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Howe Lions host master naturalist

The Howe Lions Club met on October 16 at the Howe United Methodist Church. Dinner was served at 6:30 p.m. Lions Gary Chapman and Ralph Abston were chairmen for the education night.

Elma Chapman of Howe was the guest speaker. She has always been interested in nature, and after she retired from teaching school she became an Indiana Master Naturalist. Chapman took courses in plants, water and natural wildlife and is a board member of the LaGrange County Parks.

She told about her frog watch that she did this spring and had recordings of eight different frogs that she played so the group could hear them. Frogs are very important to judging the quality of the ecology in a given area.

 Chapman talked about the expansion of Pine Knob County Park east of Howe. Pine Knob is in the process of acquiring more land, which will double the present acreage.

She also talked about a Rock Wren, which is a rare bird that came to LaGrange County this spring and about the Monarch butterflies and their migration to Mexico. Chapman writes a column in the LaGrange Standard titled "Nature's Best."

The next meeting of the Howe Lions Club will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at St. Mark's Episcopal Parish House in Howe. To join the Howe Lions Club, call Jeff Schrader at 260-562-3367.