Happening Around Epping

May - June 2017 | Volume 10, Issue 3

 

 

Newsletter Schedule

Have we missed your group or event? Please let us know. Our purpose is to include as many Epping groups and events as possible.

The next issue (July-Aug) of this newsletter will be available in early July 2017. We will accept submissions through June 25, 2017 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.

Outside Watering Ban in Epping

There is still a mandatory outside watering ban in effect in Epping.  Epping town wells are currently at critically low levels and water conservation is very important.  The Town is working hard to bring two new wells online.

Things are looking better with the rain and snow we’ve had the last couple months, but the last report was that we’re still in a moderate drought.

End 68 Hours of Hunger in Epping

Somehow we find ourselves almost through the school year! Our program is about to complete its first full school year and is currently feeding 46 kids a weekend. This is a big jump from last year's numbers. Our packing/delivery teams have been doing amazing job. Thank you to our team leaders Dawn Poloian, Amy Jensen, Jen Mirra, and Brenda Gallagher.

We have a few key volunteers moving out of Epping which will leave some big shoes to fill. Jen Mirra, our Team 3 leader and one of the first people to always jump in to help at food drives or with extra school deliveries, is moving. Jen will continue with our program until the summer, but we will need a new Team 3 leader for next school year. Jen has been with our program since it started and has been an amazing support to our program. You will be missed, Jen!  Thank you for all you have done. 

The other big shoes that will need to be filled are Shannon's.  Shannon moved to Maine a month ago and has been continuing her role as coordinator to our program. Over the past year Shannon has poured her time, energy, and heart into our program. Shannon will finish up with our program at the Walmart food drive. Our program wouldn't be where it is today without Shannon's hard work so if you see her at the food drive, please say thank you! 

With all that being said, our program will need another coordinator. As coordinators, our main role is to make sure there is food in our storage unit and money in our bank account. It would be great to find someone who has a slightly flexible schedule, past fundraising experience, is familiar with Epping groups/clubs, and is passionate about ending childhood hunger in Epping!  If you are interested or know someone that would be interested, please reach out to us via email, facebook, or phone.

I just went to the biannual Coordinator meeting in Dover this past week. End 68 Hours of Hunger is now feeding over 3,000 kids a weekend with 41 programs in 8 states. Our program is one of the biggest small town programs. We are feeding 46 kids with an annual budget of $20,240. Our account balance at the end of March is 50% of our annual budget. We are right where the Director wants us to be, but need to work hard to keep the food and money coming in. We have our biannual Walmart food drive on Saturday May 13th which will raise around $3,500 in food. We are still looking for volunteers to help in the afternoon. The shifts are 2 hours (12-2, 2-4, 4-6).  We will also take any available husbands and sons to help empty the moving truck of boxes into the storage unit at 6:00 pm! We also have Touch the Trucks on the calendar for Sunday, September 17th. We got such positive feedback from everyone last year that we are going to try to make it an annual fundraiser.

Our program is always looking for ways to improve and progress! Other positions available are a church liaison and a fruit donations liaison. Many programs are successful because they have the local churches donating singular items each month. Other programs also have weekly donations of apples and oranges. We can no longer purchase fresh fruit (per director) and have to get all fruit donated. It would be great to be able to add apples and oranges to our bags!  I am sure there are ways to improve our program that we haven't thought of, and would love any feedback or suggestions.

This program would not be successful without the continued support of its volunteers, the schools and our great town of Epping. Please help spread the word about the program and its needs. 

Thank you.    Karen Poplaski, Coordinator

In and Around Epping

The Master Plan survey is still active and will remain active until June 1st.  Here is the link to the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J7T5DGK. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J7T5DGKThe link is also available on the home page of the Town website and paper copies are available in the Planning Department at the Town Hall. 

The Railpenny Tavern will be replacing Zampa.  It is hopefully going to open the beginning of May. 

The Zoo has been open for about a month now. 

Other than that, Epping is waiting on approval from the State on a couple of projects.

Keep Epping Beautiful Weekend

The Epping Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Department are sponsoring a Town Wide Cleanup Event on May 5th, 6th and 7th.  “NH the Beautiful” blue bags, gloves and town maps will be available at the Town Hall, Watson Academy and the Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library through May 7th.

Show pride in your town, Epping residents! The annual event is always fun and great exercise, too.  It is also a powerful way for friends, families and entire neighborhoods to come together and create an immediate impact in the community.  It will be rewarding to step back and see the results of your efforts.  You will feel a great sense of pride in the work you have accomplished and the strides made toward keeping Epping beautiful!  Over 300 bags of roadside trash were collected during the 2016 event and Epping is hoping to beat that number in 2017.

Volunteers may choose to clean any road in Epping. Once you have filled your blue bags, simply take them to one of the designated roads and leave them for pick up on Monday.  Busy that weekend?  That’s okay. You may use the blue bags for clean up at your convenience and take them to the transfer station for disposal.  Please do not leave bags at roadside prior to the May 5-7 weekend.

For more information, please e-mail eppingrecreation@gmail.com.

Athletic Trainer & AED Save a Life

Epping found out in February how important and valuable it is to have an AED (automated external defibrillator) and an athletic trainer at games.  Lots of small schools don’t have them in their budget, but fortunately Epping does.

Robin Hunt, Epping’s athletic trainer through Access Sports Medicine, was covering the Blue Devils’ JV boys basketball game against Nute when one of the Nute players collapsed.  When it was discovered that the boy had no pulse, Robin quickly retrieved Epping’s AED.  She used the AED to shock him and was able to revive him.  He was then airlifted to a hospital in Boston.

Epping’s athletic trainer, Robin Hunt, with the help of Epping’s AED, saved the life of the boy from Nute.

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.

Farmers, Crafters, Artisans Wanted

The Tractor Supply Company is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its spring Farmers Market scheduled for Saturday, May 13th.

Collectors, crafters and growers with interests in everything from homemade crafts and candles to baked goods, carvings, flowers and produce are encouraged to sign up. To register, vendors can visit TSCEventPartners.com or visit their Tractor Supply store. Non-profit organizations are also encouraged to register.

During the Farmers Market on May 13th, vendors will be able to showcase their goods, free of charge, in areas near the storefront.

Computers4Vets

We are a non-profit organization, helping Veterans and their families who can’t afford a computer system.  If you know any Veterans in need, please let us know. We cover New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern/middle Massachusetts.

Since 2014, we have given over 400 systems to Veterans and their families. Please just call and we will put the Veterans on the list for a system.  As we get more systems up and going, we will call them back.  We will drop off the system to them and set it up also, if needed.

We are looking for desktops, laptops, netbooks, and cellphones, working or not.  We can break them down for parts for other systems.  We will format the hard drive completely and reinstall the software on to it. All hard drives will be formatted with a Department of Defense format. This goes down to all levels of hard drive and all information is cleared (forever).  We also need all accessories -  keyboards, mouses, cables, etc. and any old software that can be reloaded onto these rebuilt systems. We will accept monitors and printers but only if they work. We will come and pick up any donations.

All donations are tax deductible.  A letter will be sent to you with our tax ID number and the value of the donation.

Thank you very much for helping our Veterans and their families.
Mark Grimshaw, OEF/OIF Veteran
P.O. Box 55 Epping 603-734-2340

Computers4Vets@comcast.net
www.computers4vets.org

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!

www.epping.nhlions.org
https://www.facebook.com/EppingsLionsClub

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. We also support community programs and participate in some exciting events. Our December gas card raffle was a huge success, and our Lions club was able to purchase $1200 in Marshall’s gift cards for local families.  In addition, we are currently doing another round of Vision testing at the Epping schools.  This year 391 kids have been vision-screened so far!

Our next event was the Lamprey River Canoe Race which was held on Saturday, April 22nd.  It was cold and dreary but we had a small faithful group of boaters show up!  There were 34 boats in the morning race and 3 in the afternoon race. Winners were as follows:

Male Solo:
   1st - Jim Blais, Sandown NH
   2nd - Scott Morse, Salem NH
   3rd - Frank Olms, Newmarket NH 

Female Solo:
(there was only 1 entrant)
   Andrea Hrynchuk, Newfields NH

2-person Canoe:
   1st - Caleb Rowell & Andrew Frost, both of
          Nottingham
   2nd - Nathan & Silas Garland, both of Lee NH
   3rd - Tom Weaver & Amy McPhee, both of Epping

2017 marked the 40th anniversary of the race. Hopefully next year is sunny and warm!  2017 T-shirts are available for purchase for $5 if anyone didn't get theirs on Saturday, and is interested. Contact Colleen Palmer (Lions Club President) for more info:colleenmariepalmer@hotmail.com

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: www.epping.nhlions.org or our Facebook page at facebook.com/EppingsLionsClubMeeting 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
colleenmariepalmer@hotmail.com

Cheryl Denoncour, Treasurer
cdenoncour@gmail.com

Deb Brooks, Eye-glass Collector
lexusreina@comcast.net

Epping Students in the News

Epping Students were named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s List at Southern NH University:

American Legion News

7th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show

On Saturday, May 20th, the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron 51 are hosting the 7th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show at the American Legion Post 51 on Rte. 125 in Epping. Proceeds will benefit both the Epping NH Police Explorers and the Child and Youth Program of the SAL. Gates open at 9 am. The show is from 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is free.

Come show your car- 1975 and earlier! There will be First Place and Second Place Award Categories for cars. Also, there will be a People’s Choice Award for any year car. For motorcycles, there will be one award category that will be “Best in Show.” This will be a popular vote and any year can enter. There is No Entry Fee, however, donations will gladly be accepted. There will be raffles and a 50/50. Food and Refreshments will be for sale during the event. A cash bar will be open.

This event will be held in the parking lot of the American Legion on Route 125 in Epping (across from Telly’s Restaurant). The rain date is Sunday, May 21st. For More Information, please call Rob Hoffman at 944-5485

Memorial Day Parade

It starts in the Legion parking lot at 10:00 am and will be followed by a cookout sponsored by the American Legion.

Monthly Breakfast Buffets

Monthly second Sunday breakfasts are being held from 8:00 to 11:00 am. Come enjoy our hot Breakfast Buffets on Sunday May 14th and Sunday, June 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!

Nature Talks

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed, guest contributor

A Natural Resource Inventory for Epping

According to RSA 36-A:2, conservation commissions are required to keep an index of the natural resources—from forests to wildlife—within town limits, so towns can make the most informed decisions possible about development, conservation, land use, etc.  A Natural Resource Inventory, NRI, describes natural resources with maps and explanatory text which help to identify areas of high value for wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreation. Having this information allows a community to prioritize protection and take proactive management steps to ensure the long-term viability of these resources. The NRI also identifies resources threatened by human population growth and over exploitation.

The Epping Conservation Commission, in partnership with the Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) is currently creating an NRI for Epping. This document will help not only your Conservation Commission, but also our Selectmen, Planning and Zoning Boards, as well as the Recreation department. Eventually, it will be incorporated into the town’s Master Plan and should be a valuable resource for everyone. We are grateful to the RPC for providing half the funding and specifically to Jenn Rowden for the work she has done. You will find the new Epping NRI on our website, EppingOutdoors.com, sometime in late May.

Lastly, here are some Fun Facts about Epping – thank you again, Jenn!
Did you know

Thank you all for caring enough about conservation to read this article; we would love to hear from you. Please send any comments or questions to EppingOutdoors@gmail.com or put a note in the ConComm mailbox at the Town Hall. Most importantly, go have fun outside!

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

Herring Aid

Free migration for fish is crucial to achieve healthy fish populations and ecosystems. The New Hampshire Dept. of Fish and Game is working hard to make sure that adult river herring can successfully migrate from the sea back to their spawning areas well inland. Learn more and lend a hand in helping river herring get from the sea back into the Lamprey River by joining the folks from Fish and Game and the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee on Saturday, May 13th, from 10:00 to 12:00 as they gather fish and help them get up and over the Macallen Dam in Newmarket. Participants might also view see-through baby American eels and prehistoric sea lampreys! This rain-or-shine event is free and registration is not required. Park in the public lot behind the Newmarket Public Library on Route 108. Follow the fish signs to the event. We’re daring you not to miss the herring this year. See you there!

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Preventing Aquatic Weed Woes

In the late summer of 2016, a paddler reported heavy growth of aquatic plants in the Piscassic and Lamprey rivers in Newmarket. Knowing that several species of aggressive, invasive plants have negatively impacted waterways not too far from here, we were concerned that our beloved river might have become a sad statistic. With help from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, we took kayaks out onto the water and did a formal survey. Much to our relief, what we saw was abundant native growth due to the drought; however, the experience was a big wake-up call that we need to be vigilant.

New Hampshire is currently home to fourteen species of exotic aquatic plants that can quickly clog lakes and rivers and ruin them as habitat for animals and as areas people like to enjoy for fishing, boating, or swimming. Most of these undesirable plants favor calm water, such as ponds, lakes, and impoundments. The Lamprey and its tributaries are most at risk for invasion by the three plant species shown below:

Variable milfoil, Myriophyllum heterophyllum

 

 

  • Native to central and southern US, not New Hampshire.
  • Has feather-like leaves whorled around stem to give squirrel tail
  • appearance.
  • Can grow 12-15 feet tall underwater.
Fanwort, Cabomba caroliniana

 

  • Native to Europe and Asia.
  • Grows under water.
  • Leaves are arranged on opposite sides of the central stem.
  • Each leaf is attached to central stem by a separate stem.
Water chestnut, Trapa natans

 

  • Native to Asia.
  • Leaves form rosette on surface.
  • Spreads by bulky, barbed seed that attaches to animals.

If you see any of these invasive plants or dense areas with just one species, please do the following:

Where our waters are concerned, when in doubt, give a shout to someone who can help out.

Getting Past Obstacles

For the past three summers (2014 -2016), the Lamprey River Advisory Committee and the Lamprey River Watershed Association have documented woody obstacles to paddling between the Route 87 bridge in Epping and the Route 152 canoe launch in Lee. This section has eight blockages that force paddlers to portage up steep slopes covered by poison ivy, walk on private land, and then go back down steep slopes to the river. This section of the river has plenty of trees, is largely undeveloped, and can be tricky for novice paddlers.

woody blockage Ryan Foley
Sample blockage on the Lamprey   Photo by Ryan Foley

Addressing these obstacles has been a challenge, philosophically as well as logistically. Wood in rivers is a natural condition and one that strongly benefits wildlife, especially fish. On the other hand, people who are able to connect safely to a river through paddling are often strong advocates for protecting the river in its natural state. Balancing these two valid arguments required a lot of time and discussion. In the end, and in consultation with Trout Unlimited and the NH Department of Environmental Services, a pilot plan was created to remove the minimal amount of wood to allow safe passage at base flow while preserving the important functions of wood in the water. Any wood removed during the paddling enhancement effort will be placed back in the water nearby and secured away from the main canoe passage.

Trout Unlimited will be managing the removal of wood that spans the river. Staff members will use their expertise to employ chain saws and pulley systems from boats or stand in the stream bed. The end goal is to remove enough wood to create a passage that is 6 feet wide and at least 3 inches deep at base flow of 100 cubic feet per second through the eight obstacles. At the end of the project, we hope to invite the public for a leisurely paddle and get its feedback. We estimate that canoe passage will remain for five or more years, unless the weather delivers unusually strong winds, floods, and more wood.

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Helping communities protect the Lamprey River

Submitted by Suzanne Petersen

 

Epping Garden Club

The Epping Garden Club had a wonderful Pansy fundraiser which helped to pay for the rich black mulch you will see on the corners we care for. With the gift from the Seniors to the Fire Department and some money from the Club, four beautiful containers were purchased. Bags of soil and beautiful pansies from our fundraiser were added to dress up both of the entrances to our Safety Complex. If you have business there, please let them know that you noticed the flowers.

We hired a local man to haul and help spread the mulch with me one early morning once the snow was gone. Hope you are enjoying these spots and if you would like to help you know you are always welcome. Volunteering is good for you!

Next month, we are off to a Spring Gala, held by the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs. We are members and Epping once held a prestigious position within the Federation, but even with just four in our club now what we do here for you is loved by groups who have 100 members. It often comes down to just a handful of people doing it all, for us we are ALL IN!

I personally planted the patios at Popover's in Epping and 900 Degrees in Manchester with all monies going back into our club's bank account. We hope to do more in town at some point - Contests for Cash and Scholarships?

Our May meeting falls on Mother's Day so we will instead set up a table at the Boy Scouts Yard Sale on Saturday, May 13th at the American Legion. We will bring some annuals and hanging baskets for purchase to gift to your Mom or Wife. You will be able to support more locals by attending.

Don't forget to PINCH YOUR PANSIES - THEY LIKE IT!

Please "Like Us" on Facebook too! Thanks for your continued support

Submitted by Eunice Miller

Epping Parks & Recreation Department News

Home of the "River Otters"

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

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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.

Elementary School Programs

Before & After School Program

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 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 and homework time from 3:15-4:15 pm, during cold or bad weather days. The program then runs organized games and activities from 4:15-5:45 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

6:45–8:35 am – Before School Program at Epping Elementary School Gym

3:15 – 5:45 pm – After School Program meets in EES Library, goes to Playground and Watson Academy, with use of the EES Gym on scheduled days.

Call Nicole for more information at 608-9487.

School Age Youth Programs

Story Discoveries

Literacy based interactive programs for children ages 2-5 with an accompanying adult. Join us for songs, stories and hands-on activities at 10:00 am on Tuesdays. Starting with songs and finger plays to help participants feel comfortable and included, Miss Tracie will read two picture books which introduce the children to a topic that is relevant to their experience in the world. Following the stories will be a fun project using a variety of art media, giving the child something to take home which will hopefully inspire further investigation and discussion of the topic. These projects can be messy, so although aprons will be available, washable play clothes are recommended. There will also be age appropriate puzzles for the preschoolers to explore as they complete their project.

“Miss Tracie” Wilkins has over 25 years of experience as an early childhood educator, having worked in preschool, kindergarten, children's museum and public library settings.
Ages: 2-5
Day: Tuesdays (ongoing)
Time: 10- 11 am
Cost: $30 for 6 classes or $6 drop in per week
Where: Watson Academy
How to register: Please drop in for class or mail in a Registration form.

Preschool Sports Programs

Ages: 2-5
Day: Fridays, May 12-June 2 (June 9 rain date)
Time: 9:15-10:00 am
Cost: $20 for 4 - 45 minute classes
Where: SAU Field (behind town tennis and basketball court)
How To Register: Please complete the form on the Rec website and drop off at the Town Hall Board of Selectmen Office with payment or mail to 157 Main Street, Epping NH 03042. More information on the forms.

We will also be looking at offering an evening Preschool Sports/T-Ball program for 3-4 year olds from 5:15-6:00 pm that will run mid May - June. More information will be posted May 1st. 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.

Martial Arts Programs at Epping Recreation and Elementary School (offered by Epping ATA)

Karate Classes Mondays (EES Gym) and Thursdays (MS Stage) 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.***

8th – 12th Grade CIT program

It's 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.

Summer Youth Programs
Registration for summer Youth Programs is open on the Parks and Recreation website.

Summer Camp 2017 Registration information and forms are available for download from the Epping Parks and Recreation website.

There will be two Summer Camp Programs again this year:

The six week program runs July 10th  - Aug. 18th.  See Camp Brochure and Parent Handbook for more info! 

Forms required for registration for EACH child:

Please mail registration to 157 Main Street!  1st Payment Due with registration to reserve your space.  Epping Residents only until May 1st!  Registration is on First Come basis!

Space is filling up!  Register ASAP!

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: $30 for 10 nights – Please make check out to the “Town of Epping.” If paying in cash, 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.

We will also notify you via e-mail of any program changes, so please provide a current e-mail address.

Epping Family Morning Out

Fridays until 6/23, (except for 6/9) 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: Free

Advance sign-up not needed.

Exeter Family Morning Out

Thursdays 9:30-11 am.

For children ages birth to six, with parents or other caregivers. Children will explore age-appropriate crafts and other activities, have positive play with peers and adults, and enjoy songs, stories and snack. Facilitator: Patricia Keck. Held at Exeter Parks and Recreation (32 Court Street, Exeter).

Cost: Free

Pre-registration not needed

For information call 422-8208, press 2, or visit http://www.familiesfirstseacoast.org/programs.cfm.

All parents and children are welcome at our Parenting Classes, Parent-Child Groups and Parent Groups. Advance registration is needed for most programs and is always needed for childcare; please go to FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org and click on the Register for Family Programs button, or call 422-8208 x2.

The Porch

Our goal is to demonstrate the unconditional love of God to our community by building relationships, meeting physical and financial needs, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus that transforms lives.

Epping Lighthouse will benefit the community in numerous ways, including:

Kids Club

Our kids club is for kids in grades 1-5. We offer free pick up from EES, and provide snacks and drinks at no charge. We have a structured time of singing, Bible Time and Game Time. The club starts at 3:15 and goes until 5:00 pm.

Teen Central

Our Teen Central is geared for grades 6-12. We offer pool, ping-pong, air hockey, and foosball. We also have computers, a TV, board games and provide snacks and drinks at no charge. Teen Central opens at 2:30 pm and goes until 4:30 pm.

We provide classes and other events throughout the year as well.

We require all of our workers to complete a background check.

If you are interested, please check us out at www.eppinglighthouse.org or you can e-mail us at eppinglighthouse@hotmail.com to request a form for more information!