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.

Sports Courts Construction to Begin This Fall

This graphic shows the general layout for the new sports courts at Boulder Beach. The courts will include a single regulation tennis court, two regulation pickle ball courts, and an adjacent basketball court. All courts will be fenced and topped with PowerGame sports courts tiles.

By Susan Thompson

After a year of successful fundraising, the construction of new sports courts at Boulder Beach is expected to get underway this September.

In September 2016, the Friends of Lake Panorama board voted to raise funds for new sports courts, if the Lake Panorama Association board would commit matching funds in advance. At its October 2016 meeting, the LPA board voted to commit $50,000, contingent upon Friends raising $50,000.