Donor Sign and Benches Finish Off Sunset Beach Playground

Members of the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors are shown with the Sunset Beach playground donor recognition sign. Left to right are Tricia Steffen, Emily Spradling, Dave Furbush, Bob McCleeary, Jan Reinicke and Jody Muench. Not pictured is board member Kim Lubeck.

By Susan Thompson

Some final touches to the Sunset Beach playground now are in place. Three coated metal benches were installed earlier this summer around the perimeter of the playground, and a donor recognition sign was erected in early September. The playground opened in July 2016.

Donations totaling $80,000 given to the Friends of Lake Panorama 501(c)3 nonprofit charity made up the base support for the new playground. The Lake Panorama Association provided an additional $50,000. The LPA also provided technical and construction assistance.

Rain Delays Concrete Pour for Sports Courts

The LPA maintenance staff used a transit to determine how much fill material was needed in various locations. Key components of the prep work were making sure the ground is level, and will drain properly.

By Susan Thompson

Frequent rains in September and early October have forced a delay in the sports courts concrete pour at Boulder Beach. The resulting wet conditions delayed other projects on the concrete vendor’s schedule, so it wasn’t possible to get to Lake Panorama by mid-October, as originally planned.

Now the hope is weather will cooperate, and the vendor can get to the sports courts project by the end of October or early November. 

Guthrie County Historical Village is "Hidden Gem"

The Guthrie County Historical Village is open seasonally from May 1 to October 15. Located on the southwest edge of Panora, it includes 12 buildings and thousands of items of historical significance.

By Susan Thompson

The year 2018 will mark two 50th anniversaries in the Panora area. Not only will the Lake Panorama Association be celebrating 50 years, so will the Guthrie County Historical Village.

The Village core is located on a four-acre site on the southwest side of Panora. It got its start when the Panora Depot was abandoned by the Milwaukee Railroad and donated to the Panora Lions Club. Through a community effort, the depot was moved to its current location in 1968.

Behind the Scenes Employee Keeps Technology Running Smoothly

Royce Shaffer

By Susan Thompson

In today’s world, successful businesses must have people who can manage ever-changing technology. At the Lake Panorama Association and Lake Panorama National, that person is Royce Shaffer. Here he answers questions about ways technology helps these two entities keep up with members and guests.  

Q. Tell us about your educational background and family.

Cy-Hawk Battle Brings Community Together for the Win


The Cy-Hawk battle in Panora on Lake Panorama’s Boulder Beach was fierce. Both teams entered the game unbeaten. The beach was packed. That’s how it is with the biggest athletic event in the state of Iowa, it’s more than just a game. It brings a community together. In the end, Panora won. 

“Panora scored big,” said Maureen Lubeck, one of several volunteers on the local RVTV committee made up of  Panora Chamber members, who helped organize WHO-TV Channel 13’s RVTV in Panora on Monday, Sept. 4. 

Solheim Cup Visitors Experience "Iowa Nice"

During a visit to the Britches n’ Bows Country Store, owner Kandi Meinicke snapped a picture of the foursome in front of a nearby cornfield. Pictured left to right are Lisa Leiby, Melonie Whitaker, Leigh Florez and Pattie Jenkins.

By Susan Thompson

The 2017 Solheim Cup held at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club August 14-20 set an attendance record. Fans visited from more than 25 countries, with half the attendees coming from outside of Iowa,

Some of those out-of-state visitors found accommodations at the Clover Ridge Resort, which has offices at the Lake Panorama National conference center. Clover Ridge is an interval owner resort, and people who own vacation weeks elsewhere can trade into Clover Ridge.