Car Enthusiast Channels Passion into Creativity

A 1941 Willys Coupe in Paul Bierly's model car collection, displayed in his diorama. He detailed and painted the car, transforming it from a glossy purple vehicle into a rusty version.

Lake Times staff

The scene was set at Raceway Park during its Spring Drag Race. A rainbow of cars packed the entryway in bumper-to-bumper fashion. Traffic directors waving orange flags controlled the surge of vehicles as they made their way into the stadium, and anxious drivers leaned against their rides while waiting to show their stuff on the strip. Excited fans packed the stands, watching each set of cars approach the starting line, and wait for the tower of lights to flash green.

Second Beach Ball to Raise Money for Sports Courts

By Susan Thompson

Plans are underway for the 2nd annual Beach Ball, sponsored by Friends of Lake Panorama. The event will be Saturday, May 6, at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. All proceeds will go to the charity’s current priority project — new sports courts at Boulder Beach.

The first Beach Ball in May 2016 raised nearly $24,000, which helped Friends reach its $80,000 goal for a new playground at Sunset Beach. The Lake Panorama Association provided an additional $50,000, and the playground was completed last July.

New Women's Group Kicks Off

From left: Kristen Crouthamel, Laura Smith and Shannon Neff-Muell, the founders of 10 Squared Women on a Mission of Guthrie County, host an informational meeting for the new group on February 9. The organization's mission will be to raise money for local causes.
Lake Times staff
A group of local service-minded women met and mingled last week to help form a new charitable organization: 10 Squared Women on a Mission of Guthrie County.
Inspired by the male version of the organization within the county —10 Squared Men Plus — Shannon Neff-Muell, Kristen Crouthamel and Laura Smith decided to found their own group. Members will work together to raise money that goes directly to causes within Guthrie County. 

Trumpeter Swans Spending Winter at Lake Panorama

Trumpeter swans on the Donahey/Helen's Cove wetland.

By Susan Thompson

It was expected a new wetland established in 2016 to help improve Lake Panorama’s water quality also would attract wildlife. That expectation already is reality, with some trumpeter swans spending time there this winter.

Brad Halterman, Lake Panorama Association’s project manager, photographed some trumpeter swans on the ice at the 26-acre wetland on January 9. “The wetland was still frozen over, with no open water. They have been hanging out at the wetland off and on for a few weeks now,” Halterman says.