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Tickets Remain for April 18 Beach Ball, Donations Welcomed

A football signed by Iowa State University football coach Matt Campbell will be offered during the Beach Ball’s live auction. The football and display case are being donated by Jay and Sue Merryman. Also on the live auction that night will be a football signed by University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz, donated by Kent and Shirley Stephenson

By Susan Thompson 

All 30 tables for the Beach Ball fundraising event on Saturday, April 18, now have sponsors, but some tickets remain for those interested in attending. Friends of Lake Panorama is holding the event to raise $70,000 for new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches. 

The Beach Ball will be in the Lake Panorama National banquet room, with registration and social hour beginning at 5 p.m. 

Orientation Sessions Planned for New Lake Panorama Owners

By Susan Thompson 

The Lake Panorama community changes each month, with people who have been here for a few years, or a few decades, selling their property. New people buy that property, and then find themselves with lots of questions. 

Last year, a few people who have been through this process started to think there should be an organized way to welcome new property owners to Lake Panorama. The result is a new program titled “Lake Panorama 101.” 

Lake Panorama Author has Sixth Book Published

This is the cover of author Cheryl Mullenbach’s latest book. Mullenbach and her husband Dick Wohlgamuth live at Lake Panorama.

By Susan Thompson

Cheryl Mullenbach, who has previously written five nonfiction books for young people, had her sixth book released March 1. Mullenbach and her husband Dick Wohlgamuth have lived on Lake Panorama’s Jones Cove for 18 years. 

Titled Stagecoach Women: Brave and Daring Women of the Wild West, Mullenbach’s latest book also is nonfiction, but targeted to an adult audience. 

Voters Give New Guthrie County Law Enforcement Center Thumbs Up

This conceptual plan shows the existing Guthrie County Courthouse on the right, with the new law enforcement addition on the left. The two-story structure includes a public entrance to administrative offices on the lower level, accessed from a new parking area. A covered entrance to the second level will be on the east side of the building. This is where inmates will enter, and be moved directly to a booking area, holding cells or by elevator to the jail cells below.

By Susan Thompson 

In a special election March 3, Guthrie County voters gave overwhelming support to an $8.7 million bond referendum that will finance a new law enforcement center addition to the Guthrie County Courthouse. 

Preliminary results shortly after the polls closed showed 80.60% approval of the proposal, which needed 60% to pass. There were 2,067 voters, with 1,666 voting in favor of the bond referendum, and 401 voting against it.

LPN Easter Brunch April 12

The Lake Panorama National’s annual Easter Brunch will be Sunday, April 12, with reservations available every half hour from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Executive Chef Brent Gaffney is planning to prepare a wide variety of both breakfast and lunch entrees.

Breakfast items will include omelets, bacon, sausage, kielbasa and breakfast potatoes. Lunch offerings will include items such as a carved beef steamship and ham station, classic meat lasagna, fried chicken, roasted cauliflower and grilled broccolini.

Dates Set for Three 2020 "Coffee with the GM" Events

By Susan Thompson 

Three “Coffee with the GM” events are scheduled for this spring and summer. Since April 2015, these events held several times each year have provided LPA members the opportunity to improve communications between the Lake Panorama Association and LPA members. John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations, invites LPA members to join him for coffee and other refreshments at these informal gatherings. 

Case Made for New Guthrie County Law Enforcement Center

On the right, Marty Arganbright, Guthrie County Sheriff, talks with Paul Greenlee of Panora, following a January 28 informational meeting in Panora. Arganbright and others outlined the need for a new law enforcement center addition to the county courthouse.

By Susan Thompson 

At an informational meeting January 28 at the Panora Community Center, several people helped make the case for a “yes” vote on an upcoming Guthrie County 20-year bond referendum. If approved by voters, $8.7 million would be available to build a new law enforcement center addition and parking lot improvement project at the Guthrie County Courthouse. 

Beach Ball April 18 to Raise Money for New Playground Equipment

This photo from the 2017 Beach Ball shows some of the decorated tables featured that year. About 10 tables remain for sponsorship for the 2020 Beach Ball, with the event limited to 30 tables and 240 guests.

By Susan Thompson 

Nearly $12,000 has been donated so far to Friends of Lake Panorama to fund new playground equipment. Friends is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. Its current priority project is raising $70,000 for playground equipment, to be split evenly between Boulder and Shady beaches. 

A Beach Ball fundraising event, similar to ones held in 2016 and 2017, will be Saturday, April 18, with all proceeds going to the playground project. The event will be in the Lake Panorama National banquet room, with registration and social hour beginning at 5 p.m.