Fundraising Begins for New Sports Courts Project

By Susan Thompson

The Friends of Lake Panorama board has decided on its next major fundraising project. At its September meeting, the board voted to raise funds for a new sports court, if the Lake Panorama Association board would commit matching funds in advance.

At its October meeting, the LPA board voted to kickoff the sports court fundraising effort with a contribution of $50,000. LPA is providing this initial commitment as a matching contribution, contingent upon Friends raising $50,000.

Rescue Dog Advances in Agility Competition

Ken Randall meets Abby, a therapy dog owned by Trish McMahon of Newton. McMahon is Deb Russell’s sister, and was on hand when Lakeside Village residents stopped at the Russell home.

By Susan Thompson

Readers of the Lake Panorama Times first met Wayne and Deb Russell and their three dogs in a story in the February 2015 issue. The couple lives in a home overlooking Burchfield Cove, and continue to be busy with dog-related activities.

There are two miniature dachshunds. Dodger is seven years old, and Keysa is five. Keysa is a certified therapy dog. Four-year-old Jenni also now is a certified therapy dog, after joining the Russell family as a rescue dog. They discovered her abandoned at the dog park in Perry, and eventually adopted her.

Fish Stocking Done in October

Zoey and Morgan Lutz empty a bucket of fish into Lake Panorama from a dock at Boulder Beach.

By Susan Thompson

On two separate fall days, about $10,000 worth of fish were stocked at Lake Panorama by Fin and Feather. About 1,500 walleye, 2,150 largemouth bass and 750 smallmouth bass were added to the lake. In addition, some bluegill and redear sunfish were added to the Panorama West pond.

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 that stocking larger fish a good investment.  

Two Lake Panorama RIZ Projects Near Completion

The Lake Panorama RIZ dredge operated for a few days in Boulder Cove in late September. The cutter head on the front moves back and forth, collecting sediment from the lake bottom.

By Susan Thompson

In late September, sediment was pumped for the first time into the new Cory sediment storage basin located one-third of a mile north of the LPA maintenance facility on the east side of Lake Panorama.

The dredge was operating in Boulder Cove. With the help of the booster pump, the sediment was pumped from there through 3,000 feet of pipe installed last fall between Helen’s Cove and the Cory basin. The pipe crosses the LPN golf course, goes under Sage Trail, and is buried four-to-five feet deep in an easement across crop ground before entering the basin.

Growth Continues for Lake Panorama Social Network

By Susan Thompson

Membership in a private social network open to residents of Panora and Lake Panorama continues to grow. Nextdoor Lake Panorama was launched in May by Marc and Julie Clausen. By mid-July, there were 150 members. That number is now close to 400.

The Clausens have owned property at Lake Panorama since 1991 and have lived at the lake fulltime since 2011. They also have a winter home in Sun Lakes, Ariz. After using Nextdoor there, they decided to establish a Lake Panorama site.