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Home Beer Brewing Spawns New Club, Friendships

Dana and Mark Buster are shown with the four-tap kegerator Mark built out of a chest freezer for use with his home brewed beer. Hanging on the nearby post are medals and ribbons he collected for placing first and second in some beer brewing competitions in Colorado.

By Susan Thompson

Homebrewing beer has been around for centuries. The introduction of Prohibition in 1920, which banned the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, made homebrewing even more popular. Though Prohibition was repealed in 1933, making your own beer still was illegal until 1978. That’s when President Jimmy Carter signed a bill that allows adults to produce wine and beer for personal and family use. 

Friends of Lake Panorama Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

By Susan Thompson

Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to supporting recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. The charity is separate from the Lake Panorama Association, and is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. In this month’s Q&A, Jan Reinicke, current Friends president, talks about completed projects, current priorities and future goals.

Q. The fourth anniversary of the Friends of Lake Panorama is coming soon. Tell us about the timeline of events.

Small Town Diner Gets Second Lease on Life

Andrew Luce is the bar manager at Harvey’s Diner and Pub. He drove to Redfield from Colorado with the original plan of spending two weeks to help get the bar setup, and eventually decided to stay.

By Susan Thompson

This is the sort of tale that delights those of us who love small town Iowa living. It’s the story of how a diner in Redfield closed, and a couple living in New York decided to reopen it. The woman in this tale is a native Iowan, and now the sixth generation to live on the family’s Sunny Crest Century Farm.

As soon as Katie Harvey graduated in 1995 from West Central Valley in Stuart, she headed to New York City to study musical theater and voice. She took a part-time job in a video and music store, where she met Rick Martinez, who grew up in the Bronx.

Annual Stocking Promises Better Fishing

Alyssa and Blake Stanley show off a five-inch walleye that was about to join 2,500 others added to Lake Panorama October 20. They are the children of Scott and Allison Stanley. Scott is the president of Lake Panorama Fin and Feather.

By Susan Thompson

Again this fall, about $10,000 worth of fish were added to Lake Panorama by Fin and Feather. Fish stocking totals for 2017 included 2,500 walleye, 500 largemouth bass and 500 perch.

Fin and Feather stocks fish between 4 inches and 8 inches to promote high survival rates. Fingerlings are less expensive, but survival rates are lower. Experience has taught group leaders stocking larger fish is a good investment.  

Lake Panorama RIZ Election December 5

By Susan Thompson

Voting for two positions on the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board will take place Tuesday, December 5. The polls will be open from noon until 8 p.m. in the lower level of the LPA office, 5006 Panorama Drive.

Two members of the current board, Doug Hemphill and JoAnn Johnson, are running for re-election and are unopposed. Other trustees on the RIZ board are Bill Dahl, Dale Grotjohn, and Corey Welberg.

Holiday Brunch December 17 at LPN

The annual Holiday Brunch at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center will be Sunday, December 17. Service will be 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with reservations taken in half-hour increments. Walk-ins also are welcome.  

The cost is $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 5 to 12, and children 4 and under eat free.

Executive Chef Andrew Labath will be offering traditional breakfast buffet items, plus a salad bar and lunch items. Lunch features will be turkey, roast beef, ham, shrimp and mashed potatoes and gravy. There also will be a variety of desserts.

Donor Sign and Benches Finish Off Sunset Beach Playground

Members of the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors are shown with the Sunset Beach playground donor recognition sign. Left to right are Tricia Steffen, Emily Spradling, Dave Furbush, Bob McCleeary, Jan Reinicke and Jody Muench. Not pictured is board member Kim Lubeck.

By Susan Thompson

Some final touches to the Sunset Beach playground now are in place. Three coated metal benches were installed earlier this summer around the perimeter of the playground, and a donor recognition sign was erected in early September. The playground opened in July 2016.

Donations totaling $80,000 given to the Friends of Lake Panorama 501(c)3 nonprofit charity made up the base support for the new playground. The Lake Panorama Association provided an additional $50,000. The LPA also provided technical and construction assistance.

Rain Delays Concrete Pour for Sports Courts

The LPA maintenance staff used a transit to determine how much fill material was needed in various locations. Key components of the prep work were making sure the ground is level, and will drain properly.

By Susan Thompson

Frequent rains in September and early October have forced a delay in the sports courts concrete pour at Boulder Beach. The resulting wet conditions delayed other projects on the concrete vendor’s schedule, so it wasn’t possible to get to Lake Panorama by mid-October, as originally planned.

Now the hope is weather will cooperate, and the vendor can get to the sports courts project by the end of October or early November.