Happening Around Epping

July-August 2019| Volume 12, 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 (July-Aug) of this newsletter will be available in early August 2019. We will accept submissions through August 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

Bluebird is open. The Cow Palace Creamery (ice cream) on North River Road is now open. The car wash and glass pro should be opening soon. Echo Farm subdivision is underway and the Riverside subdivision is waiting on state permits. The Planning Board denied the asphalt plant site plan.

Submitted by Brittany Howard

End 68 Hours of Hunger in Epping

Another big thank you to all of you in our amazing community for all of the food donations and to those who have voted for our program.

It’s a great feeling knowing we have so many caring families out there that help feed our hungry little bellies of New Hampshire. We would not be able to do this without you.

We are overwhelmed and grateful for your donations.

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 Epping Lions Club was established in April 2009. We support sight programs and services including vision screenings and eyeglass recycling, and we provide assistance to local families in need of eyeglasses. We support community programs, as well as participate and sponsor some exciting events, such as the just completed Lamprey River Canoe Race, the Highnote Festival and our annual Gas Card raffle. The raffle is a fundraiser that goes towards providing gift cards for Christmas to many deserving Epping families.

President Deb Brooks and Secretary Colleen Palmer attended the Epping High School Class of 2019 Awards dinner on June 12th. We awarded two $500 scholarships this year. The recipients were Evika Toth and Rachel Martin. Both applicants displayed a keen sense of community spirit and intend to continue their service to the community during and after college. We were glad to contribute to these fine young women!

Otherwise, we take June and July off from formal monthly meetings. We handle any applications for assistance via email and/or phone calls if necessary. We continue to welcome any new members.

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. 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

SELT TrailFest is September 21st

Save the date for the best fall festival for nature lovers: SELT TrailFest on September 21st from 8 am to 2 pm at Burley Farms in Epping!

Participate in a trail run or enjoy nature activities such as a picnic from local food vendors, learning about wildlife from experts, or taking a guided nature walk with staff and volunteers. Admission to the festival is free. Trail race entry fees vary by distance and registration deadlines. Save $10 and get a race T-shirt if you register before August 21st. View the schedule of events and register for trail races at seltnh.org/trailfest.

SELT TrailFest

When: September 21st from 8 am-2 pm
Where: Burley Farms 245 North River Road Epping, NH
What: Nature activities Food vendors and craft beer Trail runs (5K, 10K, 1K free fun run for kids)
Cost: Free Festival Admission;Trail race fees vary
More: seltnh.org/trailfest

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

Signs of Summer on Route 87

Good things are happening in Epping! The Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee is pleased to have partnered with the Epping Conservation Commission to add some much needed signage to the Tilton Conservation Area, where Route 87 crosses the Lamprey River.











The kiosk panel above is new, replacing an older version that was damaged by several floods and subsequent attempts to clean it. The new kiosk sign includes a map and site descriptors for the flood plain trail. Formerly, a separate brochure was needed to understand what the trail markers were showing. Keeping the brochure box full of brochures (and free of trash or mice nests) was always challenging. Visitors now can take a photo of the site descriptors with their smart phones and have the information at hand as they explore the trail.

Trails and Tribulations

One of the on-going principles of the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee is to enjoy the outdoors while protecting the resources that make the river and surrounding area enjoyable. When few people visit an area, fewer problems tend to arise. When more people visit, even with good intentions, more problems tend to arise. As you head outside this summer, please do your part to keep nature natural.

Most trails along the Lamprey River are geared for short trips on conservation land, so please be a respectful guest. The following “Leave no trace” principles will make everyone’s trip to the great outdoors great (adapted from REI Expert Advice, for day hikes):

  1. Plan ahead and prepare:
    1. Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
    2. Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
    3. Visit in small groups when possible. Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces:
    1. Concentrate use on existing trails. Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when it's wet or muddy.
  3. Dispose of waste properly:
    1. Pack it in, pack it out.
    2. Always bag and remove dog waste. Do not leave bags along trails.
    3. Deposit solid human waste in a hole dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the hole when finished.
  4. Leave what you find
    1. The adage “take only pictures, leave only footprints” still holds, although leaving fewer footprints is even better.
    2. Preserve the past: Examine (but do not touch) cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
    3. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
    4. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species: Clean boot soles, kayak hulls and bike tires off between trips.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
  6. Respect wildlife:
    1. Observe wild animals from a distance. Do not follow or approach.
    2. Never feed wild animals.
    3. Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors:
    1. Cyclists yield to hikers, hikers yield to horses, downhill hikers yield to uphill hikers
    2. Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
    3. Manage your pet.

Champion of Land Protection

The health and integrity of a river is determined by more than what happens within its riverbanks. Rivers are defined and protected by the land along the river, but also by the land that surrounds small headwater streams, wetlands, and groundwater recharge areas. Protecting the best and/or most sensitive land helps to protect the water and the overall environment that relies on that water.

As of May 2019, the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee has invested more than $5.04 million to permanently protect 3719 acres along the river. This has involved dedicated hours of research and negotiations with landowners and other funding partners. Laurel Cox, former land protection administrator, embodies that dedication.

Photo by S. Petersen
Laurel Cox receives a framed photo of the Lamprey River from committee member Dick Lord, who took the photo and framed it.

The inscription on the brass plate reads: Laurel Cox In Thanks for many years working to preserve the Lamprey

The following is an excerpt from the Twenty Years of Progress Report (2017) that Laurel wrote:

Over the ten years I have actively worked in land protection, the dominant theme of the process has been partnership. Some projects are relatively simple, such as the donation of a conservation easement or property by a single generous landowner to a single land trust organization. There can also be the complexity of a single project that encompasses multiple properties, landowners, land trusts, state agencies, and all the accompanying transaction personnel (banks, lawyers, surveyors, and appraisers).

The most important partnership in land protection work is with the landowner. It is a daunting task for a farmer or forester to commit to a permanent legal restriction over family land. For some people, a conservation easement can be a logical decision for a life spent in active environmental conservation. For other projects, the decision is much more difficult: are the owners ready to trust the legal system, town, state, or federal government to understand how to wisely manage the farm to which they have devoted their lives? Positive, trustworthy relationships are important at every stage. The bottom line for the success of these projects is that all the entities involved are working cooperatively toward the common goal of protecting the forests, fields, and rivers of our neighborhood for the long-term benefit of our future generations. I am proud to have played a role in helping LRAC with 21 projects that protected almost 1000 acres.

Summer Events along the Lamprey River

July 1, 11:00 am, Kids’ presentation at Epping library

July 13, 8-11 am, Rivers for Change river clean up, Schoppmeyer Park, Newmarket (kayaks available to rent through sevenriverspaddling.com)

July 13, 2-5 pm, Rivers for Change public paddle, Schoppmeyer Park, Newmarket (kayaks available to rent through sevenriverspaddling.com)

July 18, 2-3 pm, kids’ presentation at Nottingham Library

July 27, 11 am-3 pm, Splash and Dash, Schanda Park, Newmarket. (Visit http://www.newmarketrec.org/lamprey-riverplash- dash/ for details.)

August 14, 6:30-7:30 pm, Dam Straight! Balancing History and Ecology on the Lamprey River, Durham Public Library

August 17, 1-4 pm, tidal ecopaddle, Schanda Park, Newmarket For more information, please contact info@lampreyriver.org.

For more information about the Lamprey River program from Rivers for Change, please visit http://www.riversforchange.org/lampreyriver.


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Helping communities protect the Lamprey River

Submitted by Suzanne Petersen

Nature Talks

Tilton Bridge Conservation Area

Your Conservation Commission has been busy this spring. The Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee awarded us a grant to upgrade the Tilton Bridge Conservation Area where Route 87 crosses the Lamprey River.









Kevin Martin, boat builder and big tree expert, built the frame for the new Canoe Access sign (see the picture shown in the Signs of Summer article under the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee section) and replaced missing or degraded trail signposts. Joel Harris cleared the trail and as this article was written began work on three bridges to be placed soon, allowing access to all of the trail during the summer and fall seasons. We are also grateful for the support of Dave Reinhold and the Epping Department of Public Works. Dave cut down high branches interfering with the kiosk and put a new roof on that kiosk as well.






Joel Harris designed this 12-foot bridge and will also build and anchor it in place.

As you will see when you visit the site, the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee and Epping Conservation Commission have indeed developed a successful partnership. So much so, that the Commission is investigating the possibility of applying for another grant to improve the canoe launch ramp.

Photo Contest

We are also pleased to announce the Commission is now accepting photos for the annual contest. Photos must be submitted by August 6th. The Commission will choose 5 finalists. The public casts their votes for the best photo of Epping outdoor spaces and the winner will be honored at the October 8th meeting. We look forward to seeing what YOU appreciate in the outdoor spaces of Epping!

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed

Epping Garden Club

As you must have noticed by now the pansies are gone and have been replaced by petunias. We also have added three new perennials to each corner for a punch of color starting in June.

The Epping Garden Club met at my home for our meeting to discuss our involvement with the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs and the nametags we have to design for our Fall Meeting. We have some cute ideas on how to make the tags special, so they remember our area and the fun they had. It will take place in Lee, NH, in late September, at Flag Hill. The owner will speak to our group of over 100 attendees who will come from throughout our state. They will represent so many clubs just like ours who are out there making their towns look just a little nicer.

Eva brought her famous triangles filled with cheese and spinach and I made a Trifle. It began with layering pound cake, lemon curd, fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries) and freshly made whipped cream. I also made wraps and a taco dip and served everything with water or iced tea. (All were found on my feed through Facebook so it is good for many things when used properly.) Members ate and watched the birds, which fill my yard here along the river. It was a very nice evening spent together. Would you like to become involved with what we do around here?

Speaking of fun, most of our club members are very involved with happenings at our library and if we are going to pull off this amazing beer fest on November 2nd we need more volunteers! We have the location, New England Dragway & Motorsports Park with its easy on and easy off access to make it a success. We have Greg and Jane's and all of their contacts ready to bring beer from 50 brewers - we know you all love brew pubs. We have our tiny group of dedicated members and several other locals are signed up to help. Can you help? We will need people to show the early attendees (the first 200) where to park, and will need others to help with the many other small details.

We are looking for someone who can approach our local businesses and get them involved as sponsors or making donations to our library. We want to pull this huge event off and make it a day to remember. We want to be a part of making our library go from wonderful to totally amazing.

Volunteer for your community. It feels good to do something for those you have not yet met. The $600,000 for the library addition is for our building, but not for fences, storage trailers and all else that has been added to the project since the voters spoke. Please step in and do something to make the Beer and Chili Fest a big success and you can also have lots of fun doing so.

As always, many thanks for your continued support.

Submitted by Eunice Miller

Rockingham County 4-H News

Rockingham County 4-H Circuit Horse Show - August 2019

Date: Sunday August11th
Location: Shannon Trails 208 Shannon Road Salem, NH 03079

4-H members and non-members are welcome to join in the show.

Hosted by True Blue Trotters 4-H Club.

2019 Rockingham County 4-H Cucumber Pickle Challenge

If you accepted the 2019 Rockingham County 4- H Cucumber Pickle Challenge in May, the pickle making session is September 7th and all supplies for the pickling party will be available. Then bring your pickles to the Deerfield Fair!

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 14th and Sunday, August 11th – eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, home fries, and coffee are all piping hot and ready to be enjoyed. Bring your newspaper and your appetite!

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

Epping Parks & Recreation Department News

Home of the "River Otters"

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

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.

Rec Center Summer Fun Shows

The Shows are fun for all ages, but are mostly geared towards Preschool to 8th Grade. They are held on Fridays at the EES Gym and are FREE to the community. All Shows are from 10:30-11:30 am, except for the Mad Science Show on August 9th from 10:00-11:00 am.

Youth Programs

Before & After School Programs

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

Youth Golf Program

Ages: 8-14
Time: Saturdays 9:00-10:00 am
Cost: $100 for 9 week clinic
When: June 15th- August 17th (No July 6th Class)
Where: Twin Pines Driving Range
Aug. 17th class held at Apple Hill Golf Club

Fee due at registration. Please mail to 157 Main Street or drop off at the Town Hall, payable to Town of 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

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:

Meets for three Fridays in the summer – July 12, 19, 26 - 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 June 27 - 9:30-11 am.(Note: group will not be held July 4, July 11, August 15, August 29) 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.