Lake Panorama News

TAKE A GARDEN TOUR BY BOAT ON JUNE 29
The Panora Garden Club hosts the fundraiser.

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

An opportunity to see featured landscaping and gardens along Lake Panorama’s shoreline is planned for Wednesday, June 29. The Panora Garden Club is hosting this fundraiser to continue the many projects club members conduct to beautify the community.
Guests will remain onboard for a lake tour that will begin at the Boulder Beach docks and last 60 to 75 minutes. Boats will leave each hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with room for about 20 participants during each time slot. Refreshments will be available, and some vendors present at Boulder Beach for participants to visit before and after their boat tour.
Signs along the tour route will highlight the gardens and landscaping of Panora Garden Club members. Maps marking the coves will be distributed.
Tickets cost $20 each and will go on sale May 22. Call and leave a message or text 641-431-1440 with requests for number of tickets and desired time slot. Tickets must be paid for in advance of the tour date. Arrangements for payment and ticket pick-up or delivery will be made once your message has been received.
A rain date of Thursday, June 30 has been set. If the tour needs to be moved to that day, tour times will remain as originally set. If weather prevents this event, money paid for tickets will be considered a donation to the Panora Garden Club.

WITH BOATING SEASON HERE, LPA PLACES EMPHASIS ON WATER SAFETY
LPA security chief Corey Larsen says boat operators often misunderstand boat capacity rules. 

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Boating is one of the most enjoyed activities at Lake Panorama. With the main boating season fast approaching, the LPA security team is emphasizing water safety. Corey Larsen was named the Lake Panorama Association’s security chief in March 2021. He had been on the LPA security staff in a part-time capacity since 2018, working on both land and water.
Larsen says water safety needs to begin before a boat is launched for the first time each year.
“Members must have their Iowa DNR registration up to date and their current LPA stickers on the vessel before it goes in the water,” he says.
Since both fire extinguishers and flotation devices are key safety items, these are priorities for the Iowa DNR and LPA.
“Boats with greater than 10 horsepower are required by Iowa law to have at least one Type B-I fire extinguisher onboard the vessel,” Larsen says. “Some larger boats are required to have one B-II fire extinguisher, or two B-I fire extinguishers. Boat owners also need to check their extinguishers periodically to make sure these are ready if needed.”
Turning to flotation devices, all vessels are required to have at least one United States Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on board. In addition, vessels more than 16 feet in length must have a throwable flotation device, excluding kayaks and canoes.
“Also, Iowa Law requires children under 13 years of age to wear their life jacket while the vessel is underway,” Larsen says.
Larsen says boat operators often misunderstand boat capacity rules.
“Most boats are rated for a maximum number of persons and a maximum total weight,” he says. “Boaters must remember they are not allowed to exceed either of these numbers. This is especially relevant with young people who weigh less than adults. Regardless of how small the passenger is, everyone counts as one passenger in the boat capacity limit.”
It is also important to know that, when anchored, at least one person must be on board the water vessel at all times.
“This goes for personal watercraft as well as boats,” Larsen says. “This becomes important when boaters decide to anchor and take a swim, or tie together with another boat.”
Lake Panorama essentially is a wide river. That why it’s critical for boaters to understand the various types of buoys deployed by the LPA staff each spring and obey rules related to these buoys. 
Centerline buoys mark the channel of the lake with boaters traveling on the right-hand side of the buoys. These buoys are marked with a flashing white light to be visible at night. Hazard buoys are placed in areas that are known to be shallow or hazardous. These buoys are not a guarantee of exact hazard location but are a warning to steer clear of that general area.
“Some hazard buoys are marked with a flashing amber light to ensure boaters steer clear of these areas,” Larsen says. “Remember, when boating at night, avoid amber lights, and stay immediately to the right of white lights.”
In 2018, a map showing the type and location of all buoys was proposed by the water safety committee and approved by the LPA board. The buoy map is available on the LPA website. Go to lakepanorama.org, click on the “Documents” tab, then the “Boating Regulations” tab to find both the buoy map and a map that identifies all Lake Panorama coves.
Also on the LPA website is a boating safety video that outlines specific rules related to Lake Panorama. It is under the “Helpful Links” tab on the home page. Information about Iowa boating laws is on the DNR’s boating website: www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Boating.
Larsen says boaters who don’t obey the rules related to buoys risk being stopped by a security officer and being given either a warning or a ticket.
“Also in place is a rule adopted by the LPA board concerning the moving of buoys by members,” he says. “Intentional vandalism or relocation of buoys will result in an automatic third offense, which, under LPA rules, is a $500 fine and loss of boating privileges for the season.”
The LPA schedule of boating fines also includes $100 for the first offense and $250 for the second offense. Larsen says LPA Security has the right to stop a boat at any time if a rule violation is suspected or to make sure all required equipment is aboard.
Another LPA rule restricts towing through the Narrows during busy times. The Narrows is limited to no towing (tubes, skiers, or any other towed devices) or wake surfing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Two platform signs remind boaters of this restriction.
“The reason for no towing in the Narrows at certain times is to promote safety,” Larsen says. “This is the narrowest part of the lake. During times of high boat traffic, we need to keep people safe. If boat traffic is especially heavy at times beyond those already designated, security officers have the authority to put the flags on the markers to show no towing is allowed. If security officers see you towing in the Narrows during the regular hours, or other times when it is deemed unsafe, they can issue a warning or a citation.”
There also is a rule against harassment of an LPA security officer.
“This means no one should use foul language, threaten or intimidate a security officer,” Larsen says. “A member or guest may be subject to having their privileges suspended or terminated for up to one year and be fined according to the LPA schedule of fines.” 
Larsen says LPA boaters must be mindful of invasive species regulations.
“Any vessel leaving any lake must be cleaned, all compartments drained, and the vessel should dry at least five days before re-entering Lake Panorama,” Larsen says. “The vessel owner will need to be able to show they have not been on an infested lake, have no water in compartments, no plant debris or mud, or any other sign of potential contamination. This is an Iowa law and is enforceable with a $500 fine. The LPA also has set fines for violators and for falsified information on questionnaires.”
Another LPA rule related to invasives species prevention requires members who want to bring in used pieces of equipment like docks or lifts to have the equipment inspected by LPA security.
“From the date of inspection and pending the equipment has been cleaned, members must find an offshore location to store the equipment for a minimum of 30 days,” Larsen says. “This allows any potential invasives to perish before the equipment enters the lake. Members should always call the LPA office ahead of time if they are considering purchasing a used dock or lift.
While it may seem like the LPA has a lot of rules related to boating, Larsen says much of it is just common sense.
“All boaters should practice safe boating. Make sure to stay far enough away from other boats and people being towed or wake surfing,” he says. “Have a plan for the boating party, which includes having a sober person operate the vessel.” 
Larsen says it also is important for LPA members to make sure their guests are familiar with the different types of buoys, plus Iowa DNR and LPA rules and requirements, before they are allowed to operate the member’s vessels.
“Again this season, I am making it a priority to get security boats out on the water,” Larsen says. “We will do our best to make sure the security boats are enforcing the rules and keeping people safe.”
LPA Security’s phone number is 641-757-9035. Contact LPA security with questions or concerns related to LPA’s rules and regulations. Members are reminded to call 911 in the event of a fire, medical or police emergency. 

ON THE LAKE
New member orientation, voting and some fin and feather lake humor

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

Jolene and I attended “Lake Panorama 101,” the LPA’s new member orientation, on April 29 at the Lake Panorama National conference center. We had planned on attending one of these for the last few years, but COVID-19 and other conflicts seemed to steer our plans elsewhere. I thought this would be beneficial to new and old members alike, and I was right.
We joined about 20 people in the room for a great presentation led by Julie Wykoff and assisted by others. We learned about the many perks and amenities available to LPA members, ways to learn more, and ways to get involved.
If you haven’t attended one of these sessions, I would encourage you to do so. If attending in-person isn’t your thing, then check out the two videos that have been created. Visit www.lakepanorama.org or check out the story in this issue of Lake Panorama Times.

Make your voice heard and vote
In our recent years owning homes at Lake Panorama, and through a decade of visiting my in-laws here, I heard grumblings from lake residents who feel they have not been properly represented on the county level. The way the voting districts have been aligned, those sentiments make some sense. With new Guthrie County voting precincts and county supervisor districts, there is an opportunity now for lake residents to have that voice. But, as Thomas Jefferson said, “We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
I am not including this in my column to endorse any candidates, but I am asking you to take the time to vote however you see fit. Voter turnout in primaries is typically quite low, so your vote can — and will — make a difference. The primaries are June 7, and we included a story in this issue of Lake Panorama Times with information on when, where and how to vote.
If you are like me and have your primary residence elsewhere, then you can’t vote here, but you can educate yourself on the issues and encourage eligible voters to show up at the polls. 
If you are like me and are an independent, then you can’t vote in the primaries — but all is not lost. What you can do is declare a party at the polling site and then vote. Then, if you choose later, you can change back to being an independent.
Lake Panorama property owners deserve a voice in Guthrie County, but that voice only counts if you vote. As Susan B. Anthony said, “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”

Enough politics. How about a chuckle?
Here’s one for the feathers: A friend of mine lived on a lake filled with ducks, but he moved out when he got fed up with all the bills.
And here is one for the fins: Two guys were out fishing on Lake Panorama when a hearse and a funeral procession passed the boat on a nearby road. Bill stood up and held his fishing hat over his heart as the hearse passed by. His buddy Larry commented, “Gee, Bill, that was really nice and respectful.” Larry replied, “Well, after all, we were married 40 years.”

More of this kind of stuff
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Have a great month, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

PROGRAM PROVIDES FREE BOOKS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Our Communities Health Foundation is a local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A program that provides free books to young children is now available in Guthrie County. The Guthrie County Health Services established the nonprofit “Our Communities Health Foundation” to administer the program. It now is a local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which  first launched in 1995 in honor of her father, who did not know how to read. It is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books each month to children from birth to age 5, regardless of the family’s income.
The program started with books being distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee, where Parton grew up. It became such a success that, in 2000, a national replication effort was underway. It’s now available across the United States and has expanded globally to Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.
“We know education and literacy and health outcomes in a community are intertwined,” says Jotham Arber, executive director of the Guthrie County Public Health office. “Investing in a child’s literacy is investing in a healthier child and, ultimately, a healthier community. That’s why we in the health department look for ways to create and partner with programs like the Imagination Library. Our kids are the future of our communities. The more we can do for our children’s literacy, the healthier and brighter our future will be.”
The program got its start in Guthrie County with a $2,000 grant from the Panora United Methodist Church as part of the church’s “Change a Child’s Story” mission program. That grant made it possible for the program to launch in the Panorama Community School District.
Liz Ratcliff, Panorama Elementary principal, says reading books with children strengthens their imagination.
“There are so many cognitive benefits when engaging children with literature at an early age, such as language development, listening skills and building empathy,” she says. “Children’s first teachers are their parents and caregivers, and having that bond from infancy through early childhood is so important for their well-being.”
Tamara Deal is the current chair of the Panora United Methodist Church’s “Change a Child’s Story” mission program. She’s also a volunteer for Guthrie County Health Services, which is encouraging parents to enroll their young children in the program and encouraging donors to help expand the program in Guthrie County.
Deal has made presentations on child literacy to some local service organizations and has meetings with the Bayard Friends of the Library and Guthrie Center Lions scheduled.
“Statistics show the importance of children being exposed to books at a young age,” she says. “Three out of four people on welfare can’t read. Three out of five people in American prisons can’t read. Eighty-five percent of juvenile offenders have problems reading, and 45 million Americans cannot read above a fifth-grade level. Low literacy is estimated to cost the United States $2.2 trillion annually.”
The books are chosen by a panel of early childhood literacy experts, who review hundreds of potential titles to meet the needs of children as they progress from birth to age 5. All books are Penguin Random House titles because the Imagination Library has negotiated an agreement with that publishing company. This makes it possible to provide monthly books at a cost of just $2.10 per child. Every child in a specific age group, even twins in the same household, receive the same book title each month.
Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library leads to higher measures of early language and math development, and these skills are an advantage that carries with children throughout their school years.
Guthrie County has approximately 700 children 5 years old and younger. Currently only those living in the Panorama Community School district are eligible to enroll in the program. But as more funds become available, the program will expand to other parts of the county. Donations are tax-deductible.
Guthrie County Health Services encourages parents and caregivers of children from birth up to 4 years and 10 months old to register their children using a simple four-step online process at www.OurCommunitiesHealthFoundation.org. It takes about two months after enrollment for the first book to arrive. The final book comes in the month of the child’s fifth birthday.
Electronic donations to support the Guthrie County program can be made on the same website. Click on the red “Donate” button under Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library logo and follow the prompts. Donors receive a tax receipt via email once the process is complete. Donations also can be made by check and sent to Our Communities Health Foundation, 2002 State St., Guthrie Center, Iowa, 50115.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program has gifted nearly 200 million books around the world. More information about the program is available at imaginationlibrary.com. 

FORMER LAKE PANORAMA RESIDENT WRITES NOVEL

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Ellie Brooks, who, with her husband Loy, lived at Lake Panorama for 23 years, has written a book and will be featured in an upcoming “Meet the Author” event in Des Moines.
The couple lived on the west side of the lake for 18 years before moving to a Boulder Cove townhome for another five years. They now divide their time between Surprise, Arizona, and a condo on Grand Avenue in Des Moines.
Ellie Brooks has been a genealogist for 40 years. In 2020, when normal life was impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, Brooks used her genealogy experience as a volunteer with searchangels.org. Using DNA test results and traditional paper records, Brooks was able to help several adoptees identify their birth parents.
That volunteer work, and the stories she discovered and shared with her clients, inspired Brooks to write a fictional story about adoptees. “Amanda’s Journey—A DNA Adventure” features Amanda Springs, a young lawyer, who is searching for her biological family and discovers she was separated at birth from a twin sister.
Many Des Moines restaurants, local sites and sculptures are mentioned in the book, since the main character lives and works in downtown Des Moines.
On Wednesday, May 18, Brooks will participate in a “Meet the Author” event at Beaverdale Books, 2629 Lower Beaver Road, Des Moines. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and electronic versions. More information is available online at elliebrooksauthor.com.

2022 JUNIOR GOLF SCHOOL SIGNUP

Posted 5/10/2022

Registration for the annual Lake Panorama National Junior golf clinics is open. Young people ages 5 to 17 are eligible to attend. Two sessions are being offered this year with a limit of 24 students per session.
All dates are on a Wednesday and run for one-and-a-half hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Session One dates are June 1, 8 and 15, with a registration deadline of May 26 or until full. Session Two dates are July 6, 13 and 20, with a registration deadline of June 30 or until full. The registration fee is $55 per junior golfer.
Rob Riggins, LPN head golf professional, says he and his staff are dedicated to growing the game of golf for juniors.
“Our junior golf clinics are conducted in a way that improves the skills of junior golfers, along with their life skills,” he says. “And while we will be focusing on fundamentals of the game, we also will be moving more toward getting kids ready to play the game.”
The LPN Junior golf clinics have two long-time sponsors — Lake Panorama Association and Guthrie County State Bank. For more information, or to get registered, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024. 

10 SQUARED WOMEN PRESENT FIRST CHECK OF 2022 TO PANORA GARDEN CLUB

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Posted 5/10/2022

The 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held its first quarter 2022 meeting both live and with the option of virtual attendance and voting. Three organizations were presented to the group.
Robyn Corkins spoke on the Bayard Community Center, which is in need of repairs and upgrades. It is used for many community events, both public and private.
Stacey Wedemeyer and Colleen Conrad presented for the Casey Service Club, which is the organization tasked with fundraising and organizing volunteers to bring revitalization and recreation opportunities to residents and visitors of the community. Included in their list of projects is to complete a walking path at the city park.
Paulette Chambers spoke on behalf of the Panora Garden Club.
After hearing all three presentations, the group announced a lump sum of $11,000 was presented to Panora Garden Club. This consists of 10 Squared Women member donations and several employer matches.
“The Panora Garden Club is excited and eager for spring so we can begin working on Heritage Park, thanks to the generous donation of the 10 Squared Women,” said Paulette Chambers, president of the Club.
“As the north entrance into Panora, beautification of Heritage Park has been a long-time project for the Garden Club, but this donation will help us realize our goals of having a working water fountain for the thousands of bikers and walkers along the Raccoon River Valley Trail, dressing the walkways, removing over-grown brush, and planting new drought-resistant perennials,” Chambers said.
Comprised of approximately 40 volunteer members, the Panora Garden Club primarily focuses on making a positive impact on the Panora community by maintaining the landscaping at Heritage Park, Michael Mills Park, the Panora Library, and planting/decorating the pots along Main Street. Planning has begun to sponsor a Garden Tour of Lake Panorama in June via pontoon boat. The Club recently became affiliated with National Gardeners of America, which provides members with educational information on gardening techniques, an invitation to attend their annual conference, and a 501(c)3 designation for fundraising purposes.
Panora Garden Club meetings are scheduled by a consensus of the members for workdays, field trips and programs. The club welcomes anyone from the community who is interested in beautifying the area. No experience in gardening is required. Annual dues are $20. If interested in joining, check out the Facebook page for Panora Garden Club, or contact Paulette Chambers at 712-304-0077 or JoAnn Johnson at 515-975-9407.
10 Squared Women is focused on helping and donating to local organizations that vow to put those funds to work, right in our backyards. The funds are used in various projects to benefit Guthrie County community projects and residents. To date, the group has donated $228,450 since its inception in 2017.
The 10 Squared Women’s group holds meetings quarterly, typically at Lake Panorama Conference Center, the fourth Tuesday in February, May, August and November, subject to change. The next meeting for 2022 will be on Tuesday, May 24. Members in attendance hear from three nominated organizations, drawn from “the hat” of member-nominated organizations at random, and vote on the winning cause that night.
10 Squared Women currently has approximately 105 members. Twenty organizations have been nominated, and the group encourages additional philanthropic organizations and new members to come forward. These have included Cities of Yale and Jamaica park improvements, City of Bagley (Library project), Daycare & Preschool programs in Adair and Guthrie Center (KidZone) and Panora (Little Panther), Guthrie Center and Panora fire departments, School Backpack programs at AC/GC, West Central Valley and Panorama, as well as programs that benefit residents from all corners of Guthrie County: Guthrie County Helping Hands (habitat for humanity projects in Stuart, Casey, Guthrie Center, Adair, Panora, Yale, Menlo, Jamaica and Bagley), New Opportunities, Panora P.E.T.S., Guthrie Activity Center, Tori’s Angels Foundation, Guthrie County Sheriff’s Chaplains, Guthrie County Historical Village Foundation, Guthrie County Hospital Foundation, Guthrie County Arts Council, St. Thomas More Center, Guthrie Center Christmas Lights project, Guthrie Center Revitalization, and now, Panora Garden Club.
Members are not required to attend meetings; however, in order for their vote to count, they must be in attendance at the live meeting or virtually. All members are expected to write their donation checks whether they can attend the meeting and vote or not.
One newer (and generous) member is so excited about what the group is doing, she has presented a challenge for existing members. At the May meeting, she will pay the first $100 worth of drinks (promoting to arrive early) and offer a drawing for two $25 gift cards to Bella Sorella. For each new person brought to the meeting, the member and the guest each get their name put into the drawing for the gift card. Members are encouraged to reach out to their networks with invitations. She strongly believes this can help build the group, really make a difference in these communities and have a little fun, too.
10 Squared Women is continuously looking for new members who are excited about helping their communities and Guthrie County. There may be some exciting announcements about upcoming meetings in 2022, so to learn how to get involved, you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/10squaredwomengc, or email them at 10squaredgc@gmail.com. Membership forms and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting them through Facebook or email.

RECIPE
ROASTED VEGETABLE EGG DISH

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Jolene Goodman

As the summer draws close, I am starting to prepare for the weekends when we will have guests at the lake. Experimenting as a cook has not been a focus for me for years.  However, pleasing my guests with interesting meals has me researching new recipes. I tried this one out on our staff a few weeks ago. It was a bigger hit than my standard cheese and sausage egg dish! I made it again this past weekend and invited our neighbors, Becky and Brian Peppmeier and Ron Masek,  for brunch.  The dish received praises again. Give it a try!  It will be sure to please your crowd, too.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and vice president of Big Green Umbrella Media.

Roasted vegetable egg dish

2-3 cups broccoli, chopped
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 yellow onion, diced
8 oz. mushrooms
1 red pepper, diced
12 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 garlic clove minced
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup (or more) mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat 2 large baking sheets and 9x13 with nonstick spray. Set 9x13 aside.
Place vegetables in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss.
Spread veggies on 2 baking sheets evenly. Roast for 20 minutes, tossing vegetables and turning pans occasionally for even cooking. Place one pan of veggies into 9x13. Reduce oven to 350.
Beat together eggs, milk, garlic and iItalian seasoning. Pour this over veggies in 9x13, slowly.
Add remaining pan of veggies over this, arranging evenly in pan. Sprinkle cheese over top.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until casserole no longer jiggles when you shake it and is golden brown.  Enjoy!

LOVE OF MOVIES TURNS INTO 35-YEAR HOBBY FOR WOODY
Lake resident Mike Woody and his wife, Sue, enjoy time away from Des Moines.

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

This issue of the Lake Panorama Times includes Michael C. Woody’s sixth column offering his opinions on recent movies. Woody has been reviewing movies on radio and television stations since 1986, but this column is the first time his reviews have appeared in print.
“I’ve always loved the movies. While working at a Des Moines cable company in the mid-1980s, I finagled a short movie review segment that ran locally on CNN Headline News,” Woody says. “That started my 35-year hobby of reviewing movies in central Iowa on several radio stations and an occasional TV outlet. I’ve worked with radio personalities from Marty Tirrell at KXTK to Steve Deace at WHO Radio.”
Currently, Woody can be heard talking movies with Keith Murphy and Andy Fales on KXnO 106.3 on Wednesday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.
He and his wife, Sue, live in Des Moines full-time and also have a home at Lake Panorama. This will be their seventh summer at the lake.
“We found our lake home thanks to Dr. Al Swett and his wife, Lisa, who live two doors away from us on Big Rock Cove,” Woody says. “Al and I were fraternity brothers at Iowa. We had been out to visit them many times when one of their neighbors listed their home for sale.”
Sue Woody is director of the Des Moines Library. Mike Woody has been in the advertising business since 1982. He owns what he calls a “boutique” advertising agency, named Capital Ideas. He has 15 to 20 local accounts, including the Iowa Cubs, Iowa State Bank, Goode Greenhouses, Iowa Radiology, K Renee, Wilson Toyota and more. He writes, produces and places all advertising campaigns for his clients.
Woody grew up in Peoria, Illinois, but his family moved to Sioux City when he was a sophomore in high school, so he claims Sioux City as his hometown.
“I attended the University of Iowa, wandering from pre-med to journalism, before settling on English with an emphasis on creative writing,” he says. “It’s ironic. I took a film criticism class and remember being told by the instructor that I had no future as a film reviewer.” 
Sue Woody was born and raised in Des Moines. She attended Lincoln High School and was a business major at the University of Iowa. The couple met in Des Moines at a wedding shower at her aunt’s house, where Mike and her cousin Dave had crashed while searching for their first jobs.
While Woody’s column includes reviews of movies that can be seen both on streaming services and in theaters, he’s not a big fan of watching streamed movies.
“In my opinion, all movies should be shown on the largest screen possible with a great sound system,” he says. “In Des Moines, that is the IMAX screen at the Palms Theatre in Waukee, just 15 minutes from my home and only 30 minutes from Lake Panorama.”
Asked to list his all-time favorite movie, Woody says that’s a moving target.
“My top three would always include ‘Casablanca’ and ‘The Godfather Part 2,’ ” he says. “The third film could be ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Chinatown,’ ‘The Exorcist’ or ‘Pulp Fiction,’ depending on the day.”
Mike and Sue have two grown sons, Tom and Jack, a feisty Fox Terrier named Buster, and two cats they adopted two years ago from a Lake Panorama resident.
While it’s too early to say if and when the couple someday will live full-time at Lake Panorama, Woody sees it as a good possibility. But it’s not necessarily the lake that will pull them in.
“I admit I’m not really fond of boating, but I have found lake life growing on me more and more each year,” Woody says. “I’m the weird guy who enjoys the winter months almost more than summer. I enjoy the peace and quiet in the dead of winter. If my work gets overwhelming, I throw it all in my car and spend a few days at the lake.”
One thing is sure. Woody will continue watching movies and share his insights and recommendations with others. 

LAKE PANORAMA 101 VIDEOS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Posted 5/10/2022

The Lake Panorama community changes each month. People who have been here for a while sell their property, new people buy that property, then find themselves with questions. A group of volunteers decided there should be an organized way to welcome new property owners to Lake Panorama. The result is a program titled “Lake Panorama 101.”
Three in-person sessions have been held, with 20 people attending the most recent one on April 29. Topics covered are the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, perks and amenities available to LPA members, ways to learn more, and ways to get involved.
Two videos have been created to share the information covered in those sessions. Start by visiting the Lake Panorama Association website at lakepanorama.org. The two Lake Panorama 101 videos are under the “Helpful Links” tab. Members who have questions after viewing the videos can call the LPA office at 641-755-2301, or the Lake Panorama National front desk at 641-755-2080.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR JULY 22 BEACH BALL 
Attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. 

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Plans have been finalized for the Friends of Lake Panorama’s fifth Beach Ball fundraiser. It will be Friday, July 22 at Lake Panorama National with seating available either in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents between the conference center and the golf course.
Registration now is open for those who want to attend. There will be 30 round tables available with seating for eight at each. The 2022 Beach Ball will feature live music, a 50/50 raffle, and both live and silent auctions.
For the second year, attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. Friends Beach Club members will be making an additional contribution to Friends, while getting some extras. The levels are:
Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700—includes 1 Table Sponsorship; 8 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 20 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150—includes 1 Table Sponsorship; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250—includes 2 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 5 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $50 each. Anyone interested in becoming a Friends Beach Club member, or purchasing just dinner tickets to the Beach Ball, can contact Susan Thompson, thomcomm@netins.net, or 515-240-6536. Those with auction items to donate also are asked to contact Thompson.
The Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors will meet after the Beach Ball to determine how proceeds will be used. One project already approved by the LPA board in June 2021 is a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. Other projects related to a recreational concept for Lake Panorama’s south shore are under discussion, such as a disc golf course and walking trails, and will be presented to the LPA board soon for consideration.
The 2021 Beach Ball raised $25,000. Those funds are being used to complete the dog park, purchase three swings for the Sunset Beach playground, and enhance an existing trail near Panorama West.
Details on the 2022 Beach Ball, plus all past and current projects, are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org. 

Q&A:
LAKE PANORAMA DOCKS MUST HAVE PERMITS

Jeremy King, the Iowa DNR conservation officer for Guthrie and Audubon counties, shares the steps that need to be taken and the reasons why. 

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Docks on Lake Panorama are governed by a State of Iowa law passed in 2008. Management of the program falls under the jurisdiction of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Jeremy King is the Iowa DNR conservation officer for Guthrie and Audubon counties. King grew up in Guthrie County and has been an Iowa DNR conservation officer since 2004. In this month’s Q&A, King reviews the rules and regulations for docks, as these impact Lake Panorama owners.

Q. Explain the reasons for the state law regarding dock permits and how this applies to Lake Panorama.
A. The intent of this law is to have a numbering system on the water like there is on land. This law also provides guidance on distance from property lines, how big docks can be, how many slips are allowed, and other things. Lake Panorama is a unique lake that provides private access to public water. Since the water is public, docks need to be registered. This is to help locate houses, or to provide an E911 address in case of an emergency, should it happen on land or on the water, so emergency crews can respond to the location faster.

Q. What are the various classes of docks, and which are most common on Lake Panorama?
A. There are four classes of docks. Generally, the only ones that affect residents of Lake Panorama are Class I and Class III. Class I docks are standard private docks that can have one dock with up to two hoists. There are additional restrictions on the size and configurations that can be used. There is no cost for a Class I permit, but it must be renewed every five years.
Class III docks typically are docks that don’t fall under Class I. The Class III permit application fee is $125 for one or more individual private docks. Each dock permit is issued for a term of five years unless a shorter term is needed due to specified circumstances. Here is an online link to the exact language regarding docks and how it may apply to your situation: www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/iac/chapter/03-18-2015.571.16.pdf

Q. If someone is new to Lake Panorama and putting in a new dock/lift, what do they need to do to get their first permit? 
A. The best way is to go to www.iowadnr.gov/boatdocks. You will have to create a user name and password. Once you have done that and are logged in, it will walk you through the process of renewing, updating or initially registering a dock.
If someone purchases a home or lot and the dock/lift comes with the purchase, the dock permit is automatically transferable to the new owner of the shoreline property upon request of the new owner.

Q. What about Lake Panorama property owners who may have had a dock for quite a while but never gotten the necessary permit? 
A. They need to go to the DNR online link provided in the last answer and get the dock registered. Failure to comply could result in being cited to court and a fine. I have been patrolling Lake Panorama for more than 14 years, and since the inception of the dock laws, unregistered docks have been a growing problem. With over 800 docks on the lake, and new construction going up daily, it is hard for me to keep up with all unregistered docks.
There are enough docks now that are not in compliance that action is needed. For property owners who have docks that are not in compliance, they have until July 1, 2022, to get everything that way. After that date, citations may be issued.

Q. Do dock owners receive notification when their dock permit is about to expire?
A. Dock permits are to be renewed every five years, which is based on the date it was originally permitted, so the dates differ for each dock owner. If an email is on file for the dock owner, an email reminder is sent out. If there is no email, then a letter is mailed. Dock owners can begin renewing their permits on Dec. 15 of their renewal year.

Q When it is time to renew, what should the dock owner do?
A. To renew permits, dock owners need to log on to www.iowadnr.gov/boatdocks to access their account and renew their permit. They will need their A&A Account ID (or user name) and password to access their account. If they don’t remember their information, they will have to follow the prompts on the screen to recover it, or call the help desk at (515) 281-5703 for assistance. 
Once in the system, users can renew their permit from the account home page. Users can always call the DNR district office located at Cold Springs State Park near Lewis and ask for Holly at 712-769-2400 and she can assist in renewing their permit, once they are in the system. Holly cannot help them with IT or login issues. Holly can help most people over the phone if they are having trouble accessing or renewing their permit.

Q. Any final thoughts?
 A. Swim platforms also need to be registered and can be done in the same manner as docks. Here is what Chapter 16 says about permit criteria for rafts, platforms, or other structures: “A raft, platform, or other structure maintained on a public water body requires authorization in a permit. The raft, platform, or other structure may not be placed more than 250 feet from the shoreline, shall be equipped with reflectors that are visible from approaching boats, and shall be subject to the winter removal requirement unless specifically exempted by the permit.”
These need their own registration and signage, along with reflectors on all sides. This would include inflatable rafts people leave in the water. Some of the common ones we see at lakes are giant flamingos and swans — those technically would have to be permitted if they are left in the water overnight. We have had people leave these in the middle of lakes, and boats run into them when it is dark. That is why there are distance and reflector requirements.
Dock and swim platform signs with the address must face out toward the middle of the body of water. There are a number of them that are facing down the bank and are hard to find or see.
It’s important to make sure you are getting the correct dock permit based on the number of slips, size of your dock, and other things. There are some docks that have a Class I permit but should be a Class III because they have too many slips. Those will need to be brought into the correct class.
I recommend reviewing the DNR website link provided earlier to get caught up on all the dock rules and regulations. Anyone with questions can contact me either by phone at 712-250-0061 or email at jeremy.king@dnr.iowa.gov

COVENANTS, OTHER TOPICS DISCUSSED AT LPA INFORMATIONAL MEETING
LPA general manager addressed the condition of Sage Trail and said they will continue to advocate for improvements to the road and for “decisions to be made based on traffic counts, not political pressures.”

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

An LPA informational meeting was held April 28 to review proposed changes to the association’s covenants, plus other topics related to the LPA, Lake Panorama National, and Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ).
Current LPA President Rich Schumacher opened the meeting, encouraging members to vote “yes” to adopt the proposed covenants. The LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes draw authority from the LPA covenants. The covenants were last adopted April 26, 2003, and must be renewed within 21 years. If approved at the May 14 LPA annual meeting, the updated covenants will be filed in the office of the Guthrie County Recorder and be in place until May 14, 2043.
After discussion on the covenants, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, turned attention to LPA projects.
“The annual sealcoat of our roads is suffering from inflation,” he said. “The 2022 cost will be $26,800 per mile, compared to about $22,000 per mile in 2021. Because of this additional cost, we expect to sealcoat eight miles this year, rather than our usual nine-and-a-half miles. We will re-evaluate the budget for 2023, and hope costs will come down by then.”
Rutledge said LPA has several infrastructure projects under review, but not yet finalized. A water main crossing near Sunset Beach is at the top of the list, with other items also being explored. Yet what he termed “a frightening period of inflation” is making all infrastructure projects cost more, so decisions are yet to be made on projects on the 2022 drawing board.
The Lake Panorama Dog Park, financed with donations to Friends of Lake Panorama, is nearing completion. Rutledge reported some final construction work is needed, and the turfgrass needs to become better established. It’s hoped conditions will make it possible to open the park in early June.
Rutledge reminded members this is the year DNR boat registrations must be renewed, a process that happens every three years. This must be done before LPA boat stickers can be received. LPA invasive species forms also must be updated this year.
Invasive species regulations apply to used lifts and docks.
“Some members have purchased used lifts that have been in other lakes,” Rutledge said. “LPA rules require these to be quarantined for 30 days and inspected by LPA Security before being put into Lake Panorama. So far, three people have purchased lifts from lakes we know are infested with zebra mussels. Two of those were found to have zebra mussels on them when inspected. LPA believes this demonstrates our strict protocol for quarantine is essential to protecting the lake. I encourage members to understand our invasive species rules are absolutely critical to the lake’s health.”
The lake was lowered earlier this spring to allow for an annual inspection of the dam. Rutledge reported there were no “red flags,” and the dam continues to be in good condition. He said the annual inspection always includes a review of the concrete portions of the dam, but this year the bascule gate that is raised and lowered to keep the lake at normal pool also was inspected.
Rutledge addressed the condition of Sage Trail, which runs on the east side of the lake from 200th Road to the Burchfield bridge. Requests to have that section of gravel road hard-surfaced by Guthrie County have been made, without success. Rutledge said the cost to do so would be at least $2 million, and this is money Guthrie County does not have. He said LPA will continue to advocate for improvements to the road and for “decisions to be made based on traffic counts, not political pressures.”
Turning to the LPN, Rutledge said recent staff shortages have caused hours at the Links restaurant to be scaled back.
“Servicing our scheduled events is our top priority,” he said. “A task force of LPN and LPA board members are doing a deep review of the LPN food and beverage operation, and all options are on the table. We hope the reduced hours are temporary, and we can soon return to expanded hours.”
The removal of ash trees from the LPN and Panorama West golf courses is complete with more than 350 trees taken out. Rutledge said this project cost $158,000 and would have been more expensive, and dangerous, if delayed until more trees were showing signs of being infected by the emerald ash borer. Stump grinding will be done by LPA maintenance staff this summer and will begin once a stump grinder ordered last fall arrives. About 30 trees have been replanted at LPN and nine at Panorama West.
Rutledge said Friends of Lake Panorama is raising money for a project in front of Spikes on the LPN golf course to account for the loss of trees in that area. Six metal poles will be installed in concrete footings, with two heavy-duty fabric sails attached to the poles at angles, 10 to 16 feet from the ground. The sails will be taken down each fall and reinstalled each spring. A total of $22,000 is needed for the project.
Engineers are reviewing options for installing rip rap on the south shore, with RIZ likely to fund this project. The initial cost estimate is $750,000, with 5,000 tons of field stone needed. Rutledge said obtaining that much stone will be difficult, so engineers are considering the use of  limestone under the water line in some areas. In exchange for RIZ funding this project, the LPA will sign an agreement that land on the south shore will not be sold or developed for at least 15 years. Work may begin this fall.
Expansion of the old CIPCO basin, which has been renamed the 180th Trail Basin, is underway. Once completed, RIZ expects the project to exceed $4 million in total cost. This will be the basin used in the future for dredging spoils once the current silt basin is full.
Land trades and acquisitions were completed in the last couple of years to position RIZ for additional wetlands and sediment basins.
“RIZ continues to pursue a two-pronged approach by investing in both sediment removal/storage and the prevention of sediment entering the lake,” Rutledge said. “Two additional wetlands are planned, but one has been held up due to changing regulations. The west fork of Burchfield wetland should be a 2022 project.”
In closing, Rutledge said the RIZ budget for the July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, fiscal year includes about $3 million in annual TIF revenue this year.
“This continues to be a very important program for Lake Panorama,” he said.

WSO HOME TOUR FRIDAY, JUNE 3

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Women’s Service Organization (WSO) fundraising home tour returns Friday, June 3 after taking the last two years off because of COVID-19 concerns. Five Lake Panorama homes will be featured with three on the west side of the lake and two on the east side.
Tickets are $25 and include both the home tour and lunch at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center.
WSO was established in the fall of 1972 when women who worked together to help pass a school bond issue decided they could further benefit the Panora community as a formal organization.
The home tour is the WSO’s major fundraiser. The first tour group leaves the LPN conference center at 9 a.m. with three additional groups leaving on the half-hour through 10:30 a.m. Each group tours three homes before returning to the LPN for lunch, followed by tours of the remaining two homes. Participants are asked to arrive at the LPN conference center 20 minutes ahead of their tour time in order to join the vehicle lineup and receive instructions and description sheets.
Several vendors will be present at the LPN conference center for participants to visit during their lunch break.
Various WSO committees work in advance to gather information for a one-page description sheet and to determine the best order and route. The route isn’t always the most direct but is designed for safety and to accommodate the parking of many vehicles at each home.
Money raised through this home tour funds a renewable scholarship awarded to a graduating Panorama student each year, making four scholarships paid annually. Additional WSO donations go to the Panora Library, Food Pantry, Panora Garden Club, Guthrie County Historical Village, Heritage Park, Tori’s Angels, Relay for Life, Panorama prom and yearbook. Other contributions are considered as projects become apparent. 
Tickets for the home tour may be purchased by calling Mary Beidelman at 641-757-0425. Tickets also are available for purchase at the Panora Library.  

LPN EMPLOYEE DEPARTURES DICTATE CHANGES 
Dave Chubb and Amber Rowley left at the end of April. 

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Two key employees in the LPN food and beverage department have resigned to pursue other opportunities, which has resulted in reduced hours at the Links restaurant. Dave Chubb, who began as the department manager in late February, and Amber Rowley, restaurant and events manager since July 2021, left the end of April.
Special events and golf tournaments continue to be a priority, and all will be held as planned. Bill Moore, who has been LPN’s executive chef since May 2021, will lead the culinary team into the 2022 season. Kashley Sneller, who has been with the LPN for 11 years, now is the contact for events. To apply for a position in the conference center, call LPN at 641-755-2080 or email Sneller at ksneller@lakepanorama.org.
Hours for the Links restaurant have been scaled back until further notice. Current hours are Wednesdays through Fridays 3 p.m. to close, and Saturdays 11 a.m. to close. On Sundays when the weather and tee time reservations warrant, Spikes will offer a variety of freshly grilled items.
The LPA and LPN boards are working with current staff to review next steps to resuming a schedule that provides members more days and hours of operation at the Links. Watch for updates in the LPN Resort Weekly, which is distributed each Monday at noon via email, plus the LPN Facebook page.
Members are encouraged to provide comments at feedback@lakepanorama.org. John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations, will handle feedback related to food and beverage and Spikes. Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager, will handle all other LPN topics. 

LAKESIDE VILLAGE RECEIVES GRANT FOR SUMMER INTERNS

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

In April, Gov. Kim Reynolds awarded 35 projects with $2.26 million in state grants to launch youth internships across Iowa this summer. This is the fourth consecutive year for the Future Ready Iowa’s Summer Youth Internship program.
The grants will directly support efforts to increase the career opportunities available for Iowa’s youth, including in areas with at-risk or under-represented communities. Across the state, the $2.6 million will fund internships for an estimated 659 students from 85 Iowa communities.
The Lakeside Village on Lake Panorama’s eastern shoreline was awarded $136,000 to support 21 youth interns, including 15 who will be new to the program and six who were interns last summer. Interns will be provided eight weeks of on-the-job training as well as complete a certification in their field.
The internships are open to 15 students ages 14 to 21 years of age. Five students will intern in nursing, three in maintenance, three in culinary, two in activities, one in management, and one in marketing. Lakeside summer Interns will be paid to job shadow and complete on-the-job training while gaining certificates in CNA, OSHA, and ServSafe.
A new feature this year is the involvement of six Legacy students. Still employed at Lakeside after participating in the 2021 program, they will be eligible to continue their education and mentor the new interns. The Legacy students will be offered higher level coursework such as assisted living manager, advanced CNA and other certificate programs of interest. This also will be the first class of students at The Lakeside Village’s newly approved CNA school.
“Employers across the state have been stepping up and creating innovative ways to introduce themselves to our youth,” says Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development director. “Internship programs are proven opportunities to earn valuable skills that pay off in whatever career path our youth will take. Additionally, teaching our youth the value of work will help create a more stable and successful future workforce.” 

TOM FLANERY CANDIDATE FOR GUTHRIE COUNTY SUPERVISOR

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Posted 5/10/2022

On March 17, Tom Flanery of Panora announced he is running for county supervisor in Guthrie County’s 3rd District, which includes Cass Township, the town of Panora, and parts of Lake Panorama and surrounding rural areas. Flanery said if he is elected county supervisor, he would like to continue the good things happening in Guthrie County.
“I will be committed to common sense government and conservative with Guthrie County taxpayer’s money,” Flanery said. “I will be a strong advocate for making improvements for law enforcement, public safety, bridges, roads, bike/snowmobile trails, libraries, and our fairgrounds. I also plan to work with the cities and economic development groups to bring more jobs and economic opportunities to our county. If elected, I will strive to maintain and improve the quality of life for all the citizens of Guthrie County.”
Flanery and his wife, Kellie Flanery (Book), both were raised in Guthrie County.
“We’ve been married for 25 years. We moved back to our hometown of Panora in 2017 and currently have two daughters enrolled in the Panorama Community School District. I am a fourth-generation Guthrie Countian,” he said.
Currently, Flanery is a member of the Panora City Council and on the committees for the electric board, public works, public safety, and the Panora Veterans Auditorium.
“Throughout the years, I have volunteered for the Panora, Woodward Granger, and Perry Parks and Rec softball leagues,” he said. “I also have been a member of the Perry Elks and Panora Lions Club.”
Flanery worked as a natural gas distribution contractor for 18 years before being hired at MidAmerican Energy in 2008.
“In 2011, I went through a four-year apprenticeship program to be a journeyman lineman and am currently working as an electric serviceman,” he said. “I have extended hands-on knowledge of how infrastructure is built and budgeted. We have also owned several successful small businesses and understand what struggles businesses can face.”
In closing, Flanery said he feels his life, work, and volunteer experience will be an asset as a Guthrie County Supervisor.

Editor’s note: Lake Panorama Times has run profiles on other District 2 and 3 candidates in prior issues.

JUNE 7 PRIMARY VOTING LOCATIONS ARE NEW FOR MANY RESIDENTS
The county map approved March 3 by the Guthrie County supervisors cut the number of voting precincts from eight to six, with the number of supervisor districts remaining at five.

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

New voting precincts and changes in the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors districts mean voters may need to do some research before they head to the polls for the June 7 primary.
Supervisor districts are redrawn every 10 years to reflect the most recent census numbers and ensure each supervisor represents an equal portion of the county population. The county map approved March 3 by the Guthrie County supervisors cut the number of voting precincts from eight to six, with the number of supervisor districts remaining at five.
The plan divides Lake Panorama into two supervisor districts, which had been expected because the lake community is spread across both Cass and Victory townships. During redistricting, townships generally are kept intact.
Lake Panorama is split between the Yale precinct (Supervisor District 2) and the Panora precinct (Supervisor District 3). Both of these districts represent open seats, since none of the five incumbent supervisors live in these newly drawn districts.
The Yale precinct includes Lake Panorama voters who live in the Victory Township portion of the lake, plus the towns of Yale, Jamaica and Bagley. Voting for this precinct will take place in the Yale Community Building .
The Panora precinct includes Lake Panorama voters who live in the Cass Township portion of the lake and the town of Panora. Voting for this precinct will take place in the Vets Auditorium in Panora.
Danielle Fink, Guthrie County Auditor, says all registered voters will receive a notice from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office informing them of their new polling locations.
“These will begin showing up within 30 days of the primary election,” Fink says. Voters also can use a link on the Secretary of State’s website to find their voting precinct: sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx
Fink says there are options for those who want to complete an absentee ballot, rather than vote in person June 7.
“If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot by mail, they may call our office at 641-747-3619, and we will mail them a request form to complete and return to us,” she says. “We will begin mailing requested absentee ballots May 18. May 23 is the last day we will mail absentee ballots, and the last day to request absentee ballots by mail.”
The absentee ballot request form also is available online: sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf.
People can vote absentee in person at the county auditor’s office in the Guthrie County Courthouse during regular business hours May 18 through June 6. The auditor’s office also will be open for absentee voting Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To vote in the primary election, voters must declare a party affiliation, either Democrat or Republican, and will vote only on candidates running in their chosen party. If someone is not yet registered to vote in Guthrie County, they can register at the polls the day of the election, and then vote. If the person’s driver’s license or approved identification shows his or her current address, nothing else is needed. If it does not, some other proof of residence will be needed, such as a utility bill or bank statement.
Those running as Democrats for a Guthrie County position include Jacki Sloss, Guthrie Center, County Supervisor District 1; Tom Flanery, Panora, County Supervisor District 3; Michael Herbert, Guthrie Center, County Supervisor District 4; and John A. Maschman, Coon Rapids, County Attorney.
Three people are on the Republican ballot for Guthrie County Supervisor in District 1 — Clifford Carney, Adair; Jerome J.D. Kuster, Guthrie Center; and Jack Lloyd, Bayard. Lloyd announced he has dropped out of the race, but that decision was too late to keep his name off the ballot.
Two people are on the Republican ballot for Guthrie County Supervisor in District 2 — Clinton Deardorff, Yale, and Brian Johnson, Panora. There also are two people on the Republican ballot for Guthrie County Supervisor in District 3 — Maggie Armstrong, Panora, and William Halling, Panora. For County Supervisor in District 4, JT Herron and Steve Smith, both of Guthrie Center, are on the Republican ballot.
Also on the Republican ballot are candidates for two county offices. Brenda Campbell, Guthrie Center, is running for county treasurer. Tristen Richard, Panora, is running for county recorder.
Supervisor Mike Dickson, of Stuart, lives in the newly established Supervisor District 5. He is not required to run this year, because he is the only incumbent residing in the new district. To maintain staggering of terms, the supervisors placed District 2 and District 3 in a hat, and drew for which district would be a two-year term to run again in 2024. Supervisor District 2 was drawn as the two-year term and will be on the ballot again in 2024 to run for a four-year term, along with District 5. District 3 is a four-year term to run again in 2026, along with Districts 1 and 4. 

COVE CAT

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Bond
Age: 5-6 years old
Available at: Panora Pets

The handsome Bond, named after fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond for his handsome looks and tuxedo coat, was rescued along with 20 other kitties that were living outside of a bar. All the other kitties have since been adopted, except for Bond. He has been looking for his forever home for more than two years. Bond is the strong, silent type that would do best in a less active home without young children. He’s a self-sufficient cat who enjoys a sun-filled window and chasing a laser pointer. Now who wouldn’t want a handsome James Bond living with them?  

LAKE DOG

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Lilly
Age: 9
Breed: Shih Tzu
Owners: Dan and Gretchen Wilhelmi

When the Wilhelmi triplet children graduated from high school and went to college, Gretchen decided to get a dog that she could “mother.” Dan and Gretchen adopted Lilly from the Perry Humane Society when Lilly was 2 years old. She loves to go golfing with Gretchen, boating and riding with her “sister” Rosie (an English Setter) and Dan in the UTV. Lilly is a sweet, delightful, easy-going dog with a wonderful personality and loves to snuggle. She hates thunderstorms and fireworks, so the Fourth of July at the lake is a challenging time.

TRISH HART'S NATURE PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Great Crested Flycatcher

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In mid-April, Trish Hart snapped this photo of a bird that isn’t often seen at Lake Panorama. The Great Crested Flycatcher is more common in states further east and south. Iowa and states to the north and south are the furthest west these birds are found. They winter in Mexico and Columbia with some in Florida.
Once the birds fly north to their breeding grounds, they prefer to perch in the tops of trees as they look for their prey, then swoop after flying insects. They spend very little time on the ground and do not hop or walk. They have a distinct, high-pitched call, which Hart says caught her attention.
“I quickly got my camera out and started looking in the trees,” she says. “He was perched high on a branch near the lakeshore, likely on the hunt for a snack.”
These colorful birds feed on a wide variety of insects, including caterpillars, moths, butterflies, katydids, tree crickets, beetles and others. They also eat fruits and berries, which are a major part of their diet as they spend their winters in warmer climates.
The Great Crested Flycatcher prefers to nest in natural cavities in dead trees but will use large, abandoned woodpecker holes, nesting boxes and hollow posts.
Hart offers custom prints of her nature photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit @NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

LPA MEMBER’S LOVE OF GOLF LEADS
TO BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

Clint Peters acquired Sniper in 2019 and expanded the company with new offerings.

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Clint Peters is a self-described “golf fanatic.” He was raised in Aplington, a town of about 1,000 people in northeast Iowa.
“Aplington basically had a nine-hole golf course and a Casey’s, so I grew up on a golf cart playing golf since I was young,” Peters says. “I have been a member at Lake Panorama National the last few years and play as many times a week as possible.”
He and his wife, Kristi, own two lots at Lake Panorama where they plan to build a home. Their daughter, Kaitlyn, and her husband, Chase, who were married April 2 and had their reception at Lake Panorama National, already have a home at the lake. Their son, Coby, is a student at Iowa State.
In 2019, Peters decided to turn his love of golf into more than just playing the game.
“The opportunity came about to acquire Sniper,” he says. “We took what was a putter company and transitioned to a golf ball, golf glove and accessory company. I’ve never met anyone who has lost two putters during a round of golf, so changing from putters to golf balls made sense.”
The first Sniper brand golf ball was released in 2020.
“We expanded with our Tour Series golf balls in May 2021. In 2022, we have three golf ball lines that cater to every level of golfer,” Peters says. “We build our golf balls and recommend them by a golfer’s swing speed to maximize performance and align them with the best compression for their game.”
Peters says the Sniper Tour Series golf balls are three-piece balls offering tour-level performance.
“Tour Blue is recommended for swing speeds of less than 105 mph and Tour Red for swing speeds higher than 105 mph,” he says. “In testing, our golf balls are performing incredibly well against the major brands and actually better than those balls in many statistics. Plus, ours are much less expensive than the major brands.”
A golf ball for lower swing speeds is being introduced in 2022.
“Our SS model golf ball is our low-compression, super-soft golf ball,” Peters says. “Unlike most super-soft golf ball competitors, this ball has the same urethane cover as our Tour Series balls. We believe this ball will be popular with players looking for distance but don’t want to lose greenside control. The manufacturer we chose is one of the best innovators in the industry and helped produce the core for Titleist golf balls for more than 20 years.”
Years of playing golf led Peters to create different packaging for his Sniper brand golf balls.
“I hated trying to put a box of balls into my bag and having empty sleeves in my bag and in every golf cart basket,” he says. “We designed our patent-pending tubes to hold six balls each. For the dozen, we hold them together with two rubber wrist bands. Companies, courses or charities can swap out and use their own bands.”
Peters says the tubes have exceeded his expectations in popularity.
“These slip right into the seam of your golf bag pocket, and you never have to toss empty sleeves away again,” he says. “Our tubes are sturdy, and, when empty, are perfect for storing tees and valuables.”
When Peters purchased Sniper in 2019, the former owner was donating a percentage of sales to charity. This practice has continued with a focus on military and first responder charities.
“We are fortunate to have one of our ambassadors be Jay Delsing. Jay played on the PGA Tour for 25 years and is a lifetime member of the PGA Tour. After playing our golf balls, he asked to join us, which was an unexpected surprise,” Peters says. “It’s a great asset to have his advice and blessings on our golf ball performance.”
Delsing has been personal friends with David Feherty for more than 30 years and connected Peters to Feherty’s Troops First Foundation. The Sniper website features an image and quote from Feherty.
“When we do not have a specified charity from an order, we donate to Troops First,” Peters says. “We also have done events for the national Salute Military Golf Association and similar groups, both local and national.”
The company’s website is www.snipergolfballs.com. Besides golf balls, the website includes a new Tour Glove line introduced this spring that has exceeded expectations and has two pros looking to wear, a couple of hat designs and some ball markers.
Peters says additional items soon will be available including shot glasses, cigar holders and ball markers, all made from Sniper golf balls. The 2022 Sniper balls will be released in April with the other new products available soon after.
Right now, the majority of Sniper sales are online. But for 2022, Peters says his golf balls will be available in about 20 retail locations and golf shops in five states, with the list where balls can be purchased in person growing steadily.
Sniper also has become an official partner of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, which is the largest multi-day junior tour in the world. And Peters is finalizing plans to become the ball sponsor of the 4,000-player APT Tour.
Starting this year, Sniper will offer logo golf balls for company handouts, golf events or individual personalization. Peters says any businesses or golf events looking for logo golf balls can reach out to him at thesniperbrand@gmail.com for information, plus special pricing for Lake Panorama Association members.

DONATIONS BEING SOUGHT FOR SHADE SAILS PROJECT AT LPN 
Both the LPA and LPN board of directors recently approved this project, as long as the $22,000 needed can be raised with private donations.

Shadesails
Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A total of 304 ash trees were removed from the Lake Panorama National (LPN) golf course this winter. Eight of those were big shade trees located around the Spikes snack shop and between the first and 10th tee boxes.
Plans are being made to plant about 30 trees on the LPN course this year. These would be planted by tree spade, but it will be many years before the same amount of shade the old trees delivered is available again around Spikes.
Kane Powell is an avid golfer, electrician and builder who owns Lake Panorama Realty with his wife, Dee. While talking with other golfers about the loss of shade around Spikes, he came up with the idea of checking into artificial shade options. That led him to Shade Sails of Iowa, LLC, located in Grimes.
Shade Sails are made of a heavy-duty fabric and come in many shapes and colors. A company representative developed a plan that would provide shade in a 40-foot by 80-foot  grassy area east of Spikes.
Six metal poles would be installed in concrete footings with two sails attached to the poles at various angles to provide shade throughout the day. The sails would vary between 10 to 16 feet from the ground. The varying heights help the sails shed rain and leaves and provide an architectural dimension to the installation.
Both the LPA and LPN board of directors recently approved this project, as long as the $22,000 needed can be raised with private donations. The Friends of Lake Panorama board agreed to assist with this fundraising effort, which allows donations to be tax-deductible.
LPA officials say they still will plant some trees in the area near Spikes, but those locations won’t be determined until this new artificial shade project is complete.
Powell says the sails would be a forest green to match the color of the metal roof on Spikes. If additional funds are raised, electricity could be run to the poles and lights strung. The sails would be taken down each fall and reinstalled each summer.
“Besides giving us back some shade in that area, this will provide a new venue for Lake Panorama National customers to enjoy,” Powell says. “It will be a place where golfers can gather before and after tournaments and should relieve some of the congestion when golf carts park in front of Spikes. The shaded area is designed for golf cart gatherings. For a special event, tables and chairs could be moved under the sails on a temporary basis.”
Once the money for this shade project is raised, the order will be placed. Powell says it will take four weeks from the time the order is placed until the poles and sails are installed. It’s hoped the $22,000 goal can be reached fairly quickly, so the “horseshoe” area in front of Spikes will be shaded by the time hot, sunny weather arrives.
Fundraising is off to a good start because of a $1,000 donation in memory of Dr. David J. Wang. A former Panora dentist and Lake Panorama resident, Wang died in 2002 at the age of 40. In 2018, his family, including wife, Grace, son, Tony, and daughter, Cassie, donated $10,000 to Friends of Lake Panorama. Wang was an avid golfer who enjoyed the men’s league and other golf events at the LPN. The bulk of the gift was used for renovations in the LPN dining room.
The family wanted the remaining funds to be used for a project on the golf course. When contacted about this Shade Sails effort, they quickly agreed this would be something their husband and father would have supported.
Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on a sign placed inside Spikes. All donors will receive a letter recognizing their donation for tax purposes.
Donations can be made by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Donations also can be made using Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.

ON THE LAKE
Satisfaction, simplification and one fewer lake dog

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

Summer is just around the corner at Lake Panorama, and I am ready to put a boat in the water, some sunscreen on my shoulders and a cold drink in my hand. But, like many of you, I still have some work to do to get ready for the season.

Immediate satisfaction
We had a new septic system installed last fall. It was one of those “investments” that we just needed to do. The dirt was left mounded so it would settle some on its own naturally. We will have it all smoothed out soon, and I plan to seed it. That, of course, was a good excuse for me to purchase a new riding lawn mower. And Jolene agreed!
Yes, I am one of those strange guys who actually likes to mow the lawn. It provides a little quiet time to be outdoors and not have to think too much. It also provides one of the few immediate satisfactions in life that allow a person to be able to make something look a lot better in a short amount of time. Painters get that satisfaction. Barbers, too. Most other tasks in life take a great deal of time to see results, which I will face again as I plant grass seed. Ugh.

Simplification
Jolene and I sold our home of 17 years in Johnston this past month. We bought a home at Lake Panorama to have a place to relax, but owning two homes seemed to create more stress, as many of you already know. So to bring some sanity to our lives, we decided it was time for a change. We hope to spend more time at the lake, but we aren’t ready to live here full-time yet. So, with us being empty nesters now, we downsized to a townhome in Grimes. The benefits are many, including the fact that we are 10 minutes closer to the lake now, too. And the move forced us to go through 17 years of “stuff.”

One fewer lake dog
Unfortunately, we also downsized in a sad way.
A dog really can be man’s best friend, especially when that man has a wife and three daughters. A little male companionship — even from a dog — can prove to be a helpful thing. My buddy was an adopted miniature pinscher named Kobie. You may have seen him with me or heard from him. He traveled with me most everywhere and seemed to enjoy setting off the alarm in my truck. He was a bucket of muscle, able to catapult over a 4-foot fence. This was fun to watch the first time, but chasing him down grew tiresome quickly.
As the years went by, Kobie began to slow down. Some health issues caught up with him, and he began to have seizures. The most recent one proved to be his last. He didn’t care for the water much, but he did enjoy boat rides. As such, we were looking forward to being with this lake dog all summer. Kobie was our third miniature pinscher that we have had through the years, and he was the one I connected with the most. We may try No. 4 at some point, but we will go dogless for a bit and see what happens.

Lake humor
Let’s move on to a chuckle. Here’s one you may all appreciate. What do the letters in BOAT stand for?
Bring out another thousand.

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LPN ANNOUNCES NEW ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE 
Royce Shaffer will continue to oversee the golf operation, lodging, information technology, accounting and facilities, and David Chubb is now the food and beverage manager.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The management structure of the Lake Panorama National (LPN) Resort is changing to better serve Lake Panorama Association (LPA) members and guests. The new structure will split management responsibilities between two people, one already on staff, and one who accepted a position with the LPN beginning Feb. 28.
The LPA has owned the LPN golf course since 1977 and purchased the LPN conference center in 2005. At that time, the LPA board established the legal corporate entity known as “LPN, LLC” to manage this for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary. The Panorama West golf course and clubhouse was placed under LPN, LLC management in 2013.
As a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, LPA is required to pay taxes only on gains from land sales. Keeping the LPA and LPN, LLC operations separate protects the nonprofit status of the LPA. To keep this separation, in 2015 the LPA created and appointed an LPN board of managers with oversight provided by the LPA board.
“The LPA and LPN boards have been evaluating the LPN organizational strategy for several years,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations. “The common theme is there aren’t enough hours in a given week to pursue all of the goals we feel LPN should be pursuing.”
“LPN, LLC is a diverse and complex business with an annual budget of $2.2 million,” Rutledge says. “Make a list of all the various components of the LPN, and it gets lengthy — kitchen, restaurant, banquets and special events, Spikes snack shop, the pro shop, swimming pool and fitness center, golf course turf management, lodging, facility maintenance, and information technology. Throw in Panorama West under several of those categories, and it’s a diverse and demanding set of responsibilities.”
Royce Shaffer has been the LPN, LLC operations manager since December 2018, with Rutledge named LPN, LLC director of operations at the same time. Both had served as interims in these positions since the July 2018 departure of John Dinnebier, who was hired by Briarwood Golf Club in Ankeny as general manager. Dinnebier had been LPN’s general manager since 2002.
Under the new structure, Shaffer will continue to oversee the golf operation, lodging, information technology, accounting and facilities. Shaffer earned a bachelor’s degree at Buena Vista University in 2003, majoring in finance and banking, with concentrations in management and computer science. He has worked at the LPN Resort in various capacities since 2002.
“Royce was integral in proposing and developing a recommendation for this new management strategy,” says Rutledge. “He helped me and the LPA and LPN boards understand the complex issues he has been facing on a daily basis. The truth is this is just too much for one person to handle. Royce has done an excellent job under difficult conditions, especially the last two years as the LPN navigated its way through COVID. I’m grateful he’s accepted this new role and know this is a win/win for both Royce and for LPA members.”
The new hire is David Chubb. As food and beverage manager, Chubb oversees all aspects of the LPN’s food and beverage operation, including the kitchen, Links Restaurant and Spikes snack shop. Chubb graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in hotel, restaurant and institution management and has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Rutledge will continue as LPN, LLC director of operations, although he says this new management structure will allow him to take a step back.
“Royce and David will provide direct, monthly reports to the LPN board of managers. Neither will be subordinate to the other. I will meet with them weekly and provide assistance as needed. But they truly are going to be empowered and responsible to run their respective components of the business,” Rutledge says.
“Segregating the LPN management effort into two components is something both the LPN and LPA boards believe will allow the organization to grow,” Rutledge says. “Improved financial performance and member experiences are the target. Everyone involved is excited about this new management structure, and we believe 2022 is going to be a great year at Lake Panorama National.” 

LPN EASTER BRUNCH APRIL 17

Posted 4/5/2022
The Lake Panorama National’s annual Easter Brunch will be Sunday, April 17 with reservations available every half hour from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Lake Panorama National Resort food and beverage team is offering a wide variety of both breakfast and lunch entrees.
Breakfast items will include such things as an egg casserole, scrambled eggs, an omelet station, bacon and sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns and a waffle station.
Lunch offerings will include herb roasted chicken, sliced pineapple ham, roast beef carving station, pasta bake, herb roasted potatoes and sweet buttered corn. There also will be a mixed green salad bar, macaroni salad, fresh fruit and caprese salad. Top it all off with an assortment of desserts.
Cost is $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids 4-12, and no cost for kids 3 and younger. The Links regular menu will not be available that day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the LPN front desk at 641-755-2080.

LAKE PANORAMA FIN & FEATHER BANQUET WILL BE MAY 14

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Posted 4/5/2022
The 2022 Lake Panorama Fin and Feather fundraising banquet will be Saturday, May 14, the same day as the LPA annual meeting. The event will be held at the Lake Panorama National Resort, with social hour beginning at 5 p.m. A dinner and silent/live auctions will follow at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.
Funds raised at the banquet, plus annual memberships and direct donations, are used to stock fish in Lake Panorama. More than $18,000 worth of fish were added to the lake last fall. Fish stocking totals for 2021 included 2,500 walleye, 1,000 smallmouth bass, 2,000 largemouth bass and 2,085 perch. The group also helps improve fish habitat and sponsors an annual fishing derby for children during Panorama Days.
Dinner tickets to the event are $35 each, with children 12 and younger $20. Another option is to join the Big Skipper Club at a cost of $125. This covers two dinner tickets, Big Skipper raffle ticket and an annual family membership. The cost of just an annual family membership is $40.
Supporters can either mail a check or register online with a credit card or PayPal account at the group’s website: panoramafinandfeather.com/banquet/.
If payment is made by check, make it payable to Fin & Feather and mail to Doug Hemphill, Farmers State Bank, P.O. Box 110, Yale, Iowa, 50277, along with a completed membership application, which is available on the website.
Members who pay in advance will have their tickets waiting for them upon arrival. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for walk-in attendees.

2022 LPA ANNUAL MEETING UPCOMING
On the ballot this year will be the adoption of LPA’s Amended and Substituted Covenants and
Restrictions, plus the election of three directors.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The 53rd annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) will be Saturday, May 14, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lake Panorama National conference center. Each year, the LPA annual meeting provides a formal statement of the association’s financial position, plus reports on activities during the past year and plans for the coming year.
Reports will be given by Rich Schumacher, LPA board president; Gary Evans, LPA board treasurer; and John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations.
An official announcement of the meeting will be sent to all LPA members in mid-April. Included in this mailing will be a ballot, plus a numbered envelope in which to return the ballot. Ballots must be returned in the numbered envelopes to ensure ballot authenticity. If an envelope is lost, contact the LPA office for a replacement.
On the ballot this year will be the adoption of LPA’s Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions, plus the election of three directors.
The covenants serve as the foundation of the LPA’s governing documents and are an essential piece of LPA’s organizational structure. The covenants were last adopted April 26, 2003, and must be renewed within 21 years. If approved, the updated covenants will be filed in the office of the Guthrie County Recorder and be in place until May 14, 2023.
Two informational meetings were scheduled to give members the opportunity to learn more. The first was Feb. 24. Another will be held Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m., at the LPN.
John Rutledge says the proposed covenants don’t contain any substantive changes from the covenants currently in place.
“Some formatting changes were made and some language cleaned up. But what these amended covenants say and do for the LPA hasn’t changed,” he says. “The LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes draw authority from the LPA covenants document. It is a concise and to-the-point document that is essential to LPA’s continued success.”
A copy of the proposed amended and substituted covenants will be included in the mid-April mailing, along with the ballot and information on LPA board candidates.
The question on the ballot will be: “Shall the proposed Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions for Lake Panorama Subdivision be adopted?” Members will be asked to mark “yes” or “no.” A simple majority is needed to approve the adoption.
Members are asked to deliver or mail their completed ballot in the numbered envelope to the LPA office before Friday, May 13. This allows the majority of the ballots to be counted in advance of the annual meeting. Ballots also can be brought to the annual meeting.
Three people are running for three seats on the LPA seven-member board. Gary Evans and Jim Spradling both are completing their second term on the board and are ineligible to run this year. Also on the ballot is the seat held for the past year by Julie Fulton. She was elected in 2021 to complete the final year of the unexpired term of the late Neil Wright.
The three candidates for these three open seats are Dennis Flanery, Mark Jorgensen and Dirk Westercamp. LPA bylaws require each board candidate to provide a 100-word statement. This year’s candidate statements are printed here in alphabetical order. 

RECIPE
Easter Dip Goodness

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Jolene Goodman

(Culinary.net) Easter is about coming together with loved ones, enjoying beautiful spring weather and eating your family’s favorite foods. The kids will be playing, adults will be chatting and all will be patiently waiting for the table to be set.
If you’re visiting and making memories with family and friends you haven’t seen in a while, there are few things better than diving into a marvelous Easter spread.
While eyeing the table, you notice all the colors popping off the dishes. Fruits and veggies make the feast come to life, but a warm Easter dip paired with rolls for dipping is a perfect way to start the festivities.
These Easter Bunny Rolls with Spinach Dip are as eye-catching as they are delicious. Not only will the kids love its shape, but the layers of taste will wow your Easter crowd.
To make this recipe, start by combining a 16-ounce package of frozen spinach, cream cheese and garlic in a skillet. Once heated, add mayonnaise, salt, onion powder, chili powder and Italian seasoning.
Add in Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses then stir until combined.
Next, roll out crescent rolls. Stretch the dough then cut into 24 rolls.
Form the bunny shape and scoop your spinach dip mixture into the center of the bunny and its ears. Sprinkle the spinach dip with mozzarella cheese before baking at 375 F for 18 minutes.
This dish is made for a crowd, served warm and full of cheesy goodness. You can watch as your family dips into the spinach and one-by-one, before you know it, the rolls will have disappeared and the dip will be devoured. Find more Easter recipes at Culinary.net.

Easter Bunny Rolls with Spinach Dip

Serves: 24
16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed
8 ounces cream cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 crescent roll tubes (8 ounces each)

Heat oven to 375 F.
In skillet, over medium heat, cook spinach, cream cheese and garlic 3-4 minutes until cream cheese is melted. Stir in mayonnaise, salt, onion powder, chili powder, pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir in Parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Cook until cheese is melted. Keep skillet on burner over low heat.
Remove dough from tubes. Leaving dough intact, roll and stretch into 18-inch ropes. Cut each rope into 12 pieces for 24 total.
On baking sheet with parchment paper, form bunny head by placing one piece of dough in middle then surrounding it with six more pieces. Use 13 pieces to form round body. Use remaining pieces to form ears on top of head.
Scoop hot spinach dip into center. Spoon small portions on each ear. Sprinkle ears and belly with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake 18 minutes, or until crescent dough is golden brown and thoroughly cooked.

BUSINESS
PANORA STORE CATERS TO COLLECTORS

Most items in Linda Burgess’ Reborn store are for sale, and the inventory changes constantly.

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A Panora woman who says she has always liked “old stuff” is the owner of Reborn. This June, Linda Burgess will begin her seventh year in the store located at 132 West Main St. Reborn’s Facebook page says the shop “offers quality antiques, vintage, and stained glass at small town prices.”
Burgess has spent most of her life in the Panora area.
“I’ve always had an appreciation for antiques and collectibles,” she says. “When I was a kid, I loved all the old stuff my grandmother had.”
In the 1960s, Burgess worked in three different office locations as Lake Panorama developers sold shares and lots. She’s a history buff who worked for a dozen years at Living History Farms in Urbandale. Much of her time was spent as an on-site interpreter in the 1876 town of Walnut Hill, dressed in clothing of the era. Later, she worked at the Guthrie County Historical Village and Museum on the south side of Panora.
Before Reborn, Burgess rented the basement in the building just west of her current location, where she created stained glass pieces and had some vintage items for sale.
“I signed up for an adult education class, and 45 years later, I’m still doing stained glass,” she says.
When that building sold, she purchased the building where Reborn was born. She moved her stained glass studio to a back room. A wall was removed, remaining walls were painted, and the Reborn sign Burgess created was hung on the front of the building.
“I’ve been collecting things for many, many years,” Burgess says. “When I first opened the shop, I started mostly with things I already had. As those sold, I started buying things to keep up the inventory. I’m always looking and try to follow trends of what people are collecting.”
Linda and her husband, Marshall, live in a restored Victorian home less than a block from Reborn. “Sometimes I still buy something I like and take it home, then later decide I’m ready to bring it to the shop,” she says.
The couple has two daughters. Heather Robson lives in Waverly. Julie Burgess lives in Panora and works full-time from home. As time allows, she helps her mother by keeping the Reborn Facebook page active. Plus, the two of them “pick” together.
“Julie and I pick a lot,” Linda says. The pair frequents garage sales and estate sales in search of good deals. Sometimes people bring collectibles to Reborn to see if she’s interested in buying.
“We don’t go to auctions or do any online purchasing,” Burgess says. “Part of the fun is seeing what we can find on our own.”
Not everything Burgess has on display is for sale. For instance, there is a half-wall covered with advertising pieces and photos related to long-ago Panora businesses.
“I call this my Panora collection,” Burgess says. “People love to stand here and look at the old photos and advertisements.”
A poster promotes a movie showing at the Star Vu drive-in theater, once located on the west edge of Panora. There’s a framed newspaper ad for Bokirk’s department store, which was located in the building across the street from Panora Telco.
Most items in Reborn are for sale, and the inventory changes constantly. Pottery, crocks, copper boilers, wooden boxes, AE and Flynn dairy milk bottles and boxes, furniture, toys and games, jewelry, tin cans, framed prints, purses, hats, lamps, baskets, record albums, and so much more.
“We try to buy quality items,” Burgess says. “We focus more on quality than we do on quantity. It’s so neat when someone comes in and discovers something they’ve been looking for a long time. I love seeing the joy on people’s faces.”
Reborn closes each year right before Christmas and reopens by April 1. Once the shop opens for the season, Burgess is there Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“I love getting here each morning and seeing what the day brings,” she says.
After six years in the business, Burgess says she has a lot of regular, repeat customers.
“But every week I have new people come in,” she says. “We’ve developed a nice following through our Facebook page. Being on a major state highway helps. Sometimes people who travel a distance do a lot of research, and sometimes people just stumble onto us.”
Reborn is a member of the Iowa Antique Network, an online resource that provides information on antique shops across Iowa. Summer brings an uptick in business, but Burgess says being open three days a week means those three days are almost always busy.
Burgess is a big believer in shopping locally.
“There aren’t a lot of small antique shops like Reborn open anymore,” she says. “We have unique, one-of-a-kind items, and we enjoy sharing those with customers.”
Messages can be sent to Reborn through the shop’s Facebook page, but Burgess prefers people call the number listed. That’s her cell phone, which allows her to talk directly with potential customers about pieces that interest them. She’s also happy to make appointments, if the regular store hours don’t work for someone.
Give her a call at 641-757-0631. If she doesn’t answer, try again later. She’s probably busy picking another treasure for her store. 

ORIENTATION SESSION WILL BE APRIL 29 FOR NEW LPA MEMBERS

Posted 4/5/2022
The third Lake Panorama 101 session will be Friday, April 29, 5-6 p.m., in the dining room at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. Refreshments will be available, and drinks may be brought in from the Links bar.
The idea for Lake Panorama 101 came from a group of volunteers who believed there should be an organized, face-to-face opportunity to welcome new property owners to Lake Panorama. The first two sessions were held in spring and fall of 2021, with more than 30 people in attendance at each.
Topics covered during the presentation portion are the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, amenities available to LPA members, and resources for learning more and getting involved. There will be time for questions.
A flyer describing this project, along with the date and time for this upcoming program, is included in the packets new property owners receive from the LPA office. Yet the Lake Panorama 101 sessions aren’t limited to those who see the flyer in their new member packet or who are new property owners. Any LPA member is welcome to attend.
The book “Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years” will be available for purchase at a reduced price of $25. The full-color, hardcover book includes both historic and contemporary photos. Book chapters describe six decades of planning and development. There are special topic chapters on Lake Panorama’s two golf courses, infrastructure and water quality efforts.
Those planning to attend the April 29 session are asked to RSVP by calling the LPN front desk during daytime business hours at 641-755-2080.

Q&A:
LPA BUILDING CODES, WETLANDS AND MORE
 
LPA Project Manager Lane Rumelhart gives updates on key projects.

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Lane Rumelhart is in his third year as project manager for the Lake Panorama Association. He graduated from Central College in Pella in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and minors in biology and business management.
As LPA project manager, Rumelhart is responsible for managing the LPA building codes. He also manages some projects financed by the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) and assists with LPA communications, the annual deer hunt program, and campground and beach management. In this month’s Q&A, Rumelhart highlights the LPA building codes, plus talks about some ongoing and upcoming projects.

Q. What projects require a building permit or land disturbing permit? 
A. LPA requires permits for new homes, additions, detached and attached garages, storage sheds, gazebos, sun shelters, fences, pools, decks, three-season rooms and permanent docks. LPA also requires a land disturbing permit for any landscaping, new driveways, culverts, clearing, firepits/fireplaces, or any other project that will disturb dirt within 100 feet of the water or over 1,000 square feet of area. Members do not need permits to re-side or re-shingle a home, or to do inside renovations.
If a project does need a permit, the process is a bit different for each project and depends on both the nature of the project and the permit applicant’s level of preparedness. The first step should always be to contact me. I will get members and contractors all the necessary information on what I need to be able to approve a permit.
Between the months of March and October, members should expect a longer wait time. If a member and/or contractor has everything in order, we can process larger permit requests (homes, additions, garages) in 7-10 days. Smaller projects usually take 3-5 days. Once I have everything I need, it doesn’t take long to check lot stakes and a few other things to get members approved. The key to a smooth permit process is working well ahead of your planned construction schedule to ensure all paperwork is completed in advance.
If a member has questions on what does or doesn’t need permits, they can call me at the LPA office at 641-755-2301 or email me at lrumelhart@lakepanorama.org.

Q. When can we expect the new restrooms at both Shady and Sunset beaches to be open? 
A. The exterior of each restroom is complete. Kane Powell will be putting the metal roof on soon and then adding all the interior fixtures once the building is secure. These restrooms are one room and unisex. The previous bathrooms had issues with flooding and deterioration. These new buildings have concrete walls and a tin roof, making them maintenance free. These new restrooms should be completed before Memorial Day and ready for peak summer usage.

Q. The Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) has been instrumental in the construction of three wetlands that help protect Lake Panorama from sediment. What are your responsibilities for the ongoing operation and management of these wetlands, and are any new ones in the works?  
A. The Helen’s Cove wetland was built in 2016 and is on the east side of Sage Trail, northeast of the LPA east campground. The Hughes Cove wetland was built in 2017 and is north of 200th Road, near the Fin and Feather building. The Smith wetland was built in 2019 and is on the north side of 180th, north of Burchfield Cove.
In the spring, I watch the weather closely. If we are going to get a lot of rain in a short time frame, I raise the pool level on all three wetlands to catch as much water and silt as possible. I try to hold off on raising the pool level until the exposed perimeter of the pool has a chance to establish some vegetation. Certain plants that are native to wetlands help capture nutrients in the water. Blue Green algae blooms we see in the summer are a result of high concentrations of phosphorus in our lake. More plants to absorb these excess nutrients can really benefit the lake’s water quality.
We will be adding a smaller wetland, which will be 3 acres in size, north of the west fork of Burchfield Cove. Our plans are to begin work later this summer or into the fall. This wetland won’t be as large as our previous three but still will capture sediment from roughly 584 acres of watershed. The wetland meets requirements for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and should be eligible for CREP funding. We have plans for one other wetland north of the Smith wetland but have had difficulties with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers getting it permitted. We will continue to work with the Corps in hopes of finding a way to complete this project.

Q. You provide assistance to projects that are led by Friends of Lake Panorama. For instance, what progress is being made on the Lake Panorama dog park? 
A. Hopefully, the dog park will be ready to open sometime in June, or perhaps sooner. Right now, our biggest barrier will be to establish a good enough stand of grass to handle the wear and tear from dogs and their owners. Once the soil temperature increases a bit more, Brandon Brehmer will overseed the area in the coming weeks to help establish grass in some of the bare areas. We will need some rain and warm weather after he seeds to get good germination.
LPA will add rock on the east portion of the park just outside the fence to create suitable parking. We also have two picnic tables — one for each side of the park — ordered and on their way. Bryce Arganbright is finishing up the shelter and concrete pads around the park entrance. If Mother Nature is on our side, the park could open in late May. If we have drought conditions, it may be a while longer. We don’t want to open the park until the grass is in good enough shape that we don’t end up with muddy conditions.

Q. What else are you working on in the coming months?  
A. I am leading a replanting effort on the LPN and Panorama West golf courses to make sure trees are put back after taking out more than 350 ash trees. Right now, we are looking at areas critical to play. This will amount to about 30 trees at LPN and nine trees at Panorama West. After we get through one playing season, we will reassess and evaluate where other trees may be needed.
I’ve wrapped up all of LPA and RIZ’s farm leases for the 2022 year. As the 180th Trail Basin expansion project gets going again, I will be monitoring progress with Spring Lake Construction, along with Mike Monthei, LPN maintenance supervisor, and the help of our engineers from Shive Hattery. The bulk of the work for this project will take place this summer, as the elevation of the basin is raised about 17 feet to retain more sediment discharged from our dredge.
The two campgrounds are open, although water isn’t guaranteed until May 1, and the beaches will be utilized soon. I’ve been seeing more people at the sports courts at Boulder Beach. Our new website is running smoothly and has proven to be a nice upgrade for our community.
Signs of spring are everywhere. I may do 10 different things every day of the week, but that’s what I enjoy about working for the Lake Panorama Association.

BEACH BALL SET FOR JULY 22 AT LPN
Event registration will begin in May.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Friends of Lake Panorama will host its fifth Beach Ball fundraiser Friday, July 22 at Lake Panorama National (LPN). The format for the event will be similar to previous years with seating available either in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents between the conference center and the golf course.
Plans are being developed including pricing for table sponsorships and admission tickets. Event registration will begin in May. Funds will be raised with a 50/50 raffle, plus both live and silent auctions. Items for the auctions are being accepted now. Anyone interested in donating auction items for the 2022 Beach Ball can email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.
The Friends of Lake Panorama seven-member volunteer board will meet April 25 to finalize plans for the 2022 Beach Ball. They also will discuss how profits from the event will be used. Projects chosen by the Friends board to promote at the Beach Ball will receive a percentage of pooled funds raised, plus all direct donations designated to a specific project.
One possible option is a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. Mark and Karen Einck, who matched donations of $25,000 for the Boulder Beach basketball court, have pledged to match up to $20,000 for the Sunset Beach court. A goal of $40,000 has been set for this project.
A task force made up of both Friends board members and additional volunteers from the community is developing a proposal for recreational amenities on Lake Panorama’s south shore. The proposal will be presented to the LPA board this spring and is expected to include a disc golf course and walking trail, with additional amenities also considered. If approved by the LPA board, projects on the south shore could receive some 2022 Beach Ball profits.
The 2021 Beach Ball had a profit of $25,000. At that time, donations for the Lake Panorama dog park stood at $45,000. The Friends board voted to provide another $5,000 from the Beach Ball proceeds to reach the $50,000 goal.
Another $5,000 raised at the 2021 Beach Ball is being used for enhancements to an existing trail near Panorama West, with work planned this spring. Three swings will be added to the Sunset Beach playground this spring using $8,000 raised at last year’s Beach Ball.
The Friends board voted last fall to hold the remaining $7,000 in reserve until these three projects are complete, in case costs increase beyond what has been budgeted. If the funds are not needed for any of these three projects, the money will be applied to a new project.
Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Donations also can be made using Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.

LAKE PANORAMA DOG PARK PROGRESSES 
The park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road.

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Fundraising by Friends of Lake Panorama for a dog park kicked off in September 2020 after the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) board unanimously approved the plan at its August 2020 meeting. The park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road.
Construction on the park is nearly complete. Most of the work was done last fall with Bryce Arganbright of Arganbright Construction installing a 6-foot-high chain link fence 400 feet long and 150 feet wide. There are two sections, one for small dogs that are less than 15 inches at shoulder height, and one for large dogs that are at least 15 inches at shoulder height.
A single entrance is protected by a keyless lock. Once inside this gate, users can choose a second gate to either the large dog or small dog areas. Arganbright was able to get a shelter for this area built last fall before cold weather set in. By the end of April, he plans to finish work on the shelter, pour a concrete pad for the entrance and install the remaining fence and gates.
Crushed rock along the inside perimeter of the fence provides a walking path and a weed barrier and will keep dogs from digging near the fence. The LPA maintenance staff recently installed a gravel parking lot on the east side of the park. Some additional rock may be needed there as the ground firms up.
Last fall, Brandon Brehmer donated his time to seed and fertilize the fenced-in area. Despite the dry fall, seed germination did occur to get a turfgrass base started. Brehmer will be overseeding and fertilizing again this spring as soon as the soil temperature is warm enough for grass seed to germinate. Timely rains will be needed to get a turfgrass stand that can withstand the expected dog and human traffic. Opening of the park is planned for late May or early June and is dependent on how quickly the turfgrass establishment is complete.
Two sugar maple trees were planted last fall, donated by Larry and Heather Isom, who own Isom Tree Farm. If additional trees are desired, the Isoms have offered to donate one tree for each tree purchased, which could be planted in fall 2022.
The LPA has ordered two picnic tables and will be placing one in each of the two sections of the park. Water lines were run last fall for two dog water fountains that will be mounted on concrete near the park entrance, one on each side.
Four bag dispensers for picking up pet waste will be installed this spring with two near the park entrances and two in the far corners of each section. Two pet waste receptacles will be attached to the concrete pad within each side of the park.
A set of rules for responsible use of the dog park has been adopted and will be posted on a sign at the park entrance. A sign recognizing donors of $500 or more also will be posted at the dog park. Once a date for the park opening has been set, members will be able to call LPA Security to get the code to the main entrance gate.

CLINT DEARDORFF DECLARES FOR GUTHRIE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

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Posted 4/5/2022
Lake Panorama Times 

Clint Deardorff is declaring his nomination for Guthrie County Board of Supervisors District 2. Deardorff will be seeking the Republican nomination for supervisor at the June 7 primary election. Under the newly established boundaries, District 2 will represent Yale, Jamaica, Bagley, the Victory Township portion of Lake Panorama and unincorporated areas north of Guthrie Center. Redistricting has resulted in District 2 being an open seat for the 2022 election.
Deardorff is a Guthrie County native, raised on the family farm near Yale. His wife, Heather, is employed at Farmers State Bank, and their three sons, Corbin, Connor and Carter, attend Panorama Schools. Clint is a fifth-generation family farmer who works closely with his father, Danny Deardorff, and uncle Greg Chaloupka on their farms in rural Yale.
Deardorff says there are several things Guthrie County does very well. It has a first-rate emergency medical service, several exceptional fire departments and a law enforcement community that is second to none. The county has been successful in encouraging new businesses such as the new locker being constructed in Guthrie Center. He hopes to see more businesses choose to make Guthrie County their home.
He is most passionate about the condition of some of the roads in our county, and he says that is one vital area that he would want to focus on.
“One of the biggest things I’d like to see improved in Guthrie County is the condition of our roads. I’ve traveled most of the roads in our county between checking pastures, raising crops and working for UPS, and I believe we have the ability to improve their quality for everyone without a huge influx of capital,” Deardorff said.
Deardorff enjoys being involved in varied organizations. He is a member of the BPOE, Calvary Chapel of the Raccoon River Valley, as well as serving on the Yale City Council. He is also passionately involved in the Heartland Highland Cattle Association (HHCA) based in Tunas, Missouri. He served five years on the board of directors, followed by a term as vice president and currently is the president of the association. The HHCA is a national organization that represents more than 600 member farms in 43 states.
“I’m very proud of the HHCA and the growth we have enjoyed as an organization. Through great teamwork with my fellow board members, our membership has grown exponentially during my tenure. These experiences have helped shape who I am today and will be an asset to me as a supervisor,” Deardorff said.
Deardorff also has gained a wide variety of experience and knowledge as an entrepreneur. He and his wife started their business, Deardorff Highland Cattle, 10 years ago. While developing this operation, he became well versed in running a business. He developed the full supply chain, from raising the cattle, to production of the beef used in their food truck, a true farm-to-table operation. 
Deardorff designed their mobile retail operation as well as secured the best lockers to process their meat to ensure a consistent product. He has sales experience from booking a variety of quality events throughout the Midwest and selling directly to consumers.
 “My experiences growing our small business from its founding to its success today will be an asset in helping my fellow supervisors prioritize projects that serve the best interests of the citizens of Guthrie County,” he said.
“I’m not just someone seeking a political position to glorify myself. I genuinely care about Guthrie County and the people that live here,” he said. “I believe that all the parts of this county are important to our vitality as a community. Whether you live at Lake Panorama, in one of our small towns, or in the rural areas of the county, your voice matters to me, and you all deserve a great place to call home.” 

COVE CAT

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times 

Name: Shortbread
Age: 8
Breed: Silver/Blue tabby with gorgeous green eyes
Available at: Panora Pets
Shortbread is active and loves to play. She would be an excellent companion for a home looking for an active, playful, affectionate and conversational cat. Shortbread would do great as an only cat due to her history, but she gets along well with dogs and children old enough to notice she can get overwhelmed. Once accustomed to her new surroundings and family, Shortbread would be a great fit for a household that likes energetic kitties. 

LAKE DOGS

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times 

Name: Gus
Age: 6
Breed: English Bulldog
Name: Phoebe
Age: 15
Breed: Shih Tzu/poodle mix
Owners: Kevin and Lisa Wingert
The Wingerts’ oldest son brought Gus home from Stimson Bulldogs in Clarinda.  Gus is loved by the entire family. They say he is sweet, gentle and laid back. He has been compared to the lovable donkey, “Eeyore.” The Wingerts have three young grandchildren who visit often.  When the house gets too loud, Gus will find a back bedroom or closet to retreat to. Gus is not a fan of water, as he prefers a view of the lake from a shady spot. Phoebe is a typical small dog with a big attitude. She’s always been the boss. She and Gus have become good buddies. Phoebe came from Gina Lloyd (Art on State, Guthrie Center).

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Many of Trish Hart’s nature photos are of birds, which she captures with her digital camera as they sit on feeders on the deck of her home or in nearby trees. This month’s photo is a male American Robin, perched in a tree and enjoying winter berries.
According to the Audubon Society, robins winter as far north as Canada. With the breakup of flocks prior to the nesting season, when we Iowans see our “first robin of spring,” it may be a bird that has wintered only a few miles away, not one that just arrived from southern climates.
Robins run and hop on lawns with an upright stance, often nesting on porches and windowsills. Nests usually contain four pale blue or “robin’s-egg blue” eggs. Incubation by the female is 12-14 days, and fledglings leave the nest 14-16 days after hatching. The male may tend to the fledged young while the female begins a second nesting attempt. Pairs usually raise two broods per season, sometimes three.
The robin’s rich caroling is among the earliest bird songs heard at dawn in spring and summer, often beginning just before first light. In fall and winter, robins gather by the hundreds in roaming flocks, concentrating at sources of food.
Hart launched “Nature’s Canvas Photography” in January 2021, offering custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

Student performance wins top award at speech festival 
AC/GC high school student group won the Critic’s Choice award in the Musical Theatre category.

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Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Eight students from the Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center (AC/GC) high school won a top award at the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) Large Group All-State Festival. The festival was held in Ames Feb. 19.
The student group, led by Kelsey Dinkla, won the Critic’s Choice award in the Musical Theatre category. In announcing his choice, Joel Waggoner, a Waterloo native and Broadway artist, said it was impossible to compare the musical theatre performances he had seen that day, but the one that touched him the most was “Come From Away,” performed by the AC/GC students.
Dinkla teaches vocal music for grades seven through 12 and is the head large group speech coach and theatre director at AC/GC. She grew up in Bayard and graduated from Coon Rapids-Bayard in 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2011, went back to school for music in 2017, and is working toward a master’s degree in music education. She has been teaching for 10 years with nine of those in the Guthrie Center and AC/GC School District.
“If you had asked me in December if I thought we would be named the best musical theatre group in the entire state of Iowa, I would have laughed,” Dinkla says. “Not because I didn’t believe in my kids, but because I know the reality of being in a small school. My kids are stretched thin between work, academics and activities.”
In Iowa state speech competitions, schools aren’t divided by class size, as is done in athletics. There are four districts, with AC/GC in the southwest district. Dinkla terms it “the most competitive and difficult district in the state. If you scroll through the Southwest District’s All State Nominations list, you will see several large schools, including many from the Des Moines metro area.”
Musical Theatre speech performances contain singing, dancing or blocking, and dialogue.
“This category is very broad and purposefully left open for interpretation. Some schools choose to perform just one musical selection, while others may perform multiple pieces,” Dinkla says. “At the end of the day, students are judged on their ability to tell a story through music but how they accomplish this is left up to each group.”
The Broadway play “Come From Away,” conceived by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is based on the book, “The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland” by Jim DeFede. It chronicles the events of 9/11 through the eyes of the local people of Gander, as well the 7,000 “Plane People” who were diverted to Gander when the U.S. airspace shut down.
“Because the rights to perform this show are not available yet, I wrote to Musical Theatre International and obtained special permission to use three songs from the show,” Dinkla says. “I chose the selections and crafted them together in such a way that would give audience members a small snapshot of the entire Broadway production.”
Around Thanksgiving last fall, the students began working on their performance. On Jan. 23, they received a Division I rating at the district contest at Ankeny Centennial High School. They advanced to perform at the state contest at Valley High School Feb. 5. On Feb. 7, they learned they would advance to the All-State Festival.
Musical Theatre performances can last 10 minutes.
“Our performance pushed the time limit, coming in at 9 minutes and 58 seconds,” Dinkla says. “It’s hard to put on an entire show in less than 10 minutes.”
Dinkla and her assistant coach, Colin Shawgo, have had groups nominated for All-State Large Group Speech each of the last five years, including three in 2022. Besides Musical Theatre, AC/GC students performed in both the group improvisation and group mime categories.
Dinkla says her goal for next year’s speech season is to continue to provide her students with a safe space to explore the art of communication through quality speech and theatre experiences.
“The awards and recognition are incredible, but that’s not why we do what we do,” she says. “Pulling together kids with different talents, abilities and experiences, getting them to rub shoulders with people they may have never dreamed of being friends with, and helping them conceptualize the true meaning of empathy in motion is the heart and soul of the AC/GC large group speech program,” Dinkla says. “I’m just lucky enough to be along for the ride.”

ASH TREES REMOVED FROM LPA GOLF COURSES
More than 200 trees were planted on the two courses over the past several years in anticipation of ash trees being lost.

Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

It was 2008 when I wrote my first story for the Lake Panorama Times about the havoc the emerald ash borer (EAB) could cause on the two Lake Panorama golf courses.
The EAB is a dark green metallic beetle. It was discovered in southeastern Michigan in the summer of 2002. The pest probably arrived in the U.S. on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia.
Although adult EAB beetles feed on ash leaves, it is the larval stage that kills trees. These creamy white, flattened larvae feed just under the bark. They produce winding tunnels that cut across the vessels carrying water, minerals and nutrients throughout the tree. Trees infested by EAB larvae starve and die, usually within two to four years.
In that 2008 story, Dan Wollner, who at the time was the LPN golf course superintendent, said he’d been attending meetings and hearing about the EAB danger for several years.
“It’s not a question of ‘if’ this will happen, but ‘when’ it will happen,” Wollner said.
The pest was first found in Iowa in 2010 along its eastern border. Since then, it has been working its way west across the state and was found in Guthrie County in 2020.
All ash trees on the LPN and Panorama West golf courses were evaluated a few years ago. About 100 deemed to be in “critical locations” were chosen to receive a chemical treatment that has proven effective, in some cases, in fighting off EAB infestations. About $10,000 is being spent for this biennial treatment.
That left a total of 355 ash trees on the golf courses. The LPA board decided removing these trees was too big of a job for staff to take on. In January, seven bids were received for a project to remove 355 trees, with 304 of those at the LPN and 51 at Panorama West. Bids ranged from $148,000 to $409,000. The low bidder was Xtreme Tree Service out of De Soto.
Lane Rumelhart, LPA project manager, coordinated the tree removal effort.
“It was important to remove these trees now rather than wait a couple more years. Ash trees become much more brittle as they decay, and more dangerous to work with,” he says. “Most of our bidders said they would increase their price by about 20 percent each year for the removal of these trees, as clean-up would become increasingly difficult, and their crews would need to be more cautious.”
Rumelhart says by removing the untreated trees, the treated trees will have a much better chance at survival.
“Treated ash trees have a 70-80 percent survival rate. We hope by removing all the untreated trees, we will maximize that survival rate,” he says.
Work began in mid-January and ran through much of February.
“The timing was appropriate, as a number of trees were showing signs of emerald ash borer infestation,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “During the pre-bid meeting, many of the attendees mentioned they had already taken on large ash tree contracts for other golf courses and municipalities. If we had waited, there was a good chance these contractors would have been booked, and the tree removal may not have taken place for several more years.”
Rutledge says Xtreme Tree employees did an excellent job, with the work completed while the ground was frozen so turf damage was kept to a minimum. He said this also will allow golfers to get on the courses right away this spring with minimal impact to play.
The LPA has ordered a stump grinder that can be attached to a skid loader. Once it arrives, LPA maintenance staff will grind the stumps, add dirt and coordinate seeding with the golf course turf staff.
Shortly after the Xtreme Tree trucks pulled out, members of the LPA and LPN staff gathered and toured both golf courses, making notes on where trees should be replanted. They estimated about 30 trees are needed on the LPN course and another 10 at Panorama West. Staff is working on a planting plan.
“These trees will go in areas that were most heavily impacted,” says Rutledge. “It’s important to remember more than 200 trees were planted on the two courses over the past several years in anticipation of ash trees being lost.”
Those trees came from a tree nursery established in 2009. Charles and Judith Schnack are avid golfers who financed the tree nursery and spent hundreds of hours over several years tending the trees and later getting them replanted to appropriate locations.
The idea was to purchase young trees at a lower cost and grow them for a few years before transplanting. In spring 2009, Charles Schnack worked with Wollner to establish the nursery in the “no mow” area west of the No. 11 tee box.
Schnack ordered tree seedlings from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He worked with LPN staff to kill the grass in the nursery area, dig holes and plant the trees. The Schnacks purchased 300 trees that first year, which included sugar maples, Norway spruce, white pine, sycamore and red oaks. They also took on the task of watering the seedlings.
The next spring, they purchased another 200 trees. The 2010 crop of seedlings included Kentucky Coffee trees, plus more Norway spruce and sugar maples. The Schnacks also added trees to the nursery in 2011 and 2013. Many trees in the nursery were lost to deer damage, but, in the end, more than 200 trees now on the two golf courses got their start in the Schnack nursery.
In the fall of 2010, 47 sycamore trees were transplanted on the LPN golf course. In 2015, another 100 trees were moved from the nursery to the LPN golf course. Fifty trees were transplanted in 2016, with some of those going to Panorama West.
“With those 200 trees already in place for several years, we are in pretty good shape,” Rutledge says. “We’ll add trees in key areas as soon as possible. The only issue is that it will take a number of years to enjoy the shade provided by the mature trees that had to be removed.”

ON THE LAKE
More goose droppings, a vodka follow-up, and 3 jokes 

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Posted 3/7/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

Let’s start this column off with a little lake humor: I have a great idea for a new business, but the bankers don’t agree. They say making a boat out of stone would be a hardship.
Read it again. You will get it. More to come ...

O Canada!
The warmer weather has most all of us itching to get ready for summer. It won’t be long before the grass will need mowed, the docks will be back in the water, and the sound of boats will be heard across the lake. Oh, and the Canada (not Canadian) geese may move on. Yes, more on the Canada geese. After my column last month, I received information from Josh Gansen, a wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Regarding the Canada geese, he told me that one thing that is important to consider is that during major migration times in the fall and winter, geese must spend a significant amount of time foraging for food.
“This means a large portion of their time is spent in crop fields feeding,” Gansen said. “Also during the migration, a significant number of the birds stay on the Bays Branch Wildlife Management Area now that goose hunting is allowed on Lake Panorama.”
Gansen said that providing an alternative location where the geese are not exposed to hunting helps limit the total amount of time they spend on Lake Panorama. He added that the resident goose numbers have been steady to decreasing in the 10 years he has been involved here.
“Geese do contribute to the nutrient load in the system like everything else in the watershed; however, the contribution is insignificant compared to other factors in the systems,” he said.
LPA General Manager John Rutledge responded to the Canada geese manure question with, “This has been asked before. Some would like to use this argument to lobby for reduction in Canada goose population. Others use it to defend agriculture and cite other sources of nutrients in the water. LPA has found both debates to be very complex and larger than merely a ‘local issue.’ ”
Rutledge added that the Canada geese population is roughly broken into two categories: resident and migrating.
“The resident population isn’t nearly as high as what we see during the winter, when northern birds travel south,” he said. “Lower population coincides with summer lake use, which is good.”
He said the impact on the entire lake and river system is hard to quantify.
“But the impact to our beaches is obvious. The goose droppings are gross and increase bacterial counts in the adjacent swimming areas. For this reason, LPA operates a beach groomer to clean the beaches and minimize (not eliminate) this concern.”

Some more lake humor
A local dentist has been asking about opening an office on his boat on Lake Panorama. And what will be the boat’s name, you ask? The Tooth Ferry, of course.
Corn-based and intelligent
Several of you commented on our business feature last month about Dr. J. (Hans) van Leeuwen’s IngeniOz vodka and asked where it is available. Those of you looking for an alternative to Russian vodka may find this interesting as well. You can find IngeniOz vodka at Hometown Foods in Panora, most Hy-Vee stores in the Des Moines area (including the Hy-Vee Wall-to-Wall Spirits on Jordan Creek Parkway) and Central City Liquors on Second Avenue in Des Moines, among other places.

One last chuckle
Some of you may know that I started a boat-building business in the attic of my house. Sails are going through the roof.

More of this kind of stuff
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Have a great month, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

LPA COVENANTS VOTE is ON 2022 BALLOT
LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes draw authority from the LPA covenants document. 

Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The LPA annual meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14 at the LPN Conference Center. On the ballot this year will be the proposed adoption of LPA’s Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions, plus the election of three directors.
The covenants serve as the foundation of the LPA’s governing documents and are an essential piece of LPA’s organizational structure. The covenants were last adopted April 26, 2003, and must be renewed within 21 years. If approved, the updated covenants will be filed in the office of the Guthrie County Recorder and be in place until May 14, 2023.
Two informational meetings were scheduled to give members the opportunity to learn more. The first was Feb. 24 at the LPN conference center. Another will be held Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m., at the LPN.
At the Feb. 24 meeting, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, distributed copies of the proposed covenants.
“These proposed covenants don’t contain any substantive changes from the covenants currently in place,” he said. “Some formatting changes were made and some language cleaned up. But what these amended covenants say and do for the LPA hasn’t changed.”
Rutledge said the LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes draw authority from the LPA covenants document.
“It is a concise and to-the-point document that is essential to LPA’s continued success,” he said. “A vote in favor of adopting the Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions will be a vote to continue the more than 50 years of success that is Lake Panorama.”
A mailing will be sent to all LPA members in mid-April. This will include the official announcement of the annual meeting, a full copy of the proposed amended and substituted covenants, the ballot, information provided by candidates for the LPA board of directors, a ballot on which members will vote on the covenants and board members, and a numbered envelope.
The question on the ballot will be: “Shall the proposed Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions for Lake Panorama Subdivision be adopted?” Members will be asked to mark “yes” or “no.” A simple majority is needed to approve the adoption, but Rutledge said he hopes for a higher percentage of “yes” votes. “This will make the covenants document stronger, because it will demonstrate a high level of support by LPA members,” he said.
LPA members must return their completed ballot to the LPA office in the numbered envelope. Ballots in the numbered envelopes also can be brought to the annual meeting; however, members are encouraged to deliver to the LPA office in advance to allow ballot counters to quickly finish their jobs once the annual meeting is underway.
Members who want to compare the existing covenants with the proposed covenants can go to the LPA website at lakepanorama.org. The current covenants can be found under the “Documents” tab.  

LPN Diners Club offers benefits to members

Posted 3/7/2022

The Lake Panorama National Diners Club offers many benefits to its members. First, join the club with an initial payment of either $250 or $500, and you’ll earn a 10 percent credit. That’s either $25 or $50 of free money. When your account gets low, add another $250 or $500, and you’ll continue to get that 10 percent credit on the prepaid portion of any future payments.
Members of the Diners Club have charging privileges at the Links Restaurant, the Spikes snack bar, and bar carts on the LPN golf course, so leave your cash and credit cards at home. Members can choose to have an automatic gratuity of 15, 18 or 20 percent added to their bills but always have the opportunity to add more to reward great service.
The LPN Diners Club is open to anyone interested, not just LPN golfing members. Credits never expire, and there’s no need to join annually. Just join whenever you like and look forward to ongoing benefits as long as you remain a member. Monthly statements show charges and balances plus a copy of each chit. Statements are emailed, unless a hard copy is preferred.
If you haven’t already, join the LPN Diners Club and start enjoying its many benefits. If you’re already a member, now may be the time to add another $500 to your account, so you’re ready for the 2022 golfing and dining season. Pick up an application form at the LPN, or print from this link: www.lakepanoramanational.com/dining 

Q&A
COULTER’S PANORAMA MARINE PREPARES FOR 2022 BOATING SEASON

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Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Lake Panorama Association began operating a small marina in 1970. Over the next few years, it was leased to four different operators, but none lasted. That changed in 1982. In this month’s Q&A, we hear from Lyn Coulter, owner of Coulter’s Panorama Marine, about the early days and more recent developments.

Q: Tell us how you became the operator of Lake Panorama’s marina?
A: In the summer of 1982, my brother John and I were right out of college and looking for a summer job. Prior summers were spent working at our father’s Sinclair service station in Linden. We knew the LPA had trouble with prior leases with the marina, and the membership was not happy.
The LPA leased us the gas dock for $1 if we promised to stock the dock with some basic marine accessories and keep consistent business hours. That summer we kept the gas dock open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, pretty much like we do now.
The first couple of years we lived with our parents and didn’t pay ourselves anything so we could invest everything into the business. We started our business in 1983 with the $7,000 profit we made from the first year running the gas dock. No bank would lend us any money to purchase boat inventory, so the Century Boat Company and Harris Flote Bote pontoons guaranteed our bank they would take back any boats if our business failed. Without those guarantees, our business never would have gotten off the ground.
When it came time to pay the $10,500 rent in December 1983, we didn’t have the funds to do so. The LPA Board decided to forgive the rent that year, but made it clear they would not ever forgive it again. Luckily the business took off in 1984 and we have not missed, or ever been late, on a lease payment to the LPA since.

Q. There have been ups and downs for your business. Was there one season that was tougher than the others? 
A. Without question the toughest year we ever faced was 1993, the year of the Great Flood of ’93. It rained every single weekend that year. Most boats just remained unused on their lifts. No one was in the mood to buy boats or anything. The marina was like a ghost town on most weekends, as people simply stayed home trying to stay dry.
April through June of that year we cautiously watched as 8-to-12-inch rains pounded various parts of the state. On July 9, 1993, it rained 10 inches in Carroll, right in Lake Panorama’s watershed. The next morning, LPA general manager Red Lowe stopped by the marina and said, “A wall of water is coming in 24 hours — get ready.” In no way was it possible to get all the boats off the lake in that short amount of time. It would take weeks to do so. There was a lot of devastation to all the boats, docks and lifts because of that flood.

Q. How has the COVID pandemic impacted your business? 
A. The COVID years of 2020, 2021 and now 2022 have raised havoc on the marine industry, just like it has on everything else in all our lives. It has been very difficult for us, as well as all other dealers, to get product to sell. Steel shortages makes it difficult to get trailers. Aluminum shortages makes it difficult to get pontoons. Microchip shortages meant General Motors, Mercury, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda couldn’t build enough engines to meet the demand. All manufacturing for everything marine simply stopped as factory workers were told to stay home during the virus outbreak. With nothing being built, we all know what that leads to —massive shortages of everything.
This year is a little better getting product. We ordered 32 Godfrey Pontoons, and we are actually going to receive all of them. We ordered 17 Mastercrafts but will receive just 11. We ordered eight Four Winns but will get only three. The biggest disappointment was with Kawasaki Jet Ski; we ordered 21 but only received six. As of the end of February, we have seven Godfrey Pontoons, two Mastercrafts, one Four Winns, and no jet skis available to sell. We did receive our order for 30 Shore Station boat lifts, of which six are still available. There is no problem getting VW dock. We are hoping product shortages will be over in time for the 2023 model year.

Q. Tell us about your staff and the facilities you manage. 
A. Service to Lake Panorama boaters is the backbone of our business. It helps keep the marina financially steady, independent of boat sales. Boat service and repair, slip rental, fuel dock sales, and lift and dock sales are the most important aspects to our business. Of course, none of this would be possible without our dedicated fulltime employees.
I work in sales, and my brother John is the service and parts manager. Scott Kemble, who works in sales, has been with us since 1985. Our other fulltime employees all work in marine tech, with Brian Dorsett starting in 1986, Mike Webb in 1990, Mike Mobley in 1994 and Justin Boettcher in 2020. We also employ eight additional part-timers to operate the gas dock each summer.
The marina boat storage stores around 250 boats and uses nine buildings for inside boat storage. The LPA owns five buildings, and we own four. There are 122 LPA-owned slips and 40 jetty spaces. There are two sales buildings. The LPA owns the one at the marina. Coulter’s owns another sales location in Panora behind Panora Plaza, which is used to display pontoons.

Q. Let’s talk more numbers. Give me some statistics that help explain what Coulter’s Panorama Marine all is about. 
A. Last year the marina sold 89,713 gallons of fuel. The record was in 2020, when 101,915 gallons were sold. For 2021, the marina paid the Lake Panorama Association $355,752 in rent. A formula to arrive at that figure has been in use since 1986, and includes a percentage of slip rental, boat storage, fuel dock sales, and sales office rent. Since the business opened in 1983, we have paid the LPA a grand total of $4,398,211 in rent.
We have sold 1,187 new Four Winns boats since we started selling those in 1986. A total of 317 Mastercrafts have been sold since 1988. We have sold 880 new pontoons from Godfrey and Harris Flote Bote. More than 1,300 used boats have been sold since 1983, and 490 Kawasaki jet skis have been sold since 1995.

Q. Anything else you’d like to add?
A. We are very grateful for the support we have received throughout the years from our customers and from the Lake Panorama Association. I know we have made mistakes over the years, but we do try to operate an open and honest business. We are so fortunate to operate a business that serves one of the very best clientele found anywhere in the world. 

PAPER SHREDDING TRUCK IN PANORA APRIL 23

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Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Once the federal tax filing deadline of April 15 is behind us, most people are ready to clean out files and discard previous year’s tax returns. Again this year, the folks at the Panora Public Library are poised to help.
“We like the shredding truck to come after tax time, so people can safely dispose of old documents and tax-related forms,” says Kim Finnegan, director of the Panora Public Library. “This is a service we like to provide to the Lake Panorama, Panora and surrounding communities, because they support us throughout the year.”
Finnegan says there is no cost to individuals to drop off paper documents they want to have shredded. The Panora Public Library uses donated funds to cover the cost of this community service.
The “Shred-It” truck will be at the Panora Public Library Saturday, April 23 from 9-11 a.m. Those who plan to drop off paper to be shredded are asked to pull into the driveway north of the library.  

JASON GRAY CONCERT MARCH 26 AT FAITH BIBLE CHURCH
Limited number of tickets are available for the American contemporary singer/songwriter.

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Posted 3/7/2022

Faith Bible Church is hosting a concert Saturday, March 26 with Jason Gray, an American contemporary singer/songwriter. He has been featured on Sirius XM Radio’s “Acoustic Storytime with Jason Gray” and can be heard on major radio stations across the country. Recently, he has found a passion for just him, his guitar and the stories behind his songs.
Gray’s performance at Faith Bible Church, 2096 Highway 4, north of Panora, will begin at 7 p.m. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $25, which includes a 45-minute meet-and-greet with Gray that will begin at 5 p.m., followed by priority seating. The regular ticket price is $15, and doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase with all funds going to the Faith Bible Church/TRIBE Mission trip. Members of the church family will travel to Costa Rica June 6-12, where they will be involved in building homes for single moms, Vacation Bible School and other ministries.
There will be limited seating for Gray’s concert, so those interested are encouraged to purchase tickets online as soon as possible. If there are open seats the evening of the concert, tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase online, visit the Faith Bible Church website at fbcpanora.com, and scroll down to the Jason Gray Concert details and ticket link. Tickets purchased online can be printed from the confirmation email or saved to a smartphone for scanning at the door. 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT LAKE PANORAMA? 

Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Following an informational meeting on proposed updates to the LPA covenants, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, provided project updates for the LPA, Lake Panorama National and the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ).

Key points related to the Lake Panorama Association: 
The new LPA website is up and running. LPA did not secure a new vendor to replace the old website. Rather, the current vendor was purchased by a larger company and this was a cost-free transition to their platform.
The annual spring road embargo can be expected in early March and will run two to four weeks. The details of the embargo will be announced on a Thursday, and go into effect the following Monday. This gives the LPA time to coordinate bus pickup points with Panorama Schools and members the chance to get any last-minute deliveries. LPA limits vehicle weight to 5 tons during the spring thaw, while the frost is coming out of the ground and the roadbed is soft. This limited inconvenience for LPA members saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, which would otherwise be caused during this vulnerable time of year.
The water safety committee has a number of items on their 2022 schedule. No meeting date has been set, but it is expected to be sometime after the LPA annual meeting. This is a dynamic time in the watersports industry, and there is a lot for the committee to process. Most notable are recommendations on jet powered pontoons and the upcoming rollout of electric motors for personal watercraft, pontoons and ski/wakeboard boats.
The LPA is monitoring the redistricting of Guthrie County and how that will impact voting precincts. The Iowa Secretary of State’s office determined Guthrie County officials did not accomplish the necessary work in a timely fashion and now are handling this. The timeline will be compressed for candidates, but Rutledge said he expects the new districts and precincts will be fair for voters. He expects Lake Panorama to continue to be divided into two districts, because the development is spread across both Cass and Victory townships, and townships generally are kept intact.

Key points regarding the Lake Panorama National Resort: 
A change in the organizational management structure has been made. The new structure splits management responsibilities between two people. Royce Shaffer, who has been LPN operations manager since December 2018, will continue to oversee all aspects of the golf operation, lodging, information technology, accounting and facilities. A new hire is David Chubb, food and beverage manager. He will oversee the LPN’s food and beverage operation, including the kitchen, Links Restaurant and Spikes snack shop. Rutledge said the LPA and LPN boards have been evaluating the LPN organizational strategy for several years. The conclusion, with the agreement of Shaffer, was the LPN Resort is too diverse and demanding for one individual to manage. Rutledge stressed this change in management structure was not performance related but rather the result of the mutual conclusion that it was unreasonable for one individual to manage everything.
The new wall along the south end of the pond on the fifth hole is complete, and staff is pleased with the final result. The hole has been closed to play since last fall and should reopen in the spring to good reviews from golfers.
A reminder the community room at Panorama West is a great facility for family gatherings, graduate parties, wedding receptions and other special events. Contact Maureen Lubeck, Panorama West manager, by leaving a message at the clubhouse – 641-755-2250.

Key points related to the Lake Panorama RIZ:
The RIZ board has determined installing riprap on the south shore is a project RIZ funds can be used for, as long as LPA continues to own the land and no housing development is allowed. Shive-Hattery is developing plans for this project, and a request for bids should go out this spring.
Land trades and acquisitions were completed in the past couple of years to position RIZ for additional wetlands and additional sediment basins. RIZ continues to pursue a two-pronged approach by investing in both sediment removal/storage, and the prevention of sediment entering the lake.
Two additional wetlands are planned, but one has been held up due to changing regulations by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Under these new regulations, the $450,000 cost of this wetland would increase by another $150,000. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley has been contacted with details, and RIZ will continue to work on this challenge. In the meantime, the wetland for the west fork of Burchfield Cove should be a 2022 project, and is not hindered by these regulatory changes.
The FY 2022-23 RIZ budget was approved at the RIZ Board meeting Feb. 24. RIZ expects to receive about $3 million in tax revenue this year.  

RECIPE
Make Your St. Patrick’s Day Spread Green with Envy

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Posted 3/7/2022
By Jolene Goodman

(Culinary.net) Freshen up your St. Patrick’s Day menu with easy, light sandwiches inspired by the traditional color of the festivities. These open-faced noshes can be perfect for lunch, snack time or even as an appetizer for get-togethers with friends and family.
Layered with a smooth cream cheese and mozzarella mixture then topped with crisp cucumber and a stem of green bell pepper, these St. Patrick’s Day Sandwiches are easy and cute, which makes them a fan favorite at nearly any green gathering. They’re also sprinkled with lemon juice to add a little acidity and create a nice, light bite.
Plus, this recipe is quick to make. When you’re in a rush to get everything on the table for the party, it’s easy to throw together and get on the platter in next to no time.
The sandwiches pop off the plate with their bright, seasonal garnishes. While sure to attract attention and have your loved ones asking “Where did you get this idea?” they’re also an easy way to sneak a few vegetables into your kids’ diets.
Find more festive recipes and ideas at Culinary.net.

St. Patrick’s Day Sandwiches

Yield: 8 sandwiches

8 ounces plain cream cheese spread, softened
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
salt
4 English muffins
24 slices cucumber
8 thin slices green pepper
fresh cilantro leaves
lemon juice
lemon slices, for garnish (optional)
In bowl, mix cream cheese spread, mozzarella cheese and salt well.
Split English muffins in half. Cut each muffin half into shamrock shape.
Spread cheese mixture over each muffin half.
Place three cucumbers on each “shamrock,” one on each “leaf.” Use green pepper slice as stem. Place cilantro leaf on top of each sandwich.
Sprinkle sandwiches with lemon juice and add lemon slices, for garnish, if desired.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and vice president of Big Green Umbrella Media.