RVTV at Lake Panorama

  • Posted on: 23 August 2017
  • By: admin1

RVTV at Lake Panorama 

Festivities at Boulder Beach begin at 2 p.m.

Live broadcasts on WHO-TV Channel 13 at 4, 5, 6, and 10 p.m.

Concessions, games, entertainment. Come decked out to support either the Iowa State Cyclones or the Iowa Hawkeyes.  


Monday, September 4, 2017 - 14:00

RVTV Coming to Lake Panorama on Labor Day

By Ashley Schable
Iowa State Cyclone and Iowa Hawkeye fans be prepared because WHO-TV Channel 13’s RVTV crew will roll into Panora on Monday, September 4. RVTV is a week-long tour of tailgating stops in various towns around the state leading up to the annual Cy-Hawk football game featuring Iowa State and Iowa.
The RVTV tour kicks off Monday with a stop in Panora. The tour then rolls on through Slater, Boone and Humboldt before stopping in Ames where this year’s game will be played on Saturday, September 9 at 11 a.m.

Memories of Lake Panorama's Early Days

LaVonne and Roger Martin are shown in their farmhouse near Redfield. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary August 21.

By Susan Thompson

Over the last 14 years, I’ve written perhaps 200 feature stories for this Lake Panorama Times newspaper. While everyone I’ve interviewed has been interesting, my favorites are those who have tales to tell about Lake Panorama’s early days.

Roger and LaVonne Martin, who will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary August 21, are my latest “favorites.” LaVonne is 88 years old, and Roger will turn 87 on August 27.

Land of Fun and Recreation

An early depiction of the Lake Panorama development exists inside a storage building at the St. Thomas More Center on the lake’s west side.

By Susan Thompson

A glimpse of Lake Panorama’s beginnings can be found inside a small storage building at the St. Thomas More Center. On the back wall is a painted mural of Lake Panorama. Large block letters across the top read “Land of Fun and Recreation.”  

The property that now houses the St. Thomas More Center played a key role in the early days of Lake Panorama.

Panorama West Rain Garden is Growing

Informational signs were installed near the Panorama West rain garden in early August. The main sign describes how rain gardens help protect water quality of nearby lakes and streams. It also shows some of the native plants used in the rain garden, and recognizes groups involved in the project.

By Susan Thompson

Planting a rain garden in a summer that offered more drought than rain isn’t the best way to guarantee success. But thanks to dedicated volunteers who have kept the garden watered, weeds pulled, and deer mostly at bay, the rain garden at Panorama West is doing well.

The garden was installed June 10 along the east side of the Panorama West clubhouse parking lot. Rain gardens are made up of perennial plants and are strategically located to capture runoff from rain that falls on parking lots, roofs, driveways and yards.

Friends of Lake Panorama Seeks Input on Estate Gift

Suggestions for spending an estate gift at the Panorama West golf course are starting to come in, and more are being sought. James and Joyce McLuen both died in 2016. In April, it was announced seven groups would receive bequests from the McLuen estate.

Twenty percent of the estate will go to Friends of Lake Panorama, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity. The gift will be around $400,000, and be used as stated in the McLuen will, for the “upkeep, beautification or expansion” of the Panorama West Golf Club.