Happening Around Epping

Jan - Feb 2019| Volume 12, Issue 1

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 (March-April) of this newsletter will be available in early March 2019. We will accept submissions through February 23, 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

Blue Bird Storage is moving right along and hopes to be open in early spring. The medical building next to Valvoline is anticipated to be open late winter and possibly even sooner. The site work on Route 27 by Ladd’s Lane is going to be the future home of Glass Pro. The subdivision on Nottingham Square and French Road is partially constructed.

Submitted by Brittany Howard

End 68 Hours of Hunger in Epping

Our Epping program is into the swing of the school year, feeding 20 students a weekend.  We have a great team of packing volunteers but are looking for volunteers to help us plan food drives. Please look us up on Facebook or email if interested.

We continue to have drop boxes for food donation at the Town Library and at Bodywise Physical Therapy. We are always in need of soup, canned pasta, canned meats, oatmeal, mayonnaise and box pasta. Other items we give out are jelly, Mac and cheese, cereal bars, hot chocolate and snacks.

It takes a village and we are always thankful for the Epping community support.

Please reach out to us for more information at Eppingnh@end68hoursofhunger.org.

Karen Poplaski, Coordinator

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!


We sold our gas card raffle tickets and pulled the winners on the 27th. We use all money from this fundraiser to buy gift cards for families in need for the holidays.

We have no plans for January or February as of right now. Our next big fundraiser will be the Canoe Race in April. Until then, we continue to help those who submit applications for assistance, but otherwise things are quiet for the new year.

If you know someone who needs financial assistance for an eye exam, lenses, frames, etc., please put them in contact with a Lions Club member. We can be contacted thru our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EppingLionsClub.

Deb Brooks, President

Cheryl Denoncour, Treasurer

Colleen Palmer, Secretary

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

The Artistry of Jack Frost

Winter is here once again and the beauty of nature has become more subtle and fleeting. For those with a careful, curious eye, nature provides a canvas of feathery crystalline designs in the form of frost.

Hoar frost or plain frost, forms when water vapor changes from its gaseous state directly to its solid state of ice when it comes into contact with surfaces that are below 32 degrees. Once a “seed” has been established on a surface, super-cooled water vapor particles are slowly deposited as crystals. Unlike hoar frost, rime frost is typically white and lumpy due to its relatively quick formation when very humid air encounters very cold surfaces. Rime frost is much more common in conditions of high wind. (Think about the towers at Mount Washington.)

Hoar frost is also different from dew and black ice in that it does not pass through a liquid state as it adheres to a surface. Dew forms when there is more water vapor than air hold at a certain temperature, so it condenses out of the air and onto a surface. Black ice forms when rain, melted snow, mist, or fog freezes onto a cold surface.

Part of the beauty of hoar frost comes from the fact that the crystalline patterns are fractals. Fractals are repeating units that are the same regardless of the level of magnification. Zooming in closely on a small piece of a fractal pattern looks the same as seeing the larger pattern. Fractals are common in nature: snowflakes, frost, tree branching, nautilus shells in cross section, blood vessels in lungs, and watershed drainage patterns. In these examples, the big picture looks very similar to its smaller parts.

One easy fractal in math is Koch’s snowflake. Starting with an equilateral triangle, (step 1) divide one side of the triangle into three equal parts and remove the middle section. Replace it with two lines the same length as the section you removed. Do this to all three sides of the triangle (step 2). Repeat this process for the sides of the six-sided star that results (step 3). Repeat for steps 4 and 5.

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 5

When you step outside this winter, Jack Frost will be nipping at your nose, but he will also be creating fractals out of thin air.

Protecting Land Protects Our Rivers

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) recently announced that it had awarded almost $4.3 million in Wetlands Protection Grants in 2018. The NHDES Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund, established by law, accepts payment as a mitigation option for certain projects that impact wetlands and are not able to provide other forms of mitigation. An ARM Fund Site Selection Committee is charged with selecting high priority projects that most effectively compensate for the loss of wetlands functions and values caused by the projects that paid into the Fund. According to the law, the chosen projects are subject to approval by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the NH Wetlands Council.

Several of those grants went to projects along the Lamprey River. The Wild and Scenic Subcommittee of the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee is pleased to have played a significant role in providing expertise and funding to permanently protect the following worthy properties:

Epping - Governor’s Run-Lamprey River, to Southeast Land Trust

Approximately 18 acres will be protected that include 1,015 linear feet of two tributary streams to the federally designated Wild and Scenic Lamprey River and 2,800 linear feet along the western bank. The property includes nearly 3.41-acres of important high value wetlands and floodplains, including two documented and one probable vernal pool. The property is a priority site for New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG). The property is within a 780-acre NHFG mapped unfragmented forest block. The completion of this project will result in approximately 53% of the block conserved.

Durham - Lamprey River Shoreline, to The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

The 10.5-acre tract along the Lamprey River in   Durham will be acquired, adding it to TNC’s abutting 233-acre Lamprey River Preserve. The property includes 1,660 feet of frontage on the Lamprey River and nearly an acre of floodplain forest and wetland habitat along the river. Connected to nearly 1,500 acres of other protected land, it is an important link in a block of conserved properties along the designated Wild and Scenic Lamprey River.

Epping - Mathes Family Limited Partnership, to Southeast Land Trust

The project will protect 129.6 acres located on the  west bank of the designated Wild and Scenic Lamprey River. The parcel encompasses 2,330 linear feet of a tributary stream to the Lamprey River and 4,560 linear feet along the western bank of the Lamprey. The property includes nearly 40.4 acres of important high value wetlands and floodplains, including 3 documented vernal pools. The property is within a 1,670-acre, NHFG-mapped unfragmented forest block. With the completion of this project, approximately 56% of the block will be conserved.

Wetlands are like the kidneys of our waterways. They filter out many water-borne contaminants and can transform soluble nitrogen (a.k.a. fertilizer) to nitrogen gas, keeping these pollutants from entering our rivers and lakes. Wetlands provide critical habitat for wildlife, including many species which are listed as threatened or endangered.  Wetlands also provide many economic and recreational benefits to people. Protecting the land around wetlands protects the wetlands, which in turn protect the river, and us.

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Helping communities protect the Lamprey River

Submitted by Suzanne Petersen

Nature Talks

Conservation Commission Annual Summary

In 2018, the NH Association of Conservation Commissions honored Epping’s Conservation Commission with an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Southern Region. Notable other contenders in our region were Bedford, Brookline, Exeter, Londonderry, Pelham, Salem and Swanzey. The Northern and Central regions had three and two contenders respectively. Among our many notable achievements were the scavenger hunt for the fifth grade science classes and the community photo contest, demonstrating our commitment to enhancing Epping residents’ connection to the outdoors. Congratulations to Maria Wheeler and Keira McElreavy for developing the best scavenger hunt and to Brian Hall for taking the best photo. The entry period for the 2019 Photo Contest will be June 1 – August 6; we hope you will find some time to take pictures outside!

Equally commendable are our partnerships with other organizations, specifically the Farmsteads of New England and the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee (LRAC). The hard working young men from the Farmsteads helped us clear/clean up trails and LRAC began working with us to improve the Tilton Bridge trail, kiosk and parking area. Thank you Epping DPW for repairing the kiosk roof! All the work at the Tilton Bridge Conservation Area is part of the joint ECC/LRAC project. We anticipate continued work in all these areas in 2019.

This year we added about 3.5 miles of mountain biking trails at John B. Folsom Conservation Area in west Epping. We are grateful to Todd Hathaway for designing the trails and organizing all the volunteers, to Neal Folsom for regularly mowing parts of the property, Verna Folsom for repainting the sign, and to all the volunteers who worked multiple days to clear and prepare the trails for riding.

In addition to these special projects, we began clearing a trail at Robert Friend Low Park, which abuts the Rail Trail by the Speedway. Special thanks to Joel Harris, fantastic volunteer and trail steward, for his work designing and building trail bridges and keeping the trails clear. Thanks to John Clark for monitoring conserved properties.

As you can see, your Conservation Commission is actively working not only to protect land, wildlife and the woods for future generations, but also to generate more ways to enjoy the outdoors today. We are looking for more volunteers to help build/maintain trails and monitor conserved properties. If you are interested, please leave a note in our box at Town Hall or email secretary@townofepping.com.

Epping Conservation Commission Members: John Bennett, Dan McCombs, Scott Pim, Sandy Goodspeed, and Todd Hathaway. Liz Wilson and Ben Bade are not pictured
John Clark

Joel Harris, Trail Steward

Submitted by Sandy Goodspeed

Epping Garden Club

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram.  Please give us feedback on our poll and share photos of your gardens on our page.

The whole idea for the Epping Garden Club, is to make our town look better for all who live here.  I get wonderful feedback from UPS/FEDEX drivers and USPS mail carriers who say the town has taken on a wonderful change, as they see your yards daily.  We see it as well!

Here is our current Poll on Facebook:

  1. Are you interested in joining our garden club in the new year?
  2. What day of the week works for a monthly meeting, until we are out in the gardens?
  3. What time? Mornings or evenings?

We’re just looking for feedback so we can change things some.  Please email us at: eppinggardenclub@gmail.com or call 300-0064 with ideas or to ask questions.

Any ideas are welcome:

We hope to keep the real meetings to just one hour, with every 2 or 3 months having a social time with a pot luck (we all bring a little dish of something to share) to catch up as we are all so busy.

We can do evening meetings at each other’s gardens (during spring and summer).  Maybe those who love wine can bring that, others can have iced tea, etc.

We can open our meetings for other garden clubs to join us as we’ve been invited to many of theirs. Or we can take trips to garden centers, lectures and other types of gardening events.

We can have speakers, like Patti and John from Bedrock Gardens, come – and also open the meeting up to all.

We’re also looking into getting a bus/busses for an annual trek to Boston, for a fun day at the Boston Flower Show.  Is anyone up for that?

Thanks for your continued support!

Epping Garden Club

Submitted by Eunice Miller

American Legion News

Valentine’s Prime Rib Dinner Dance

The American Legion Post 51 is hosting a Valentine’s Prime Rib Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 9th.  We are unable to confirm the identity of the band at this time, but there will be a band.  The dinner includes prime rib and all the fixings.  ONLY 100 Tickets will be sold for this Prime Rib Dinner that will be served between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The tickets MUST BE purchased in advance for $15/person and TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW. Please see the bartender in the Canteen at the Epping Legion (679-8320).  Tickets will be sold until they run out or until the cutoff date of February 5th. This ticket does include entrance to the dance that will begin at 8:00 pm. If you miss out on the dinner tickets or you just want to attend the dance starting at 8 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 Janet at 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, January 13th and Sunday, February 10th– 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.

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

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

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 January 4 -  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.