In the News

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.

Panorama West Rain Garden is Growing

Informational signs were installed near the Panorama West rain garden in early August. The main sign describes how rain gardens help protect water quality of nearby lakes and streams. It also shows some of the native plants used in the rain garden, and recognizes groups involved in the project.

By Susan Thompson

Planting a rain garden in a summer that offered more drought than rain isn’t the best way to guarantee success. But thanks to dedicated volunteers who have kept the garden watered, weeds pulled, and deer mostly at bay, the rain garden at Panorama West is doing well.

The garden was installed June 10 along the east side of the Panorama West clubhouse parking lot. Rain gardens are made up of perennial plants and are strategically located to capture runoff from rain that falls on parking lots, roofs, driveways and yards.

Friends of Lake Panorama Seeks Input on Estate Gift

Suggestions for spending an estate gift at the Panorama West golf course are starting to come in, and more are being sought. James and Joyce McLuen both died in 2016. In April, it was announced seven groups would receive bequests from the McLuen estate.

Twenty percent of the estate will go to Friends of Lake Panorama, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity. The gift will be around $400,000, and be used as stated in the McLuen will, for the “upkeep, beautification or expansion” of the Panorama West Golf Club.

Sports Courts Construction to Begin This Fall

This graphic shows the general layout for the new sports courts at Boulder Beach. The courts will include a single regulation tennis court, two regulation pickle ball courts, and an adjacent basketball court. All courts will be fenced and topped with PowerGame sports courts tiles.

By Susan Thompson

After a year of successful fundraising, the construction of new sports courts at Boulder Beach is expected to get underway this September.

In September 2016, the Friends of Lake Panorama board voted to raise funds for new sports courts, if the Lake Panorama Association board would commit matching funds in advance. At its October 2016 meeting, the LPA board voted to commit $50,000, contingent upon Friends raising $50,000.

Lake Panorama Couple Takes in Sights of Havana

Janet and Darwin Luing spent two days exploring Havana, Cuba, using the cruise ship behind them as their home base.

By Susan Thompson

For decades, travelling from the United States to Cuba has been a complicated endeavor. In December 2014, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced the two countries would normalize relations after more than 50 years. This led to U.S. citizens being allowed to visit Cuba without special permits, although most still must go on a supervised group tour.

Darwin and Janet Luing have lived full-time at Lake Panorama since 2006. While a trip to Cuba may have been on the bucket list of many travelers, that wasn’t the case with the Luings.

Pickleball Interest Growing in Panora

These players participated in a July 13 pickleball round robin tournament at the Panora Community Center gym. Left to right, women in the front are Mary Hansen, Nancy Clawson, Cathy VanGundy and Beth Muenzenberger. Men in back are Duane Spicer, Tony Spencer, Kerry VanGundy, R.D. Coreman, Roger Hansen, Dennis Shepherd and Tim Hopson.

By Susan Thompson

Cathy VanGundy and her husband, Kerry, learned to play pickleball while spending time in Arizona during the winter. This spring, Cathy decided it would be fun to connect with other pickleball players closer to their Lake Panorama home.

She applied for and received a grant from the USA Pickleball Association, which helped her purchase two nets, some paddles and balls. She worked with the City of Panora to gain access to the Panora Community Center gym, and offered free classes to anyone who wanted to learn to play.