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Drone Provides Lake Panorama Aerial Photos

This aerial view starts at Boulder Cove and continues northwest to Lake Panorama’s upper basin.

By Susan Thompson

Some of my favorite photos of Lake Panorama are those that have been taken from the window of an airplane. At least a couple of times, local residents have taken to the skies to capture sweeping aerial views of Lake Panorama and the surrounding area.

With the advent of remote-controlled drones, aerial photography has entered an entirely new era. One Sunday last October, Dronography Iowa was hired to take aerial photos of specific sites at Lake Panorama.

Table Sponsors, Ticket Holders, Donated Items Sought for Beach Ball

By Susan Thompson

The 2nd annual Beach Ball, sponsored by Friends of Lake Panorama, 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.

Rain Garden Installation June 10

By Susan Thompson

While new sports courts at Boulder Beach is the current priority project for Friends of Lake Panorama, the charity also is working on a smaller project related to water quality. On Saturday, June 10, a rain garden will be installed along the east side of the Panorama West clubhouse parking lot. Historically, the prairies and savannas of Iowa held and infiltrated most rainfall, and surface runoff was rare. Rainfall was absorbed and moved down through the soil to become groundwater flow.

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.
By CAITLIN WARE

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.
By CAITLIN WARE
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.

What's Cooking in the LPN Kitchen?

By Susan Thompson

Andrew Labath took over the Lake Panorama National kitchen last summer. As executive chef, he’s responsible for feeding the hungry at The Links Restaurant and Lounge, plus at a multitude of meetings, banquets and receptions throughout the year. In this month’s Q&A, Labath talks about old favorites, new offerings and overall goals.

Q: Tell us about your first few months at the LPN?