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.

Fire in the Sky

  • Posted on: 17 June 2017
  • By: admin1

Fire in the Sky 

Lake Panorama Annual Fireworks 

At Dusk, Shady Beach 

For safety reasons, the LPA Lake Patrol and the Iowa DNR require boats anchored during the display to have running lights on during the show.


Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 21:45

Community Involvement Way of Life for Deal Family

Bill Deal was involved in agriculture his whole life. Here he’s shown at an early age with his 4-H calf.

By Susan Thompson

Bill Deal was born September 6, 1936 in Des Moines and raised on a farm near Bagley. He passed away at his home in Florida on November 24, 2016. During his 80 years of life, Deal had an impact on Guthrie County and beyond — an impact that continues even after his death.

Deal graduated from Bagley High School in 1954, before spending four years at Iowa State University. He taught ag education in Correctionville for one year before marrying Patricia Heiland. He then joined the Navy as an officer, and served for three years out of Norfolk, Virginia.

Sports Courts Project Gets Green Light

A new option is being considered for sports courts at Boulder Beach. Rather than installing two tennis courts with pickleball lines, the configuration shown here includes a single regulation tennis court with pickleball lines, plus two separate regulation pickleball courts. A final decision on the scope of the project will be made in late June.

By Susan Thompson

The success of a May 6 Friends of Lake Panorama fundraiser set the wheels in motion to proceed with new sports courts at Boulder Beach. The Friends board had set a $20,000 goal for the Beach Ball, and came within $600 of making that happen. Direct donations in advance of the event stood at $32,150, so Beach Ball proceeds pushed fundraising past its initial $50,000 goal. An anonymous donor had already pledged another $25,000 for a basketball court.

Lake Panorama Fireworks Update

The Fourth of July holiday brings two types of fireworks to Lake Panorama.

The annual “Fire in the Sky” fireworks display sanctioned by the Lake Panorama Association, and put on by the Scheiring family, will be at dusk on Saturday, July 1. The fireworks will be set off from the traditional spot at Shady Beach. For safety reasons, the LPA Lake Patrol and the Iowa DNR require boats anchored during the display to have running lights on during the show.