RVTV Coming to Lake Panorama on Labor Day

By Ashley Schable
Iowa State Cyclone and Iowa Hawkeye fans be prepared because WHO-TV Channel 13’s RVTV crew will roll into Panora on Monday, September 4. RVTV is a week-long tour of tailgating stops in various towns around the state leading up to the annual Cy-Hawk football game featuring Iowa State and Iowa.
The RVTV tour kicks off Monday with a stop in Panora. The tour then rolls on through Slater, Boone and Humboldt before stopping in Ames where this year’s game will be played on Saturday, September 9 at 11 a.m.

Memories of Lake Panorama's Early Days

LaVonne and Roger Martin are shown in their farmhouse near Redfield. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary August 21.

By Susan Thompson

Over the last 14 years, I’ve written perhaps 200 feature stories for this Lake Panorama Times newspaper. While everyone I’ve interviewed has been interesting, my favorites are those who have tales to tell about Lake Panorama’s early days.

Roger and LaVonne Martin, who will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary August 21, are my latest “favorites.” LaVonne is 88 years old, and Roger will turn 87 on August 27.

Land of Fun and Recreation

An early depiction of the Lake Panorama development exists inside a storage building at the St. Thomas More Center on the lake’s west side.

By Susan Thompson

A glimpse of Lake Panorama’s beginnings can be found inside a small storage building at the St. Thomas More Center. On the back wall is a painted mural of Lake Panorama. Large block letters across the top read “Land of Fun and Recreation.”  

The property that now houses the St. Thomas More Center played a key role in the early days of Lake Panorama.