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Weather… or not

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 4/6/21

Ever wish you could predict the weather? I do. It would make editorial planning for monthly publications like this one a lot easier. For example, publishing stories on snowmobiling and snow hiking seemed liked a  good idea for our March issue when we talked about them in February. We certainly were not anticipating 70 degree days in March, like it was when last month’s issue mailed to homes. Meanwhile, as I write this column on March 31, temperatures are below freezing again. It’s Iowa, right?

Years ago, I managed a weekly newspaper in Grimes that was delivered to homes on Thursdays. We would publish the weekend weather forecast on the front page. I assigned this task to a young reporter and provided him with sources on where to collect the forecast data. This was at a time when we didn’t have weather apps at our fingertips or personal digital assistants to tell us if it was going to rain or not.

After a few weeks of publishing this weekend forecast, I received a call from a reader who asked where we were getting our data, pointing out that we were nowhere close on the forecasted highs and lows. “You were off 20 degrees last week,” he shared.

So when I went back to this “reporter” and asked where he was collecting the data from, he told me, “I make it up. I can do it as well as those dopes on TV.” I then quickly pointed out how those “dopes on TV” had it correct last week and that he was 20 degrees off. And, of course, I pointed out that I didn’t hire him to predict the weather forecast.

Meanwhile, the caller who shared this all with me called back and thanked me for listening and responding, and I thanked him for pointing out the problem. I then learned that he worked for Freese-Notis, a weather forecasting corporation headquartered in Des Moines. He offered to provide the forecast to me, faxing (yes, faxing) me the data each week before press time.

Years went by, and that young reporter caused many additional problems, ultimately ending in an ugly split. Yes, I should have seen that one coming. Our family also moved to a different home about that same time, and I learned that the helpful caller from years prior was now my backyard neighbor. Although we don’t publish weather forecasts in monthly publications for obvious reasons, I can’t help but wonder if he could have predicted the unusually warm weather we had in early March. Oh, well. In the meantime, you better keep those snowmobiles and snow hiking gear ready — just in case. 

Retirement allows artist to follow his dream
Everywhere you turn in the Badd Bones gallery, you see something unique.

Posted 4/6/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The City of Bagley, located 14 miles north of Lake Panorama, seems an unlikely location for an art gallery. Yet that’s exactly where Dan Badding is enjoying every minute, fulfilling his dream of opening a gallery where he can create, display and sell his own art pieces, while providing a creative space for other artists to also sell their work.

The Badd Bones Gallery & Studio is located on Highway 141 on the west edge of town. It’s easy to spot. Just watch for the round red signs hanging on metal cables attached to a pole. Or the brightly painted Partridge Family school bus parked in a grassy area with a firepit and chairs nearby.

“The Iowa DOT says 2,500 vehicles pass this building every day,” Badding says. “When I was still working, I would drive by this building and think this was the perfect spot, mostly because of those big windows.”

Those who know the Badding family know their name is pronounced with a long “a”— as in the word “babe.” But Dan Badding has always signed his artwork with Badd — as in “bad.” The family’s boat is named “Badd to the Bone.” The business logo incorporates a skeletal fish. Badding’s favorite holiday is Halloween because it gives him an excuse to decorate with skeletons. Add it all up, and Badd Bones is the obvious name for this new venture.

Badding retired at the end of 2020 from the family construction business, based in Carroll. His father, Robert Badding, started the business in 1954. Eventually, Dan and his three brothers all joined the business as part owners. The company’s focus is on commercial construction, but it hasn’t always been that way.

“My love for Lake Panorama began when I was just a kid, as Dad was one of the original investors and contractors at the lake,” Badding says. “I can point out a few of the homes he built, as well as the ‘ski lodge’ on the west side that now is part of the St. Thomas More Center.

“I spent more than 47 years as a finish carpenter and job site superintendent, working side by side with some of the best people I’ve ever known,” Badding says. “I’ve always had a need to be creative, but with the business now almost exclusively commercial construction, there were fewer times when I had the opportunity for creative input. Now in retirement, I’m having the time of my life.”

Dan’s wife Sue grew up on a farm near Templeton, and the pair were high school sweethearts at Carroll Kuemper.

“I was the band nerd, and he was the guy who liked fast cars,” Sue says.

They’ve been married 46 years. As a high school graduation gift, Dan designed and built a cedar chest for Sue. Once they got married, his next gift was bigger. It was a house he designed and built in Carroll at the age of 22, including handmade cabinets, all while working full-time for Badding Construction.

“We raised our three kids in Carroll and had a wonderful life in the house that Dan built,” Sue says.

Sue began working part-time at a county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. She applied for and was accepted into the FSA management program, then hired to manage an office in western Iowa.

“We found a beautiful home on 40 acres outside of Denison,” Sue says. “This was a good fit since Badding Construction had a branch office in Denison. We raised miniature horses and hosted many family events and live house concerts there.”

Another promotion sent Sue to the Iowa FSA headquarters in Des Moines. The couple discussed getting an apartment to stay in during the week, but Dan suggested they move closer and split the commute. They both always loved Lake Panorama and remembered fun dates they enjoyed there in their youth.

In 2008, they started looking for a house with Dan insisting on a view and Sue insisting on a yard. They chose a house on a finger of water on the west side of Burchfield Cove that has both. In the yard, Dan displays some of his own art and some he has purchased. They bought an old 16-foot fiberglass boat, which Dan turned into a tree house play area.

As they settled in, they both fell even more in love with Lake Panorama.

“What’s not to love,” Sue asks. “The boating, the fishing, the skiing and tubing, the beaches. It’s a perfect place for our kids and grandkids and other family members and friends to visit us.” 

Sue retired from the FSA seven years ago. The couple has a son and two daughters. All are married, and each has four children. Tony works for Badding Construction and took over Dan’s share of the business when he retired. Robyn and her family live on a farm near Bayard. Keri and her family are in Grimes.

For many years, Badding’s art creations often began as a construction project, using items he salvaged from demolition projects.

“I love to start with something that has been salvaged and find a way to repurpose it into something creative,” he says.

As with his art, the building that houses Badd Bones started as a salvage project. It had been empty for years, and Badding wasn’t sure what he had until he started renovations.

“There was a dropped ceiling in the west part of the building. Once I started to remove it, I discovered a full-sized garage door had been lifted into place and hidden by the ceiling. It took me quite a while to cut it down from there,” he says.

The building got a new roof and more insulation. Badding built a dividing wall to separate the gallery from two studio areas. About one-fourth of the building is a woodworking shop. Cabinets were installed, the concrete floor was polished, and the walls and the exterior were painted.

The gallery is about 700 square feet.

“I love all the windows in the front,” Badding says. “I built four revolving art displays, one inside of each window. I can display at least 10 large art pieces there, which are lit up at night.”

Everywhere you turn in the Badd Bones gallery, you see something unique. The countertop at the front entrance is made of dry erase material, so the Baddings’ 12 grandchildren can draw and leave messages. Underneath are mannequin legs, covered with fluorescent paint to glow in the dark.

Nearby is the Cedar Fridge, which consists of strands of wire on a cedar wall. This is where the 12 Badding grandchildren have their artwork displayed. Other children and grandchildren of featured artists also can display their art.

The main part of the gallery features art on almost every inch of wall, plus on and in display cases. A leather loveseat, two comfy chairs and a colorful round table with four chairs give patrons a place to sit and enjoy the view. Music from the 1970s plays throughout the building.

“It helps the creativity,” Badding says.

He is connecting with other artists, and plans to have pieces from several on display. While he says he personally doesn’t “get too crazy with colors” and prefers to “do things no one else is doing,” his gallery includes colorful paintings and sculptures.

About 20 years ago, and for the first time, Badding displayed a piece of his art in a Valley Junction gallery.

“When the gallery owner called and told me he had sold my piece to the lead singer of the band Slipknot, who was an avid art collector, I was so excited,” Badding says. “But when I went to collect my money, I was told the gallery was keeping 40 percent of the $800 total. I was kind of devastated. Even after all these years I often wish I could buy that piece of art back. That was the last piece I ever displayed in a gallery.”

Since then, he’s never actively tried to sell his art. Sometimes friends would see something in the Badding house and ask if they could buy it or if he would duplicate it for them.

After his experience with the Valley Junction gallery, Badding decided if he ever had his own gallery, he would cut the sales commission in half.

“I believe if you truly love art and the people who create it, you need to take better care of those people,” he says. “I’m not in this for the money; I just love art.”

All of Badding’s art pieces in the gallery, plus the work of artists he invites to place items in the gallery, will be for sale.

“The problem with most artists is they create more than they can store in their home, so they just stop creating, or they hide their pieces away,” Dan says.

“We want to give artists the opportunity to show and sell their work,” Sue says. “So far, most of our artists are from central Iowa, but we also have some in Nebraska and Kansas.”

“Being a contractor, I’ve seen a lot of beautiful homes and businesses where I can’t help but think there are certain rooms or walls that are crying out for a big piece of art,” Badding says. “People spend a lot of money on their homes and businesses, but are a little tight when it comes to their walls. Displaying an original piece of art tells the world you’re an original, too.”

“The thing I love most about art is that there are no rules,” Badding says. “Your imagination and courage are the only things that limit what you can do. There is an endless supply of materials to chose from when someone wants to create art.” 

“Whenever we travel around the country, I am intrigued by the local art scene in each place we visit. I love seeing what other artists are creating and buying pieces to bring home,” he says. “I always get so inspired by what I see, and can’t wait to get back to my studio and try to apply different techniques and styles to my work. Art gives me energy, and feeds my soul.”

The gallery isn’t open regular hours, but the couple is planning to hold monthly Badd Bones Event Nights, starting sometime this spring or summer. Each will feature a visiting artist, or live music, or a special theme. They have talked with representatives of Tori’s Angels, a local non-profit that pays expenses for children with life-threatening illnesses, about that group providing food and drinks during event nights.

Badd Bones Gallery & Studio is on Facebook, and news of upcoming Event Nights will be posted there. Badding says he’s happy to set up appointments with people who want to visit the gallery. Call his cell at 712-830-6802. Or if you’re driving by, and the “open” flag is stuck in the boulder outside, walk on in. Dan will likely be creating something out of salvage, or just enjoying some 1970s music amongst the art. 

Armstrong retires, new LPA security chief  hired
Corey Larsen has been on the LPA staff in a part-time capacity since 2018, working both days and nights, and on both land and water.

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Posted 4/6/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

You might say “there’s a new sheriff in town.” But in this case, the Lake Panorama Association has a new security chief. Jerry Armstrong, who held that position since October 2016, retired March 26. The new LPA security chief is Corey Larsen.

“Jerry’s retirement is bittersweet,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “Jerry has provided consistent and steady leadership to the LPA security department, which the LPA staff, membership and board greatly respect. He’s always a positive and encouraging person who will be dearly missed. But I know Jerry is looking forward to playing lots of golf and enjoying his well-deserved retirement.

“I am pleased to welcome Corey to our LPA management team,” says Rutledge. “Corey’s professional experience and personal demeanor make him the perfect fit for the position of LPA security supervisor. I could not have asked for a smoother transition from Jerry and Corey, and I believe Corey is positioned to be very successful in his new role.”

Armstrong was born and raised in the Panora area. In 1969, he was Lake Panorama’s first security officer for one year and still carries the badge he was issued in his wallet. Soon he began selling Lake Panorama lots.

Then he took a position as national sales manager for Harper Brush in Fairfield. That led to 22 years visiting 165 distributors throughout the country during the week and returning to his wife Nancy and their two children in Panora each weekend. The couple now has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

When Armstrong retired from Harper Brush, he agreed to work part-time for LPA security. That soon turned into a full-time position covering the night shift, which he did for 10 years, before stepping into the LPA security chief role. Now after nearly 14 years, he’s decided to retire from full-time work. The good news is he will continue to work part-time in the security department.

“I’m 77 years old and have been thinking about retirement since last fall,” Armstrong says. “But in the past 14-plus years, I’ve never thought I didn’t want to go to work that day. Lake Panorama is a wonderful community, filled with good people who have become my friends.”

Larsen has been on the LPA staff in a part-time capacity since 2018, working both days and nights, and on both land and water. He has served as a law enforcement officer for 27 years.

Larsen’s father was a police officer for 30 years.

“Growing up in a law enforcement family, I just always knew this is what I wanted to do,” he says.

Larsen was raised in the Atlantic area, graduating from Anita High School. He enlisted in the Air Force, where he served four-and-a-half years. He returned to southwest Iowa and was hired as the Fontanelle police chief in the spring of 1997. Next came a stint in the Greenfield police department, before joining the Audubon County Sheriff’s department in 2001. He moved to the Cass County Sheriff’s office as a deputy in 2009, and recently retired from there.

He and his wife Jessica have two daughters, Faith and Gracelyn. Jessica teaches third grade in the Atlantic school system, and the family lives in Atlantic. In 2016, they purchased a condo at Lake Panorama and began spending much of their summers here, golfing and boating. This past winter, they sold that first condo and purchased a larger one.

“We love the lake,” Larsen says. “Jessica and I talked for several years about making this our retirement home. Owning our first condo here made me realize it would be a great place to work, too, so I took the part-time position. When Jerry started to talk about retiring, I told him I’d be interested in the security chief position.”

Armstrong says his successor has the right personality for the job.

“He’s a good guy,” Armstrong says. “He has 27 years of experience in law enforcement, and knows how to relate to people. He is a homeowner here and will fit right into the community.”

In retirement, Armstrong plans to enjoy more golf, which will include playing in three men’s golf leagues — Wednesday at Lake Panorama National, Tuesday and Thursday at Panorama West. He’s also looking forward to more fishing and time with his great-grandchildren. A retirement event for Armstrong will be planned later in the year, when concerns about large gatherings due to COVID-19 ease.

Nancy Armstrong works part-time at the LPN conference center front desk and doesn’t have any plans to retire in the near future. Jerry gives Nancy credit for making his work in LPA security possible.

“Sometimes the schedule can get crazy, and you have to have a supportive spouse,” he says. “Nancy has always been there for me.”

The Larsens will remain in Atlantic until their girls graduate from school, while also enjoying what Corey calls their “home away from home” at Lake Panorama. “Eventually we will move to Lake Panorama full-time,” he says.

The Lake Panorama Association Security Department is a 24/7 operation, providing many valuable services to the LPA community on both land and water. The security chief is a full-time position. The other full-time employee is Randall Rogers, who works the night shift. On both the day and night shifts, there are 27 checkpoints the officers visit twice during each shift.

Another dozen people work part-time shifts, with more in the summer and fewer in the off-season. Three patrol boats are used during the summer months to monitor lake activity.

Larsen says he welcomes interest from qualified individuals who would like to be considered for a part-time role in the security department, especially for water patrol.

Both Armstrong and Larsen say LPA is lucky to have good support from the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office, the Panora Police department, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“We don’t have arrest powers,” Larsen says. “But we can write tickets and assess fines if needed. My goal is to make sure Lake Panorama members and guests are safe, and doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Safety is always top of mind for me and the other security officers.”

The Security Department phone number is 641-757-9035 and is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

PHOTO: Jerry Armstrong, on the right, retired March 26 after working full-time for the LPA security department the past 14 years. His replacement as LPA security department supervisor is Corey Larsen. Armstrong and Larsen are shown with one of the familiar Lake Panorama security department trucks.

LPN golf pro offering group clinics, private lessons special
Two, three-day clinics will be offered — one for women only and one for beginners.

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Posted 4/6/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Entering his third month on the job as LPN’s head golf professional, Rob Riggins is making good on his promise to grow the game of golf at Lake Panorama through clinics and lessons.

“Everyone learns differently,” Riggins says. “Some people like to get technical and understand every movement of the swing, while others don’t want to be overwhelmed with technique. I work to find a happy medium and give each player a unique learning experience.” Riggins says he also emphasizes teaching how to “play golf”— not just how to swing a club.

The cost of a 45-minute private lesson for adults is $60. Riggins is offering a special price of $90 for those who purchase a package of three private lessons by May 31.

Because Riggins says some players prefer a group setting, this spring he is offering two, three-day clinics, one for women only and one for beginners. The women’s clinic dates are April 17, April 24 and May 1. These are all Saturdays, with the one-hour sessions beginning at 2 p.m.

The clinic for beginners also is on Saturdays at 2 p.m. The dates for this clinic, which will cover the fundamentals of golf, are May 15, May 22 and May 29. Both clinics will be held at Lake Panorama National and cost $60 per person. 

Turning to junior golfers, Riggins is continuing the summer junior golf school that has been a fixture at Lake Panorama National for more than 20 years. There are two sessions to choose from, with one hour of instruction beginning at 10 a.m. every Wednesday in either June or July. The cost is $55 for these junior golf instruction group sessions, which are open to juniors ages 5-16. Riggins also offers private 30-minute lessons for junior golfers at $20.

To sign up for either of the spring clinics or the junior golf sessions, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024. Payment must be made by the time the first session begins for each clinic. To get the private lesson package at the reduced rate of $90, call the pro shop no later than April 30 and finalize the purchase before scheduling your first lesson. The private lesson package can be used anytime this year.

More details are available at www.lakepanoramanational.com/instruction.

Beach Ball planned for July 30 at LPN
Funds from last event made it possible to purchase $70,000 worth of playground equipment for Shady and Boulder beaches.

Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Friends of Lake Panorama will host its fourth Beach Ball fundraiser on Friday, July 30 at Lake Panorama National. The format for the event will be similar to the 2020 Beach Ball, with seating available either in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents on the grass between the conference center and the golf course.

The 2020 Beach Ball had a profit of $30,000. Those funds, along with many direct donations over a year’s time, made it possible to purchase $70,000 worth of playground equipment for Shady and Boulder beaches. The equipment at Shady Beach was installed last fall. The Boulder Beach playground equipment is scheduled to be installed in late April.

A Beach Ball in 2016 raised money for the Sunset Beach playground, while the 2017 Beach Ball helped finance the sports courts at Boulder Beach.

The Friends board of directors discussed plans for the 2021 Beach Ball at their spring meeting March 15. Rather than having a single project to which funds will be directed, the board plans to offer several options.

The board will make a final decision at its May meeting on what projects to promote at the 2021 fundraiser, but the plan is to have information on a handful projects available. This will allow donors interested in a particular project to make a direct donation to that project.

The nonprofit charity’s current priority is the Lake Panorama dog park, which will be one of the projects those attending can learn more about and to which they can make a direct donation. By the end of March, $34,000 had been raised toward the park goal of $50,000.

Other projects being considered by the Friends board are improvements to the trail near Panorama West, a disc golf course, a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach and other beach amenities.

Projects chosen by the Friends board to promote at the Beach Ball will receive a percentage of pooled funds raised at the event, plus all direct donations designated to a specific project.

The 2021 Beach Ball will feature live music, a 50/50 raffle, both live and silent auctions, and other fun, and fundraising, events. Prices for table sponsorships and admission tickets are being finalized with event registration beginning in early May.

Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page. Those interested in keeping up to date with Friends activities are asked to “like” and “share” the Friends 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 by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Anyone with questions or those interested in donating auction items for the 2021 Beach Ball can email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.

2021 LPA annual meeting postponed to June 26
Three people are running for three seats on the LPA seven-member board.

Posted 4/6/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The 52nd annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association will be Saturday, June 26, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lake Panorama National conference center. The meeting was originally scheduled for May 8 but was postponed due to COVID-19 prevention measures.

The new date was set by the LPA board of directors at its March 23 meeting. LPA bylaws provide the annual meeting shall be held no later than the last Saturday of June. To accommodate this scheduling change, the board also exercised emergency discretion to extend the board terms of Larry Babcock, Emily Donovan and Rich Schumacher by one month.

Newly elected board members normally begin their terms at the May board meeting but will instead begin their terms at the June 29 board meeting, three days after the annual meeting.

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 Mary Jane Carothers, LPA board president; Gary Evans, LPA board treasurer; and John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations.

The results of the annual election for the LPA board of directors will be announced at the end of the meeting, and there will be time for audience questions and comments.

An official announcement of the meeting will be sent to all LPA members in early June. 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.

There are no issues this year that require a special vote. The 2021 ballot is simply for electing three members to the LPA board of directors.

Members will be asked to deliver or mail their completed ballot in the numbered envelope to the LPA office before Friday, June 25. 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. Both Emily Donovan and Rich Schumacher are completing their first, three-year terms on the board and are running for a second term. Julie Fulton is seeking a first term on the board.

The director elected with the third-most votes will complete the unexpired term of the late Neil Wright, who was elected in 2019 and resigned because of health reasons in July 2020. Wright’s seat was temporarily filled by the appointment of Larry Babcock. The remaining year of this term will end in May 2022.

LPA bylaws require each board candidate to provide a 100-word statement. This year’s candidate statements are printed here in alphabetical order.

Emily Donovan
Emily Donovan has been a school social worker for Heartland Area Education Agency since 2005 and serves six school districts. She assists districts with developing system-wide social emotional behavioral and mental health services, as well as providing individual support to students with challenging behavior. Donovan has been an active member of the community with 10 Squared Women, Panorama Days 5K committee, helping with her kids’ 4H club, and the Lutheran Church of Hope, Panora, local site team leader. She has served one term on the LPA board in the role of secretary and is seeking a second term.

Julie Fulton
“As a full-time resident of Lake Panorama, I am interested in serving as an LPA board member. Keith and I moved to Panora five years ago after living in the Quad Cities area for over 15 years. We have two sons, Derek and Seth, a daughter-in-law, Lacey, and four grandchildren. Our family loves everything Lake Panorama and this wonderful community of Panora has to offer! Currently, I work with my husband on our business, Heartland Proteins, and I am co-owner of Reshape Fitness Studio, where I share my love of yoga with the Panora community.”

Rich Schumacher
“Deb and I have owned a home on Burchfield Cove for 23 years and enjoy lake life. Three years ago, I received the opportunity to serve on the LPA board. My 45 years in the insurance business has helped me in this capacity, and I’ve served three years on the land sales committee, three on the building codes committee and two as vice-president of the board. It’s a pleasure to have worked on the water plant and maintenance facility improvements. With your support, I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the association members of the LPA.”

RECIPE: Vegetarian stuffed peppers

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By Jolene Goodman
Posted 4/6/21

Spring is the time to get back into your yard and garden to prepare for the growing season ahead.  My mother is the one I thank for nurturing my love for gardening. Her green thumb turned our yard into a patchwork of blooms, color and texture that we all admired and enjoyed. However, she was never interested in a vegetable garden. Although, we did grow strawberries and rhubarb, which explains the sweet tooth I battle today.

A produce garden has always intrigued me, growing and caring for plants that would produce food we can eat. How satisfying!  However, it has only been in the last 10 or so years that I have been successful in cultivating plants that produce something my family will enjoy. I just planted butter lettuce and spinach and look forward to adding in larger plants like tomatoes, peppers and herbs in May. This month’s recipe caught my eye as I look forward to the peppers we pick in July.

Going back to my sweet tooth, I have two amazing rhubarb crisp recipes that I will share next time.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and resides with her husband Shane on Lake Panorama.



Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: about 1 hour
Servings: 4

Ingredients
4 red bell peppers
1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, vegetable oil, divided
1 cup white onion (about 1 medium), 1/4-inch diced
4 cups cremini or brown mushrooms (about 1 pound), 1/4-inch diced
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Real California Oaxaca cheese, shredded
cooked white rice, for serving

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 F.
    Rub bell peppers with 1 tablespoon oil then use grill, broiler or gas stovetop burner to cook peppers, turning occasionally, until well charred, 12-15 minutes. Transfer to bowl, cover and set aside until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
    In large skillet over medium heat, warm remaining oil. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, 3-5 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic salt and black pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are browned and liquid is almost entirely evaporated, 7-10 minutes.
    Rub charred skin from bell peppers. Slice off tops and remove seeds. Fill bell peppers with mushroom mixture, top with cheese and arrange in baking dish. Replace bell pepper tops and bake until cheese melts, 8-10 minutes. Serve with cooked rice.

OBITUARY: STEVE MOLINE

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Posted 4/6/21

Stephen “Steve” Harold Moline, 60, husband of Kathryn “Kathy” Mary Moline of Panora, passed away on March 14, 2021, surrounded by family in his home after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 23, 1960, in Fort Dodge, along with his twin brother Scott, he was the son of the late James and Margaret Moline.

Steve grew up on the farm in Rolfe, which played a major role in what shaped him during his formative years. Steve would be the first to credit his parents in helping to mold him into the wonderful man, husband, parent, brother and friend that he became. After graduating from Rolfe High School, Steve attended Iowa State University where he left with a degree in Agricultural Economics and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Iowa. Steve spent a short period of his professional career in the private law sector before spending the bulk of his career at the Iowa Attorney General Office’s Farm Division as an Assistant Attorney General. Steve spent the last part of his career as the Division Director for the Iowa Department of Agriculture. He took great pride in being a public servant and devoted his career to “helping the good guys.” His colleagues will remember his intellect, wit, humor and directness in helping navigate the State of Iowa through many difficult situations.

Steve met the love of his life, Kathy, at the AG’s office where they both worked and would go on to be married in 1988. They moved to Dallas Center in 1991 where they would raise their two sons, Jake and Adam, who would go on to be Steve’s greatest accomplishments. Steve and Kathy made a great team and will forever be remembered as such. Nothing was more important to Steve than his family and his faith. Steve became a fixture of the community in Dallas Center through coaching his boys and their friends in baseball, basketball and football on countless teams. He served on the DCG school board and helped to move the school district forward during some trying times.

Steve had many passions in life, but few superseded his love for golf and the Iowa State Cyclones, both of which can let you down more often than not, but the good times always keep you coming back. Steve and Kathy moved to Lake Panorama in 2010 where they built their dream home and were able to enjoy 10 years of building new friendships and playing in golf outings together. Steve and Kathy won the last tournament they played in together, the “Divorce Open” at LPN, while Steve was battling cancer.

Steve was a great example of how a person can be both hardworking and empathetic. His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone who knew him. He had no major regrets in life other than what he will miss. We will miss Steve every day but know that he is already watching over us and will continue to live on through those who knew and loved him.

Steve is survived by his spouse, Kathy of Panora; his sons, Jake (Maddy) of Adel and Adam (Angie) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; his two grandchildren, Hazel Mae and George Stephen of Adel; his brother, Scott (Jayne Tabor) of Indianola; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Margaret, and his infant brother (Baby Moline).

A service for close friends and family was held Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Dallas Center United Methodist Church in Dallas Center. A private burial will be held later this spring.

To make a contribution in memory of Steve, please visit GiGi’s Playhouse at https://gigisplayhouse.org/desmoines/. Arrangements by Iles Brandt Chapel - Dallas Center.
 

DOUG HEMPHILL RETIRES AS PRESIDENT OF FARMERS STATE BANK

Posted 4/6/21

Doug Hemphill, president and CEO of Farmers State Bank of Yale (FSB), retired as president on March 17. His successor is former vice president, Scott Stanley. Hemphill will continue as the bank’s CEO.

Hemphill has been with FSB for more than 46 years. In his time at the bank, he has overseen a number of changes including building updates, regulations and new banking products and services. The biggest changes at the bank have occurred in the area of technology.

“Technology has had such an effect at the bank. When I started, all of the bookkeeping was done manually with posting machines,” Hemphill said. “Now the bookkeeping is done with computers in the cloud. It’s amazing. Every employee has a computer on their desk.”

Hemphill cites his biggest accomplishment as growing FSB from $5.9 million in 1975 to $60 million in 2021.

“Helping drive the bank growth over the years has been what I’ll be most proud of,” he says. “It really has been a wonderful career.”

As far as his successor, Hemphill has nothing but positive comments.

“After working with Scott for over 11 years, I know that he has the skills to manage the bank and to continue providing FSB’s customers the same high quality, trustworthy service that they have come to expect.”

Stanley graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in finance in 2006. He was hired by FSB in 2009 as a loan officer and was promoted to vice president in 2015. On his promotion to president, Stanley is excited about the future at the bank.

“FSB’s foundation has been, and will continue to be, built on customer relationships, trust and community,” he states. “We take great pride in providing excellent customer service and supporting our community. Our customer service is how we differentiate ourselves amongst other financial institutions.”

On his predecessor, Stanley is thankful and complimentary.

“Doug has been a tremendous leader for this organization. It would be tough to find anyone else who is more professional or knowledgeable in banking. I can’t thank him enough for his 46 years of dedication to FSB. He’s taught me many of these traits, and I look forward to utilizing them for the years to come.”

Stanley goes on to say, “I want to sincerely thank Doug and the board of directors for giving me the opportunity to lead FSB. I look forward to continuing FSB’s legacy, deepening customer relationships and growing the bank. Our customers’ financial interest has always been and will always be our first priority.”

Farmers State Bank serves customers in Yale and the surrounding communities. It offers checking accounts, certificates of deposit, loans, commercial services, mortgages and a variety of additional banking services. For more information, visit www.yalebankiowa.com.

ASK LAKE PANORAMA TIMES

Posted 4/6/21
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.  Submit your questions at www.lakepanoramatimes.com/contact-us or email shane@dmcityview.com.

I understand that I can’t have a fuel tank on my dock, but can I elsewhere on my property?
According to the LPA Rules & Regulations handbook, no fuel storage tank larger than 20 gallons shall be installed, above or below ground, other than for the storage of heating fuel or propane.

I have heard various comments about what can be burned and what can’t be burned on my private lake property. Can you set the record straight?
Yes, the policy is quite clear in the LPA Rules & Regulations handbook, which states that the burning of household refuse and other materials is not permitted. Burning of materials such as leaves, branches, trees or other items that grow on one’s property is permitted.

What is the speed limit on the roads around Lake Panorama?
Lane Rumelhart, LPA Projects Manager, offers these rules pertaining to LPA’s streets, parks and other controlled areas. A 25 mph speed limit is imposed on all designated residential streets. A 35 mph speed limit is imposed on roads designated as service roads. All vehicles shall be subject to the traffic rules and regulations posted. All vehicles are subject to State of Iowa Laws for equipment and operation if not superseded by specific Lake Panorama Association regulations. Iowa State laws apply for motor vehicles.

CARD OF THANKS

Posted 4/6/21

Submit free cards of thanks at www.lakepanoramatimes.com/contact-us


Perhaps you sent a lovely card
or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a floral piece
if so, we saw it there.


Perhaps you spoke the kindest words
as any friend could say.
Perhaps you were not there at all
just thought of us that day.


Whatever you did to console our hearts
We thank you so much, whatever the part.

Love all who you hold dear.
Precious is the time you share.
Do not wait for tomorrow
for tomorrow may not be…

Thanks for keeping us in your
thoughts and prayers.

Jolene Wright
Nichole Campbell and family
Buddy and Joell Herrick and family
Danny and Gina Cunningham and family

TRISH HART’S NATURE PHOTO OF THE MONTH

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Posted 4/6/21

Trish Hart was featured in a story in the March edition of Lake Panorama Times along with vibrant photos she has taken of Lake Panorama wildlife. Response to that feature led us to ask Hart if she’d provide a monthly nature photo for this publication, and she heartily agreed.

Many of Hart’s photos are of birds, which she captures digitally 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, enjoying some 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 here in Iowa 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.

Hart launched “Nature’s Canvas Photography” on Facebook in January 2021, offering custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook.

Q&A: LPA BUILDING CODES, BUOYS, WETLANDS AND MORE

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Posted 4/6/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Lane Rumelhart is in his second 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 has taken over management of 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 upcoming 2021 projects.

Q. How many building permits were issued by the LPA in 2020?
A. In 2020, LPA issued 93 building permits and 70 land disturbing permits. Twenty-six of the building permits were new homes. I am starting to see a trend of members demolishing old homes and building new homes over the existing areas. Members are limited by the size of the lot and the septic field required for the home. More and more lots are maximizing septic and lateral field areas for homes. I work closely with the Guthrie County Sanitarian, Mike Stringham, to ensure all homes have the required space for their lateral field.

Q. What projects require a building permit or land disturbing permit?
A. New homes, additions, garages (both attached and detached), storage sheds, decks, gazebos, fences, swimming pools, permanent docks, shoreline shelters and any other structure that would require adequate footings to be built all require building permits. Remodel projects inside the home, redoing a roof, or anything that doesn’t change the footprint of the home or structure does not need a permit.

Any kind of excavation that is closer than 100 feet to the lake or disturbs more than 1,000 square feet of land requires a land disturbing permit. If a homeowner wants to pave an existing driveway, they don’t need a land disturbing permit. But if a member is creating a new type of walkway or driveway, a permit would be required. Lot clearing, basement repairs, and most new landscaping projects require a land disturbing permit.

Bottom line – if you have questions whether you need a permit for a planned project, it’s always best to call me and ask. When in doubt, give LPA a shout.

Q. For those who want to do their own research, how can people view or get a copy of the LPA building codes?
A. We have all the necessary forms on the LPA website — lakepanorama.org. We have a direct link to the codes on the main page. I also can email the codes. Send requests to lrumelhart@lakepanorama.org. During these COVID times, members also can schedule a time to stop by the office and pick up a copy of the codes, rules and regulations, etc. by calling 641-755-2301.

Q. What is the process members should follow if they are thinking about building something?
A. 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 seven to 10 days. Smaller projects usually take three to five 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.

Q. What are the responsibilities of the volunteer building codes committee?
A. The Building Codes Committee (BCC) has an important job. Their two main functions are to recommend any updates to the LPA building codes and to hear variance requests from members. The main goal of the committee is to uphold LPA’s aesthetic integrity and protect the quality of the environment around the lake.

I do my best to give the committee a clear interpretation of the LPA codes and rules along with a description of each member’s request for a variance. The committee members decide which variances to recommend to the LPA Board of Directors for granting. The BCC meets the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. to review member requests.

The committee needs a specific reason to grant a variance. For example, the LPA Building Codes state homes shall be built with a roof pitch that is 6/12 or steeper. Lately, many home designs have incorporated a more “modern” look with a shallower pitch, like a 4/12 pitch. These homes are still designed with acceptable aesthetics to LPA. The committee has approved many requests for a shallower roof pitch. If the BCC does not grant a request, the group does their best to offer alternative options that would be acceptable to LPA.

This committee also offers sound advice on changes made to the building codes and permit forms. Last year, I worked with the members to add language to our codes about renewable energy sources being added to homes. As times change, necessary adjustments are made to keep new ideas in line with LPA’s goals. The Building Codes Committee is a great starting point for these modifications.

Q. Last year you guided work on a water safety survey. Has anything happened because of that?
A. The survey showed LPA needed to emphasize two key areas leading into 2021 — buoy readability and water security. I worked with Jerry Armstrong, who has been the LPA security chief the last four years and recently retired, to tackle buoy readability. We ordered new stickers for all buoys that had Hazard, Dam, Keep Right, No Boats, and Ski Area verbiage.

These new stickers now have the wording placed at the top of the buoy. The old verbiage had half of the phrase on top, and the other half below the symbol. This was an issue as summer progressed because algae and other scum would accumulate on these words and make the language unreadable. These stickers are vinyl wraps that have been wrapped around the top of all the older buoys.

LPA also took a hard look at which buoys caused most concern from the membership. The “Slow No Wake” and “10 MPH” buoys were talked about quite often. LPA ordered all new “No Wake” and “10 MPH” buoys that are 20 inches taller than the previous buoys. The previous buoys were 60 inches tall, and these new ones are 80 inches tall. We also added two 80-inch buoys to replace the “Keep Right” buoys in the Narrows. We will be adding signage to these buoys regarding the towing restrictions in the Narrows on weekends and holidays.

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?
A. Helen’s Wetland was built in 2016 and is on the east side of Sage Trail, northeast of the LPA East Campground. Hughes Wetland was built in 2017 and is north of 200th street, north of the Fin and Feather building. The Smith Wetland was built in 2019 and is on the north side of 180th, north of Burchfield Cove.

Managing the wetlands is one of my favorite parts of this job. I adjust the pool levels according to the time of year. I try to get a higher pool elevation from March through October to catch more silt during the time period we are likely to receive rain. I lower the level in the winter months to put less stress on the grouted riprap by the wetland overflow structure.

I also look at the vegetation around each wetland to make sure native flora gets established. Right now I am trying to get a better establishment of native plants on the Smith Wetland, as it is our newest management area. It often takes three to five years for a wetland to get a healthy establishment.

We have plans to add a fourth wetland north of the Smith Wetland in the future. We have encountered some additional regulatory hoops to jump through for this project, so it has set our timeline back a bit. We still plan to get it accomplished.

LPA RIZ’s No. 1 goal with these wetlands is to stop silt from entering Lake Panorama. There are secondary benefits, too, such as the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water. These chemicals are part of the reason blue algae blooms occur in the summer. LPA has previously conducted some sampling of the wetlands to measure nitrogen reduction of the impoundment and had results consistent with other wetlands across Iowa.

Q. As LPA project manager, one of your responsibilities is to oversee and assist with new projects, often at Lake Panorama’s three beaches. What will be new in 2021?
A. Members will notice a new retaining wall at Boulder Beach this summer. Whether you are driving by on your boat or playing in the sand, you cannot miss this new addition. The old retaining wall was overgrown and started to fail. During the fall of 2020, LPA decided it was time for an upgrade. Now parents can easily sit behind the wall and see their children playing without being blocked by overgrown shrubs. We have discussed adding some benches behind the wall to make time at the beach more enjoyable. Some planters will be added later this spring to add some color to the area, while remaining easy to maintain.

Some projects I’m involved in are funded by donations to Friends of Lake Panorama. I helped coordinate the new playground installation at Shady Beach last fall and am doing the same thing now with the new playground at Boulder Beach, with installation planned in late April. As they did at Shady Beach, the LPA maintenance staff will handle the ground preparation by digging out the area for the equipment. Boland Recreation’s team then will install the pieces and LPA staff will come back to fill in the area with mulch. I’m also assisting with plans for three new memorial benches this spring.

Fundraising for a dog park continues through Friends and is just starting to take shape. I adjusted our agreement with the tenant on the LPA hay ground that will be used for the park. I have flagged the area so members can see the rough size and shape of the park and will be working to finalize construction estimates soon and hopefully break ground in August. The construction likely will be done in two phases. The first phase will include the fencing installation and turf establishment. More of the amenities like signage and water hookup will take place next spring.

Q. You’ve described your position as project manager as being a utility player in sports, meaning you handle a variety of things rather than specializing in just one thing. Were you a utility player in high school sports?
A. I played four sports all four years of high school — football, wrestling, golf and baseball. I stuck to just wrestling for four years at Central College. I now help coach wrestling at ACGC High School. When I’m not on the mat, I enjoy pursuing whitetails and helping my family manage our farms for better wildlife. I also have a close group of friends I enjoy spending time with. We usually get together to watch sports, golf or play yard games. I enjoy reading personal development books and am always taking recommendations for some new reading, so feel free to send your ideas my way!

LAKE DOG & COVE CAT

Posted 4/6/21
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

LAKE DOG

Name: Rory
Age: 2 years old
Breed: Cavapoo (King Charles Cavalier/poodle)
Owners: Sherri and Scott Miller
Rory enjoys walks and rides in boats, golf carts or cars. Just say “ride,” and her ears perk up.  She even has her own car seat in the boat and in the cars so she can find just the right viewing spot. Rory jumps in it herself and waits to be buckled in. She is owner Sherri’s shadow and enjoys spending time with granddaughter Ellie (pictured), too. Rory likes to play fetch but doesn’t appreciate the squirrels or geese so much.


COVE CAT

Name: Hailey Jo
Age: 13 years old
Breed: Mixed Calico
Owners: Joan and Bill Fisher
Hailey Jo, a seven-toed cat, enjoys having her tummy rubbed, sitting on the deck and following the sun around to the west side to look at the lake. When the boats are in, she naps on them under the lift canopy. Hailey Jo is an outdoor kitty, but she has a heated “condo” in the garage and is closed in the garage every night for safety. She does come in the house and has been trained to only lay on strategically placed towels. When she wants to go outside, she comes to find you and walks to the nearest door to be let out. She’s very sweet and seems to love everyone. Even non-cat people can’t resist her sweet charms.


Suggest Lake Panorama residents and their pets for us to cover on the Lake Panorama - Lake Dogs and Cove Cats Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LakePanoramaDogsAndCats
 

ON THE LAKE
A wrestler who left his mark... snowmobiles... and a few thank yous

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 3/9/21

Growing up in north central Iowa, my friends and I spent a lot of time on snowmobiles. Snow was in abundance, and we had no fear. Snowmobiles in the 1970s and 1980s don’t compare to what can be found today, but we were still in heaven. Of course, our 1972 and 1973 Sno-Jets were broken down much of the time, but, thankfully, my brother Steve enjoyed fixing them. I just liked to ride. The need for speed was exhilarating with the feeling of snow hitting our faces, the sound of the engines humming and the smell of fuel in the air. I have great memories of snowmobiling in my youth, but I have not had many chances to re-live those experiences as an adult. Snow has typically not been in abundance in this neck of the woods, and bouncing on snow drifts doesn’t sound as appealing to this 52-year-old today. Even so, this month’s feature on snowmobiling brought back a lot of great memories, which brings me to my next subject.

A few thank yous
I want to share a few thank yous to some folks who contributed to this month’s issue. Darren Tromblay has been a longtime co-worker and friend who I first met at Waldorf College in 1987. We have worked together at newspapers including The Tri-County Times, The Nevada Journal, The Dallas County News and, in recent years, CITYVIEW and our Iowa Living magazines. He continues to do freelance writing for us today, and he wrote the snowmobiling and hiking features in this issue, as well as the ice fishing story last month. Thank you, Darren.

I also want to thank Trish Hart, who is featured in a story this month along with her incredible photography, which we also used as our banner photo this month. We hope to feature more of her work in months ahead.

A PHS wrestling legend
Congratulations are in order for Panorama High School’s Wyatt Appleseth, who reached the finals of the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s state wrestling tournament in the Class 2A 160 pound weight class. He dropped a 7-2 decision to Solon’s Hayden Taylor in the championship match. Appleseth is Panorama’s only four-time state tournament qualifier and logged an incredible 170 career wins. He is the son of Ann and Mike Appleseth.

Looking forward to summer
As winter winds down and warmer months start creeping in, we will all be itching to get back to summertime activities at Lake Panorama. And we look forward to sharing your stories.
As always, thanks for reading.

Snowmobiling around Lake Panorama
Near-record snowfall totals kept the trails busy this winter season.

Posted 3/9/21
By Darren Tromblay
Lake Panorama Times

This is the time of year when Lake Panorama’s Mike Patten rues.

As winter outdoor sports wind down around Lake Panorama in direct proportion with the rate in which temperatures go up, the president of the Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers snowmobiling club looks back on what has been an outstanding couple of months of “sledding.”

Central Iowa was blessed with record-breaking snowfall totals in 2020-21. And while most people stayed inside and complained about Ol’ Man Winter, Patten and his group of 30 to 35 members were outside taking full advantage of it. As were others. The Lake Panorama area and surrounding trails are a perfect combination of beauty and fun for snowmobilers of all ages.

Area snowmobilers have been chomping at the bit for the last five years to get out, throttle up, and put some miles on their sleds.

“In the mid 1990s, we had good snow, but had no grooming machines,” Patten said. “We just kind of freelanced around. Ironically, the last five years, the machines have been better, but the snow has been spotty. This was the first season in which a trail could be ridden for more than a week.”

Like its summer brethren the waverunner, snowmobiling can be a great winter outdoor activity for young and old alike. That is, if the snow falls. Here in Iowa, that’s touch and go. One big snowfall does not necessarily mean weeks and weeks of great riding.

“One of our biggest problems is that we get a blizzard, and then it takes a couple of days to get the snow settled down to where we can enjoy it,” Patten said. “And then we have a day or two before it melts. When it snows, we have to hit it hard.”

Being a part of the club
Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers Media Director Jim Wyckoff said the popularity of snowmobiling reached a peak in the 1970s and has tapered off ever since. Former President Eric Chrystal helped jumpstart the club, bringing in new members, sponsorships and, most importantly, renewed interest in the sport. Now that baton has been passed to Patten.

The Chasers became involved with the Iowa State Snowmobile Association (ISSA) in 2009 and won the ISSA Club of the Year award in 2011.

In the ISSA, the state is divided into 10 regions, with individual clubs within each. The Raccoon River Valley Snow Chasers is in Region 7 and includes members from Guthrie, Greene and Dallas counties. Everything within the club is done on a volunteer basis, Patten said. Each club applies for grants through ISSA, which allocates funds to the clubs, covering costs such as fuel and repairs for groomers.

Wyckoff said the efforts of the Patten family have made a great deal of difference, not only in keeping and recruiting new members, but in helping acquire the grooming machines that have made riding much more pleasant.

“They do a great job of keeping the club active,” Wyckoff said of the Pattens’ efforts. “We currently have about 120 miles of groomed trails, and it makes the riding really nice.”

Overall, nearly 8,000 miles of snowmobile trails exist in the state of Iowa for riders to enjoy.

The club gathers the second Thursday of each month, November through March, at the Lake Panorama Conference Center.

“They provide us a good menu, good wait staff, good food, and we really enjoy holding the meetings there,” Wyckoff said.

At the meetings, members review finances and take care of business like most clubs do, but most of the time, Patten says, it’s just about getting together with friends.

“Most of the time, we just get together, have fun, and talk about what we’ve done, where we rode, and how the trails are looking,” Patten says.

Yearly membership dues are $40. It is $10 more for a Raccoon River Bike Trail pass, which riders must possess if they plan on taking the trail.

Looking back
Both men have long histories in snowmobiling, dating back to when they were young children. For Patten, his love of the sport extends beyond just getting outside with some friends.

“I grew up doing it, and I like the family aspect of it, but I also like that when it’s cold and snowing out, and everyone is complaining and moaning, you’re the one who is excited,” he said. “You get to go out there and have a great time.”

Wyckoff remembers the days in which he’d have his sled parked in the garage as much as he’d have it outside and running properly.

“Back then, you worked on them more than you rode them,” Wyckoff joked. “Technology has greatly improved over the years. They are so much better ergonomically, and they’re more reliable. Modern snowmobiles are considerably safer than those of decades past. They’re much more expensive, too, but it’s a greater pleasure to ride them these days.”

His father turned Wyckoff on to snowmobiling when he was 10 years old. His first sled was a 1969 Galaxy, followed by a 1971 Ski Doo Nordic. Wyckoff said he got away from the sport once he graduated from high school and moved on to other things in life. But the itch was still there. His decision to scratch it was one of the best he’s made.

“About 20 years ago, I was trying to figure out where I was going to take my family on vacation in the winter, and we decided to go to Yellowstone for a snowmobile tour through the park,” Wyckoff says. “That was an awesome experience. We got to go down snow-covered roads right in Yellowstone Park, rode right next to buffalo that were walking beside the road. That kind of got me back into it, and I’ve been doing that for the past 20 years or so on a regular basis, including several trips to Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

The rules of law
Snowmobiling rules are similar to those for cars, only you’re not riding on the road, Patten says. He offered the following tips for snowmobilers:

Make sure you know the area or go with someone who does.

Stop at the stop signs along highways and watch out for cars.

Never ride alone, which is probably the most important tip.

Speed is mostly common sense. “I think 50 mph is a good number. We put low speed limits in town to help keep the noise down.”

Wear good gear. “It was so cold this year, and people would ask how we could snowmobile in that weather. If you have good gear, you’ll be all right. There’s no such thing as poor weather, just poor clothing.”

Snowmobilers must have an updated registration as well, Wyckoff added, which can be obtained from your local county courthouse. Riders also have to have a state trail pass, including for the Raccoon River Bike Trail, which riders have to obtain as well.

LPA rules
According to John Rutledge, general manager of the Lake Panorama Association, snowmobilers are required to follow LPA rules and guidelines:

All regulations regarding snowmobiles promulgated by the State of Iowa shall apply, including, but not limited to, age restrictions.

The off-road recreational vehicle regulations and laws of the State of Iowa shall apply to the Lake Panorama Subdivision.

Snowmobiles may be operated on a member’s lot only, or on areas specifically designated by the Lake Panorama Board of Directors or LPA management as authorized by the Board of Directors.

Rutledge says the bottom line is people can snowmobile on the lake and on the marked route that is maintained by the Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers organization.

“As long as they are on the marked trail and are doing things safely along that trail, we’re fine with it,” he says.

Rutledge encourages people to be especially vigilant now as the season winds down.

“The rapidly increasing temperatures, along with rainfall and snow melt, can make the ice variable and unsafe,” he says. “We encourage people to use a lot of caution as we move into the thaw period.”

Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers Board Members
• Mike Patten - president
• Craig Flack - safety director
• Jim Wyckoff - media director

For more information, email Mike Patten at mjpat76@aol.com or Jim Wyckoff at jim@jimwyckoff.com. To join the club, email Patten or call him at 515-669-0473. The club meets the second Thursday of each month.

Take a hike!
It’s been a great year for snow lovers.

Posted 3/9/21
By Darren Tromblay
Lake Panorama Times

Perennial snow-lovers Coop and Tim Rickert of Lake Panorama left town in mid-January for the warmer weather of the west, thinking Iowa might be in for another snow-shy winter.

Boy, were they wrong.

“We love Iowa snows and were bummed this year that we left just when the Iowa winter was firing up,” Coop laughs. “We love to have a fire inside, but we also have been known to have a fire in the fire pit outside in the middle of winter. All our friends in Iowa kept telling us how much snow they were getting, and we were wishing we’d stayed!”

Normally, the Rickerts can be found around Lake Panorama doing one of the things they enjoy most in the winter: hiking.

“We hike a lot on the par-3 golf course in the snow and on the nearby cross country trail,” she says.

The wooded area just outside of the 9-hole Panorama West golf course normally used for high school cross country meets during the fall provides a spectacular winter backdrop for the pair, who have been hiking together since 2003.

“It’s 2 miles, maybe a little more, and it’s where we really enjoy hiking; it’s just gorgeous,” Rickert says. “You’ll see wildlife like deer, fox, owls — and it’s just peaceful. The wildlife is simply amazing.”

The man-made trail near Panorama West is groomed, with no gravel used in the process. Just the way they like it.

“We like it because it’s natural,” Rickert says.

Both will bring walking sticks and have learned to layer up over the years.

“Even if it’s below 0, we’ll go,” Rickert says. “We just make sure we have enough layers on our feet, hands and face, especially.”

 The walking sticks have been more of a benefit than she could have imagined.

“Tim bought them for me for Christmas one year and saw how quickly I could walk and how much easier it was,” she says. “I don’t know how I even did it without them in the past.”

Rickert says they always carry a backpack with them to store necessities. Even though it’s cold, they pack water and the requisite hand and feet warmers. In the backpack is also a first aid kit, and the pair have bandanas tied to their walking sticks to help with any watery eyes and/or runny noses that frequently happen during walks in the winter. Phones are kept in an inside pocket in their jackets and near their bodies to avoid battery drain in the cold.

All in all, it’s a winter wonderland for Rickerts and others alike.

“That’s one of the things we like about Lake Panorama — on both the east and west sides — is that there are no sidewalks,” she says. “It’s just a real natural setting; it’s a little oasis in itself. We often go on what we call ‘deer patrol’ in the evenings in our golf cart on the Lake Panorama roads in the spring, summer and fall, and we count the deer. There have been a couple of times where we’ve counted more than 80 deer in less than an hour.”

NEW HEAD GOLF PRO HIRED AT LPN
Rob Riggins comes from the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, where he was a golf professional, tournament director and golf instructor for nearly three years.

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Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Rob Riggins is the new head golf professional at Lake Panorama National Resort and has been on the job since early February. Riggins has extensive experience in various aspects of the golf industry and has a passion for growing the game of golf with both juniors and adults.

“I am excited to welcome Rob to Lake Panorama National,” says Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager. “He brings years of experience to LPN. As he settles in, I believe Rob will create an experience that our membership will be proud of. His passion for teaching will grow the game, which ultimately will increase membership at Lake Panorama National and Panorama West.”

Riggins comes to LPN from the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, where he was a golf professional, tournament director and golf instructor for nearly three years.

He got his start in golf at a young age.

“I grew up in southern California in a town called Saugus, about 30 miles north of Los Angeles. My uncle would drag me to the course when I was a kid. He would just hand me a club and say ‘I’ll meet you at the green.’ I was hooked from the first moment,” Riggins says. “Other times my aunt would drop me off at the course on her way to work and pick me up on her way home. I would spend all day playing and practicing.”

While in California, Riggins was a tournament player for 10 years on multiple golf tours.

“I played a few professional golf tours over the years. For instance, the Asian Tour, Canadian Tour, a few Korn Ferry events and some professional mini tours in the U.S.,” he says. “The hardest part about playing golf for a living is being on a different golf course all the time and expecting to play great.”

He was the tournament director and golf professional at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita, California, for four years. He also worked at four other golf courses in Valencia, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles.

Riggins moved from California to Iowa eight years ago.

“For those of us not born in Iowa, it seems we find our way here for either love or a job. I moved here for love, then also found a job,” he says.

He was hired as the general manager and director of golf instruction at Jester Park, a position he held for four years before moving to the Des Moines Golf and Country Club. He currently lives in the West Des Moines area. After settling in Iowa, Riggins played in the Iowa Open a few times when it was at Lake Panorama.

“I have always admired the Lake Panorama National Resort,” he says. “I’m so pleased to be here and look forward to helping our members and guests in any way I can.”

Riggins says golf instruction is a passion of his.

“I enjoy helping people advance their skills as a golfer. Seeing positive results in their game reflects directly on their desire to play,” he says. “I plan to develop and grow golf clinics and group lessons, because the group atmosphere seems less intimidating. The feeling everyone is watching you is a big fear to those just beginning, and the group environment seems to help players get past that.”

Riggins says he prefers to work with smaller groups.

“Five or six people is my comfort zone to ensure enough attention is given to everyone,” Riggins says. “Private lessons also will be available by appointment.”

Lake Panorama National has offered a junior golf school for more than 20 years, and Riggins plans to build on that to further advance the game of golf at the LPN.

“Growing up, I was involved in a great junior golf program,” he says. “I love to see juniors excited about playing and getting better. The current program will remain, and I will do everything I can to grow the junior program further.”

Riggins says his first few weeks on the job have been spent “getting my head wrapped around the operation. I don’t like change just for the sake of change. I like to evaluate first,” he says. “I’m sure there will be some changes as we move forward. All 2021 tournaments and special events on the calendar will remain in place. I would like to add some new, fun events and am putting ideas together.”

Riggins plans to play a key role in all LPN golf leagues, and also is eager to help at Panorama West in any way possible.

“I want everyone to feel welcome and wanted,” he says. “I have been involved with all the different leagues at the courses I have been at, and I expect to give everyone the same attention here.”

Michael Kleinwolterink started working at the LPN as a teenager in the cart barn, moved to the pro shop, and was the first assistant pro there for many years. Beginning in 2016, he spent two years as manager of the Links restaurant. In 2018, he returned to the pro shop as manager, a position he continues to hold.

“Michael is a big part of the operation. He has been involved for a long time, and I will lean on him throughout the season,” says Riggins. “Michael does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work at the club, and LPN is very lucky to have him.”

In terms of merchandise offered in the LPN pro shop, Riggins says much of that has already been ordered for the 2021 season. But, as he gets more familiar with current vendors and sees what members and guests like, some merchandising changes may occur.

“I want the shop full of merchandise that members of the club can be proud of,” he says.

Riggins is eager to get the 2021 golf season underway.

“I understand what drives golfers to do what they do and relate to the enthusiasm as well as the despair that this game can bring,” he says. “I want members at both Lake Panorama golf courses to know I am always available. They can stop by, call or email me with any questions or concerns. I am here to help.”

The Lakeside Village director receives Community Impact Award
Amanda Creen recognized for making a positive impact on society through her own volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

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Posted 3/9/21

Amanda Creen, director at The Lakeside Village, a senior living community located on Lake Panorama, recently was awarded the 2020 Community Impact Award by Jaybird Senior Living. The Lakeside Village is managed by Jaybird Senior Living, which has more than 60 properties in its portfolio and is the largest operator of senior living communities in the Midwest.

The Community Impact Award is given to an individual who has made a positive impact on society through his/her own volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an already precarious staffing pipeline to plunge into dangerous waters. Guthrie County lacked opportunities for area citizens to further their education and gain employment.

When she learned of the Future Ready Iowa Earn & Learn and Employer Innovation grants, Creen dove head-first into passionately lobbying for the funds that would present opportunities for local residents. Her efforts paid off, and the community was awarded more than $245,000 to assist with programming, compensation, training accommodations and educational materials.

“Over 200 people have taken CNA classes, and all will go on to be advanced CNAs. Fifty people have become ServSafe certified, and 15 have taken the Iowa assisted living manager course. None of this would have been possible if it would not have been for Amanda working so hard to help others advance their lives,” says Marla Hammer, hospitality coordinator at The Lakeside Village.

The annual Jaybird Achievement Awards were announced in the fall of last year. This was the inaugural award cycle with 11 awards given in the following categories: Community Director of the Year, Community Nurse of the Year, Community Team Member of the Year, Jaybird Team Member of the Year, Dare to Dream of the Year, Innovation Award, and Community Impact Award. As appreciation for their dedication to providing red carpet service, each winner received a cash prize and award.

For more information, call (800) 366-6716, or visit www.jaybirdSL.com

10 Squared Women of Guthrie County presents donations
Bagley Public Library was chosen to receive the first round of funding for 2021.

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Posted 3/9/21

The 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held its first quarter meeting both live and with the option of virtual attendance and voting. After hearing three presentations on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, the Bagley Public Library was chosen to receive the first round of funding for 2021 from the group. The group is proud to announce a lump sum of $10,100 was presented to Bagley Public Library. This consists of 10 Squared Women member donations and several employer matches. The group expects a few more member donations to come in as well.

The Bagley Public Library’s mission is to ensure that the people of the city of Bagley and the surrounding rural areas (regardless of age, financial status or ethnic background) have the right and means to free and open access to ideas, information and technology, which are fundamental to a democracy. The library will protect intellectual freedom, promote literacy, encourage lifelong learning and provide materials, formats and information services to meet these needs.

The Bagley Public Library provides a place for community members to gather and socialize. Their library offers public computer access, 24/7 Wi-Fi, faxing and copying, a meeting room, a large variety of books including large print, free DVD checkouts, Bridges, and their library online card catalog. Their programs include summer reading, story hour, reading with Zoey the therapy dog, gather and chat social hour, and game choice of the week for adults (cards, dominoes, cribbage). The donation from 10 Squared Women will go toward realizing their dream of replacing the original carpet, remodeling the kitchen and updating the bathroom in the library.

“The Bagley Public Library director, staff and board of trustees wish to express our sincere gratitude to the 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County for your generosity. You have made what seemed to be an impossible goal become possible,” says Joni Dvorak, president, library board of trustees.

The 10 Squared Women’s group holds meetings quarterly at Lake Panorama Conference Center the fourth Tuesday in February, May, August and November, subject to change. Upcoming meeting dates are Tuesday, May 25, Tuesday, Aug. 24 and Tuesday, Nov. 16 (held a week earlier due to Thanksgiving). 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. COVID-19 has created the need to do things a little differently, as far as electronic conversations and virtual presentations, meetings and votes on the causes that will be funded.

10 Squared Women is focused on helping and donating to local organizations that vow to put those charitable funds to work, right in our back yards. The funds are used in various projects to benefit Guthrie County community’s residents.

The group currently has approximately 93 members and 20 organizations nominated. It strongly encourages additional philanthropic organizations and new members to come forward. Since 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County was formed in January 2017, it has contributed nearly $186,000 toward various causes in our county. These have included cities of Yale and Jamaica park improvements, and now city of Bagley for its library, daycare and preschool programs in Adair and Guthrie Center (KidZone) and Panora (Little Panther), 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, and Guthrie County Arts Council.

10 Squared Women members are encouraged to talk to their friends, neighbors and family about the group, and to share the group within their social circles. Members are not required to attend meetings; however, in order for their vote to count, must be in attendance at the meeting. All members are expected to write their donation checks whether they can attend the meeting and vote or not.

The group is continuously looking for new members who are excited about helping their communities and Guthrie County. To learn how to get involved, visit their Facebook page at https://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.

Fundraising continues for dog park; grant received for playground

Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The current priority project for Friends of Lake Panorama is a dog park. Fundraising for this project began in September 2020. The goal is $50,000 to construct the park and provide all desired amenities. So far, $33,000 has been donated to the project, which will be open to LPA members and their guests.

The park will be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road near the east campground. Plans include a 6-foot-high chain link fence 650 feet long and 155 feet wide. There will be two sections, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. A single entrance will be protected by a keyless lock.

A sign recognizing donors of $500 or more will be posted at the park. Dog park supporters who donated in 2020 can keep the fundraising momentum going by making a second donation that will be deductible on their 2021 tax returns. Organizers hope enough money can be raised to begin construction in fall 2021 and have the park open in spring 2022.

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 by credit card on the Friends website at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

The previous priority project for Friends was new playground equipment at Shady and Boulder beaches. Early donations and proceeds from the 2020 Beach Ball made it possible to order the play equipment for Shady Beach, which was installed last October, the same month the $70,000 goal was reached.

Additional donations of $1,700 in the last two months of 2020 made it possible to add one bench and a second spring rider to the Boulder Beach playground. That equipment was ordered in January and will be delivered and installed this spring once ground conditions allow.

In early February, Friends of Lake Panorama was notified it will receive a $500 grant for the playgrounds from Aureon, a technology products and services provider. The grant is being given in conjunction with Panora Telco, which sponsored the grant application submitted last fall by the charity. The Aureon Charity Grant program was created in 1993 to increase service and support to rural independent telecommunications companies and the communities they serve.

A sign recognizing playground donors of $500 or more is in the works and will be installed at Boulder and Shady beaches this summer.

LPN Easter Brunch April 4

Posted 3/9/21

Lake Panorama National’s annual Easter Brunch will be Sunday, April 4 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.

For breakfast, there will be cheesy scrambled eggs, Fiesta egg casserole, hickory smoked bacon, sausage patties, biscuits and gravy, crispy red potatoes, and an assortment of breakfast sweets, including cinnamon rolls and mini muffins.

Lunch items will include pecan crusted chicken with peach marmalade, fried chicken legs and thighs, roasted pork loin with apple butter, carved honey glazed ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, rice pilaf, sauteed squash medley and green beans almondine.

There also will be a fresh fruit display, garden salad with assorted toppings and dressings, spring time pasta salad, pea salad and coleslaw. Dessert options will include bread pudding, peanut butter cheesecake cups, coconut cream pie and other sweet treats.

The cost is $23 for adults, $10 for children 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and younger. The Links regular breakfast menu will not be available that day. Reservations are required. An 18 percent gratuity will be added to groups of eight or more. Call the LPN front desk at 641-755-2080 or 800-879-1917 to reserve a table.

Calendar of events

Sunday, March 14
Daylight Savings Time Begins

Monday, March 15
6-7 p.m.
Special Board Meeting
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, March 16
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser - Junior Class
www.panoramaschools.org
Wednesday, March 17
Saint Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 22
6:30 p.m.  
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Tuesday, March 23
5 p.m.
LPA Board Meeting
www.lakepanorama.org

Saturday, March 27
9 a.m.
Soccer: Boys Varsity Scrimmage vs. Greene County, Perry, Storm Lake
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, March 30
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Earlybird vs. Earlham, Grand View Christian, Iowa Christian Academy, Saydel Community Schools, Van Meter, West Central Valley
Earlham High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, March 30
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys Varsity Earlybird vs. Earlham, Grand View Christian, Iowa Christian Academy, Saydel Community Schools, Van Meter, West Central Valley
Earlham High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 1
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Carroll Community, Ogden, Pella Christian, Perry, Saydel Community Schools, Van Meter, Winterset
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org


Thursday, April 1
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys Varsity Meet vs. Carroll Community, North Polk, Ogden, Pella Christian, Perry, Saydel Community Schools, Van Meter
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 1
5 p.m.
Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs. Tri-Center Community Schools
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 1
No school spring break (possible)
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 2
No school
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, April 5
No school spring break (possible)
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, April 5
4 p.m.
Golf: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Earlham, Interstate 35, Van Meter
Winterset, LVCC
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, April 6
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Meet vs. AC/GC, Glidden-Ralston, Greene County, Harlan Community, Madrid, Ogden, Woodbine, Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, April 6
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys Varsity Meet vs. AC/GC, Glidden-Ralston, Greene County, Madrid, Ogden, Woodbine, Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, April 6
5 p.m.
Soccer: Girls Varsity Game vs. Des Moines Hoover
Des Moines Hoover High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, April 6
7 p.m.
Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs. Des Moines Hoover
Des Moines Hoover High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 8
No school
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 8
5 p.m.
Soccer: Girls Varsity Game vs. East Sac County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org
Thursday, April 8
5 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 8
5 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys Varsity Meet vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 8
7 p.m.
Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs. East Sac County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, April 12
6:30 p.m.  
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, April 12
6-7 p.m.
School Board Meeting
www.panoramaschools.org
Monday, April 12
4 p.m.
Golf: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Des Moines Christian Schools, Interstate 35, West Central Valley
5 x 80 Golf Course
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, April 12
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls JH Meet vs. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, Earlham, Martensdale-St Marys, Nodaway Valley, Saydel Community Schools, West Central Valley, Winterset
Earlham High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys JH Meet vs. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, Earlham, Martensdale-St Marys, Nodaway Valley, Saydel Community Schools, West Central Valley, Winterset
Earlham High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls JH Invitational vs. Des Moines Christian Schools, Glidden-Ralston, Madrid, Pleasantville, Van Meter, West Central Valley, Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org
Tuesday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, Colo-NESCO, Coon Rapids Bayard, Des Moines Christian Schools, Earlham, Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton, Grand View Christian, Harlan Community, Interstate 35, Iowa Christian Academy, Nodaway Valley, Ogden, Orient-Macksburg Community Schools, Southeast Warren, Van Meter, West Central Valley
Earlham High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys JH Invitational vs. Des Moines Christian Schools, Glidden-Ralston, Madrid, Pleasantville, Van Meter, West Central Valley, Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys Varsity Meet vs. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, Colo-NESCO, Coon Rapids Bayard, Des Moines Christian Schools, Earlham, Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton, Grand View Christian, Harlan Community, Interstate 35, Iowa Christian Academy, Nodaway Valley, Ogden, Orient-Macksburg Community Schools, Southeast Warren, Van Meter, West Central Valley
Earlham High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 15
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls JH Meet vs. Van Meter
Van Meter Junior-Senior High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 15
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys JH Meet vs. Van Meter
Van Meter Junior-Senior High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 15
5 p.m.
Soccer: Girls Varsity Game vs. North Polk
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, April 15
5 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Meet vs. AC-GC
AC/GC High School
www.panoramaschools.org
Saturday, April 17
Prom
www.panoramaschools.org

Obituary: Neil Wright

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Posted 3/9/21
Neil Duane Wright, 69, of Panora, passed away Feb. 20, 2021, after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Neil was born April 2, 1951, to Donald and Juanita (Kennett) Wright in Jefferson, Iowa. After graduating from Jefferson Community High School in 1969, he attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. In 1970, Neil was married to Susan DeWitt and had a daughter, Nichole. 

Throughout his life, Neil had many business ventures, including working for Morton Buildings and most recently owner of The Trash Man in Webster City, Iowa. Neil was a passionate businessman and loved being involved in the community. He served on the Lake Panorama Association and Panora State Bank Boards. He was a member of the Jefferson Elks. Neil was an avid golfer and a long-time member of the Jefferson community and Lake Panorama National Golf Courses.

Neil married Jolene (Golden) Wright in Hawaii on Dec. 1, 2001, and they have lived at Lake Panorama for more than 20 years. Neil and Jolene enjoyed playing cards, traveling, boating and, of course, golf, golf, golf. They also enjoyed spending time with their seven grandchildren. Neil will be remembered through many stories told on the golf course and around the card table.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Juanita, and his grandson Kenneth Declan Cunningham. He is survived by his wife Jolene, his daughter Nichole Campbell of Cumming, Iowa; his stepchildren, Joell and Buddy Herrick of Waukee, Danny and Gina Cunningham of Perry; grandchildren Grant, Gaven and Gage Campbell, Sydney and Halle Herrick, and Skylar and Eliza Cunningham.
Services were held Feb. 25, 2021, at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson, followed by burial in the Jefferson Cemetery.

Fish tacos
Fresh, fast and flavorful…. a lesson from my daughter

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Posted 3/9/21
By Jolene Goodman

One of the many joys of witnessing your children growing up is learning from them as they master their talents. Shane and I are blessed to have three amazing cooks in the family… our daughters! I have learned so much from them in recent years and am working to up my cooking skills, as it has become very obvious that I am now pretty lazy in the kitchen. One of my favorite recipes from Sara is fish tacos. These can vary each time she makes them, always flavorful and easy to prepare. The best part about this basic recipe is that it truly is fresh, fast and flavorful.

Experiment with your taco toppings by adding avocado, chopped carrots, cabbage and different cheese varieties. Then, start tweaking the sauce. Enjoy! In a bowl, mix spices for fish. Season each tilapia fillet with season mix. Over medium-high heat, cook two fillets at a time for eight minutes, flipping halfway. Repeat for the remaining fillets (or dust off that grill!). While those are cooking, prepare your taco toppings and mix the taco sauce.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and resides with her husband Shane on Lake Panorama.

FISH TACOS
4 Tilapia fillets
16 flour tortillas

Seasoning for fish
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp nature’s season (or salt)
1/2 tsp pepper

Taco toppings
Cilantro, chopped
Fresh greens, chopped
Red onion, diced
Tomato, diced
Feta

Taco sauce ingredients
1 cup sour cream (or mayonnaise)
2 tbsp Franks hot sauce (or more)
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp lime juice (or less, don’t use too much!)

NEW LPA MAINTENANCE FACILITY PROVING ITS WORTH  
The 10,000-square-foot shop is the main building at the new site.

Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

This winter has been the first full season the new LPA maintenance facility has been available to staff. And to say the facility is working as planned would be an understatement.

“The 2019 maintenance facility is proving to be an excellent infrastructure investment for the association,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “Although it has only been 15 months since we moved in, it is difficult to recall how we functioned without this facility. The shop provides our crew the opportunity to repair and maintain essential equipment, which has been especially critical during the heavy snowfall winter of 2020-21.”

This project first was introduced to the LPA board in the fall of 2014. It was the fall of 2018 before plans were completed, a location was chosen, and construction began.

Move-in began in mid-October of 2019, and 200 people attended an open house Nov. 22, 2019. But it was a few months into 2020 before the move was complete and all shelving and cabinets had been assembled and installed by LPA staff.

The new maintenance complex, located on the lake’s east side at the corner of 200th and Chimra, includes a shop that measures about 10,000 square feet. Also on the site is a cold storage building that has a crushed rock floor. It is used for storing items that don’t need to be kept in a heated environment.

There are two large hoop structures, one for salt and one for sand storage. A smaller hoop structure is a dedicated space for mixing brine, which is used on Lake Panorama roads in the winter. This keeps this process out of the shop, since brine is corrosive. Also at the site are storage bins for aggregate and other materials.

The facility replaced the old maintenance facility located a quarter-mile further west that was built in 1973. It was 4,000 square feet and didn’t come close to providing the needed space for the maintenance equipment and employees that now support the Lake Panorama community.

In addition, signs of corrosion were discovered in late 2016, and the building was temporarily modified in the fall of 2018 to support LPA operations that winter. The LPA board confirmed staff and engineer recommendations that LPA crews not spend another winter in that facility.

Mike Monthei, LPA operations supervisor, manages the facility.

“Being able to repair equipment in a clean and controlled environment helps to keep our equipment in good order,” Monthei says. “This is not only important from a productivity standpoint, but also from a worker safety standpoint.”

The new shop provides a heated space for storage and maintenance of key pieces of LPA equipment. Large overhead doors on both sides of the building allow trucks and trailers to be pulled through the building. A lift in the southeast corner makes it easy to perform routine maintenance on vehicles.

In addition to serving the LPA maintenance department, the facility houses equipment that serves the LPA security, water and erosion control departments.

An earthen berm was built to the west and south of the facility. On top and outside of this berm are evergreen plantings that provide a visual screen. Cupolas, wainscot and a stone entrance to the shop’s office area all “dress up” the facility.

The maintenance complex cost was $1.7 million. LPA worked with a consortium of local banks to finance the project with payoff structured as a 20-year loan.

The cold storage building located at the old maintenance facility site was repurposed for boat storage, beginning last fall. The old shop was torn down in early 2020.

“On behalf of the Lake Panorama staff, I want to thank the LPA board and membership for their support of this important project,” says Rutledge. “This facility will help our team continue to provide top-notch service to the LPA membership for decades to come.”

Ask Lake Panorama Times

Posted 3/9/21
I heard there is a shortage of boats available at dealerships due to COVID-19-related issues. Is that true?

Shutdowns at manufacturing facilities and an increase in demand have certainly impacted the inventory of new and used boats of all types including pontoons, wake/surf boats, fishing boats, jet skis and fiberglass runabouts across the entire USA.

Lyn Coulter of Coulter’s Panorama Marine told us, “Almost all boat manufacturing plants and their suppliers were closed during the second quarter of 2020 from the pandemic. At the same time, retail demand was increasing because many people saw boating as a safe way to recreate away from the crowds. With no new boats being produced and retail demand increasing 41 percent over the same period of 2019, there simply weren’t enough boats on dealer lots to fill the demand. Most all boat dealers sold out their stock of boats by the middle of June 2020.”

Coulter says the demand has not yet abated and most all boat manufacturers are already sold out for 2021. Manufacturers report they cannot keep up with retail demand and that they are only building boats that are sold orders. Coulter says he has been told that they cannot build very many boats for dealers to stock.

“For example, the marina should have between 35 to 40  new boats in stock now for 2021,” he says. “We currently have only 16 in stock, and that will be it until the 2022s begin to come out in August.”

Coulter also says there are spot shortages of some parts needed in the production of new boats, thus hampering efforts to build the new boats to meet demand.

Coulter’s advice?

“It’s going to be a challenge to find a boat, new or used, for 2021,” he says. “Shop now because there might not be anything on dealer lots again this summer.”

Submit your questions at www.lakepanoramatimes.com
or email shane@dmcityview.com.

AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER TURNS LOVE OF NATURE INTO BUSINESS
The serenity of being in a rural setting and near water drew Scott and Trish Hart to Lake Panorama.

Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Seeing a diversity of wildlife is one of the joys of Lake Panorama property ownership. One property owner recently turned her interest in the birds and animals outside her window into a small business.

Scott and Trish Hart bought a lot at Lake Panorama in 2007. They had a home built, which was completed in 2012, and moved to the lake fulltime in 2014.

“I’ve always been an avid nature lover and thoroughly enjoy capturing nature’s beauty,” says Trish. “Lake Panorama and the surrounding area has such an amazing variety of wildlife we’re blessed to enjoy throughout each season. When we first moved to the lake fulltime, I used my Samsung Galaxy cellphone to snap photos. But, after buying a digital camera last year, the photography bug really bit me.”

Hart purchased a Panasonic Lumix FZ80, which she says has “some pretty amazing built-in zoom features, so I can capture colorful images of wild birds, fox, deer, turkey, raccoon and bobcat, in addition to Lake Panorama’s beautiful sunrises and sunsets,” she says.

“I’ve enjoyed capturing nature’s beauty and sharing it with others on my personal Facebook page,” Hart says. “We have several birdfeeders on our upper deck, which we can see from our kitchen windows and sunroom. The other wildlife images I’ve been fortunate to capture were all in close proximity to our cove.”

After seeing so many friends and family commenting on and enjoying her images on Facebook, Hart decided to launch “Nature’s Canvas Photography” in January 2021. She created a new Facebook page for the business and now offers custom prints on high quality paper, metal, or glass, plus custom canvases in a variety of shapes and sizes.

The Harts were high school sweethearts while attending school at Coon Rapids. But they took a long and circuitous route to reach Lake Panorama, just 30 miles south.

Trish’s parents and grandparents are from South Dakota, and that’s where she was born. Her father was a high school principal, and the family relocated to Coon Rapids when she was in grade school. Scott grew up in Coon Rapids, and they dated throughout high school.

They both graduated from Iowa State. Trish earned a bachelor’s degree in logistics/supply chain with a minor in information systems management. Scott earned a bachelor’s in agronomy, with an emphasis in seed science.

“We’re big ISU fans and have been football season ticket holders for more than 20 years,” Trish says. “We love our Cyclones!”

The couple married in the fall of 1987. Shortly after graduating from ISU, Scott had an opportunity with Pioneer to oversee their western sunflower acres and production facility in Woodland, California.

“We packed up and headed west to live in Northern California for seven years,” Trish says. “We loved our experience there, fell in love with all the natural beauty, and made many lasting friendships.”

While living in California, Trish’s college roommate, who was a human resources recruiter with Principal Financial Group, contacted her about a leadership role available for someone who had a logistics and information systems management background.

“I flew back to Des Moines, interviewed and was offered the position,” she says. “Scott and I were thinking about starting a family at that time and welcomed the opportunity to move closer to home and be near extended family.”

The couple lived in Grimes for more than 20 years, while she was an assistant director with Principal and Scott was a marketing director and agronomist with Pioneer, which now is known as Corteva Agriscience.

The couple has one son, Logan, who also is an ISU alum. He graduated with an industrial engineering degree in December 2019 and started his fulltime career with Crane Worldwide Logistics in Ohio a year ago. In December he accepted a promotion with Crane into a new leadership role in California. He and his girlfriend, Danielle Armstrong, now are settled in the southern California area.

In 2007, while living in Grimes, Scott and Trish bought a lot at Lake Panorama in Andrews Cove, on the northeast side of the lake just before the Narrows.

“I enjoyed many summers with my family on the water, boating and camping at Gavin’s Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota, so lake life is in my blood,” says Trish.

Their good friends, Larry and Heidi Wolinski, had built a home in Burchfield Cove and own Azcon Construction. The couple partnered with Larry on the custom design and build of their home and moved to Lake Panorama fulltime in 2014.

“We were drawn to Lake Panorama for many reasons,” Trish says. “The boating, skiing, tubing and fishing, the variety of wildlife, the serenity of being in a rural setting and near the water. We also own a farm and recreational timber south of Guthrie Center where Scott has a cow-calf operation. Scott’s a big hunter and enjoys spending time there.”

Hart says, when they started building, they quickly discovered Andrews Cove and the surrounding area had some “generous and warm neighbors nearby. We learned this the first winter snowstorm we experienced after moving in, when we received 14 inches of snow. David Van Ahn came to our rescue with his tractor and blade and quickly scooped us out. And we’re delighted Dave still graciously does this for us every snowstorm.”

Another example of that neighborly compassion involved Mary and Ray Pals, who helped tow their boat to Coulter’s Marine after a faulty battery was discovered.

“Scott and I love hosting our family and friends at Lake Panorama,” Trish says. “We’ve made so many great memories here and look forward to making many more.”

By the winter of 2017, after 25 years in a fulltime leadership role with Principal Financial Group, Trish was ready for a change.

“This was before COVID-19,and the commute into downtown Des Moines was taking its toll,” she says. “After many great years with the company, I resigned and was ready to look for something part-time.”

Within a few weeks, Trish saw Lake Panorama National Resort was looking for someone to work at the LPN front desk.

“I interviewed and started working 20 to 25 hours a week in April 2017,” she says. “Working there has been a welcome change and allowed me to get to know many more Lake Panorama residents and LPN club members.

“I enjoy interacting with everyone and seeing them enjoy the variety of amenities LPN offers, especially in the busy spring and summer seasons,” Trish says. “I cover the phone lines and help guests make lodging arrangements for the townhouses and hotel, prep their keys, and assist guests with check-in and check-out. It’s a completely different vibe from my previous role, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know a new set of colleagues at LPN and LPA.”

Scott now works as a marketing director with AgVenture, one of Corteva Agriscience’s seed brands. The couple likes walking together and hiking, and when they have a chance to get away, they enjoy traveling and exploring U.S. National Parks.

But when they’re at Lake Panorama, they often are on the water.

“Our family loves being on the water, and Scott’s an avid fisherman,” Trish says. “One of our favorite activities is taking the boat out right before sunset and heading to the upper basin to relax and savor those rapidly changing colors on the horizon. Iowa sunsets are magical, and we’re so blessed to be in an area where we can enjoy heaven’s artistry.

“As I look back on 2020 when the virus hit and we all started sheltering at home, it seemed the perfect opportunity for me to slow down, pay attention to what was going on outside, and truly appreciate nature’s seasonal blessings and rhythms,” Trish says. “That’s what Nature’s Canvas Photography is all about. For those interested in adding some color and life to their walls and décor, I would love to help make it happen.”

Prices for Hart’s custom prints vary as she partners with a variety of production houses that may be offering special promotions throughout the year. Some clients have been interested in simply buying a digital download of an image, which they can turn into a custom mug, blanket, puzzle, keychain, computer mousepad, Christmas ornament or a host of other items.

Hart recently did a photo shoot at The Lakeside Village for marketing purposes, after Gloria Dahl of Windy Ridge Interiors & More staged several apartments in the senior facility. She says while her first love will always be nature photography, she’s open to considering other projects. Hart can be contacted by visiting www.facebook.com/NaturesCanvasPhotos.

Q&A: LPA PROJECT UPDATES FROM GM

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Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The Lake Panorama Association (LPA) staff already is gearing up for spring and summer projects, while managing the daily changes of an Iowa winter. This month’s Q&A with John Rutledge, LPA general manager, includes information on several topics important to LPA members.

Q: What changes in COVID-19 policy can LPA members expect for this spring and summer?
A: Like everyone else, we’re looking forward to a return to a pre-pandemic environment. We remain optimistic but will approach all policy changes with a measure of caution. Policies may differ between the LPA and Lake Panorama National/Panorama West, due to the nature of those businesses and the facilities in which they operate.

Lake Panorama National and Panorama West are looking forward to welcoming guests for golf and dining. The dining facilities will continue to utilize the ample space we have available and ensure those who wish to maintain social distancing can continue to do so. As in 2020, golf will continue to offer members an opportunity to safely enjoy the outdoors and get some much-needed fresh air.

Lake Panorama National policies continue to require the wearing of masks by staff who are in contact with customers. We understand some customers appreciate this and others think it is unnecessary. Please know we don’t seek to be part of a political debate on masking, but rather, we strive to ensure we can provide all of our customers with a level of comfort and service they expect.

The LPA office will continue to be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice; however, we will accept visitors by appointment. This decision is based upon both the limited physical space of the LPA office and the well-defined peak of spring traffic LPA experiences.

For instance, LPA issued 2,841 boat stickers during 2020. In pre-pandemic times, it was common to have dozens of members cycle through the small space of LPA’s front office on a given day. But in 2020, LPA office staff and the LPA membership worked through the pandemic by communicating via email, telephone and by using the LPA drop-off box. This strategy worked extremely well and allowed us to avoid the concerns associated with a congested waiting area.

Due to the uncertainty of the year to come, the LPA office will continue our COVID-19 protocol into the 2021 season. Thanks to all of our members who have helped make this a very safe and effective approach to conducting business with the LPA office.


Q: Look ahead to 2021 and share some dates LPA members should have on their calendars.
A: The 2021 LPA annual meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at the LPN Conference Center. The meeting will include the election of three members to the LPA board of directors, as well as an annual overview on the business of the association. If the board of directors determines it is imprudent to host a large gathering on May 8, then the backup date of Saturday, June 26, will be used.

The annual Fin and Feather fundraiser banquet generally coincides with the date of the LPA annual meeting. This year, the Fin and Feather officers have set Saturday, June 26, as the date for the organization’s 2021 banquet.

With COVID-19 concerns continuing, the officers decided waiting another seven weeks would be best so committee members could more safely and effectively accomplish banquet preparation. The banquet will be held at the LPN Conference Center with social hour beginning at 5 p.m. A dinner and silent/live auctions will follow at 6 p.m.

The Independence Day weekend always marks a highlight of summer for many LPA members. The annual Fire in the Sky Fireworks Show is scheduled for Saturday, July 3, 2021.

Q: What capital projects does LPA have planned for 2021?
A: LPA’s largest capital expenditure for 2021 involves a proactive maintenance project at the LPA dam. Over the last several years, LPA, Shive-Hattery Engineers and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have been working together to develop a plan for improvements to the dam’s auxiliary spillway. This project is designed to ensure the dam remains sufficiently protected in the rare occurrence of a major flood event that utilizes the auxiliary spillway.

In 1986 and 1993, the LPA dam’s concrete principal spillway was unable to keep up with the inflow of epic rain events. So, as it was designed to do, water discharged over the earthen auxiliary spillway, which ensured the structural integrity of the dam was not threatened. On both occasions, the auxiliary spillway functioned effectively.

The principal spillway and the auxiliary spillway are separated by a substantial earthen berm. This berm is critical to ensure any flows over the auxiliary spillway are kept away from the concrete walls of the principal spillway. Inspections of the separation berm identified the importance of proactive maintenance in this area.

Bids will be requested for this earthwork project in early 2021, with the work being completed by September 2021. Total earthwork and engineering for this project is anticipated to cost between $200,000 and $250,000. The project will not require any adjustment of the lake’s water level and will not impact the 2021 boating season.

Also on the list for 2021 are the replacement of an LPA security boat and a security pickup. This department continues to maintain a fleet of three patrol boats and two security trucks.

A final notable improvement will be replacement of the bathrooms at Shady Beach and Sunset Beach. Timing of this work is up in the air but will be communicated to the membership as the project advances.

LAKE PANORAMA FIN & FEATHER BANQUET JUNE 26

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Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The officers of Lake Panorama Fin and Feather recently set Saturday, June 26 as the date for the organization’s 2021 annual banquet. The banquet had been tentatively scheduled for May 8 to coincide with the LPA annual meeting, but with COVID-19 concerns continuing, the officers decided waiting another seven weeks would be best so committee members could more safely and effectively accomplish banquet preparation.

The 2020 Fin and Feather annual banquet was cancelled because of COVID-19 public gathering restrictions. However, the organization was able to continue the 2020 fish stocking effort through its use of fund reserves generated at previous fundraising banquets.

More than $14,000 worth of fish were added in November 2020 to Lake Panorama. Fish stocking totals for 2020 included 2,500 walleye, 1,200 smallmouth bass and 1,000 largemouth bass.

Volunteers in the non-profit Fin and Feather group have been stocking fish and working to improve fishing conditions in Lake Panorama since 1984.

The June 26 Fin and Feather banquet 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.

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, raffle tickets, name in the program and an annual family membership. The cost of an annual family membership is $40.

Donations, tickets and other payments made in 2020 were carried over to 2021 and can be used for 2021 memberships and meal tickets. Those who would like to use their 2020 payment as a donation can do so and also make 2021 purchases and payments.

To purchase dinner tickets and memberships by check, make it payable to Fin and Feather and mail to Doug Hemphill, Farmers State Bank, P.O. Box 110, Yale, IA 50277. Dinner reservations and payments also can be made online using a credit card or PayPal account. Visit the organization’s website at www.panoramafinandfeather.com.

LAKE DOG & COVE CAT

Posted 3/9/21
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Dog
Name: Tanner
Nickname: T-Bone
Breed: Yellow lab
Age: 15 years old
Owners: Andrea and Justin Rishel

Tanner was a rescue that was being fostered by neighbors of Andrea and Justin Rishel. Tanner chose the Rishels as his family one night at a neighborhood get together.

On nice days, you will find Tanner laying outside soaking up as much sun as possible (even on the hottest of days). He enjoys going on long walks, swimming in the lake, car rides to PJ’s for ice cream and Grandma and Grandpa Pipers’ for sleepovers or just to say “hi” and grab a treat or two. Tanner’s pet peeve is when his feline siblings try to snuggle with him on his bed.

Cove Cat
Name: Lucky
Breed: Calico
Age: 6 years old
Owners: Andrea and Justin Rishel

How appropriate for our March Cove Cat to be named “Lucky.” She is a 6-year-old Calico rescue kitty that wandered into Andrea and Justin Rishel’s garage.

She enjoys the outdoors, hunting and rolling around on the concrete. Lucky comes running when she hears the treat bag.  She likes napping in drawers, playing with her kitty brother Houdini, and hiding under the blankets with her family. Her pet peeve is an empty food bowl.

Suggest Lake Panorama residents and their pets for us to cover on the Lake Panorama - Lake Dogs and Cove Cats Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LakePanoramaDogsAndCats
 

ON THE LAKE
Home improvements, winter activities,
photos and the best

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 2/9/21

Inside this issue of Lake Panorama Times, you will find our second effort at a local Home Improvement Guide. The section is full of local stories with before-and-after photos of various projects that Lake Panorama residents have taken on and completed. With COVID-19 limiting much of what most of us can do, many residents have decided to tackle those home projects that have been on their lists. We hope that this section will inspire you to do the same and that you will use the many local businesses that are advertising their goods and services to make your home improvement dreams become reality.

Who goes to a lake home in Iowa in the winter?
Actually, you might be surprised. Of course, many Lake Panorama residents live on the lake year round and stay active, but even those who typically stay in their permanent homes in the colder months have found ways to enjoy the lake all year round. We feature a handful who are ice fishing in a feature story this month, and we hope to share more stories of lake residents and their wintertime activities. We understand if you have your hands full this year with work, family and other undertakings at home, but maybe this will inspire you to come out to Lake Panorama and enjoy the outdoors — or put a puzzle together by the fire with a cup of coffee, if that’s more your thing. Either way, Lake Panorama offers something for everyone, even in the winter. 

Have wintertime photos to share?
Nature shots? Snow-shoeing? Ice skating? Snowmen (or snowwomen)? We would like to publish them in Lake Panorama Times. Simply email them to me at shane@dmcityview.com for consideration.

Best of Lake Panorama?
Those of you who read the other publications we publish may be familiar with CITYVIEW magazine and our Best of Des Moines Readers’ Poll. It has become the most popular and respected poll of its kind with approximately 14,000 votes cast this year. In compiling the results, I began to wonder if something like this could work for Lake Panorama, on a smaller scale. The poll questions could be a mix of serious and fun, and we could have an event of some sort this summer to announce the winners. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this. Shoot me a note on the “Get In Touch” form at www.lakepanoramatimes.com or email me at shane@dmcityview.com. And check out www.dmcityview.com this month to see how we have done it there.

Enjoy your February, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Never too cold to fish
Lake Panorama provides year-round outdoor opportunities.

Posted 2/9/21
By Darren Tromblay
Lake Panorama Times

Tired of being cooped up indoors? Just because the cold winter months are here doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy the great outdoors at Lake Panorama. Old Man Winter’s arrival means cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, skating and, of course, ice fishing.

Ask any true fisherman (or woman), and he or she will tell you the pandemic may have canceled a lot of things over the last year, but fishing isn’t one of them. In the winter, a number of ice fishing shacks dot the lake, as well as a few enthusiasts who prefer the more primitive “ice bucket, pole and manual auger” experience.

To each their own, but the one thing they all share is a love of dropping a line into the water and patiently waiting for that first bite.

Brian Peppmeier owns a “getaway” home on the west side of Lake Panorama, a place he and his wife bought last November. They’ve spent the last year upgrading it to the point where it’s habitable. Unfortunately, that meant little time for fun. But over the course of those months, Peppmeier has noticed how much he enjoyed the simplicity of just being there.

“I think I like it out there in the winter almost as much as the summer,” he says. “It’s so quiet; there’s wildlife out there.”

And fishing. Despite being a relative newbie to the sport, Peppmeier is all in on the enthusiasm front. He’s learning.

“Ice fishing is different than regular fishing,” he says. “They (fish) don’t hit your lures the way they would during normal fishing, so it definitely takes a feel.”

Peppmeier has been honing his skills, which were helped along greatly when he received a fishing tent for Christmas.

“I like to be comfortable and don’t like to be cold, so that was pretty nice,” he says. “You can put a heater in there and probably be in a T-shirt in there if you wanted to. It’s pretty comfortable, with a padded bench in it, and a sled under it where you can put all your stuff to carry around. A little heater will warm it up in a couple minutes.”

Peppmeier bought a used gas-powered auger to drill holes in the ice and invested in around 10 ice fishing poles so, if family members or friends want to go out, they can. He also bought a Vexilar fish finder. Once his friend, Dan, showed him how to use it, it’s become an invaluable tool.

“Now that I know how to use it, I don’t think I’d go fishing without it,” Peppmeier admits. “You can literally see your lure on the screen, the depth, and watch fish follow your lure if they’re there.”

Peppmeier has just begun to figure out the lake’s intricacies — where the “hot spots” are. A cove that he fishes frequently has yielded good results, primarily at 7-8 feet of depth near a main channel and additional drop offs. Where a structure is nearby, there may be fish, he says.

The majority of the other people Peppmeier has seen this fishing season have been dropping their lures in the vicinity of the marina, he says, which has rendered good results as well.

The ice isn’t consistently thick across the lake, so safety is a top priority for Peppmeier. In rendering a verdict as to whether or not an area is safe and thick enough to bear weight, remember: Good ice is clear. Milky-looking is not. The stronger, the better, Peppmeier says. At least 4 inches of ice is a good starting point.

“I’m probably overly cautious,” he says. “There are probably people who would go out on 2 inches of ice, but I wouldn’t do that. Because even with 2 inches, your next step could be a half an inch. It’s been a good, consistent 6 inches since we started going out this year, and I feel pretty confident in that.”

A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work, though. Even if Peppmeier isn’t having the best of luck reeling in the gilled ones, he’s still doing something he enjoys.

“It’s not even as much about fishing for me, as it is about being out there and relaxing,” he says. “I feel like, as soon as we drive there and turn down that road where it starts to get wooded, there’s a big sense of relaxation. We’ve seen quite a bit of deer, a fox, an eagle that flies over quite a bit.

“You can either sit in the house all day or find something to do outside. My wife has done some snowshoeing, and we take our dogs for walks quite a bit, too. Fishing is just one more thing to do that is relaxing and gets you outside. Obviously, it’s more fun if you’re catching fish, but it’s just about being there.”

On the move
Scott Stanley lives just off the water in the main basin near the marina of Lake Panorama.

Come late October to early November, he’s getting primed and ready for ice fishing. The first step is to do that initial ice strength test.

“I always have an ice chisel with me, and, generally, if you pound that out in front of you, if it’s 3 inches or less in depth, the chisel will go right through,” he says. “Clear ice is the best ice. Cloudy, white ice is not the safest, and it’s the hardest to judge just because you can’t see the cracks to judge the depth. Four-plus inches is the safe spot.”

Even then, though, it’s best to err on the side of caution, he says.

“One spot will be 7 inches, and the next might be completely unsafe,” he says.

This fishing season has been an odd one thus far, with Stanley not being able to drop a lure through the ice until around Christmas time, he says. It was too warm. The arrival of more consistently cold temperatures recently has solved that. But it hasn’t made the success rate any better. Fishing on Lake Panorama can be tough.

“The lack of cover being the primary reason,” he says. There are a few spots with cover, however, including one of his favorite spots, the jetty near the marina. On a good day, one might find four or five shacks in that area alone. “It’s a good spot because you can catch all different kinds of species, from walleyes to catfish, bass, bluegills. You can catch them all there.”

 The jetty can also be a difficult fishing spot due to its popularity and ease of accessibility, Stanley says. For those seeking a less-trafficked spot, he recommends the Shady Beach area, where there’s an underwater rock point that juts out, complete with a river channel flowing next to it. The transition from shallow water to a sudden drop off of anywhere from 12 to 20 feet provides the fish a good cover and structure area. Trees in the area make it another prime locale for a good fishing experience, he says.

“If you can find the bait, you’re going to find the fish,” he says. “The old saying is that 90 percent of the fish in a body of water are located in 10 percent of it. You have to cover a lot of water when you ice fish and punch a bunch of holes. My biggest advice would be to find a main lake point, or if you know where some trees are in water — anything with structure in the bottom — it’s going to be an added benefit, just because the lake is pretty much barren the way it is. If you can find some sort of structure at the mouth of coves, that might also be a good spot because generally there’s a stream or creek that’s feeding in that has the forage for the bigger fish to go prey on.”

Crappies, bluegills and walleyes can be hooked if you know how to get after them. But the latter is by far the hardest to pull out of the lake, he says, noting that his biggest walleye catch was a 27 1/4-inch through the ice. Despite the fishing conditions being “a bit tricky” this season, he says, if you can find the fish, they’ve been willing to bite.

Stanley has been ice fishing more than 20 years, and, much like Peppmeier, says it’s more than just about the fishing.

“It’s definitely a social event,” he says. “You want to take someone new, or it’s a great family event. You can get in the shack with a heater, bring all the snacks and goodies you want, and camp out for a couple of hours. This year’s been a lot different due to COVID, so there hasn’t been the get-togethers with the friends, so we’re looking forward to next fishing season and getting back on a regular pattern there.”

It’s also a family affair. The Stanley children — Alyssa, 9, and Blake, 5, — are hooked, too. Both began ice fishing with their dad when they were 4. For Stanley, their excitement at discovering a new sport was equally as gratifying for him. Many kids are followers of their parents’ footsteps, he says, and when asked if they wanted to go, they immediately said “Yes!”

Mission accomplished. Now if only the fish will bite.

“At this age, you need to keep them entertained if the fish aren’t biting, so you need to bring plenty of snacks,” he admits. “Thankfully, every time we’ve gone, the fish have cooperated, and they have had a blast. My son always says, ‘I love feeling that classic ‘tink’ when a fish bites. Once I feel it, I set the hook!’ ”

The sheer excitement on the kids’ faces is enough to keep them coming back for years to come.

“Nothing beats getting the kids outdoors and being active,” Stanley says. “My kids agree that it’s way better than being cooped up inside. The joy and excitement they have when they do catch the big one is my pure joy. I know one day they will do the same with their kids.”

Technological advances have made it easier to ice fish, too, Stanley says. Gas-powered ice augers have been a huge help, for starters.

“Twenty-five years ago, I went out with a hand-held auger and no other electronics,” he says. “I’d basically go to a spot blind, punch holes, and have to find the depth to the bottom on my own. There was nothing efficient about it. Now there’s all the technology and the fish maps. I’ll look at maps of lakes before I go there just to find any hot spots. Once I do, I’ll walk right there and start punching holes.”

A lot of people go with live bait for lures, he says, but he prefers artificial lures.

“They stay on the hook a lot better, you can keep your gloves on more, and it’s just a faster, more efficient approach,” he says. “But, a lot of times, winter fish can be stubborn. They like that live bait. When that happens, my go-to are minnow heads on any type of jig.”

In the state of Iowa, you are allowed two lines per license, with the option of buying a bonus line for an additional fee. Stanley usually has two, punching a hole for his “deadstick rod,” as he calls it, which he places on a bucket while holding and jigging his other pole.

“It’s all about moving,” he says. “If you punch a few holes in a general area, and you’re not marking fish for 15 minutes, you need to get up and move and go somewhere else and find them.”


Tips for safely enjoying outdoor activities
Protecting yourself from the elements is incredibly important. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind as you venture out into the cold.

• Dress appropriately. Since your body loses heat faster than you can produce it in the cold weather, make sure you dress appropriately. Wear a hat, boots, gloves and layers of loose-fitting, water-resistant clothing. Pay special attention to vulnerable areas such as the nose, ears, toes, cheeks, chin and fingers.

• Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids is just as important during the winter season as it is in the summertime. Since the cold air is dryer, it’s easier to become dehydrated. If you plan to be outside for an hour or more, make sure to bring fluids with you.

• Use sunblock. Yes, even in the wintertime, you need to protect your skin. Use broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen daily (even on cloudy and snowy days), and make sure your skin is covered.

• Monitor weather conditions. Always check the weather forecast before heading out for your winter run, hike, or snowshoeing excursion. Inclement weather may force you to alter your plans, but it’ll be better than getting stranded in a snowstorm.

• Tell someone where you’re going. Outdoor winter adventures are fun, but the risks may be higher, depending on the activity you choose. A good rule of thumb for safety is to always tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return.

Friends of Lake Panorama projects move forward
Additional donations in the last two months of 2020 made it possible to add one bench and a second spring rider to the Boulder Beach playground.

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Posted 2/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Progress continues on two Friends of Lake Panorama projects.

For the past 14 months, the charity focused on raising $70,000 for new playground equipment at both Shady and Boulder Beaches. New play equipment and a bench were installed at Shady Beach last October, the same month the $70,000 goal was reached.

Additional donations of $1,700 in the last two months of 2020 made it possible to add one bench and a second spring rider to the Boulder Beach playground. The Boulder Beach play equipment was ordered in January for spring delivery.

The new spring rider is a bright green frog. Both it and the yellow bumble bee spring rider already planned will be installed in the existing playground. All other equipment will be located in a second playground south of the existing one. The new bench also will be located in this second playground.

In the existing playground, a swinging bench donated by Marcia Priestley in memory of Bill Priestley will be installed. The timing of the delivery and installation of these benches and playground equipment will be dependent on spring weather conditions.

A sign recognizing all donors of $500 or more will be installed near both playgrounds.

The latest priority project for Friends is the Lake Panorama Dog Park. Fundraising for this project began in September 2020. The goal is $50,000 to construct the park and provide all desired amenities. On Feb. 1, the total raised for the dog park stood at $33,000.

The park will be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road, near the east campground.

Plans include a 6-foot-high chain link fence 650 feet long and 155 feet wide. There will be two sections, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. A single entrance will be protected by a keyless lock and overhead roof. Once inside this gate, users can choose a gate to either the large dog or small dog area.

The facility will be open to LPA members and their guests. A sign recognizing donors of $500 or more will be posted at the dog park.

End-of-year donations generally are higher as people make charitable contributions for tax purposes. But in this new year, dog park supporters who donated in 2020 can keep the fundraising momentum going by making a second donation that will be deductible on their 2021 tax returns. Organizers hope construction can begin in fall 2021 and the park open in spring 2022.

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 by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Currently, donations to Friends can be designated to the Lake Panorama Dog Park, the Friends general fund, any of the three beaches, or golf course beautification at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West.

Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page. To keep up to date about Friends activities, “like” and “share” the Friends page. Questions or comments? Send an email to staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Additional donations in the last two months of 2020 made it possible to add a bench and this green frog spring rider to the order for the Boulder Beach playgrounds.

LAKE PANORAMA 2021 GOLF LEAGUE PLANS

Posted 2/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

There are several options to participate in golf leagues in 2021 at the two courses owned by the Lake Panorama Association. Both courses are operated by the LPN, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the LPA.

At the 18-hole Lake Panorama National, all league players must have an LPN annual membership and an established USGA handicap. The cost of the handicap is $30 plus tax per person per year. With questions about LPN memberships or the USGA handicap, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024.

Men’s leagues are on Wednesdays. For the 18-hole noon league, members can play from the white, yellow or red tees. This is individual play, using the Stableford scoring system. Nine-hole, match play leagues begin at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Players in the 3 p.m. league can play from either red or white tees. Players in the 6 p.m. league can play from either yellow or white tees. Cost of all men’s leagues is $75.

The Men’s Stag on May 5 will kick off the league season. Members or potential members are invited to attend compliments of the LPN. Cocktails and munchies begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief program and raffle drawing at 6 p.m. League play begins May 12.

For women, Lake Panorama National offers both a 9-hole and an 18-hole league on Thursdays. The 9-hole league uses a two-person, match-play format. It begins with announcements at 5 p.m. and a shotgun start at 5:15 p.m.

The 18-hole league begins at 2:15 p.m., with assigned tee times and individual play using the Stableford point system. The 18-hole league is limited to 24 players and is close to being full. To become a member of this league, or join a waiting list once it is full, contact Kathy DeLucca, 641-757-2844, larryba@netins.net; or Linda Reis, 515-490-1454,    linda.reis@gmail.com.

Both women’s leagues gather in The Links after play for weekly food and drink specials and to recognize special event winners. Annual league dues are $75, which covers the kickoff dinner, post-season party and league prizes. A kickoff dinner planned for May 6 begins at 5:30 p.m. League competition gets underway May 13.

The Nine & Wine Series involves nine holes of golf at the LPN on seven Monday afternoons, June 7 and 21; July 12 and 26; and Aug. 9, 23 and 30. Cost is $75 for LPN members and $180 for Panorama West members. Check in at 3 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. tee off. The format is a 4-person, 2-couple best shot, with teams assigned each week by a blind draw. There are weekly prizes and season-ending champions. After play, the couples enjoy wine and food specials in The Links.

At Panorama West, there is a Tuesday morning women’s league, a Tuesday evening men’s league, and a Thursday morning men’s league. League members must either purchase an annual Panorama West membership, or pay the $16 daily green fee.

The women’s league is individual play with weekly prizes and special events. Dues for the year are $30. A kickoff luncheon is planned for Tuesday, April 27 at the LPN conference center. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. The cost is $15. Make reservations with Nini VonBon, vonbonjk@hotmail.com or 515-321-4000.

League play begins May 4 with a two-gal mixer at 9 a.m. The first day of regular play will be May 11 utilizing a shotgun start format. Players will choose their desired tee times in advance, with options being 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., or 11 a.m. The last day of regular play will be Aug. 24. A four-gal best-shot and awards luncheon will be Aug. 31. For more information, contact Sue Merryman, 641-751-5956 or suemerryman@gmail.com.

The Tuesday evening men’s league begins April 27 and runs through Aug. 31. Dues are $20 to cover weekly prizes, plus individual scores are turned in for prizes at the end of the year. Play begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jay Merryman at 641-751-5957 or jaymerryman1@gmail.com; or Bill Eby at 515-240-7652 or wheby@stineseed.com.

The Thursday morning men’s league begins May 6 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, something that began last season in response to the pandemic. The 8 a.m. shotgun starts for regular league play, followed by an optional scramble for $1, will continue for 18 weeks. A tournament and banquet will follow. Dues of $25 covers regular play with weekly cash prizes and individual awards at the end of the season. For more information, contact Virgil Hoehne at 641-757-0962.

There is one more opportunity for competitive golf at Panorama West in 2021 as couples are invited to participate in six “Fore Fun Friday Couples” competitions.

This two-couple scramble with fun twists and strategies will be held June 4, June 18, July 9, July 23, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27. Play begins at 5 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with couples asked to arrive early to learn about that week’s event, get hole assignments, and pay the $1 per couple entry fee. Those who aren’t Panorama West annual golf members also will need to pay green fees.

No preregistration is necessary, but those who need a cart should call the Panorama West pro shop at 641-755-2250 to reserve. Entry fees are returned as prize money as players gather on the deck after the round. For more information, contact Bill and Karen Eby at 515-480-4633.

Annual membership forms for both LPN and Panorama West, plus LPN golf league forms, are available at lakepanoramanational.com.

OBITUARY: FLOYD SAYLES

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Floyd Linus Sayles, 97, passed away peacefully, Jan. 6, 2021, in his home overlooking Lake Panorama. He was surrounded by his loving family while comforted by the ambiance of a crackling fire.

Floyd, affectionately known as “Nobby,” was an active and long-time member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Panora. He was a member of the 1942 class of Dowling High School. Additionally, he was a former president of the Izaak Walton League and a member of Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited.

Floyd, a WWII veteran, served his country as a PBY Bombardier with the Navy. He often said he lived a lifetime before he was 20. Upon returning home from military service, Floyd married Patricia Ann Bloomburg. Together they raised their family of five children in a home lovingly referred to as “601.”

Floyd’s childhood passion for hunting and shooting lead to a successful career, 10-X Manufacturing Company in Des Moines, specializing in hunting and shooting apparel.

Retiring to Lake Panorama, Floyd spent countless hours with friends and family. Whether golfing, boating, water skiing or fishing, a good time was sure to be had. Special memories were made around summer camp fires. Floyd enjoyed his winter months in warmer climates and was a frequent visitor to see his son, Bill, and wife, Lorena, in Maui, where he enjoyed blowing a conch shell at sunset.

Floyd is survived by his children, William Floyd Sayles (Lorena), Richard Alan Sayles (JoAnne), James Howard Sayles (fiancé Barbara Worrell) and Sheryl Mary Sayles-Begolka; son-in-law, Dr. Michael Friedman; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Burton and Elsie (Fangman) Sayles; brother, Chester Sayles; his wife, Patricia Ann (Bloomburg) Sayles and daughter, Cynthia Ann (Sayles) Friedman.

Funeral services were held Jan. 12, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, West Des Moines. Interment with military honors was at Glendale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Meals on Wheels of Stuart, Iowa, and Kindred Spirits Hospice, Panora.

Floyd will be greatly missed. Special thank you to Kindred Hospice of Panora, Iowa.

Love, prayers and thanks to friends who knew Floyd and made his life full.
Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.

OBITUARY: Frank Ostby

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A Facebook livestreamed visitation was held for Franklin E. “Frank” Ostby, 78, of Winfield, Iowa, formerly of Panora, from 10 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22 from the Kimzey Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant (https://www.facebook.com/KimzeyFuneralHome). Due to COVID, a family-only funeral service was livestreamed on the Kimzey Funeral Facebook page at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Pastor Jeff McPherson officiated. Burial will be at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to the funeral home website, http://www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for charities to be determined later.

Frank was born on Dec. 5, 1942, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the son of Frida (Bakken) and P. Eugene Ostby. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church of Albert Lea, Minnesota. Frank graduated from Albert Lea High School, earned his bachelor of arts degree in math education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1966 and his master’s degree in math education from Drake University in 1974. He left this earth on Dec. 17, 2020, in Winfield, Iowa, after a short battle with lung cancer with his children by his side.

Frank married the love of his life, JoAnn Baasen, on June 8, 1968, at Rock Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Elbow Lake, Minnesota. They were married 52 years. They set a great example of how to love your spouse in good times and bad. Frank and JoAnn had three children, Cheryl, Kris and Paul.

Frank was a junior high math instructor for 14 years in West Union, Ioes, where he met several life-long friends. After teaching, Frank joined Heying Foods (West Union, Iowa) as the Production Manager and was transferred to Panora, Iowa. He finished his career with Gold Oval Eggs as Production Manager first in Renville, Minnesota, and finally Thompson, Iowa. Once retired, Frank and JoAnn spent time in Mesa, Arizona, in the winter. Wherever Frank lived, he made good friends.

Frank was highly active in the various churches where he was member. He served as treasurer and was involved in choir and junior league. Frank loved to sing, play golf, bowl, play pool and card games. He also loved camping and family trips. Frank and JoAnn enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and on cruises. They traveled to Norway twice, as Frank held great pride in his Norwegian heritage. In Mesa, he loved to play pool volleyball; followed by “Happy Hour.” He was very proud of his three kids, and his grandchildren brought him great joy.

Frank is known for his kindness, compassion, friendship and his boisterous laugh, AKA “the Ostby” laugh. The three most important things that mattered to Frank were his family, church and being a decent, respected person. He will be greatly missed.

Frank is survived by his wife, JoAnn, children Cheryl (Travis) Crawmer of Urbandale, Kris Davis (Mike Scheidt) of Van Meter, and Paul (Julie) Ostby of Mount Pleasant; sister Eldora (Jack) Kelly of Annadale, Virginia. There are eight grandchildren: Justin and Madison Crawmer, Jacob and Emma Davis, Brittan, Zach, Anna and Kolbein Ostby; sister-in-law, Carlyn (Ron) Nordby of Wilmar, Minnesota, and brother-in-law Gene Baasen of Hutchinson, Minnesota, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and various other relatives.

OBITUARY: Gene R. Hardy

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Gene R. Hardy, 93, of Panora passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Jan. 21, 2021. Gene was born Sept. 23, 1927, to Harry Wm. and Nettie H. Larsen Hardy of Hampton, Iowa. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1945 and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17, serving from 1945 to 1948.

Following his honorable discharge from the service Gene attended Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls and Iowa State University, graduating in 1953 with a degree in civil engineering. He started his engineering career as assistant county engineer for Madison County in Winterset, Iowa, until 1962, when he assumed the role as Dallas County Engineer in Adel, Iowa. On Jan. 12, 1973, Gene married Janet Jones Brehmer. They continued living in Adel until Gene’s retirement in 1989, after his 27 years of service as Dallas County Engineer.

After retirement, Gene and his wife Jan moved to Lake Panorama, where he continued to use his expertise as a private property surveyor, a consultant for the Guthrie County Secondary Roads Department, and for Iowa Concrete Paving Association. Throughout his career, Gene was recognized for many professional achievements: most notably the 1973 Greene County Overlay Project, which was the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of fibrous concrete as an overlay in Federal Highway construction history.

Gene was community and civic minded, serving on numerous boards, including terms on both the Adel Community School board and the Adel City Council. He was also a member of several organizations, including Lions Club International, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, as well as many professional associations.

Gene was a popular and gregarious man with a big heart, a ready smile and a delightfully witty sense of humor. He dearly loved his family and his beloved dog, Steve. He loved living at the lake, playing cribbage and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones. He was an avid golfer, having accomplished the amazing feat of 5 holes-in-one in his lifetime.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Jan; his four children from his first marriage to Jean Ann: Steve (Kate) Hardy of Ames, Nancy Hardy Jennings of West Des Moines, Jim (Ryan) Hardy of West Des Moines, and Ann (Dr. Tom) Wodniak of West Des Moines; and his stepchildren: Deborah (Mitch) Christensen of Humboldt and Julie Brehmer Schroeder of Coon Rapids.

He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kurt (Dawn) Luther of Arizona, Kari Luther of Arizona, Amanda Hardy of Ames, Debi (Mike) Mills of Ames, Chrissy (Trent) Michalski of Earlham, Andrea (Mike) Petro of Delaware, Taylor (Rebekah) Jennings of Missouri, Christopher Wodniak of California, Natalie Wodniak of Virginia, Daly Hardy of West Des Moines, and Reese Hardy of West Des Moines; step-grandchildren: Justin (Abby) James of Bayard, Cheyne (Sarah) Christensen of Manson, Aaron (Larry) Christensen of Ankeny, Michelle (Jeremy) Smith of Dexter, Brandon (Kalea) Brehmer of Ankeny, Zach (Claire) Brehmer of Waukee, Brady (Amanda) Brehmer of Carroll, and Trevor (Taylor) Brehmer of Breda; as well as twenty-eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Virgie Belle, Betty and Fern; daughter Cindy Hardy Luther Cash of Arizona; and stepson Michael Brehmer of Panora.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Hospice of the Midwest for their wonderful care and compassion for Gene and our family after he suffered complications from a fall.

At Gene’s request, no service will be held at this time. Cremated remains will be interred at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date.

OBITUARY: MARY JONES

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Mary Jones, 83, daughter of Joe and Grace (Seiberling) Barrer, was born Oct. 29, 1937, in Mitchellville, Iowa. She passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Glen Oaks Alzhemier Special Care Center in Urbandale.

Mary grew up and attended school in the Voorhies/Reinbeck area and graduated from Reinbeck High School in 1955. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls for two years.

Mary married Jim Jones on April 26, 1958. They made their home in the Linden/Panora area where she was a homemaker and a wonderful mom to Julie, Teresa and Jackie. In the early 1970s, she attended Drake University during the summer to obtain her teaching degree, graduating in 1973.

For the next 24 years, she touched many lives in the Panora Linden School District, first as a 2nd grade teacher and ending her career as a kindergarten teacher.

Mary was an active member in the Panora community. You could find her volunteering at the Panora library, 3C’s, Panora Care Center, or at WSO service events. She was also a very active member of St. Cecilia Church. Mary and Jim were also very involved in the Panorama School District, attending many athletic events, concerts, drama events and so on. Mary was named Citizen of the Year in 1993.

After retirement, Mary and Jim were frequently seen riding around town and on the bike trail on their tandem recumbent bike. They also took many bus trips visiting all 50 states, and also Scotland, Ireland and Canada. Going to Iowa State football and basketball games was also another retirement activity.

Mary is survived by daughters, Julie Tull of Clive and Jackie Teague (Bruce) of Stoughton, Wisconsin. Granddaughters, Erin Teague (Rod Schier) of Marshfield, Wisconsin, and Kelsie Teague of Stoughton, Wisconsin; great-grandson, Trytin Schier; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Deanna Jones of Sheldahl, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by spouse Jim Jones, daughter Teresa Jones, parents Joe and Grace Barrer, brother Arnold (Mary Margaret) Barrer, sister Alice (Francis) Babinat, and in-laws Jim and Loretta Jones.

Funeral services were Jan. 30, 2021, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Panora. Burial was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Ogden. Memorial contributions can be directed to 3C’s, Panora Library, Panorama Boosters, or St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

OBITUARY: PAUL BIERLY

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Paul Eugene Bierly, 77, son of Emmett Iverson and Vera Mae (Cook) Bierly, was born Sept. 16, 1943, in Horton, Kansas. He passed away Jan. 23, 2021, at his home.

Paul was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, by his mother and step-father, Clyde Bierly. Paul graduated from Benson High School in 1961 and then enlisted in the United States Navy. Paul served during the Vietnam War, and following his honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended Career Academy Radio School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While living in Milwaukee, Paul married his sweetheart, Maureen Farris, on Nov. 20, 1966. The couple returned to Omaha, Nebraska, where two daughters were born: Shelly and Melisa. The family remained in Omaha until 1978.

Paul loved his career as a radio announcer, working in Hiawatha, Kansas, from 1979-2004. He graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as an ordained minister in 1997, and he worked in both radio and preaching the Word of God until 2004. In late 2005, he and Maureen made Lake Panorama their home. Paul cherished being able to minister at local nursing homes.

Throughout his life, Paul enjoyed spending time with his daughters, his grandchildren and his other family members. He had a keen sense of humor and loved to make people laugh, especially during a card game of Rummy. Paul showed his red muscle car across the Midwest. He was also an avid collector of die cast muscle cars. Paul’s other hobbies included canvas painting, home improvements, and he was quite a craftsman.

He was a member of Fountain of Life Church, Panora.

Paul is survived by his wife, Maureen Bierly of Panora; daughters, Shelly (Jim) Theim of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Melisa (Jeff) Jamvold of Troy, Kansas; five grandchildren, Molly, Morgan, Alanda, Jimmy, and Lizzy; brother, Vern Iverson of Omaha, Nebraska; step-brothers, Mark Iverson and Ernie Iverson of Hiawatha, Kansas; step-sister, Kathy Iverson of Union Star, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements handled by Twigg Funeral Home, Panora.

Calendar of Events

Thursday, Feb. 11
4 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Southwest Valley
Corning High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Feb. 11
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Feb. 11
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Feb. 12
Be Local “Panora Golden Ticket Chocolate Walk”
Businesses will provide a chocolate offering and or in-store specials to customers. Visit www.panorachamber.org or email panorachamber@gmail.com for more details.    

Saturday, Feb. 13
Creston High School  
Wrestling: Varsity District
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Feb. 13
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Martensdale-St. Marys
Martensdale-St. Marys Jr Sr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Wednesday, Feb. 17
7 a.m.
Shop Iowa
Region XII Small Business Webinar Series
Cherie Edilson will present on the Shop Iowa platform which is offered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority for small retail businesses in Iowa to sell together online. This presentation will address both the changing landscape of retail in the digital age and shopping patterns in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Register for this webinar at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehj48qikdc933551&oseq=&c=&ch=.

Feb. 18-20
Wrestling: Varsity State
Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Feb. 19
No school
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Feb. 22
6:30 p.m.  
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Wednesday, Feb. 24
7:30 a.m.
Understanding Iowa Sales Tax webinar
Region XII Small Business Webinar Series
During this workshop learn about online sales, when Iowa tax is required, local option tax requirements, and who is considered a marketplace facilitator and their tax obligations.
Register for this webinar at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehj48qvle6e1d4bf&oseq=&c=&ch=.

Wednesday, March 3
7:30 a.m.
Why You Need a Website and Tips to Building a Solid One
Region XII Small Business Webinar Series
Your website is the foundation of all your marketing efforts. Learn why an online presence is critical for your business’ success and tips to effectively build a website that will help you maximize your goals and create a solid brand experience for your customers.
Register for this webinar at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehj49jae6d3ae489&oseq=&c=&ch=.

Monday, March 8
6 p.m.
LPA Building Codes Meeting
www.lakepanorama.org

Monday, March 8
6:30 p.m.
School board meeting
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, March 8
6:30 p.m.  
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Wednesday, March 10
7:30 a.m.
Website Platforms and How to Integrate Ecommerce
Region XII Small Business Webinar Series
This workshop will help you sort through the many DIY website builder platforms available for your business and tips to effectively integrate ecommerce applications. Register for this webinar at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehj49vfga04fabd6&oseq=&c=&ch=.

Tuesday, March 23
5 p.m.
LPA Board Meeting
www.lakepanorama.org

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Dave Grove Receives Spirit of Caring Award

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Posted 2/9/21

Dave Grove of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Panora recently received the firm’s exclusive Spirit of Caring Award designed to recognize those financial advisors who exemplify the values, culture and spirit of giving back.

Grove is a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial advisor can achieve. He has demonstrated unyielding dedication to giving back to his clients, community, other financial advisors, branch teams and their regional network.

Grove said he is honored to receive the award.

“Edward Jones is a partnership. That structure is not just financial, it’s a philosophy,” Grove said. “We work together, help each other and all share in the rewards of working with long-term individual investors. That brings out the best in everyone.”

Dave was one of only 295 of the firm’s more than 19,000 financial advisors to receive the award.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 19,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients with a total of $1.5 trillion in client assets under care. Visit edwardjones.com or the recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Guthrie County Community Foundation 2021 Grant Applications

Posted 2/9/21
The Guthrie County Community Foundation wants to inform all Guthrie county non-profit organizations of the upcoming deadline for 2021 grant applications. Organizations must be a 501(c)3 or have the same tax-exempt qualifying status. These must be located within Guthrie County or provide services to residents of Guthrie County.

Starting this year, there are two revised applications. One is a simple grant application for requests up to $10,000. The second is the standard application for requests of more than $10,000. Pay special attention to the grant instructions on each application because of the changes that have been made.

Applications must be submitted, via email as one PDF file, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021. Late or incomplete applications, or applications that do not follow directions, will not be considered. Please take note of the list of items that the foundation is not able to fund and should not be asked for when submitting a grant application.

The Guthrie County Community Foundation has more than $114,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and Grow Greene County funds available for the current grant cycle. Applications and instructions are available at www.desmoinesfoundation.org/guthrie.

Applications must be emailed to GCCFoundation@gmail.com with all of the required documentation attached as a single PDF file. Questions about the application process can be sent to the same email address. 

RECIPE
Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Posted 2/9/21
By Jolene Goodman

Watching the snow fall over the lake as I work on my winter projects in the house, I access my slow cooker recipes for those yummy, time saving meals most everyone enjoys.  Beef stew is a cold weather essential. I love vegetables and beef together for a simple, one-dish meal. The red wine in this recipe adds a rich, complex flavor. If you don’t have any leftover wine, don’t worry.  Just add more beef stock. Also, this stew freezes well. Why not make a double batch?  Double batches are routine in our house for easy meals later. Frozen stew will last up to 3 months.  Pull it out for a quick meal or, if you package it in single servings, you can pack it for lunch.  However you decide to make this, one batch or two, enjoy the time you’ll be saving with little prep work so you can still get a project or two done. Enjoy!

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and resides with her husband Shane on Lake Panorama.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

2 ½ pounds stew meat, or a Chuck roast, cubed
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
6 tsp olive oil
3 tbsp cold butter, separated
 2 cups yellow onion, diced
 ½ cup celery, diced small
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup red wine
4 cups beef broth
2 tsp beef bouillon or 2 beef bouillon cubes
2 tbsps Worcestershire Sauce
3 tbsps tomato paste
4 medium carrots, diced
1 lb. baby Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
1 cup frozen peas
1 bay leaf
1 tsp rosemary
1/4 cup cold water + 3 tablespoons flour

Combine pepper and garlic salt and sprinkle on beef.  Mix well to coat meat.

Sprinkle flour over the meat and toss again. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

Sear all sides of the meat in batches for 45 seconds per. Place meat in slow cooker.

Melt 1 TBSP of butter in the meat pan and sautee onions, garlic, and celery. If more liquid is needed, add some wine. Transfer to the slow cooker.

Add wine, beef broth, bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves and rosemary to slow cooker.

 Heat on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours, until the vegetables are softened and the potatoes are fork tender.

Add the peas during the last 15 minutes of cooking.

Combine cold water and 3 tbsp of flour and slowly add to broth to thicken.  Turn off heat and remove the bay leaf.

Ask Lake Panorama Times
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.

Posted 2/9/21
What is the fine or penalty for fishing without a fishing license on Lake Panorama?
According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, any Iowa resident for whom a fishing license is required who fishes in the public waters of this state in which freshwater fish appear without first procuring a license as provided by law shall be fined $135.50.

What is an effective way to keep deer from eating my shrubs in the winter?  
According to various sources, an adult deer can eat about six pounds of plant material daily. Deer are lazy, and they will feed on shrubs that are the easiest to access. If they spot stuff they really like, they will go to great lengths to get to those plants and devour them until most are destroyed. Experts say the trick to keeping deer from eating your shrubs is to make them taste terrible by treating the foliage with repellant sprays. Discouraged deer will move on to the next tasty plant in the area (usually your neighbor’s). Experts say you should also wrap your shrubs in burlap or temporary netting for the season to encourage deer to seek easier food sources. Check with your local nursery or an arborist for repellant sprays or additional tips.

How many deer were harvested this season at Lake Panorama? 
According to the LPA, 116 antlerless and nine antlered deer were harvested this year, which are typical counts. In the three prior seasons, hunters harvested 106, 125 and 140 antlerless deer. Interested in hunting on Lake Panorama for the 2021-22 season? Contact the LPA office at 641-755-2301.

Jewelry business going strong after 44 years and counting
The Youngbergs have been Lake Panorama residents since December 2016.

Posted 2/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The story of how two high school sweethearts from Davenport started and have maintained a retail jewelry store in Ames for nearly 45 years is an interesting one. What makes it even more interesting is they have a second home at Lake Panorama.

Gary Youngberg and Karen Mensing both made the Davenport varsity golf teams as sophomores.

“We played a lot of golf together and fell in love,” says Gary.

Gary attended the University of Iowa for his first year of college while Karen went to Iowa State.

“I hated college and considered quitting and becoming a policeman in Davenport,” says Gary. “Karen encouraged me to finish the year in Iowa City and try Iowa State the next year, so I did. I liked Ames much better but still saw little value for me in college. My scholarships were running out, and I didn’t want to borrow money to do something I didn’t like, so I ended my college career.”

Gary had always loved rocks and gems and had taught himself how to make jewelry from two books he checked out of the library while in college.

“Karen and I were 20 years old and had been doing some art shows with a modicum of success,” he says. “I knew I loved what I was doing, so we started Ames Silversmithing in August of 1976 with $1,500 from my savings account. I ran out of funds by the time we opened and was fortunate I was a waiter at a sorority so I could eat.”

The couple married in June of 1977. The same year, they moved Ames Silversmithing to a larger location at 220 Main in downtown Ames, where it remains today.

Originally working in silver and semi-precious stones, Gary continued producing his one-of-a-kind jewelry creations. As business grew, both Gary and Karen received their diamond training through the Gemological Institute of America, the leading gemological laboratory in the world. Soon, Gary was working in gold, platinum and diamonds, as well as an extensive selection of precious and semi-precious colored gemstones.

Gary says when he and Karen started the business in 1976, they didn’t think about long-term success, yet the business continued to grow. In 1990, they more than doubled the size of the business by building a new facility on their old site. In 2000, another expansion made room for two more workbenches, allowing four full-time artists to design and create jewelry.

In 2002, the couple’s two sons joined the business. Kyle attended the University of Kansas for three years before returning home to graduate from Iowa State University in business. Kyle works in sales and customer relations, plus inventory management and administration. Kyle’s wife, Katie Youngberg, has been a part of the business for more than a decade, and helps with sales, marketing, purchasing and inventory management.

The couple’s younger son, Kirk, attended college for two years before joining the team. Gary says Kirk “brings an exciting and refreshing perspective to the bench in his jewelry designs.” Kyle, Kirk and Katie all received their diamond training and degrees from the Gemological Institute of America. Kirk’s wife, Lori, works at Iowa State University as an ISU Extension program coordinator.

In 2004, Ames Silversmithing expanded again. The purchase of a property adjacent to the store allowed for expansion of both the retail and work areas.

“The extra space made it possible for us to completely redesign the retail area with all new showcases and interior displays,” Gary says. “The extra space has been a benefit to not only the staff, but also for our customers.”

Most customers come from a 60-mile radius around Ames, but the business has had customers from nearly every state in the country.

“We have a broad range of customers,” Gary says. “The young couple looking for an engagement ring, the high schooler looking for a $45 pair of earrings for his girlfriend, the guy wanting to surprise his wife with an anniversary gift after 30 years of marriage, and the self-purchasers who want what they want.”

Their busiest time is the last six weeks of the year, with spikes around Valentine’s Day and spring wedding engagements.

The Youngbergs bought their Lake Panorama home in December 2016.

“Karen had been looking off and on at both Clear Lake and Lake Panorama,” Gary says. “She worked with a realtor a few times, but we found out about the house through friends who live directly across Horseshoe Cove. They had looked at the property before buying where they did, called one of our sons and told him it had come on the market, and suggested Karen and I might like it.”

The house is a cedar cabin and features a point of land that sticks out into the cove.

“That is where our yellow lab named Koda and I love to sit and fish,” Gary says. “I had a ‘Koda’s Point’ marker made for the point.”

The Youngbergs use their Lake Panorama home year-round.

“Our time there can range from a simple overnight to perhaps a week, but typically it is just one or two days at a time,” says Gary.

The family enjoys Lake Panorama for many reasons.

“Being on the water is always fun, and the ability to fish when and for as long as I want is a real plus,” says Gary. “With our two sons, their wives and six grandchildren all in Ames, the lake is a wonderful getaway that is very easy and convenient to get to. We all look forward to our family gatherings there, but the other families get their alone time as well.”

Both Karen and Gary are accomplished amateur golfers. Gary has won the Ames City golf championship eight times in the Open division and twice in the Senior division. That means the couple also appreciates Lake Panorama because of its two golf courses.

“The 18-hole course is challenging for all levels and always in fine shape,” Gary says. “But the gem, at least for me, is Panorama West, which is literally a two-minute golf cart ride away. We never tire of playing the par-3 course. In 2019, I had my third hole-in-one there on the eighth hole.”

Over the last 10 years, Gary has taken up an interest in hickory golf.

“Hickory golf is played with pre-1935 hickory shaft golf clubs and is rapidly expanding across the country,” he says. “It speaks to the soul of golf and lets people see how the game was played 100 years ago.”

Gary has about 200 hickory clubs and is always looking for more. He does club refurbishing in his work area at the lake, and he and Karen talk about organizing and hosting a hickory event at Panorama West someday.

The Youngbergs have donated a piece of jewelry for the Fin & Feather annual auction three times.

“Karen and I have developed a truly special feeling for Lake Panorama after just this short time,” Gary says. “We appreciate the work Fin and Feather does and are always happy to support their efforts in conservation.”

Gary says the success of Ames Silversmithing has allowed the couple’s philanthropical efforts to grow through the years.

“We support every high school post prom in the area, every grade school carnival, multiple fundraisers for the American Heart Association, the American Diabetic Association, Canine Companions for Independence, Search Dog Foundation, and Tunnel to Towers, to name a few,” he says.

The couple also routinely donates jewelry pieces to help those in need of kidney transplants or other health issues.

Ames Silversmithing offers a wide variety of jewelry.

“We carry everything from moderately priced silver jewelry in the $50 to $500 range, up to larger diamonds and fine quality colored gemstones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires,” Gary says. “We also carry perhaps the largest selection of semi-precious stones in Iowa, including tourmaline, garnets in multiple varieties, tanzanite, aquamarine, opals in a wide range and cultured pearls in classic white to black South Seas Tahitian pearls.”

Gary says the Ames Silversmithing story truly is one of the American dream.

“Karen and I started the business with little more than a thought,” he says. “And while we still are a small business from a technical viewpoint, our business supports eight different families. Our success over the last 40-plus years is based on an attention to detail one seldom sees in today’s world.

“Our service is second to none, as is the quality of our jewelry and gems,” Gary says. “We have six people in the store, myself included, who not only design but create many of our pieces. We work in not only silver as our name suggests, but gold and platinum as well. As manufacturers, we are able to offer prices and selection like no other store around.”

Ames Silversmithing is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with appointments welcomed. More information is available on the store’s website at www.amessilversmithing.com.
 

Q&A: LOOKING AHEAD FOR LAKE PANORAMA NATIONAL
New roles and events with updates on golfing and swimming

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Posted 2/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

This month’s Q&A is with Royce Shaffer, who has worked in a variety of positions for the Lake Panorama National Resort since 2002. Shaffer is entering his third year as operations manager for LPN, overseeing the Links Restaurant, LPN golf shop, Panorama West clubhouse, front desk/lodging and the conference center.

Q. Lake Panorama has new employees in three key positions for the 2021 golfing season, and some existing employees in new roles on the golf courses. Give us a snapshot of the new faces LPA members and guests will see this year.
A. Our latest hire is Rob Riggins as Lake Panorama National’s head golf professional. Rob has extensive experience in various aspects of the golf industry. He has a passion for growing the game of golf with both juniors and adults, and I believe he will be a significant asset to the LPN operation.

Rob comes to us from Des Moines Golf and Country Club, where he has been a golf professional, tournament director and golf instructor for nearly three years. Prior to that, he spent four years as the general manager and director of golf instruction at Jester Park. Rob’s first day on the job is scheduled for Feb. 3.

Joshua McCurnin began work Dec. 1 as the LPN executive chef. He has more than 17 years of experience in the food industry and most recently worked at Edgewater in West Des Moines. McCurnin also has worked at Wobbly Boots, Des Moines Golf & Country Club, Sysco, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and 801 Chophouse. Josh’s past experience makes me excited for the future of the Links restaurant.

Blake Wenzel has been with us since August 2020 as the LPN food and beverage manager, but this will be his first full season here. I am pleased with the teamwork that already has developed between Josh and Blake. They have lots of ideas to create events our members and guests will love.

Beyond these new hires, we’ve had some changes in the personnel maintaining our two golf courses. Dan Wollner retired the end of December after 40 seasons as the LPN grounds superintendent. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we haven’t yet had a retirement party for Dan but look forward to doing that sometime this summer.

Brandon Waddle will be the new LPN superintendent. He was hired as Dan’s assistant in 1998. In 2013, he was named Panorama West grounds superintendent, where he has been the past eight seasons.

Jared Baier worked the 2020 golf season as Dan’s assistant superintendent and now will be Brandon’s assistant. Garrett Young will be the Panorama West course superintendent when he graduates in May from DMACC, majoring in horticulture-landscape and turf management. Garrett has worked five summers at the LPN.

Q. The Links has been offering more special events and trying some new things to get more people in the door. Give us details on some of the new things that have been happening, plus a look ahead to February special events.
This past January, our food and beverage team created two special events to increase traffic in the Links restaurant. First was a wings and whiskey sampler where four whiskeys/bourbons and four wing flavors were sampled. Next was a three-course wine and hors d’ oeuvre tasting. Feedback on these events was positive, and our team looks forward to creating more special events like these in the future.

February brings Valentine’s Day and Lent. Since Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday this year, we have our Valentine’s dinner menu available for four evenings in the Links restaurant in advance of the holiday. This special menu will be available Feb. 10 to 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The menu is available online at https://lpnresort.com/36aK7jf. Our regular Links menu also will be available those evenings.

Mark your calendar for our Easter brunch on April 4. Leading up to Easter, our culinary staff has developed a special Lenten menu. Options include eight meals that offer fish and chips, walleye, salmon and shrimp, plus sides. This menu will be available beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17, and run daily for both lunch and dinner until Easter. Besides dine in, all items are available to-go. The menu can be found at https://lpnresort.com/3cvavIp.

We continue to serve prime rib every Friday and Saturday evening and have happy hour Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Our team has created some new happy hour appetizers, which are half-price for the month of February. In addition, CK Mondavi Pinot Grigio, Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon all are $5 a glass for February happy hours.

Q. How are 2021 golf memberships stacking up so far this year?
A. By the end of December, there were 156 individuals, couples or families who purchased a 2021 golf membership at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West and were entered into a drawing for six prizes. Winners were:
• Custom set of irons – Matt Schultes
• $500 LPN Diners Club credit – Sue Merryman
• Set of Two Wedges – Julie Clausen
• Michael Kleinwolterink print – Bill Douglass
• Complete Golf Outfit of Top, Bottom and Hat – Keith Fulton
• 2021 Single Pool Membership – Donna Daniels

By the end of January, 201 memberships had been purchased, with 126 at the LPN and 75 at Panorama West.

If you have not purchased your 2021 membership yet, there still is plenty of time to do so. Consider taking advantage of our payment program. This program withdraws your membership and other golf services from your bank account in six equal installments starting March 1, and ending Aug. 1. A convenience fee of $100 is charged for this service. Take advantage by completing the authorization agreement, found on our website, and return it with your membership form.

If you have purchased your 2021 golf membership at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West golf course, you are invited to join us for our third annual Member Mixer on Saturday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the LPN conference center.

At this event, gift cards for anyone who joined by Jan. 31 will be distributed, and information about the upcoming golf season at both courses will be available. This mixer is a chance to shake off those winter blues, catch up with fellow golf members you haven’t seen since your last round, and meet some new ones.

If you haven’t paid your 2021 golf membership dues yet, now is a great time to get those in, so you can join the fun. Contact the LPN pro shop, 641-755-2024, or find membership forms on our website, www.lakepanoramanational.com/membership.

Q. When the snow melts and the temperatures rise, people will start to think about spending time at the LPN swimming pool. Anything new for 2021?
A. Just like last year, all members and guests of the swimming pool must check in at the pro shop counter where they will sign in and pay their daily fee, if they do not have an annual pool membership. After checking in, everyone will be given a wristband to wear in the pool area.

As in years past, we are targeting a Memorial Day weekend opening, and will continue to be open until Sept. 30. Once open, public swimming will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. seven days a week.

We encourage everyone to purchase an annual membership. By purchasing an annual membership, you can help ensure this amenity continues to be available. Memberships are available to LPA property owners starting at $125 for a single, $150 for a couple or $175 for a family. A fourth membership category is available to adults 55 and older with grandchildren up to the age of 12. Grandparent memberships are $225.

The pool membership form can be found at https://lpnresort.com/36kV7e5.

Q. Any closing thoughts?
A. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Lake Panorama Association membership for their support during 2020. As a wholly owned subsidiary of LPA, your support of Lake Panorama National Resort benefits Lake Panorama. We have made significant changes for 2021 and are ready to serve you. I am optimistic we are in a good position for a great 2021.

I would also like to mention we are looking for part-time and seasonal help in all departments. All available positions are available on our website www.lakepanoramanational.com/employment. Apply online or stop by our employment fair on Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LPN banquet room where you can talk with our department managers.

To stay up to date on what’s happening at Lake Panorama National Resort, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LPNResort, or keep an eye on our website www.lakepanoramanational.com. If you don’t already receive the LPN Resort Weekly newsletter, you can subscribe by visiting our website, then scroll to the footer and sign up under the “Stay Informed” section.

MARCH 9 DEADLINE TO FILE FOR LPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
For 2021, there will be three seats on the ballot.

Posted 2/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The deadline to file nomination papers for the 2021 election for a seat on the Lake Panorama Association board of directors is March 9.

The board consists of seven members. Board terms are three years, and members are allowed to serve not more than two consecutive three-year terms. Terms are staggered so the number of seats on the annual ballot varies each year.

For 2021, there will be three seats on the ballot. Rich Schumacher and Emily Donovan are both completing their first term on the board and have confirmed their intent to seek a second term. Schumacher currently serves as vice president and Donovan as secretary.

Also on the ballot is the unexpired term of Neil Wright. Wright was elected in 2019 and resigned because of health reasons in July 2020. Wright’s seat was temporarily filled by Larry Babcock, who was appointed by the board of directors at the July 28, 2020, board meeting. The remaining year of Wright’s unexpired term will be up for election in May 2021, and end in May 2022. The director elected with the third-most votes will take this spot on the board.

Nomination papers are available at the LPA office, or will be emailed on request. Candidates must collect a minimum of 18 signatures, representing 18 separate active memberships.

Along with the nomination form, candidates are asked to submit a signed statement of willingness to serve and a 100-word statement of qualifications. Also needed is a signed conflict-of-interest form listing any businesses or financial interests the candidate has with the LPA. These items will be included in the ballot mailing.

A mailing that includes the ballot, numbered envelope and the official announcement of the annual meeting will be sent to all LPA members in advance of the annual meeting.

The 2021 annual meeting is scheduled for May 8 with the mailing planned for late-April. In the event of a COVID-19 delay, LPA can postpone the annual meeting until the last Saturday in June. If that is necessary, advance notice will be provided to the membership and the corresponding ballot mailing will occur in early-June. This year will mark the LPA’s 52nd annual meeting.

LPA members must return their completed ballot in the numbered envelope. Members are urged to return their ballots in advance of the annual meeting to speed up the tabulation process, although ballots also can be brought to the annual meeting.

Board meetings are generally held the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning with open forum at 5 p.m., although the day and time can be adjusted. The board does not meet in January or February unless a special meeting is necessary.

Anyone with questions about the board election process, or details of serving on the LPA board, can contact the LPA office at 641-755-2301 or lpa@lakepanorama.org

LAKE DOGS & COVE CAT

Posted 2/9/21
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Dogs
Chloe, tri-color, age 3; and Mady, ruby color, age 1.
Both are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Owners are Julie Maddux and son Wyatt Hall.
Chloe and Mady enjoy sunbathing on their deck, playing tug of war with each other and going to “work” with mom Julie in her home office. Chloe’s pet peeve is when there is a dog on TV, and Mady is too easy-going to have any pet peeves.

Cove Cat
Houdini, age 5
Owners are Justin and Andrea Rishel.
Houdini got his name from popping out of a bag or a blanket when he was very tiny — just like magic! He was rescued from a hoarding situation when he was a baby. Houdini enjoys snuggling, napping and hunting. His best friends are their dog Tanner and the other kitty, Lucky. Houdini likes chasing Lucky around the house and playing fetch with his squeaky mouse.
 

ON THE LAKE
Get smart

It’s not the 1980s any more.

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 1/5/21

We have been working to make our lake home a little “smarter” recently, and this world of gadgets that we now live in reminds me of “Get Smart,” the television comedy series that parodied the secret agent genre in the late 1960s (and was also made into a movie in 2008). Although I don’t envision talking on a phone in my shoe anytime soon, I do at least try to seek out some of the latest technology — eventually. Admittedly, I may be a bit late to the game at times, but even Maxwell Smart “missed it by that much.”

With all this in mind, I am reminded of one of my first “digital” purchases — a Pioneer single disc CD player in 1986. I dropped $249 of my hard-earned cash on this “high-tech” device that was to change the world with a sound so sharp that I was told it could blow my home speakers. My vast collection of cassettes, albums and even a few of my brother’s 8-track tapes would soon be obsolete, as this CD player was to transform how I would listen to music. And it did. My friends stopped by one day and listened in amazement at the crisp sounds and the ease of play, and then one asked, “But how do you run with it?” OK, the CD player wasn’t perfect, so I kept my Sony Walkman for that purpose. But this stereo component did change life as I knew it then, and it was kind of fun being a techie.

That was 35 years ago, and as my kids so often remind me, it’s not the 1980s anymore. I may no longer feel the need to be the first in line to buy the latest and greatest technology, but that doesn’t stop me from dabbling with a few new gadgets.

Our lake home became “smarter” with a Ring doorbell that we installed. Then our home became even “smarter” with a few Amazon Echos. But why stop there? We purchased a Nest thermostat to control our home’s heating and cooling. And then, lo and behold, one of my daughters showed me a deal on smart plugs that we clearly needed to turn our lamps on and off remotely.

So what’s next? Who knows? In the meantime, does anyone need a single disc CD player?

Oops
Speaking of getting smarter, as lake-home owner newbies, we are still learning the ropes. The lesson for this past month was to remember to take the dock ladder out of the lake before the water freezes. Ouch.

A chuckle
And finally, a little lake humor. What is a lake’s favorite subject? Algaebra.

Happy New Year, and, as always, thanks for reading.

BRACKELSBERG FAMILY ENJOYS LONG HISTORY AT LAKE PANORAMA
“Having a lake home is a good way to keep families together.”

Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

In 1966, Paul Brackelsberg was a new animal science faculty member at Iowa State University. Three years later, his wife Phyllis joined the ISU textiles and clothing faculty. One day they were driving to a conference together when they decided to stop in Panora to check out Lake Panorama.

“The lot sales location was on the west side,” Paul says. “We didn’t have much money, but we ended up buying some lots on the west side that we were told would be real moneymakers for us. It didn’t really turn out that way.”

But eventually they bought a boat and started spending time on the new lake. Phyllis had grown up in Minnesota so was familiar with the family fun of living on a lake. The couple now had three children and decided it was time to build a house on Lake Panorama. In 1988, they purchased a waterfront lot on the east side near the entrance to the Narrows, plus three B lots across the street.

They built a small home – just 1,040 square feet. But it was a place for them and their extended family to gather.

“Phyllis’ parents from Minnesota came to visit and said we made a good decision, that having a lake home is a good way to keep families together,” Paul says.

The couple combined the three B lots across the street into one. Paul says he was “too tight” to pay taxes on land and just let it sit, so he planted pine trees. As they grew, he sold some for Christmas trees and gave some away. He still has some people who choose a tree each year and come cut it down when they are ready.

The first trees were scotch pine. As those grew and were harvested, Paul decided to replant using white pine. He says the softer needles don’t hold Christmas ornaments as well, but each year many tree branches are cut and turned into wreaths and garland.

The area is surrounded by a tall fence in an attempt to keep deer out. Once the pine trees were planted, Paul decided to add play features for his grandchildren. A large tree house was built. A tire swing hangs from another tree. Freestanding playground equipment is located in several spots.

The most interesting play feature is a wooden train, with cars large enough for both children and adults to climb into. The Brackelsberg’s three children all live along Interstate 35. Their son lives in Oklahoma City. One daughter is in Ames, with another daughter in the Twin Cities.

The Twin Cities family used to travel to Strasburg, Pennsylvania, on business, and sometimes Paul and Phyllis would make the trip, too. They stayed in the Red Caboose Motel there, where each room is a caboose. One of the many train-themed parts of the motel and surrounding area is a wooden train, with an engine, caboose and three cars in between.

“The grandkids loved playing on that train so much, I decided I should build them one,” Paul says. “I took pictures and got measurements and came home and started building it, one car at a time. The grandkids loved it, and now it’s the great-grandkids that play on it the most.”

Phyllis and Paul retired in 1998.

“We both had very successful, productive careers at Iowa State,” Paul says. “We felt we had the best jobs at the university, because we were both teaching and advising undergraduates. It was a huge joy for both of us.”

Phyllis passed away 10 years ago. Paul lives in the Green Hills Retirement Community, located on 30 acres just south of the ISU campus. At the age of 81, he remains active in the community there, while also making regular trips to his Lake Panorama home. This year he cut pine branches and created 15 wreaths to donate for a fundraiser for his Kiwanis Club.

The three Brackelsberg children gave their parents 18 living grandchildren, with one deceased. There now are 11 great-grandchildren, with No.  12 arriving soon. It has been a long-time tradition for all the close family and descendants to gather at Lake Panorama one weekend each summer, often the first weekend in August.

As the family continued to grow, Paul’s daughter who lives in Ames convinced him the original lake home was becoming too small for the big family gatherings. Seven years ago, the house was expanded and now boasts 2,300 square feet on each of its two floors. Even with seven bedrooms, Paul says those family weekends have kids sleeping on couches and air mattresses scattered throughout the house.

A couple of years ago, all 40 of the Brackelsberg descendants were present for the special family weekend. This year’s pandemic cut into the number of family members who could attend, but there still were about 30 in attendance.

“I let the kids and grandkids do all the planning now,” he says. “I just show up and enjoy.”

Donations support vaccine roll out, Tori’s Angels
Ten Squared Women and Ten Squared Men assist with local needs.

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Posted 1/5/21
Ten Squared Women and Ten Squared Men announced donations would be made to Tori’s Angels Foundation and Guthrie County Public Health, respectively.

The Ten Squared groups’ members agree to make a $100 donation each so that, when combined, a sizable donation can be made to a local charity. The women’s group has 100 members and the men’s group close to 150.

Tori’s Angels Foundation helps pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance for children with life-threatening conditions. The Foundation helps with travel expenses related to treatment (such as airfare, hotels, meals) as well as co-pays, deductibles and medications. The Foundation has supported 73 children in the last 10 years.

The donation by Ten Squared Women will be used to help pay expenses of children in Guthrie County.

Ten Squared Men chose to give their donation to Guthrie County Public Health to help with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination within the county. The donation will help purchase software that would register Guthrie County residents to verify that only residents of the county receive the county’s allotment of vaccines. It will also help in making sure that those vaccinated are called back for their second dose.

Pictured left to right: Lexi Buckner, Jo Rasmussen, Cheyenne Hester, Abby James, Jotham Arber and Kent Irwin.

NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF JOINS LAKE PANORAMA NATIONAL
Joshua McCurnin comes to the LPN with more than 17 years of experience in the food industry.

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Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Joshua McCurnin is the new executive chef at Lake Panorama National. He has more than 17 years of experience in the food industry and most recently worked at Edgewater in West Des Moines. Over the years, McCurnin also has worked at Wobbly Boots, Des Moines Golf & Country Club, Sysco, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and 801 Chophouse.

McCurnin will be working closely with Blake Wenzel, who was hired in late July as the LPN food and beverage manager.

“Josh’s past experience makes me excited for the future of the Links restaurant,” says Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager. “I am pleased with the teamwork that already has developed between Josh and Blake. They are sure to create events our members and guests will love, and I am excited to have Josh on our staff.”

 McCurnin grew up in Mitchellville and started working in restaurants when he was 12 years old.

“My dad’s friend had a place, and I would come in to wash dishes and fold pizza boxes,” he says. “After a couple years, it was the classic line cook calling in sick, and the owner asking me if I want to learn how to cook. I never looked back.”

McCurnin graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with a double degree in culinary arts and hotel restaurant management. During that time, he was able to do a six-month internship with a chef in France.

 What interested McCurnin about the LPN position?

“What intrigued me about the job was the variety of different types of foods that we are going to be executing,” he says. “And that I was given full creative control in menu changes and recipes.

“I would like to get to the point where we have golfers having a grill-out at Spikes after 18 holes, prime rib going on in the Links, a beer dinner on the patio, and for maybe a more intimate evening, I come to a member’s house and prepare a menu that we build together,” McCurnin says. “All this while we are prepping for a wedding on Saturday.

“I was fortunate enough to work the Solheim Cup in 2017 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club,” he says. “There were a couple days that week we were executing seven to 10 different menus. It was a lot of planning and strict timing, but it was a lot of fun, too.”

McCurnin says he’s learned over the years that to be successful in the food industry, a person must adapt quickly to any given situation.

“Adaptability really starts with getting the guest what they want, then exceeding their expectations, whether those expectations are expressed or not,” he says.

As part of the interview process, McCurnin was asked to prepare a meal for a small group of LPN board members and employees. This event gave him some insight into what he might expect as the LPN chef.

“My first impression was the people,” he says. “When I did my cooking demonstration, I had never felt so welcomed by people that I just met five minutes earlier. Their comments were thoughtful and generous.”

Wenzel and McCurnin already are discussing ways to increase business for the LPN kitchen.

“We have to ride out this COVID thing first,” McCurnin says. “But what we have talked about is wine dinners, beer dinners, cooking classes. I want to do some guest chef nights, where the guest chef and I prepare a special menu, one night only. We also want to do some ‘take and bake’ options, and more family carryout meals.”

What foods does he enjoy when he’s not cooking for others?

“My brother and I smoke a lot of meats in our free time,” McCurnin says. “He’s a chef at Facebook in Altoona, so our family get togethers were pretty awesome before COVID hit. That’s our favorite, but anything seafood interests me, too.”

 McCurnin and his family live on the west side of Waukee. His wife Stacy also works in the restaurant industry. They have two teenage children — Liam and Lola.

Gift card incentives for 2021 golf memberships paid in January
LPN golf memberships paid by Jan. 31 will receive a $100 LPN gift card.

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Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Golf membership applications for 2021 now are available for both the 18-hole Lake Panorama National Resort and the nine-hole Panorama West golf course. Both courses are owned by the Lake Panorama Association and managed by Lake Panorama National.

There is an extra incentive for those who join and pay their 2021 membership in full in January.

LPN golf memberships paid by Jan. 31 will receive a $100 LPN gift card. Panorama West golf memberships paid by the same date will receive a $25 LPN gift card. Those who choose the all-inclusive membership, which includes both golf courses, plus the LPN pool and fitness center, will receive a $125 LPN gift card if they pay in full by Jan. 31.

Annual memberships are available at both courses for both Lake Panorama Association property owners and those who are not LPA property owners. All memberships include free use of the Lake Panorama National driving range.

In an effort to expand membership access to LPN amenities, a payment program is available for all golf membership categories, plus the LPN pool and fitness center. Those interested can pay their 2021 membership choices automatically through their bank account.

Starting March 1, 2021, and ending Aug. 1, 2021, memberships will be withdrawn in six equal payments from a person’s bank account. A convenience fee of $100 will be charged with the first withdrawal. An authorization agreement is available online and in the LPN pro shop.

There are several membership options. Besides regular memberships at both LPN and Panorama West, there is a special “first time” membership available for those who have never been an LPN member. The cost of this membership for a family is $1,050, for a couple it is $892.50 and for an individual, the cost is $682.50. LPN members who refer a “first time” person who joins will receive $50 in LPN pro shop credit.

Distance memberships at Lake Panorama National are available for people who do not own a home at Lake Panorama and who live more than 18 miles from the LPN.

Memberships for the LPN swimming pool and fitness center also are listed on the 2021 membership applications.

Those using private carts on either golf course must pay a trail fee. At the LPN, members have the option of a cart lease, which entitles one person to a seat on an LPN cart for the season.

Other services listed on the membership form are cart storage at both courses, plus bag storage and a USGA handicap at the LPN. Those who play in the LPN’s leagues and handicap tournaments must pay the $30 handicap fee. This fee is not required for Panorama West leagues.

Membership forms are online at www.lakepanoramanational.com/membership

‘For the Good Ole Birds’
Stuart man shares passion for birds at Lakeside Village.

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Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Austin Reed of Stuart has a passion for birds — and helping others enjoy them.

Last spring, he partnered with businesses and other volunteers to install bird houses at a nursing home and apartment complex in his hometown. Then he brought his passion to Lakeside Village — a senior living facility with independent living apartments, assisted living and memory wing — on the east side of Lake Panorama.

He and his business partners and volunteers have shepherd’s hooks made for bird feeders and gather donations of feeders, suet cake holders, bird feed, and more. Since the feeders have been installed, he returns weekly to refill them.

“It’s a cool little project,” says Amada Creen, director of Lakeside Village. “He builds, collects and donates bird feeders to long-term care communities. He has partnered with many businesses. He fills the bird feeders every week. Austin Reed is a genuinely nice guy.”

Those wishing to help cover expenses can visit his gofundme page. See his Facebook page as well. He uses a theme “For the Good Ole Birds” for his project.

Donations move land purchase forward for Panora’s PRIDE group
Funding is key to the group’s goal of redeveloping 1.1 acres of commercial property.

Posted 1/5/21
The Panora and Lake Panorama Economic Development group, locally known as PRIDE, announced important donations from two Panora area banks. The Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and the Guthrie County State Bank each made $25,000 donations to the development group to assist them with a land purchase. Curt Thornberry, president of the group, hailed the donations as key to the group’s goal of redeveloping 1.1 acres of commercial property along State Highway 4 in Panora.

“The City of Panora is a vital economic center within Guthrie County,” remarked Thornberry. “The community is a leader among cities in our county, particularly in annual retail sales. Based on the State’s scoring of our community, Panora is considered a regional draw. With more businesses operating in town there is limited land and few buildings available for businesses to locate here. With a few exceptions, most of the downtown storefronts are occupied,” Thornberry said.

“We get quite a few inquiries for businesses looking to locate in Panora that are unable to find a suitable location,” he noted. “With the purchase of the property along the highway, PRIDE plans to combine the parcels and make them available for commercial development.”

It is worth noting that the construction of the Panora Plaza in 1986 by area developer, Irv Gerlich, was the last commercial multitenant retail project in Panora outside of the downtown business district.

According to Thornberry, the project would have taken much longer and been more difficult had we not been able to have community partners like Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and Guthrie County State Bank.

“We wanted to remove a land bottleneck that has been hampering commercial development locally. They saw a need, as well, in the community and wanted to play a part in our efforts,” he added. “Iowa Trust & Savings Bank is committed to the success of our community and is honored to be part of the team working for its future,” said Julie Dent-Zajicek, president of the bank’s Panora branch. “This land acquisition will position our community for future growth and we are pleased to contribute to the project.”

“PRIDE acts as a connector to help our business community create a vision and see the opportunity that exists in Panora,” said Mark Cates, vice president and branch manager, Guthrie County State Bank. “When it’s time to make a strategic move, PRIDE helps facilitate that activity quickly and efficiently. Guthrie County State Bank is proud to support these collaborative efforts.”

In 2016, Panora Telco also assisted PRIDE in this development project. The local communications cooperative provided a $10,000 donation to the group to help purchase the north parcel.

LPN BOARD OF MANAGERS ENTERS SIXTH YEAR
Coghlan elected president, with Brelsford as vice president and Koch as secretary-treasurer.

Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

A board of managers that oversees the Lake Panorama National operation is entering its sixth year. While the Lake Panorama Association has owned the LPN golf course since 1977, it has only owned the LPN conference center since 2005.

At the time the conference center was purchased, the LPA board established the legal corporate entity known as “LPN, LLC” to manage this 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. Revenues from dues and assessments are not taxable. Keeping the LPA and LPN, LLC operations separate protects the nonprofit status of the LPA.

To keep this separation, the LPA Board of Directors created and appointed the LPN Board of Managers, which held its first meeting Oct. 6, 2015. The LPA board provides oversight of the LPN, LLC board. The LPN, LLC board works with Royce Shaffer, operations manager, and John Rutledge, director of operations, to oversee LPN policies and direction.

At the LPA board’s November meeting, they reappointed Sue Merryman to a second three-year term on the LPN board. Also appointed to a new three-year term was Kathy DeLucca. She replaces Dave Greiner, who served on the board since 2017.

Other current board members are John Coghlan, Katelyn Brelsford, Greg Steffen, Jim Koch and Shanell Wagler.

Officers for 2021 were elected at the LPN, LLC’s December board meeting. Coghlan was elected president, with Brelsford as vice president and Koch as secretary-treasurer.

RECIPE
Spiced apple crumble

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Posted 1/5/21
By Jolene Goodman

(Culinary.net) This scrumptious spiced apple crumble is not only a family favorite but a holiday must-have. It’s the perfect dish to top off that next special meal. Kids and adults love the deliciously sweet apple chunks filling the bottom of the pan along with the crumble topping. Top this killer sweet treat with vanilla ice cream for a sensational, melty, oozing-with-goodness dessert no one can forget.

Nearly everyone loves a satisfying apple, especially when it is baked to perfection, covered with a crumble and topped with creamy, cool vanilla ice cream. Not to mention the splash of lemon added to this mixture brings out a unique tart twist.

Make your next family gathering just a little sweeter for all. Spice things up then cool things down. This dessert does it all in just one bite.

Find this great recipe and more favorites at Culinary.net.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and resides with her husband Shane on Lake Panorama.


Spiced apple crumble
Servings: 6-8

Filling
6 medium honeycrisp apples, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon white flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 lemons, juice only

Topping
1 cup quick oats
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon salt
vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    To make filling: In medium bowl, add apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and lemon juice. Toss to evenly coat. Spread evenly in 8-by-8-inch baking dish.
    To make topping: In medium bowl, add oats, flour, brown sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, melted butter and salt. Fork mixture to create crumbles. Pour crumble topping over apple mixture.
    Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
    Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

DONATIONS FOR LAKE PANORAMA DOG PARK SURGE IN DECEMBER
Interim goal surpassed four months early, $20,000 still needed.

Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

At the beginning of December, $19,000 had been donated to Friends of Lake Panorama for a proposed Lake Panorama dog park. By the end of December, donations had reached $30,000.

The ultimate goal for the dog park is $50,000 to construct the park and provide all desired amenities. The Friends board had set an interim goal of $25,000 raised by May 1, 2021, to ensure this is a financially viable project. With $11,000 donated in December, that goal was surpassed four months early.

One reason for the strong level of donations was a challenge made early in December by Amanda and Jeff Creen, who said they would match up to $2,500 in donations made within the month.

The couple has been taking their two rescue pups to the Perry dog park for the past year. They were excited when plans for a Lake Panorama dog park were revealed and are looking forward to it being built. Amanda says they decided to offer the December matching funds to help speed the process.

Amanda is the Lakeside Village director, and she and Jeff live on the third floor of the senior living facility. Lakeside Village is pet friendly, and there are several dogs living with their owners there, in addition to Lola and Toby, the dogs she and Jeff own.

The couple adopted Toby three years ago and Lola two years ago. Both came through United Yorkie Rescue and were 7 years old at the time of adoption.

“We love the idea of a dog park at Lake Panorama,” Amanda says. “I know we’ll be loading up the Lakeside bus with dogs and their owners and making trips to the dog park on a regular basis.”

Plans for the park include a 6-foot-high chain link fence 650 feet long and 155 feet wide. There will be two sections — one for small dogs and one for large dogs — with chain link fence dividing the two areas. A single entrance will be protected by a keyless lock. Once inside this gate, users can choose a gate to either the large-dog or small-dog areas.

Crushed rock will create a 5-foot-wide walking path along and under the fencing to provide a weed barrier and keep dogs from digging. A small gravel parking lot will be adjacent to the park.

Amenities inside the park fence included in the $50,000 cost estimate are four benches, four stations where bags for dog waste would be available, and two domed waste receptacles. A dual station pet fountain placed in the fence line between the two sections would make it possible for dogs to access drinking water from either side.

The facility will be open to LPA members and their guests. Signs will be posted for responsible use. A sign recognizing donors of $500 or more also will be posted at the dog park.

Fundraising for the dog park will continue as Friends of Lake Panorama’s priority project over the next several months, with hopes construction can begin in the fall of 2021.

Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Other donation options and more information are available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

The Friends of Lake Panorama board recently voted to host its fourth Beach Ball fundraiser on Friday, July 30. A final decision will be made at the board’s spring meeting, but it is anticipated a percentage of funds from this event will go to the dog park.

The board also hopes to use some of the Beach Ball funds for smaller projects, such as walking trails near Panorama West and the south shore, a disc golf course on the west side of the lake, and more benches and other amenities at all three beaches.

For the past year, the charity has focused on raising $70,000 for new playground equipment at both Shady and Boulder Beaches. New equipment was installed at Shady Beach in October, and the $70,000 goal also was reached that month.

The Boulder play equipment has been ordered and will be delivered and installed in the spring. Some additional money was donated in December for the playgrounds, which made it possible to add a second individual spring rider at Boulder Beach. Signs recognizing donors of $500 or more will be installed near both playgrounds next summer.

OBITUARY
EILEEN GOODRICH

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Eileen Goodrich, 93, daughter of Morton and Angeline (Carris) Smithson, was born Dec. 8, 1926, near Perry. She passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at the Guthrie County Hospital, Guthrie Center.

Eileen graduated from Linden High School. On Dec. 15, 1948, she married Leonard L. Goodrich in Perry. To this union, two children were born: Christine Eileen and Marty Leonard. They made their home on a farm near Linden. Eileen was known as the “Cake Lady” because she made cakes for every occasion for residents of the area. She did this from 1965 until 2005 when she and Leonard retired and moved to Lake Panorama in November of 2005. Following Leonard’s death in 2007, she continued to live at the Lake and would make an occasional cake for those who requested one. She and Leonard enjoyed square dancing together up until around 2000 when they stopped.

Eileen was a member of the Panora United Methodist Church and the Red Hats.

Eileen is survived by her daughter, Christine Thomson of Garland, Texas, and son, Marty Goodrich of Cedar Rapids. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leonard, brothers Dale and Ted Smithson, and sisters Marjorie Parlee and Helene Crowl.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora. Burial was in West Linn Cemetery, near Linden.

OBITUARY
ALVIN ‘AL’ CHARLES STORESUND

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Alvin “Al” Charles Storesund, 78, of Panora, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. His last days were spent in EveryStep Kavanagh House in Des Moines after a courageous battle with cancer. His Confirmation book states, “My name is of no importance to the rest of the world...but my name is written in the Book of Life.” Alvin’s faith in God held strong until the end.

Alvin was born on March 11, 1942, in Ottesen. He was the second born of three sons to Gerner and Edna Storesund. He was baptized in the Trinity Lutheran Church on May 3, 1942. He was confirmed at the Peace Lutheran Church in Glidden on March 25, 1956, and graduated from Glidden High School in 1960. After high school, Alvin enlisted into the United States Air Force. After basic training, he was stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska, with the SAC 97th air refueling squadron. He was an assistant crew chief on a KC 97 air refueling plane that refueled B-47 Bombers. From Lincoln he was regularly sent on Alert Duty in Fort Churchill, Canada, for two-week stints. The KC 97’s squadron did a three-month tour in the Azores Islands during the Cuban Crisis. Alvin finished his days in the service stationed in Bangor, Maine, receiving his honorable discharge effective July 14, 1966, after two years in the Air Force Reserve. Alvin made many lifelong friends during his time in the service and also met his wife, Rowena, while stationed in Lincoln.

Alvin and Rowena were joined in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church on Aug. 25, 1962, in Lincoln, Nebraska. After living in states ranging from Maine, Nebraska, Florida and finally Iowa again, they settled down in Coon Rapids to raise their family of five: Lonnie, Jodi, Trudi, Wes and Quinten. Alvin found work with a local Chevrolet dealer, Niles Chevrolet, as a mechanic until moving across the street to Garst and Thomas print and mail department until retiring in 2007. He was a member of the American Legion Gurney Parker Post No. 357 in Coon Rapids for 48 consecutive years. He was also a former member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids and a current member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Panora.

Alvin was a true family man with an infectious sense of humor. They would take their young children on annual vacations across the United States. They visited many locations from the Grand Canyon, Washington, D.C., Cave of the Winds in Colorado, to Cape Canaveral in Florida. Alvin would watch with pride the activities of his children’s, which followed with traveling to see the grandchildren’s activities. As an outdoorsman, he enjoyed taking the kids and grandchildren walking through wooded trails, boating, water skiing, golfing/golf cart rides and fishing. The fishing trips of “the boys” ranged from Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado and Canada, with their most recent trip October 2020 to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rowena’s parents, and son Lonnie. He is survived by his wife, Rowena; children, Jodi (Randy), Trudi (Patrick), Wesley and Quinten (Tonya); grandchildren, Siri, Jakob, Shelby, Jamie, Kobe, Sydney, Brett, Vallerie, Cory, Shey and Kain; brothers, Larry and James; along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 31, 2020, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Panora. Burial was in the West Cemetery, Panora. Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, was entrusted with his services.

ASK LAKE PANORAMA TIMES
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.

Posted 1/5/21
Do I need a fishing license to fish on Lake Panorama? And if so, where can I buy one?
An Iowa fishing license is required to fish at Lake Panorama, and this includes ice fishing. The LPA office sells licenses during regular office hours. They ask that you call ahead at 641-755-2301 to make an appointment. Iowa residents can also purchase licenses online at https://www.iowadnr.gov/fishing/buy-your-license.

I heard that Lake Panorama is the largest private lake in Iowa? Is that true, and how big is the lake?
Yes, Lake Panorama is the largest private lake in Iowa with 1,160 acres of lake surface and more than 30 miles of shoreline. If you are curious, the largest lake of any sort is Lake Red Rock with more than 15,000 acres of water.

If I choose to rent out my lake home over the winter, are there restrictions?  
Yes, there are several, and they are detailed in 2.30 section of the LPA Rules and Regulations titled “RENTING BY MEMBERS.” First and foremost, a member may not rent his or her home or condo more than one time in any four consecutive week period. Those who violate this shall be fined $500 per day. Also, members must register any renters, and renters must sign agreements stating that they will abide by LPA rules. Failure to register renters shall result in fines of $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second violation, and $250 for a third or subsequent violations. See the LPA Rules and Regulations for full details.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Posted 1/5/21
Lake Panorama Association
Board of Directors Meeting
Nov. 24, 2020

Lake Panorama Association – Via Web Conference
The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met Nov. 24, 2020, at 5 p.m. via Web Conference. Board members in attendance were Larry Babcock, Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Lane Rumelhart and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: None
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.
Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda –
Evans moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum  
Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda

Donovan moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 10.27.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 10.31.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting - 12.15.2020
e) Accept minutes from 10.26.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting
Agenda Item 4a – Offer to Purchase Lot 3520
LPA received an offer, direct from Luke Wanninger, to purchase lot 3520 in the amount of $12,500. Land sales committee (LSC) reviewed the offer. This is a C lot, located at 4100 Cedar Lane, north end of the lake. The LSC agreed on a counteroffer of $16,000. The buyer has declined the counter and after conversation did not wish to counter with any number higher than the original offer. LPA staff has no objections to the sale of this property but defers to LSC on value. LSC is recommending declining the offer of $12,500.
Schumacher moved to decline the offer of $12,500 for Lot 3520. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4b – Appointments to LPN, LLC Board of Managers
The terms of Dave Greiner and Sue Merryman expire on 12/31/2020. Greiner has respectfully declined another term on the board of managers. He remains supportive but has decided it is time for him to conclude his service.
Merryman is concluding her first three-year term and has expressed a willingness to serve again, if appointed.
The LPN board of managers has discussed several names and recommended a pool of candidates for the position, which runs 1/1/2021 through 12/31/2023.
The Board expressed their thanks to Dave Greiner for his service and leadership at LPN. The Board discussed the candidates recommended by the Board of Managers.
Evans moved to appoint Kathy DeLucca and Sue Merryman to the Board of Managers for term Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2023. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4c – 2021 LPN, LLC Budget
Rutledge reviewed the proposed 2021 LPN Operational and Capital Budget. 2019 revenue numbers were used as a basis to create the 2021 budget. An increase in memberships for both LPN and Panorama West course are included. Capital items for golf course equipment for 18-hole course have been included in LPN Capital budget. LPA will contribute the funds for the purchase of the capital items, as investment in LPN.
Donovan moved to approve the 2021 LPN, LLC operational and capital budgets as proposed. Motion seconded and carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 5 – Old Business
Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss legal matters. Board existed closed session at 6 p.m.

Schumacher moved to approve the increase in employer matching funds from 3 percent to 5 percent to the LPA and LPN, LLC 401k retirement plan and to adjust the eligibility age from 21 to 19. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 7a – LPA General Manager Contract
Carothers noted for the minutes that the general manager’s multi-year contract was reviewed in closed session and mutually continued by both LPA and General Manager John Rutledge. Rutledge thanked the board for their continued support.
Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Posted 1/5/21

Event dates and times are subject to change. Contact hosts for updated details.

Thursday, Jan. 7
4:15 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Multiple Schools
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
No school
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
4:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 9
9 a.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Tournament vs. Coon Rapids Bayard
Coon Rapids Bayard High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
6:30 p.m.
School board meeting
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Jan. 11
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Woodward Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
4:15 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Multiple Schools
 Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Woodward Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 14
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 14
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 14
6 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Duals vs. Multiple Schools
Southwest Valley
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
TBD
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. North Polk
North Polk Middle School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Des Moines Christian School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV-R Game vs. Des Moines Christian Middle School
Des Moines Christian High Schools
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Des Moines Christian School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Des Moines Christian School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Des Moines Christian School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 16
9:30 a.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Invitational vs. Multiple Schools
Perry Community Schools
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 16
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 16
5:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 18
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 18
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Madrid
Madrid Elementary School
www.panoramaschools.org




Monday, Jan. 18
4 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 19
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 19
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV-R Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 19
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 19
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 21
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 21
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Earlham
Earlham
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 21
4 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. West Central Valley
Redfield, IA
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 21
5 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Duals vs. Multiple Schools
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 22
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. AC-GC
Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 22
4 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Tournament vs. Multiple Schools
Southwest Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 22
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. AC-GC
Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 22
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. AC-GC
Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 22
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. AC-GC
Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 23
10 a.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Tournament vs. Multiple Schools
Southwest Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 25
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com




Monday, Jan. 25
4:15 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Martensdale-St Marys
Martensdale-St Mary’s Jr-Sr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 26
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Martensdale-St Marys
Martensdale-St. Marys Jr Sr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 26
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Martensdale-St Marys
Martensdale-St. Marys Jr Sr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 26
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Martensdale-St Marys
Martensdale-St. Marys Jr Sr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 28
5:30 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Meet vs. Multiple Schools
Pleasantville High School Pleasantville HS Gymnasium
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 29
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 29
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 29
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 29
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 30
LPN Chili Cook Off
Lake Panorama National Links Restaurant
Do you have a killer chili? Put it up against some of the best on the lake. Entry fee is $20 which will be contributed toward the grand prize. There is no cost to sample so come out and vote for your favorite. More details available soon.
https://www.lakepanoramanational.com

Saturday, Jan. 30
11 a.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Invitational vs. AC-GC
AC/GC High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Feb. 2
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Feb. 2
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV-R Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Feb. 2
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org


Tuesday, Feb. 2
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Feb. 4
4 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Woodward Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Feb. 5
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Interstate 35
Interstate 35 High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Feb. 5
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Interstate 35
Interstate 35 High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Feb. 5
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Interstate 35
Interstate 35 High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Feb. 5
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Interstate 35
Interstate 35 High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Feb. 6
12 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Sectional
TBA vs. TBA
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Feb. 8
6:30 p.m.
School board meeting
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Feb. 8
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Tuesday, Feb. 9
4:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. West Central Valley
West Central Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Feb. 9
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
West Central Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Feb. 9
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
West Central Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Feb. 27
Member Mixer
Lake Panorama National Links Restaurant
Lake Panorama National Resort is hosting a special event for those who have joined as 2021 golf members at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West golf course. Gift cards for those who joined by Jan. 31 will be distributed, and information about the upcoming golf season at both courses will be available. This mixer will be a great chance to shake off those winter blues, catch up with fellow golf members you haven’t seen since your last round, and meet some new ones. Cash bar will be open, and make plans to stay for dinner in the Links.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Tuesday, March 23
5 p.m.
LPA board meeting
www.lakepanorama.org

LAKE DOGS & COVE CAT

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Posted 1/5/21
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Dogs:  Stella and Piper, 5 years old

Cove Cat:  Sassy, 8 weeks old

Owners: Chad and Michelle Welch

Siberian Huskies Stella and Piper sisters. They enjoy the lake and going on boat rides, but they are not swimmers. The kitty is Sassy, and she has been with her owners for only a few weeks. Stella and Piper get along great with the kitty. They like to play with her, and they even all snuggle up together.

Q&A: LAKE PANORAMA RIZ
Looking back, looking ahead

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Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

This month’s Q&A with John Rutledge, LPA general manager, is a review of Lake Panorama RIZ activities and how important this local government entity is to the Lake Panorama community. 

Q. How would you explain Lake Panorama RIZ to someone who isn’t familiar with it?
A. The Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) has been an integral component of how Lake Panorama functions for more than 20 years. The RIZ board will manage an annual budget of $2.45 million in the 2020-21 fiscal year. These funds are used exclusively for the purposes of dredging, installation of erosion control measures, water quality activities, land acquisition, and related improvements, including soil conservation practices, within or outside of the boundaries of the zone. RIZ partners with LPA on a number of common goals, but RIZ is an independent local government entity, formed under Chapter 357H of the IA Code.
That law went into effect July 1, 1997. It allowed the designation of unincorporated areas of a county as rural improvement zones, providing for improvement projects in the zone, authorizing the issuance of certificates of indebtedness and an annual standby tax. Any taxes from new construction or appreciation in value of current structures would be retained by the RIZ district and used to retire debt related to water quality. At the time of the bill’s passage, it was estimated this could mean $65,000 to $75,000 a year coming back to Lake Panorama. That is a far cry from the $2.45 million the RIZ district will receive this year in the form of a percentage of property taxes paid by Lake Panorama property owners coming back to the community.

Q. How was RIZ funding used in 2020?
A. The highlight of RIZ’s 2020 effort was the completion of the Dredge America dredging contract. In 2019, RIZ requested bids for dredging in the Middle Raccoon River channel. This project was designed to supplement ongoing work by LPA’s crew and help “catch-up” in the remote areas immediately downstream of the Fansler Bridge.
Dredge America concluded their work this fall, totaling 731,653 cubic yards of sediment dredged. Much of this sediment was pumped into the far reaches of County Basin, which helped to ensure full usage of this sediment storage structure before the easements expire. The total cost of this project was $4,313,165.35. When combined together, RIZ and LPA removed a total of 1.14 million cubic yards of sediment from Lake Panorama during the period of 2019 through 2020.
New in 2020 was the purchase of an updated debris collection vessel. This vessel and associated shore conveyor cost just under $400,000. This vessel will replace the 20-year-old “skimmer” LPA has operated to remove debris for over two decades. The new vessel has a larger capacity and benefits from a more modern and efficient design. The old skimmer will be retained as back-up, and can be used if LPA experiences a large debris event that would warrant running both vessels at the same time.

Q. How is the Lake Panorama RIZ governed?
A. The Lake Panorama RIZ board is comprised of five trustees, who serve staggered, three-year terms. Over 70 voters cast ballots in the Dec. 8, 2020, election. Re-elected were JoAnn Johnson and Doug Hemphill. Other members of the board include Bill Dahl, Larry Petersen and Corey Welberg. Officers are Hemphill as president, Welberg as clerk, and Johnson as treasurer.
LPA and RIZ benefit from a cooperative, mutually beneficial working relationship. I believe both the LPA board and the RIZ board deserve a great deal of credit for respecting and supporting the unique roles each play for the long-term viability of Lake Panorama.

Q. What projects are on the horizon for RIZ?
A.  Lake Panorama RIZ is always looking ahead to ensure we are planning for the future. Currently under development are a fourth and fifth wetland, both serving Burchfield Cove. Both are in the planning stages and look promising for development. These projects benefit the lake by reducing nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment and flood surge into the lake. These wetlands are exciting because these are proactive efforts that benefit not only Lake Panorama but also create wildlife habitat in the lake’s upstream watershed.
A top priority for RIZ is the continued development of sediment storage basins, which are completely separate from the wetlands. Although wetlands can help buffer the lake, there will always be some level of sediment issues to address at Lake Panorama. Having sediment storage facilities available to house dredging spoils remains the lynchpin to Lake Panorama’s success. Continued planning and development in this area is an ongoing priority for the coming year.
RIZ also is exploring exciting possibilities involving streambank mitigation, which deals with improving streambanks that are prone to collapse and erosion. RIZ definitely is taking a multifaceted approach to its scope of work, which we believe is essential to continued success.

Q. Any closing thoughts?
A. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone. RIZ saved Lake Panorama from an imminent decline in the late-1990s and served as a foothold for 20-plus years of economic growth and success. This program remains as critical today as it was when it began.
One irony of RIZ is that it’s easy to forget how much work goes on behind the scenes to keep our lake in good condition. Unlike some of the natural lakes of Minnesota, we are a man-made lake in the heart of Iowa’s farmland. Keeping our lake intact requires a tremendous amount of stewardship and financial resources. RIZ deserves credit for a job well done.

LPA WATER PLANT UPGRADES ALMOST COMPLETE  
Goal with the new system is to produce water that is 7 grains per gallon.

Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Major upgrades to the Lake Panorama Association water system are nearing completion. The project required three main components — drilling a second Jordan well, upgrading to a reverse osmosis treatment system, and installing a discharge line to accompany the reverse osmosis process.

The old system used a Jordan well that was drilled in 2011 and two Dakota wells constructed in the 1990s. The Dakota wells, which are in a shallower aquifer, had become less reliable. These wells were the source of iron and manganese that resulted in some customers having black and brown water flowing from their taps at times. Eliminating dependence on these temperamental wells was a key reason for this project.

A line to carry discharge water away from the new reverse osmosis (RO) system to the Middle Raccoon River by Highway 44 was installed last summer. A one-half-mile-deep Jordan well was drilled in late May. An addition was built on the north side of the water plant building to house the RO system, which arrived in June.

Half of the reverse osmosis system went online in late October. The LPA expedited the rollout of the new plant because of a problem with one of the old Dakota wells.

“This Dakota well was inspected by camera in 2017 and appeared to be in good condition,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “But the screen failed this fall. When all options were reviewed, the only one that made sense was to have the RO plant activated a little sooner than planned. We are lucky we didn’t delay further the decision to move ahead with the new plant.”

The first Jordan well was able to serve the Lake Panorama community for eight weeks until a pump was installed in the new Jordan well and all controls were finalized. The second half of the water system was brought online in mid-December. This involved connecting in the new Jordan well and corresponding RO system.

Water hardness can be described as grains per gallon. Mike Gliem, LPA’s water and dam supervisor, says under the old system, LPA water had a hardness of 36 grains per gallon.

“Our goal with the new system is to produce water that is 7 grains per gallon,” he says. “That is typical of what the Des Moines Water Works and other municipalities offer their water customers.”

All sampling data indicates the 7 grains per gallon goal will be reached in early 2021, and should remain at that level.

“We’ve received a lot of compliments already on the quality of the water,” says Rutledge.

Gliem says to reach this level of softness, the water runs through the RO tubes twice, using eight the first time and four the second time.

“Then we combine this water with 20 percent raw water for the finished water provided to our customers,” he says.

“It comes down to personal preference,” Gliem says. “Some newer water softeners will automatically adjust to the water and reduce the number of cycles and salt usage. For older softeners, I recommend dialing back the hardness setting until customers like the water quality. Some homeowners may decide they don’t even need their water softeners anymore.”

Gliem says LPA continues to receive positive feedback from members who already have reduced their water softeners and are extremely pleased with the water quality.

Neither of the two Dakota wells are being used now. If all continues to go as planned, those wells will be plugged, capped and covered with fill dirt by next spring.

During December, contractors were disassembling some components of the old plant. Large blue water gravity filters have been removed along with other old pieces of equipment and pipe. This area now is being used for some components of the new system. Work is expected to wrap up in early 2021.

Total cost for the entire project is $4.7 million. Funding for the project is through the State Revolving Loan Fund for drinking water improvements, at a fixed rate of 2 percent interest for 20 years.

To pay off the loan, LPA water bills increased with the Oct. 1, 2020, bill by $70 per quarter, going from $90 to $160 per quarter. Rutledge says the membership has been widely supportive of this project.

“No one likes to see an increase in their expenses,” he says. “But we’re pleased to report the increase in rates was accompanied by a substantial increase in water quality realized by the members. In addition, the increased reliability of this new system provides LPA the assurance our system can handle demand 365 days a year for decades to come.”

Increased focus on LPA quarterly water bills has resulted in more awareness of how water utilities are billed in the state of Iowa. In 2018, the Iowa Legislature passed a new Water Service Excise Tax (WET).

Prior to this law, the sale of water was subject to state sales tax. Now WET exempts the sale of water service from state sales tax but imposes a 6 percent excise tax on the sale of water service. WET tax revenues are allocated by the State of Iowa to the water quality infrastructure fund and the water quality assistance fund.

Rutledge says even with the recent rate increase, LPA water bills are very comparable with other municipalities.

“LPA members need to know the cost of this plant is very affordable and will position the association for decades to come,” he says.

ON THE LAKE
Thank you, Lois

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 12/8/2020

As you read into the pages of this month’s issue, you will see an obituary for Lois Porath, who died Nov. 24. Lois was my mother-in-law — the mother of my wife, Jolene. If it were not for Lois and her husband Dean, I would likely have never experienced life at Lake Panorama. As such, Jolene and I would not be homeowners at the lake, and I certainly would not be publishing this newspaper or writing this column today.  

Lois and Dean first owned property at Lake Panorama in 1971 during the early years of the lake development. They had been searching for lake property in Iowa and learned about this new project. Their son Curtis told me that he was heartbroken as a young boy when he learned of his parents’ decision to buy at Lake Panorama, as most of his friends were at Okoboji. He told me that he bluntly asked his parents, “Where the hell is Panora?”

Recently, as Curtis drove “home” from Washington state to attend his mother’s service, he reminisced fondly about the times he spent on the lake — cruising in his mini-sailboat, ice skating on the lake, riding his mini-bike through the woods and enjoying all that the outdoors could offer to a young boy. Although the Porath family’s permanent residence was in Ames, Lake Panorama was clearly “home.”

About 10 years later, Lois and Dean built a new home on the lake, just a few lots south of their original. They spent countless hours constructing the home and property into what they dreamed it could be.

Their daughter Toni also found peace and enjoyment at Lake Panorama as a young adult. She and her husband bought property near Lois and Dean with plans to build a home, until life pulled them in another direction and they sold the lot. Even years later, trips back to Lake Panorama brought an instant smile to Toni’s face.

Jolene may have been the Porath with the deepest connection to the lake. It is where she spent her summers with her mother, playing in the sand, fishing off the dock and riding her bicycle. As she grew older, it was where she learned to water ski and became involved with the Lake Panorama Ski Team. She spent many hours on, and in, the water and introduced all kinds of new people to Lake Panorama — including me.


Now back to Lois
When Jolene and I first started dating, she took me to the lake to meet her parents. As a father of three daughters today, I fully understand the reluctance to trust boys, let alone welcome them into my home. But Lois and Dean did welcome me in, with big smiles and even bigger hugs — something I was not accustomed to at the time. When we told her parents that we were going to marry, Dean looked me in the eyes, firmly shook my hand and made me promise that I would take care of his daughter. Lois gave me a set of steak knives and said she would not hesitate to use them on me, followed by a hardy laugh. We spent many hours at their lake home grilling on the deck, playing cards on the kitchen table, shooting pool in the basement and, of course, cruising in the pontoon on the lake.

Several years into retirement, and after realizing the need to ease up on the property chores, Lois and Dean purchased their final lake home, a condo in Boulder Cove. Dean passed away a few years after that, and Lois eventually settled in at her home in Grimes. That didn’t keep her from making frequent visits to Lake Panorama, stopping at PJ’s for ice cream and soaking in the rays at Sunset Beach. Lake Panorama made Lois feel good, and thanks to her, it does the same for us today.

So with all that in mind, I offer my gratitude to my mother-in-law for all that she did, including sharing Lake Panorama with us. Rest in peace, Lois.

CHANGING OF THE GOLF COURSE GUARDIANS
Dan Wollner has been the LPN grounds superintendent for 40 years.

Posted 12/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


In 2021, the Lake Panorama National golf course will be 50 years old. For 40 of those 50 golf seasons, Dan Wollner has been the LPN grounds superintendent. He’s retiring the end of this year, and because of COVID-19 restrictions, a retirement party is on hold until sometime next year.

“Forty years, where did it go?” Wollner says when asked to reflect on his years at Lake Panorama National. “My emotions and memories are overwhelming.”

Wollner’s wife, Barb, started as the course horticulturist the same year Dan started as superintendent. The pair met while attending Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg where they graduated with horticulture degrees. Their three children were raised in the log cabin they built in 1983 near the No. 13 green.

Over the years, Barb not only handled flowerbeds and other landscaping but mowed, fixed ball marks, moved cups and anything else that was needed. She now works full time at Guthrie County State Bank and plans to retire at the end of 2021.

“I love the golf course and have since my first day of work in 1981,” Wollner says. “Every inch of the course has its own memory. Trees planted, tee boxes built, five miles of cart paths cut with an 18-inch-wide sod cutter, many holes dug to repair irrigation, trees removed from weather damage, mowing, more mowing, uncountable ball marks repaired, and all the staff who have worked with me in 40 years, including Barb and our three kids.”

Thinking back, Wollner developed a “Top Ten” list following the format David Letterman used on his late-night talk show. No. 10 is 10 years of automatic irrigation after 30 years of manual irrigation. Those 30 years of manual irrigation involved a huge amount of time and labor cost.

“One of the crew or myself would start watering about 3 a.m. after the greens and tees were done with their water cycle,” Wollner says. “It took 50 minutes to put out 14 heads on the first four holes of either the front or back, wait for 10 minutes so each head ran for an hour at a setting, then start the process over on the next holes. We ended on the last holes of each 9 about 9 a.m., hoping to be ahead of all golfers, yet on the last cycle of 14. By the time you were done, you usually were soaking wet.”

Wollner’s No. 9 is nine drought years out of his 40. No. 8 is having worked with eight different head golf pros.

No. 7 is seven major weather events — straight line winds, hail, ice, derecho, tornado, flooding, excessive heat and humidity. “Mother Nature can be your best friend or your worst enemy,” Wollner says.

No. 6 through 3 cover six different general managers, five wonderful grandchildren, four assistant superintendents, and three perfect kids.

No. 2 on Wollner’s list is two families that have had three generations on his staff. These included Gary, Matt, and Hunter Soriede, and Terry, Dave, and Kade Kemble.

As any smart husband would, Wollner chose his wife Barb as No. 1 on his list.

“One patient wife who listened to all the good and bad. She put up with middle-of-the-night phone calls and texts. The stress of missing the rain when it was manual irrigation, knowing how much work that added to me and the staff,” he says.

“She brought me food when I didn’t have time to stop for lunch and planted lots of flowers during her years as horticulturist. She helped mow on weekends when I was short of staff and reminded me to stop and enjoy the beauty of a tree overlooking a pond, sunlight through the water of irrigation, or how pretty the striping was on a fairway,” Wollner says.

In 1987, Wollner received the 18-Hole Superintendent of the Year award from the Iowa Golf Association.

Over his 40 years, he has worked to improve on the original course that opened for play in August of 1981. For instance, the course was built with 18 tee boxes. Juniors, women, seniors, men, pros all used the same 18 tees with markers set not very far apart on some of the smaller tees.

“We started new boxes because the course was too difficult for women to play from the original tees, particularly the par 5s,” Wollner says. “Forward tees were built on the six longest holes — 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 18. Eventually those tees became the senior tees and new forward tees were added. Over the years, we have added 19 tees, so currently there are 37 tee boxes.”

There weren’t any cart paths when the course was built.

“We had days we had to close the course or at least not allow carts after big rains because of standing water,” Wollner says.

Beginning in 1985, he used a sod cutter to build five miles of graveled cart path.

“It took me four passes to take up enough sod for the paths,” he says.

The rock paths were an improvement but were high maintenance. Cart traffic and water runoff meant the paths needed constant upkeep. In 2000, the rock paths were replaced with asphalt.

“Having 18 continuous holes of cart paths allows us to open the course earlier in the spring and keep the course open even during wet spells,” Wollner says.

Another huge impact Wollner has had on the golf course is planting trees.

“When I started in 1981, there were only around 50 trees on the course. There had been more planted when the course was built, but many were lost during the early bankruptcy years because they weren’t cared for properly,” he says.

“We started our first tree nursery around 1983 on the right side of the 14th hole. We moved about 500 out of that nursery. We also dug trees by hand out of surrounding timber and planted those on the course. Ed Clark from Rosehill Nursery helped us on weekends by moving trees with his tree spade,” Wollner says.

“Our second nursery along the west side of the 11th hole was planted in 2009 with the help of Charles and Judy Schnack. We moved about 300 trees out of that nursery. We’ve probably planted 1,200 trees since 1981,” he says.

In retirement, Wollner is handing over the reins to three young men he has mentored.

“I’m guessing over the years I have had about 150 kids who started their first job as a high school student as part of my crew,” he says. “I still see some of them from time to time, and we remember their years working at LPN. And now three of my ‘kids’ are going to be the new LPN superintendent, LPN assistant superintendent and Panorama West superintendent.”

Brandon Waddle will be the new LPN superintendent. He grew up throughout the Midwest, ending up at Lake Panorama his senior year, graduating from Panorama High School in 1991. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. He worked at Lake Las Vegas golf course for two years before moving back to Lake Panorama with his wife, Jaime, when he was hired as Wollner’s assistant in 1998.

Waddle held that position for 15 years. In 2013, the Lake Panorama Association moved management of the Panorama West golf course under the LPN umbrella, and Waddle was named grounds superintendent there, a position he’s held the last eight years.

In 2018, Waddle was recognized as the 9-hole Superintendent of the Year by the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association for his work at Panorama West.

“Leaving Panorama West isn’t easy,” Waddle says. “There was a lot of ‘blood, sweat, and tears’ to go through there, especially with the help of the McLuen estate gift, which made it possible to turn that golf course into a well-oiled machine. But I’m looking forward to moving back to LPN where the playing conditions have always been perfect because of Dan and his dedicated crews over the years. I look forward to the new challenges and demands that go with it.”

Wollner says Waddle “has a lot of experience and is more than ready to take on this new role.”

In return, Waddle says, “Everything I do starts with what Dan has taught me. From the daily routine maintenance of the course, to equipment maintenance, to irrigation maintenance, to the agronomy of maintaining quality turf. And I’ve learned you can plan and prepare all you want, but Mother Nature always has the final say.”

Waddle says Wollner has been respected and looked up to among other golf course superintendents.

“Dan is always willing to help others. He’s probably in the top three on everyone’s list to call if they need help, and he will help. His work ethic is above and beyond, taking the golf course personally, and running it as if he owns it,” Waddle says.

Jared Baier worked the 2020 season as Wollner’s assistant superintendent and now will be Waddle’s assistant. Baier is a native of Guthrie Center and graduated from high school there in 2015. He spent two years at Southwestern Community College where he played college golf. He transferred to Iowa State and graduated in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in management. He spent eight months working for All American Turf Beauty as a sales manager until he was hired at the LPN in March 2020.

“I have been an avid golfer my entire life, so I’m very familiar with LPN. It feels like home to me,” Baier says. “I had a wide variety of responsibilities this golf season. I helped keep track of and assist the summer help we had, helped Dan work on and repair mowers and equipment as needed, and took care of irrigation maintenance as needed. I look forward to taking the next step now that I have a year under my belt, being able to do some things on my own to maintain the course and help out Brandon in any way possible.”

Baier gives Wollner credit for his easy transition to this line of work.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. The amount of knowledge I was able to gain spending this first year with Dan was tremendous. Being new in this industry, I was a little nervous when I started, but Dan made it simple and easy to catch on. I can’t thank Dan enough for this year. I think of him as a friend and guy I can call for advice whenever I need it.”

Garrett Young will be the Panorama West course superintendent. He went to Panorama High School until his junior year, when he transferred to Guthrie Center. He’s now attending Des Moines Area Community College, majoring in horticulture-landscape and turf management. He will graduate in May 2021.

Young has worked five summers at the LPN.

“Before working under Dan, I really had no intention to pursue this line of work. It wasn’t until a couple summers ago I became interested. Since I told Dan I was interested in the turf management field, he has been a tremendous help to me,” Young says. “Once he gave me more responsibilities and let me kind of do my own thing, it really made me realize this is what I want to do.”

Young still will be taking DMACC classes this spring. But starting in February, he’ll be able to work at Panorama West two or three days a week until he graduates.

“I’m really looking forward to working with new people, the responsibilities, and being able to learn more about golf course management from Brandon,” Young says. “I am very thankful for this opportunity.”

As with the others, Young has appreciated his time working with and learning from Wollner.

“He made every day enjoyable,” Young says. “My favorite part was whenever I’d ask him a question, he’d go on a 5-to-10-minute rant about it and pace around the shop when explaining the answer. No matter what, he always made it work. I’m really going to miss him — and his polo shirts and gym short combos.”

As he approaches retirement, Wollner says Panora and Lake Panorama have been a good place for he and Barb to raise their family.

“We built our house in 1983, the year Jacob was born. Now Jacob and Molly live north of Chicago and have two children — Kailyn, age 6, and Graham, 2. Ben and his wife Sara live in Ankeny with their children — Zoey, age 8, and Ivan, 6. Bailey and her husband, Ian, live in Miami, and are the parents of our newest grandchild — Maxwell, 9-months-old,” Wollner says.

“We really enjoy visiting the kids and their families and look forward to more traveling to see them. Road trips are always better with family at the end,” he says. “I’ll also be catching up on 40 years of deferred house maintenance, doing lots of bicycling, and hopefully sleeping until sunrise.”

Waddle says he hopes Wollner enjoys retirement, “riding off into the sunset on his new Rickshaw bike with Barb. But I hope he eventually turns around and becomes a part-timer. Maybe change a hydraulic filter in the HR6010, fix ball marks after a double shotgun, help repair an irrigation leak in July, pull a rough mower out of a pond, or simply wants to stripe some greens in the rain.”

Wollner offers these final words to those who will enjoy the fruits of the labor of the three young men he mentored.

“When you are out there golfing, take time to enjoy the beauty of this treasure,” he says. “And be sure to say thank you to these three for all the behind-the-scene work they do to take care of our favorite place.”

FRIENDS OF LAKE PANORAMA BOARD MAKES 2021 PLANS
Topics discussed included walking trails near Panorama West and the south shore, a disc golf course on the west side of the lake, and more benches and other amenities at all three beaches.

Posted 12/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Friends of Lake Panorama is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. The board held its 2021 organizational meeting Dec. 1.

For the past year, the charity has focused on raising $70,000 for new playground equipment at both Shady and Boulder Beaches. New equipment was installed at Shady Beach in October, and the $70,000 goal also was reached in October. One key item of business at the Dec. 1 meeting was to approve a motion to purchase the playground equipment for Boulder Beach.

The Boulder equipment now has been ordered and will be delivered and installed in the spring. There is a room for more benches and individual spring riders at both locations, so any additional money donated to the playgrounds in 2020 will be used for these extra items.

A sign recognizing all donors of $500 or more will be installed near both playgrounds, with those donors also recognized on the Friends website.

In other business, two board members were reappointed to the board. In 2020, Jim Tibbles filled out the final year of Dave Furbush’s three-year term and agreed to be reappointed for a full three-year term.

Also reappointed to a three-year term was Jody Muench. Muench has served on the Friends board since 2015.

Other board members are Galen Johnson, John Muenzenberger, Jan Reinicke, Emily Spradling and Tricia Steffen.

In officer elections, Reinicke was elected president, Muenzenberger vice president, and Emily Spradling secretary-treasurer. Susan Thompson is the non-profit’s executive director.

The board heard an update on fundraising for the Lake Panorama Dog Park. As of Dec. 1, $19,000 has been raised for this project. The ultimate goal for the dog park is $50,000 to construct the park and provide all desired amenities. The Friends board has set an interim goal of $25,000 raised by May 1, 2021, to ensure this is a financially viable project.

Other topics discussed at the Friends board meeting included raising awareness and beginning work on some smaller projects in 2021, including walking trails near Panorama West and the south shore, a disc golf course on the west side of the lake, and more benches and other amenities at all three beaches.

The board also discussed hosting a 2021 Beach Ball to help raise funds to divide among several projects. A final decision will be made at the board’s spring meeting, but it is anticipated a fundraising event will take place in early fall of 2021.

Studies show a large percentage of charitable donations are made in the last two months of each year.

To provide some relief for charitable organizations during this difficult year, Congress included a provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that permits individuals who do not itemize deductions to deduct $300 of charitable contributions as an “above-the-line” deduction. Married couples can deduct $600 when taking the standard deduction.

For those who do itemize, cash contributions to qualified charities can be deducted up to 100 percent of adjusted gross income for the 2020 calendar year.

Donations of securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) are welcome, as are direct IRA qualified charitable distributions. Those 70½ or older can make a tax-free gift from their IRA and see that gift put to use today. There are potential tax-saving benefits when considering either of these direct donation strategies. For information, contact Kristen Crouthamel, financial advisor at GCSB Investment Center, 641-755-2799 or kristen@investgcsb.com.

Donors currently can designate benches or spring riders for the Boulder and Shady playgrounds, the Lake Panorama Dog Park, Sunset Beach, the Friends general fund, or golf course beautification at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West.

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 by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org,

Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page. Those interested in keeping up-to-date about Friends activities are asked to “like” and “share” the Friends page. Questions or comments? Send an email to staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.

OUTSIDE COMPANY WRAPS UP DREDGING UPPER MIDDLE RACCOON
A crew of four to five workers were on site at all times and often operated 24 hours a day.

Posted 12/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

A company that provides dredging services across the United States wrapped up its dredging work for Lake Panorama RIZ in late November. After a competitive bidding process, a contract with Dredge America of Kansas City, Missouri, was signed in July 2019.

The contract outlined a plan to dredge in the Middle Raccoon River channel between the lake’s upper basin and the Fansler Bridge, removing at least 700,000 cubic yards of silt. In the end, Dredge America removed 731,653 cubic yards at a cost of $4.3 million.

The company’s equipment began arriving in late September 2019, and some work got underway last year. The bulk of the work occurred this year. 

Following RIZ’s 20-year renewal in 2017, the RIZ Board of Trustees began an extensive effort to schedule expenditures for the next two decades. Early in that process, “catch-up” dredging in the river channel was identified as essential.

Besides removing sediment from a key buffer area for Lake Panorama, the RIZ board recognized increased dredging in the river channel would use up available storage in the County Silt Basin before some land leases there expire.

Planning for that basin near the north end of the lake began in 2004. The land was obtained from seven different owners. Construction began in 2005 and was completed and the basin first used in 2006. It was named the County Basin, despite the fact it’s not owned by Guthrie County.

In fall 2018, the RIZ board finalized $11 million worth of debt certificates, which are similar to bonds, to in part finance hiring an outside company to dredge the river channel. This allowed RIZ to ensure the basin is filled before current easements expire.

Once dredging began, the company had a crew of four to five workers on site at all times and often operated 24 hours a day. Pumping distance exceeded two miles throughout much of the project.

This project required Dredge America to pump the dredging spoils to the remote south end of the county basin with 300,000 cubic yards pumped beyond a designated boundary to the very end. The balance still was pumped to the far reaches of the basin but not quite as far as the initial 300,000 cubic yards.

The company submitted to a strict invasive species policy as part of its contract and was inspected by Lake Panorama staff prior to launching their dredge last September. Ongoing inspections were conducted for any additional craft launched, as well as associated equipment or pipe.

The work took place while LPA also was dredging this season, working to complete its annual dredging contract with RIZ. The LPA also pumped into the county basin.

“This project provided benefit to Lake Panorama by ‘catching up’ and getting us back to the Fansler Bridge,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “In addition, it filled remote areas of the county basin that LPA was not equipped to reach.”

Rutledge says Dredge America was able to do some remote and difficult dredging LPA could never have gotten done.

“If LPA had tried to do this, we would’ve had to ramp up for a year or two and then face the reality of gearing back down,” he says. “We calculated the cost/benefit and felt a subcontractor could supplement our annual effort more effectively than trying to scale-up/scale-down LPA’s equipment and personnel.”

Dredge America reached the Fansler Bridge at the end of October, then spent the next few weeks wrapping up some additional target areas identified by LPA and RIZ.

STILL TIME TO PURCHASE LPA HISTORY BOOK FOR HOLIDAYS
The full-color, hardcover 112-page book includes both historic and contemporary photos.

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Posted 12/8/2020
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

A shipping promotion that kicked off in October has led to about 20 copies of “Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years” being purchased, presumably as holiday gifts for friends and family. The book, authored by Susan Thompson, arrived at the Lake Panorama Association office July 19, 2019.

In-person promotions of the book planned for 2020 weren’t possible because of COVID-19. The book’s cost is $35, which includes tax. To make it easier to purchase the book through the winter months, online purchases now are available with the LPA shipping at an additional cost of $5 per book.

The full-color, hardcover 112-page book includes both historic and contemporary photos. Book chapters describe six decades of planning and development. There also are special topic chapters on Lake Panorama’s two golf courses, infrastructure, and water quality efforts. Sidebar stories highlight various groups and activities such as HALO, the Lake Panorama ski team and Fin and Feather.

The LPA financed the book’s production. Just over 1,000 books were printed, with less than 400 remaining in stock.

The LPA office is closed to foot traffic because of COVID restrictions, but those interested in a direct purchase can call the LPA office at 641-755-2301 to make arrangements for payment and pickup.

Books also are available for direct purchase at the front desk of Lake Panorama National during daily business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchases can be made at the LPA and LPN via cash, check, or credit card. The book also is available at the Panora Library, with purchases by cash or check only.

Here is the link to order online and have one or more books shipped:   https://lakepanorama.formstack.com/forms/order

RECIPE
Russian Tea Cakes

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Posted 12/8/2020
By Jolene Goodman

Making mass quantities of cookies, candies and fudge during the holidays was a tradition in our household growing up.  I have carried this tradition on with my family for the last 20-plus years.  This Christmas season, we will take even more time to celebrate this tradition as my mother recently passed away. In her honor, I share with you her (and my) favorite cookie recipe for Russian Tea Cakes.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and resides with her husband Shane on Lake Panorama.


Russian Tea Cakes

Ingredients
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2-1 cup sifted powdered sugar (additional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/4 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ground walnuts

Directions
Mix together butter, powdered sugar and vanilla.
Sift together flour and salt and stir into butter mixture.
Mix in ground walnuts.
Roll into 1 inch balls.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until set.
Do not let cookies brown.
While warm, roll in powdered sugar.
Cool.
Then, roll cookies in powdered sugar again.
Makes 4-5 dozen cookies.

OBITUARY
Lois Ann Sylvia (Carlson) Porath

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Posted 12/8/2020
Lois Porath died peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 24, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lois was born Feb. 4, 1935, in rural Alta, Iowa, to Anton and Viola Carlson. She was the youngest of four children including Daryl (Red) Carlson, Duane Carlson and Dale Carlson.

She graduated from Alta High School in 1953 where she was involved in school choir, musicals and flags.

Lois was united in marriage to Dean Porath on Feb. 21, 1954. They were blessed with three children: Toni Ovalle of San Antonio, Texas; Curtis Porath of Cle Elum, Washington; and Jolene Goodman of Johnston, Iowa.

Lois and Dean resided in Ames, Iowa, for several decades. They also spent summers at Lake Panorama until retirement, when they lived at the lake year round. They moved frequently during their retirement years, enjoying homes in Arizona, Texas, Nebraska and Iowa.

She had five grandchildren: Travis (Kelly) Sampson of San Angelo, Texas; Jessica (Joseph) Boyd of San Antonio, Texas; Sara Goodman of Des Moines, Iowa; Samantha Goodman of Johnston, Iowa; and Abigail Goodman of Johnston, Iowa. She also had nine great-grandchildren: Cade Sampson, Reid Sampson, Clark Sampson, Alexis Andrews, Camrie Sampson, Taranique Sampson, A.J. Boyd, Joseph Boyd, Jr., and Anastasia Boyd; and four great-great grandchildren.

Lois enjoyed playing various games and cards with friends and family, loved her sports, especially cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones, and working in her gardens.

Lake Panorama was a place of peace and tranquility for Lois where she and Dean would entertain friends and family, take frequent boat rides, golf on the par-3 course, grill on the deck and enjoy the scenic sunsets.

In recent years, Lois resided at Glenstone Village in Grimes, Iowa, where she made many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband and her daughter Toni.

A celebration of life was held Monday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home Chapel in Urbandale.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Lois’ name to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216.

OBITUARY
Robert Feilmeyer

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Posted 12/8/2020
Robert Edward Feilmeyer was born on March 5, 1938, the elder of identical twin brothers born to Edward and Marcella Feilmeyer in Guthrie Center. His early childhood coincided with World War II, and one of his first memories was traveling with his mother, sister and brother to pick up their father at the conclusion of his service in the Navy during that war. Robert’s parents owned and ran the Gambles Hardware and Feilmeyer Furniture stores in Guthrie Center for five decades, and Robert spent much of his time at those stores, including working there as a teenager and young adult.

Robert graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1956 and earned his B.A. (1960) and J.D. (1963) from the University of Iowa. Upon completion of his law degree, he returned home to Guthrie Center, where he joined Bob and Buck Taylor at the well-established Taylor and Taylor law practice. Robert remained with this law firm for his entire career, eventually becoming a partner, and later sole owner of the firm.

While attending a wedding in Illinois, Robert met the woman who would change his life, the companion and partner for whom he had been hoping. Kathryn Stangl accepted his proposal six months after meeting and a long-distance courtship, and they were married within the year on June 22, 1974, with the Chicago city girl taking up life in rural Iowa.

The couple was blessed with four children: Jeremy (who followed his father by earning a J.D.), Maria, Ann, and John Mark. Robert took enormous pride in his children and their accomplishments. He attended as many concerts, sporting events, plays, etc. as possible with his busy schedule. Although he spent long hours at his nearby office, that space became a place for the children to do their work as well, with his support and help, especially with computers. At home, his affection for his wife was a remarkable example for his children. Robert also will be remembered for doing his share of dishes, kitchen-cleaning, and nighttime parenting, and was no doubt happy when his children finally did learn how to hang up their bath towels.

Additionally, Robert was known around town for his jogging and exercising, hobbies he had taken up prior to marriage, and which he continued long into his senior years. Robert also took an interest in history and politics; he especially loved reading about the U.S. Civil War and made it a point to take the family on vacation to visit important battle sites, such as Gettysburg. To his children he emphasized the importance of both tolerance and equality of all peoples, encouraging them to learn about the world beyond their immediate environment.

A champion for the community, Robert was a member of the original planning and zoning board in Guthrie County, a member and past president of the Lions Club, member and past president of the Board of Directors of the New Homestead, and a volunteer of the Legal Aid of Iowa. A true man of service, he rarely turned down clients, even if they could not afford his legal work. Robert was honored by the Iowa Bar Association for his pro bono work through the years.

Robert was also a life-long member of St. Mary’s parish in Guthrie Center, where he was baptized, received first communion, confession, and confirmation, as well as watched all four of his children receive their baptism and other sacraments. He served there as an altar boy in his childhood, and later as a lector for many years, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Robert was known for his kindness, empathy, loyalty, and support, first and foremost in the context of his wife and children, but he also provided a source of stability and assistance to his parents for much of his adult life. His hospitality and kindness also extended to four foreign exchange students and two foster children. Robert was known for his hard work and dedication to his family, law practice, and community.

Following his retirement, Robert and Kathryn moved to the Lake Panorama community, and Robert finally had the time to travel. He spent much of his time visiting his children in their various locations, including a memorable trip to Benin in west Africa where son John Mark was serving in the Peace Corps. He delighted in seeing his grandchildren, offering them unconditional love and often a convenient napping spot. His retirement also finally brought him all the time he needed to watch Iowa Hawkeye and Notre Dame football games.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Marcella Feilmeyer and his sister Marlene Stangl. He is survived by his twin brother Ron (Marlene) Feilmeyer, his wife Kathryn, and his loving children Jeremy (Tricia), Maria (Jeffrey) Morrow, Ann (Kyle) Ledbetter, John Mark (Paul) Feilmeyer; and his dozen grandchildren: Maia, Eva, Patrick, Robert, John, Nicholas, and Anna Therese Morrow; Eliza, Nicholas, and Alexander Ledbetter; and William and Kathryn Feilmeyer-N’guessan.

Private services were held Dec. 2, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guthrie Center.

2021 GOLF MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Annual memberships are available at both courses for both Lake Panorama Association property owners and those who are not LPA property owners.

Posted 12/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Anyone who was a golfing member of either Panorama West or Lake Panorama National in 2020 will receive 2021 golf membership applications and related information about the 2021 season in their mailbox. Application forms also are available online and in the LPN pro shop.

There are two golf courses at Lake Panorama, both offering annual memberships. Lake Panorama National is an 18-hole course located on the east side of Lake Panorama. Panorama West is a nine-hole course on the west side of the lake. Both courses are owned by the Lake Panorama Association and managed by Lake Panorama National.

Annual memberships are available at both courses for both Lake Panorama Association property owners and those who are not LPA property owners. All memberships include free use of the Lake Panorama National driving range.

In an effort to expand membership access to LPN amenities, a payment program is available for all golf membership categories, plus the LPN pool and fitness center.

Those interested can pay their 2021 membership choices automatically through their bank account. Starting March 1, 2021, and ending Aug. 1, 2021, memberships will be withdrawn in six equal payments from their bank account. For this service, a convenience fee of $100 will be charged with the first withdrawal. An authorization agreement is included in the 2021 membership mailing, and also online and in the LPN pro shop.

There are several membership options. The All-Inclusive Resort and Golf membership includes golf at both courses, plus unlimited use of the driving range, pool and fitness center at Lake Panorama National Resort.

For LPA property owners, prices for the all-inclusive membership are $3,171 for a family, $2,646.50 for a couple, and $2,014.50 for an individual. This membership option also is available to non-LPA property owners at the prices of $3,509, $2,987 and $2,355.

A Lake Panorama National 2021 membership for LPA property owners is priced at $2,100 for families, $1,785 for couples, $1,365 for an individual, and $367.50 for junior golfers younger than the age of 18. This membership for non-LPA property owners costs $2,310 for families, $1,995 for couples, $1,575 for individuals and $367.50 for juniors.

For LPA property owners joining at Panorama West, fees are $721 for a family, $566.50 for a couple, $412 for an individual and $103 for a junior. For non-LPA property owners, Panorama West memberships cost $824, $669.50, $515 and $103 for those same four categories.

A special “first time” membership is available for those who have never been a Lake Panorama National member. The cost of this membership for a family is $1,050, for a couple it is $892.50 and for an individual, the cost is $682.50. LPN members who refer a “first time” person who joins will receive $50 in LPN pro shop credit.

Finally, distance memberships at Lake Panorama National are available for people who do not own a home at Lake Panorama and who live more than 18 miles from the LPN. This membership costs $1,785 for a family, $1,470 for a couple, and $971.25 for an individual.

Memberships for the swimming pool and fitness center at the LPN also are listed on the 2020 membership applications.

Those using private carts on either golf course must pay a trail fee. At the LPN, members have the option of a cart lease, which entitles one person to a seat on an LPN cart for the season.

Other services listed on the membership form are cart storage at both courses, plus bag storage and a USGA handicap at the LPN. Those who play in the LPN’s leagues and handicap tournaments must pay the $30 handicap fee. This fee is not required for Panorama West leagues.

Those who choose the all-inclusive membership and pay in full by Jan. 31, 2021, will receive a $125 LPN gift card. LPN golf memberships paid in full by Jan. 31, 2021, will receive a $100 LPN gift card. Panorama West golf memberships paid in full by the same date will receive a $25 LPN gift card.

As an extra incentive to pay in 2020, all memberships paid by Dec. 31, 2020, will be entered into a drawing. Prizes awarded will include a custom set of irons valued at $800; $500 in LPN Diners Club credit; set of two wedges valued at $320; a Michael Kleinwolterink print valued at $200; a complete golf outfit including a top, bottom and hat, valued at $180; and a 2021 single LPN pool membership.

Membership forms are online at www.lakepanoramanational.com/membership.

Ask Lake Panorama Times
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.

Posted 12/8/20
I was surprised to see a pontoon on the lake the other day in the cold weather. Are there certain months or time periods when boats are not to be on the water, regardless of the weather?
LPA says they do not restrict the time of year when members can boat. This is more of a practical issue, as boat motors can damage due to freezing. I/O and stern drive boats (generally your ski boats and wakeboard boats) are more prone to freezing and are usually the first to be cycled through the winterization process. Outboard motors (fishing boats and pontoon boats) are self-draining and less likely to damage from a light freeze. So if you see a boat on the water really late in the year, it is likely a fisherman or someone who likes to take a late-season pontoon trip. They would likely be running a self-draining outboard motor, or possibly trailering a boat that’s kept in a heated garage.

My neighbor’s dog is left outside and barks continually throughout the night. The noise carries across the lake. Whom should I report this to?  
LPA security say they would certainly look into this. If you can give them a tip on the address, or general area, then they will check it out. They say they usually have good luck if they can have a discrete one-on-one discussion with the owners and achieve their cooperation. If not, then they say they can take a more firm position.

I noticed that random utility poles have a black wrap around them near the bottom. What are those for?
According to Curt Thornberry at Panora Telco, the black sheathing is placed on the poles to prevent animals — such as squirrels, raccoons and cats — from climbing the poles and causing an outage. His guess as to why they aren’t on all poles has to do with not all the poles being replaced at the same time. He also notes that the utility poles you see around the area are electric power poles, and that all the communications lines in the county are underground.

Submit your questions at https://www.lakepanoramatimes.com/contact-us or email shane@dmcityview.com.

Calendar of events

Posted 12/8/20

Submit items for events calendar at https://www.lakepanoramatimes.com/contact-us. Event dates and times are subject to change. Contact hosts for updated details.

Friday, Dec. 11
No school
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11
3:30 p.m.
Wrestling varsity invitational
Central Decatur High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Madrid
Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Madrid
Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Madrid
Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Madrid
Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11 – Saturday, Dec. 12
Be Local, Shop Local, Eat Local - Sip and Shop Weekend
www.panorachamber.org

Monday, Dec. 14
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Dec. 14
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 14
4 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Des Moines Christian High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
5 p.m.
LPA Board Meeting
www.lakepanorama.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Nodaway Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
4 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 17
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. AC-GC
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 17
4 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. AC-GC
AC-GC Junior High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 17
5:30 p.m.
Wrestling: Varsity duals vs. multiple schools
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 18
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. AC-GC
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 18
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV-R Game vs. AC-GC
AC-GC High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 18
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. AC-GC
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 18
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. AC-GC
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 18 – Saturday, Dec. 19
Procrastinators Weekend
www.panorachamber.org

Saturday, Dec. 19
9 a.m.
Wrestling: Varsity WCAC Tournament vs. multiple schools
Pleasantville Community High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 21
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. West Central Valley
Redfield
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 21
4 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 22
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 22
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 22
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 22
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 23 – Jan. 1
No school
www.panoramaschools.org

Wednesday, Dec. 23
Facebook Live Drawing for the Panora Chamber Raffle Prizes
www.panorachamber.org

Tuesday, Jan. 5
4:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV-R Game vs. Woodward Academy
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 5
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Woodward Academy
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 5
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Woodward Academy
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
4:30 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 9
9 a.m.
Wrestling: Varsity Tournament
Coon Rapids Bayard High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Jan. 11
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Woodward-Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Woodward-Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Woodward-Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Woodward-Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Lake Panorama Association
Board of Directors Meeting
Oct. 27, 2020
LPN Conference Center

The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met Oct. 27, 2020, at 5 p.m., at the LPN Conference Center. Board members in attendance were Larry Babcock, Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher, and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Lane Rumelhart and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: Mark and Carol Hillman, LPA members
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.
Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda –
Schumacher moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum    
Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda
Donovan moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 09.29.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 09.30.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting(s), 11.24.2020 and 12.15.2020
e) Accept minutes of the 10.12.2020 Building Code Committee meeting
f) Accept minutes of the 10.22.2020 Water Safety Committee meeting
g) LPA Buoy Map – Approve map correction regarding buoys #42, #43 & #44
h) Accept LPA water safety survey and executive summary
i) Accept minutes from 09.28.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting
j) Set date for LPA Annual Meeting
Agenda Item 4a – Variance Request for 3/12 roof pitch on garage addition – Lot 380
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Mark Hillman at 6310 Panorama Drive (lot 380) asked the committee for a 3:12 roof pitch variance for his garage addition. Schumacher made a motion to approve a 3:12 roof pitch variance for a garage addition on lot 380, based upon similarity to past requests. Powell seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Spradling moved to grant a 3/12 roof pitch variance for garage addition on lot 380, 6310 Panorama Drive, Mark & Carol Hilllman. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4b – Variance Request for 5/12 roof pitch for new home on lot 5203
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Dan Keough represented Synergy Homes for their new home project at 5209 Bean Bend (lot 5203) and requested a 5:12 roof variance. Westercamp made a motion to approve a 5:12 roof pitch variance for a new home on lot 5203, based upon similarity to past requests and aesthetic integrity of the home design. Powell seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Donovan moved to grant a 5/12 roof pitch variance for new home on lot 5203, 5209 Bean Bend, Synergy Homes. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4c – Variance Request for 3 foot setback variance on the back property line for uncovered deck – lot 5205  
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Dan Keough of Synergy Homes represented Mark McDermott at 5205 Bean Bend (Lot 5205) to request a variance for a small portion of uncovered, attached deck. The variance was requested to confirm setback of the deck from the property line, as the corner of the deck encroached the setback by approximately three feet. The committee reviewed the location of the lot and saw that the deck would be encroaching the lot line, but not actually the shoreline itself. This is due to a common access area that sits between the home and the shoreline. Miller made a motion to approve the three-foot variance for an uncovered deck on lot 5205 due to the deck actually being further than 50 feet from the water. Schumacher seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Finneseth moved to grant a three-foot variance on the back lot line, for an uncovered deck on lot 5205, 5205 Bean Bend, Mark and Shelene McDermott, due to the fact the deck will actually be further than 50 feet from the water. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4d – Offer purchase Lot 6742
The land sales committee (LSC) reviewed an offer to purchase lot 6742 for $12,500. The LSC collectively decided to counter at $15,000. Buyer accepted the counteroffer, contingent on an acceptable perc and an easement for septic to run under Panorama Road from lot 864 to lot 6472.
LPA staff has reviewed the lot and has no objection to the sale of the lot. The land sales committee recommends accepting the offer of $15,000 with the contingencies as listed.
Schumacher moved to accept the offer of $15,000 to sell lot 6742 to Nickolas and Elizabeth Andersen and to approve an easement for septic to be bored under the road to lot 6742 or to lot 6741, with the easement cost of $350 to be paid by Andersen. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4e – Trade lot for development of RIZ wetland – LPA lot 6809   
RIZ is pursuing development of CREP wetland, which will be in-partnership with IDALS. In order to accommodate this wetland, control of lot 6900 is required.
Evans moved to approve the exchange of lot 6809 with Johnny and Connie Hamilton for their lot 6900, with LPA paying all closing costs. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4f – 5.1(g) Rule Change regarding compliance with LPA vessel specifications, prohibiting misrepresentation or alteration of vessels which would cause them to become non-compliant
Excerpt from the Water Safety Committee Minutes:
Rutledge proposed a rule change to 5.1(g) to address the issue of vessels being modified post-inspection. The proposed rule is below, with strikethrough verbiage being deleted from the rules and underlined verbiage being added to the rules. Motion by Behrends to approve the following change to rule 5.1(g) as presented. Motion seconded by McConeghey. Motion approved, with Spradling abstaining due to technical difficulty with his online participation.
5.1(g). BOATING OPERATIONS REGULATIONS - Revocation of Privileges
Any lot owner or commercial member who shall have permitted, authorized or allowed illegal use of or launching of a vessel in violation of the rules, regulations or restrictions may have their rights and privileges as a Lake Panorama member revoked until the charge or fine set out herein has been paid and until written application for reinstatement has been made to and approved by the Lake Panorama Association.
1. Misrepresentation of vessel specifications, including all measurements, engine displacement, horsepower, or any other boat permit qualifying information shall result in an automatic 3rd offense fine and loss of member’s boat privileges for the entire season and shall be subject to future requirements for certification of vessels prior to receiving a boat permit.  Members are required to ensure that any vessel registered with LPA is in compliance with all LPA rules and regulations as amended from time to time. Members are strictly prohibited from misrepresenting vessel specifications as a means of registering a non-compliant vessel for use on Lake Panorama. Furthermore, members are strictly prohibited from altering registered vessels in a manner which would cause them to be non-compliant with LPA rules and regulations. Any member whose vessel is found by LPA staff to be non-compliant with any LPA rule and regulation, at any time, shall be subject to an automatic 3rd offense fine and loss of member boating privileges for the remainder of the boating season. Thereafter, such member shall be subject to additional registration and inspection requirements for certification of vessels in subsequent years as determined by LPA in its sole discretion.
2. Members having misrepresented information to qualify a vessel in the previous year must present complete evidence of qualification for any and all vessels the members desire to utilize with boating privilege reinstatement.
Finneseth moved to approve adopting the above listed rule change to 5.1(g). Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 5a – 2021 LPA Budget
i. 2021 LPA Capital Budget – the capital budget presented at the September meeting was reviewed. There were no additional comments or questions.
ii. 2021 LPA Operational Budget
Rutledge presented the proposed 2021 LPA operational budget. Budget includes 5 percent dues increase, no increases to camping fees or boat stickers. Marina lease revenue reflects a slight increase in slip rental and the addition of Boat Storage Lake No. 6, this building was previously the shop storage building. Note that in previous years, the operating budget was projected to be at break even. For 2021 and future years, this will not be the case. Items that reflect this change are 1) increase in water revenue, which will cover the SRF Loan payment, SRF Loan was used to fund the water capital improvement project and 2) increase in the amount of, non-cash expense, depreciation which in the past was used as a base for capital improvement expenditures. The new shop and the water plant project caused an increase in depreciation. The increase in depreciation will not reflect negatively on ending cash balance. 2021 operating budget is projecting a profit of $8,333.
Board discussed the proposed operation budget, projected cash flow and year end projected cash balance.
Spradling moved to approve the 2021 LPA Operational Budget and 2021 LPA Capital Budget as presented. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 6:04 p.m. to discuss legal matters. Board exited closed session at 7:05 p.m.
Schumacher moved to approve a cash investment to LPN for LPN to pay off the equipment note at Guthrie County State Bank. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to approve the shop note modification rates for the shop note administrated by Guthrie County State Bank, note is shared with Farmers State Bank, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, and Peoples Trust and Savings Bank. New rate is effective Oct. 30, 2020, and is 3.50 percent above the weekly average yield on United States Treasury Securities adjusted to a constant maturity of five years, rate locked for five years. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 7 – Other Business - None
 Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:09 p.m.

Q&A
FIRST YEAR ON THE JOB WITH LPA

Lane Rumelhart is the new project manager for the Lake Panorama Association.

Lanerumelhart
Posted 12/8/2020
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Lane Rumelhart, a Guthrie County native, began work Dec. 30, 2019, as the new 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, interacting with the building codes committee and LPA members. He also has taken over management of 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 talks about his first year on the job with the LPA.

Q: One year on the job…what are some of your first-year impressions about Lake Panorama and the Lake Panorama Association?
A. When I started with LPA, I told myself to keep an open mind, as I really didn’t know what to expect. As 2020 progressed, I realized this was the right strategy. I learned very quickly that the lake community was home to people from all over, not just Guthrie County. With such diversity came new challenges and responsibilities. This allowed plenty of opportunity to learn and grow. I never knew how distinct the lake was, and I had no idea how much work went on behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly.

Q: Detail your job responsibilities for us.
A. If you are a fan of sports, you may have heard of the term “utility player.” I would describe myself as the utility player of LPA. One moment I will be working with contractors on getting necessary materials for a new home to be built, and a few minutes later I will be discussing project plans for a new wetland with RIZ members and engineers. I also found myself managing both campgrounds, working with security, overseeing the hunting program and helping out the maintenance and water crews occasionally. I enjoy having so much variability in my job.

Q: What’s a typical day like for you?
A. I typically start every day by catching up on emails in the morning. After that it varies. I often have meetings set up to meet members/contractors on lots to go over building plans for anything ranging from storage sheds to new homes being built. With social distancing protocols, I also have found myself joining lots of web conferences to talk about wetland progress or silt basin construction with our engineer teams. Sometimes I talk with members over the phone to answer questions about anything I can help with. I really don’t have a set schedule, as my day-to-day changes all the time.

Q: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve been involved in so far? And the most interesting thing?
A. When I first arrived, I was given a copy of the 50th anniversary book for Lake Panorama. I found it really fascinating to see the creation of the lake from a river to such an incredible community. Obviously, I was not involved with the formation of the lake, but it certainly surprised me to see how far the lake has come.
The most interesting thing I have been a part of has been the Water Safety Survey. Our collective effort to pull together data and utilize that information to make our lake better in the future is a great testament to LPA and its dedication toward improving Lake Panorama. It also makes me proud to work for an organization that cares so much about its members.

Q: Now that you’ve gotten your feet wet, what do you look forward to in the year ahead?
A. We have some exciting projects in the works. One of these will be a fourth wetland just north of the last one we built. I look forward to contributing to that as well as the other RIZ projects in 2021. I also anticipate more people turning in building permits to start on their dream home. I enjoy helping members reach those goals, too. I hope to gain more experience managing our campgrounds and keeping our beach areas clean and fun for everyone.

Q: Any final thoughts?
A. I have been very appreciative of the membership this first year. It has been a crazy year, yet many members have been great to work with and shown me a lot of respect. I also am fortunate to have so many members with lots of history at the lake who are willing to help me out in any way they can. I look forward to building more relationships with the members of Lake Panorama.

Lake Dog

Posted 11/10/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Murphy
(Also known as “Mr. Murphy”)
3-year old Fawn Boxer
Owners Stacy and Sam Benton

Murphy enjoys playing fetch at the lake and going to “work” with his owners. Murphy’s “mom,” Stacy Benton, owns Bella Sorella Boutique in Panora’s town square. Murphy greets the customers and helps them shop, especially the ladies. In addition, Murphy likes hanging out with the guys at “dad’s” (Sam Benton’s) office, which is also located in the town square. Murphy watches the people walk by and lounges in the office window or peaks out the door of the boutique.

Donations Move Land Purchase Forward For Panora’s PRIDE Group

The Panora and Lake Panorama Economic Development group, locally known as PRIDE, announced important donations from two
Panora area banks. The Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and the Guthrie County State Bank each made $25,000 donations to the development group to assist them with a land purchase. Curt Thornberry, president of the group, hailed the donations as key to the group’s goal of redeveloping 1.1 acres of commercial property along State Highway 4 in Panora.

“The City of Panora is a vital economic center within Guthrie County,” remarked Thornberry. ”The community is a leader among cities in our county, particularly in annual retail sales. Based on the State’s scoring of our community, Panora is considered a regional draw. With more businesses operating in town there is limited land and few buildings available for businesses to locate here. With a few exceptions, most of the downtown storefronts are occupied,” Thornberry said.

“We get quite a few inquiries for businesses looking to locate in Panora that are unable to find a suitable location,” he noted. “With the purchase of the property along the highway, PRIDE plans to combine the parcels and make them available for commercial
development.” It is worth noting that the construction of the Panora Plaza in 1986 by area developer, Irv Gerlich, was the last commercial multitenant retail project in Panora outside of the downtown business district.

According to Thornberry, the project would have taken much longer and been more difficult had we not been able to have community partners like Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and Guthrie County State Bank. “We wanted to remove a land bottleneck that has been hampering commercial development locally. They saw a need, as well, in the community and wanted to play a part in our efforts,” he added.

“Iowa Trust & Savings Bank is committed to the success of our community and is honored to be part of the team working for its future,” said Julie Dent-Zajicek, president of the bank’s Panora branch. “This land acquisition will position our community for future growth and we are pleased to contribute to the project.”

“PRIDE acts as a connector to help our business community create a vision and see the opportunity that exists in Panora,” said Mark Cates, vice president and branch manager, Guthrie County State Bank. “When it’s time to make a strategic move, PRIDE helps
facilitate that activity quickly and efficiently. Guthrie County State Bank is proud to support these collaborative efforts.”

In 2016, Panora Telco also assisted PRIDE in this development project. The local communications cooperative provided a $10,000 donation to the group to help purchase the north parcel. 

ON THE LAKE
Lake time, gift ideas, home improvements and what we have in common

Shane column photo
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 11/10/2020

With the weather we have been experiencing lately, it has been difficult to fully let go of “lake time.” That’s something that those of you living on the lake year-round don’t have to worry about, as you are able to fully experience all the seasons. But for those of us at Lake Panorama part time, it feels like we should still be out on our boats — at least on this 73-degree day as I write this column. Of course, by the time you are reading this, we could be back to snowfall.

We bought our lake home a year ago, and we spent the first few weeks cleaning up the outdoor stuff and enjoying the autumn season. We could not yet envision what summertime at the lake would truly be like. Those hot months are clearly the reason most of us buy homes here, but not the only reason. Truth be told, many of us choose to live in Iowa because we really do enjoy the change of seasons. And get ready, because change is coming.

  
Home Improvement Guide
Be sure to look for a special section inside this edition that is packed with stories and photos that relate to home improvement projects. And also be sure to reach out to the local businesses that have advertised their goods and services to assist you in your plans.  


Holiday gift ideas
If you have not yet come up with ideas for all your holiday gift giving (and who has?), then look inside this issue for a few. Many of you have already purchased a copy of “Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years,” but be sure to buy a copy for your family members, your neighbors and, if you have not already, yourself. Jolene and I bought three copies last year, and we will be buying at least one more now. It is truly a wonderful read about the history of Lake Panorama.

Another gift idea that you can find information on in this issue is for the Lake Dogs and Cove Cats calendar. This is a beautiful piece that you can purchase at many locations in the area with proceeds going to a wonderful organization.

In fact, why not buy the book and the calendar? Anyone who enjoys Lake Panorama would certainly appreciate them both.


Goodbye, election campaigns
If you are like me, you have had your fill of negative election advertising. I am thankful that the campaign season is over. As divisive as it all has been, we now all have a responsibility to join together. I have long believed that if we would take a fraction of the time and money that is spent on dividing us and use that to celebrate all the things we actually have in common, this nation would be a much better place. And, fortunately for all of you reading this, we do have something we truly all enjoy, and that is Lake Panorama. So as we put Election Day behind us and look to Thanksgiving, let’s not forget the need to celebrate that common ground. We will all be better for it.

  
A little lake humor
My Bluetooth speaker quit working the other day, so I threw it into the lake. Now it’s syncing.

I did say “a little” humor. And, no, I did not really litter in the lake.

Have a great November, and thanks for reading.

OCTOBERFEST RAISES $6,225 FOR DOG PARK
Total now at $18,000.

Posted 11/10/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


Fundraising for a proposed dog park at Lake Panorama got a big boost from a day-long Octoberfest event Oct. 17. A total of $6,225 was raised that day from participants in a morning walk/run, afternoon golf tournament and evening open house at the LPN conference center.

A volunteer committee planned the event, designed to increase awareness of the dog park plan, while raising money and collecting donations. Friends of Lake Panorama is managing the donations with a goal of $50,000 to build the park and provide all desired amenities.

The Friends board of directors has set an interim goal of raising $25,000 by May 1 to make sure this is a financially viable project. No matching funds from the LPA are available, so all funding needs to come from donations and fundraisers.

Nearly $9,000 had been donated to the dog park in advance of the Oct. 17 fundraiser, and additional funds have come in since. The total raised to date is more than $18,000.

Because Friends is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity, all donations are tax deductible. Donors of at least $500 will be recognized on a sign at the dog park, plus on the Friends website. If the needed funds are raised, the facility will be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road, near the east campground.

The “Going to the Dogs” walk/run had 12 participants and took place on the back nine cart paths of the LPN golf course. Registration was at Spikes, where freewill donations were accepted and water and dog bandanas handed out.

A trailer was set up throughout the day between the No. 12 green and No. 13 tee box, where volunteers provided information, took donations and showed the layout and location of the proposed park.

Nine teams participated in the “Going to the Dogs” nine-hole, four-person best shot golf tournament. The cost was $40 per person with $20 going directly to the dog park. The winning team was Jim and Julie Tibbles and Scott and Sherri Miller. They donated their $40 cash prize back to the dog park.

At the open house, five donated items were used in a silent auction that raised $400. Raffle tickets were sold for 21 donated items. A 50/50 raffle raised $310. The holders of the winning ticket were Jim and Julie Tibbles, who donated their half back to the cause.

The biggest part of the fundraising came from eight individuals or couples who that day each made a direct donation of $500 to the dog park.

Plans for the park include a 6-foot-high chain link fence 650 feet long and 155 feet wide. There will be two sections, one for small dogs and one for large dogs, with chain link fence dividing the two areas. A single entrance will be protected by a keyless lock. Once inside this gate, users can choose a gate to either the large dog or small dog areas.

Crushed rock will create a 5-foot-wide walking path along and under the fencing to provide a weed barrier and keep dogs from digging. A small gravel parking lot will be adjacent to the park.

Amenities inside the park fence included in the $50,000 cost estimate are four benches, four stations where bags for dog waste would be available, and two domed waste receptacles. A dual station pet fountain placed in the fence line between the two sections would make it possible for dogs to access drinking water from either side.

The facility will be open to LPA members and their guests. Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa 50216. Other donation options and more information are available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

LAKE PANORAMA RIZ ELECTION DEC. 8
Trustees Doug Hemphill and JoAnn Johnson are running for re-election.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times
Posted 11/10/2020

Voting for two positions on the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board will take place Tuesday, Dec. 8. The polls will be open from noon until 8 p.m. in the lower level of the LPA office, 5006 Panorama Drive.

Or voters can request absentee ballots from the Guthrie County Auditor for the “Special Election” and fill in Lake Panorama RIZ. Voters also can vote absentee at the auditor’s office in the Guthrie County courthouse from Nov. 23 through Dec. 7.

Trustees Doug Hemphill and JoAnn Johnson are running for re-election. Other trustees on the RIZ board are Bill Dahl, Larry Petersen and Corey Welberg.

Voting is limited to individuals whose voter registration address is located within the Lake Panorama subdivision. LPA members who do not consider Lake Panorama their primary residence for voting purposes are not eligible to cast a ballot. This is a government election, not an LPA election. Every eligible voter can cast a ballot. This differs from LPA elections, where each membership is allowed just one vote.

The trustees are responsible for administering the RIZ, which includes the platted portions of the Lake Panorama development. The Lake Panorama RIZ is a local government entity designed to manage erosion control and water quality at Lake Panorama and within its watershed.

The RIZ was formed in 1997 by the initiative of the LPA through legislation in Des Moines. The tax increment financing district allows tax growth dollars to stay within the Lake Panorama development for water quality purposes.

The board of trustees oversees the annual budget and associated expenditures. Estimated revenue for the 2020-2021 fiscal year is $2.45 million. These funds are used exclusively to fund improvements allowed under IA Code 357.H, which includes dredging operations, erosion control practices and water quality improvements.

A key focus of RIZ continues to be the dredging of sediment from Lake Panorama. This ensures lake depth remains suitable for safe enjoyment by LPA members and their guests.

In addition to the annual contract performed by LPA, RIZ hired Dredge America this year to remove nearly $4 million worth of sediment from the area immediately downstream of the Fansler Bridge. This sediment has been pumped into the far reaches of the County Basin to make full use of flood easements secured in the early-2000s.

In addition to dredging, RIZ has completed three wetland projects and has acquired the property needed for a fourth. These wetlands provide substantial nitrogen reduction and are designed to assist in sediment buffering. For more information on Lake Panorama RIZ, visit www.lakepanoramariz.org.

LPN Gets Support from Granite Club Members

Posted 11/10/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

In 2008, 12 businesses made monetary or in-kind contributions to Lake Panorama National to support the construction of Spikes, the snack and restroom facility located near the first tee. In exchange, the businesses received a granite sponsorship sign on an LPN tee box. Several have maintained their annual sponsorship since.

Original Granite Club members who renewed for 2020 are Panora Telco on the third hole; Guthrie County State Bank & GCSB Investment Center on hole five; Exterior Sheet Metal on the eighth hole; Bryton Insurance on the ninth hole; and Total Financial Solutions on the 10th hole.

One new member — Lake Panorama Barge — joined the Granite Club this year and is featured on the seventh hole.

Minnesota Cabinets joined in 2019 on the 18th hole and renewed for 2020. Five new members joined in 2018 and renewed this year. These are R&K Bristle Farms on the first hole; Iowa Trust & Savings Bank on hole four; Hawley Insurance on the sixth hole; and Robert Carr Insurance Agency-State Farm on No. 16.

Two members joined in 2017 and have renewed annually. These are Jensen Sanitation on No. 13, and Tometich Engineering on the 17th hole.

Five holes remain available for sponsorship — two, 10, 11, 12 and 14. Annual sponsorships are $500. New sponsors also are asked to pay the cost of the sign, which is $350.

Granite Club members receive a free round of golf for a foursome, including carts, when they purchase or renew their annual membership. Club members also are recognized on the LPN website and in the LPN Resort Weekly e-newsletter.

Granite Club membership isn’t restricted to businesses. Individuals, couples or groups are welcome to become club members, showing their support and appreciation for Lake Panorama National. All money raised is used for improvements at the LPN.

Details of the Granite Club, along with a request form for more information, can be found on the LPN website at lakepanoramanational.com. Or call Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager, at 641-755-2080.

ANNUAL STOCKING PROMISES BETTER FISHING   
Totals for 2020 included 2,500 walleye, 1,200 smallmouth bass and 1,000 largemouth bass.

Posted 11/10/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

More than $14,000 worth of fish were added Nov. 3 to Lake Panorama by Fin and Feather. Fish stocking totals for 2020 included 2,500 walleye, 1,200 smallmouth bass and 1,000 largemouth bass.

Fin and Feather stocks fish 4-6 inches in length to promote high survival rates. Fingerlings are less expensive, but survival rates are lower. Experience has taught group leaders that stocking larger fish is a good investment.

Volunteers in the non-profit Fin and Feather group have been stocking fish and working to improve fishing conditions in Lake Panorama since 1984. When the dam was closed in 1970, the only thing natural to the lake was crappie, largemouth bass, carp and catfish.

The long-time supplier for the fish-stocking program is North Star Fish Hatchery, a third-generation, family-owned business in Montour, Iowa. North Star brought the fish to Lake Panorama’s Boulder Beach, where the fish were introduced into the lake via a tube attached to the water-filled truck.

Besides stocking fish, the group works to help improve fish habitat for smaller fish. Fin and Feather raises its money through annual memberships and a fundraising banquet each spring.

The 2020 banquet was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. However, the organization was able to continue the 2020 fish stocking effort through its use of fund reserves generated at previous fundraising banquets. The 2021 banquet is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 8, the same date as the LPA annual meeting.

RECIPE
Easy pumpkin dessert

Posted 11/10/20
By Jolene Goodman

Impress your guests when you bring this tasty treat to the table this fall.  This is a no fuss, easy to prepare dessert that includes the traditional seasonal pumpkin flavor.

Easy Pumpkin Dessert

Ingredients
1- 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
1- 12 oz can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1- 18.25 oz yellow cake mix
3/4 cup melted butter
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Grease 9x13 pan.
Mix together pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon until well blended.
Pour into pan.
Sprinkle with dry cake mix.
Drizzle butter over cake mix.
Top with nuts.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

 Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and resides with her husband Shane on Lake Panorama.

NEW WALL BEING INSTALLED AT BOULDER BEACH
LPA expects this project to cost around $35,000. 

Posted 11/10/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Work began in late October on a new beach wall at Boulder Beach. The existing wall consisting of railroad ties has been deteriorating for several years, and the large landscaped beds on top of the wall were overgrown. The first step was for the LPA maintenance crew to remove the old wall, boulders and vegetation. One row of ties remained to hold back dirt during construction, but these will be removed prior to backfilling.

Jorgenson Brothers Concrete Construction was hired to install a new poured concrete wall. It is 300 feet long and 4 feet high. The new wall will have a brick face, with the concrete dyed dark tan. Two sets of steps, each 5 feet wide, are being placed in the wall to provide access to the beach.

Six 8-foot by 8-foot concrete pads are being poured behind the wall near the steps. The Panora Garden Club is donating a large planter to be placed on each of these pads. Next spring, the LPA will provide funds to purchase flowers for the pots, and volunteers will manage the planting and maintenance. Future plans call for the addition of metal swings or benches on concrete pads positioned behind the wall so users will have a view of the beach and lake.

No one on the current LPA staff knows when the old wall was installed, although they know it was prior to 1999. In preparation for this new wall, remnants of an even older wall were found. Using a poured concrete wall with a footing under it should eliminate any maintenance to this new wall for decades to come. LPA expects this project to cost around $35,000. 

SURVEY YIELDS INSIGHT ON WATER SAFETY CONCERNS
LPA will target three areas for improvement in 2021.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times
Posted 11/10/2020

In recent months, the LPA has received comments, questions and suggestions on how to create a safer environment on Lake Panorama. Most of these ideas revolved around buoy placement, water patrol and boater education. The LPA created a member survey covering these topics to try to resolve some issues and come up with better solutions for future boating seasons.

A survey summary was presented to the LPA Water Safety Committee at a meeting Oct. 22 and to the LPA board of directors Oct. 27.

There were 515 respondents to the survey, with 97 percent of those saying they participate in some sort of water recreation on Lake Panorama. The three most popular forms of recreation were pleasure boating (95 percent), swimming (85 percent) and tubing (77 percent). Fishing, kayaking/canoeing and waterskiing represented a second tier of interest, with more than 55 percent indicating an interest in these three pursuits.

Buoy placement is a hot topic among some waterfront owners. Yet when members were asked to rate LPA’s current buoy placement for the overall lake, 76 percent said they think the current placement is either good or excellent. In addition, LPA’s policy to keep a static buoy map was met with 80 percent satisfaction.

Regression analysis showed waterfront cove owners differed slightly from main channel owners, as 69 percent of cove owners felt the placement was good or excellent, and 9 percent thought current placement was poor. Turning to main channel owners, 86 percent thought placement was good or excellent, and only 2 percent thought buoy placement was poor. Although cove waterfront owners were less satisfied, it is notable about seven out of 10 offered a response that was supportive of current buoy placement.

When members were asked to rate their level of satisfaction with the LPA Water Patrol, 80 percent said they were satisfied with patrol efforts.

There were 89 fines handed out on the water this season and 83 warnings. The survey showed the preferred level of enforcement on the lake falls somewhere between somewhat firm and somewhat casual.

Thirty-five percent of respondents want patrol to be somewhat firm and hand out fines for most violations, and 53 percent want patrol to be a bit more casual and only hand out fines for the worst violations. Around 5 percent want patrol to be very firm and issue fines for all violations, with another 5 percent saying patrol should be very casual and not issue any fines.  The results of this question are generally in-line with LPA’s current approach to water patrol.

The most common feedback on patrol was the need for more officers on the lake, especially during evening hours.

The survey asked members to rate overall boating safety on the lake. Ninety-one percent of respondents thought boating on Lake Panorama was either somewhat safe or very safe, with six percent of members saying boating was either dangerous or very dangerous.

A common complaint LPA often receives is about boat density. When asked on a scale of one to 10 (one being very open and 10 being very crowded) to rate the level of boat traffic on weekends, the average number was 7.6. Thus, members judged the lake to be both crowded and safe, which indicates a generally responsible level of conduct by lake boaters.

A lot of LPA’s complaints come back to the fault of guests. If given more resources to help educate, 49 percent of respondents said they would prefer enhanced printed materials the most. Online references were the next popular choice at 32 percent and a brief online training course came in third with 25 percent. Online safety videos were just behind at 22 percent.

Most comments in the final section of the survey involved speeding in the back of coves and concerns with wake boats disrupting other boaters and shorelines. John Rutledge, LPA general manager, says both concerns can be attributed to a couple different factors.

“The first involves how easily buoys can be read and understood. Feedback on the survey showed there could be substantial improvement to the legibility and clarity of buoys on the lake, and our security team has begun discussing options,” he says. “Location of the buoys is not an issue for most people, but getting people to follow the rules of each buoy is a different story.”

Rutledge says the second factor and perhaps the more challenging problem is the lack of patrol on the lake.

“The security department did the very best it could this past season with who we had, but scheduling turned out to be very difficult and not all shifts could always be filled,” he says. “In order to solve this problem, LPA may need to find more staff or raise wages of security officers on the water.”

After the water safety committee reviewed the survey Oct. 22, Rutledge told members the LPA will target three areas for improvement in 2021. These include improved readability of buoys, increasing the number of hours during which water patrol is on the lake, and improving and increasing boating education resources.

The committee will meet again in the spring to review steps being taken to make improvements in these three areas for the 2021 boating season.

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 11/10/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Lake Dog

Georgia
4-year-old white Labrador Retriever
Owners, Patty and Mark Godfrey
Patty and Mark say Georgia is the perfect lake dog. She loves the water, boat rides and jumping off the dock to retrieve sticks. Georgia could play fetch all day long and loves her walks. Her pet peeve would be if she doesn’t win in fetch against her cousins.

Cove Cat

Dahlia

12 weeks old
Domestic Tabby but may have some Maine Coon in her
Dahlia was adopted from Furry Friends Rescue. Her owners are Emily, Billy, Natalie and Dylan Donovan.
Dahlia likes to explore behind, under and in things like cupboards, boxes and bags. She likes to have her ears and chin scratched and enjoys cuddling. Dahlia is getting used to the dogs and is training them well. She hisses or bats at their noses if they get too close. She’s already showing her hunter instincts and stalks flies and wiggling toes under the covers.

Lake Dog Cove Cats calendars on sale now

Posted 11/10/20

Be sure to pick up a Lake Dog and Cove Cats calendar at the local shops in Panora and Guthrie, Bella Sorella Boutique, Lake Lumber, Fashions on 44, Ben’s Five and Dime and Dowd Drug in Guthrie Center. They make great Christmas gifts, and 100 percent of the proceeds are going to local charity, Tori’s Angels. Calendars are $15 each.  Make checks payable to Tori’s Angels.

LAKE PANORAMA HISTORY BOOK MAKES GREAT GIFT
The full-color, hardcover 112-page book includes both historic and contemporary photos.

Posted 11/10/20

Looking for a holiday gift for family members or friends? Consider purchasing one or more copies of “Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years.” The book, authored by Susan Thompson, arrived at the Lake Panorama Association office July 19, 2019.

The full-color, hardcover 112-page book includes both historic and contemporary photos. Chapters in the book describe six decades of planning and development. There also are special topic chapters on Lake Panorama’s golf courses, infrastructure and water quality efforts. Sidebar stories highlight various groups and activities such as HALO, Lake Panorama ski team, Fin and Feather, Fourth of July fireworks and more.

The LPA financed the book’s production. More than 1,000 books were printed, with about 350 purchased online in advance,and another 250 purchased since the book’s arrival. About 400 remain in stock.

In-person promotions of the book planned for 2020 haven’t been possible because of COVID-19. The book’s cost is $35, which includes tax. To make it easier to purchase the book now and through the winter months, LPA is offering to ship at an additional cost of $5 per book. Once ordered online, books will be shipped from Panora in 7-10 business days.

The LPA office remains closed to foot traffic because of COVID restrictions, but those interested in arranging a direct purchase can call the LPA office at 641-755-2301 to make arrangements for payment and pickup.

Books are available for direct purchase at the front desk of Lake Panorama National, during daily business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchases can be made at the LPA and LPN via cash, check or credit card. The book also is available at the Panora Library with purchases by cash or check only.

Here is the link to order online and have one or more books shipped: https://lakepanorama.formstack.com/forms/order

OBITUARY
Courtney P.  Allen

Courtneyallen
Courtney Powell Allen, 93, son of Bert and Velma (Jenkins) Allen, was born June 25, 1927, in Lynn, Massachusetts. He passed away Oct. 11, 2020, at the Guthrie County Hospital, in Guthrie Center.

Courtney graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire.  He enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII, serving from June 1945 until July 1946. He then graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Dover with a degree in genetics.

He was recalled back into the United States Navy during the Korean War, serving from May 1951 until August 1952.  During this time, he met Dilma Galmeyer while serving on the island of Curacao in the Caribbean. They were married on March 16, 1953. They first made their home in Des Moines, followed by Johnston, Urbandale and finally, in 1982, they built a home on Lake Panorama. In 1988, they made the lake house their fulltime home.

 Courtney worked for Pioneer in its poultry division. In 1972, he started his own company called Sunny Time Foods. In 1988, he built a manufacturing plant in Panora for Sunny Time. In 1989, he sold the company to Cargill and worked for them until he retired in 1992 at the age of 65.

Courtney enjoyed golfing, traveling, telling stories and being with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Dilma Allen of Panora; sons, Courtney Allen, Jr. of Panora and Clifford (Joelle) Allen of Barnstable, Massachusetts; daughter, Cynthia Merritt of West Des Moines; five granddaughters, six great-grandchildren; and brother, Bert Allen, Jr. of Hampstead, New Hampshire.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother.

A Celebration of Life gathering was held at the Panorama West Clubhouse Oct. 14. Burial of his cremains was Oct. 19, 2020, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

 Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, handled arrangements.

ASK LAKE PANORAMA TIMES
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.

Are there any rules on where I can or can’t store my boat in the winter?
LPA members are not allowed to store their boats at the marina, campground or along the roadways of Lake Panorama. Storage of a member’s boat is permitted on his or her property, but LPA discourages outside storage due to the possibility of mice or raccoons damaging the vessel. Members who do choose to store their boat on their own property are allowed to do so but must ensure their property remains kept in a tidy manner. Members cannot use their residential property for commercial storage of other boats. LPA encourages members to consider using LPA-owned storage through Coulters Panorama Marine, as that helps to support both the marina and LPA.

Do I need to have my driveway cleared of snow if I am not at my lake house during the winter?  
Although you are not required to do so, the LPA recommends having your driveway cleared to give the appearance of winter activity and to avoid any potential theft. If you sign up for winter house checks, having a cleared drive is also greatly appreciated. And for general safety sake, it is always a good idea to have your driveways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Can I ride my snowmobile on the lake?
LPA doesn’t govern use of the lake itself for snowmobiles, but DNR rules do apply. Safety during early-ice and late-ice conditions is strongly encouraged. Lake Panorama appreciates the local snowmobile groups that support the conference center by using designated pathways for access to the facility. Members are also encouraged to utilize the Raccoon River Valley Trail, which is groomed by the Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers club.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Friday, Nov. 13 - Saturday, Nov. 14
Girls HS Swim State Meet
Marshalltown
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Nov. 16
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Earlham
Earlham
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Nov. 16
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Nov. 19
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Nov. 19
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Nov. 19
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Jamboree vs. Audubon
Audubon High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Nov. 21
TBD  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Scrimmage vs. Newell-Fonda Community
Newell Fonda High School, Newell
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Nov. 23
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council Meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Nov. 23
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Nodaway Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Nov. 23
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Nov. 24
5 p.m.
LPA Board Meeting
www.lakepanorama.org

Tuesday, Nov. 24
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Harlan Community
Harlan Community High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Nov. 28
Small Business Saturday
www.panorachamber.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Madrid
Madrid Elementary School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1
5:30 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Duals vs. Multiple Schools
Manson Northwest Webster High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Mount Ayr Community Schools
Mount Ayr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Mount Ayr Community Schools
Mount Ayr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 3
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton
Exira Community High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 3
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 4
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 4
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Woodward Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Dec. 5
10 a.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Tournament vs. Multiple Schools.
Treynor High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Dec. 5
1 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. IKM-Manning
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Dec. 5
2:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. IKM-Manning
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Sunday, Dec. 6
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dance Team Show of Shows
Panorama High School and Middle School Gyms
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 7
4:30 p.m.
Deadline for Building Code Variance Requests
www.lakepanorama.org

Monday, Dec. 7
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 7
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Van Meter
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 7
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Pleasantville
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 7
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Pleasantville
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 8
2020 RIZ election
Noon until 8 p.m.
Poll location is the lower level of the LPA office, 5006 Panorama Drive. Voting is limited to ONLY those individuals whose voter registration address is located within the Lake Panorama subdivision. LPA members who do not consider Lake Panorama their primary residence for voting purposes are not eligible to cast a ballot. This is a government election, not an LPA election. Every eligible voter can cast a ballot. This differs from LPA elections, in which each membership is provided only one vote.
www.lakepanorama.org

Tuesday, Dec. 8
6 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Duals vs. Multiple Schools.
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting
Sept. 29, 2020
LPN Conference Center
The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met Sept. 29, 2020, at 5 p.m., at the LPN Conference Center. Board members in attendance were Larry Babcock, Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Lane Rumelhart and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: John Coghlan, Sunset South HOA
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.
Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda
Schumacher moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum
No one present for open forum
Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda
Donovan moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 08.25.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 08.31.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting, 10.27.2020
e) Accept minutes of the 09.14.2020 Building Code Committee meeting
f) Accept minutes from 08.24.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting
Carothers invoked point of privilege and moved to Agenda Item 4c
Agenda Item 4c – Consider request to swap parcels with Sunset South  
John Coghlan, on behalf of Sunset South HOA, requested a parcel swap between LPA and Sunset South of approximately 35 feet to preserve two Cottonwood trees while creating a concrete golf cart path to the water and LPA obtaining a section near the Sunset Sewer lift station. Rutledge advised the board this trade would be beneficial to both parties.
Schumacher moved to authorize a parcel exchange with Sunset South as discussed. Closing and survey costs to be shared equally between LPA and Sunset South. The parcel exchange is contingent upon Sunset South confirming the easement for existing LPA sewer lines. LPA attorney to review all documents. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4a – Variance Request for 4/12 roof pitch on house – Lot 3248
Wanninger is purchasing lot 3248 for new home construction.
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Luke Wanniger at 4159 Panorama Drive asked the committee for a 4:12 roof pitch variance for his home on lot 3248. Westercamp made a motion to approve a 4:12 roof pitch variance for a new home on lot 3248, based upon similarity to past requests. Knudsen seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to grant a 4/12 roof pitch variance for new home construction on lot 3248, Luke Wanninger. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4b – Request for storage shed that exceeds 200 square feet – Clover Ridge HOA
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Gary Soreide, Clover Ridge Homeowners Association (CRHOA) president, presented plans for a new storage facility on Karen Drive that would exceed the maximum 200 square foot allowance. Soreide requested a variance for a 160 square foot exception, which would allow for a 360 square foot storage shed. Soreide explained CRHOA had maintenance crews that would utilize the shed for storage of equipment and materials necessary for the tasks required for upkeep on the facilities. Soreide did not have plans or drawings of what the shed would look like. Rumelhart noted that the area the shed would be built is in a “special use plat” and was not limited to strictly residential buildings. Knudsen mentioned the location of the proposed shed was in a good location and would not take away any members’ parking space. Miller asked Soreide to provide clear drawings and plans of what the shed would look like. Soreide agreed to provide the requested materials, and Rumelhart suggested the committee look via email once the plans were submitted. Soreide hoped to have recommendation from the committee before the September board meeting to save money for rental space he is currently using to store CRHOA’s equipment.  
Evans made a motion to recommend a variance to the Clover Ridge Homeowners Association for construction of a 360 square foot structure, based upon the request being made by a condo association and the property existing in a special use plat. The recommendation is contingent upon committee’s email confirmation the design and color match the existing structures on Karen Drive, and the appropriate plans are supplied to LPA, Westercamp seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Donovan moved to grant a variance to Clover Ridge Homeowner Association (CRHOA) to build a 360 square foot storage shed for use by the CRHOA maintenance crews. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4d – LPA Capital Budget request for 2021 and review of LPA’s five-year capital budget projection 2021 – 2025
Rutledge reviewed the proposed 2021 LPA Capital Budget and the five-year projected capital budget. Board discussed the proposed 2021 Capital Budget and after review of specific items, supported the overall budget. LPA Staff will do a final review of the Capital Budget and present for approval at the October board meeting. Rutledge asked the Board to approve purchase now of the security truck, slated for replacement in 2021. The backup security truck is starting to require costly maintenance repairs and with current vehicle purchase incentives available, it will prove to be cost effective to move forward with the purchase in 2020. Board agreed to this purchase.
Evans moved to approve the purchase of a new security pickup truck in 2020, proposed in the 2021 capital budget. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 5 – Old Business – None
Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – None
Agenda Item 7a – Review LPA Rule 9.2 regarding prohibited signage

A discussion was held on the current LPA Rules regarding signage. The Board is in full agreement the current rules and enforcement strategies are appropriate, and no changes were implemented at this time.
Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

$70,000 GOAL REACHED FOR NEW PLAYGROUNDS
The Boulder Beach play equipment will be ordered in early December for spring delivery.

Posted 10/6/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The $70,000 goal set by Friends of Lake Panorama to provide new play equipment at both Shady and Boulder beaches was reached in late October. Fundraising kicked off just a year ago and had strong support from donors throughout the last 12 months. The August 1 Beach Ball, which raised about $30,000, provided a big boost.

The equipment for Shady Beach, which was ordered in late July, was installed the third week in October. A drainage tile and final grading and mulching was completed the first week of November, and the playground now is open.

The new equipment includes a multi-faceted play set, three swings and a freestanding “spring rider” designed to accommodate a physically challenged child. The spring rider has space for two children. One bench is located within the mulched area of the Shady Beach playground. It was given by the Pauk family in memory of Ray Michael Pals. A memorial plaque will be installed on the bench next spring.

The Boulder Beach play equipment will be ordered in early December for spring delivery. The gray mountain and play set currently there will remain. A spring rider like the one at Shady Beach will be added. The Bill Priestley family has purchased a swinging bench in his memory, which will be installed in the spring in the original playground footprint. A new playground nearby will include a play set with features geared to both older and younger kids, plus three swings.

For those still interested in helping with these two playground projects, there is room for more benches and more spring riders at both locations. Any additional donations designated to the playgrounds through the end of 2020 will be used in this way.

All donations are tax-deductible. Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donors should include a note the funds are to be used for the playgrounds.

Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on signs erected in the spring near both playgrounds and on the Friends website. More information about the playgrounds and other ways to donate are available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Q&A: FRIENDS OF LAKE PANORAMA PRESIDENT PROVIDES UPDATE

Q areinicke
Posted 11/10/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to supporting recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. The first meeting of the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors was Dec. 3, 2013. An application for nonprofit status was filed with the IRS in January 2014 and approved in July 2014.

The charity is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. In this month’s Q&A, Jan Reinicke, current Friends president, talks about current projects and future goals.

Q. A year ago, Friends kicked off a $70,000 fundraising campaign to purchase new play equipment for Shady and Boulder Beach. Give us an update on that effort.  

A. I’m happy to say we reached our playground fundraising goal in late October. By July, we were far enough along the Friends board voted to go ahead with the purchase of the equipment for Shady Beach.

That arrived at Lake Panorama in early October and was installed just ahead of one of our October snowstorms. Featured are a multi-faceted play set, three swings, and a freestanding “spring rider” designed to accommodate a physically challenged child, that also has room for two children.

The LPA maintenance staff will be finalizing the mulching and grading there once the ground is frozen, and the playground will open. Hopefully there will be some warmer days yet in 2020 and into next spring for children to begin to enjoy this new playground.

The Boulder Beach play equipment will be ordered soon, for delivery in the spring. The gray mountain and play set currently there will remain. A spring rider like the one at Shady Beach will be added. A new playground nearby will include a play set with features geared to both older and younger kids, plus three swings.

We will be posting a sign at each of the playgrounds showing donors who gave $500 or more. If someone still is interested in helping with this project, we have room for both more benches and more spring riders, so we welcome additional donations.


Q. Friends recently launched a new fund drive for a proposed dog park. Tell us about that.

A. To help prioritize future projects, the Friends board of directors conducted a survey in April 2019 to gather input from Lake Panorama Association members. A total of 171 people responded to the six-question online survey over a three-week period.

Ten potential projects were listed in the survey. Questions were asked to help prioritize those projects, based on survey respondents ranking their top priorities, plus the likelihood of them both using and financially supporting each project. Based on those results, the playground upgrades we’re doing now were chosen as the first project.

Also getting some attention was the possible development of an LPA dog park. While a dog park didn’t rank as high in the survey as other projects, there was strong support from a segment of the LPA membership. For that reason, the Friends board recruited volunteers to serve on a dog park task force to study location, design, costs, and rules.

That group shared their proposal with the Friends board this summer, which endorsed the plan and sent it to the LPA board of directors for consideration. At its August meeting, the LPA board agreed Friends could raise funds for a dog park. All funds will need to be raised with support from dog park enthusiasts, as LPA will only be partnering with in-kind contributions such as running a water line.

The members of the dog park task force took a very high-profile role once the project was approved by the Friends and LPA boards. Their original plan was costed at $50,000 with the inclusion of all desired amenities, so the Friends board set a goal of $25,000 to be raised by May 1 to make it viable. The Board believed it could be scaled back if necessary and add the additional amenities as more funds were raised. 

What resulted was a group of people who recruited other dog lovers to the cause and successfully organized a fundraising event on Oct. 17 at the LPN, raising $6,225 with a dog walk, golf tournament, raffle, auction and reception.  It was a great display of team work. Total contributions are now $18,000.

There is a lot of hard work remaining to reach the fundraising goal but the enthusiasm remains as additional events and appeals are planned for this year and next. Most importantly, it demonstrates what a small group of committed people with some well-defined goals can accomplish to make their community a better place for them and their furry friends.

Q. What are the various ways people can donate to Friends?

A.   First, I want to remind everyone that all donations are tax-deductible, and donors receive a confirmation letter for tax purposes. Statistics indicate a high percentage of charitable contributions are made in the last few weeks of the year, so we’re looking forward to additional contributions coming in to support additional benches or spring riders at the playgrounds on the beaches or help make the dog park a reality.

There are several options. One easy way is to clip the coupon from the Friends ad in this issue of the Lake Panorama Times, fill it out and mail it with a check to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Or simply include a note with your check so we know how you want your donation used, and mail to the same address.

On the Friends website — friendsoflakepanorama.org — there is a donation form that provides more details. This form can be printed, completed, and mailed with a check. Donations also can be made by credit card on the Friends website.

Donations of securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) are welcome, as are direct IRA qualified charitable distributions — for donors over age 70 ½ who are required to take forced IRA distributions. There are potential tax-saving benefits when considering either of these direct donation strategies. For information, contact Kristen Crouthamel, financial advisor at GCSB Investment Center, at 641-755-2799 or kristen@investgcsb.com.

Q. Are there other efforts underway as a result of the Friends survey?

A. Yes, the survey helped the Friends board identify other areas of interest. In 2021, we plan to give attention to additional beach amenities, walking trails and a disc golf course. All of the ideas we will be pursuing came to us from the survey and were expanded on by volunteer committees. Many hours of work went into looking at the possibilities for improving the recreational opportunities here at Lake Panorama.

The survey was an extremely valuable tool for us. We learned we have an incredibly engaged community with some diverse interests. The lake and golf courses are, of course, the center of much activity but people are interested in adding other amenities such as the dog park and walking trails

As we proceed to work on these other priorities, we hope to engage more new people willing to step forward, do the planning work and assist with raising the necessary funds.  If you have a particular interest, we’d like to hear from you and welcome your interest and involvement.

As we look forward to new projects and celebrate the past accomplishments of beach playgrounds, sports courts and the upgrading of Panorama West with an estate gift, the board has reflected on our need to build a sustainable organization for the future.

We have for the last few years been very project focused with some very good results, and now need to ensure we have a vibrant Friends organization well into the future.  We are hoping our donor base can expand and we can seek funds specifically for organizational and administrative purposes. We know people feel good about supporting the projects closest to their heart, but we’re hoping there are LPA members who appreciate the good work being done and can just help support our ongoing expenses. Those donations add to the good of the community, too.

Q. What kind of impact do you think Friends of Lake Panorama has had so far on the Lake Panorama community, and can have in the future?

A. Fundraising began in October 2014. In May 2016, Friends completed an $80,000 fundraising campaign to build the Sunset Beach playground, with the LPA providing an additional $50,000. The playground equipment was installed in mid-July that year. A year later, Friends had raised $75,000 for sports courts at Boulder Beach. The LPA board agreed to provide matching funds and the sports courts opened in mid-July 2018.

In August 2017, Friends of Lake Panorama received $473,000 from the estate of James and Joyce McLuen to be used at the Panorama West golf course. That money transformed an already nice golf course into something very special.

One impact I think this estate gift had on Friends was for our board to establish and test a protocol for handling future estate gifts. And I think we passed that first test with flying colors. The McLuens’ generous gift is a wonderful example of long-time Lake Panorama residents who cared about this particular recreational amenity and made a decision to help support something they loved by including a bequest in their will.

We hope this gift will encourage others to think about the future impact they can have on recreational amenities at Lake Panorama, either through an estate gift, some other financial planning mechanism, or a direct donation now. 

There have been a few smaller projects — renovation of the Lake Panorama National conference center dining room in memory of Dr. David Wang, a rain garden at Panorama West, and several memorial benches.

Friends of Lake Panorama is the perfect opportunity to forge a strong partnership with the Lake Panorama Association to improve the recreational opportunities here at the lake. Working together, we have the potential to really improve the quality of life for current and future residents. While the LPA’s focus, out of necessity, needs to be on safety, security and infrastructure needs, Friends of Lake Panorama can be a catalyst and support group focusing on the amenities our community members desire.

Our working relationship with the LPA is a good model as we move forward. The LPA board has provided financial contributions when possible and many in-kind contributions. LPA staff have spent many hours helping make each of the projects come to be a part of life at Lake Panorama.

We are proud of our commitment to engage LPA community members in establishing priorities and continuing our work to provide additional amenities. We appreciate your support and look forward to working with you to raise the necessary funds to complete additional projects as well as build a strong Friends organization for the future.

GNOME PLACE LIKE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

The 2020 gardening season is over, but that doesn’t mean members of the Panora Garden Club decided to rest on their laurels until spring. Instead, they found a way to add some color to seven of their pots scattered around the Panora town square. When club member JoAnn Johnson shared a photo of some whimsical gnomes, it didn’t take long to decide the street pots would be a perfect place for them. Johnson offered to make the fleece hats and mittens, while other club members gathered up greenery and put the gnomes together. Two were installed Nov. 2 in pots on either side of the gazebo. Panora Garden Club members participating included, front row, left to right, Paulette Chambers, Jody Muench, Pat Kading, Jean Weiss and JoAnn Johnson. Second row, Pam Johnson, Bette Donahey and Linda Dahl. Top row, Karla Bristle and Patsy Goss. The Panora Garden Club welcomes new members; contact any current member for details.

ON THE LAKE
Water safety, busy signals, recipes and a little lake humor

Shane column photo
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted10/6/2020

Being safe on Lake Panorama is important to all of us, or at least it should be. And, if we are being honest, most all of us could do a better job of understanding water safety rules and making sure that we — and our guests — abide by them. My eyes were opened to this when I took the simple 23-question water safety survey that Lake Panorama Association is hosting to gather input that will be presented to the LPA water safety committee. Gathering data is always important, but this survey is also an educational tool for each of us. At least it was for me. Find out for yourself at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020lpawatersafetysurvey and be sure to read the story in this issue. …

We recently moved our Big Green Umbrella Media headquarters (sounds fancy, huh?) to our new offices at 8101 Birchwood Court, Suite D in Johnston. We only moved a mile or so, but as most of you know, moving is never easy. The biggest challenge was in getting our phone and Internet services installed. Despite notifying our vendor more than a month in advance, we did not have Internet connectivity for nearly three weeks and are approaching a month now without any office phones. I apologize to all of you who have received a busy signal when calling our offices. I hope that by the time you are reading this, it is all resolved. It would not be appropriate for me to name the company that we have to use in the Des Moines metro area, but I will tell you that it kind of rhymes with “CenturyStink.” The entire process makes me appreciate having these services provided by Panora Telco here locally, and you should, too. …

Several years ago, I struggled to fill last-minute space in one of our magazines.  So I placed a recipe column that I had on hand in the pages. I received some positive feedback from it, so I ran a new one each month. A year or so later, I ran into a jam as I could not fit all the information I had in the page count we set for a magazine. So I pulled the recipe that month. Unfortunately, I erred in not changing the teaser on the front page for the recipe, so I left readers searching for the Taco-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash or the Baked Eggs Puttanesca or something like that. I did not expect what happened next. I was flooded with phone calls, emails and even comments on the street from readers. Lesson learned. We have run a recipe column every issue since in all of our Iowa Living magazines. So, with that in mind, I asked my wife and our advertising director, Jolene Goodman, to write a column each month for this publication.  Enjoy! …

Speaking of Jolene, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary recently. We had plans for a nice getaway to Estes Park, Colorado, but Mr. Covid seemed to complicate things. So we spent a wonderful weekend at Lake Panorama instead. And why not? …

Let’s finish this month with a little lake humor for the Halloween season. (I did say a little.) Where do ghosts go to sail? The answer, of course, is Lake Eerie.

Thanks for reading.

5th Annual Panora Chamber Golf Tournament

The fifth annual Panora Chamber of Commerce golf outing was held on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Lake Panorama National. Fox Countertops served as the title sponsor. A record total of 25 teams were registered. The tournament was originally scheduled for spring but was rescheduled due to COVID-19. Many of the prizes awarded included the “Eat Local. Shop Local. Be Local.” discount cards and other incentives to bring out-of-town guests back to Panora. Proceeds from the golf outing go to support Panorama Days, which will be held Aug. 6-8, 2021. 

ZEBRA MUSSEL TESTING RESULTS
So far, so good.

Posted 10/6/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

It was spring 2014 when the LPA Board of Directors first adopted new rules in an attempt to keep aquatic invasive species from infesting Lake Panorama. Invasive species reproduce early, often, in large numbers and in multiple ways. They grow rapidly and have few natural enemies.

Aquatic invasive species can cause damage to equipment, threaten water recreation safety and, ultimately, reduce property values.

Several aquatic invasive species have been introduced into Iowa water bodies. One of the most concerning is zebra mussels. The pest was first introduced in the Great Lakes by the emptying of water ballast from sea-going ships that arrived from the Black and Caspian Seas, located between Europe and Asia. The mussels since have spread into much of the upper Midwest including the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and several streams and lakes in Iowa.

Zebra mussels are small shellfish, named for the striping often appearing on the shells. The organisms can produce up to 1,000 microscopic eggs every day. The mussels attach themselves to smooth surfaces and reproduce so efficiently that in some lakes, rocks, dock posts, underwater portions of lifts, boat hulls, propellers and inboard/outboard units have become completely covered.

The LPA recently received some good news regarding its efforts to keep this pest out of Lake Panorama.

“Zebra mussels is an invasive species that has had detrimental effects on other lakes in Iowa. They can travel in ballast water or plant material that may get stuck on a vessel being transported from one lake to another,” says Lane Rumelhart, LPA’s project manager. “A lot of LPA’s invasive species policies are aimed at trying to avoid the introduction of these creatures.”

This past summer, Rumelhart worked with RMB Environmental Laboratories Inc. out of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, to do some zebra mussel veliger testing.

“Zebra mussel veligers are free-swimming larvae of the mussels. Water current can pull veligers long distances before becoming heavy enough to settle to the bottom of a waterbody,” Rumelhart says. “I talked to RMB’s water biologist about testing for zebra mussels and was told veligers become prevalent one to three years before mussels are visible. He said by testing for veligers, we may be able to get a head start on preparation for the mussels, if they ever become present.”

Rumelhart purchased a tow net made specifically for capturing microscopic organisms out of water and pulled samples through the net in two locations — the marina and the dredge dock above the debris trap in the upper basin. He sent the samples to the lab in Minnesota for examination. The report showed there were no zebra mussel veligers present in either sample.

 “The LPA staff believes a two-pronged approach to invasive species is the most responsible strategy,” Rumelhart says. “First, we will continue to educate our members about prevention and enforce our invasive species regulations. Prevention remains our top priority.”

Second, Rumelhart says LPA staff will test each summer to ensure they have a head start on responding, if zebra mussel veligers are found in Lake Panorama.

“We obviously don’t want this to occur, but we need to be working ahead should this challenge arise,” he says. “Zebra mussels can clog irrigation systems for our two golf courses and waterfront homeowners. This pest likely would create new challenges for routine dam operation and maintenance. The barge companies would require some advance planning as zebra mussels weigh down docks and boat lifts. If we ever do have to navigate these challenges, advance notice will help us avoid a last-minute scramble for emergency solutions.”

Here is a brief review of LPA’s rules related to stopping invasive species from entering Lake Panorama. Boats owned by LPA members that are used exclusively on Lake Panorama are considered “resident” boats. These must display a “resident” sticker and do not require annual inspections.

Any boat that is not used exclusively at Lake Panorama must display a “non-resident” sticker. These boats must pass an inspection by LPA-designated personnel after returning from another body of water.

Inspections look for the following — plant parts, mud, animal specimens on boat or trailer or fishing equipment, and water in live wells, bilge tanks, ballast tanks or engine cooling systems. For members who do boat at other lakes, thoroughly cleaning, draining and drying the boat, trailer and equipment for at least five days in warm weather should allow the boat to pass inspection and be allowed back on Lake Panorama.

Finally, it’s not just boats that can transport aquatic invasive species. Any water-related equipment such as lifts and docks previously installed in another lake cannot be installed at Lake Panorama in the same season. Equipment that has been thoroughly drained, cleaned, dried and treated may be considered for installation, but only in the boating season following removal from a previous water body, and only after inspection.

SAGE TRAIL RENOVATION MEANS SMOOTHER ROAD FOR LAKE RESIDENTS

Posted 10/6/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

For the many east side residents of Lake Panorama who live on Burchfield Cove and beyond, Sage Trail is an important road. It can significantly shorten trips to and from their homes, compared to using the winding Panorama Drive that skirts the lake’s shoreline.

Now this road has an improved surface. Sage Trail is owned and maintained by Guthrie County. After entering Lake Panorama from the east on 200th Road, Sage Trail is a right-hand turn at the T-intersection. The 11th and 12th holes of the Lake Panorama National golf course are on the left.

Because of the heavy traffic this gravel road receives, the Guthrie County roads department rebuilt the section from 200th Road past the Burchfield bridge in 2012. The result was not a completely hard surface but at least an improved surface. That surface began to fail a couple of years ago.

“We had planned to do this work last year. But with that disastrous spring, it simply was not possible to tackle a large project like this,” says Josh Sebern, Guthrie County engineer. “Thankfully we were able to get a lot done elsewhere and address Sage Trail this fall.”

County road workers began Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day, to upgrade Sage Trail. Since the road had to be closed to traffic in sections, Sebern says this date was chosen because traffic begins to slow this time of year. 

Assembly of the raw materials began in August, with a blend of gravel, crushed limestone and clay mixed offsite. With major regrading work done in 2012, only some lighter reshaping of the road surface and slopes was needed.

“This rebuilds the crown in the roadway and prepares a solid base for the new granular mixture to be hauled in,” says Sebern.

The work performed eight years ago included applying 3 inches of a gravel/crushed limestone/clay mixture to the roads. Calcium chloride was used as the stabilizing agent.

This year, about 5 inches of new material was brought to the roadway, where it was mixed with a proprietary stabilizing chemical called Base One. That was followed by final grading and compaction. Then a topical application of calcium chloride was used to bind the fine particles of the surface, which also will function as dust control.

 Sebern says of the 3 inches of material applied in 2012, only about 1 to 1 ½ inches remained so it was time to rework the road surface.

“With this additional thickness going to 5 inches, plus a different stabilizing chemical, we are expecting a longer life span,” he says. 

In 2017 the county worked with the LPA’s annual seal coat contract and added short sections of hard surfacing on either side of the Burchfield bridge, because of potholes and a rough, washboard-like surface.

“The northwest section is still performing well, but the southeast section has some areas that are failing,” says Sebern. “An asphalt spray patch was performed recently to hold things over for the time being. If things continue to deteriorate, the county will have to pursue other options to improve that area.”

 Sebern thanked the Lake Panorama Association and lake residents for their cooperation during the renovation project and being patient as Guthrie County crews worked to get this project brought to a close.

In response, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, thanked the Guthrie County Secondary Roads for their efforts on Sage Trail.

“Sage Trail and 200th Road both represent high-volume roadways,” he says. “We’re grateful the county recognized the priority of this improvement and appreciate their work.”

LPA SEEKING MEMBER INPUT ON WATER SAFETY
Committee will review survey results and decide if any recommendations on water safety topics should be given to the LPA board of directors for consideration.

Posted 10/6/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The Lake Panorama Association is asking members to participate in a 23-question survey on water safety. The online survey opened Sept. 30 and will be available through Oct. 16.

“The topic of water safety encompasses many things at Lake Panorama,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “Especially during the busy boating season, members raise concerns about things such as buoy placement and signage, speeding boats and jet skis, boat drivers who don’t follow LPA boating regulations, and not seeing LPA water patrol boats often enough.”

Rutledge says information gathered from this survey will be tabulated, and a report will be presented to the LPA water safety committee for its fall meeting, which hasn’t yet been scheduled.

“That committee will review the survey results and decide if any recommendations on water safety topics should be given to the LPA board of directors for their consideration.”

Survey questions cover demographics, buoys, LPA water patrol, boating safety and traffic, use of member boats by guests, and the possible use of educational materials to improve water safety on Lake Panorama. The survey ends with an opportunity to provide additional comments to the LPA on any water safety topic.

The survey is available online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020lpawatersafetysurvey.

5 units remain for sale in former Clover Ridge Timeshare Resort
Legal proceedings to dissolve the association began in early 2018.

Posted 10/6/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

It’s been nearly two years since the decision was made to dissolve a timeshare vacation operation that had been at Lake Panorama since the late 1980s. As of late September, just five units of the original 22 owned by the Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association need to be sold before the final steps can be taken.

Legal proceedings to dissolve the association began in early 2018. At one time, the Clover Ridge Resort had about 1,100 owners from all over the United States. They purchased a particular week in one of the 22 units owned by the association and received a recorded deed.

While occupancy rates stayed strong, financial decline occurred because owners stopped paying annual maintenance fees. Changes in the way people travel led to fewer people owning timeshare weeks.

Barry Monaghan had been a Clover Ridge timeshare owner since 1991 and a member of the Clover Ridge Interval Owners board since 2000. He’s been president of the board since 2013 and has been managing the dissolution process.

“One of the great moves we made in the fall of 2018 was to enter into a rental agreement with Lake Panorama National. That helped us generate some income during the time before we could put the units on the market,” Monaghan says.

“Over the five months of that original contract, our net income was about $20,000 per month,” he says. “That made it possible for us to keep current on what was owed in LPA dues, and also to Panora Telco and the Guthrie County REC.”

Lake Panorama Realty began listing the units for sale in August 2020. Since then, all the two-bedroom units on the west side of Karen Drive have been sold, plus nine units on the east side. Those that remain include both three and four-bedroom units.

Monaghan is pleased with how many units have been sold over the past year.

“To be honest, I had no idea how long the process would take,” he says. “In the beginning, I was concerned about flooding the market. But the real estate company did an excellent job listing just four at a time, while still making it possible to see other units if someone was interested.”

Monaghan says the LPN has been great to work with.

“The staff there has moved people around on rentals to help make showings possible, which hasn’t been an easy process. Lake Panorama Realty also has been great. They’ve done most of the yeoman work.”

The demise of the Clover Ridge Interval Owners had an impact on the Clover Ridge Homeowners Association, which is made up of the private owners of townhomes and motel rooms along Karen Drive. For instance, timeshare association employees also handled Clover Ridge HOA maintenance. Since those jobs were eliminated in September 2019, the HOA had to make other arrangements.

In addition, the timeshare association paid about $84,000 per year to the Clover Ridge HOA in dues. Delinquent fees now are being paid to the HOA each time a unit sells, which average $6,000-$7,000 per unit.

Also brought up to date as timeshare units are sold are delinquent property taxes that haven’t been paid to Guthrie County since September 2018. Those payments are in the $7,500 to $10,000 range for each unit.

As units sell, there is less rental income to pay ongoing bills. So the federal judge overseeing the dissolution required an escrow account be established to hold the net sales proceeds. That account was used to create a line of credit so bills can continue to be paid.

The units sold so far are being used in a variety of ways. Some have become full-time residences, with others being used as part-time residences. Some have been enrolled in the lodging rental program with Lake Panorama National.

“We have gained four two-bedroom units and one studio unit, and we are expecting at least one more two-bedroom unit to enter our program,” says Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager. The LPN already had contracts with private owners of four two-bedroom units and one studio unit, plus 27 guesthouse rooms.

“Having these units onsite is an important part of our sales pitch for stay-and-play golf packages. These groups like to come in for two or three days, play golf, eat, drink and not have to leave the property,” Shaffer says “With more of these units, we are able to book more of these packages, which increases revenue in both our golf and restaurant departments.”

Lake Panorama Realty is planning an open house Sunday, Oct. 18, featuring the remaining units. Everyone who tours the units that day between noon and 2 p.m. will be entered into a drawing for a free weekend stay.

Once the final unit is sold, a proposal will be presented to the judge to pay all legal bills, pay off the loan of more than $120,000 the timeshare association still owes for construction of the pool at the LPN, and pay off its current line of credit.

Once those payments are approved, any funds left will be shared between about 15 timeshare week owners who are considered in good standing, because they paid their 2019 maintenance fees.

With only a few units left to sell, these owners are getting closer to the day when they find out if their gamble paid off. 

$9,000 NEEDED TO COMPLETE PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISING
Playground equipment for Shady Beach is scheduled to be delivered to Lake Panorama the first week of October.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The month of September brought good news to Friends of Lake Panorama in support of its efforts to install new playground equipment at two beaches. While the LPA board of directors recently approved fundraising for a dog park, the Friends’ priority project remains wrapping up a $70,000 fundraising campaign for new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches.

The first piece of good news is that at the beginning of September, another $12,000 was needed. Donations in September lowered that number to $9,000.

The second piece of good news is that the playground equipment for Shady Beach, which was ordered in late July, is scheduled to be delivered to Lake Panorama the first week of October. Installation is scheduled for the last week of October.

The Shady Beach playground will open as soon as all work is complete. The new equipment will include a multi-faceted play set, three swings, and a freestanding “spring rider” designed to accommodate a physically challenged child. The spring rider has space for two children.

Once the remaining $9,000 is raised, the Boulder Beach equipment will be ordered. The Friends board hopes to reach this goal before the end of this year, to avoid a price increase on the playground equipment that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

After fundraising for this project began in the fall of 2019, nearly $8,000 was donated by couples and individuals. The Friends board is asking those early donors to consider an additional donation for the 2020 tax year.

All donations are tax-deductible. Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donors should include a note the funds are to be used for the playgrounds.

Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on signs erected near both playgrounds and on the Friends website. More information about the playgrounds and other ways to donate is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

DOG PARK FUNDRAISING INCLUDES OCT. 17 ACTIVITIES  
The facility is to be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road, near the east campground.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Fundraising is underway for a dog park at Lake Panorama, with $500 donations from two couples kicking off the campaign the week of Sept. 21. Friends of Lake Panorama is managing the donations with a goal of $50,000 to build the park and provide all desired amenities.

Because Friends is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity, all donations are tax deductible. Donors of at least $500 will be recognized on a sign at the dog park plus on the Friends website.

If the needed funds are raised, the facility will be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road, near the east campground.

A volunteer committee is planning a day-long Octoberfest fundraising event for Saturday, Oct. 17 at Lake Panorama National. The day includes three components, all designed to increase awareness of the dog park plan, while raising money and collecting donations.

First up is a “Going to the Dogs” walk or run that will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the back nine cart paths of the LPN golf course. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether they want to walk or run with their dog, or walk/run in honor of a dog. The event will begin and end at Spikes. No pre-registration is needed, just arrive at Spikes between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to check in. Freewill donations are encouraged.

A tent will be set up between the No. 12 green and No. 13 tee box, where volunteers will provide information, take donations and show the layout and location of the proposed park.

Second on the agenda is a “Going to the Dogs” nine-hole, four-person best shot golf tournament, with a shotgun start at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person, with $20 going directly to the dog park. Sign up a four-person team, or the pro shop will create teams from singles or couples.

Play will be on the back nine only, with a stop available between holes 12 and 13 to pick up information and view the dog park location. Check-in at Spikes at 2 p.m. Participants can register and pay in advance in the pro shop, or pay that day. Call the pro shop at 641-755-2024 to register.

An open house will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the LPN banquet room. Free wine and beer samples, plus complimentary appetizers, will be available. There also will be a cash bar. Information about the dog park will be on display, with committee members available to answer questions, and donations accepted. Several items will be available in a general raffle, plus a 50/50 raffle will be conducted.

Plans for the park include a 6-foot-high chain link fence 650 feet long and 155 feet wide. There will be two sections, one for small dogs and one for large dogs, with chain link fence dividing the two areas. A single entrance will be protected by a keyless lock. Once inside this gate, users can choose a gate to either the large dog or small dog areas.

Crushed rock will create a 5-foot wide walking path along and under the fencing to provide a weed barrier and keep dogs from digging. A small gravel parking lot will be adjacent to the park.

Amenities inside the park fence included in the $50,000 cost estimate are four benches, four stations where bags for dog waste would be available, and two domed waste receptacles. A dual station pet fountain placed in the fence line between the two sections would make it possible for dogs to access drinking water from either side.

The facility will be open to LPA members and their guests. Signs will be posted for responsible use, with volunteers helping decide on these rules as fundraising is underway.

Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donors should designate the funds are for the dog park. More information is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Aug. 25, 2020
LPN Conference Center
The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met Aug. 25, 2020, at 5 p.m., at the LPN Conference Center. Board members in attendance were Larry Babcock, Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher, and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Lane Rumelhart and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: Jan Reinicke, President of Friends of Lake Panorama, and Susan Thompson, Executive Director of Friends of Lake Panorama.
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.

Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda –
Spradling moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda

Donovan moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 07.28.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 07.31.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting, 09.29.2020
e) Accept minutes of the 08.10.2020 Building Codes Committee meeting
f) Accept minutes from 07.27.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting
Carothers invoked point of privilege and moved to Agenda Item 5a.

Agenda Item 5a – Friends of Lake Panorama – Proposal to construct a dog park with donated funds. Jan Reinicke and Susan Thompson, representing Friends of Lake Panorama, addressed the board regarding the construction of a dog park on LPA property, located along East RV Road, entrance to the East Campground off of Sage Trail. Fundraising would run through the Friends 501(c)3 organization. A dog park task force committee is organized and ready to move forward with fundraising.
The board asked several questions regarding the location, total costs, time frame for fundraising, construction time frame and operating expenses and requirements. All questions were answered to the satisfaction of the board.
Spradling moved to authorize Friends of Lake Panorama to move forward with dog park fundraising and authorize LPA to operate the park after completion. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4a – Septic Easement Request, Luke Wanninger, from lot 3248 to lot 3301
Wanninger is purchasing lot 3248 for new home construction and is purchasing lot 3301 for the lateral fields. Lot 3248 is not able to support a lateral field.
Donovan moved to approve the execution of an easement for septic line to be bored under the road from lot 3248 to lot 3301, cost $350 to be paid by Wanninger. Legal document to be drafted by LPA attorney. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4b – Septic Easement Request, Timothy and Stephanie Cross from lot 872 to lot 6751 Cross is constructing new home on lot 872 and requires septic system to be located on lot 6751.
Schumacher moved to approve the execution of an easement for septic line to be bored under the road from lot 872 to lot 6751, cost $350 to be paid by Cross. Legal document to be drafted by LPA attorney. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4c – Sale of lot 2980
The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lot 2980 for $12,500. The land sales committee collectively agreed to accept the offer.
Finneseth moved to accept the offer of $12,500 to sell lot 2980 to Landon Loftsgard. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4d - Variance Request – David & Kristi Meyer, Lot 481, side lot setback for storage shed as recommended by Building Codes committee 
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Dave Meyer (lot 481) at 4573 Panorama Drive asked the committee for a side lot setback variance of two feet for a storage shed, (which will result in an eight-foot side lot setback). The shed would be placed between Meyer’s home and the lot line. Meyer had approval from the adjoining neighbor. Schumacher made a motion to approve a side lot variance of two (2) feet for a storage shed on lot 481, based upon similarity to past requests. Powell seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to approve a side lot variance of two (2) feet for construction of storage shed on Lot 481, David & Kristi Miller. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4e – Variance Request – John & Danielle Griesenbrock, Lot 5204, roof pitch variance for new home construction as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Dan Keough and an associate presented home plans for Danni and John Griesenbrock (lot 5204B) at 5207 Bean Bend. Keough asked the committee to approve a 4/12 roof pitch that covered most of the home’s roof design. After review of the plans, it was determined this home would fit in with other modern-style homes around the lake. Schumacher made a motion to approve the 4/12 roof design for a home on lot 5204, based upon the aesthetic integrity of the home and similarity to past requests. Miller seconded the motion and carried unanimously.
Evans moved to grant a 4/12 roof pitch variance for new home construction on lot 5204, John & Dannielle Griesenbrock. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4f – Variance Request – Randy & Cindy Nelson, Lot 716, roof pitch variance and roadside setback variance for new home construction as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Randy and Cindy Nelson presented plans for a new home on lot 716 at 5208 Tamara Point. Nelson asked the committee for two variances. The first variance request was to approve the 4/12 roof pitch design that covered most of the roof area. Westercamp made a motion to approve the 4/12 roof pitch for a home on lot 716, based upon the aesthetic integrity of the home and similarity to past requests. Evans seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously. The second variance request on the Nelson home was for a front-lot (roadside) variance of 15 feet, (which would result in a 20-foot setback). Nelson explained the home would need to sit closer to the cul-de-sac to avoid the steep drop off on the lot near the water. The committee reviewed the site plan. Brown, Evans and Schumacher all had driven past the lot and seen the topography for themselves. Westercamp made a motion to approve a 15-foot front lot (roadside) variance based on the impediments of the lot’s slope. Miller seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to grant a 4/12 roof pitch variance and a 15-foot front lot (roadside) setback variance for new home construction on lot 5204, Randy and Cindy Nelson. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – No items for closed.

Agenda Item 7 – Other Business - None


Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:51 p.m. 

OBITUARY
 John (Jack) William Christensen

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John (Jack) William Christensen, 85, was born Oct. 14, 1934, in Iowa Falls. He died Oct. 3, 2020, at Perry Lutheran Home in Perry due to complications of Covid-19.
John was a graduate of Iowa Falls High School and served four years in the U.S. Air Force. After graduating with a masters degree in business administration from University of Northern Iowa, he went on to a lifetime career with Iowa Department of Revenue, where he retired in 2002. John was a master woodworker, building his own home at Lake Panorama. He and his wife Marion lived there since 1993, enjoying the quiet and wildlife. He was a perfectionist with his woodworking and projects he undertook. He had a lifelong love of classic cars, even owning a few. In his downtime, he enjoyed reading books, taking walks and riding bike in their lake neighborhood and sharing stories. He served as treasurer of the Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors and as director in 1998 and 1999. John and Marion enjoyed trips to Colorado, Florida and other states. He had been a resident of Perry Lutheran Home since 2017.
John leaves behind his wife; two step-sons, Tony (Dani) Allsup and Steve (Liz) Allsup; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren (plus one on the way); sister Ruth Allen; brother-in-law John Nelson; sisters-in-law Linda Culbertson and Beth (Jerry) Buttler and nephew and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Delores, Jeanne and Karen; and in-laws Joan and Glenn Allen.
Following cremation, a private burial service will take place in Iowa Falls at a later date.
Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, handled arrangements.

Calendar of events

Event dates and times are subject to change. Contact hosts for updated details.

Thursday, Oct. 8
4 p.m.
Middle School Volleyball
@Woodward Granger Middle School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 8
4:30 p.m.
Middle School Cross Country
@South Hamilton High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 8
5 p.m.
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@South Hamilton High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 8
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 8
6 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 8
7 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball
@Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Oct. 9
Shop Local 2nd Friday Event
www.panorachamber.org

Friday, Oct. 9
7 p.m.
Varsity Football
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Oct. 12
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council Meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Oct. 12 – Friday, Oct. 23
Hydrant Flushing
The semi-annual hydrant flushing will take place during weekdays during this time.

Monday, Oct. 12
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Madrid
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Oct. 12
School Board Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Board Room
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Oct. 12
5 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
4 p.m.
Middle School Volleyball
@Earlham
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
6 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
7 p.m
Varsity Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
4 p.m.
Middle School Cross Country
@Lake Panorama Par 3
www.panoramaschools.org
Thursday, Oct. 15
4:30 p.m.
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@Lake Panorama Par 3
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
6 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
7 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 17
TBD
Middle School Cross Country
@Atlantic High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 17
9 a.m.
Varsity Volleyball
@Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 17
Lake Panorama Dog Park Fundraiser, hosted by Friends of Lake Panorama
Full day of events at Lake Panorama National to raise both awareness and donations regarding a possible dog park at Lake Panorama.
    • Fun walk/run 8-9:30 a.m.; freewill donation, check-in at Spikes.
    • Four-person, best-shot, nine-hole golf tournament. $40 per person, half goes to dog park. Register by calling pro shop at 641-755-2024. Check-in at Spikes at 2 p.m.; shotgun at 2:30 p.m.
    • Oktoberfest Open House 5-6:30 p.m., LPN Banquet room. Drinks, appetizers, raffles.
www.friendsoflakepanorama.org

Sunday, Oct. 18
CHILI DIPPER OPEN
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
5071 Clover Ridge Road
Start: 11 a.m. Shotgun
Format: 2-Person Best Shot
Cost: Entry includes golf, cart, prizes and Chef Brent’s Chili.
LPN Golf Members - $60/team
Non LPN Golf Members - $120/team
For more information or to register contact the LPN Pro Shop at 641-755-2024.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Thursday, Oct. 22
4 p.m.
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@TBA
www.panoramaschools.org
Friday, Oct. 23
No school

Monday, Oct. 26
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council Meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Tuesday, Oct. 27
LPA Board Meeting

Friday, Oct. 30
Panora Beggars Night
6-8 p.m.
www.cityofpanora.com

Saturday, Oct. 31
TBD
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@Fort Dodge - Lakeside Municipal Golf Course
www.panoramaschools.org

Nov. 5, 6 and 7
Heart of Guthrie County Holiday Showcase
www.panorachamber.org

Sunday, Nov. 8
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
IDITAROD XVIIII
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Monday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council Meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m.
School board meeting
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Nov. 13
No school

Saturday, Nov. 28
Small Business Saturday
www.panorachamber.org

A Q&A with Jotham Arber, Executive Director of Health Services for the Guthrie County Public Health Department
A LOOK AT COVID-19 IN GUTHRIE COUNTY

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 10/6//2020

Jotham Arber is a busy man. As executive director of health services for the Guthrie County Public Health department, he is responsible for running Guthrie’s Public Health, Environmental Health, Home Health, and Transfer Station (Landfill) departments. Since January, much of his focus has been on COVID-19. In this month’s Q&A, he talks about his job responsibilities, and the impact of COVID-19 in Guthrie County.

Q. Tell us about your path to Guthrie County.
A.
I was born in South Africa and moved to Kirksville, Missouri, with my family during my preteen years, when my father took a position as a minister there. I attended high school in Kirksville and started college at Truman State University, studying chemistry. I then attended Central College in Pella, earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry. Next up was Des Moines University where I studied public health and epidemiology. My wife and I moved to Guthrie County in 2014 when I took the public health director position.

Q. You’re an epidemiologist. Please explain in layman terms what that is, as well as your job responsibilities.
A.
An epidemiologist is a person who studies and deals with the incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases. This means someone who looks at what is making a community sick or unhealthy and puts measures in place to stop it. Diseases that epidemiologists look at range from chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer that impact the population over long periods of time, to mental health conditions, to what we are experiencing now—viral outbreaks.

My job duties at the health department shift as needed. Currently, I spend most of my time working with our disease investigation team doing contact tracing, disease recovery follow-up, quarantine protocol management, and providing guidelines to healthcare providers, businesses, schools and the general community.

Our public health department provides services in Guthrie County that include disease investigation, vaccinations, community health needs assessments and programming, family support programs, public health emergency preparedness and community health education.
Our office provides some additional services in three counties. We take care of all of the environmental health services and home health services in Guthrie, Adair, Cass and Audubon counties.

Environmental health covers septic systems, water quality, human habitat and dwelling environment, animal disease and complaints, pools, tattoo parlors, tanning bed facilities, and radon testing. Home health covers nursing services, home health aides, homemakers and respite.

Q. Let’s talk about COVID-19 and Guthrie County. When did you first start talking about this virus threat, and what has transpired since?
A.
In early January, I and our emergency management team began meeting about the possibility we may eventually need to respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. We have had several viral outbreaks over the last few years, including Ebola in 2014 and Zika in 2015, that have started in other countries and made their way here. As we watched the numbers climb, we decided we needed to begin preparing rather than wait until it was here.

Based on our experience with other outbreaks, especially the 2009 H1N1 virus, we knew we needed to stockpile protective equipment (PPE) and make sure our hospitals and partners had supplies. We also knew we needed to gather as much information as possible to understand what the virus looked like and how it might impact our community. Our office began gathering this information and buying gowns, gloves and N95s to provide to our health providers.

In late January, the U.S. reported its first case in Washington State. By the beginning of February, we had a fairly large stockpile of PPE and began putting out informational material. Since many people who live in our county travel for work internationally and domestically, we assumed we would see a case at some point. And with numbers coming out of China and Europe indicating it may spread quickly, we wanted people to be as prepared as possible.

Our first case came in the last week of March. It came as we thought it might, through international travel. We had quarantined several other cases and were hoping we may be able to contain any further outbreak. But by the end of April, we understood it had spread into the community, and we began to see a rise in weekly cases. By May we were seeing cases coming in almost daily. May was the month in which we had our first outbreak in an assisted living facility, and where we saw our first death.

Since the beginning of May, we have seen our cases ebb upwards, especially during traditional holidays and family gathering times, then come down, only to rise again. We anticipate this will be the trend going forward until we have an available vaccine. Or until enough of the population have had COVID-19 to create some immunity, which decreases the virus’ ability to spread and thereby decreases the number of infections.

We have had more than 250 confirmed cases since March, with 10 deaths and two assisted living and nursing home outbreaks. We estimate through our antibodies studies that between 327 and 801 individuals may already have been infected with COVID-19  in Guthrie County.

Q. What are some of the reasons this virus has been so difficult to control?
A.
There are several reasons, but two biological reasons stand out. Unlike other viruses we see circulating, which normally have an incubation period of two to four days, the coronavirus has an incubation period that can last two to 14 days. This means that someone may be infected and not show symptoms for almost two weeks. During this time, if they are unaware they are infected, they may continue to move around and potentially spread the virus.
The other reason for the continued difficulty in containing the coronavirus is that between 20 and 30 percent of individuals may remain asymptomatic, which means they never have symptoms, but are spreading the virus.

The politicization of this virus and unclear and changing guidelines also has made it hard for local public health to get full buy-in from our communities to engage in public health measures that could help bring the virus under control. We have lost some of our “trust capital” with the public that is essential for implementing successful strategies.

We hope that in Guthrie County, people understand their public health department is only working to try and keep our community as healthy and safe as possible. And that when we make health recommendations, it is on that premise alone.

Q. What are your recommendations on preventative measures we can take?
A.
There are several recommendations to help prevent infection and slow transmission of COVID-19.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
•Maintain at least 6 feet distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
•Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
•Stay home if you feel unwell.
•Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
•Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from individuals.
•Wear a face mask when you are not able to distance away from people.
•Stay active and continue to exercise and practice normal healthy routines.

Q. What are the symptoms someone with COVID might experience?
A.
On average it takes five to six days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, and it can take up to 14 days. The most common symptoms are fever, dry cough and tiredness. Other symptoms may be a sore throat, aches and pains, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes.

The symptoms that most concern us and that someone should seek immediate medical attention for include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, and loss of speech or movement.

Q. What should people do if they experience any of these symptoms?
A.
Anyone having symptoms should contact their physician and let them know they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Their physician can determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19, or if they need to be seen for other potential issues that may correlate to their symptoms.

We want to make sure people are getting adequate medical attention for all of their ailments. In my opinion, our Guthrie County physicians are some of the best and have an excellent ability to differentiate between COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Q. How and where can a person in Guthrie County get tested?
A.
They can visit their local doctor, hospital or the health department to get a test. These tests usually take two to three days to get results back. They also can go to a Test Iowa site or get a rapid test at commercial sites in Des Moines.

The Guthrie County Hospital and the Guthrie County Health Department have been working hard to get rapid testing into our county, and we hope that in October this capability will be possible. Hospital officials will release more information as they have their protocols in place and are ready to begin offering rapid test services.

Q. What should a person do while waiting for test results?
A.
The most important thing a person being tested should do is stay isolated until you know your results. If a person is waiting on a test and they are symptomatic, they should remain isolated until they receive their test results. If they test positive, they will need to remain isolated for 10 days from the date they became symptomatic.

If the individual did not have symptoms, they will need to isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. If they test negative and have had a known exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, they should continue to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the positive case. If they have not had a known exposure they can return to normal activities.

If a person is waiting on a test because they were exposed to a positive COVID-19 case and are not symptomatic, they should remain isolated until they receive their test results. If they test positive, they will need to remain isolated for 10 days from the date of their test. If they test negative, they should continue to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the positive case.

There are specific guidelines for return-to-work based on contact exposure for essential workers on the CDC website. No person who tests positive should go to work until they have been isolated for 10 days from symptoms, or 10 days from test day if they were asymptomatic.

We understand it can be confusing to sort through what a person should do before and after testing. Anyone with questions is welcome to call the Guthrie County Public Health office during business hours at 641-747-3972. We also have a toll free number that is monitored 24 hours a day—1-833-833-4600.

Q. Any predictions on when a vaccine might be available?
A.
It is hard to say when the current vaccines being developed will be widely available to the public. We want to make sure vaccines are safe and effective for the populations we are working to protect. I think by the end of 2020 we will have a good understanding of whether some of these vaccines are safe and effective, but it will probably be several months from that point before we see vaccines available for the general population. I hope that by the spring of 2021 we will see some availability, and by the summer it is widely available.

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 10/6/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Lake Dogs
Chief, 8 months old
Bentley, 7 years old
Owners: Bill and Barb Steppuhn 

Chief and Bentley both enjoy spending time with their family and, especially, the grandkids. They go on walks and boat rides and spend as much time at possible at the lake. Bentley likes sitting on Barb’s lap, getting loved on and running alongside the golf cart.  Chief enjoys playing ball (or with any toy), swimming in the lake, jet ski rides and being with other dogs. Their pet peeves are getting baths and having their nails trimmed.

Cove Cat
Zoey,
3 years old
Owners: Chad and Michelle Welch

Zoey has two older husky sisters, Stella and Piper. She loves to play and torment them when she is frisky, but she then wants to cuddle beside them as well. She enjoys going outside with her owners on a leash to explore the flowers.  Zoey is super friendly and cuddly. Her pet peeve is that she doesn’t like it when her owners have to leave her.


A Lake Dogs and Cove Cats 2021 calendar will be available to purchase in October, using photos from dogs and cats from around the lake. All proceeds will be going to local charity Tori’s Angels. See more information on the calendar and on the Lake Panorama Lake Dogs and Cove Cats Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/LakePanoramaDogsAndCats.

2020 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION EVENT CANCELED
Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 7, 2021.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

For the past 13 years, a special fall event has been held to recognize the hundreds of volunteers who help make the Lake Panorama community great. But as with many other events, the 2020 volunteer recognition get-together has been sidelined by COVID-19.

The annual volunteer recognition banquet generally is held in early October. No banquet will be held this year, although Lake Panorama officials say they plan to resume the event in 2021. And that volunteers in 2020 have been greatly appreciated, even though the normal recognition event can’t be held.

“We’re canceling out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID,” says John Rutledge LPA general manager and LPN director of operations. “There are a number of unknowns as we progress toward fall weather and indoor events. Yet we still want the many volunteers who have helped out over the past 12 months to know how much we appreciate them.”

Volunteers play key roles at Lake Panorama. Many maintain landscape beds at the lake’s three beaches, two golf courses and lake entrances. Others serve on the board of directors for the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, and Friends of Lake Panorama.

Board members for the South Panorama Sanitary District, On-Site Waste Water Management, and the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone also volunteer many hours. The same is true for members of four committees appointed annually by the LPA board — appeals, building codes, land sales, water safety.

At least two events brought out new volunteers this year. One was the Aug. 1 Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball, where dozens of people who hadn’t volunteered before helped raise $30,000 for new beach playground equipment.

The other was the derecho that swept through the Lake Panorama community Aug. 10. Many volunteers helped clear downed trees and debris from the two golf courses, while others corralled kayaks, tubes, floating mats, furniture and other items carried away by the wind and lake waves.

Next year’s volunteer recognition event is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 7, 2021.

Ask Lake Panorama Times
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.

What exactly is the Fin and Feather Club, and how can I become a member?
The Lake Panorama Fin and Feather club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the sporting activities on Lake Panorama. The group is primarily focused on improving the hunting and angling opportunities on the lake. It is a volunteer group of property owners and association members who share a passion for the outdoors. You can learn more about their activities, projects and how to support their efforts at www.panoramafinandfeather.com.

Is there a way to get local emergency alerts sent to my phone?
Yes, you can sign up for free Guthrie County emergency or severe weather alerts. An alert will be sent to the phone number and/or email address provided by voice, text and/or email. This is a free service provided by Guthrie County and the State of Iowa, but normal message fees still apply. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities. Notifications are dependent upon external providers, and receipt of notifications by the intended recipient cannot be guaranteed. Alerts sent from Guthrie County will originate from 69310 for text messages, 641-332-3030 for voice notifications, and noreply@agcema.us for email messages. If you sign up, be sure to save these in your phone and/or address book. See details at http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/ag_ia/wens.cfm.

Are there any rules or regulations about renting my lake home?
According to the LPA Home Rental Rules, any member of the association may rent his or her home or condominium, with a few limitations. First, a member may not rent his or her home or condominium more than one time in any four consecutive week period. Second, prior to renting the home or condominium, the member must register the renter with the LPA office. Prior to the commencement of any rental period, renters must sign an agreement stating they will abide by all rules and regulations of the association and provide contact information to LPA staff. Of course, renters are expected to comply with all rules and regulations of the association. Failure to abide by any rule or regulation may result in fines, which are the responsibility of the member renting the home. Other stipulations and fines do exist and can be viewed in full in the Home Rental Rules on the LPA website. n

RECIPES
Take the fear out of trying unfamiliar produce

Green slime nacho cups
By Jolene Goodman

I share two recipes this month from our friends at Family Features and Dole. As they explain, introducing kids to unfamiliar flavors doesn’t have to be a frightful experience. A passion for produce may begin with America’s favorites — like bananas, apples, citrus, celery, carrots and broccoli — but that’s just the beginning. Whether it’s their angry names and tough exteriors, or simply a fear of the unknown about taste and preparation, dozens more diverse and exotic fruits and vegetables like dragon fruit, horned melon and Brussels sprouts are often the sources of produce paranoia.

One easy way to introduce new flavors is by trying a variation of a familiar fruit or veggie. For example, Family Features tells us there are more than 500 edible banana varieties in the world. You might sample a red banana or a Manzano, or even an ice cream banana, with a taste resembling vanilla custard.

These fun and kid-friendly Green Slime Nacho Cups feature plantains, for example, a member of the banana family with a different taste and texture than everyday yellow bananas — more firm and starchy like a potato. Increase your family’s produce intake even further with a Slippery Slimy Smoothie, which calls for green grapes, spinach, banana and pineapple.

Find more recipes and other not-so-scary fun at dole.com/Disney, and follow #Dole and #DoleRecipes.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and resides with her husband Shane on Lake Panorama.

Green Slime Nacho Cups

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
1 green starting to turn yellow DOLE® Plantain, peeled and thinly sliced on bias
1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 Dole Avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup thinly shredded Dole Purple Cabbage

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 F. Toss plantain slices with canola oil and season with pinch of salt. On parchment paper-lined baking sheet, arrange slices in single layer with no overlapping.
    Bake 18-20 minutes, or until crispy and lightly golden. Cool completely and set aside.
    Using spoon, scoop flesh of avocado into small bowl and mash, reserving one half avocado shell. Stir mashed avocado with lime juice, garlic and remaining salt. Stir in slaw, reserving some for garnish. Scoop into reserved avocado shell and smooth top with back of spoon. Stick reserved cabbage shreds out of avocado mixture to look like hair.
    Serve slime nacho cups with plantain chips.

Slippery Slimy Smoothie
Prep time:10 minutes
Servings: 2 (8 ounces each)

Ingredients
1/2 cup DOLE® Spinach
1 Dole Banana, peeled and frozen
1/2 cup Dole Green Grapes, frozen
1/3 cup cucumber, diced
1/2 cup Dole Pineapple
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
5 ice cubes

Directions
In blender, blend spinach, banana, grapes, cucumber, pineapple, almond milk, Greek yogurt and ice cubes until smooth.
    Pour smoothie into two glasses and serve.

ON THE LAKE
So, where do you call home?

Shane column photo
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 9/8/2020

We have all been in social settings with others we don’t know. These can be awkward, but one of the easiest ice breakers I have found is to find out where people call home. Inevitably, I can find some type of connection from there. And in those discussions with folks at Lake Panorama, I have often heard the following questions: How many property owners have permanent residences here? And where do those who don’t call home?
Many have speculated with responses all over the board, but I wanted to do some research and find out the real answers for myself. I thought you might be interested, too.

The database I used is the mailing list that we send Lake Panorama Times out to each month. Since we mail to all property owners on the lake, it should very closely match where people call home. Prior to each and every mailing, we update it with additions, deletions and changes, so it is quite accurate. We also mail to a few businesses and a handful of others, but, by and large, it is sent to lake property owners located in about 220 different communities. It is also important to note that this publication is mailed to the permanent residence that is on record for each property owner. So if your lake property is your designated permanent address, then a copy of this publication is mailed to you there. If you have a home in Des Moines, or Sioux City or Yale listed as your permanent address, then a copy is mailed to that address.

For this current issue, we mailed out 1,703 copies. Of those, the most were mailed to a Panora address, representing 34.1 percent of all copies. So, in theory, about one-third of all property owners live on the lake year round, or at least name their lake address as their permanent residence of record.

The community with the next greatest number of  mailings is West Des Moines, with about 6.4 percent of the total. Des Moines follows with 5.5 percent with Urbandale closely behind at 5.0 percent. Clive, Adel, Johnston and Waukee are all next with about 2.5 percent each. After that is Ankeny at 2.3 percent with Guthrie Center following at 2.2 percent.

Jefferson, Grimes, Omaha, Carroll, Ames, Perry and Atlantic are all next and have between 1-2 percent of the mailings each. The remainder are sent to more than 200 various communities, with each totaling less than 1 percent.

Now that’s one way to answer this question, but there are seemingly two sides to every coin. And as a former boss of mine used to say, figures lie and liars figure.

Another way to answer the permanent residence question is to use data only on those with actual homes on the lake. According to Lake Panorama Association, there are approximately 1,125 homeowners with the remaining 600 or so members having undeveloped lots. With this in mind, the percent of people who consider their lake home as their primary residence may be closer to 50 percent. And, of course, during  the summer almost 100 percent of the homes are in use at some point.

So, where do Lake Panorama property owners call home? Regardless of how you slice or dice the data, the answer is clearly at Lake Panorama, with Des Moines and its western suburbs making up the bulk of the remainder.

Now we know. And this will all make for a great ice breaker at your next social event.

As always, thanks for reading.

Panorama Soccer Club benefits from Iowa Soccer’s Share the Love

Posted 9/8/20
Iowa Soccer’s Share the Love, Powered by Score Sports is a new initiative and partnership designed to help the game be more accessible to communities that can truly benefit from some love. With the support of an equipment partner, the Share the Love, Powered by Score Sports program will help others in a tangible way. The partnership agreement between Iowa Soccer and Score Sports spans three years: 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

The Panorama Soccer Club was named one of nine recipients of the first wave of “Share the Love” initiative.

The program has been established to benefit communities/groups across Iowa that have little to no means to acquire soccer equipment.  Through the program, Iowa Soccer will have a process to identify the areas where “love” is needed and with local leaders, prioritize needs and make final equipment decisions. Score Sports is the equipment partner providing the equipment through an in-kind partnership with Iowa Soccer.

“We are very fortunate to have opportunities like this, especially during this pandemic,” said Jaime Waddle, president of the Panorama Soccer Club. “Not having a spring 2020 season has hurt us financially, like everyone else. So receiving new balls, pumps, cones, bags, flags and pinnies couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Waddle says Iowa Soccer also played an integral role in the new soccer complex, with funding a $10,000 grant.

“Our club wouldn’t be at the level we are today without Iowa Soccer and their staff,” she said. “We are playing our first season at the new complex this fall.

PANORAMA WEST 2-GAL TOURNAMENT WELCOMES 60 PLAYERS

Posted 9/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


The Panorama West women’s golf league hosted a 2-gal best-shot tournament Tuesday, Aug. 11. A total of 30 teams participated, with players from Panora, Guthrie Center, Jefferson, Audubon and surrounding communities. The tournament theme was “Golf Like an Egyptian.”

The theme was carried out with attire worn by committee members, plus three husbands of committee members. A one-stroke penalty was assessed to any team hitting the camel on the fourth hole. Amy Lawton of Dallas Center won the longest drive contest, which involved hitting a marshmallow off a tee. Karen Bump won the putting contest on the practice green by putting two balls into the pyramid.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three teams in five flights. Winners of the championship flight were Carla Fitzgerald and Susan Thompson, with a two-under-par score of 25. Second place went to Karen Bump and Kylee Boettcher with a 27. Connie Hamilton and Nancy Scheffers placed third with a 29.

The tournament was followed by a luncheon at the Panorama West Clubhouse with box lunches catered by Lake Panorama National served to golfers on the clubhouse deck and in the community room.

Tournament committee members were Emily Spradling, Mary Kay O’Grady, Coop Rickert, Nancy Clawson and Julie Wykoff.

RECIPE: Mini pierogy mac ’n’ cheese skillet

Mac and cheese
My husband, publisher of this paper, has been asking me to provide a regular recipe for the Lake Panorma Times for awhile now, so I thought I would share one this issue. Fall is my second favorite season (after summer, of course!) I love watching the leaves change, enjoying a good, easy, hot meal and cozying up to an evening bonfire. Nothing beats mac and cheese with homemade muffins, fresh out of the oven. This recipe is a little different than your traditional mac and cheese and I encourage you to try it. Enjoy! — Jolene Goodman

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 box Mrs. T’s Mini 4 Cheese Medley Pierogies
2 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
1 cup broccoli florets
1 small red pepper, diced
1 small yellow squash, diced
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 ounce cream cheese, cubed
1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

Directions
In large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute pierogies until golden brown, about six minutes per side. Remove pierogies from pan.
    Add remaining olive oil to skillet. Saute white parts of scallions over medium-high heat until fragrant and translucent, about two minutes.
    Add broccoli, peppers and squash. Cook 5-8 minutes until tender but still crisp.
    Remove veggies from pan.
    In same skillet, whisk flour, salt, pepper and heavy cream. Simmer until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Add cream cheese, stirring until melted.
    Remove skillet from heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until sauce is melted and smooth. Add pierogies and veggies back to pan, gently stirring until coated.
    Top with green scallions before serving.

LPN Women’s Solheim results

Solheim
The LPN women’s Solheim tournament was held Aug. 21-22. Team Captains Sue Greiner and Lisa Grossman used the theme “The Good, The Bad, The Lucky” for the event. Team pairings were announced after the regular Thursday women’s golf league Aug. 20.

A team shootout was held Friday evening, with the winning team consisting of Kathy DeLucca, Karen Hanson, Cindy Sanger, Emily Spradling and Susan Thompson. The shootout was followed by appetizers and Blackjack card games in the conference center.

Forty players participated in the team competition Saturday, with two-person teams competing using three different formats over 18 holes — match play, alternate shot and better ball. Three points were up for grabs in each foursome, with one point for each six-hole format. When all the teams were in, the two teams were tied at 15 points each. After discussion, the team captains agreed to stick with a tie rather than a sudden-death playoff between the two captains.

Eight two-person teams chosen based on their scores from Thursday’s league play competed in a shootout after the Solheim tournament, with Danna Krambeer and Shanell Wager winning that event. Dinner followed, and the 2021 captains of Deb McDermott and Tricia Steffen were introduced.

RAIN GARDEN AT PANORAMA WEST FLOURISHES
The idea of installing a demonstration rain garden first was discussed at a Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors meeting in 2016.

Posted 9/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


It’s been more than three years since a rain garden was installed along the east side of the Panorama West clubhouse parking lot. Even though 2020 hasn’t brought a lot of rain to Lake Panorama, the native plants in the rain garden have been putting on a show this year.

Some plants bloomed their first year in the garden, but it generally takes two to three years for native plants to hit their stride. That’s because natives first establish deep root systems before substantial growth happens above ground.   

A rain garden is a perennial flower garden strategically located to capture runoff from rain that falls on parking lots, roofs, driveways and yards. The idea of installing a demonstration rain garden first was discussed at a Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors meeting in 2016.

Derek Namanny, an urban conservationist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, began working with the group that fall. He visited Lake Panorama to look for possible rain garden locations and found an existing water drain on the east side of the Panorama West parking lot that receives rainfall runoff. Namanny designed a garden that covers 500 square feet surrounding this drain.  

“Rain gardens help reduce surface runoff and protect water quality,” he said. “Runoff that travels to a rain garden is temporarily ponded, but it doesn’t stay ponded for long. Plants in the garden use the water, pollutants are filtered out, and the water percolates down through the soil rather than running off into the lake and nearby streams and rivers.”

The cost of this project was about $2,500. In December 2016, the Guthrie County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners approved an application from Friends of Lake Panorama for $1,250 in cost-share funding for the rain garden. These funds were made available through Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection program, better known as REAP.   

The Lake Panorama Association provided site preparation assistance. Excavation was done before layers of rock, sand and soil were covered with a hardwood mulch. A biodegradable erosion blanket was placed over the mulch to keep it from washing away. Holes were cut in the blanket, and the plants placed and watered by volunteers.  

In 2018, large rocks were placed around the three elevated sides of the garden to help reduce weeds and protect the garden. Smaller river rock was placed along the west side.

An informational sign installed nearby explains how rain gardens help improve water quality. The Panorama West rain garden features 170 native plants in a dozen different varieties, that bloom at various times from spring to late fall. The sign shows the names and photos of eight varieties. Details on all 12 plant varieties are available on the Friends of Lake Panorama website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Auditor Dani Fink announces campaign
ahead of November election

Danifink
Dani Fink of Panora announces her campaign for Guthrie County Auditor in the Nov. 3, 2020 election, and promises to keep the residents and taxpayers of Guthrie County as her first priority.

“I am dedicated to working for the people of Guthrie County and continuing to serve them with integrity and honesty,” said Fink. “As Guthrie County Auditor, I have streamlined our election process, updated voting equipment and made the entire process much more voter friendly. Elections are only one portion of my responsibilities as Auditor, although they are the most discussed.”

As the current Guthrie County Auditor, Fink has taken on the role as Commissioner of Elections for Guthrie County and is certified as an Iowa State Elections Administrator — a requirement she must maintain with regular continuing education provided by the Secretary of State’s office. Beyond elections, Fink is also charged with preparing and certifying tax levies, maintaining accurate financial records county-wide and managing real estate transfer records for Guthrie County.

“Elections are a large part of being County Auditor, but they are not the only important aspect of this role. Since being appointed Auditor on May 12, 2020, I have taken on the responsibility as the County budget director, Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, overseeing County payroll and accounts payable,” said Fink. “I have a proven track record and am proud to hold the title as your Guthrie County Auditor. I look forward to continuing to work for you.”

Fink has been employed with the Guthrie County Auditor’s office since April 2017 and served as the Elections Deputy until she was appointed as County Auditor by the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors in May of this year.

Fink resides in rural Guthrie County and is community-centered in her personal life, holding previous positions on the Guthrie County Hospital Board and as a Panorama Community School Booster Club officer. Fink enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as her partner, Jeremy, and their two dogs, Ella and Rip.

LPA BOARD APPROVES DOG PARK CONCEPT
Cost of dog park plan developed by  task force is $50,000.

Posted 9/8/20

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


At its Aug. 25 meeting, the Lake Panorama Association board of directors voted unanimously to allow Friends of Lake Panorama to begin raising funds for a dog park.

The idea of a dog park on LPA property has been discussed off and on for nearly a decade. In April 2019, Friends conducted a survey to gather input from LPA members on possible future projects. The Friends board met June 24, 2019, reviewed and discussed the survey results, and approved several action items.

One action item dealt with the possible development of an LPA dog park. While a dog park didn’t rank as high in the survey as other projects, there was strong support from a segment of the LPA membership. For that reason, the Friends board decided to recruit volunteers to serve on a dog park task force to study location, design, costs and rules.

By early September 2019, a seven-member task force had been assembled. Julie Tibbles served as chair. Other members were Roger and Mary Hansen, Sherri Miller, Ann Appleseth and Karen Hanson. Representing Friends on the task force was board president Jan Reinicke. Susan Thompson, Friends executive director, assisted the task force.

One part of the task force’s research included a 15-question online survey conducted in November 2019. About 100 people took the survey, with 75 people saying they and their guests would use a dog park. Another nine said they needed more information before deciding.

At its June 22, 2020, meeting, the Friends board received the dog park task force report and voted unanimously to endorse the project and advance the report to the LPA board. The Friends board also agreed to manage donations to this project.

The LPA board reviewed the dog park proposal at its July meeting and gave final approval at the August meeting. The cost of the dog park plan developed by the task force is $50,000. All funds will need to be raised with support from dog park enthusiasts and dog lovers, as LPA will only be partnering with in-kind contributions such as running a water line.

If the needed funds are raised, the dog park will be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road, near the east campground and across the road from holes 12 and 13 on the Lake Panorama National golf course.

A 6-foot-high chain link fence that is 650 feet long and 155 feet wide will encircle the park. There will be two sections, one for small dogs and one for large dogs, with chain link fence dividing the two areas. The property currently is planted to soybeans, so funds will be needed to improve the seedbed and establish turfgrass.

A single entrance will be protected by a keyless lock. Once inside this gate, users can choose a gate to either the large dog area or the small dog area. A concrete slab at the entrance will be covered with a steel roof structure.

Crushed rock will be used to create a 5-foot-wide walking path along and under the fencing to provide a weed barrier and keep dogs from digging. A small gravel parking lot will be adjacent to the park.

Amenities inside the park fence included in the $50,000 cost estimate are four benches, four stations where bags for dog waste would be available, and two domed waste receptacles. A dual station pet fountain placed in the fence line between the two sections would make it possible for dogs to access drinking water from either side.

The facility will be open to LPA members and their guests. The entry code will be available to members and guests of members by calling LPA security or the LPA office, and will be changed periodically. Signs will be posted for responsible use, with volunteers helping decide on these rules as fundraising is underway. One rule already determined is all dogs must wear a tag showing they are up to date with state-required rabies vaccinations.

Because Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity, all donations are tax deductible. Donors of at least $500 will be recognized on a sign at the dog park, plus on the Friends website.

Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donors should include a note or designate on the check funds are to be used for the dog park. More information about the dog park and other donation options are available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Playgrounds continue to be Friends’ priority project

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times  


While the LPA board of directors recently approved fundraising for a dog park, the Friends of Lake Panorama’s priority project will remain new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches until that $70,000 goal has been reached.

The Aug. 1 Beach Ball raised nearly $30,000, which was a huge boost to the playground project. There already was $25,000 in the bank received from donors since this fundraising effort began in November 2019.

The Beach Ball increased visibility of the playground project, with another $3,000 in direct donations received since that event. Another $12,000 is needed.

In late July, the Friends board of directors voted to order the play equipment for Shady Beach. Once the remaining $12,000 is raised, the Boulder Beach equipment will be ordered. The Friends board hopes to reach this goal before the end of 2020, since a price increase on the playground equipment is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021.

All donations are tax-deductible. Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donors should include a note or designate on the check the funds are to be used for the playgrounds.

Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on signs erected near both playgrounds and on the Friends website. More information about the playgrounds and other ways to donate is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

New food and beverage manager at LPN
Blake Wenzel brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry to the LPN.

Blakewenzel
By Susan Thompson
Posted 9/8//2020

That new guy working at Lake Panorama National in the Links and at special events is Blake Wenzel, who joined the staff in late July as the LPN food and beverage manager. A native of Mt. Pleasant, Wenzel is a graduate of the two-year culinary arts program at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager, says he’s happy to welcome Wenzel to the LPN staff.

“Blake comes to us with a ton of industry knowledge. Combine that with his energetic personality, and I am excited to see where he can take our food and beverage department,” Shaffer says. “I look forward to working with Blake and creating a restaurant that provides consistently good food and service, where Lake Panorama property owners will want to visit again and again.”

Wenzel, who reports to Shaffer, now oversees LPN’s kitchen and restaurant operations and schedules all front-of-house employees. Brent Gaffney, LPN’s head chef since February 2019, schedules the kitchen staff. Gaffney and Kashley Sneller, who has managed the Links for the past year, will work with Wenzel to pursue opportunities for growing LPN’s business. This fall Sneller is managing Spikes. During the off-season, she will move into the restaurant as a bartender and server.

Wenzel has worked as a sous chef, chef, front-of-house manager and more at a number of well-known restaurants in central Iowa. He worked in the kitchen at the Greenbriar in Johnston before being promoted to the front-of-house manager.

“That’s where I started to really learn and enjoy the hospitality aspect of this industry,” he says.

The Trostel family, which owns the Greenbriar, opened Chips in Ankeny, with Wenzel helping get it underway. He also helped get Trostel’s Dish in West Des Moines established. Later he worked as sous chef at the popular Centro in downtown Des Moines, where he says he learned to place even greater focus on hospitality and a quality experience for diners.

In 2008, Wenzel was recruited by Bruce Gerleman to help launch the first Jethro’s BBQ near Drake University.

“That was a neat challenge, being involved in the development of what was a relatively new concept in Des Moines — a sports bar that featured barbecue,” he says. “It was fun to see that business grow into a nationally recognized brand.”

Next Wenzel spent time in Ames as a personal chef for a company called Greek House Chef. The company signed contracts with fraternities and sororities to provide three meals a day. The meal preparation was done in Greek houses that had larger kitchens, with food delivered to houses with small kitchens.

“This was both a catering operation and an opportunity to really get to know the people eating what I was cooking,” Wenzel says. “I was used to being in restaurants where you might get feedback from some diners. But now I was learning the names of my diners, their likes and dislikes, their food allergies. It gave me a whole new respect for home cooking.”

Wenzel and a partner opened a restaurant called Guru BBQ in Des Moines, which later closed. His next stop was the Range Grill & Golf in Urbandale. The facility has six golf simulators, plus a restaurant that offers a wide variety of dishes, including some featuring wild game. Wenzel helped develop a mixology bar program, creating an extensive bar menu that includes specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine and dessert.

Most recently he was at Echo Valley Country Club near Norwalk, assisting in all aspects of that operation, including special events and golf outings.

“I was drawn to this position at Lake Panorama National because there are a lot of moving parts,” Wenzel says. “There is the restaurant, golf outings for both members and non-members, special events in the banquet room, people at the pool wanting lunch. I like to be active throughout the day, and that’s certainly possible here.”

In his new position, Wenzel says he’s looking for ways to improve the experience of LPN guests.

“I tell the servers our guests chose to come here, so we need to do everything possible to make their experience the best one possible,” he says. “We need to take the blinders off and look at all aspects of the operation — see the big picture, have fun and help our guests have a good, consistent experience.”

Wenzel says there are challenges, but through his previous jobs he’s seen and dealt with many of the same challenges, so he feels prepared to do that here.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” he says. “I am passionate about my career in the hospitality industry, and the things I’m doing at the LPN are right in my wheelhouse. I like to have fun while I’m working, and I hope that will create a ripple effect.”

Wenzel met his wife Shelly on the first day of culinary school in Ottumwa and says they’ve been together ever since. They live on 10 acres they purchased between Woodward and Bouton. Shelly is the executive chef at Gilroy’s in West Des Moines. They have a 2-year-old son, Malcolm Dean.

Wenzel says LPN members have been welcoming to him.

“I really like it here. I can see there is a great group of members, and I love their friendly attitudes. The LPN has a lot of great things happening,” he says. “I hope to bring a little more professional, yet relaxed and approachable atmosphere to what’s already here.”

Current restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic make things more difficult for restaurants, yet Wenzel has adopted a positive attitude.

“Out of respect for our guests, it’s important we adhere to CDC guidelines,” he says. “We’re really part of the health care profession now, since we’re so involved in helping protect our guests’ lives.”

Wenzel says the pandemic has caused the hospitality industry to take a step back and sharpen its focus.

“This has really shone a light on every action we take,” he says. “For instance, how salt and pepper shakers should be handled. What other small details do we need to consider to make everyone’s life better?”

Wenzel offers ideas on things he hopes to implement once there are fewer CDC restrictions on how the restaurant can be arranged.

“I really like doing theme dinners, offering foods paired with either beer or wine, so we’ll be doing more of those,” he says. He also plans to find ways to “bring more energy” to the Links dining room, plus revamp the area behind the bar, reducing clutter and adding more visual interest. 

Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup results

Posted 9/8/20
The 26th annual Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup was held Aug. 14-16 at Lake Panorama National. This event has been held every year since 1995 when it was started by Gary Soreide and Jim Scherbring.

This year 76 members of LPN participated in the event. Every year two captains are appointed by the previous year’s captains. This year Dave Greiner and Teddy Hawley were the two team leaders. They drafted the two teams and established the match-ups for the competition, which took place over a three-day period.

The first day was better ball competition, the second day was a combination of best shot and alternate shot. There were 38 individual matches the last day. The winning team was led by Captain Hawley with a close score of 39.5 to 36.5.

An employee shootout was held Friday night, with the winning team being Dave Greiner and Corey Welberg. A second shootout Saturday evening featured the best 12 net and gross scores from the Friday competition. The winner of that event was Bill Douglass and Richard Duzenberry.

Captains for the next Aug. 12-14, 2021, Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup are Jim Koch and Tristan Monaghan.

Ask Lake Panorama Times
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.

Q.  Should I be concerned about the data that Nextdoor is collecting about me?
A.
Nextdoor is a social networking service for neighborhoods that was founded in 2008 by Nirav Tolia, Sarah Leary, Prakash Janakiraman and David Wiesen and is based in San Francisco. The short answer to your question is yes, you should be concerned about data that any company is collecting about you, and that includes Nextdoor. The long answer is in Nextdoor’s privacy policy, which can be found at https://legal.nextdoor.com/us-privacy-policy-2020. The 6,533-word document defines how and why the company uses your information, who they share it with, and your legal rights. Nextdoor admits to automatically collecting technical information from your browser, your computer or your mobile device including device data, log data and cookie data when you visit or use Nextdoor or read a message from them. As always, proceed with caution when providing personal data to any company for any reason and know that, at least for now, most everything you view or post is being tracked, used or sold in some way.

Q. I was told I cannot put a Vote for Trump election sign on my lake property. Why not?
A.
According to the Lake Panorama Association Rules and Regulations, yard signs are prohibited with a few exceptions including property for sale signs, temporary open house signs, temporary garage sale or auction signs, dock identification signage, and personal signage that identifies the owners and/or name of a property that is not larger than 10 square feet in area and that is wholly located within the survey lot boundaries of the property. No other advertising signs shall be displayed on any numbered lot, LPA property, parks or roadways in the project area without written permission of the Association. LPA security may pull any signs that are prohibited, including election or campaign signs.

Q. Are there any restrictions at the lake on burning leaves?’
A:
This question was addressed in a recent Lake Panorama Prompt email, which stated that burning is not allowed on the streets, in roadside ditches or in drainages. Burning may be done only within the actual lot pins of a resident’s property, and only items that grow on a lot can be burned. No construction debris, trash, garbage or other materials are to be burned on one’s property.

Get a flu shot and give 12 meals to food pantry

This year more than ever, it is important to get your annual flu shot. The flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself and those around you from the flu. Not only will it protect you, but it will help reduce trips to the doctor’s office and hospitals, which will be important this year to help conserve valuable healthcare resources.

Timing of your flu shot does matter. It is important to get the flu shot at the right time to make sure it lasts the entire season. Just recently the CDC reiterated that it is important to get a flu shot by the end of October and receiving one prior to September may be too early, as vaccine immunity may wane before the season is over.

When you choose Medicap Pharmacy as your flu shot destination, you are helping those in need right in your own community. Through the partnership with the Food Bank of Iowa, Medicap Pharmacy will donate 12 meals to the local food pantry for every flu shot given at participating Medicap Pharmacy locations from Sept. 23 through Nov. 23, 2020.

Medicap Pharmacy is located at 615 E. Main St. in Panora.

PANORA CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT SEPT. 27

The Panora Chamber will hold its annual golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 27, at Lake Panorama National. All proceeds will help support Panorama Days 2021. The tournament is a four-person best ball with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $65 for those who are not LPN members, and $35 for LPN members. Costs cover green fees, golf cart, dinner and prizes. There still is room to enter a team or sponsor a hole. To participate, contact Dave Grove at 757-9956 or Kristen Crouthamel at 757-2737.

Art in the Village Square set for Oct. 3

Enjoy music and art from local talent on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Panora City Square during Art in the Village Square Fall Festival. Bring a lawn chair and hang around to enjoy the festivities. In case of rain, the festival will be held in the Veteran’s Auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Guthrie County Arts Council. For more information, visit guthriecountyartscouncil.org.

CHARITABLE GROUP CHOOSES TO HELP FOOD PANTRY
Each of the 150 members will write a check for $100 for a total charitable gift of $15,000.

By Barry Monaghan

Ten Squared Plus Men for Guthrie County met Aug. 18 at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. Due to the influence of COVID related issues, the crowd was small, but the enthusiasm and quality of presentations still was evident.

David Van Ahn presented for the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Chaplains group, Dan Wilhelmi presented for the Bagley Library, and Frank Teale presented for the Guthrie County Food Pantry. Following the presentations, a vote was taken and the winner was the Guthrie County Food Pantry.

Each of the 150 members will write a check for $100 to the Food Pantry for a total charitable gift of $15,000. Since the organization began in 2016, 13 Guthrie County entities have been chosen for a total contribution so far of $178,750.

Ten Squared Plus Men for Guthrie County would like to send a special thank you to Guthrie County State Bank for purchasing refreshments and to the LPN Conference Center for opening the facility and allowing its use without charge.

The organization will meet for the final time in 2020 sometime in late November or early December.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

July 28, 2020
LPN Conference Center
The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met July 28, 2020, at 5 p.m. at the LPN Conference Center. Board members in attendance were Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher, and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Lane Rumelhart and John Rutledge.
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.

Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda
Rutledge announced changes to the agenda. Agenda item 4c was withdrawn and agenda item 4i was added. Agenda item 4i was the sale of LPA lot 1124, which was recommended by the Land Sales committee prior to the meeting.
Spradling moved to approve the revised agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum.

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda

Schumacher moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 06.30.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 06.30.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting
e) Accept minutes of the 07.13.2020 Building Code Committee meeting
f) Accept minutes from 06.22.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting

Agenda Item 4a – Variance Request: Terry & Kersten Gebard, Lot 582/3755, side lot setback for storage shed as recommended by Building Codes committee
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Terry Gebard (lot 582/3755) at 4822 Castle Point presented plans to the committee asking for a variance to build a storage shed within 8 feet of the side-lot line. Terry also requested a variance for a roofed walkway to extend off the side of his proposed shed. After discussion, the committee decided that the side-lot request was fine, as LPA is the adjacent lot owner and is OK with the placement. The committee decided no roof should be allowed to be built, as a roof would deem the area underneath as part of the structure, therefore exceeding the square footage requirements. Schumacher made a motion to allow the shed to be built up to 8 feet closer to the side-lot line, (with no roof to be built). Motion seconded by Gary Evans and carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to approve an eight-foot side lot setback variance for construction of storage shed for lots 582/3755, Terry & Kersten Gebard. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4b – Sale of lot 2367
The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lot 2367 for $12,500. The committee collectively decided to counter. An agreement was reached for $18,000.
Schumacher moved to accept the offer of $18,000 to sell lot 2367 to Greg & June Anderson, Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4c – Sale of lot 3079 - Withdrawn

Agenda Item 4d – Sale of lot 6503

The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lot 6503 for $12,500 and recommended offer be accepted.
Spradling moved to accept the offer of $12,500 to sell lot 6503 to Lawrence Smith, Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4e – Rule / Building Code changes regarding solar and wind power
This has been an issue of focus for the committee since LPA received a request for freestanding solar power in early 2020. The proposed rules are listed below addition of 2905 Alternative Energy Sources (Solar and Wind)
The entirety of this change is the ADDITION of new language. No existing language is being deleted or modified.
2905 Alternative Energy Sources (Solar and Wind)
2905.1 Solar Energy A Solar Energy Device shall be defined as a system, or series of mechanisms, designed to provide heating or cooling or to produce electrical or mechanical power by collecting and transferring solar generated energy. This definition includes, but is not limited to, a mechanical or chemical device that has the ability to store solar-generated energy for use in heating or cooling or in production of power.
2905.11 A Solar Energy Device may only be installed with advanced written approval by Lake Panorama Association’s Building Code Supervisor. All structures must abide by the following guidelines:
2905.111 Member must present to-scale drawings of the installed system.
2905.112 Photos of the roof-mounted system.
2905.113 Materials, photos, manufacturer’s description of the system.
2905.114 All piping, conduit, wiring, etc. will be concealed where possible and placed inconspicuously as possible when viewed from all angles.
2905.115 No ground or wall mounted systems allowed.
2905.116 Roof mounted systems must use panels that are parallel to the roof.
2905.117 Panels must not be visible from the lake unless they are of an architectural design whereas they do not appear as solar panels (example: solar shingles).
2905.118 System must be commercially produced/manufactured.
2905.119 Components of the systems must be integrated into the design of the home.
2905.120 System shall not extend beyond the ridgeline, eaves or gutter line of the roof installed upon.
2905.121 Installation must be a permanent, non-rotating or non-motorized system.
2905.122 All systems installed prior to June 30, 2020, pre-date the implementation of this rule and shall be allowed to remain in-place. Replacement of these systems shall be subject to the above rules and regulations.
2905.2 Wind Energy A Wind Energy Device shall be defined as a system, or series of mechanisms, designed to provide heating or cooling or to produce electrical or mechanical power by collecting and transferring wind generated energy. This definition includes, but is not limited to, a mechanical or chemical device that has the ability to store wind-generated energy for use in heating or cooling or in production of power.
2905.21 Wind Energy Devices are prohibited at Lake Panorama.
Evans moved to adopt new building code sections 2905.1 (solar) and 2905.2 (wind). Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4f – Rule/Building Code changes regarding deck size on storage sheds
There have been some storage sheds on undeveloped lots with extensive decking systems surrounding the storage sheds. LPA building codes is recommending the attached rule additions to address this. (LPA is also notifying these members that overnight occupancy is prohibited in storage sheds.)
The entirety of this change is the ADDITION of new language. No existing language is being deleted or modified
2840 Storage Building Permit and Requirements
2840.11 Decks added on to storage sheds must not exceed the square footage of the shed itself.
2840.12 Square footage of a shed is to be measured by the foundation.
2840.13 The overhang of the roof must not exceed 24 inches; no deck shall be covered by a roof.
2840.14 Permanent skirting is required on the entirety of any deck that has, at any given point, more than 24 inches of distance between the top of the deck and the top of grade. Skirting must be of a fixed nature and materials must be consistent in appearance with the deck.
2840.141 Approval of skirting material shall be confirmed by LPA prior to installation. LPA has sole discretion to approve materials used for deck skirting.
Spradling moved to adopt new building code sections 2840 regarding storage building permit and requirements, including 2840.11, 2840.12, 2840.13, 2840.14 and 2840.141. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4g – Rule/Building Code changes regarding roof pitch for minor components/percentages of roof.
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Lane Rumelhart presented an idea to the committee to allow LPA management to approve roof pitches less than 6:12 if the area of the roof is less than 10 percent of the total roof structure. The committee agreed that roof pitch variance requests of this nature should not need a variance request and could be approved by LPA building codes supervisor. Westercamp made a motion to allow the LPA Building Code Supervisor to approve roof pitches with less than 10 percent of the total roof area not meeting the 6:12 roof pitch guideline. Motion seconded by Schumacher and carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to approve a motion clarifying the LPA building codes administrator may consider a roof as being compliant with LPA’s roof pitch requirements, provided 90% or more of the roof meets the 6:12 roof pitch requirement. It is the intent of the board to avoid variances for minor components of the roof, such as transitional sections, eyebrows, crickets and dormers, which comprise 10% of the roof, or less. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4h – Approve deer hunting regulations for 2020-21 deer season  
One substantive change is proposed for the 2020–2021 hunting program. The number of guests a member may register will be limited to three. This is different from allowing registering unlimited guests as has been done the past couple of years.
Spradling moved to approve the 2020-21 Deer Hunting Program, to include the change to limit number of guests a member may register to three, all other rules remain the same as the 2019-20 Season. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4i – Sale of lot 1124
The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lot 1124 for $12,500. The committee collectively decided to counter at $15,000, Buyer accepted the counteroffer of $15,000.
Donovan moved to accept the offer of $15,000 to sell lot 1124 to Adam Hackfort. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 5 – Old Business
Rutledge informed the board Neil Wright has resigned from the LPA Board of Directors citing health considerations. Wright conveyed his regrets for not being able to finish his term and thanked the LPA board and staff for their support.
Rutledge noted an appointment can be made by the board and will serve until the next election.
Donovan moved to regretfully accept Wright’s resignation and appoint Larry Babcock to serve until the next director election. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 6:09 p.m. to discuss legal matters. The board exited closed session at 6:57 p.m.

Agenda Item 7a – Dog Park
Friends of Lake Panorama submitted plans for a dog park, to be funded 100 percent by fundraising efforts. Proposed location is along East RV Road by the East Campground. Several questions were raised by the Board regarding who would maintain and police the dog park. After a short discussion which raised several questions, it was decided to ask representatives of Friends to come to the next board meeting to answer questions and provide more details.

Finneseth moved to table the Dog Park discussion until the next meeting. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m. 
 

A Q&A with LPA General Manager John Rutledge
LPA WATER RATE INCREASE IN OCTOBER BILL

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 9/8//2020

The quarterly rate for Lake Panorama Association water customers will increase with the bills they receive in early October. In this month’s Q&A, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, talks about the reason for the increase, plus improvements being made to the LPA water system.

Q. Let’s start with a review of the history of the water plant upgrades that necessitate this rate increase.
A.
For several years, LPA has been exploring long-term options that would allow the association to discontinue reliance on two Dakota Aquifer wells. These wells have served LPA since the 1990s but have been temperamental in recent years. LPA determined the Dakota wells did not represent a reliable source of water for the association’s future.
In 2017, a three-month reverse osmosis pilot study was conducted at the water plant. The results showed good finished water quality would be possible using only Jordan water treated by reverse osmosis. LPA began pursuing a project that includes adding a second Jordan well, along with a reverse osmosis treatment system and concentrate discharge line.
Total cost for the entire project is $4.7 million. Funding for the project is through the State Revolving Loan Fund for drinking water improvements, at a fixed rate of 2 percent interest for 20 years.

Q. When was the decision on this rate increase made?
A.
At the LPA board of directors’ meeting Nov. 26, 2019, the board voted unanimously to increase the minimum charge for water rates from $90 per quarter to $160 per quarter for all residential and commercial members. The increase will take effect with the Oct. 1, 2020, water billing. Money generated from the increase will be used to make the State Revolving Loan Fund payments, and will not be used for operational expenses.
No other changes in LPA’s rate structure are being made at this time. The LPA rate structure is subject to periodic adjustment by the LPA board of directors, and LPA does reserve the right to increase or decrease rates as needed to support the operation of LPA’s potable water plant and associated distribution system.

Q. When the work is complete, what improvements will LPA water customers notice?
A.
Water quality will be substantially increased with our new system. Brown and black discoloration caused by iron and manganese will no longer be a concern. And LPA’s traditionally “hard water” will be greatly improved.
Water hardness can be described as either parts per million or grains per gallon. LPA water currently has a hardness of 615 parts per million or 36 grains per gallon. The new system is designed to produce water that is 120 parts per million or 7 grains per gallon. This will be consistent with what many municipalities in the Des Moines metro provide to their customers.
Once the new system is in operation, members who have in-home water softeners should have them recalibrated. Recalibration is not an urgent requirement for homeowners but will help them enjoy the cost savings of reduced salt usage. An increased lifespan of water softeners and other appliances is another expected benefit of this system upgrade.

Q. What’s the timetable for the water plant improvements to be complete?
A.
LPA is pleased to report all phases of the project are on schedule and progressing as planned. The contractor is experiencing some modestly increased lead-time on pipe orders, but this should only add a few weeks to the job. We hope to be on the new system in late 2020, with some of the disconnection and deconstruction lingering into early 2021. Further information will be provided to water customers when transition to the new system occurs.

Calendar of Events

Event dates and times are subject to change.
Contact hosts for updated details.


Friday, Sept. 11
Varsity Football: Panorama vs. Van Meter

7 p.m.
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Sept. 14
Panora City Council Meeting

6:30 p.m.
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Sept. 14
School Board Meeting

6:30 p.m.
Board Room
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Sept. 15
Girls HS Swim

6:30 p.m.
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday,  Sept. 17
Cross Country: JV/Varsity Invitational

5 p.m.
www.panoramaschools.org

Sunday, Sept. 20
PIRATE OPEN - ENTER IF YE DARR!

11 a.m. -  4 p.m.
5071 Clover Ridge Road
Start: 11 a.m. Shotgun
Format: 4-Person Best Shot
Cost: Entry includes golf, cart, flag events, contests and prizes.
LPN Golf Members - $140/team
Non LPN Golf Members - $260/team
For more information or to register contact the LPN Pro Shop at 641-755-2024.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Thursday, Sept. 24
Girls HS Swim

6:30 p.m.
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Sept. 25
No school


Sunday, Sept. 27
Panora Chamber Golf Tournament

Lake Panorama National
Four-person best shot
1 p.m. shotgun start
$35 for LPN members; $65 for non-LPN members
All proceeds support Panorama Days 2021
Contact Dave Grove at 757-9956 or Kristen Crouthamel at 757-2737.

Monday, Sept. 28
Panora City Council Meeting

6:30 p.m.
www.cityofpanora.com

Tuesday, Sept. 29
LPA Board Meeting

5 p.m. Lake Panorama National Conference Center
www.lakepanorama.org

Friday, Oct. 2
Varsity Football: Panorama vs. ACGC

7 p.m.
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 3
Art in the Village Square Fall Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Panora City Square
Local artists and musicians. Bring a lawn chair and stay awhile. In case of rain, festival will be held in the Veteran’s Auditorium.
www.guthriecountyartscouncil.org

Friday, Oct. 9
Panorama vs. Kuemper Catholic

7 p.m.
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Oct. 12
School Board Meeting

6:30 p.m.
Board Room
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
Varsity Volleyball: Panorama vs. Woodward Granger

7 p.m.
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Sunday, Oct. 18
CHILI DIPPER OPEN

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
5071 Clover Ridge Road
Start: 11 a.m. Shotgun
Format: 2-Person Best Shot
Cost: Entry includes golf, cart, prizes and Chef Brent’s Chili.
LPN Golf Members - $60/team
Non LPN Golf Members - $120/team
For more information or to register contact the LPN Pro Shop at 641-755-2024.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Friday, Oct. 30
Panora Beggars Night

6-8 p.m.
www.cityofpanora.com

Area Church Guide

Bagley
Bagley United Methodist Church
401 Main St., Bagley
www.umc.org
641-439-2458

Bayard
Bayard United Methodist Church
500 Third St., Bayard
www.umc.org
712-651-2307

St. Patrick Catholic Church
124 Prairie St., Bayard
www.guthriecounty catholicchurches.org
641-747-3843

Casey
Saint John’s Lutheran Church
104 E. First St., Casey
www.idwlcms.org
641-746-2734

United Methodist Church
100 E. Second St., Casey
www.umc.org
641-746-2210

Guthrie Center
First Christian Church
105 N. Fourth St., Guthrie Center
www.christianchurchgc.com
641-332-2571

First United Methodist Church
405 Prairie St., Guthrie Center
www.gcumcia.org
641-332-2408

First Presbyterian Church
701 State St., Guthrie Center
641-332-2425

Guthrie Center First Baptist Church
113 N. Fifth St., Guthrie Center
www.guthriecenterbaptist.com
641-747-8198

Guthrie Center Seventh Day Adventist Church
1305 North St., Guthrie Center
www.guthriecentersda.com
641-322-2778

Immanuel Lutheran Church
713 N. 12th St., Guthrie Center
www.immanuelgc.org
641-332-2918

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
1300 Grand St., Guthrie Center
www.jw.org
515-747-8524

Open Bible Church
606 Prairie St., Guthrie Center
515-747-3961

Saint Mary Catholic Church
603 Main St., Guthrie Center
www.guthriecountycatholicchurches.org
641-747-3843

Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1305 North St., Guthrie Center
www.adventistdirectory.org
641-332-2761

United Methodist Church
405 Prairie St., Guthrie Center
www.umc.org
641-332-2408

Wesleyan Church
101 S. 7th St., Guthrie Center
641-747-3844

Menlo
Methodist Episcopal Church
402 Sevnth St., Menlo

Primitive Church
504 Third St., Menlo

Panora
Calvary Chapel of the Raccoon River Valley
604 E. Main St., Panora
https://calvaryraccoon.com
641-755-4268

Church of the Brethren
2946 200th Road, Panora
641-755-3800

Faith Bible Church
2096 Highway 4, Panora
www.fbcpanora.com
641-755-3034

First Christian Church
102 E. Church St., Panora
www.panorafcc.org
641-755-2227

Fountain Of Life Church
2322 Wagon Road, Panora
www.FOLCPanora.com
641-755-2322

Lighthouse Assembly of God Church
400 S.E. Third St., Panora
www.panoralighthouseassemblyofgod.com
641-755-3060

Panora Community Church
2322 Wagon Road, Panora
641-755-2322

Saint Thomas Lutheran Church
2100 N. Highway 4, Panora
641-755-2051

St. Cecilia Catholic Church
220 N. First St., Panora
www.guthriecountycatholicchurches.org
641-747-3843

United Methodist Church
119 W. Main St., Panora
https://panoraumc.org
641-755-2655

Stuart
All Saints Catholic Church
216 All Saints Drive, Stuart
https://stuartallsaints.org
515-523-1943

Fairview Congregational Christian Church
1706 Stuart Road
515-523-1493

First Congregational Church
224 N. Division St., Stuart
www.stuartfccbible.org
515-523-1570

Jefferson Center Chapel
1298 130th St., Stuart
641-524-5358

New Beginnings Open Bible Church
207 S.W. Seventh St., Stuart
http://stuartnbchurch.org
641-757-0192

Stuart Friends Church
723 N. Fremont St.
515-523-1541

Stuart-Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
219 N.W. Second St.
http://umcstuartia.org
515-523-1078

Yale
Jamaica Union Church
219 Main St., Yale
515-439-2458

Panorama Wildlife

Posted 9/8/20
We thank Lake Panorama resident Christopher Duree for his photos of Panorama hummingbirds.

Have wildlife photos to share? Send to shane@dmcityview.com and look for them in this publication.

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 8/11/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Lake Dogs
Jack and Jill
21 months
Cockapoos
Owners: Wade & Lea Sundeen

Jack and Jill are half-brother-and-sister, with Jack being the “brother from another mother.” Ironically, they were born on the same day, and they rule the roost. They love playing fetch all day long with their favorite ball.  And they love boating, swimming, kayaking, riding on the hydra-bike, and of course, jet-skiing.

Cove Cat
Vonzell, aka Miss V

15 years
Owners: Diane and Duane Apling

Vonzell was rescued as a kitten from a barn in Virginia and has grown into the princess she always knew she was meant to be. She likes watching the wildlife outside her window, stretching out in the sunshine and naps. Her pet peeves are car rides to the vet and not getting enough attention from her “staff,” Diane and Duane Apling.

Panora Pets is a non-profit rescue consisting of several volunteers like Tim Randall and George Jones, providing shelter and services for cats in need in the Panora area. Stop in and visit the beautiful kitties and hopefully take one home. Through contributions from the community and beyond, P.E.T.S maintains its dedication to animals in need. 

LAKE PANORAMA AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES ASSESSING STORM DAMAGE 

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Severe thunderstorms brought strong winds and heavy rain to Lake Panorama mid-morning on Monday, August 10. Extensive tree damage occurred throughout the Lake Panorama community, including on the two golf courses

By afternoon, volunteers were being recruited to help clear downed branches and leaves first from the tees and greens at both Lake Panorama National and Panorama West, then from fairways. LPA and LPN staff were using chain saws to clear and remove downed trees from the golf courses and other LPA property.

Some boats were overturned in their lifts. People commenting on Nextdoor Lake Panorama asked for help finding missing dock chairs, kayaks and paddles, a firepit, and swim platforms.

Straight-line winds were reported in the 60 to 80 mph range. The LPA issued a statement Monday afternoon saying storm damage was still being assessed, and the office was receiving a large number of calls.

LPA's brush dumps are normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but now will be open until further notice to accommodate storm clean-up. Brush dumps remain limited to limbs and trees of 12" diameter, or less. Anything over 12" in diameter is prohibited. No root balls.

LPA crews will not be engaging in the removal of trees from private property. Private property owners should contact a tree service and also consider talking with their insurance agent about any coverage that might assist them with these expenses. Members are asked not to place trees and limbs on the side of the roadway, as LPA does not have plans to clean up trees stacked alongside the road.

Anyone with substantial damage to their home may contact Guthrie County Emergency Management at (641) 431-0468. Substantial damage is generally described as a condition that would prevent you from staying in that home overnight.
 
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Straight-line winds Monday morning damaged these two trees in the exact same fashion. The trees are north of the entrance to Boulder Cove Colony.  

Live music on the lake
Residents offer thanks and praise after each free musical event, saying they found the music relaxing and enjoyable. 

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Using music to combat stress and improve health is well-documented. We’re living in frenzied times, with COVID-19 taking top billing for the stress we feel in our daily lives. This summer, several Lake Panorama residents have shared their love of music with the greater community and gained rave reviews in the process.

Will and Sarabeth Anderson live on Lake Panorama’s east side, in the Narrows.

“We have known Rich Webster for 25 years and known his daughter her entire life,” Sarabeth says. “Rich has been inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with a band called ‘Dogs on Skis’ and the other time as an individual.”

Sarabeth says during the spring while almost everyone was staying in their own homes, Rich and Stella started to do Saturday night live performances on social media.

“Watching them on Facebook made us feel a little bit normal in a crazy time,” she says. “Once the weather warmed up, Will and I thought it would be fun to have the Facebook live concert from the lake.”

They scheduled the first performance June 13, with a second one July 3.

“We were hoping to have a few neighbors and four or five boats out in the water,” Sarabeth says. “On the 13th, there were 24 boats and about 50 people in our yard and spread out in the neighbors’ yards. The second time there were the same number of people in the yards and 31 boats.”

For the two local performances, Rich and Stella were joined by Sarabeth and her son Isaac as featured singers, her brother Zach on drums and guitar, and bass player Risto Rautiainen from Omaha.

“Everyone had such a great time July 3 that Ron Eike asked us to perform at his house the next night. We spread the word via texts, and there were boats gathering and anchoring to listen before the fireworks,” says Sarabeth.

As a result of these two waterfront performances, the group “Rich and the Riff Raff” was officially formed and is available for gigs. They are planning another “float in” performance at the Anderson property at 4183 Panorama Drive on Saturday, Aug. 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Another couple that offered free music on the shores of Lake Panorama is Jamie and Ellen Pollard.

“We have always thought it would be a neat idea to have a musician play off of our dock in Jones Cove, because it just felt like a great setting to do it,” says Jamie. “With COVID this summer, it also motivated us to do something for the community, because of what we all have been dealing with over the past several months.”

The Pollards named their July 18 event Panaroo 2020 after Bonnaroo, an annual music and arts festival in Tennessee.

“We thought that had a nice ring to it,” Jamie says. “We also hoped things would go well so we could make it an annual event. Having it named seemed like a fun idea.”

The couple chose Brian Congdon for their free music event.

“He is someone we had hired for previous parties we hosted at our home in Ames,” says Jamie, who is director of athletics at Iowa State University. “People seem to really enjoy his wide array of music, and he was really excited to do it.”

The weather cooperated, and a great crowd formed for the two-hour performance.

“We stopped counting when we got to 50 boats,” Pollard says.” We are guessing there were 50 to 75 boats in the cove, which is really neat. I am glad so many people were able to enjoy the evening.”

The Pollards plan to make Panaroo an annual event and say they already are thinking of ways to make it better next year.

On July 31, Jim and Dee Tometich hosted a musical event in Helen’s Cove. Little Joe McCarthy from Omaha, who was set to perform at the Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball the following night, played for a couple of hours from the Tometich’s home on Helen’s Cove.

The event was part of a weekend celebration of Dee’s birthday. A number of boats rafted together in front of the Tometich home, with other boats anchoring a bit further away. A couple of kayaks floated through, as did some other boats throughout the evening. Neighbors in Helen’s Cove enjoyed the concert from their yards and decks.

The Lake Panorama Association policy is that music needs to end by 11 p.m. The LPA requests that musical events start to wrap up around 10:30 p.m. to ensure activities conclude by 11 p.m.

The Port receives a few exemptions to this rule each year, which they request in advance and must receive board approval. The volume still has to go down at 11 p.m. but not completely off.

Posts on social media have offered thanks and praise after each free musical event, saying they found the music relaxing and enjoyable. If there is a positive to be found in COVID-19, perhaps it is this new trend of Lake Panorama residents sharing their love of music with other music lovers.

ON THE LAKE
Beach Ball, upcoming church guide and free help wanted ads

Shane column photo
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 8/11/2020

I attended my first Lake Panorama Beach Ball on Aug. 1, and I was immensely impressed. A bit of much-needed rain didn’t dampen anyone spirits, and the showers were short-lived anyway. Wonderful people, live music, tasty food and drinks, meaningful conversations, incredible auction items and a great cause. What more could you ask for? My thanks to the amazing Susan Thompson for spearheading this event and to the entire board and the members of Friends of Lake Panorama for their commitment in making this an even better place to be. And thank you to all of you who put up with this newcomer and my interruptions to take your photos. If you didn’t attend this year, be sure to get this event on your calendar for next year. Look here for details.

Church directory
Starting next month, you will notice another new addition to the Lake Panorama Times, as we are gathering local church service information from a variety of sources and compiling it into an area church directory. Have news or information from your church that you want to share with readers of Lake Panorama Times? Send those to me as well.

Help wanted ads
I mentioned last month that we were adding free classified listings to the paper, and several of you sent in items to sell. Continue to send those, and we will get them posted in print and online at www.lakepanoramatimes.com. Please note that we will run help wanted ads in our classifieds at no charge as well. Have a job opening at your business, club or organization? Send us the copy, and we will help you fill the position. Submit classifieds online at www.lakepanoramatimes.com. Garage sales, too.

Photos
You have often heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the publishing industry, that certainly holds true. One of the editorial goals I had when I first purchased this newspaper was to add more photos of people at the lake. We started that this month with photos from the Beach Ball and from a Panora chamber business-after-hours event. If you have photos from an event that you are involved with, please send those to me at shane@dmcityview.com, and I would be glad to share them. Remember to include names of the people in the photos. Or if it works for one of us to attend and take photos, we will certainly do that, too.

Live music
One of the many pleasant surprises I have experienced on the lake is the addition of live music. From concerts on the docks of residents to the bands on The Port’s tiki bar, live music has been a wonderful addition to the relaxing scene at Lake Panorama. I hope you enjoy these sounds, too. Look for a story on local live music in this issue.

Decks, docks and flip-flops
And finally, a few of you detail-oriented readers may have noticed my new column photo. I was told by more than one of you that the suit, tie and dark-rimmed glasses had to go if I were to be the publisher of a lake publication. And you were right. It’s decks, docks and flip-flops from here on — at least until October.
Take it easy, and thanks for reading.

Live music on the lake
Residents offer thanks and praise after each free musical event, saying they found the music relaxing and enjoyable. 

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Using music to combat stress and improve health is well-documented. We’re living in frenzied times, with COVID-19 taking top billing for the stress we feel in our daily lives. This summer, several Lake Panorama residents have shared their love of music with the greater community and gained rave reviews in the process.

Will and Sarabeth Anderson live on Lake Panorama’s east side, in the Narrows.

“We have known Rich Webster for 25 years and known his daughter her entire life,” Sarabeth says. “Rich has been inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with a band called ‘Dogs on Skis’ and the other time as an individual.”

Sarabeth says during the spring while almost everyone was staying in their own homes, Rich and Stella started to do Saturday night live performances on social media.

“Watching them on Facebook made us feel a little bit normal in a crazy time,” she says. “Once the weather warmed up, Will and I thought it would be fun to have the Facebook live concert from the lake.”

They scheduled the first performance June 13, with a second one July 3.

“We were hoping to have a few neighbors and four or five boats out in the water,” Sarabeth says. “On the 13th, there were 24 boats and about 50 people in our yard and spread out in the neighbors’ yards. The second time there were the same number of people in the yards and 31 boats.”

For the two local performances, Rich and Stella were joined by Sarabeth and her son Isaac as featured singers, her brother Zach on drums and guitar, and bass player Risto Rautiainen from Omaha.

“Everyone had such a great time July 3 that Ron Eike asked us to perform at his house the next night. We spread the word via texts, and there were boats gathering and anchoring to listen before the fireworks,” says Sarabeth.

As a result of these two waterfront performances, the group “Rich and the Riff Raff” was officially formed and is available for gigs. They are planning another “float in” performance at the Anderson property at 4183 Panorama Drive on Saturday, Aug. 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Another couple that offered free music on the shores of Lake Panorama is Jamie and Ellen Pollard.

“We have always thought it would be a neat idea to have a musician play off of our dock in Jones Cove, because it just felt like a great setting to do it,” says Jamie. “With COVID this summer, it also motivated us to do something for the community, because of what we all have been dealing with over the past several months.”

The Pollards named their July 18 event Panaroo 2020 after Bonnaroo, an annual music and arts festival in Tennessee.

“We thought that had a nice ring to it,” Jamie says. “We also hoped things would go well so we could make it an annual event. Having it named seemed like a fun idea.”

The couple chose Brian Congdon for their free music event.

“He is someone we had hired for previous parties we hosted at our home in Ames,” says Jamie, who is director of athletics at Iowa State University. “People seem to really enjoy his wide array of music, and he was really excited to do it.”

The weather cooperated, and a great crowd formed for the two-hour performance.

“We stopped counting when we got to 50 boats,” Pollard says.” We are guessing there were 50 to 75 boats in the cove, which is really neat. I am glad so many people were able to enjoy the evening.”

The Pollards plan to make Panaroo an annual event and say they already are thinking of ways to make it better next year.

On July 31, Jim and Dee Tometich hosted a musical event in Helen’s Cove. Little Joe McCarthy from Omaha, who was set to perform at the Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball the following night, played for a couple of hours from the Tometich’s home on Helen’s Cove.

The event was part of a weekend celebration of Dee’s birthday. A number of boats rafted together in front of the Tometich home, with other boats anchoring a bit further away. A couple of kayaks floated through, as did some other boats throughout the evening. Neighbors in Helen’s Cove enjoyed the concert from their yards and decks.

The Lake Panorama Association policy is that music needs to end by 11 p.m. The LPA requests that musical events start to wrap up around 10:30 p.m. to ensure activities conclude by 11 p.m.

The Port receives a few exemptions to this rule each year, which they request in advance and must receive board approval. The volume still has to go down at 11 p.m. but not completely off.

Posts on social media have offered thanks and praise after each free musical event, saying they found the music relaxing and enjoyable. If there is a positive to be found in COVID-19, perhaps it is this new trend of Lake Panorama residents sharing their love of music with other music lovers.

2020 Beach Ball raises $30,000 for playgrounds
Silent and live auctions bring in more than $15,000.  

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

An estimated 200 people attended the Friends of Lake Panorama 2020 Beach Ball on Aug. 1 at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. After expenses, the event showed a profit of $30,000.

Friends has a goal of raising $70,000 to provide new playground equipment at both Shady and Boulder beaches. Add the Beach Ball’s $30,000 profit to about $25,000 in direct donations received over the last few months, and just $15,000 remains to reach the playground project goal.

To ease concerns about COVID-19, both outdoor and indoor spaces were used for the Beach Ball. Outside tables were under a series of tents located on the grass between the conference center and the golf course. Despite a 20-minute rain shower, those outside stayed dry while enjoying their meal and live music by Little Joe McCarthy, a singer and songwriter who lives in Omaha.

The event raised money for the playground project through 30 table sponsorships of $125 each, which went directly to the project, plus half of each $40 event ticket. Friends also received a portion of drink ticket sales and all dessert ticket sales.

Seventy items were donated for a silent auction, which raised $5,440. The live auction raised $9,665. Tickets purchased in the 50/50 raffle totaled $1,935. No one responded to the first ticket drawn. The second ticket pulled belonged to Jan Reinicke, Friends of Lake Panorama president, who graciously donated her half of the money pot back to Friends.

Direct donations came from eight couples or individuals who donated $500 or more as part of the event’s “add your name” challenge.

Fundraising will continue until the $70,000 goal for the playgrounds is reached. Donations are accepted at any time and can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Checks should be made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama.

All donations are tax-deductible. Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on signs erected near both playgrounds and on the donor page of the Friends website. More information about the playgrounds and other donation options is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

PLAY EQUIPMENT ORDERED FOR SHADY BEACH
In late July, the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors voted to order the play equipment planned for Shady Beach. The board determined direct donations, plus expected proceeds from the 2020 Beach Ball, would be enough to cover the cost of one playground. The board voted to begin with Shady Beach, because the current equipment there is the oldest and in need of complete replacement.

At Shady Beach, the existing swings and teeter-totter will be removed to make way for a multi-faceted play set, three swings and a freestanding “spring rider” designed to accommodate a physically challenged child. The spring rider has space for two children. It is hoped the play equipment can be delivered and installed in October of this year.

Once another $15,000 is raised, the equipment for Boulder Beach will be ordered.

At Boulder, the gray mountain and play set currently there will remain. The spring horses and tire swing will be removed. The same freestanding spring rider ordered for Shady Beach will be added. A new playground nearby will include a play set with features geared to both older and younger kids, plus three swings.

Erickson announces run for Guthrie County Auditor

Hanserickson
Posted 8/11/2020
Hans Erickson announces his campaign for Guthrie County Auditor, seeking to protect the integrity and transparency of elections in Guthrie County.

“I’m committed to the integrity and transparency of our elections. That means providing access to all eligible voters in Guthrie County and making the voting process easy and secure,” said Erickson. “I look forward to meeting with voters across our county and discussing this important office and how we can work together to move Guthrie County forward.”

Erickson, a graduate of Drake University and Drake University’s College of Business and Public Administration, says Guthrie County can be a model for productivity and ingenuity in government.

In addition to his career in financial services, Erickson previously served on the Iowa Senate research staff and as an intern in the Iowa Governor’s Office. He has also been politically active as a candidate or the Iowa Legislature and staff member for Senate and Congressional campaigns.

Erickson lives in Panora and has called Guthrie County home for nearly a decade.

LPA Board officers elected

Posted 8/11/20
Election of officers for the Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors took place at the board’s June 30 meeting. Normally officers are elected at the May meeting, but because the LPA annual meeting was delayed from May until June, that also delayed officer elections.

A unanimous vote at the June meeting has the officers who were in place for the 2019-2020 year being retained for a second year. Mary Jane Carothers is president, Rich Schumacher is vice president, Emily Donovan is secretary, and Gary Evans in treasurer.

One change in the board makeup was made at the July 28 meeting. Neil Wright has resigned from the LPA board for health reasons. To replace Wright, the board voted to appoint Larry Babcock to the board, beginning with the August meeting. Babcock will serve on the board until an election can be held in May 2021. He previously had served a three-year term on the board, which ended in 2019. Wright was elected at the 2019 annual meeting, and had earlier served six years on the LPA board from 2010 to 2016.

Other board members are David Finneseth and Jim Spradling.

Prairie landscaping suits Lake Panorama resident
Plants and grasses attract a wide variety of insects and butterflies.

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

In 2012, Tammy Deal was having an Arts and Crafts style bungalow built on two timbered lots near Helen’s Cove when she noticed an abundance of deer in the area.

“I knew I was going to need to work with nature if I wanted to keep the deer from ruining my landscaping,” Deal says. “I started researching native prairie plants and found a couple companies on the Internet where I could order bare root plants. I planted some in the fall of 2013, and, to my surprise, they came up the next spring.”

Her next step was to connect with two Iowa State University senior landscape design students. Together they created a landscape plan to surround her new home with a variety of native plants, and she continued to add new plants to match the plan.

Five years ago, Scott and Becky Rolfes moved to Lake Panorama. Scott had just retired, after spending the last 40 years as a natural resource specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake, working mainly to establish native plantings.

In retirement, Scott started his own business — Scott’s Native Landscaping. Deal tells the story of being behind a pickup and seeing a bumper sticker with his company name and phone number on it and snapping a picture for future use. She hadn’t gotten around to calling Rolfes when they met while playing pickleball with others in Panora.

Since then, Rolfes has been helping Deal refine and expand her native prairie landscape. Each fall, Rolfes mows down the prairie flowers and grasses that have grown throughout the summer, then burns the remaining mulch.

“Especially when a prairie is being established, it needs to be burned annually,” Rolfes says. “The flowers always bloom brighter the next year.”

Deal built her house on a “B” lot, and later purchased a nearby “A” lot, which gives her water access on Helen’s Cove. The two lots combined cover 38,000 square feet, giving her plenty of space to experiment with native plantings.

“In the front of the house, there are more tallgrass prairie plants and flowers. There is greater diversity, with perhaps 40 to 50 plant species there,” Rolfes says. “As you move toward the south side and back, the trees mean less sunshine, so the types of plants there become fewer.”

Deal and Rolfes are restoring an oak savanna between her house and waterfront dock, reached by a winding path through the woods.

“I like knowing some of the oak trees there were alive when Abraham Lincoln was president,” Deal says.

A savanna involves grasses growing under large trees, with the trees spaced further apart than would be the case in a forest.

“These naturally occurring landscapes were along the Raccoon River where the prairie met the forests associated with a river valley,” says Rolfes. “These very open forests, or savannas, were dominated by burr oaks and other trees that are most tolerant to prairie fires. Remnants of the oak savannas are all around Lake Panorama.”

Some native plants were in the area where large burr oaks stand on Deal’s property, but there was too much shade for them to thrive. Selected trees have been removed to allow more light to reach the ground. This area will be burned for the first time this fall, which will help eliminate shrubbery, poison ivy and other undesirable plants while encouraging native plants to grow.

“Native prairie plants require minimal care while still being visually attractive,” says Rolfes. “You remove weeds and apply mulch in the spring. No chemicals are used, which makes it perfect for use around the lake. Once you get native plants established, there isn’t much to do.”

The wide variety of plants and grasses attracts a wide variety of insects and butterflies. But what about the deer? Deal and Rolfes say deer still browse on native plants, although they avoid some. Even if deer like a plant, they don’t kill it because the seeds fall out and new plants grow.

Deal clearly is enjoying learning about and growing native plants.

“There are so many resources available. I think it is interesting and fun,” she says. “But it may take some getting used to for people who are accustomed to more conventional landscaping.”

LPN Junior Golf School teaches fundamentals
Thirty-seven participants, divided into three age groups, take part.

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

As with many things, COVID-19 forced a change in the way the 2020 Lake Panorama National Junior Golf School operated. Because of the need for social distancing, two sessions with three weeks each were offered, and no final event was held at Panorama West.

Young people ages 5 to 17 are eligible to attend the school. This year there were 37 participants, with 19 in the first session the first three weeks of July, and 18 in the second session the following three weeks.
During the school, juniors learn full swing, pitching, chipping and putting fundamentals along with golf etiquette and rules of golf. Participants are divided into three age groups and rotate between the putting green, chipping area and driving range. At the end of the hour, the juniors head to Spikes to choose a free drink.

The school was led by Michael Kleinwolterink, LPN pro shop manager. Assisting were Gary Babcock, LPN head golf professional, plus several past and current players from the Panorama High School boys golf team — Will Babcock, Dylan Douglass, Kolby Shackelford and Ryan Klinge. David Van Ahn, coach of the Panorama boys golf team, also volunteered his time for the junior golfers.

The Junior School has two sponsors that have supported the school for many years — the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) and Guthrie County State Bank (GCSB).

“LPA and LPN are proud to support junior golf,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations. “We view it as our opportunity to grow the game of golf. There’s nothing better than seeing two or three generations of golfers enjoying our Lake Panorama courses.”

“Guthrie County State Bank is proud to continue our investment in the Lake Panorama National Junior Golf Program,” says Mike Underwood, GCSB president and CEO. “Over the years, we’ve witnessed the commitment of the LPN staff to this program. These dedicated golf professionals and staff ensure the junior golfers not only learn golf technique, but, more importantly, they learn course etiquette and the professional demeanor the game of golf requires. We believe these skills are transferrable to many aspects of life.”

Sponsorship funds made it possible to give each junior golfer a cloth backpack, a $10 LPN gift card and a certificate for a free round of golf at Panorama West.

New owners for Lake Panorama Realty

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The ownership of Lake Panorama Realty in Panora has changed hands. Effective July 13, Bob Nevitt sold the real estate company to Kane and Dee Powell. Nevitt will continue to own and operate Nevitt Real Estate in Perry.

The Powells have lived in the Lake Panorama area since 2000.

“We have raised our five children here and enjoy living in a small community,” says Dee Powell. “The opportunity arose for us to acquire Lake Panorama Realty, and it was the logical progression since we have been in the residential and commercial building industry for so many years.”

Kane Powell will continue to run Paradigm LLC, his building and electrical company. Dee Powell, who earned her real estate license earlier this year, will manage the day-to-day operations of Lake Panorama Realty.

In addition to Dee, the Lake Panorama Realty team continues to include Julie Wykoff as managing broker and John McDermott and Lee Anne Howe as sales associates.

Lake Panorama Realty is independently owned by the Powells and located at 505 E. Main St. in Panora, next to Guthrie County State Bank.

The Powells say they are looking forward to sustaining and growing the reputation and standing that Lake Panorama Realty has built over many years.

New debris skimmer arrives
The $400,000 piece of equipment will replace the skimmer LPA purchased more than 20 years ago.

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

When the Middle Raccoon River rises because of heavy rains or snow melt, it doesn’t just bring more water to Lake Panorama; it brings debris. For many years, LPA staff and members would spend days, or even weeks, tracking down and removing debris from the lake after a heavy rain.

Attempts to stop debris at the upper basin began in 1990 with the development of a structure to keep debris from entering the lake. Various improvements to both the type of structure and the placement have been made since then with increasing levels of success.

Improvements also have been made in the equipment designed to remove debris from above the trap, as well as throughout the lake if the trap fails or isn’t in place. Such was the case this spring, when the lake still was covered in ice, and the trap hadn’t yet been deployed. A surge of water as the ice went out brought debris into the lake.

In June 1999, the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) purchased a new trash skimmer, to skim small logs and branches from the lake. In 2009, a special-order utility barge was a joint purchase between LPA and RIZ. A boom mounted on the barge accommodates a grapple attachment to remove logs from the water.

A new and larger debris skimmer was delivered to Lake Panorama July 17. RIZ purchased the $400,000 piece of equipment, which will replace the skimmer LPA purchased more than 20 years ago. The original skimmer will be retained and serve as a backup or as a second unit for large events.

Mike Monthei, LPA maintenance supervisor, says the new debris skimmer is bigger, faster and holds more debris.

“When the gates on the front open, it is 16 feet wide,” says Monthei. “It will gather debris on a conveyor belt system that moves it to the back of the skimmer for storage. Once it is full, we will back it up to an elevated conveyor on shore and unload the debris into dump trucks.”

Monthei said the old skimmer could hold one small truckload of material, while the new one will hold three times that amount.

“The speed of this skimmer on the water is important, especially when there is a debris event in Burchfield Cove. In the past, debris coming in that way would scatter all over the lake before our old skimmer could even get there,” he said. “This skimmer is must faster in the water.”

LPA’s goal is for the boom at the north end of the upper basin to hold debris upstream, giving the maintenance staff time to collect and dispose of it before it gets into the lake.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Posted 8/11/20
June 30, 2020
LPN Conference Center

The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met June 30, 2020, at 5 p.m., at the LPN Conference Center. Board members in attendance were Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance:  None
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.

Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda  
Spradling moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda
Rutledge informed the board there were two typographical corrections to committee reports.
Spradling moved to approve the consent agenda with the noted corrections. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 05.26.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 05.31.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Accept minutes of the 06.15.2020 Water Safety Committee meeting
e) Accept minutes of the 06.08.2020 Building Code Committee meeting
f) Accept minutes from 05.18.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting
g) Approve date of the next LPA board of directors meeting
Agenda Item 4a – Variance Request: Brian Stoufer, Lot 640, shoreline setback as recommended by Building Codes committee   Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Brian Stoufer (lot 640) presented plans to the committee asking for a variance to rebuild and add on to a storage shed. The shed sits back 38 feet from the shoreline. Brian wanted to re-do the siding on the shed to make it more appealing. He also wanted to add 2 feet to the length of the shed along with a deck. After discussion, the committee decided that the additional length of the building was fine, as it still met the square footage requirements. The committee decided no roof should be allowed to be built over the deck, as a roof would deem the area underneath as part of the structure, therefore exceeding the square footage requirements. Schumacher made a motion to allow the remodel, extension and deck addition to the storage shed on lot 640 (with no roof to be built over the deck portion) in its current location, which is 38 feet from the shoreline. Motion seconded by Gary Evans and carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to approve granting a variance to allow the remodel, extension and deck addition to the storage shed on lot 640, Brian Stoufer, (with no roof to be built over the deck portion) in its current location, which is 38 feet from the shoreline. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4b – Variance Request: Kent Miller, Lot 1177 roadside setback as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Kent Miller (lot 1177) proposed a garage addition next to his home that would require a 10-foot setback. The home on the lot already sits 10 feet closer to the road and the garage addition would be built parallel with the existing house. Westercamp made a motion to approve a 10-foot road setback variance for lot 1177, pending approval of plans from either Lane Rumelhart or Michael Gliem. Motion seconded by Knudsen and carried unanimously.
Donovan moved to approve a 10-foot roadside lot setback variance for lot 1177, Kent Miller, pending approval of plans by LPA staff. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4c – Variance Request: Jacqueline De Maria Trust (Kevin and Jacqueline Wellik), Lots 4059 - 4062 combined, roadside setback as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Lots 4059 & 4060 are in process of closing from LPA and will be combined with currently owned lots 4061 & 4062.
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Kevin Wellik (representing Jacqueline De Maria Trust lots 4060 and 4059) asked for a 20-foot road setback variance to build a garage. Wellik wanted the variance to avoid the steep topography of the lot, minimize tree removal and prepare for a future driveway. The committee decided that allowing this structure would make the garage seem more likely to be a part of the property instead of having it back and down the steep grade. Based on neighbor’s approval and pleasing aesthetics, Westercamp made a motion to approve a 20-foot road setback variance for garage construction on lots 4059 and 4060. The motion was seconded by Powell and carried unanimously.
Spradling moved to approve a 20-foot road setback variance for garage construction on lots 4059 & 4060, Jacqueline De Maria Trust. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4d – Variance Request: Jim and Sue Davidson, Lot 622, roof pitch for minority percentage of roof as recommended by Building Codes committee   
A permit request from Jim and Sue Davidson was submitted after the building codes committee meeting. Most of the roof pitch is compliant, with a few transitional sections being non-compliant.
Through emails, the building codes committee discussed this with two conclusions:
Davidson’s roof complies with the intent of the rule. The variances requested are very minor in scope. A variance approval is recommended for the June Board meeting.
The committee is preparing a rule adjustment for July, which will give LPA staff the ability to approve permits for which a majority percentage of the roof is compliant. This will eliminate the need for variances that address minor “eyebrows” and “crickets” that are technically non-compliant but routinely achieve variances from the LPA. Initial discussion is leaning toward allowing a roof to be considered “compliant” by LPA staff if 90 percent of the roof meets the pitch requirements.
Evans moved to approve a roof pitch variance for Lot 622, Jim and Sue Davidson, as presented in their building plans. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4e – Sale of lot 8010
The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lot 8010 for $12,500. The land sales committee collectively decided to counter at $15,000. Buyer accepted the counteroffer of $15,000 for the lot, offer contingent on a perc test and the purchase of lot 866 from Mercados. The perc test was completed on June 26 and is acceptable to buyer. Buyer also requests a septic easement to run under the road from lot 866 to lot 8010; they are directly across from each other.
LPA staff has reviewed the lot and has no objection to the sale of this lot. The land sales committee recommends accepting the offer of $15,000, with the addition of the septic easement.
Schumacher moved to accept the offer of $15,000 to sell lot 8010 to Michael and Sara Luft, and to approve execution of an easement for septic to be bored under the road from Lot 866 to Lot 8010, cost of easement preparation, $300 to be paid by buyer. Easement to be drafted by LPA attorney. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4f – Sale of Lot 3083 & 3084
The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lots 3083 & 3084 for $25,000 for the two lots. The land sales committee collectively decided to counter at $30,000 for the two lots. Buyer accepted the counteroffer of $30,000 for the two lots.
LPA staff has reviewed the lots and has no objection to the sale of these lots. The land sales committee recommends accepting the offer of $30,000. There will be some savings in selling the two lots together, and this appears to be a good price with all considerations.
Evans moved to accept the offer of $30,000 to sell lots 3083 & 3084 to James Albert. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4g – LPA Committee appointments
The board discussed the General Manager’s recommendation for committee appointments and Board members for each committee. Rutledge noted the board would need to select two members of the board of directors to serve each committee.
Building Committee   Term Expires
John Miller - 2023
Dirk Westercamp - 2023
Rod Knudsen - 2023
Kent Brown - 2022
Ken Powell - 2022
Nate Esser - 2021
Richard Schumacher - LPA Board Member
Gary Evans - LPA Board Member
Evans moved to approve the building committee member appointments, as listed with term dates. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Water Safety Committee   Term Expires
Therese McConeghey - 2023
Todd Nevenhoven - 2023
Dale Behrends - 2022
Todd Hyde - 2022
Mike Appleseth - 2021
Chad Tope - 2021
Lyn Coulter      
Marina Tenant (Continuous)
Emily Donovan - Board Member
Jim Spradling - Board Member
Schumacher moved to approve the water safety committee member appointments, as listed with term dates. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Land Sales Committee    Term Expires
Bob Batschelet - 2023
Kathleen DeLucca - 2023
Maureen Lubeck - 2022
Tom Jeschke - 2022
Charles Schnack - 2021
Rich Schumacher - Board Member
Dave Finneseth - Board Member
Spradling moved to approve the land sales committee member appointments, as listed with term dates. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Appeals Committee     Term Expires
Pam Johnson - 2023
Andy Harrelson - 2023
Linda Reis - 2022
John McDermott - 2022
Mindy Larsen Poldberg - 2021
Schumacher moved to approve the appeals committee member appointments, as listed with term dates. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 5 – Old Business - None

Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 5:49 p.m. to discuss legal matters. The board exited closed session at 5:54 p.m.
Donovan moved to approve a confidential legal agreement, as discussed in closed session. Document to be drafted by LPA attorney and execution by LPA general manager. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 7a – Election of Officers
Carothers asked for nominations of officers.
Spradling moved to nominate the following slate of officers, to take effect upon adjournment of the June 30, 2020 board meeting:
President Mary Jane Carothers
Vice President Rich Schumacher
Secretary Emily Donovan
Treasurer Gary Evans
Motion seconded.
Carothers asked for any discussion or other nominations. With no further discussion or other nominations presented, Carothers called for the vote. Motion carried unanimously.

Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:55 p.m. 

Security camera installed at marina ramp
Goal is to ease concerns about unauthorized use of the boat ramp.

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

A security camera has been installed at Coulter’s Marina, positioned to record boats both as they are launched and also pulled out of the water at the ramp.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled this past January the waters of Lake Panorama are public, and subject to enforcement by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The ruling also noted the land surrounding Lake Panorama is privately controlled, and clarified the Lake Panorama Association and its membership has no obligation to allow access to the water.

“As we’ve always known, Lake Panorama is a de-facto private lake despite the fact it is one and the same with the Middle Raccoon River,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “We expect no changes in how LPA operates but certainly answered a lot of questions based upon social media posts and speculation that Lake Panorama was now ‘open to all.’ ”

The new camera at the marina will help ease concerns about unauthorized use of the boat ramp there.

“We are working on improved signage near the ramp and continue to rely on our close partnership with Coulters for oversight of the boat ramp,” Rutledge says. “Our main focus is to see how many boats come and go during hours when Coulters is closed. We also will be using the camera to help ensure boats launched there adhere to LPA rules regarding invasive species.”

Anniversary celebration

ReShape Fitness Studio celebrated its second anniversary on July 10.

GCSB launches $50,000 matching donation program for AC/GC Strength & Conditioning

Posted 8/11/20

GUTHRIE CENTER — In a final push to complete an energized fundraising effort to raise $160,000 for equipment for the new AC/GC fitness center, Guthrie County State Bank (GCSB) announced a $50,000 matching donation program. GCSB will match every dollar donated up to $25,000 until the $50,000 goal is reached.

AC/GC Community Schools will soon have a state of the art fitness center for students and the community to invest in their health and physical fitness. While the school district financed the construction of the building, the activities department was tasked with raising the $160,000 needed to equip the building with weights, machines, turf, and workout equipment. Activities Director Cody Matthewson has spearheaded the fundraising effort from zero to the $110,000 mark. GCSB’s goal is to motivate community members, alumni and friends to finish out the campaign.

“This new fitness facility is an investment in the future of our students, staff and community,” said Mike Underwood, president and CEO of Guthrie County State Bank. “Beyond athletics, this will be a place of community connection. Healthy residents make a healthy community, which is a key component of economic vitality. We’re proud to help AC/GC make the final push to complete their fundraising.”

Students and community members frequenting the AC/GC fitness center will enjoy a spacious modern facility with free weights, cardio equipment and access to the gymnasium. Matthewson noted that this summer the AC/GC Charger Strength and Conditioning program has averaged more than 100 students per day.

“The support from the AC/GC community for this facility and for the equipment fundraising has been outstanding,” said Matthewson. “We are thankful to Guthrie County State Bank for its leadership in making the push for the last $50,000. You can feel the excitement of our students each day as they imagine the future strength and conditioning workouts in the new facility.”


How to donate
For every dollar donated, GCSB will donate a matching dollar. As an example, a donation of $50 becomes a $100 donation. That means donations of $50 by 500 people will reach the goal of $50,000 through the matching program. Donations can be made in a variety of ways:

Drop off your donation in the drive-through at Guthrie County State Bank.

Mail your donation to: AC/GC School District, ATTN: Equipment, 906 School St., Guthrie Center, Iowa, 50115

Donate online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/acgc-weight-roomfitness-center

For more information, visit Charger Strength on Facebook or Guthrie County State Bank’s website. 

Calendar of Events Aug. 12-Sept. 14, 2020

Posted 8/11/2020

Aug. 12, Aug. 13, Aug. 17, Aug. 19, Aug. 20, Aug. 24, Aug. 26, Aug. 27
Water aerobics

Lake Panorama National Resort pool. Water aerobics classes are offered every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m., are led by volunteers, and are free of charge. Those who haven’t purchased an annual LPN pool membership will need to pay the $3 daily fee at the LPN pro shop before entering the pool. If you like, bring a pool noodle. For those who do not have a pool noodle, some are available for pickup from the LPN Fitness Center before class begins. These noodles are used at your own risk. No signup needed. www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 13-16
Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup

LPN Golf Course www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 14, Aug. 28
Fore Fun Friday Couples

Registration at 4:30 p.m., shotgun at 5 p.m.
Panorama West Golf Course. Two-Couple Scramble with a Just-For-Fun Golf Game. $1 per couple. Non-members of Panorama West will need to pay green fees, and anyone needing a cart, call the clubhouse at 641-755-2250 to reserve. Please respect others’ space when interacting. The game will be sent via email a couple of days prior to play, no paper copies. The Ebys will draw cards for pairings and hole assignments at 4:55 p.m. After play, circle golf carts safely spaced in the parking lot to enjoy conversation. No sharing of snacks and beverages, but feel free to bring your own. Call Bill & Karen Eby at 515- 480-4633 with questions. www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 21
Varsity Football: Panorama vs. Ogden

7 p.m. Panorama Community School www.panoramaschools.org

Aug. 22
Panorama West Golf Course

Kim Lubeck Memorial Golf Tournament, Sponsored by Panora Lions Club, 12 p.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start, $160 / Team (Members Receive $10 Off). Includes 18 holes of golf with a grab and go meal.  For more information or to register contact the Panorama West clubhouse at 641-755-2250 or email maggliem@netins.net. Proceeds go to Panora Lions Club causes.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 24
First day of school, K-12

www.panoramaschools.org

Aug. 24
Panora City Council Meeting

6:30 p.m. www.cityofpanora.com

Aug. 24, Aug. 31
Nine & Wine Couples

Lake Panorama National Golf Course, Panorama West Golf Course. 4 Person Best Shot. Teams will be assigned at each week’s event by blind draw. LPN Member - $75 / Panorama West Member - $180 (includes green fees and carts). Weekly prizes will be awarded and a series MVP prize will be awarded for couples with lowest ranked finishes in all events. Wine and dinner available in the Links restaurant after golf. Call the LPN pro shop with any questions or to register at 641-755-2024. www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 25
LPA Board Meeting

5 p.m. Lake Panorama National Conference Center www.lakepanorama.org

Aug. 26
Men’s League Shoot-out

3 p.m. Lake Panorama National Golf Course www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 25
Varsity Volleyball: Panorama vs. Interstate 35     

7 p.m. Panorama High School www.panoramaschools.org
            
Aug. 27
Women’s League Shoot-out

5:30 p.m. LPN Golf Course www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug 27
Varsity Volleyball: Panorama vs. Earlham High School

7 p.m. Panorama High School www.panoramaschools.org
                
Aug. 28
Varsity Football: Panorama vs. Grundy Center

7 p.m. Panorama High School www.panoramaschools.org

Sept. 1
Varsity Volleyball: Panorama vs. Ogden     

7 p.m. Panorama High School www.panoramaschools.org

Sept. 8
Deadline for Building Code Variance Requests

www.lakepanorama.org

Sept. 11
Varsity Football: Panorama vs. Van Meter

7 p.m. Panorama High School www.panoramaschools.org

Sept. 14
Panorama School Board Meeting

6:30 p.m. Board Room www.panoramaschools.org

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Event dates and times are subject to change. Contact hosts for updated details.

Courtney Allen celebrates 93 years

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Courtney Allen has a long history at Lake Panorama. He was a stockholder in Mid-Iowa Lakes in about 1965, bought his first lot in 1969, and traded it in 1971 for the one where his home now stands north of Sunset Beach. He and his wife Dilma, who he has been married to more than 65 years, built their home in 1980 and moved here permanently in 1984 when they sold their home in Urbandale.

Allen’s 93rd birthday was June 25. He has been playing in the Thursday morning men’s league at Panorama West for many years.

“I thought it would be fun to have a party for myself with my best friends, many of whom I have played with for years,” Allen says.

“I worked it out with the gals in the pro shop to have plenty of coffee, and I supplied lots of bakery products. I also said I would pay for any ice cream, candy and pop for anyone else who played the course the rest of the day,” he says. “Everyone was surprised and helped me celebrate my new age with good cheer.”

Allen is from Massachusetts and Dilma from Curacao. After college, he went to work for HyLine Poultry Farm in 1950. He stayed there 21 years before starting his own company, Sunnytime, Inc., in 1971. He sold that business to Cargill in 1987 and moved to Minnesota to operate the total egg operation until he turned 65.

The couple retired and moved back to enjoy their Lake Panorama home. It was badly damaged by a tornado in 2014, but they rebuilt it and are enjoying life there.

“We love Guthrie County and all its people,” Allen says.

As for his birthday, Allen said, “You can quote me as saying it was the best birthday I have had in years, but I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Ask Lake Panorama Times
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.

Posted 8/11/20
Q: How do I get one of those blue and white dock signs with my address?
A:
A dock sign can be ordered anytime for $25 through the Lake Panorama Association website. This is the official way to comply with LPA sign uniformity rules and Iowa DNR dock regulations that require street address and dock permit number displayed on member docks. The signs are reflective, which assists visibility for those navigating at night. To order a dock sign, go to the LPA’s website and complete the form. Either scan it and email it to lpa@lakepanorama.org or mail it or drop it off at the LPA office (P.O. Box 157, 5006 Panorama Drive, Panora, IA 50216) with a check for $25 for each sign.

Q: What is the maximum length of a boat that can be on Lake Panorama?
A:
No single-hulled boat (non-pontoon) can exceed 24 feet in length including the swim platform. Measurement is made from the forwardmost tip of the bow to the end of the swim platform (if so equipped) or the stern (if no swim platform.) No pontoon vessel can exceed 27 feet in length measured from the forward-most tip of the pontoon to the end of the swim platform, if so equipped, or rear of the pontoon.

Q: I am seeing a blue-green algae bloom. Should I be concerned?
A:
Dry weather and clear water have created ideal conditions for a “bloom” of blue-green algae or cyanobacteria. At first, levels of the algae will appear as a light greenish tinge to the lake water. As the population increases, the water may turn a “Kool-Aid” green. White, green, blue-green, or reddish-brown suds/scum will float to the surface in calm areas of the lake, such as the marina and small coves. Blooms most often appear on the downwind side of the lake after several days of a steady breeze. LPA will continue to test for microcystin concentrations in blue-green algae blooms. To-date, NO microcystin tests at Lake Panorama have approached the prescribed thresholds for safety warnings. Swimming or water recreation activities such as water skiing, wake surfing or tubing should be avoided in areas of heavy bloom. The algae can be an irritant to skin and water spray containing lots of algae can be breathed in and irritate the lungs. Small children should also be kept out of algae blooms, as they can unknowingly drink the water. Dogs are especially susceptible to severe illness (or death) if they drink water infested with blue-green algae. If conditions look scummy or the water appears like paint, swimming and water recreation should be avoided. Shower after water recreation. Don’t allow water contact or allow your pets to drink the water. Keep small children and anyone with immune-deficiency issues or allergies out of the water and away from the spray while boating.

LPN WOMEN’S LEAGUE RAISES NEARLY $5,000 FOR TORI’S ANGELS
Foundation’s namesake is Tori Heckman, who had life-saving heart surgery in 2011 at the age of 5 after several other heart surgeries.

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

On July 9, the usual Lake Panorama National women’s league night turned into a Rally for Tori’s Angels. The result was a donation of $4,903 being presented to the foundation, which provides financial support to Iowa children with life-threatening medical challenges.

This is the third year for this event. The evening included a nine-hole, four-gal best-shot tournament. Great weather led to 44 players for the event, and games on most holes led to a low score of 29 for the winning team. Winning team members were Kathy Moline, Shanell Wagler, Shelby Lewis and Maggie Armstrong.

The foundation’s namesake is Tori Heckman, who had life-saving heart surgery in 2011 at the age of 5 after several other heart surgeries. The foundation recently accepted its 71st child for assistance.

After golf there was a silent auction and a presentation by Tori’s grandmother, Jackie Wicks, of Panora. She talked about Tori turning 15 years old, current children sponsored by Tori’s Angels and the challenges the foundation has faced this year with fundraising because of COVID-19. In 2019, Tori’s Angels took on 22 new children. So far in 2020, four children have been approved for sponsorship, and seven fundraising events have been canceled due to the virus.

 Money raised at the LPN women’s league July 9 event included the purchase of donated silent auction items and a freewill donation bucket. The rest of the funds collected were from individual donations. LPN women’s league leaders say they’re already planning for the fourth annual Tori’s Angels fundraiser sometime during the 2021 golf season.

Donations can be mailed at any time to Tori’s Angels Foundation, 4677 Panorama Drive, Panora, Iowa, 50216.

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 8/11/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Lake Dog
Gracie

9 months old
Petite Goldendoodle
Owners: Brian and Lisa Wegener (Pictured grandsons Rylen and Rees)

Gracie enjoys whipped cream, sprinklers, snow, golf carts, boat rides, her “babies” (stuffed animal toys), spinning in circles with her rope toy, and going for walks. Gracie is an energetic, happy puppy who seems to love everyone.

Cove Cat
Butterball

9 years old
Owner: Tamara Deal

Butterball came from a barnyard near Bagley. A little girl named her, and the name stuck. The previous owners were worried that she would be ran over by farm machinery. As for owners, does anyone ever really own a cat? But, Butterball would definitely claim that she lives with Tamara.

Butterball receives a weekly bath because it has allergies. Yes, it is possible to bathe a cat.

Butterball has a doggy sibling, a standard poodle, and did not appear to be happy when the puppy came to live with them The dog is now 7.5 years old, and when Butterball gets mad at her, she chases her around the house. All 8 pounds of her will attack the 50-pound dog.

Butterball likes to eat, be held and sleep — in that order.


Panora Pets is a non-profit rescue consisting of several volunteers like Tim Randall and George Jones, providing shelter and services for cats in need in the Panora area. Stop in and visit the beautiful kitties and hopefully take one home. Through contributions from the community and beyond, P.E.T.S maintains its dedication to animals in need. 

Blue-Green Algae

It’s that time of year again all over the freshwater lakes and ponds of the Midwest. Weather and water conditions are producing a “bloom” of blue-green algae or cyanobacteria. Warm weather, low rainfall, dissolved nutrients and clear water have combined to start a rapid increase in algae population. The primitive one-celled plants have always been around, but certain conditions cause the population to increase.

At first, levels of the algae will appear as a light greenish tinge to the lake water. As the population increases, the water may turn a "Kool-Aid" green and white, green, or blue green suds or scum will float to the surface in quiet areas such as the marina, small coves and other spots where boats do not stir the water or the wind can't blow it away. The scum looks unappetizing and is sometimes mistaken for sewage because there can be an unpleasant, sulphurous odor accompanying the bloom. The floating material is usually white, blue-white, blue-green, or green, but sometimes can be a reddish brown. Usually it is more evident in coves or shallow areas and often appears the worst on the downwind side of the lake after several days of strong breezes.

When to Take Precautions
Swimming or water recreation activities such as water skiing or tubing should be avoided in areas of heavy bloom. The algae can be an irritant to skin and water spray containing lots of algae can be breathed in and irritate the lungs. Sometimes there is a toxin produced by the algae that can be more harmful to persons and animals. Dogs are susceptible to severe illness or death if they drink water infested with algae containing toxins. Unfortunately, there is no way to easily determine whether there is toxin present by looking. Seldom does the toxin cause problems, but it is important to be aware of the situation. The toxin can come and go before water test results are complete. If skin or breathing is irritated after water recreation, see a physician to determine the cause. If conditions look scummy or the water appears like paint, swimming and water recreation should be avoided. It’s always a good idea to shower after water recreation. In heavy infestations of scum, don’t allow water contact or allow your pets to drink the water. Keep small children and anyone with immune-deficiency issues or allergies out of the water and away from the spray while boating.

Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to remove the algae. Open areas of the lake are less likely to have serious issues as boat traffic and wind keep the algae mixed throughout the water profile. Rainfall, water movement, and cooler temperatures are the best solution to reducing the effects of the bloom, but are obviously not something under the control of the LPA.

Annual Fireworks

Even though Panorama Days have been cancelled this year, there will still be a fireworks show. The fireworks sponsored by the LPA will be launched from the South Shore around 9:30 p.m. on Friday Aug. 7.

Beach Ball 2020

A limited number of tickets remain for the Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball on Saturday, August 1. Proceeds will go towards the Friends’ current priority project to raise $70,000 for new playground equipment at Shady and Boulder beaches.

To ease concerns about COVID-19, both outdoor and indoor spaces will be used at the Lake Panorama National conference center. Outside tables will be under tents, located on the grass between the conference center and golf course. Live music and a live auction will take place outdoors.

Registration will be open 4-6 p.m. in the conference center dining room. A boxed evening meal will be available 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 each, with half going directly to the playground fund. A “sweet treat” dessert bar, offering donated dessert items plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream, will be open 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets for the dessert bar will be $3. Both silent and live auctions will be held to raise money for the playgrounds, plus a 50/50 raffle. Those who have auction items to donate or want to purchase tickets can call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536 or email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.

The Links restaurant reopens

The Links restaurant at Lake Panorama National Resort reopened  July 25 at 11 a.m. Normal business hours resumed Sunday, July 26 at 8 a.m. Current hours of operation are.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday -  11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ON THE LAKE
Buy, sell or trade and post your calendar events for free

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 7/8/2020

Summer is upon us, and, as typical, it is moving along all too quickly. We are living in a world today with none of us truly sure how to respond. Meanwhile, we all need to keep moving forward. With that in mind, here are a few updates with your Lake Panorama newspaper.

It’s classified
Remember perusing the classified ads in a local newspaper? Free online services have changed how people buy, sell and trade today, leaving the traditional classified sections in the dust. But as consumers become more knowledgeable about how their data is being mined and sold from items they list for sale on sites like Facebook marketplace and Craigslist, they are doing so more cautiously. With that in mind, we are offering a free service for Lake Panorama residents — both in print and online — to help you sell your stuff. From homes to cars to boats to that old 8-track player, we can help. List anything and everything (that is legal) on our Lake Panorama marketplace site for FREE! See details at www.lakepanoramatimes.com under the classifieds pulldown. We will publish those classified ads in this publication for free as well.

Something bigger
Speaking of classifieds, you will notice regional ad listings in this issue of Lake Panorama Times. Those ads are part of a network that this publication now belongs to called Midwest Free Community Papers. It is an association of mostly independent publishers like us who group together to share ideas and to benefit from training. Each member agrees to run these ads and can also sell them. So if you have a need to affordably reach more than 2 million consumers in more than 120 publications in the Midwest, let me know and I will gladly show you how.

Ask Lake Panorama Times
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers. That’s what I promised you in this column last month when I announced that we would be adding this feature.  We have three great questions this month. Be sure to check them out and send me any other questions you may have.

A calendar of events
One of the main reasons people read local publications is to seek out things to do. We are pleased to oblige. In this month’s issue, you will notice this new feature, as we work to eventually compile a comprehensive listing of events in the area. Yes, COVID-19 has forced the closure of many events, but many of you are still seeking things to do safely in the community and even from your home. If you have a personal, business, club or community event that you would like to have included, submit it online at www.lakepanoramatimes.com, and we will be sure to add it.

Digital edition emails keep rolling in
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I continue to look forward to seeing many of you on the lake. As always, thanks for reading. 

SETTING SAIL ON LAKE PANORAMA
The Tometichs say they enjoy sailing on Lake Panorama, but it can be challenging.

Posted 7/8/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times

It’s not every day you see a sailboat on Lake Panorama. In fact, it usually only happens a couple of times a month, mostly for Sunday night sunsets, or other times when the weather cooperates and the crowds are gone. That’s when Jim and Dee Tometich decide it’s time to sail.

The couple has lived at Lake Panorama since 2006. From their home in Helen’s Cove, they enjoyed seeing a sailboat docked at a home across the cove. About five years ago, Dee decided she wanted to buy the sailboat as a surprise birthday present for Jim. She did a little detective work to learn the owners’ name and get a phone number.

Dick and Lynda Pawlowski were the owners. They purchased their house in Helen’s Cove in 1994, although they owned a Lake Panorama lot for more than 40 years.

“I called Dick and told him if they ever decided to sell it, to please let me know,” says Dee.

At the time, the Pawlowskis had owned the boat more than three years.

“I’ve done a lot of things in my life, but I always wanted to learn to sail. I saw an ad for a Catalina 22 sailboat, which is a popular model for people just learning to sail,” Dick says.

“A gentleman who lived in Johnston used the boat on Saylorville Lake. He had never sailed before buying this boat but had learned and now was ready to sell it,” Dick says. “He had lots of books and videotapes on sailing and gave all those to me.”

Pawlowski used the material he received, plus help from a friend who came from Nebraska a couple of times, to learn to sail on Lake Panorama. He says he enjoyed it, but Lynda preferred their pontoon. So when Dee called, Dick decided it was time to let someone else live their dream of learning to sail.

“Working with Dick, it took us many attempts to get the lift and sailboat over to our dock before Jim would get home from work. But we finally pulled off the surprise,” Dee says.

The boat is a 1978 Catalina 22, which means it is 22 feet long. The mast is 25 feet tall. It has two sails, a main sail and a jib. Because Lake Panorama is so narrow, the Tometichs typically only use one. It has a large lead keel, about 5 feet below the bottom of the boat, which provides stability. Below deck, the cabin has a table for dining, and could sleep two people. The boat capacity is six people. The boat has a 9.9 hp Mercury four stroke motor.

“We love to use the sail as much as possible,” Jim says. “But due to the lake’s position and narrowness, it sometimes is necessary to use the motor.”

“We appreciated Dick giving us a couple of Sailing 101 lessons and helping us get started,” Dee says. “Now we also sail at Lake Dillion in Colorado, where we rent a boat when we visit.”

The Tometichs say they enjoy taking their sailboat out on Lake Panorama, but it can be challenging. Pawlowski agrees.

“But it also makes you a better sailor,” he says. “It’s easier to sail on larger lakes, because you don’t have to worry about it being so narrow,” Pawlowski says.

Despite the narrowness of Lake Panorama, sailboats are not banned. Sailboards are banned, which is something akin to windsurfing.

“This isn’t the most practical lake on which to sail,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “LPA does not prohibit sailboats but discourages widespread use on Lake Panorama. The thought of dozens of sailboats on our narrow lake would be a concern if it became a popular trend.”

The Tometichs have learned what works for them — wait for most boaters to call it a day, then set sail from Helen’s Cove to enjoy the beauty of Lake Panorama.

BOATING SAFETY REMINDERS
Eighty-four percent of drowning victims who died from a boating accident were not wearing their life jackets.

Posted 7/8/2020
Provided by Lake Panorama Association

Boating While Intoxicated
Summertime on the lake is a great time to kick back with friends and family. For some, this involves enjoying an afternoon or evening on the water with a few adult beverages. Lake Panorama Association reminds all members to practice responsible boating when alcohol is involved.

Iowa DNR’s authority to enforce Boating While Intoxicated laws was brought into question regarding a July 7, 2018, citation against a Lake Panorama member. The Iowa Supreme Court upheld DNR’s authority to issue Boating While Intoxicated citations on Lake Panorama.

DNR already has issued multiple Boating While Intoxicated citations during the 2020 season and will continue to patrol the lake at their discretion. As a reminder, DNR operations are independent of LPA and operate under the authority of the State of Iowa.

Boaters should establish a designated driver plan for their time on the water. This has become common sense when travelling on highways, and the same safety precautions should be adopted on the water.

Boating Violations
A good share of the boating citations and warnings that are issued by both LPA Security and DNR officers are for guests who are operating vessels owned by LPA members. As a reminder, LPA violations apply to the LPA member’s account. If three fines occur in a given year, the member loses boating privileges for the season.

Perhaps more important is that LPA members may be found legally and financially liable for any injuries or damages that occur when guests are operating their equipment. It is the member’s responsibility to make sure guests know the rules and are competent and safe operators.

Personal Water Craft Reminders
When it comes to young people operating Personal Water Craft (PWC), Lake Panorama rules are more restrictive than state law. Youth under 18 may only operate a PWC at Lake Panorama under the following conditions: Operators must be at least 16 years old. Operators 16 or 17 years of age must pass the Iowa Boater Safety Education Course and have the boater education certificate with them while operating the vessel. It doesn’t matter whether an adult is riding with the teen or not.

Anyone riding or being towed by a PWC must be wearing an appropriate personal floatation device. Anyone being towed counts towards the rated capacity of the PWC, whether they are riding on the PWC or not. PWC operation is forbidden before sunrise and after sunset.

Life Jackets Required
State law requires life jackets on every watercraft, whether it’s a motorized boat, jet ski, kayak, canoe or even a paddleboard. Under Iowa law, any child younger than 13 must wear a life jacket while the boat is underway, including canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. On boats, a Type 4 throwable device is required in addition to the number of life vests required for each passenger. The throwable device does not count as a life vest.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 84 percent of drowning victims who died from a boating accident were not wearing their life jackets. It is best to wear a life jacket at all times, no matter your level of swimming or boating expertise.

Additional boating reminders
These are the most common issues LPA water patrol and DNR law enforcement come across:

Unattended vessels
There has to always be someone in the vessel, even while anchored, or tied to other boats. This includes jet skis.

Capacity sticker
This is required on the back-starboard side of the vessel (including jet skis), showing how many people the boat is able to hold. The sticker must be above the water line so it is visible, and must be at least 3 inches high and of contrast color to the boat.

Fire extinguishers
Check fire extinguishers often and know the location in your boat. Life expectancy of a fire extinguisher in a boat is shorter, because of the constant temperature changes and the hard impacts of running the boat through waves.

Speed
No vessel traveling at a speed in excess of 10 mph shall operate directly behind another vessel at a distance closer than 200 feet.

THIRD WETLAND NOW PROTECTS BURCHFIELD COVE
Past dredging and now the upstream Smith Wetland have made it possible for property owners to enjoy waterfront amenities.

Posted 7/8/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times

Dredging at Lake Panorama has been going on for decades and is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Yet, in recent years, attention also has turned to ways to reduce the flow of both sediment and nutrients into the lake.

One solution for Lake Panorama has been the establishment of upstream wetlands to protect specific areas of the lake. This spring was the first test for the third wetland built at Lake Panorama, which is positioned to help protect Burchfield Cove.

In the late 1990s, Iowa State University researchers began studying the use of small wetlands in drainage areas to slow water runoff from farm fields. They found these strategically placed wetlands could reduce the amount of nitrates moving into streams and rivers by 40 to 70 percent. By 2000, state officials were promoting a new incentive program to encourage landowners to install wetlands.

The Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a joint effort of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. State and federal technical assistance and cost-share funds are available for landowners who voluntarily establish wetlands for water quality improvement in 37 north-central Iowa counties, including Guthrie County

During a strategic planning session in 2012, the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) trustees decided to see if there were locations where CREP wetlands could be installed to help protect the lake.

In October 2016, the 26-acre Helen’s Cove/Donahey CREP wetland was completed. It includes a six-acre water pool, which hosts microbes that turn nitrogen into gas. The nitrogen removed by the wetland is equivalent to taking about 400 acres of row crops out of production. A special forebay collects sediment, which is cleaned periodically. This isn’t something done in all CREP wetlands, but because of the desire to keep as much sediment as possible from reaching Lake Panorama, special approval was granted to include this feature.

Construction on a similar wetland to protect Hughes Cove began in 2016, with final touches in the spring of 2017. The 23-acre Hughes Cove/Elmquist CREP wetland includes a control structure above a plunge pool, which routes the water back into a creek leading into Hughes Cove.

In 2018, planning began for a third wetland to be built in 2019 on RIZ-owned ground north of the Burchfield Cove bridge. This one, named the Smith wetland, has a higher percentage of deeper water for the wetland basin than the first two.

This 35-acre project consists of a nine-acre pool of water surrounded by cool season grasses and native grasses. It is a deep-water wetland, with a control structure above a plunge pool, which then routes water back into a creek leading into Lake Panorama at Burchfield Cove. The land surrounding the water pool has been seeded with a mix of 13 species of native grasses and 18 species of native wildflowers.

This project was possible because of a grant partnering the Soil & Water Conservation Society, Agribusiness Association of Iowa, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University, Lake Panorama RIZ and Lake Panorama Association.

This grant funds projects that integrate in-field management practices with edge-of-field nitrate removal wetlands to provide a combined watershed approach — reducing in-field nutrient losses while providing edge-of-field treatment at small watershed scales.

The grant also targets restored wetlands in locations that receive significant shallow subsurface drainage, which is the primary transport mechanism of nitrates to surface water. This grant project was specifically designed for nitrate removal while also improving habitat for wildlife. The idea is to explore the development of wetlands that fall slightly outside of CREP guidelines.

RIZ has acquired property for a fourth wetland, which is upstream of the Smith Wetland. Preliminary conversations with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has indicated a willingness to partner with RIZ on this fourth wetland.

Also in the planning stages is a streambank stabilization effort along the stream leading into Burchfield Cove. This type of project, in combination with wetlands, play important roles in the ongoing effort to protect Lake Panorama’s water quality.

UPGRADES TO LPA WATER PLANT MOVING FORWARD
LPA water bills will increase by $70 per quarter, going from $90 to $160 beginning in October.

Posted 7/8/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times

Steady progress is being made on major upgrades to the LPA water plant. The project includes three main components — drilling an additional Jordan Well, upgrading to a reverse osmosis treatment strategy, and installing a discharge line to accompany the reverse osmosis process.

 A line to carry discharge water away from the new reverse osmosis (RO) system to the Middle Raccoon River by Highway 44 was installed in early summer, with only some soil restoration remaining.

An addition was constructed on the north side of the current building to house the RO system, which arrived by truck a few weeks ago. Work is underway to install the system, which will improve LPA’s finished water quality.

Mike Gliem, LPA’s water and dam supervisor, says the water will run through the RO tubes twice, using eight the first time and four the second time.

“Then we’ll combine this water with 20 percent raw water for the finished water provided to our customers,” Gliem says.

The Jordan Well has been drilled, and a pumping test completed, with excellent results. It will be another month before a pump is installed in that well, and water line connections completed. The well joins another one-half-mile deep Jordan well that was drilled in 2011.

The current system uses the first Jordan well and two Dakota wells constructed in the 1990s. The Dakota wells, which are in a shallower aquifer, had become less reliable. These wells have been the source of iron and manganese, that resulted in some customers having black and brown water flowing from their taps at times. Eliminating dependence on these temperamental wells was a key reason for this latest project.

Gliem expects to be able to stop using the Dakota wells sometime this fall. If all goes as planned, those two wells will be plugged, capped and covered with fill dirt next spring.

In 2017, a three-month reverse osmosis pilot study was conducted at the water plant. The results showed good finished water quality would be possible using only Jordan water treated by reverse osmosis.

Water hardness can be described as either parts per million or grains per gallon. Gliem says current LPA water has a hardness of 615 parts per million or 36 grains per gallon. The goal is to produce water that is 120 parts per million or 7 grains per gallon. “That goal is typical of what the Des Moines Water Works and other municipalities offer their water customers,” he says. “The pilot plant study showed we will be able to reach that goal.”

Once the RO system is complete and providing water to LPA members, Gliem says those who have water softeners in their homes will want to adjust their settings, and that the lifespan of softeners and other fixtures will be much longer. Those who have inline water filters probably will want to keep those, he says, but filters won’t need to be changed as often.

Large blue water mixing tanks in the water plant will be removed once the new system is online along with other old pieces of equipment and pipe. That area then will be the home for some components of the new system. Gliem expects the new plant to be online by late this year, or early in 2021.

Total cost for the entire project is $4.7 million. Funding for the project is through the State Revolving Loan Fund for drinking water improvements, at a fixed rate of 2-percent interest for 20 years.

To pay off the loan, LPA water bills will increase by $70 per quarter, going from $90 to $160 per quarter. This will begin with the October 1, 2020, bill. A reminder on this will go out in July, with the July 2020 bill being the final invoice at the old rate.

John Rutledge, LPA general manager, says even with this increase, LPA water bills are very comparable with other municipalities.

Options for a future infrastructure assessment have been discussed by the LPA board with no proposal finalized yet.

“The board will revisit this in late 2020 and determine if this is something they want to pursue in 2021 or a future year,” Rutledge said. “But for now, members need to know the cost of this plant is very affordable and will position LPA for decades to come.”

BEACH BALL 2020 - LET’S PLAY OUTSIDE!
So far $20,000 has been raised toward the $70,000 goal for the playgrounds.

Posted 7/8/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times

The Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors voted at a meeting June 22 to proceed with Beach Ball 2020 on Saturday, Aug. 1, using the theme “Let’s Play Outside!”

To ease concerns about COVID-19, both outdoor and indoor spaces will be used at the Lake Panorama National conference center. Several aspects of the event have been modified to help with social distancing.

Funds raised at the 2020 Beach Ball will go toward the Friends’ current priority project to raise $70,000 for new playground equipment at Shady and Boulder beaches.

Direct contacts are being made with table sponsors so they can choose a reserved table inside or outside. Outside tables will be under a series of tents, located on the grass between the conference center and the golf course. A drink bar and a dessert bar will be on a roped-off section of the parking lot. The live auction also will take place outdoors.

Adding this outdoor venue made it possible to include live music for this year’s Beach Ball. Little Joe McCarthy is a Midwest singer and songwriter who grew up in Omaha. At first, McCarthy played as a solo acoustic performer, before spending many years in different bands. More recently, he has come full circle, playing acoustic guitar and singing as a solo performer around the Midwest. McCarthy will perform from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Registration will be open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and take place in the conference center dining room. Attendees can park in both the west and east parking lot, and enter the dining room from either side. There will be two lines for registration. It is hoped that beginning registration an hour early will make social distancing easier.

At registration, each couple or individual will be assigned a number, and all charges through the evening can go against that number. These can include drink tickets, dessert tickets, and purchases of both silent and live auction items. The exception will be the 50/50 raffle, which will require cash only so the appropriate amount of cash will be available when the winning ticket is drawn.

The evening meal will be served 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 each, with half going directly to the playground fund. A “sweet treat” dessert bar, offering a variety of donated dessert items plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream, will be open 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets for the dessert bar will be $3.

Drink tickets will cost $6, and can be redeemed at either the outside bar or the bar in the banquet room. These tickets will cover domestic canned beer, well drinks and glasses of wine. A portion of each ticket sold will go to Friends.

Announcements will be made toward the end of the evening when people can start checkout. Payment by check or cash will be encouraged. There will be a laptop where credit cards can be used to pay online on the Friends website, with the processing fee of 2.9 percent added on.

So far, about 75 items have been donated for both silent and live auctions, but additional items are being sought. Of particular interest in the live auction will be a 14-feet shuffleboard table with accessories, donated and delivered by Kurt Johnson, valued at $3,500; signed footballs from Iowa and Iowa State; 14K white and yellow gold pendant necklace with a garnet and diamond, donated by Ames Silversmithing, valued at $975; handcrafted cedar kayak, donated by Chris Welp and valued at $2,500; and a case of Busch Light, signed by Carson King, the ISU student who raised $3 million for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, donated by Carrie Hansen and valued at $500.

Beach Ball organizers are considering offering live auction items first as an online auction, beginning July 20. The starting bid at the live auction Aug. 1 would then be the last bid placed online. Online bidders would be encouraged to attend the Beach Ball if they want to continue their pursuit of a particular item. Watch for additional details in the LPA and LPN newsletters, plus the Friends of Lake Panorama Facebook page and website.

Silent auction items will include a variety of gift baskets; two $100 Target gift cards; five $50 Casey’s gift cards; two handmade quilts; an LPN Stay-and-Play package valued at $680; both Iowa and Iowa State engraved cast iron skillets; a Utah Jazz NBA jersey signed by Georges Niang; and a Cake-of-the-Month item that will provide one home-baked cake creation every month for a year, prepared and donated by Tammy Deal.

Those who have items to donate to the auctions, or want to purchase tickets to the event, can call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536 or email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Anyone who already paid for a table sponsorship or tickets, and now can’t or doesn’t want to attend because of the date change or concerns about COVID-19, can receive a refund on request. Or leave the money with Friends as a donation for the playgrounds.

So far $20,000 has been raised toward the $70,000 goal for the playgrounds. Donations for the playground project are accepted at any time, and can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Checks should be made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama.

All donations are tax-deductible. Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on signs erected near both playgrounds, and on the donor page of the Friends website. More information about the playgrounds and other donation options is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Posted 7/8/2020
May 26, 2020
Lake Panorama Association Office - Via Web Conference

The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met May 26, 2020, at 5 p.m., via Web Conference. Board members in attendance were Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, Tom Jeschke, Rich Schumacher, Jim Spradling and Neil Wright.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: Dave Finneseth, LPA Member
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.

Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda –
Schumacher moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda
Donovan moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 04.28.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 04.30.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Accept 2019 Audit Report from Meriwether Wilson
e) Approve date of the next LPA board of directors meeting
f) Approval of minutes from 2019 LPA annual meeting
g) Approval of 2020 annual meeting agenda
h) Approve ballot counters for 2020 annual meeting
i) Accept minutes from 04.27.2020 LPN, LLC Board of Manager meeting
j) Accept 05.11.2020 Building Code Committee Minutes

Agenda Item 4a – Variance Request: B&T Snyder, LLC, Lot 1229, roof pitch as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Tristen Snyder, Lot 1229, (5218 Panorama Terrace) presented house plans requiring a 4/12 roof pitch on four small planes of the roof. The committee decided the house was aesthetically pleasing and noted that other houses this year have been granted 4/12 roof pitches. Evans made a motion to approve a variance allowing a 4/12 roof pitch for lot 1229. Motion seconded by Dirk Westercamp and carried unanimously.
Evans moved to approve granting a variance for 4/12 roof pitch, per the plan presented, for B&T Snyder, LLC for lot 1229. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4b – Variance Request: Jeff and Tracy Drury, Lots 554, 555 & 556, setback of lighthouse from shoreline as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Jeff Drury, Lots 554, 555 and 556, (4733 Panorama Drive) presented plans for a light house to be put between his house and the lake shoreline. He was asking for a variance of 25 feet closer to the water. Based on the light house’s ornamental nature, the nature of the surrounding shoreline, the neighbor’s approval and one neighbor preference to have the light house closer to shore and further from his own home. The committee weighed both approval of the structure, as well as the structure’s location. Motion Van Wyk to approve the lighthouse and the 25-foot setback variance, with clarification LPA would retain authority over any concerns regarding hours of operation and lumens of light discharged. Motion seconded by Esser and carried unanimously.
Evans moved to grant approval of the lighthouse and awarding a 25-foot lake setback variance, with clarification LPA would retain authority over any concerns regarding hours of operation and lumens of light discharged, for Jeff and Tracy Drury, for lot 554, 555 & 556 all combined.  Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4c – Variance Request: Darrell & Leisa Jobe, Lots 334 & 335 combined, front lot line setback and 3/12 and 4/12 roof pitch as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Rick Hayes presented building plans for Darrell and Leisa Jobe’s new home, Lot 334 and 335, (6522 Coven Court). The plans would require a 10-foot setback from the front lot line along with two - 4/12 roof pitches and a 3/12 roof pitch over the front entryway. Based on neighbor’s approval and pleasing aesthetics, motion by Esser to approve a 10-foot front lot setback variance and roof pitch variances of 3/12 and 4/12 for lots 334 and 335, as presented in the building plans. Motion seconded by Knudsen and carried unanimously.
Evans moved to approve granting a variance for a 10-foot front lot setback variance and a variance for roof pitches of 3/12 and 4/12 for Darrell & Leisa Jobe, Lot 334 & 335 combined, per the plans submitted. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 5a – Old Business - None

Agenda Item 6a – Other Business – None

Agenda Item 7 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 5:25 p.m. to discuss legal matters. The board exited closed session at 6 p.m.

Schumacher moved to approve a confidential legal agreement, as discussed in closed session, contingent upon final document review by LPA attorney and execution by LPA general manager. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m.

Ask Lake Panorama Times
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.

Posted 7/8/2020

Q: Now that Gov. Reynolds has lifted the restriction on public pools, when will our pool reopen? — Gerri

A.
The swimming pool adjacent to the Lake Panorama National conference center opened July 1 and is available for public swimming daily 10:30 a.m. to dusk. Annual memberships can be purchased by both LPA members and non-members. Swimmers must check in at the pro shop counter where they will sign in and pay the daily fee of $3, if they have not purchased a membership. Everyone will be given a wristband to wear in the pool area. In order to encourage physical distancing, tables and chairs have been placed 6 feet apart.

Q: Are sailboats allowed on Lake Panorama? — Bill

A:
Funny you should ask. A story in this month’s issue features a lake couple who purchased a sailboat and are using it on the lake. The story states that although Lake Panorama is not ideal for sailing due to it being narrow, it is allowed (but not encouraged, as an abundance of sailboats could cause problems).

Q: How often should a septic tank be pumped?  — Lisa

A:
The answer to this question can vary depending on usage and how many people live in your household. But, generally speaking, those in the industry say the average household septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a septic service professional and pumped every three to five years.

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Gubser joines GCSB Investment Center as Client Services Coordinator

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Posted 7/8/2020

GCSB Investment Center welcomes a familiar face, Vicki Gubser, as the Client Services Coordinator. Guthrie County State Bank customers may be familiar with Vicki from her past five years serving as Heritage Club Director. In her new role, she will assist with client service tasks, as well as provide administrative support.
Gubser’s background in banking, real estate and insurance brings a wealth of financial knowledge to GCSB Investment Center customers. She looks forward to working with customers as they plan for their financial futures.

“Due to our growth, we are very excited to add a full-time team member. Gubser’s background in various areas of the financial industry made her a natural fit for the position,” said Kristen Crouthamel, AIF®, Financial Advisor with GCSB Investment Center.

Originally from the Bagley area, Gubser currently resides at Lake Panorama. Outside of work, she serves as the treasurer of the United Methodist Church in Panora, vice president of P. E. O. Chapter BY, and also as the secretary of the Guthrie County Airport Authority board.

The GCSB Investment Center team splits time between the offices located inside Guthrie County State Bank in both Guthrie Center and Panora. Gubser’s time will mostly be spent in the Guthrie Center location. Appoin