2016 LPN Golf Memberships Now Available

By Susan Thompson

By now, those who were 2015 Lake Panorama National golf club members should have received renewal forms for the 2016 season. The mailing includes three types of golf membership applications. All are available at the same prices as last year.  

Regular memberships are available to both LPA members and non-members. There is a significant "early bird" discount available to those who pay in full by January 31. The membership application shows both the early bird rates and the regular rates for those who pay after January 31.

New Book Helps Families Navigate Technology Use

Joe and Carrie Dilley are shown with their children Jack and Ashton at a book-signing event last summer.

By Susan Thompson

When he was five, Joe Dilley began spending weekends at Lake Panorama with his parents, John and Jennifer, and his younger brother Jake. Now 30 years later, as a licensed clinical psychologist, he draws upon his childhood experiences to help others. “The time we spent at Lake Panorama really oriented me to the importance of people, nature, a greater purpose in life,” Dilley says. “We enjoyed tubing, swimming, fishing, hiking. There was a lot of downtime, a lot of time with my family. It was a slower pace, and I learned to appreciate family values.”

Progress on New Silt Basin Being Made

This photo was taken October 13 at the Cory Basin site. When excavation of the basin is complete, the depth will be about 10 feet lower than the trench shown in which water is draining from the site.

By Susan Thompson

Dry October weather provided RW Excavating and Dozing an opportunity to make significant progress on the Cory Sediment Basin. Construction on this new silt storage basin that will serve Helen’s Cove and Hughes Cove began in August. It is located north of the LPA maintenance facilities on the east side of Lake Panorama.

The new basin is possible because of the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ). In late 2012, RIZ identified several areas of high priority for silt basin development. Among those were Helen’s and Hughes coves.

LPA GM Coffee

  • Posted on: 20 November 2015
  • By: admin1

LPA GM Coffee December 1 

John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association general manager, invites LPA members to join him for coffee and other refreshments on Tuesday, December 1. This informal gathering will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Panorama National conference center and last about an hour. Rutledge will provide updates on key issues of interest to LPA members, and take questions from the audience.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 08:30

Friends of Lake Panorama Making Push for Sunset Beach Playground Donations

This is the proposed Sunset Beach playground for which Friends of Lake Panorama is currently seeking donations.

By Susan Thompson

Statistics show a high percentage of charitable contributions are made in the last few weeks of the year. Friends of Lake Panorama is a relatively new option for charitable giving, having just received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS in July 2014. The nonprofit is separate from the Lake Panorama Association, and is operated by a seven-member board of volunteers who are LPA members. The group’s goal is to improve recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. All contributions are tax deductible, and all donors receive a letter of thanks as their receipt.

LPN Tree Nursery Started in 2009 Paying Dividends

Charles Schnack, standing, works with Brandon Brehmer, LPN grounds crew, in the LPN tree nursery. The pair is moving 100 trees from the nursery this fall, transplanting them to locations on the LPN golf course, Boulder Beach and the LPA office.

By Susan Thompson, Lake Times Staff

Although the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) hasn’t yet reached Guthrie County, it’s getting close. The pest that kills ash trees has been found in both Dallas and Boone counties, and experts say it is inevitable it will reach Lake Panorama. Discussions on what to do when it does get here have been underway for several years. At the August meeting of the Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors, those discussions became more focused.  

New Board to Oversee Lake Panorama National

By Susan Thompson, Lake Times Staff

Lake Panorama National has seen a lot of changes since the golf course opened in 1971. The creation of a new board to oversee the LPN operation is the latest change. While the Lake Panorama Association has owned the golf course since 1977, it has only owned the LPN conference center since 2005. The golf course was built by Mid-Iowa Lakes Corporation, which raised money for the lake development through stock sales. It opened in August 1971, but it wasn’t long before Mid-Iowa was bankrupt and the course closed.

Holiday Brunch, Lake Panorama National, December 13

  • Posted on: 4 October 2015
  • By: admin1

The annual Holiday Brunch at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center will be Sunday, December 13. Service will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with reservations taken in half-hour increments.

This is the first brunch offered at the LPN since Peter Makens came on board as executive chef last summer. One change is this year’s brunch will be served for five hours, rather than just three. That should make the brunch work into more people’s busy holiday schedules, plus ease crowding during peak times. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 07:00