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Lake Panorama Known for Family Time

Tiffany Thompson, who grew up visiting her grandparents at Lake Panorama, is shown in front of the lake home she and her family now own.

By Susan Thompson

Over the last couple of years, I’ve made occasional requests for photos and stories for a book I’m writing about Lake Panorama. As I talk with people who respond, a common theme emerges — Lake Panorama has always been a great place to spend time with family.

The latest example was a phone call from Tiffany Thompson. She and her husband Shane purchased their Lake Panorama house in March 2016. While they are relatively new to the lake, Tiffany’s love affair with Lake Panorama began when she was a child. 

Lake Panorama Water Quality and Conservation Efforts

By Susan Thompson

The Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) and the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) work cooperatively on projects to protect and improve the lake’s water quality. Some additional projects target protection of erodible land. In this month’s Q&A, Brad Halterman, LPA project manager, provides an update on several current water quality and conservation projects.

Donor Sign Installed at Boulder Beach Sports Courts

A donor recognition sign was added to the Boulder Beach Sports Courts complex in mid-September. The sign recognizes private donors of $500 or more who contributed to the three-year fundraising campaign that began in 2014 and ended in 2017. During that time, Friends of Lake Panorama raised $75,000 for the courts. The Lake Panorama Association provided an additional $100,000 to complete the project this summer. There is one basketball court, one tennis court and two pickleball courts. The courts are available on a first come, first served basis whenever Boulder Beach is open.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Visits Lake Panorama

This wetland was the site of an August 30 visit by Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association general manager, (second from right), explains how the wetland helps filter out sediment and nutrients before the water flows into Helen’s Cove. Pictured left to right are Brad Halterman, LPA project manager; Perdue; U.S. Congressman David Young; Rutledge; and Gildo Tori, Ducks Unlimited public policy director.

By Susan Thompson

The nation’s top agriculture official made a stop August 30 in Guthrie County at a wetland built to protect Lake Panorama from nitrates and sediment.

Sonny Perdue has been the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture since April 2017, and was in Iowa for two days. He spent time at the Farm Progress Show, attended several meetings with farmers and agribusinesses, and toured farms to view conservation practices.

Fall LPA Update from General Manager

By Susan Thompson

With fall’s arrival, the LPA maintenance staff is busy wrapping up 2018 projects. That was the message from John Rutledge, LPA general manager, at a “Coffee with the GM” session September 7.

Rutledge said the “big one” on the fall list is seal coating nine miles of roads. “Our guys have the prep work done. We’ve just been waiting on the vendor, who has been delayed because of weather. We prefer to have this work done earlier in the season, but we’ve been in this situation before and it worked out,” he said.

Panorama West Improvements Update

By Susan Thompson

Brandon Waddle has spent the last 20 years working on Lake Panorama golf courses. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. In 1998, he was hired as the assistant grounds superintendent at Lake Panorama National. In 2013, the Lake Panorama Association moved management of the Panorama West golf course under the LPN umbrella, and Waddle was named grounds superintendent.

LPN to Manage Clover Ridge Reservations

By Susan Thompson

Options to rent a townhome at Lake Panorama for a single night or an extended stay have expanded, because a timeshare vacation operation there is being dissolved.

The Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association originally had 1,100 owners. The number of owners paying the annual maintenance fee has dropped steadily for the past 20 years. This year, fees paid weren’t enough to cover operating costs, and legal dissolution proceedings began.

LPN Dining Room Renovations Honor Dr. David Wang

Cassie, Tony and Grace Wang are shown in the LPN dining room with a plaque honoring Dr. David Wang, who passed away in 2002. The Wang family made a donation to Friends of Lake Panorama in his memory, with some of the money used to update the dining room. The updates include new chairs, artwork, tables and tabletop accessories.

By Susan Thompson

Sixteen years after his death, the family of a former Panora dentist and Lake Panorama resident has found a unique way to honor his memory.

On August 17, 2002, Dr. David Wang, at the age of 40, gave his life while saving a child in Lake Panorama. He and his family were entertaining friends on their boat when Wang spotted the boy in need of help. While the child was rescued, Wang never recovered from the shock of the cold water.