race registration is $15/adult and $5/child.

This is our club's largest fundraiser (when the weather cooperates!). All monies raised are used to help neighbors in our community with vision/hearing issues. For more information, those interested can check out our website and/or Facebook page: https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/eppingnh/ or https://www.facebook.com/EppingLionsClub/

If any local businesses in town would like to be a race sponsor, for a $50 donation, they can get their logo on our t-shirt. The shirts have become collectibles over the years!

We continue to welcome any new members to our Club: business persons in town, residents, etc. All are welcome!

Deb Brooks, President

Cheryl Denoncour, Treasurer

Colleen Palmer, Secretary

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

Think Mink

New Hampshire is home to several members of the mustelid family: skunks, otters, fishers, weasels, martens and minks. Of these, otters and minks are the most likely to be seen in and around water.

Minks have a rich brown-to-black fur covering the sleek body. The total length is about 19 to 28 inches, with the tail about half the length. The mink’s long neck, small ears, short legs, and semi-webbed feet are similar to those of otters, but minks are considerably smaller and have thinner tails.

What minks lack in size, they make up for in scrappiness. Their diet consists of fish, frogs, crayfish, waterfowl, and rodents, including muskrats. They evade many predators through their mostly nocturnal lifestyle and many temporary tunnels, but do not shy away from self-defense, including a release of skunk-like fluid from the anal gland.

Minks mate in winter through spring, but the onset of actual embryonic development can be delayed by up to 45 days, possibly in response to the availability of food. Litters of 3 to 6, but occasionally up to 16 kits, are born in spring. The young stay with their mother until fall, when they leave to establish territories of their own.

Minks are primarily aquatic and swim by undulating their torsos. When they run on land, they have a bounding, hunch-backed gait. They occasionally climb trees. Vocalizations consist of shrieking or hissing and are usually made during encounters with other minks or predators. Although their natural habitat is the forested corridor adjacent to rivers or around wetlands, they also can be found near urban streams.

If you are fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of one of these native creatures, be sure to give that mink a wink.

Pre-spring: Waiting for the Renewal

At this time of year, late winter/early spring, many people are getting tired of winter and are looking with hope toward spring. This picture of the floodplain at the Route 87 crossing of the Lamprey River typifies this sentiment.

Right now, this area looks as though it is lifeless, but looks can be deceiving. Herbaceous plants that look dead above, have energy stored in the roots. Seemingly dead trees will quickly respond to liquid water at their roots and buds will soon swell. Adult insects and salamanders and many of their eggs might be frozen solid now, but they will thaw and return to life. Turtles and frogs, buried in the mud or under the river’s ice, will soon emerge. This bland patch of land will shimmer with bustling vernal pools and hum with a symphony of insects, frogs, and birds.

As winter’s snow and ice melt and spring rains arrive, this area will probably be under water. While this situation is not ideal for humans and their buildings, these floodwaters will replenish the area with nutrients and sediment. If the weather brings an extreme flood, some trees might be torn down by the high river current, but other trees from upstream might be deposited. After the spring floods subside, the floodplain will crank into full growth mode for summer. Nobody will think this place is lifeless; soon, all evidence will point to a highly productive, important, riverside habitat.

Better Buffers

In common parlance, “buffer” can be a verb (to lessen the shock of, to cushion) or a noun (a means or device used as a cushion). In environmental circles, a buffer means the naturally vegetated land area that abuts a body of water.

A stream that flows through a natural forest has a big buffer. This buffer provides shade that is so important to wildlife for coolness and cover and also acts as a water filter. Rain that falls on a forest first encounters the tree canopy and then natural leaf litter or herbaceous plants before soaking into the soil. Trees and shrubs have deep roots and the soil of a forest is textured and porous. The roots hold or absorb most of the water as well as impurities that mix into the water. Water that is not absorbed by the plants continues to be filtered by the soil and eventually enters the groundwater. When this groundwater makes its way to the nearest stream, it is very clean. When rain falls on a forest, very little water actually runs over land.

A stream that flows through farmland or suburbs often has a narrow buffer or is dominated by grass with few shrubs or trees. Although lawns are technically vegetated, the roots of most grasses are shallow and the soil cannot withstand pounding rain without turning muddy. When it rains, some of the water soaks into the shallow soil where it gets cleaned, but some of it travels across the land, picking up dirt, animal poop, and pollution particles that fell from the sky before reaching the stream. Ecologically, lawn is a small step above bare soil or pavement, but it is a poor buffer if you care about clean water. A stream surrounded by lawn essentially has no buffer.

In cities or other highly developed areas, streams rarely have a good buffer, if any at all. In places where pavement and other hard surfaces abound, rain cannot soak into the ground. The water picks up oily debris and other chemicals from vehicles, cigarette butts, garbage, dog poop, air-borne pollutants, road salt, and dirt and then often gets dumped straight into the nearest stream. Even if the parking lot or road is not directly on the stream, conventional storm drains eliminate the possibility of letting water soak into the soil.

In a paved city, keeping surface water clean is difficult and very expensive. Traditional storm drains can be retrofitted so that some of the water soaks in, but this involves engineered solutions, heavy equipment, and plenty of money. Whether conventional or retrofitted, these human systems require frequent maintenance and periodic replacement.

The most efficient and inexpensive way to keep water clean is to keep a natural buffer at least 50-250 feet wide adjacent to surface water, such as streams, rivers, ponds, and estuaries (the bigger the body of water, the larger the buffer needed to keep it clean). Planting more shrubs and trees, especially adjacent to surface water, beautifies one’s property and helps to ensure clean water for everyone.

For more information about what homeowners can do to keep our water clean by protecting or building a resilient buffer, check out Landscaping at the Water’s Edge, (free) from the UNH Cooperative Extension: https://extension.unh.edu/resource/landscaping-waters-edge-book.

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Helping communities protect the Lamprey River

Submitted by Suzanne Petersen

Nature Talks

Monitoring our Conservation Land

Monitoring conservation easements is key to the protection of lands within our community that have high natural resource and recreational value. The Epping Conservation Commission is looking for folks interested in being land stewards to help us monitor our local conservation properties.

WHERE is conservation LAND? The Town of Epping is responsible for more than 40 parcels, of which approximately 25 of these need to be monitored. Many of these include hiking trails. The Folsom Conservation Area now has about 4 miles of mountain biking trails. Fox Run has a basketball court, swings and seesaws in addition to a 1-mile trail.

WHY do we monitor land? Some deeds require the land to be monitored conserved land. Effective monitoring ensures conservation land meets the deed restrictions.

WHEN is land monitored? Every piece of conserved land needs to be monitored annually. The Conservation Commission is striving to make this happen and is seeking more volunteer support.

WHAT does a MONITOR do? Monitors evaluate whether or not trails are in good shape; has anyone been dumping trash there; are there tree stands on land where hunting is excluded; are the bridges safe to cross; other safety issues; ruts indicating illegal use of motorized vehicles; and downed trees or limbs that could be hazardous? Additionally, small signs mark the boundary – should more be added? Monitors usually take pictures, then complete and submit a brief report (the form used is published by the Cooperative Extension) to the Conservation Commission.

HOW does a monitor conduct this review? New volunteers gain specific skills by walking the land with an experienced monitor. Each monitor is provided a Monitoring Guide published by the UNH Cooperative Extension. Monitors are also provided with the parcel deed so they can reference the restrictions and a survey so the boundaries can be identified; a compass is also helpful.

WHO are our monitors? Anyone interested in walking the land and contributing in this way, is welcome to join the group. Currently, John Clark is our only monitor and we are grateful to have his assistance. In his volunteer work as Trail Steward, Joel Harris keeps us informally apprised of what he sees on the land and his work is also appreciated. The Commission is grateful for any feedback from anyone about any conserved land.

If you are interested in helping in any way, please send a note to EppingOutdoors@gmail.com or drop a note in our box at Town Hall.

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed

Epping Garden Club

First we would like to thank those who suggested we be presented with a plaque for the hundreds of hours we volunteer here in town to make it a prettier place to live and pass through. It is a work in progress here in town, so please let us know if you’d like to join us!

We are looking for a place within the town hall to display photos, our plaque and a calendar for upcoming meetings, speakers and field trips.

We are selling Pansy Bowls again as a fundraiser. One Bowl for $15; two Bowls for $25. Orders may be dropped off with Joyce at the Town Hall or dropped in the mail for us. Orders will need to be in by April 8th for a delivery to town by Easter. We will need your name, address and phone number and we will let you know the date the grower gives for delivery to the library parking lot.

Submitted by Eunice Miller

American Legion News

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance with the “Road Salt Trio Band”

The American Legion Post 51 is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance featuring the “Road Salt Trio Band” on Saturday, March 16th. The New England Boiled Dinner includes your choice of Corned Beef or Ham and all the fixings. TICKETS are on sale now. ONLY 100 Tickets will be sold for this St. Patrick’s Day Dinner that will be served between 6:00 and 7:30 pm. The tickets MUST BE purchased in advance for $15 per person. Please see the bartender in the Canteen at the Epping Legion. Tickets will be sold until they run out or until the cutoff date of March 13th! This ticket does include entrance to the dance that will begin at 8 pm. The “Road Salt Trio Band” will be playing classic rock’n roll and classic country music. We expect our dance floor to be jam-packed!!! If you miss out on the dinner tickets or you just want to attend the dance which starts at 8:00 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 Rob at (603) 944-5485 or Janet at (603) 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, March 10th and Sunday, April 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!

Free Legal Seminar on April 4th

A free legal seminar will be held on April 4th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the American Legion Post 51, 232 Calef Highway in Epping. Please call 1-800-370-5010 to register for this FREE program. At the seminar, Attorney Edward “Ted” Beasley will discuss the following:

  1. How to protect your house and lifetime of savings from a prolonged nursing home stay
  2. Planning for disability
  3. How to avoid probate
  4. Strategies for passing assets safely and efficiently
  5. How to protect your children's inheritance from creditors, divorce or drug dependency

Attorney Beasley, former chairman of the American Bar Association Elder Law Committee, presents this lively and engaging seminar in everyday language, and there will be plenty of time for questions. Receive a copy of our latest book and new guide, Co-Author Greg Gagne, will also present.

Epping Parks & Recreation Department News

Home of the "River Otters"

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

17 Academy Street
Epping, NH 03042

Mailing address:
157 Main Street
Epping, NH 03042

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If you need to reach the Department, please contact Nicole, Recreation Director via e-mail at eppingrecreation@gmail.com or call Watson Academy: 679-3006 or Program Cell Phone: 608-9016 or 608-9076.

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

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

Father Daughter Dance

The Epping Recreation Department presents the Third Annual Father Daughter Dance, “A Night Under the Sea.” It will be held on Saturday, April 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the EES Gym. There will be light refreshments, a DJ, professional photos, semi-formal attire. The tickets are $15 per Couple $20 per family

Summer Camps

There will be 2 Summer Camp Programs again this year!

River Otters Summer Camp for kids going into Grades 1-4

Bobcats Summer Camp for kids going into Grades 5-8

The 6-week program starts on Monday July 8th and ends on Friday August 16th. See Camp Brochure and Parent Handbook for more info!

Camp Registration opens on Town Voting Day (March 12, 2019). The Recreation Dept. will have a table to pick up information on programs and summer camp!

Please mail registration to 157 Main Street! The 1st Payment is due with registration to reserve your space and registration is on a First Come basis! Registration forms are required for EACH child:

Please check our Facebook Page for Availability Updates and check out last year’s brochure for information on trips!

Horsemanship Program

Stay Tuned for more info come Spring 2019… 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!

Before & After School Program

Notice: Due to the large number of kids currently enrolled in our programs, we are no longer accepting kids into our After and Before School Programs in Spring 2019. We were only able to add 3 kids from our lengthy fall wait list and decided it is unlikely we will be able to take any more. Thank you all for understanding. If you have any questions please email us 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-5. 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 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.

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.

We offer No School Day, Parent/ Teacher Workshop and Vacation Week full day programs, which will have their own registration forms! Please check one month in advance of any No School Days on the school calendar or call us at 679-3006, if you have questions. We will not be offering programs during the Thanksgiving and Winter Break School Closings, to allow our staff time with their families during the holidays, as well as traditionally low enrollment in past years during those times. Our Before and After School Programs run on the last day of school, but are then closed until the start of our scheduled Summer Camp programming.

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 November 9th, 16th, 30th

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

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 – starting March 8 -  9:30-11 am. For children ages birth to six with parents or other caregivers. Children will explore age-appropriate crafts and other activities, have positive play with peers and adults and enjoy songs, stories, snack and first friendships. With Patricia Keck. This group meets most Friday mornings during the school year. Meets 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 –starting January 3 - 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. Advance sign-up not needed.
For other programs, please see our event calendar.

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.