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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.  read more

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.

Submit your questions at https://www.lakepanoramatimes.com/contact-us

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. Appointments with Financial Advisor Kristen Crouthamel, AIF® are recommended. The location of appointments is flexible based on client need.

GCSB Investment Center provides investment and retirement savings to clients interested in improving their financial future. They offer a wide variety of solutions including individual, retirement, financial planning, employer group plans and benefits and corporate investment accounts. Initial consultations and portfolio risk analysis are provided at no cost. Visit www.investgcsb.com for more information or to contact the GCSB Investment Center team.

Securities offered through Registered Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser. Guthrie County State Bank and GCSB Investment Center are not affiliated with Cambridge. Non-deposit investment products are not FDIC insured, not bank guaranteed and may lose value. read more

51st LPA ANNUAL MEETING held June 27
LPN operation showed an operating loss of $245,481, although overall revenue was up $111,06 from 2018.

Posted 7/8/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times

The 51st annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association was June 27, seven weeks later than originally planned. Concerns about COVID-19 and the need for social distancing led to the postponement.

John Rutledge, LPA general manager, said normally members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting. But this year, he was happy to see a smaller crowd spread throughout the Lake Panorama National banquet room. As usual, the meeting provided an update on activities during the past year, plus a look ahead to the next 12 months.

Re-elected to the LPA board for another three-year term was Mary Jane Carothers. Newly elected was David Finneseth, replacing Tom Jeschke. Jeschke has been on the LPA board for 12 of the past 14 years, and served as president four years. He was thanked for his service by both Carothers and Rutledge during their reports.

Gary Evans, LPA board treasurer, provided the 2019 financial and audit report for the LPA and its subsidiary, LPN, LLC. For 2019, Evans said the LPN operation showed an operating loss of $245,481, although overall revenue was up $111,06 from 2018.

“Maintaining a profitable subsidiary that specializes in the golf and restaurant industry continues to be a challenge,” Evans said. “The LPN board of managers continues to work with LPN staff to ensure our subsidiary is pursuing improved strategies to maximize performance in future years.”

Turning to the LPA, Evans drew attention to the association’s income statement, which showed actual 2018 and 2019 revenues and expenses, plus the 2020 budget numbers for comparison.

Evans said the 2019 net income was $549,751, which included $235,959 that was the auditors’ adjustment for land sales expense.

“This is an accounting adjustment for tax purposes and does not represent new money coming into the organization,” he said.

Evans said the LPA board decided a 5-percent dues increase should be applied for 2020.

“The board’s budgeting process focuses extensively on cash flow,” he said. “Cash balances are targeted for 20 percent, with the possibility these will be in the 17 to 18 percent range if non-budgeted expenditures are approved as a midyear budget amendment.”

Evans said it’s important to remember the LPA board does not set its annual operating budget with the expectation of selling land. All operating expenses are covered by LPA’s recurring operating revenues.

Carothers, completing her first year as LPA board president, chaired the meeting. In her report to the membership, Carothers said 2020 has brought many challenges and changes to the LPA operations.

For instance, a major leak was identified in the water main running under Burchfield Cove, which required repair prior to the peak summer season. In mid-March, Gov. Reynolds ordered restaurants and bars to close, just as the LPN anticipated ramping up operations for the summer season.

Carothers said LPA and LPN management had to draft contingency plans for the loss of expected revenue for the two operations.

“LPA and LPN had to create and regularly update COVID pandemic operation plans that could reasonably assure the safety of members, customers, visitors and employees at the conference center, golf courses, campgrounds and sports courts,” she said. “Personnel policy updates were in a state of constant flux, which proved to be both time consuming and challenging.”

In addition, plans had to be developed to continue essential operations at LPA such as roads, dam operations and security coverage in the event COVID or a state stay-at-home order created critical staff shortages, Carothers said.

Despite these and other challenges, there also have been positives, she said.

“The new LPA water system is on target for completion late this year or early in 2021, and the water main leak under Burchfield Cove has been repaired,” Carothers said. “The conference center has successfully reopened for business. LPN golf courses continued to operate while many other businesses were forced to close. Now golf league play has resumed, and the sports courts and campgrounds also are back in use.”

In closing, Carothers expressed appreciation to LPA members for their patience and support during the last few months.

“You have been understanding and tolerant when operations had to change,” she said. “Our community is diverse in life experience, and our members hold a wide spectrum of perspectives on how LPA should approach such unprecedented times. Please continue to support your board members and management as we work together to ensure Lake Panorama remains an amazing place to enjoy and live.”

John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations, began his report with a look at the LPN.

“The LPN, LLC operation continues to be a great benefit to our community. But it also continues to be a challenging business model to perfect,” he said. “I’m proud to say our staff and board continue to work on ways we can improve the guest experience and also pursue the best financial outcome possible.”

Rutledge said the dissolution of the Clover Ridge Timeshares has had a definite impact on LPN operations.

“We have been able to use some of the units while they’re on the market for sale. But there is no doubt the short-term impact of the timeshare dissolution had a negative impact on LPN’s bottom line, with reduced traffic on the golf course and in the Links restaurant,” he said. “The long-term impact remains to be seen, as we work to adapt to this new environment.”

A facility review was completed by an architect from Shive-Hattery.

“Major overhaul of the conference center proved to be beyond our current financial capacity, so we will look at options to improve the building incrementally on a year-to-year basis,” Rutledge said.

Dan Wollner has announced he is in his 40th and final year as LPN golf course superintendent.

“A succession plan has been implemented, which will promote Brandon Waddle to the top spot,” Rutledge said. “Thanks to Dan for his stewardship of our beautiful golf course for four decades.”

Rutledge said COVID-19 has been challenging.

“In our busy season, the combined number of employees on the payroll of LPA and LPN reaches 150 people, many of whom are part time. Adjusting personnel policies has been challenging for both entities,” he said.

LPN did apply for the Payroll Protection Program through the U.S. Small Business Administration, which provided LPN, LLC with a loan of $229,000.

“Based on the most recent updates to this program, LPN will be eligible for 100 percent forgiveness of this loan,” Rutledge said. “This will help us keep 2020’s bottom line from being absolutely wrecked by COVID-19.”

Shifting gears to the LPA, Rutledge outlined two major capital projects that have been under discussion by the LPA board for several years.

One project currently underway involves upgrades to the LPA water plant. LPA secured a 2 percent, 20-year loan from the State Revolving Loan Fund for $4.75 million to cover the project.

“The new Jordan well has been drilled, and test pumping showed excellent results,” Rutledge said. “LPA now will rely on a pair of Jordan wells, which have ample quantities of water and are free of the iron and manganese issues we’ve fought on the Dakota wells.”

A line to carry discharge water away from the new reverse osmosis (RO) system to the Middle Raccoon River by Highway 44 is complete, with only some soil restoration remaining. The RO system has been delivered and construction is underway. Rutledge said transition from the current system to the new system will happen either in late 2020 or early 2021.

Rutledge said LPA’s water today is quite hard.

“When the new system is in place, about 80 percent of the hardness members experience will be eliminated. Those with in-house softeners probably will still use them, but only a fraction of the salt used today will be needed,” he said.

As mentioned at the May 2019 annual meeting, LPA water bills will increase by $70 per quarter, going from $90 to $160 per quarter. This will begin with the Oct. 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.

The other large project completed within the last year was the replacement of the LPA maintenance facility, which cost $1.78 million. Payoff of this has been structured as a 20-year loan and will require LPA to set-aside between 20 and 25 percent of the association’s annual capital budget amount for payback.

Rutledge said LPA has undertaken a number of long-term projects for which substantial investment was needed.

“In the case of the water plant and the LPA shop, financing was necessary. These projects represent an investment in our future, and replace core assets we depend on every day,” he said.

“Pursuing both the shop and the water plant at the same time was challenging, but prudent. Interest rates for financing were favorable, and the need to proceed with both the shop and water plant had grown to the point where they could not be deferred much longer. Thank you to the membership and the board for supporting these investments in Lake Panorama’s future.”

Rutledge talked about the January Iowa Supreme Court ruling that the waters of Lake Panorama are public. The ruling also noted the land surrounding Lake Panorama is privately controlled and clarified LPA 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-in-the-same with the Middle Raccoon River. 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,” he said. “We’ve installed a camera at the LPA marina, are working on improved signage, and continue to rely on our close partnership with Coulters Marine for oversight of the boat ramp.”

That Supreme Court ruling caused some concern about wording in Iowa Code 357H, which governs Rural Improvement Zones.

“We worked with State Senator Jake Chapman and State Representative Bubba Sorensen, who represent our district, to secure an amendment to clarify the definition of ‘private lake development,’ which was rather vague,” Rutledge said.

“The concern we had was future bond counsel reviews and our ability to issue new debt. We didn’t want this public/private issue to spill over to the Lake Panorama RIZ. The new language states RIZ applies to a private real estate development adjacent to or abutting a lake,” Rutledge said. “We believe this remains consistent with the spirit of the original law but removes any cloud of doubt regarding RIZ as it relates to the public/private status of the water.”

Rutledge said Senator Tim Kraayenbrink, who owns property at Lake Panorama, and LPA member Brian Johnson, also were instrumental in securing this amendment.

Rutledge also talked about the broken water line under Burchfield Cove that was discovered in late 2019 and replaced in June. The cost of replacing the line plus implementing some necessary water main extensions topped $400,000.

“This was not budgeted, but LPA was able to postpone some other projects to soften the blow of this expense,” Rutledge said. “Plans for replacing the other lake crossings are under review for LPA’s five-year capital budget plan. The cost of these should be less because the water mains connected to those crossings will not require the work associated with the Burchfield project.”

Other items Rutledge highlighted in his remarks included:

The Guthrie County engineer has said Sage Trail will be restored this summer to a condition similar to 2012. This is not hard surface pavement, but is better than a basic gravel road that needs graded frequently. The engineer also is exploring a hot-mix asphalt to add on either side of the Burchfield Bridge.

RIZ hired Dredge America to remove three-quarters of a million yards of silt from the river channel. This was contracted to supplement LPA’s work and make use of silt basin easements that expire within the 2020 decade. Cost is estimated at $4.1 to $4.2 million.

The Smith Wetland north of Burchfield Cove is complete, and the third wetland is installed to help protect Lake Panorama’s water quality. Land for a fourth wetland has been acquired, and the project is in the works. This wetland lies upstream of the Smith wetland.

A new, larger debris skimmer has been ordered by RIZ and will be delivered in July. This is a $400,000 purchase and will replace the skimmer LPA purchased more than 20 years ago. The old unit will remain as a backup.

An excavator with both standard and long-reach capabilities also was purchased by RIZ in 2019, which will be used for silt-basin, wetland, and small cove maintenance, plus riprap of selected areas.

The Lake Panorama 50th anniversary book remains available for purchase through either the LPA or LPN, at a cost of $35.

Q&A:  John Rutledge, General Manager, Lake Panorama Association

Posted 7/8/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times

This month’s Q&A gives John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association general manager, the chance to catch us up on several topics.

Q: Earlier this year, there was a construction project at the west end of Jones Cove. Tell us about that work.

A:
The repair work at Jones Cove involved adding sheetpile, backfill and realignment of the concrete tubes underneath the dam. The concrete tubes were starting to pull apart and shift/slide down the slope toward the cove. This was likely due to freeze-thaw cycles and water movement through the tubes over the years. The soil material beneath the tubes was no longer structurally sound enough to support the tubes.

Adam Benner already was under contract with RIZ for a suite of other sediment basin repairs, for which he had been chosen as low bidder. This project was added to realign the tubes and improve the foundation that serves as the sediment basin dam and tube bedding.
This was done by driving sheetpile straight down at the edge of the cove. Limestone rock was added behind the sheetpile for backfill. Once the backfill was in place, Benner was able to grade the surface to a level condition and put the same concrete tubes back in place. Once the tubes were reconnected, a drainage tile was built into the dam bank to pull seepage out of the bank and direct it to the lake. The final step was regrading the surface of the silt dam and restoring it with grass seed.
With this work complete, RIZ now will be able to watch the tubes over the next few years and see if there is any continued movement. LPA staff and RIZ engineers will do this by measuring the seam gaps between the tubes. As with all basin projects, ongoing maintenance is key to ensuring these structures remain in good repair.

Q: An unusual loss of water from the LPA water system late last year alerted you to the fact there was a break in a water main under Burchfield Cove. What did the repair work entail, and what are the implications for other under-the-lake mains that exist?

A:
LPA experienced a broken water line under Burchfield Cove in late 2019. The timing of this break was fortunate, as it occurred during our slow part of the season. LaGrange Inc. out of Amana, Iowa, was contracted to bore a new water crossing about halfway up Burchfield Cove. The original crossing had been further south. The new crossing will help bring better water pressure to the homes on the east side of the cove. Installation of the new line was finalized in June and is successfully in-service.

The cost of replacing the line plus implementing some necessary water main extensions topped $400,000. This was not budgeted, but LPA was able to postpone some other projects to soften the blow of this expense. There are four other crossings under the lake that bring water to the east side of Lake Panorama from the water plant on the west side. Three of these are primary crossings and one is smaller. The southernmost primary crossing travels from Christmas Tree Point to Tie Road. The middle primary crossing travels north/northeast from Sunset Beach. Finally, there is a smaller crossing at the upper reaches of the Burchfield Cove creek channel. Plans for replacing the other lake crossings are under review for LPA’s five-year capital budget plan. The cost of these should be less because the water mains connected to those crossings will not require the same amount of work as the Burchfield project.

Q: Yet another water-related project is some work planned below the lake dam yet this year. Tell us about that.

A:
The LPA dam continues to be inspected regularly, with ongoing maintenance, and repair items being a top priority for the association. One minor maintenance project is planned for this year. The low-flow outlet at the dam has caused some erosion downstream where the water is let out. LPA has hired a contractor Double L Construction and Brock Robson to go down the backside of the dam to dig out and replace the old riprap. Fabric material will be placed over the newly graded area, then covered with 12-inch limestone. This new area should allow water to run directly into the Middle Raccoon River without eroding the bank.
Some long-term improvement to the berm between the primary spillway and the emergency spillway remains under review this year, and will be either a 2021 or 2022 project.

Q: A new person on the LPA staff is taking over management of issues related to the association’s building codes. Give us details.

A:
Lane Rumelhart, who joined our staff Dec. 30 as LPA project manager, now is responsible for managing the LPA building codes, interacting with the building codes committee and LPA members. Working six summers for Rumelhart Building Co. in Guthrie Center, which is owned by his grandfather, provided him with experience in reading blueprints and all aspects of construction, so he’s a good fit for these tasks.

Building codes are an important component of what the LPA staff manages annually. For instance, in 2019, 69 land disturbing permits were issued. Seventy-five building permits were issued, including 13 new homes, 15 decks, 17 additions, one boathouse rehab, one permanent dock, two fences, 20 storage sheds, two gazebos, two detached garages and two demolitions. As you can see, there are a lot of different types of projects that fall under the LPA building codes.

Lane is taking the responsibility from Mike Gliem, who has been doing “double-duty” for LPA for several years. Mike’s done a great job, but this transition makes a lot of sense considering Mike will be managing the transition from our old water plant to our new reverse osmosis system.
Besides building codes, Lane’s other duties include management of some projects financed by the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), assisting with LPA communications, the annual deer hunt program, and campground and beach management.

Calendar of Events July 9-Aug. 10, 2020

Posted 7/8/2020

Softball Girls Varsity Game
Thursday, July 9, 5:30 p.m.

vs. Boyer Valley, Panorama High School

Softball Girls JV Game
Thursday, July 9, 7:30 p.m.

vs. Boyer Valley, Panorama High School

Softball Girls Varsity Game
Friday, July 10, 5:30 p.m.

vs. Coon Rapids Bayard, Panorama High School

Softball Girls JV Game,
Friday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.

vs. Coon Rapids Bayard, Panorama High School

Shop Local, Eat Local, Be Local Shopping event
Friday, July 10, all day

(recurring, second Friday of each month), www.panorachamber.org

Walt Brammer’s 95th birthday open house
Sunday, July 12, 2-4 p.m.

Panorama National Convention Center, 5071 Clover Ridge Road

Panora City Council town hall style meeting
July 13, 6:30 p.m.

Panora Veteran’s Auditorium. The town hall meeting will be for residents who would like to address the Council regarding the consideration of allowing ATVs and UTVs to be driven on City Streets in Panora. Currently, these types of vehicles are not allowed. The Council would like to hear from all citizens, for and against, to aid in the drafting of a potential ordinance. Written comments are recommended and will be read at the meeting. For those who would like to attend in person, registration will be required in advance. www.cityofpanora.com

Midwest Partnership Golf Outing 2020
Friday, July 17

Lake Panorama National Golf Resort 5071 Clover Ridge Road, Panora,
www.midwestpartnership.com/golf-outing.cfm

Panora Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Monday, July 20 at noon

Location not yet decided.
www.panorachamber.org

Panora City Council Meeting
Monday, July 27, 6:30 p.m

www.cityofpanora.com

Friends of Lake Panorama’s Beach Ball
Saturday, Aug. 1

Lake Panorama National conference center. Registration opens at 4 p.m., evening meal served from 5:30-7 p.m., entertainment from Little Joe McCarthy from 5-9 p.m.
www.friendsoflakepanorama.org

Panorama Community Schools School Board meeting
Monday, Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m.



Submit your free items for the Lake Panorama Times calendar of events at https://www.lakepanoramatimes.com/contact-us

Obituary

Ray pals final
Posted 7/8/2020

Ray Michael Pals, 72, of Panora, Iowa and Mission, Texas, died on June 30, 2020, in Mission.

He was born on May 11, 1948, in Belmond, Iowa, the son of Ray Edward and Marian (Green) Pals. He graduated from Belmond Community High School in 1966, and shortly after began a 32-year career as an installation technician with Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technologies.
Ray married Mary Pauk on March 1, 1975, in Corwith, and they settled in Van Meter, where they lived for many years. He was a longtime member of the Izaak Walton League, and enjoyed camping with his family until they purchased their summer home on Lake Panorama in Panora. Ray liked water skiing, leisurely boat rides, grill outs and card games. In later years, he became an avid woodworker, never straying far from the workshop where he created and donated many pieces to area charities.

He was a mainstay at cribbage tournaments around Panora, and rarely missed a weekend of sports: If Ray knew about the game, he’d be watching on TV. He liked going south to Texas for the winter, where he filled his days with live music, golf cart rides, happy hours with friends and crafting beautiful woodwork for his friends and family.

Ray was a friend to everyone he met. He had a sharp wit and a playful spirit, and was quick with a smile or joke that put anyone at ease. He cared deeply for his family, who miss him greatly.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary; daughter Tonia (Sam) Martin of Clive; son Wade (Stacy) Pals of Williamsburg, Kentucky, and three granddaughters, Emily, Makenna and Avery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 4 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale, Iowa. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m., with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. We will follow all current COVID-19 restrictions.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to Tori’s Angels, 4677 Panorama Drive, Panora, IA, 50216.

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Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 7/8/20
Lake Panorama residents love their pets!

Lake Dog
Name:
Memphis
Age: 2.5 years
Breed: English Labrador
Owners:  The Patterson Family: Colleen, Jerry, Jerry Jr. and Abbey (pictured with Memphis).

Memphis is a 100-pound sweetheart that thinks it is still a lap dog. It is a gentle giant that loves playing with other dogs and meeting new humans. For fun, it is part of a dog hike group and goes off leash to hike with other dogs. Memphis also loves swimming at the lake. This lake dog greets visitors with something in its mouth when they enter the house. Abbey says, “He’s the sweetest floof ever!”

Cove Cat
Name:
Dijon
Age: 3-4 year old tortoise shell/tabby
Available for adoption at Panora Pets
114 W. Main St., Panora
www.PanoraPets.com
Like its name, Dijon is a bit sassy with a big purrsonality. It is very friendly and independent and is good with children and other kitties.  Dijon would be a great addition to a family on the lake or off the lake.  She is absolutely beautiful and sweet!

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. 

Golf Outing of the Midwest Partnership EDC

The 25th Annual Golf Outing of the Midwest Partnership EDC is July 17.  There is still time to register. The outing will be taking place at Lake Panorama National Resort & Conference Center near Panora.

The cost to register a team is $325, or individuals can play for $85, which covers golfing on 18 holes, cart fees and BBQ lunch.  Teams will also be recognized on event promotional material.

Additionally, there are sponsorship opportunities for teams and those unavailable to attend.  See complete list of sponsorship levels on the MWP website.

Register Online Here

 

ON THE LAKE
A very still swan, magazine relaunches,
LPT digital edition and a new feature

Shane 09 16
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 6/10/2020

Take a look at our banner photo on the front page. Go ahead. I will wait for you.
Wonder where that swan came from, why it is in the pond on the ninth hole at Lake Panorama National golf course, and how it can remain so still? You can thank our Canadian feathered friends.

Lake Panorama has become the year-round home for many Canada geese. Adults mate for life and often return to the same location each year to build a nest with a preference for ground level near water. Ponds on the Lake Panorama National golf course have become favorite nesting spots. In an attempt to keep the Canada geese at bay, four fake swans have been installed in three LPN ponds.

Each is tethered by a rope tied to a brick and moved periodically around the pond. The theory is that geese are afraid of swans and will stay away. Two swans were placed in the pond on the fifth hole in 2019 and did their job for a while, but eventually the geese got used to them and took back the water. Meanwhile, this swan on the ninth hole seems to be enjoying the sunshine and water fountain. And why not?

Back in business
I shared with you in past columns that this may not have been the best time to buy a newspaper, but I am still glad I did. While we suspended the publishing of most of our other publications, we didn’t miss a beat with Lake Panorama Times. It just didn’t’ seem right to cease publishing something I just bought. Now it appears that our economy and our local businesses will be rebounding, and that is true for us, too. Those of you who have homes in the Des Moines suburbs are familiar with our monthly Living magazines, of which we published 19 separate zones. I am pleased to share that we are bringing 12 of those back in June and hope to bring back more in months ahead. We are also re-launching CITYVIEW magazine in July and will have it available at more than 700 locations again soon. When you support the businesses that advertise in this publication or any of our others, you support us, too. That’s what makes this newspaper viable, and we appreciate it when everyone buys from local businesses.

Sign up for our digital edition emails
Last month we launched our email service, which allows you to receive a link to the digital edition of Lake Panorama Times. Several dozen of you signed up for it already and can now view, share or save those editions on your phone, tablet or computer. Have friends or family members who would like to receive Lake Panorama Times? Sign them up. The service is free, and anyone can sign up or unsubscribe at any time. And you can do so knowing that we don’t collect and sell your data to anyone for any reason. Find details at www.lakepanoramatimes.com.

Ask Lake Panorama Times
Starting next month, we will be publishing a new feature here called “Ask Lake Panorama Times.” You send us your questions, and we will research and publish the answers. You might wonder if you have to license pets at the lake, or where to dispose of lawn debris, or why there are fake swans on the ponds at Lake Panorama National golf course. OK, we have one of those covered for you already, but send any other questions to me from the “Get In Touch” portion of our newly designed website at www.lakepanoramatimes.com.
I look forward to seeing you on the lake. And, as always, thanks for reading.  read more

DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS IMPROVE BEACH LANDSCAPES
Two trees that had been planted at Maureen Lubeck’s home were transplanted to Boulder Beach.

Posted 6/10/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times

Some spur-of-the-moment plans led to new landscaping efforts at both Boulder and Shady beaches this spring. For starters, two trees that had been planted at Maureen Lubeck’s home were transplanted to Boulder Beach.

One tree, a Japanese lilac, was planted in her yard five years ago in memory of her mother-in-law, Doris Russell. The other, a red maple, was planted a year ago in memory of her husband Kim, who passed away unexpectedly in September 2018. Maureen recently purchased a Boulder Cove condo and is selling her waterfront home on the west side of Lake Panorama. The thought of leaving behind those two memorial trees made her move more difficult.

Lubeck contacted Martin Wood with Wood Landscaping of Panora to ask if the two trees could be transplanted. Once Wood confirmed it would be possible, she contacted the LPA about moving the trees to Boulder Beach and received approval.

At the time of Kim’s death, the Lubeck family designated Friends of Lake Panorama as one of the places memorial gifts could be given. At the family’s request, funds received were used to purchase and place an 8-foot metal bench at Boulder Beach. The bench is attached to a large concrete pad and positioned with a view of the lake and Boulder Beach.

The family chose a bright blue color for the bench. They also chose the wording for a memorial plaque on the bench: “In Memory of Kim Lubeck, A Life Well Lived.” It was a natural decision to have these two trees transplanted near the bench.

 Brothers Martin and Kevin Wood, and Martin’s son Casey, dug up the trees May 12 at the Lubeck home and transplanted them the following day at Boulder Beach.

At Shady Beach, six volunteers spent the morning of May 21 cleaning up the perennial flower beds planted on top of the stone wall near the beach, plus the surrounding grassy area and steps to the beach. Leaves, sticks and other debris were raked up, loaded into a truck, and hauled to the LPA waste recycling site.

Perennials in the beds that will show their stuff later in the year include coneflowers, day lilies, salvia and perennial grasses. But to provide color now that will last through much of the summer, the volunteers planted 300 petunias in a variety of colors.

The volunteer crew was organized by Sue Merryman and included Amy Johnson, JoAnn Johnson, Beth Muenzenberger, Sue Hendricks and Jim Vandevanter. These volunteers are taking over maintenance of the landscaped beds, which have previously been cared for by LPA members Mike and Nancy James. The James’ volunteer service over the years has made Shady Beach a colorful venue for family gatherings and events.

The remaining beach at Lake Panorama has a long tradition of landscaping assistance from many people who live in the Sunset Beach neighborhood. Jody and Merlin Muench lead the volunteer effort there. Merlin has removed the dead portion of perennial grasses near the beach, and run a weed-eater around trees. Galen and Pam Johnson cleaned up the landscape bed near the beach entrance. Other volunteers soon will help cleanup remaining winter debris, put down new mulch, and perform maintenance work throughout the year.

BEACH BALL FUNDRAISER ON TAP FOR AUG. 1
One new auction item recently donated is a 15-foot handcrafted cedar kayak.

Posted 6/10/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times

The Friends of Lake Panorama board has set a deadline of July 1 to decide how its third Beach Ball, planned for Aug. 1, will be structured. The event was postponed from April 18 because of restrictions caused by COVID-19.

With the current 50-percent capacity regulation, it wouldn’t be possible for the LPN conference center to host the 250 guests who originally planned to attend this event. The Friends board is discussing adjustments that will make it possible for the event to be held Aug. 1, even if the capacity regulation doesn’t change.

When final plans are in place, current table sponsors and ticket buyers will be contacted directly. Details also will be publicized on the Friends website and Facebook pages, the LPA and LPN weekly newsletters, and the July issue of the Lake Panorama Times.

Anyone who already has paid for a table sponsorship or tickets and can’t attend can choose to either leave the money with Friends as a direct donation for the playground project or ask for a refund.

Those who can attend and have not yet paid for their table sponsorships and tickets will be asked to do so. Any remaining seats available will be offered to those on a waiting list. Anyone interested in attending who hasn’t yet gotten on the waiting list can do so by contacting Susan Thompson, 515-240-6536, or staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.

The Friends board is pleased with the support shown for the 2020 Beach Ball, which will raise money for new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches. So far, about 100 items have been donated for auctions and a raffle, and additional donated items are welcomed. There also will be other fundraising activities as part of the Beach Ball.

One new item recently donated that will turn heads during the live auction is a 15-foot handcrafted cedar kayak. LPN member Christopher Welp is donating the kayak, which he purchased about 10 years ago. It’s been on the water just a few times, and Welp will attest that it is fast. The kayak is about 25 inches wide and weighs 45 pounds. It will be sold with a stand, paddle and cloth bag.

The kayak was built at Old Modern Handicrafts in Santa Ana, California, which typically takes about 500 hours. Strips of cedar are joined together by hand and encapsulated in fiberglass bonded in place with epoxy resin, then coated with marine vanish. This combination of fiberglass and epoxy is strong and transparent so the beauty of the wood shines through. This kayak new costs $4,000. A value of $2,500 has been placed on it for the Beach Ball auction.

So far $17,500 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, and donors receive a thank you letter acknowledging their donation. 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 FIREWORKS
LPA members are responsible to avoid any activity that could be declared a nuisance to their neighbors.

Posted 6/10/20

The Fourth of July holiday brings two types of fireworks to Lake Panorama.

The annual “Fire in the Sky” fireworks display sanctioned by the Lake Panorama Association and put on by the Scheiring family will be at dusk on Saturday, July 4. The fireworks will be set off from the traditional spot at Shady Beach. For safety reasons, the LPA Lake Patrol and the Iowa DNR require boats anchored during the display to have running lights on during the show.

Planning for 2020 community celebrations has been unusually complicated due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. LPA, the Scheiring family and J&M Displays reviewed plans for the July 4 show in April and agreed to move forward with the event. J&M Displays has agreed to carry over all deposits and payments to 2021 if this year’s Fire in the Sky needs to be cancelled due to State protocols involving COVID-19.

The other type of fireworks is consumer fireworks, which now can be legally sold in Iowa because of a bill passed in the 2017 Iowa legislative session. In May 2017, the LPA Board of Directors passed a motion that states the LPA does not consent to the use of fireworks on LPA-owned property, such as beaches, campgrounds, parking lots, roads, the marina, golf courses and community areas.

Guests of Lake Panorama National Resort are being notified of this action. Both LPA members and guests can be found in violation of LPA rules if they use fireworks on LPA property and could be subject to a monetary fine.

LPA members also are reminded they are responsible to avoid any activity that could be declared a nuisance to their neighbors, and they are liable for any damage or injury they or their guests cause to neighbors and their property. 

PANDEMIC SEARCH FOR FLOUR BOOSTS SALES FOR PANORA FARM
Early Morning Harvest offers a wide selection of stone ground flours, meals, cereals and mixtures, which are milled from their farm-grown wheat, oats, rye, buckwheat and corn.

Posted 6/10/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times


Many small businesses have lost customers and revenue in the last three months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet one Panora small business has been adding customers and hiring more help to keep up with demand for some of its products — especially flours made from organic grains grown on their farm.

Early Morning Harvest is a small family farm located just east of Panora. Jeff Hafner has been farming with his father, Earl, since 1993. The two transitioned their farmland to organic production in 2000.

The Hafners offer a wide selection of stone ground flours, meals, cereals and mixtures, which are milled at Early Morning Harvest from their farm-grown wheat, oats, rye, buckwheat and corn.

“Our flour products are made by using the whole grain and two stones,” said Jeff Hafner. “Our flour isn’t enriched or bleached or added to in any way. We simply use two pieces of round granite; one is stationary, one rotates, and the grooves in the stone push the final product out.”

Next, a sifter is used to create the different textures for each of the products. For instance, there is whole wheat flour, whole wheat bread flour and whole wheat pasta flour. Or consider corn flour, corn meal, corn polenta or corn grits. Several other flours and cereals also are offered.

The flour products are available in the Early Morning Harvest online store; in Hometown Foods stores in Panora, Guthrie Center and Stuart; New Pioneer Food Coop in Iowa City; and Wheatsfield Coop Grocery in Ames.

But most new customers who discovered Early Morning Harvest over the last three months purchased their flour on Amazon. In a mid-May interview, Hafner said in the last six weeks, the small business had shipped flour products to all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

“We used to mill one or two days a week, but lately we’ve been milling five to six days a week to meet demand,” he said. “People just couldn’t find flour in their stores.”

Jeff Coccoluto, from Boston, Massachusetts, wrote to Hafner in early April: “We are in Boston approaching our ‘spike’ in the COVID virus epidemic. In the last month leading up to this, our grocery stores have been run out of all the staples. I found whole wheat flour from you online, ordered it and got it delivered. My pizza and sour dough bread making continue on and taste better than ever.”

To prove his point, Coccoluto included a photo of a delicious looking pizza, and Hafner featured the photo and letter in one of the businesses’ weekly newsletters.

The flour normally is sold in one- and four-pound bags, but during the pandemic there has been more demand for 25- and 50-pound bags. “Two weeks ago, a gentleman who found us on Facebook drove from Indiana and left with 600 pounds of flour,” Hafner said.

While its flours have gained Early Morning Harvest new attention in recent weeks, it’s not how the small family farm first began connecting with consumers.

“I always wanted to have a big garden and enjoyed growing vegetables,” said Hafner. “But gardens mean weeds, and I didn’t like to pull weeds. That got me to thinking about the possibility of raising vegetables in an aquaponics greenhouse.”

Aquaponics combines aquaculture — raising aquatic animals in tanks — with hydroponics, which is growing plants in water rather than soil. Hafner started with a small system that has grown several times as he learned what works best.

His first water tank filled with tilapia was installed in March of 2011. He bought and developed several systems that worked well for his greenhouse. The systems pump the water from the fish tanks into basins where plants absorb the water and nutrients from the fish waste. The cleaned water cycles back to the fish tanks, only to flood the basins again later.

The entire system now involves 7,500 gallons of water and about 600 fish. This allows Hafner to reach his goal of year-round production of vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, several types of lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens and fresh herbs.

A large outdoor vegetable garden is planted each spring. In addition, a high-tunnel greenhouse helps extend the growing season, with planting in the early spring and later into the fall. These soil-based gardens make it possible for the farm to also offer vegetables such as beets, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, leeks and onions.

Hafner also sells live tilapia.

“We don’t have a license to filet the fish, so we sell them live. We have a couple of regular customers,” he says. The family also has pasture-raised poultry for egg production and sells the fresh brown eggs by the dozen in four sizes.

And the family sells both clover and buckwheat honey in one-pound and three-pound jars. Hafner works with an area beekeeper to manage the bee hives, which produce honey on the Early Morning Harvest farm.

Early Morning Harvest Kitchen Creations regularly available include cherry pecan granola, almond coconut pineapple granola, and Grandma Mame’s Cornbread Mix. A certified test kitchen makes it possible for the staff to try new ideas, dry herbs and spices, and bake fresh cookies for the on-farm store.

A wide variety of gift boxes and bags featuring items produced on the farm are available online or can be picked up locally.

Those who visit the Early Morning Harvest farm store also have the chance to purchase food items from other Iowa producers. Beef products come from Wallace Farms Beef in Keystone. Dairy items from four different vendors are offered. Zaza’s Pastas come from Cedar Rapids and are made with the general purpose flour produced at Early Morning Harvest. Salad dressings, mustards, salsas, and grape jelly also can be found on the store shelves.

Jeff lives at the Early Morning Harvest farm with his wife Shannon. His father Earl has been in agriculture most of his life and farming since the mid-1980s. His mother Ronda taught elementary school in the area for many years before retiring.

Besides the four family members who work in various aspects of the small business, there are three full-time and three part-time employees, plus an intern each summer.

Hafner offers tours to individuals and groups of up to 50 people.

“We’ve had bank tours, corporate health days, community college students, representatives of the World Food Prize and many others,” he said. “There isn’t a charge for tours. I’m not here to entertain; my goal is to educate people.”

Early Morning Harvest products can be purchased many ways. The farm is part of the Iowa Food Cooperative, which offers more than 1,500 products made, grown or raised in Iowa. Members of the cooperative order online bi-weekly with deadlines in place so producers can be notified of the products they’ve sold for that round.

Every other Thursday, Hafner loads up a large van with the products cooperative members ordered from Early Morning Harvest and drives to the coop’s headquarters in Des Moines. Since the farm serves as one of the cooperative’s pick-up locations, he’s back to the farm by 4:30 p.m. where local cooperative members have until 5:30 p.m. to pick up their order.

A weekly Early Morning Harvest emailed newsletter lists what’s currently available. Orders can be placed via email at info@earlymorningharvest.com. Items can be picked up in the store during open hours, or local deliveries are made each Friday to customers who meet Ronda Hafner in the Panorama Gardens parking lot beginning at 4 p.m.

Online ordering for items to be shipped can be done at earlymorningharvest.com. Product categories include wheat and flour, cereal and mixes, herbs and spices — fresh during some times of the year, dried year-round — and honey.

Hafner says he’s sometimes surprised more people in Panora and surrounding communities don’t know about Early Morning Harvest and what it has to offer.

“People looking online for farmers’ markets, Iowa-grown products or an Iowa experience of some kind often find us that way. We get a lot of people who drive out from Des Moines,” he said.

Early Morning Harvest is located at 2425 Willow Ave., just southeast of Panora. Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and holidays.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Lake Panorama Association
Board of Directors Meeting
April 28, 2020
Lake Panorama Association Office - Via Web Conference

The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met April 28, 2020, at 5 p.m. via Web Conference. Board members in attendance were Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, Tom Jeschke, Rich Schumacher and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: Dave Finneseth and Scott Vandenbos, LPA Members
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 – Scott Vandenbos addressed the board regarding the 10 MPH buoy location in Burchfield Cove. Vandenbos requested the buoy be relocated at the inlet of the cove, as it is in other cove areas. Vandenbos stated there are very few kayaks or other non-motor users of the cove now, due to the amount of boat traffic in this area. Vandenbos asked about the process to get the buoy moved back to where it was prior to 2019.
Rutledge reviewed the process the water safety committee and the Board of Directors used in 2018 to determine the locations of the buoys, including member input on the proposed locations.
The board thanked Vandenbos for bringing his concerns to the board. There were no new compelling issues that led the board to make any changes to the location at this time and the board suggested he attend the fall Water Safety Committee meeting and present his request to re-evaluate this buoy location. The Water Safety Committee is welcome to propose relocation of buoys to the Board for consideration.

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda
Evans 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 03.24.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 03.31.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Accept 04.13.2020 Building Code Committee Minutes
e) Approve date of the next LPA board of directors meeting
f) Accept 12.17.2019 LPN, LLC Board of Managers minutes
g) Correction to November 2019 LPA Board of Directors meeting minutes
h) Extension of board officer elections and committee appoints to June 2020

Agenda Item 4a – Sale of LPA owned lot 3662 as recommended by land sales task force.
LPA received an offer from Dale and Janis Hochreiter to purchase lot 3662 in the amount of $10,000. Land Sales Committee (LSC) reviewed the offer and countered back with $12,500, holding firm with the current minimum lot sales price policy. The buyer has accepted the counter of $12,500 for lot 3662. LPA staff has no objection to the sale of this property. LSC is recommending the offer of $12,500 be accepted. Offer states lot 3662 to be combined with currently owned lot 3661 at closing.
Schumacher moved to accept the offer and approve the sale of lot 3662 to Dale and Janis Hochreiter, for $12,500, lot to be combined with lot 3661 at closing. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4b – Sale of LPA owned lot 1572 as recommended by land sales task force
LPA received an offer from Jennifer Staver to purchase lot 1572 in the mount of $25,000. The offer is contingent on an acceptable percolation test. Land Sales Committee (LSC) reviewed the offer. This is a B lot, located on the golf course, along #6 tee box, red tees. LSC countered back with $30,000. The buyer contacted Guthrie County Environmental Office and was informed this lot had a bad perc several years ago. The buyer has accepted the counter of $30,000 for lot 1572, contingent on an easement for septic lateral fields on the golf course and an acceptable perc test in this location. LPA staff has no objection to the sale of this property. LSC is recommending the offer of $30,000 be accepted with the contingencies.
Donovan moved to accept the offer by Jennifer Staver of $30,000 for lot 1572 and an accompanying septic lateral field easement in the “no mow” area of the LPN golf course, contingent upon an acceptable percolation test by the buyers. Easement to be finalized by LPA management and LPA attorney, and be limited only to the ground necessary to accommodate the septic lateral fields. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4c – Variance Request: St. Thomas More for vinyl chain link fence as recommended by Building Codes committee
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Alex Kautzky represented St. Thomas More Center (lot 6657 and 6656 at 6177 Panorama Drive, Panora, Iowa 50216) and presented plans asking for a variance on a fence. Alex was asking for a 6-foot-tall, 215-foot-long privacy fence. Alex explained the importance of this fence was to keep kids from straying off a portion of Panorama Road and to block the view of people driving by from looking in the cabin windows. The Building Codes Committee discussed the importance of the safety of children and acknowledged the aesthetics of the proposed fence. The committee decided a 5-foot-tall, black vinyl coated chain link fence would meet the needs of Lake Panorama and St. Thomas More Center due to safety concerns and height recommendations. Nate Esser made a motion to approve a variance for a 5-foot-tall, black vinyl coated chain link fence. Motion seconded by Gary Evans. Motion carried unanimously.
It is worth noting St. Thomas More was platted as a large tract, which differentiates it from most other properties at Panorama, and their unique use of this property makes safety a consideration.
Spradling moved to approve granting a variance to St. Thomas More for a five-foot tall, black vinyl coated chain link fence based upon the fact St. Thomas More has unique safety considerations due to the nature of their operation and also due to the fact their property was initially platted as a large tract for commercial use. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4d – 2020 financial investment in LPN, LLC (wholly owned subsidiary)
Rutledge reviewed the approved 2020 budget for LPA and LPN, LLC, which includes cash investment into LPN, LLC during the 2020 year. Rutledge requested the board approve authorization to make cash investments to LPN, LLC, when cash flow warrants the need, amount up to $100,000 during the year. If additional cash investment is required, a request will be made to the board.
Spradling moved to approve cash investments to LPN, LLC up to $100,000 as it becomes necessary for LPN, LLC cash flow. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 5a – Review COVID-19 policies
Policies related to use of LPA-owned facilities:
Sports courts were closed April 6, 2020, based on the proclamation of indoor/outdoor playgrounds were ordered closed. Upon further review, management believes we could open them with signage regarding social distancing and group size limits. The courts would be self-governing as LPA does not have resources to enforce social distancing. If members do not self-govern, we will need to close again to achieve social distance guidelines.
LPN Links will open to in-house dining Wednesday through Sunday, beginning May 6, following 50 percent occupancy and other requirements.
LPA office will remain closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Bathrooms, campgrounds, and shelter houses will remain closed, per the Governor’s proclamation.
Policies related to lake use — consider potential rafting restrictions to comply with governor’s proclamation on social distancing and gatherings. Discussion was held and LPA will continue to remind members to follow social distancing and limiting of groups to 10 or under, etc. Rafting is discouraged, but not prohibited.
Policies related to collection of LPA dues and water bills: Collection policies were reviewed, and management will adjust as necessary due to COVID-19. Members with unpaid dues balances will not receive a ballot for the annual election June 27, 2020.
The board commended Rutledge and the staff in their handling of COVID-19 as it pertains to all the various departments regarding policies, procedures and practices and confirmed their support of the decisions that have been implemented.
Evans moved to adopt the recommendations reviewed, in regard to COVID-19 policies, and to give management authority to continue to handle as items arise. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 6a – Other Business – None

Agenda Item 7 – Closed Session – None

Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:05 p.m.

ELECTRICAL HAZARDS BY THE WATER
The Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association estimates at least 98 reports of electric-shock drownings since 1986.

Posted 6/10/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times

Many Lake Panorama property owners have some type of electrical service near the lake. This power source is used for boat lifts, docks, irrigation pumps, lights or other items that require electricity to operate.

Yet electrical shorts, ungrounded equipment and frayed wiring all could cause dangerous, even fatal, swimming conditions. Electric-shock drowning happens when an electric current, typically low-level current from boats, docks or lifts, “escapes” and shocks nearby swimmers.
The Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association estimates there have been at least 98 reports of electric-shock drownings since 1986. Many more people escape death but are affected and sometimes injured. The risk exists wherever there is both water and electricity.

A number of factors affect the impact the current can have on someone in the water, including the amount of electricity, the size of the person, and proximity to the power source. A person can be killed, injured, feel a slight tingling sensation, or experience nothing at all. Sometimes the shock alone can kill, and in other instances the shock causes paralysis, which leads to drowning.

Kane Powell is a licensed electrician who has been providing services to Lake Panorama owners for 20 years.

“Electricity and water are not a great combination, which is why it is so important to have the proper equipment and safety measures in place,” Powell says. “Water can be energized, and a person may not know it. If a person is in the water and there is electric current, the person can become disoriented and may not know which way is up. It doesn’t matter how strong you are; you may not be able to swim to the surface in a situation like that.”

Powell has plenty of experience installing electrical service near the water. He did all the wiring at the Lake Panorama marina for the most recent set of boat slips, which involved the pumps, lifts and lights.

Everything installed at the marina was guided by the National Electrical Code, a regionally adoptable standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment, and inspected by the State Fire Marshal’s office. That same code is used to guide electrical installations for private property owners.

“A person should never use any electrical outlets near the water that are not GFI or GFCI-protected and UL-listed for the purpose it’s being used for,” Powell says.

GFCI, which is an acronym for ground fault circuit interrupter, refers to a breaker that protects an entire circuit. These are generally found on electrical distribution panels and protect multiple outlets. GFI is a ground fault interrupter at the outlet, not on a panel. These are found in bathrooms or other locations where water might come in contact with an outlet. If that happens, the outlet is tripped and a simple push of the button restores the circuit.

Powell says there are many ways to protect an electrical circuit serving areas or equipment near water.

“I often install a UL-listed GFI receptacle in a UL-listed, weatherproof box with an in-use heavy duty weatherproof cover. That way if it trips, the owner doesn’t have to run to their house to get it back on,” he says. 

Using best practices means all dock wiring should be in conduit or protected from damage causing short circuits. That wiring should have ground fault interruption installed. Using hardwired extension cords as permanent wiring for electric boat lifts, docks or lights near water is not a safe practice.

“We do everything possible to make it as safe as it can be, so human error is somewhat protected,” Powell says. “If you plug an extension cord into a properly working GFCI, and the cord falls into the water, the GFCI is designed to trip in a split second.”

Even when electrical power is properly installed, Powell warns against having a false sense of security.

“A ground fault interrupter receptacle doesn’t last forever. I recommend properly testing it spring and fall. You can buy a plug tester and do it yourself or hire an electrician to check everything for you,” he says.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office has authority over all electrical installations in Iowa and does permitting and inspections. The Lake Panorama Association does not require an LPA-specific permit for electrical work done within the lake development, nor oversee the installation and inspection process.

“LPA does strongly advise members to work with an electrician who is licensed in the State of Iowa,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “Licensed electricians are required to follow all electrical codes, which includes securing the necessary permits and inspections from the State Fire Marshal’s office.”

In general, new electrical work needs to be permitted and inspected, while maintenance does not. Homeowners with electrical installation experience can do their own work, while those who don’t should hire a professional.

Iowaelectrical.gov is the go-to website for answers about Iowa’s electrical permitting and inspections process. In the “welcome” section on the home page, click on the State Fire Marshal’s link.

The State Fire Marshal’s office employs several state electrical inspectors. Steve Nisser is the inspector who handles Guthrie County. He encourages anyone with questions about what is needed for their particular electrical situation to call him at 515-210-7294.

LET’S TALK RIPRAPPING
What is it, and why does Lake Panorama need it?

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Lane Rumelhart
Posted 6/10/2020
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times


Riprap describes a range of rocky material placed along lake shorelines, bridge foundations, steep slopes and other structures to protect from erosion. The use of riprap at Lake Panorama was first raised at the 1983 Lake Panorama Association annual meeting when lakefront property owners were encouraged to riprap their shorelines.
A long-range planning committee of board members and volunteers held meetings in 1984 and into 1985. Its final report to the LPA board listed six objectives. Under lake quality, topics to be addressed were control erosion, siltation and water pollution. To control erosion, the report suggested several things including riprapping the lake’s shorelines.
In balloting at the 1985 LPA annual meeting, a resolution was approved requiring waterfront property owners to riprap their lots by Dec. 31, 1987. The LPA Building Codes provide specific instructions for waterfront property owners to keep their shorelines properly riprapped.

Lane Rumelhart has been LPA’s project manager since January and is in the process of taking over administration of LPA building codes from Mike Gliem. In this month’s Q&A, Rumelhart talks about riprap at Lake Panorama.

Q. Why is riprap important along the Lake Panorama shoreline?

A. 
LPA holds its members to a high standard of aesthetics and structural integrity around the lake. One of those areas is riprap. Riprap helps eliminate erosion caused by seepage on slopes or areas with concentrated flow. It is important to keep our shoreline in good condition to keep properties safe, attractive and secure. The quality of riprap varies immensely. Members who implement riprap correctly use landscape fabric and large boulders that are less likely to break down or wash away.

Q. Once a landowner has completed riprapping, how long can it be expected to last?

A.
The longevity of riprap depends on several factors. Those who use smaller material often will see a shorter lifespan of shoreline. In many instances, the rock is too small and disappears quickly due to water current, waves and neglect. Some lots are more challenging than others based on location, steepness and other variables.

Riprap does not move around solely due to waves. If you would like a good example, walk the shoreline of Boulder Beach and take a close look at the water’s edge. The boulders there have been pushed up by ice formations over the winters. Riprap deterioration isn’t just about wave action.

LPA has been asked whether the use of wake boats and the location of “No Wake” buoys are major factors in the lifespan of their riprap. Appropriately installed riprap should handle these conditions without issue. Those shorelines that do show wear from boat wake are generally those that utilized smaller stone and/or inadequately bedded landscape fabric.

Members should do a yearly inspection of their riprap. Things to look for include gaps exposing earth, vegetation growth and cracked/broken down rock material.

Q. Please summarize the building codes information related to riprap.

A.
Our building codes are designed to help members facilitate projects on their lots by either hiring a contractor or doing it themselves. Riprap projects often require special machinery to place the large rocks on the shore edge. This leads to most members seeking hired help to get riprap in place. LPA is fortunate to have many local contractors who do projects like these and know what is required. It is still good for members to know what is expected when completing a riprap project. LPA has a “Who to Call” list available for members looking for contractors to hire.

Land disturbing permits are required to be filled out when riprap is being worked on. This is the member’s responsibility to ensure LPA receives and approves a permit before work begins. There is no fee for a land disturbing permit, as these projects can vary greatly. The main reason for the permit is so LPA can be aware of all projects involving the disruption of soil around the lake. There is no need for a member to fill out a land disturbing permit if there is already a building permit in place with an erosion control plan.

Riprap specifications are detailed in the LPA’s building codes. There are a few major points. All lots immediately adjacent to the lake shall have riprap. Grade surface shall be smooth, firm and uniform. All dead and fallen material must be removed and properly disposed of. No concrete riprap is allowed above elevation of 1,045 feet, as above-water riprap must be large boulders, broken limestone, etc. LPA encourages members to go to the building codes on the LPA website and review what is acceptable for riprap material.

Q. In 2004, the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) approved an $870,000 contract to riprap the upper basin. Is there a plan in place to address other LPA-owned property?

A.
Admittedly, LPA does not have perfect riprap on all LPA-owned property. We work to address repairs on a case-by-case basis and have a couple of large projects on the short-term schedule. Most notable is the LPA’s south shore. The south shore is a massive project, which LPA hopes to begin repairing and restoring this year. The project will not be a wholesale replacement of all riprap but rather a review of the full shoreline with key repairs as needed.

RIZ efforts are devoted to riprap on areas that are part of a functioning sediment basin, wetland outlet or lake inlet. RIZ funds are not used for properties that LPA could feasibly sell for private ownership. This distinction helps to ensure all RIZ funds are appropriated consistently with Iowa Code 357H.

Members with concern about an LPA-owned property should contact the LPA office. The property will be reviewed by LPA staff and a plan to repair the shoreline will be developed and implemented.

Q. What are other ways LPA and RIZ are working to improve the quality of Lake Panorama?

A.
LPA and RIZ work collectively to pursue the broad goal of water quality at Lake Panorama. Riprap is one important tool in this pursuit. But other efforts make our plan comprehensive. RIZ continues to build wetlands around the lake. These wetlands have several purposes. These catch sediment before it reaches the lake, therefore making less silt to dredge. These also filter the water and remove excess nutrients from agricultural runoff.
Another tool used to enhance water quality is boat inspections and an ambitious invasive species policy. LPA security prevents boats that may have invasive species from other lakes from entering through our shoreline. Collectively, these efforts serve to make the waters of Lake Panorama the best they can be. read more

NEW GUTHRIE COUNTY AUDITOR APPOINTED

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Danielle Fink
Posted 6/10/2020

At the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors meeting May 12, the board voted to accept the immediate resignation of Marci McClellan, who had been the Guthrie County auditor since being elected to the position in November 2016. McClellan cited health reasons for her departure.

The board then voted to fill the vacancy by appointment, and appointed Danielle Fink, the current deputy auditor. Fink already had declared herself as a candidate for the position and was the only person on the June 2 primary ballot for county auditor.

The county auditor is responsible for preparing and certifying tax levies, maintaining county financial records, serving as clerk for the county board of supervisors, and serving as commissioner of elections. As commissioner of elections, the auditor conducts voter registration and all elections within the county. This includes the annual election for members of the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board of trustees. read more

Guthrie County Courthouse and Panora City Hall reopen

Posted 6/10/2020

The Guthrie County Courthouse reopened to the public by appointment beginning Tuesday, May 26. County residents must first call the office they want to visit. An appointment will be made and the procedure and requirements explained. A staff person from the office will meet the resident at the east entrance and conduct a health screening before the resident can proceed to the appointed office.

The Panora City Hall lobby now is open for walk-in traffic from 8:30-11:30 a.m., and again 1-4:30 p.m. Hours are reduced to allow employees time to clean doors and counters. Only one person can enter the lobby at a time.

Vets Auditorium in Panora now is open to existing small groups that have previously used the building. Vets and the Panora Community Center will not be rented until the 10-person COVID-19 restriction is lifted.

LPA ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR JUNE 27
Two members will be elected to the LPA board of directors.

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 6/10/2020

The 51st annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association will be Saturday, June 27, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lake Panorama National conference center. The meeting was originally scheduled for May 9, but postponed due to COVID-19 prevention measures.

The new date was set by the LPA board of directors at its March meeting. LPA bylaws provide the annual meeting must 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 term of Tom Jeschke by one month.

Newly elected board members normally begin their terms at the May board meeting but instead will do this at the June 30 board meeting, three days after the annual meeting.

In addition to the later meeting date, LPA will make other necessary adjustments to ensure board members and attendees can participate in a safe, social distance environment. Spaced seating will be provided as well as a streamlined check-in process.

Live streaming options are being developed as both a backup plan and a supplemental plan, to ensure all interested members are provided an opportunity to participate. A late-June announcement of the meeting details will be issued by LPA and based on the restrictions in place at that time.

LPA generally encourages strong attendance at annual meetings. However, LPA members are reminded no business is actually transacted at the meeting itself. Members are allowed to vote in advance by mailing or dropping off their ballot. A full summary of the meeting will be available to the members via the weekly email bulletin.

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.

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 2020 ballot is simply for electing two members to the LPA board of directors.

Members are asked to deliver or mail their completed ballot in the numbered envelope to the LPA office before Friday, June 26. This allows the majority of the ballots to be counted in advance of the meeting. Ballots also can be brought to the annual meeting.

Two people are running for two seats on the LPA seven-member board. Mary Jane Carothers is completing her first, three-year term on the board, and running for a second term. David Finneseth is seeking a seat on the board for the first time, and will replace Tom Jeschke.

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

PANORAMA DAYS CANCELED
One-day SummerFest event planned for Aug. 8

Posted 6/10/20
By Susan Thompson  |  Lake Panorama Times

In early May, the Panora Chamber made the decision to cancel Panorama Days 2020, which was scheduled for Aug. 7-9. In a statement, the Chamber said “due to the unknown and financial structure it takes, we feel it’s best to cancel this year and focus on planning 2021. This decision was not made lightly, but we feel this was the best decision for the safety of our community at this time.”

As state guidelines have become less restrictive, Chamber members are planning smaller events. For instance, on June 12, many Chamber businesses are offering special deals, gifts or giveaways, in an event called “Shop Local, Eat Local and Bank Local.”

On the weekend when Panorama Days would have been held, plans are underway for a modified event, which has been named SummerFest. On Saturday, Aug. 8, there will a day of food, music, games and shopping in Panora.

Also, the Lake Panorama Association sponsors the Panorama Days fireworks show and has agreed to continue with the Friday, Aug. 7 show. The show is scheduled to begin around 9:30 p.m. from the south shore of Lake Panorama.

The popular Heart of Guthrie County Garage Sales also was cancelled for 2020 and likely won’t be rescheduled this year since the event is a combination of retail store and home garage sales. But members of the Panora Chamber retail committee, which is made up of Crafty’s Coffee & Gifts, T & K Designs, and Fashions on 44, are looking at dates for a sidewalk sale in July, which they feel can be executed safely.

 The dates for the 2021 Panorama Days will be Aug. 6-8. To learn more about Panora Chamber events, visit its website at panorachamber.org.

Water testing ends

Posted 6/10/20
Provided by Lake Panorama Association


Changes in how the State Hygienic Lab processes Lake Panorama beach water quality samples means LPA no longer is able to offer weekly beach water quality reports.

LPA understands some members check these beach water quality results on a weekly basis. In light of this development, following is a history of testing procedures and how members can apply common sense judgement in lieu of State Hygienic Lab results.
LPA beach water quality tests have traditionally been taken on Tuesdays and shipped to the State Hygienic Lab. The results generally were available the following Thursday or Friday with LPA posting results by the weekend.

One flaw in this process was the delay in the testing data. Conditions on the preceding Tuesday may, or may not, have been indicative of weekend conditions at LPA’s beaches. If the weather leading up to the Tuesday test was clear and precipitation free, the tests were almost certain to come back as being “Swimming O.K.” If heavy rains occurred after the tests were taken, the results provided a false sense of security about the beach water quality.
The reverse also was true. If Lake Panorama experienced heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday, the tests were likely to come back as “Swimming Not Recommended.” However, clear skies on the days that followed most likely resulted in safe conditions by the weekend.

Lake Panorama members and guests should remember water quality can vary considerably from location to location. Conditions generally improve with sunshine and good weather. Rainy and cloudy conditions are generally followed by less desirable water quality conditions.

The presence of wildlife corresponds with poorer water quality. LPA uses its beach groomer to collect debris and wildlife droppings from the sand, which helps remove some sources of bacteria at the beaches. The result is never perfect but is substantially improved from what LPA offered before purchasing the beach groomer.

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 6/10/20

Lake Panorama residents love their pets! Once social distancing rules are minimized, we will publish photos of owners and their pets with their stories. In the meantime, here are three featured pets:

Winston (nickname Mr. Kibbles)
Age: 8
Breed: F4 Bengal Hybrid (four generations from a wild Asian leopard cat)
Owners: Gerry and Carol Frank.

Winston’s favorite human food are green beans. He seemingly enjoys staring at his humans until they wake up. He also likes to dig through wastebaskets for new toys, his favorites toys being cheese stick wrappers and strips cut from mailer envelopes. His pet peeve is when his sister hits him on the head for washing her face. Winston does not enjoy car rides but does like to sleep high in his cat tree.

Issa (nickname Princess)
Age: 8
Breed: F4 Savannah Hybrid (four generations from an African serval)
Owners: Jerry and Carol Frank

Issa loves to caress Kate Spade leather handbags. (Gold is her favorite.) Her preferred human foods are blueberries and green beans. She likes to spend time rearranging stacks of paper. She enjoys car rides, especially outside her carrier, and sleeping just about anywhere. She never snores.

Dolly Parton
Age: 7
Breed: Pomeranian
Owners:  Alison and Jimmy Cate

Dolly’s favorite lake activity is anything that puts the wind in her fur. A cruise on a pontoon or a golf cart ride will do. As a diva, she’s much more interested in floating rather than swimming. Her biggest pet peeves are delivery drivers and doorbells, which provide even more reason to escape to the lake as much as possible. Dolly is preparing for her last summer as an only child before her first human brother arrives in late August.

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

Scoop the Loop/Cruise for a Cause

The event features collection of items for the Food Pantry starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, May 29. Fashions on 44 will be collecting items all week and offering 10 percent off entire purchases with a donation. Crafty’s Coffee is also accepting donations on the day of the event. Crafty’s will feature Ice Cream Walking Tacos Friday night, and T&K has plans for the day pending. Event is organized by Retro LUX/Kellie Flanery with sponsorship by Wood Duck Landscaping Solutions and Karl Chevrolet. Friday also kicks off the first Farmer’s Market of the season. 
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'Scoop the Loop for Hope' yard signs

Remember or honor a loved one with a yard sign.  Your sign will be placed on your town’s main cruise strip for “Scoop the Loop for Hope” fun-night.

Date:  Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Main Cruise strips in Adair, Guthrie Center, Panora and Stuart.

Turn in your order forms by May 31 to one the businesses listed on the form.

Suggested Donation of $10 per sign.

These signs are in place of the luminarias  at the Relay For Life.  Plans are to still try to have a relay in the fall.
 

County Courthouse and Panora City Hall Reopen

By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/21/2020

The Guthrie County Courthouse will open to the public by appointment beginning Tuesday, May 26. County residents must first call the office they want to visit. An appointment will be made and the procedure and requirements explained. A staff person from the office will meet the resident at the east courthouse entrance, and conduct a health screening before the resident can proceed to the appointed office.

The Panora City Hall lobby now is open for walk-in traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and again 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are reduced to allow employees time to clean doors and counters. Only one person can enter the lobby at a time.

Vets Auditorium in Panora now is open to existing small groups that have previously used the building. Vets and the Panora Community Center will not be rented until the 10-person COVID-19 restriction is lifted.
 

New Guthrie County Auditor appointed

By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/18/2020

At the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 12, the board voted to accept the immediate resignation of Marci McClellan, who had been the Guthrie County auditor since being elected to the position in November 2016. McClellan cited health reasons for her departure.

The board then decided to fill the vacancy by appointment, and appointed Danielle Fink, the current deputy auditor. Fink already had declared herself as a candidate for the position, and is the only person on the June 2 primary ballot for county auditor.

The county auditor is responsible for preparing and certifying tax levies, maintaining county financial records, serving as clerk for the county board of supervisors, and serving as commissioner of elections. As commission of elections, the auditor conducts voter registration and all elections within the county. This includes the annual election for members of the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board of trustees.
 

Lake Panorama sunset photo by Mike Hayden

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2020 Panorama Days canceled

Posted 5/12/2020
Officers of the Panora Chamber of Commerce made the decision to cancel Panorama Days 2020. Due to the unknown and financial structure it takes, they feel it is best to cancel this year and focus on planning for 2021. Organizers say the decision was not an easy one to make as they considered all aspects of planning Panorama Days. 

Guthrie County State Bank Donating $5,000 to local small businesses and nonprofits for Celebrate May Day Program

Posted 5/12/2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Guthrie County's community’s small/medium businesses and nonprofits may be struggling. To help address this issue, Guthrie County State Bank (GCSB) launched a “Celebrate May Day” promotion that invites GCSB customers to help out a neighbor for the chance to win one of 10 $500 checks to be donated to a local small business or nonprofit for COVID-19 expenses.

May Day as a term is defined as a communications signal with two meanings. One is used as a distress call in international radio telephone communications. The other is as a signal that spring is coming and it’s time to celebrate the rebirth of the outdoors. The team at Guthrie County State Bank thinks both of these meanings are valid during this time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s easy to enter. Between May 1–22, snap a picture of yourself or your family performing a good deed for someone else. Submit the photo on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #GCSBMayDay and add in the caption what small business or nonprofit you would give the $500 to if you win. You can enter multiple times, just make sure it’s a separate good deed and that you select a different nonprofit or business each time. See the full rules at gcsbank.com for more details. Winners will be drawn on Facebook Live on May 28. The contest is only open to GCSB customers. Contact GCSB or visit their website gcsbank.com for more details.

Heart of Guthrie County Garage Sales postponed

Posted 5/12/2020
The Panora Chamber and Guthrie Center Chamber of Commerce have postponed the 2020 Heart of Guthrie County Garage Sales, normally held the second weekend of June annually. This year's event was scheduled for June 12-13.

A decision will be made in the coming months if the chambers will sponsor the community-wide sales later this summer or early fall. Organizers say the decision was not made lightly but is the right decision to keep the communities and residents safe at this time.
 

ON THE LAKE
Restaurants, relaxation,
lake dogs and a new website

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 5/7/2020

I am hungry. How about you?

Restaurants in Guthrie County officially re-opened on April 21, and I am glad. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial anguish for many industries, but the restaurant industry has been hit especially hard. Take-out delivery helped but could not replace the dine-in revenue that restaurants relied on to survive in what is traditionally a low-profit-margin industry. Gov. Reynolds re-opened this segment (with many restrictions), and I hope that our local restaurants see a huge surge in sales.  Please join me in doing all you can to support them and all local businesses. …

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the suspension of publishing of many of our publications, I have had some spare time lately. This time off has given me the opportunity to reflect. At 51 years old, I suddenly realized what I have been missing for the past four decades —  and I have Lake Panorama to thank for it.

Do you remember being a kid, laying on the grass and looking up in the sky? Admiring the beauty of the clouds, the birds in the air and the smells of the changing seasons? Do you recall the fascination of seeing the squirrels scampering, the bunnies hopping and the deer doing all they could to avoid you? Or even watching the simplest of insects doing very extraordinary things? For most of my adult life, I have gone to great lengths to avoid these things, and I missed out on much of what this earth offers.

Spending time at the lake has brought me back to nature and made me smile as I thought about my carefree childhood days. We could all use a bit more of that these days, and I am looking forward to it as I spend more time around the lake.

Like many of you, we have been doing a great deal of work around the house. And at the end of hard day’s work, I enjoy few things more than kicking back on the deck with a beverage of choice and simply viewing all that is in front of me in silence. Most of you already know this, as it is likely one of the main reasons you bought property at Lake Panorama. For those of you who have been caught up in the stresses of these uncertain times, I hope you can join me in this simple appreciation of nature. …

With this extra time, I have been brainstorming on some new features to add to Lake Panorama Times, and we added one new one this month — Lake Dogs and Cove Cats.  I noticed that many property owners have their faithful companions with them on the lake, and we want to introduce each of you to these folks and their dogs. My thanks to Cheryl Temple for helping to put this together.
I hope that you will also take the time to view our newly designed website at www.lakepanoramatimes.com. I believe that a strong website should complement a strong publication, and that’s exactly what we will be working to do with new content, photos and opportunities for interaction with each of you. We also launched a Facebook page to help in our efforts to push readers to the publication and website. Please take the time to check out these efforts and let me know what you think.

I look forward to the days of seeing many of you in person, hopefully soon. In the meantime, thanks for reading. read more

ParadisePad watersports company grows, gives back

By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/7/2020

A watersports company that got its start at Lake Panorama continues to grow, while also giving back to the local community.
Mike and Colette Hayden moved their family, including daughter Allison and son Austin, from Wisconsin to West Des Moines 30 years ago. After a few years, they decided to purchase lake property. They checked several places before choosing Lake Panorama, where they’ve owned property for 22 years. Their current home is recognized by boaters as the one with the two-story metal dock built into a rock wall.

Austin was a college student, spending a summer day on Lake Panorama with family and friends, when he spotted a large floating piece of foam behind a boat in Horseshoe Cove. He swam over to check it out, wondering how he could get one. But he also wondered if there were better products in existence, since the raft didn’t seem to hold many people up at one time.

Austin and Mike began their research. Mike Hayden, a 30-year manufacturing representative, put a team of engineers together.

“We got samples of competitors and brought them to the engineers,” Mike says. “We asked them to share their opinions on what they would do different.”
What they came up with was an American-made, two-ply, thermally bonded water pad the Haydens have manufactured in the Midwest. They offered their first foam water rafts for sale in 2011.

The Haydens sold their first ParadisePads right off their dock at Lake Panorama.
“That first summer people would come up and say, ‘Are you the guys with the pads?,’ ” Austin says. “We’d tell them we’d be right back, walk up the hill and bring one down.”

They started contacting marinas, including Coulter Panorama Marine, who agreed to sell their floating pads. The business plan includes selling wholesale to marinas and boat dealers. More recently, the Haydens have been selling directly from their website.

The foam pads now come in a variety of sizes and range in weight from 23 to 56 pounds. The pads hold between 900 and 3,000 pounds, depending on the size, and range in price from $450 to $750 per pad. Each year since 2016, ParadisePad has been recognized as “America’s Premium WaterPad.”

In the last few years, the Haydens have added additional items to their portfolio, including inflatable waterpads, standup paddleboards and yoga mats.

Nearly five years ago, Mike left his full-time job to focus more on the growing ParadisePad business.

“Our business philosophy is simple: offer a premium watersport product to enhance our customers’ time on the water for many years,” he says. “We will continue with this simple idea for all new products, making them unique with higher quality and more features and benefits.”

​Not only do they promote fun things on the water, the Haydens give back to many good causes. This spring, they offered six items to Friends of Lake Panorama to help raise money for new playground equipment at Shady and Boulder beaches.
When the April 18 Beach Ball was postponed to Aug. 1, the Friends board decided to do an online auction so buyers could enjoy their new water toys this summer. The result was $1,225 raised for Friends of Lake Panorama to add to its playground fund.

During the month of May, the Haydens are having a preseason sale, with 15 percent off on all products. To continue their giving ways, a percentage of proceeds from these sales will go to each buyer’s favorite lake charity — Friends of Lake Panorama, Lake Panorama Ski Team, Fin & Feather, or the Fourth of July fireworks.
To participate, use the discount code LP15 and place an order at www.ParadisePad.com.

Plans continue for Beach Ball Fundraiser Aug. 1
Online auction results in $1,225 raised for playground fund.

By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/7/2020

The Friends of Lake Panorama board continues to plan its third Beach Ball, to be held Aug. 1. The event was postponed from April 18, because of restrictions caused by COVID-19. Friends continues to monitor the situation and will adjust plans again, if needed.
The Friends board is pleased with the support shown for the 2020 Beach Ball, which will raise money for new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches. So far, about 100 items have been donated for auctions and a raffle. There also will be other fundraising activities that evening.

When the Beach Ball was scheduled for April 18, the 30 tables available all had sponsors and decorators, and most seats had been sold. Contacts have been made with table sponsors and ticket holders, and most have said the new date works for them.
Seats or tables that do become available will be offered to those on a waiting list. Anyone interested in attending who isn’t on the waiting list can do so by contacting Susan Thompson, 515-240-6536, or staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Those who have paid for a table sponsorship or tickets and can’t attend can either leave the money with Friends as a donation for the playground project or ask for a refund.

Direct donations for these new playgrounds are at $14,500 — a good start toward the $70,000 goal. Two recent developments will boost that total.

An online auction April 16-20 raised money for the playground project. Mike and Austin Hayden, the father/son team behind ParadisePad watersports products, offered six items to Friends to help raise money for new playground equipment.

When the April 18 Beach Ball was postponed, the Friends board decided to hold an online auction so buyers could enjoy their new water toys this summer. The result was $1,225 raised for Friends to add to its playground fund.

Also, Friends of Lake Panorama has been notified it will receive a $2,000 grant from the Guthrie County Community Foundation. The Foundation had a total of $143,902 to give in grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation. Friends of Lake Panorama is one of the 35 recipients of a 2020 grant.

Donations for the playground project are accepted at any time. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216 with checks payable to Friends of Lake Panorama. All donations are tax-deductible, and donors receive a thank-you letter acknowledging their donations. 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 donation options is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

New lake owner orientation sessions postponed
Lake Panorama 101 sessions won’t be limited just to those who receive invitations or who are new property owners.

By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/7/2020

Plans for orientation sessions for new Lake Panorama property owners are on hold while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. New property owners often have lots of questions and sometimes don’t get fully acclimated until they’ve been at the lake for a couple of years.

That has led to a group of volunteers developing a program titled “Lake Panorama 101,” which will be presented during one-hour meetings held at Lake Panorama National. 

Two initial sessions were planned and publicized, one April 24, another June 6, but both have been canceled. Once it is safe to reschedule a Lake Panorama 101 program, invitations will be sent to new owners who have purchased lake property within the last 18-24 months.

Topics covered will be the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, perks and amenities available to LPA members, and ways to learn more. There will be time for questions, and refreshments will be available.

Lake Panorama 101 sessions won’t be limited just to those who receive invitations or who are new property owners. Any LPA member interested will be welcome to attend. Organizers hope an initial session can be offered in August or September, with additional sessions offered a couple of times, if there is interest. 

Lake dogs and cove cats

Posted 5/7/2020

We are implementing a new feature in Lake Panorama Times that will feature local residents and their pets. Once social distancing rules are minimized, we will publish photos of owners and their pets with their stories. In the meantime, here are two featured pets:

Lake Dog: Lenny, Australian Shepherd
Family:  Ashley and Derek Temple
Favorite Lake Activity:  Playing tug of war with Cousin Leo and golf cart rides around the lake
Pet Peeve:  Bath time and being on a leash
Naughtiest Deed:  Playing in the mud

Cove Cat: Gigi, 4 years old, found by the grandkids on a rainy night as a kitten
Family:  Brian and JoAnn Johnson
Favorite Lake Activity:  Bird watching from the deck or the windows
Pet Peeve:  Being ejected from the bedroom at night
Naughtiest Deed:  Jumping up on the table and knocking off a cup of coffee

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2020 golf league plans altered
New dates, rules for leagues and general play.

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/7/2020

Covid-19 restrictions are having an impact on when and how golf leagues are being handled at both Panorama West and Lake Panorama National.

At Lake Panorama National, the May 6 stag for men’s leagues was cancelled, and the start of league play moved to June 3 rather than May 13. During May, Wednesday afternoons are reserved for play by men’s league members. Membership and league fees must be paid, and tee times made by calling the LPN pro shop.

The LPN May 7 women’s league kickoff was cancelled, and the start of league play moved to June 4 rather than May 14. During May, Thursday afternoons beginning at 2:30 p.m. are reserved for play by women’s league members. Membership and league fees must be paid, and tee times made.

Also, the LPN women’s league sponsors an annual four-gal tournament, which is open to the public. This tournament has been postponed from June 25 to July 23.
The Panorama West Tuesday morning women’s league cancelled its April 28 kickoff luncheon. League play will begin May 12, rather than May 5, with three shotgun starts available. These are 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 10:45 a.m. League members are asked to form a group of 2-4 players, choose a time, and contact Sue Merryman at suemerryman@gmail.com, or (641) 751-5956, who will assign starting holes for each group.

The Panorama West clubhouse will be closed except for the bathrooms, although rental carts will be available. There will be no treats in May, and scorecards can be left outside the clubhouse. This format will be reevaluated for June.

Also, the Panorama West women’s league sponsors an annual two-gal tournament, which is open to the public. This event has been moved from June 9 to Aug. 11.
The Panorama West Tuesday evening men’s league will begin May 5 with a shotgun start at 5:30 p.m. The Thursday morning men’s league began April 30, with members teeing off beginning at 7 a.m. and play continuing until noon.

Until things get back to normal, these two men’s leagues will “play for fun,” with no fees, no prizes, no scorecards to turn in. Social distancing rules mean everyone must have their own cart, and rental carts will be available for those who need them.
For all leagues, and for general play on both golf courses, the following rules are in place. No more than four golfers to a group. This means no more than four golfers together on tees, greens or gathering areas. Golfers shall maintain a 6-foot separation between themselves and others at all times, except for members of the same household. Leave the flagstick in. Cups are installed upside down so balls can be retrieved easily. Minimize touching of common surfaces. Collect your own trash and take it home with you. One person per cart, except for members of the same household.
Because leagues at Lake Panorama National operate on the World Handicap System, some local rules will apply until further notice. These temporary measures are in effect until advised otherwise by the USGA.

First, a code of conduct rule prohibits players from touching or removing the flagstick, but a local rule says there is no penalty for players removing the flagstick by accident.

Bunker rakes have been removed from the course, and players are encouraged to smooth the disturbed area with a foot or club. A local rule will allow players who are in a bunker to take relief by placing the ball within one club length without penalty. The ball must be placed no closer to the hole and it must remain in the bunker. All scores are considered acceptable for handicap purposes.

The hole cup cutting has been modified by placing cups upside down. This keeps the ball from going all the way to the bottom and allows players to easily retrieve their ball to minimize exposure. This local rule will consider the ball to be holed under the most likely score guidelines and also is an acceptable score for handicap purposes.

PHOTO: The coronavirus pandemic has caused schedule changes for all golf leagues and some tournaments at both Lake Panorama National and Panorama West. Guidelines about social distancing and ways to reduce exposure have made it possible for play to continue on the two courses. Shown is the fifth hole on Lake Panorama National. Those who golf are finding excellent course conditions and a great stress reliever. read more

Lake Panorama Times launches new website and email service
Fresh look implemented, new content to be added.

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Posted 5/7/2020

There is simply no better way to reach property owners at Lake Panorama than through Lake Panorama Times. By being mailed to the permanent residence of all property owners, it gets in the homes and hands of all of the lake area residents. Up until recently, the content on the newspaper’s website was simply the same information that was in the paper, leaving little reason for readers to visit the site. That is about to change.

“We are excited to launch the all new lakepanoramatimes.com website,” said Shane Goodman, the paper’s editor and publisher. “It has a new look and a new feel, and it will soon have a variety of content that was not previously available.”

The most noticeable change is the look of the site, which is updated with a modern design. Individual pages include the news feed, a subscription page, advertising information and a “contact us” page. In addition, the full digital version of the most recent issue is posted for anyone to access for free at any time. Past issues are also archived and available to view and download.

“We made this so the site can be viewed easily on a phone, a tablet or a computer,” said Goodman, who also owns a website development company that builds and hosts sites for central Iowa businesses. Information on that company can be found at www.biggreenwebdesign.com.
Goodman said redesigning the website was something he knew needed done but wasn’t on the top of the initial priority list.

“It was kind of like the plumber who has a leaky faucet at his home. Sometimes we don’t fix our own things when are in the business of doing those same things for others,” said Goodman. “As such, we want to show the quality of work we can do so that others can trust us to build their websites, too.”

Goodman said Lake Panorama Times also has an email blast sign-up that will allow subscribers to receive content via electronic mail for free. It will provide links to the website’s various stories and additional content that will be posted. Users can subscribe or unsubscribe at any time at www.lakepanoramatimes.com.

“And we don’t collect or sell your personal data like the big tech companies are doing,” said Goodman. “I take those privacy issues very seriously, and everyone else should, too.”

A Facebook page was also launched for Lake Panorama Times, which Goodman says will be used to promote and attract more readers to the website.

“A Facebook page should be used to promote a business’ website, never to replace it,” said Goodman. “A business owns its website. It does not own its Facebook page and should not trust (Facebook CEO) Mark Zuckerberg and company with its content or data.”

In time, Goodman hopes to add additional features like a local buy/sell/trade marketplace, timely news updates, local press releases, online-only blogs and reader forums. Readers will also have the ability to submit news and photos and participate in various reader contests.

“It is a process, and one that we will be continually improving,” said Goodman. “Most importantly, we want to develop the communication structure so that all Lake Panorama property owners — and everyone else — can receive Lake Panorama news when they want it and where they want it.”

Goodman welcomes feedback on the site and ideas, which readers can do through the “Get In Touch” form at the bottom of the home page.

“Lake Panorama Times is clearly the go-to publication for property owners,” said Goodman. “We now need to make the website and email blast the go-to options for those avenues as well.”  read more

30-year Lake Panorama resident publishes first book
“Legend of the White Lion” took 20 years to write.

By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/7/2020

Kathy Coons was born and raised in Guthrie Center. It was in the Guthrie Center school where a teacher presented her a future challenge — to write and publish a book. That challenge came to fruition Dec. 23, when her 196-page book titled “Legend of the White Lion” was published.

“Publishing this book has been my life goal,” Coons says. “One day this teacher handed out a paper with a paragraph on it and told us to write a short story from the paragraph. The next day she read mine in class. After class she gave it back to me and told me some day I would write a book. She encouraged me several times when I was still in school, and even once I was grown and out of school.”

 Coons and her husband John have lived at Lake Panorama for more than 30 years.
“We like the water, our neighbors, and the beauty and security of the lake,” she says. The couple has two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all living in the area.
“I love fictional books,” Coons says. “The idea for my book came to me because I am fascinated with large cats, most animals, the Northern states, and with Native Indian legends.”

“The book took me 20 years to write. I started writing in a notebook,” Coons says. “Next I had someone type up the first few chapters. When I got a computer, it was so much easier to change, add or correct. I retired a couple of years ago, which gave me the time to finish it. I changed the story line many times. I finally had to quit and be happy with what I had or it would never get published.”

Here’s a portion of the promotional description of the book: “Mariah Brooke knows she’s in the wrong place. All her life, she has dreamed of flying over snow-covered mountains and green trees, only to be abruptly awakened by an image of glowing yellow eyes leaping out at her. Now, standing at her mother’s grave, she must choose whether to stay in the small Kansas town where she has never belonged, or take a chance on the life she feels calling to her.”

Coons says she read many articles on how to write a novel, and found each author is different.

“I wanted the book to be an easy read that would entertain readers. And I wanted to keep them on the edge of their seat, fully engrossed so they could not put it down until the end,” she says.

Experts suggest an author first establish an audience and market.

“Anyone who likes animals, adventure, mystery and romance should find it in my book,” Coons says. “I may be prejudiced, but I think it would make a great movie. Imagine a white mountain lion on the big screen.”

Before she started the process of finding a publisher, she had no idea there were so many books published every year.
“There are thousands of them. The vast number almost stopped me from publishing, but I kept remembering my teacher’s encouragement and her telling me I could do it. That kept me going, plus the encouragement from family and friends,” Coons says.

One reviewer on Goodreads, an online service that states its mission as “helping people find and share books they love,” called the book an “awesome read” and said she hoped there will be a sequel. According to Coons, that reader won’t be disappointed.

“I have a couple other books in the works, one of them being a sequel to ‘The Legend of the White Lion.’ I think my readers will really like it. But when I get stuck on one book, I jump over and work on the other. They are completely different story lines,” she says.

 Coons says her goal with her first book was to capture the reader in the first few pages, and it seems she succeeded.
“Many tell me it is an exciting, quick and easy read without the writer fluff,” she says.

One of the reviewers on Goodreads agreed: “Make sure to schedule a whole day to read this book because you will NOT want to put it down! I was captivated with the story of Mariah and what her purpose was going to be throughout the book and how her story ended. I loved watching her relationships with the residents of the small town grow. And I enjoyed how the author switched back and forth telling Mariah’s story and the white lion’s perspective.”

The book can be ordered on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and Nook. Coons donated a copy to the Panora Public Library for checkout, and the book is available for sale at the library. The book also can be purchased directly from Coons.

Because of the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 situation, sales at the library and in-person have been on hold.

“When things get back to normal again, where we can be around each other, I will have a book signing and give away a T-shirt or a cup with the white lion on them,” Coons says.

To purchase the book from Coons, call her at 641-755-2673, or email kcoons@netins.net.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Posted 5/7/2020

March 24, 2020
Lake Panorama Association Office - Via Web Conference

The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met March 24, 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. Visitor in attendance: Dave Finneseth, LPA Member
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.

Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda –
Rutledge added discussion of the Meriwether 2020 - 2021Audit Contract will be discussed under Other Business. Spradling moved to approve the agenda, as amended. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum - No one requested to participate.

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda

Spradling 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 12.17.2019 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 01.31.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Acceptance of 02.29.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
e) Update banking resolutions with Iowa Trust and Savings Bank to reflect staffing changes
f) Resolution to update FSA and NRCS authorized signatory to reflect staffing changes
g) Confirm discontinuation of quarterly newsletter and designate weekly email as official means of communications to LPA members
h) Accept 03.9.2020 Building Code Committee Minutes
i) Approve date of the next LPA board of directors meeting

Agenda Item 4a – Approve 2020 notice of annual meeting and annual meeting ballot. Discuss contingency plan for scenario where in-person annual meeting cannot be held on 5.9.2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. Rutledge discussed the necessity of moving the annual meeting to June 27, the last Saturday in June, due to COVID-19 pandemic. Jeschke’s term will continue until a successor is elected. Recommend the June Board meeting be moved to June 30, after the annual meeting has been held. Attorney Joel Williams confirmed the date of June 27 would meet the by-laws.
Donovan moved to reschedule the annual meeting to June 27, 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions and the June Board meeting to June 30, 2020, and approve the notice and ballot of the annual meeting to reflect these dates. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4b – LPA water main replacement across Burchfield Cove
i)Review bids and authorize general manager to award contract
In December 2019, LPA experienced tremendous water loss. After extensive visual search for the leak did not produce the cause, the process of isolating lake crossings was done. One of the lake crossings was found to be the source of the leak, and it was shut down. It has been determined that repairing the existing line was not the best option, and replacement of the line has been pursued in lieu of repair. Tom Madden of SEH has applied for permits with the DNR. Specifications were developed and bids were requested. Two bids were received. The lower bid is for $341,300. This includes a $154,216 crossing and two associated main extensions to relocate the line. The closest, feasible location has been chosen, and property rights have been secured.
ii)Review proposed adjustments to 2020 LPA capital budget
Rutledge explained how the addition of the Lake crossing to the 2020 capital budget has been reviewed and adjustments have been made to some 2020 capital items to offset $225,000 of this expense. These adjusted items will be moved to the 2021 capital budget discussions.
iii)Approve purchase of lot 6015 to accommodate construction
Rutledge outlined the plan to purchase Lot 6015 to accommodate construction and preserve the road. An agreement for fair market value has been reached with Donald & Joyce White for $12,000.
Schumacher moved the following items:
1. To authorize the general manager to proceed with the emergency replacement of the water main under Burchfield Cove by contracting with LaGrange, Inc. for a cost of $341,300, subject to any change orders that might be deemed necessary and also subject to legal review of contract documents.
2. Adjust the 2020 previously approved capital budget expenditures by postponement of $225,000 of non-emergency improvements as a means of offsetting a majority of the unanticipated expenses related to the Burchfield Cove water main replacement project.
3. To authorize the purchase of lot 6015 from Donald & Joyce White for $12,000, plus the cost of abstracting
Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4c – Approve sale of lots 4059 and 4060 as recommended by land sales task force
LPA received an offer from Jacqueline DeMaria and Kevin Wellik for lots 4059 & 4060 in the amount of $15,000. Land Sales Committee reviewed the offer and countered back with $25,000, $12,500 for each lot, holding firm with the current minimum lot sales price policy. The buyer has accepted the counter of $25,000 for the two lots. LPA staff has no objection to the sale of this property. Land Sales Committee is recommending the offer of $25,000 be accepted. Offer states lots 4059 & 4060 to be combined with currently owned lots 4061 & 4062 at closing.
Schumacher moved to approve the sale of lots 4059 and 4060 to Jacqueline DeMaria and Kevin Wellik for $25,000, lots to be combined with 4061 and 4062 at closing. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4d – Variance Request: Hellman, Lot 1458. One foot side lot variance recommended by Building Codes committee
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Andrew Hellman, on behalf of Edwin and Cherie Hellman, owners of lot 1458 at 5058 Panorama Drive, presented a full set of building plans to ask for a variance of up to one foot from the side-lot variance. The lot being built on varied from published dimensions. All other aspects of the house plans comply with LPA building codes. The committee felt that because the initial dimensions of the lot were misconstrued, the variance was acceptable. Motion by Evans to approve variance for up to one foot on side-lot easement on lot 1458 at 5058 Panorama Drive, Second by Brown. Motion carried.
Jeschke moved to approve the one-foot variance on side lot line for new home construction for Edwin and Cherie Hellman on lot 1458, 5058 Panorama Drive, per the plans presented. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4e – Variance Request: Strand, Lot 339. 15 foot front lot variance recommended by Building Codes committee  
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Alan Strand (lot 339 at 6390 Panorama Drive) presented site plans for a 15-foot front-lot variance for a detached garage. Due to the topography of the lot, it is too steep to build back to the 35-foot easement. The building codes committee felt that due to the topography and secluded development, the garage could be built. Motion by Marckres to approve 15-foot front-lot variance on lot 339 at 6390 Panorama Drive, second by Brown. Motion carried.
Jeschke moved to approve the 15-foot front lot variance for detached garage, per the plans submitted, for Alan and Sharon Strand, on lot 339, 6390 Panorama Drive. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4f – Variance Request: Lange, Lot 488. Roof pitch variance recommended by Building Codes committee  
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Deb Lange (lot 488 at 4587 Panorama Drive) presented building plans to ask the committee for a variance of a 4/12 roof pitch rather than the 6/12 roof pitch required by LPA Building Codes. Lange’s home is of the Contemporary Style. The roof is a hip style and meets the three-roof plane rule. The Building Codes Committee felt that, along with the roof pitch and window choice, Lange’s home was architecturally attractive and would fit in very well at Lake Panorama. Motion by Westercamp to approve 4/12 pitch roof for 4587 Panorama Drive, second by Brown. Motion carried.
Jeschke moved to approve variance for a Contemporary Style 4/12 roof pitch for Deb Lange new home construction, per the plans submitted, lot 488, 4587 Panorama Drive. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4g – Variance Request: Nielsen, Lots 106 & 107. Roof pitch variance recommended by Building Codes committee  
Excerpt from the Building Codes Minutes:
Jared Nielsen (lots 106 and 107) presented a full set of building plans to ask the committee for a variance of a 3/12 roof pitch and 2/12 roof pitch. The home has decorative dormers that don’t meet the LPA’s pitch requirements but are still aesthetically pleasing. The Nielsen’s home is of the Contemporary Style. The roof is a hip style and meets the three-roof plane rule. The Building Codes Committee felt that, along with the roof pitch and dormer choice, the Nielsen’s home was architecturally attractive and would fit in very well at Lake Panorama. Motion by Evans to approve 3/12 and 2/12 pitch for lots 106 and 107, second by Brown. Motion carried.
Jeschke moved to approve variance for Contemporary Style roof pitch of 3/12 and 2/12 dormers for Jared and Hilary Nielsen new home construction, per the plans submitted, lots 106 & 107, 7067 Andrews Terrace. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4h – Boat Ramp Change as recommended by Building Codes committee, LPA attorney and LPA GM
Rutledge explained there are two factors to consider with privately owned boat ramps at Lake Panorama.
The unmonitored boat ramps increase the potential of invasive species at Lake Panorama and unmonitored boat ramps increase the potential of non-member use of Lake Panorama. This creates a number of concerns, foremost of which is boater safety. The following is proposed rule addition.

NEW SECTION
3201.5 New Boat Ramps Prohibited.
3201.51 No member shall construct or install a boat ramp without applying for a permit from LPA and receiving written permission for the installation of such boat ramp. LPA shall retain the sole discretion to deny any application for a boat ramp. Generally, boat ramps shall be strictly prohibited unless a member can show that access to the lake from such boat ramp will be controlled to avoid invasive species and unauthorized access to the lake. In the event a boat ramp is installed without receiving a permit, LPA shall have the right to cause such member to remove such boat ramp.
3201.52 All boat ramps that were installed prior to January 1, 2020, shall be permitted and allowed to remain provided that the member maintains such boat ramp in good repair and condition. The replacement or major repair of any such boat ramp shall require a permit from LPA as set forth in 3201.51 above.
3201.53 Any member with an authorized boat ramp shall strictly prohibit access to the lake and shall only allow boats that are registered with LPA and have a current LPA sticker to utilize such boat ramp. In the event a member allows access for an unregistered boat or a boat without a current LPA sticker, then such member shall be in violation of this rule and subject to a fine of $2,500 per occurrence.
Schumacher moved to adopt the addition of the new rules regarding Boat Ramps at Lake Panorama as detailed above. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 5a – Old Business – No old business

Agenda Item 6a – Other Business – 2020 Audit Contract with Meriwether

Rutledge explained the current contract with Meriwether ended with the 2019 audit. Meriwether provided a fair priced extension of the audit agreement for 2020 and 2021.
Jeschke moved to accept the extension of the audit contract with Meriwether for 2020 and 2021 audit years. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Carothers commended Rutledge and the entire LPA and LPN staff. They have been proactive in dealing with the pandemic issues and have done a great job in protecting the members and the employees.

Agenda Item 7 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 5:45 p.m. to discuss legal matters. The board exited closed session at 6 p.m.
 Donovan 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 6:05 p.m. 

Volunteers needed for golf course landscapes
If you appreciate having flowers on many of the golf holes, consider volunteering.

Golfcourseflowers
By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/7/2020

During this time of social distancing, it is a blessing as the weather gets nicer and more time can be spent outside enjoying the fresh air. For those looking for more excuses to get outside, Lake Panorama’s two golf courses are the perfect excuse — and not just to play golf, but also to help add more beauty.

Lake Panorama National and Panorama West boast flowers throughout the golf season on tee boxes and other locations. Most of these colorful displays are the result of dedicated volunteers who not only purchase and plant flowers but also weed, water and decorate.

Lake Panorama National has some volunteers who help clean flower beds and add flowers on many of the golf holes, around Spikes and areas near the conference center. If you appreciate having this added touch to the LPN, consider volunteering.

Many of the landscaped areas near tee boxes already have been adopted, but there are some openings, or some holes where an additional volunteer or two is needed. There also are general areas that need a spring cleanup, plus some attention throughout the year. For instance, around Spikes, the swimming pool fence, and several areas near the conference center need attention.

Kathy Moline and Shanell Wagler coordinate volunteers interested in helping around the LPN golf course. If you are interested in volunteering for a summer commitment to a tee box or other specific area, or even a one-time commitment with others to do a spring cleaning, contact Wagler at shanell.wagler@gmail.com or 515-371-0505.

At Panorama West, raised brick planters are located on each tee box. For many years, volunteers have planted and maintained these planters throughout the golf season. Most are already spoken for, but there may be some openings for 2020.
Other volunteers could help with landscaped areas around the clubhouse, flowers near the pro shop and kiosk, and maintaining the nearby rain garden. Maureen Lubeck, Panorama West clubhouse manager, coordinates volunteers at Panorama West. Those interested in learning about 2020 opportunities to help can email her at mlubeck@lakepanorama.org or call the pro shop at 641-755-2250.

PHOTO: This landscaped area along the pond dam on the fifth hole at Lake Panorama National has been adopted by Linda Reis. It currently features daffodils, but soon peonies, daylilies, coneflowers, daisies, mums and a Rose of Sharon will join the show. read more

LPA security chief talks water issues
Buoys, boat capacity, fire extinguishers and more

Jerryarmstrong
By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/7/2020

In 1969, Jerry Armstrong was Lake Panorama’s first security officer for one year before taking other jobs for many years. He then worked the LPA security night shift full-time for 10 years, before stepping into the LPA security chief role in October 2016. In this month’s Q&A, Armstrong talks about boating on Lake Panorama.

Q: What’s new this year for boaters at Lake Panorama?

A: LPA and DNR rules for boating remain largely unchanged for 2020. However, we’ve been asked if LPA has any special policies in place for COVID-19 prevention. At this time, LPA has NOT implemented any special COVID-19 regulations for lake usage. But boaters are encouraged to remain mindful of proclamations from Gov. Reynolds. Residents are required by Iowa Law to adhere to these proclamations. They apply not only to activities on land but also on the water. Social distancing and social gathering proclamations evolve regularly, so stay up to date on these and use the same common sense on the water as you would on land. One key item LPA has discussed is rafting of boats. LPA strongly discourages members from rafting together, as we believe this would be a violation of Gov. Reynolds’ social distancing proclamation.

Q. What impact will the Iowa Supreme Court Ruling have on lake use?

A. As discussed in previous articles, LPA has reviewed the Iowa Supreme Court ruling and does not believe this will have any measurable change at Lake Panorama. All lake access points remain private property, which will exclude non-members from launching at our ramp. We believe Lake Panorama will continue to be a lake used by LPA members and their guests.
    It is, however, important to remind members that boating while intoxicated is a crime in the State of Iowa. One interesting aspect of the Iowa Supreme Court ruling was that it clarified boating while intoxicated is illegal on BOTH public and private water. So regardless of how this court case would’ve turned out, it is illegal and dangerous to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and alcohol. We appreciate the fact most people view their time at Lake Panorama as a vacation from the stress of their normal lives. But please enjoy your time at the lake responsibly. LPA security encourages safe and responsible enjoyment of the lake.

Q: Please explain the navigational buoys and hazard buoys on Lake Panorama.

A: Centerline buoys mark the channel of the lake, with boaters travelling on the right-hand side of the buoys. This is easy to remember because it is the same as driving on the highway. Centerline buoys are marked with a flashing white light so they are visible at night.
Hazard buoys are placed in areas that are known to be shallow or hazardous. Be aware these buoys are not a guarantee of exact hazard location but rather a warning to steer clear of that general area. Some hazard buoys are marked with a flashing amber light to ensure boaters steer clear of these areas.
    So remember, when boating at night, avoid amber lights, and stay immediately to the right of white lights.
    In 2018, a new buoy map was proposed by the water safety committee and approved by the LPA board. Buoys have been placed according to that map for the 2020 season. LPA members should be aware no changes to the map will be made this year unless there is a correction of a hazard buoy. Call the LPA office at 641-755-2301 with questions.
    Also in-place is a rule adopted by the LPA board concerning the moving of buoys by members. The rule reads: “Intentional vandalism or unauthorized relocation of buoys shall result in an automatic 3rd offense under LPA rules 5.1(f)(3). In the case of vandalism, the offending member shall pay both the stated fine and damages.”
    A 3rd offense fine is $250 and loss of the member’s boating privileges for the season.

Q: What are some common mistakes made by boaters?

A: One common mistake is the misunderstanding about boat capacity. Most boats are rated for a maximum number of persons and a maximum total weight. Boaters must remember they are not allowed to exceed either of these numbers. This is especially relevant with young people who weigh less than adults. Regardless of how small the passenger is, everyone counts as one passenger in the boat capacity limit.

Q: What items should boat owners have in place before they launch their boat this spring?

A. Fire extinguishers and floatation devices are both priorities for DNR and LPA, as both are key
safety items. Boats with greater than 10 horsepower are required by Iowa law to have at least one Type B-I fire extinguisher onboard the vessel. Some larger boats are required to have one B-II fire extinguisher, or two B-I fire extinguishers, onboard the vessel. Boat owners should check the extinguishers periodically to ensure they remain in a good, useable condition.
All vessels are required to have at least one United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved life jacket for each person on board. In addition, vessels over 16 feet in length must have a throwable floatation device (excluding kayaks and canoes). Iowa Law requires children under 13 years of age wear their life jacket while the vessel is underway.
Boaters are ultimately responsible to comply with all Iowa State Law and can find more information at the DNR’s boating website: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Boating

Q:  Final thoughts for the 2020 boating season?

A: The Iowa DNR has an online licensing system for hunting and fishing license needs. This can be found at the website GoOutdoorsIowa. It is easy to purchase, store and renew your licenses, view hunting and fishing regulations, and report harvests. The GoOutdoorsIowa app can be downloaded via the AppStore or Google Play. Please plan on using this app in 2020, as the LPA office has temporarily suspended the sale of licenses due to COVID-19 restrictions regarding walk-in traffic at the LPA office.
    It’s always good to be mindful about invasive species. Any boat leaving any lake (including canoes, kayaks, etc.) should be cleaned, all compartments drained, and the vessel should dry at least five days prior to re-entering Lake Panorama or show they have not been on an infested lake, have no water in compartments, no plant debris or mud, or any other sign of potential contamination. This is an Iowa law and is enforceable with a $500 fine. The LPA also has set fines for violators and for falsified information on questionnaires.

    LPA Security’s phone number is 641-757-9035. Please double check your mobile phone contacts to make sure you are using this number. Contact LPA security with any questions or concerns related to LPA’s rules and regulations. Members are reminded to call 911 in the event of a fire, medical or police emergency. Be safe and enjoy your 2020 season at Lake Panorama. read more

Panora Garden Club helps beautify city square
A dozen new pots installed around Panora’s town square.

By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/7/2020

The Panora Garden Club has a history that dates back more than a century. It was a “department” of the larger Political Equality Club, which was organized in May of 1893. When women finally received the right to vote, the club name changed to The Panora Women’s Club. In 1929, club minutes show the garden club department would receive an annual allocation of $10, with additional funds raised by the group for projects when needed.

Fast forward to 2020, with the Panora Garden Club continuing to raise money for projects. Its latest effort led to the installation of 12 new pots around Panora’s town square. The bright blue pots, filled with colorful spring flowers of pansies and snapdragons, were installed April 21. That was just in time to be recognized as an April 22 Earth Day project and garnered a story on the KCCI-TV evening news.

Paulette Chambers and Jean Weisz are entering their second year as co-chairs of the Panora Garden Club.

“Being a Panora Garden Club member means I care about the appearance of our city and hope visitors and our local community notice the attention our club members give to enhance its beauty,” says Weisz, who lives south of Panora.

“Our Garden Club is a group of gals who enjoy the beauty in flowers, garden plots and getting to know people who are interested in the same thing,” says Chambers, who lives at Lake Panorama. “We volunteer to help maintain several areas in and around Panora, including Heritage Park by Lake Lumber, the Michael Mills Memorial Park, entrance to the Raccoon River Valley Trail near PJ’s, and the entrance signs as you enter Panora from three directions.”

The new pots were made possible by a $4,000 grant through the Guthrie County Community Foundation (GCCF). Previous donations and grants, plus the value of in-kind volunteer hours, provided the match required to receive a GCCF grant.

Members of the garden club worked with Ron Eike of Wood Duck Landscapes to develop a plan to beautify Panora’s main business area with this new project. Grant funds were used to purchase the 12 pots, plus will cover flowers being switched out four times throughout the year to match the four seasons. Eike is volunteering his time to keep the pots watered.

The club currently has 37 members.
“We meet at member homes or visit Iowa’s bountiful gardens and attractions from April through December on the second Monday of the month,” says Weisz. “We have ladies from Panora, Lake Panorama and the country surrounding Panora as members.”

Members pay $20 annual dues.

“We welcome all ladies, even those with no green thumb,” Weisz says.

Club members aren’t always getting dirt under their fingernails. Sometimes they take a day trip instead of their monthly meeting. They’ve toured gardens in Des Moines. Two years ago, they chartered a bus for a trip to the Pella Tulip Festival. Last year, they took a bus to Missouri Valley to visit the Loess Hills area, including a goat farm, lavender farm and an Aronia berry farm. Each year they have one craft day and create a float for the Panorama Days parade.

For many years, the club has maintained 13 large pots scattered around Panora. These planters still are in good shape, so club members are looking for annual sponsors. A message has been sent to members of the Panora Chamber of Commerce outlining the program.

For $150, a pot filled with flowers would be delivered to the business, with a sign showing the sponsor’s name attached to the pot. Sponsors would be responsible for keeping the flowers watered. Anyone interested in sponsoring one of these pots, or learning more about the Panora Garden Club, can contact Chambers at 712-304-0077 or Weisz at 515-480-0866.
A Facebook page for the Panora Garden Club was launched recently. It includes photos of the new flower pot project, plus more details on the club and how to donate, including through a new Venmo account.

Panorama West bunker renovations complete
Bunker renovation paid for with $15,000 from the McLuen gift, $1,835 raised in a 2018 golf tournament, and up to $15,000 from the Lake Panorama Association.

By Susan Thompson
Posted 5/7/2020

Renovation of the six sand bunkers on the Panorama West golf course began April 27 and were finished in early May.

Many improvements have been made at the Panorama West golf course over the last three years, thanks to a $473,000 estate gift from James and Joyce McLuen.   
That gift made it possible to install a new irrigation system, add new sections of concrete cart paths, improve turf conditions over a three-year period, landscape around the clubhouse, and add new tee signs, trash receptacles, ball washers and directional signs. 

The bunker renovation is being paid for with $15,000 that remains from the McLuen gift, $1,835 raised in a 2018 golf tournament at Panorama West organized by volunteers, and up to $15,000 from the Lake Panorama Association.

The project involved removing existing sand and gravel, flushing drainage tubes and drains, and installing new drains, as needed. Minor reshaping of the traps was done, followed by new gravel and a 2-inch layer of capillary concrete.

This patented product includes aggregates and polymers mixed with concrete. It is porous, allowing water to drain more quickly, thereby reducing washouts and bunker maintenance. The final step was filling the traps with new sand.

James and Joyce McLuen, who both died in 2016, directed 20 percent of their estate to Friends of Lake Panorama to be used at Panorama West. The McLuens were some of the first homesteaders at Lake Panorama. Their home was located near Sunset Beach, and they enjoyed boating, fishing and golfing.

A bench, plaque and sign honoring the McLuens is near the Panorama West pro shop door. 

Lake residents find ways to help others

Wesleyortner
By Susan Thompson
Posted 4/6/2020

The official announcement that things were going to change came March 14 when Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds reported the first case of coronavirus not connected to a known source, such as overseas travel. Called “community spread,” she cautioned residents not to participate in gatherings as large of 250 people and to stay home if not feeling well.

Then things started moving faster. Restaurants and bars closed, except for carryout. Universities and colleges switched to online classes for the rest of the school year. K-12 schools were asked to close at least until April 13, possibly longer. Recommended gathering sizes dropped to 10. Next came the closing of “non-essential” stores and services. Iowans were told to stay home, except for those who provide essential services such as health care, security and first responders.

Lake Panorama residents are rising to the challenges in many ways, keeping themselves busy, while helping others. Here’s a small sampling. 

LANCE AND GAYLE LEVIS
Lance Levis was an early cheerleader for the idea of people staying home to help slow the spread of the virus, creating a post on the Nextdoor Lake Panorama site that garnered many positive comments. He said the best current protection from COVID-19 is social distancing and shelter-in-place. Then he offered this formula: 1) At least one ounce of COMMON SENSE. 2) All the SELF DISICPLINE you have. 3) CONCERN for others. Mix well. Take one dose daily for at least 14 days, or until threat passes.

Levis went on to say this plan doesn’t take any special ability or skill.

“We can all do this. I appreciate that some have jobs or obligations that prevent them from being able to shelter/distance. This is something we can do to help THEM and the vulnerable they serve...and ourselves,” he posted.

Levis and his wife Gayle moved to Lake Panorama in November 2011 from their farm west of Audubon. To keep busy, they’ve been doing some home projects and organization.

“We’ve been here eight-and-a-half years,” he says. “We might even finish getting moved in and unpacked.”

The couple says they are fortunate to have three children and their families all in Iowa. They have visited weekly by phone and more recently by email and a phone messaging service called WhatsApp. Because as a family they have all chosen to shelter-in-place, they recently celebrated their grandson’s 10th birthday via an internet application called Zoom.
“We were able to see and hear each other on our tablets, and it was a real circus. Our grandson, who is 10, and granddaughter, who is 8, played the role of clowns. It was not like being together in person, but ‘a good time was had by all’ and we protected each other,” Levis says. “Our grandchildren learned something good. We all did.”

What positives are the couple seeing during this difficult time?

“We’ve witnessed so many acts and expressions of caring and kindness toward each other right here in our own community,” Levis says. “Probably the greatest is that folks really are practicing social distancing and shelter-in-place. Families, friends, neighbors and complete strangers are showing they care and are putting the health and wellbeing of others first.”

Levis says once the current crisis has passed, we should all want to look back and say “We did too much,” rather than “Why didn’t we do more?”

JERRY AND DIANE PIEPER
Jerry and Diane Pieper moved to Lake Panorama in May 2015 from the small town of Westside between Carroll and Denison. They used Nextdoor Lake Panorama to offer their help to others. Here’s what they posted:

“We live at the lake and if any elderly lake residents need groceries or supplies from the Hometown grocery store and don’t feel they can go out due to social isolation, send us an email with your name, address and phone number along with your list of needs and we will reply to let you know we received it. You can pay for the groceries and supplies when we drop off. There is no charge for delivery. We will do our best to get what is available.”

Their offer led to several others posting similar sentiments, or talking about ways they already were assisting elderly neighbors and friends.

“We have had a few calls for assistance,” Diane says. “If we get overwhelmed, we have lots of people who have offered to help.’

Besides helping with errands, what else is the couple doing to keep busy?

“We white-washed our fireplace last weekend, and Jerry is making fish habitats,” Diane says.

When asked what positives they see in the current situation, the couple says it has brought people together to help their neighbors and families.

“And it made us all step back from the busy world we live in to spend time at home with our families,” Diane says.

BRIAN AND JOANN JOHNSON
Facebook posts are one of the ways technology is helping people stay connected with friends and family during this time of self-isolation. On March 20, JoAnn Johnson posted a photo of a quilt she had just finished.

Johnson started the quilt 13 years ago while living in Alexandria, Virginia, serving a six-year Presidential appointment to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

“This one took me so long because it became tedious piecing 255 3-inch squares, each with 11 pieces,” she says. “The quilt uses 43 different Civil War era reproduction fabrics.”

“I inherited my love for quilting from my grandmother, who always pieced at least one quilt a year for the ladies at church to hand quilt for the annual bazaar. In fact, Grandma gave me my first quilt fabric to piece a ‘Trip Around the World.’ Her ladies hand quilted it, and then she gave it to me,” Johnson says.

It wasn’t until she moved to Virginia in 2002 that she took up quilting seriously. Her husband Brian continued to work in Iowa, so quilting became a way to keep busy in the evening. She estimates she created 15 quilts during that time.

After returning home and a two-year break, she was appointed by Gov. Branstad to serve as the Iowa Superintendent of Credit Unions. She retired after six years, and for the last three years has enjoyed not only completing another 15 quilts but time with the grandkids, gardening, golf, local organizations and driving the Guthrie County Hospital courtesy van as a volunteer one day a week.

“My quilts this past year have included a Quilt of Valor for my former NCUA executive director who served in Vietnam, assisting my sister and sister-in-law with Quilts of Valor for two of my brothers, three scrappy quilts made from my current stash of material, and a baby quilt for the upcoming Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball auction,” she says. “I have a couple more unfinished projects I’ve said I’m going to complete before buying more fabric, but we’ll see.”

 With the Iowa Legislature in recess, Brian, who lobbies at the Capitol, is keeping in contact with legislators and clients with regular phone calls.

“We are both using this unusual ‘shut down’ time trying to be productive, accomplishing some deep-cleaning projects that have been on hold, writing notes and making phone calls to check on friends and family, and enjoying a few luxuries such as expanded reading time,” JoAnn says.

BILLY AND EMILY DONOVAN
Emily Donovan works for the Heartland AEA, providing services to teachers and students in special education. Since school isn’t in session, she and her colleagues have been holding meetings virtually and doing their own professional learning.
“Our agency has prioritized each of their employee’s own wellbeing and safety and has asked us to put our families first during this time,” she says.

Billy owns Donovan Construction. He has limited the number of subcontractors allowed on a job to adhere to social distancing. Gloves are worn and some jobs have been postponed. Some subcontractors have stopped working and are self-quarantining.

“This is definitely slowing down progress on jobs, but as of right now, hasn’t completely halted things,” Emily says. “We feel lucky to work for patient and wonderful homeowners. And I’m hoping this will free up some time for Billy to knock off some things on my ‘honey-do’ list.”

The Donovans have two children. Natalie is 14 and in the eighth grade. Dylan is almost 12 and in sixth grade. They also have an exchange student from Spain staying with them, Alejandra, who is scheduled to return home June 14.

“She feels this is a good lesson for us to get closer to each other instead of putting technology between us,” Emily says. “She will be disappointed if she doesn’t get to go back to school, because she wants to say goodbye to her friends before she goes home. She also was really looking forward to prom.”

With Panorama and most other schools in Iowa taking at least a four-week break, Emily devised a “home school” schedule.
“I didn’t want them to sit around for four weeks on You Tube, Netflix and video games. Some of their teachers have posted optional activities for them to do on Google Classroom. They also have access to Khan Academy, which is a website that gives them extra practice with math concepts,” she says.

Emily and her three “students” have a schedule they loosely follow. “At 9 a.m. we try to do some kind of physical activity — go for a walk, yoga, take turns leading stretches, follow an exercise video. We ordered some pickle ball sets because the kids had been learning pickle ball in PE at school,” Emily says. “We’ve been using the new sports courts at Boulder Beach on nice days to try it out.”

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., they catch up on Google Classroom activities their teachers have posted, Khan Academy math and free reading. The next hour is creative time and includes crafts and baking, followed by a half-hour for lunch and another half-hour for chores. Practicing the piano and free time take up the next hour-and-a-half, with a board or card game filling the last hour-and-a-half of their day. Free time starts at 4 p.m., with dinner preparation underway.

“I’m doing a lot more cooking, but we also are trying to do carry out a couple times a week to support local restaurants,” Emily says. “My house has never been so clean. Cleaning windows, organizing closets, game cupboards. We’re looking forward to warmer weather so we can power wash the patio and deck and get the outdoor furniture set up.”

Natalie received her driving permit recently and was supposed to start driver’s ed, but that went by the wayside when school was canceled.

“To get out of the house for a bit, I’ve been letting her drive around to get some practice in,” Emily says.

Are there some positives about the current situation?

“The dogs love that we are home all day and come along with us on our walks,” Emily says. “I’ve really enjoyed the ability to slow down and spend time with my kids. It felt like we had something scheduled every night and it was difficult to find time to eat dinner at the table together. We are enjoying our time together.”

But the family is missing their friends, and talk about how great it will be when they can get together again.

“Natalie is worried she won’t get to participate on Lake Panorama’s water ski team, depending on how long restrictions last. Dylan doesn’t like that the boundaries between home and school have been crossed, but he’s starting to get used to our new schedule,” Emily says. “We are just taking each day as it comes, and trying not to look too far into the future.”

STEVE AND JILLIAN ORTNER
The Ortners are another family with kids out of school, looking for fun things to do. They’ve been at Lake Panorama a few years, first buying a lot to build on, before buying a house on the east side of the Narrows. Their full-time home is near Danbury in northwest Iowa.

Steve is a fifth-generation farmer there, and Jillian owns a boutique. Their children, Wesley, 9, and Posey, 6, attend Danbury Catholic School. The school is closed through April 12, possibly longer. While Steve is getting ready for planting season, Jillian and the two children are at their Lake Panorama home.

Jillian says the kids have been enjoying online art classes, and testing their artistic skills with chalk art on their own driveway. In an effort to add a little more fun to their drawing, Jillian posted on Nextdoor Lake Panorama.

“We decided we would see if anyone would like some sidewalk chalk art drawn on their driveway,” she wrote. “They’re pretty not terrible at pirate ships, boats, houses, hearts, hearts turned into people, flowers, and the occasional unicorn.” She invited those interested to get in touch and received several requests with more coming in as time went along.

Their first day out, they visited four driveways, creating colorful pirate ships, rocket ships, kitty cats and other animals. Jillian says they now have a running list of other driveways to decorate, plus requests for return visits to their first round whenever they’d like.

Other activities have included reading books on Facebook for their friends, family and teachers. And they’re doing what Jillian calls “Iowa nature classes.”
“We’re enjoying the awakening of Iowa, after winter,” she says. “When it rained, we checked out earthworms. While filling bird feeders, we found a paper wasp nest. We took it inside to draw it on paper and watched a video about how paper wasps make their nests.”

 “We brought our border collie, Margo, with us, who needs lots of walks. We have looked at tracks and seen animals. There is a pheasant rooster that seems irritated with a red flag on one of the gravel roads nearby,” Jillian says. “We are watching the daffodils as they begin to open, and we keep a copy of ‘Birds of Iowa’ at our kitchen table, where we watch the birds on the feeder at meal time.”

And when rain isn’t in the forecast, Wesley and Posey enjoy their chalk art visits to Lake Panorama driveways.

JAY AND SUE MERRYMAN
On Sunday, March 22, Sue Merryman told her husband Jay she wanted to do something nice for neighbors and friends every Sunday they’re “locked in.” She proceeded to bake seven dozen cookies and made bags of eight chocolate chip cookies for nine different families.

“We figured out a map of delivery, then I rang doorbells and laid their cookies right in front of the door,” Sue says. “I backed away 10 feet and if they came right away, we visited at a distance for 5 minutes and were on our way to the next home. It was really fun seeing real faces.”

The next weekend, Sue made caramel popcorn to deliver to another nine families, using the same routine.

“It reminded me of all the times we did May baskets when our kids were young,” she says. “Again, it was so nice to see the smiles on everyone’s faces.”

Sue has started playing bridge online with her bridge buddies.

“One online group uses a program called Trickster Cards, and the other is Bridge Base,” she says. “On both of them, you get to pick your own group. Both are free, and Trickster Cards has lots of other card games besides bridge.”

Jay owns his own business, called Clonetrader, and is a risk manager who deals mainly with commodities. Since he was already running his business from home, he’s working as usual, although the commodity markets have been a little more volatile.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple had April plans for a Rhine River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. The company cancelled the trip, offering either a full refund or 125 percent of their investment back with a voucher to use in two years.

“We took the voucher and now have a trip planned from Hong Kong to Bangkok for two weeks in 2022, and we rescheduled our Rhine River cruise for next April,” Sue says. “It’s fun to dream a little while sitting at home.”

The Merrymans have a son, Ben, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and another son, Josh, in Overland Park, Kansas, with a daughter, Molly, and her family living in Munich, Germany. All three are under shelter-in-place mandates. They also have a daughter, Abbey, who is a doctor in Iowa City.

“She is on the front line and keeps us up to date on what’s happening,” Sue says.
Technology helps keep the scattered family in touch.

“We FaceTime pretty often. One Sunday, our son Ben used Zoom to connect all of us, and we were able to see all the kids and grandkids at the same time. It was kind of crazy to get a word in, but so fun to see all,” Sue says.

More recently, son Josh found a program called Caribu.

“It lets us read and draw with our grandkids. It’s an app for mobile devices and we can schedule reading times with our grandkids. They get to choose the book and turn the pages,” Sue says. “When we draw, we both get to choose the colors we want to use. It usually costs money, but for the next two months, it’s free. It’s so fun to see and talk to them at the same time.”

What positive things have the Merrymans discovered while spending extra time in their home on Horseshoe Cove?

“I’m walking about 2 to 3 miles every day, and my dog is happy she gets to go for more walks. It’s made me slow down and read more,” Sue says. “Jay and I probably talk more. We’re just glad it’s not a real war and appreciate having a safe, warm home with plenty to eat.” read more

Beach Ball Fundraiser moved to Aug. 1
More than 80 items have been donated for auctions and a raffle

By Susan Thompson
Posted 4/6/2020

The Friends of Lake Panorama board postponed the April 18 Beach Ball to Saturday, Aug. 1. This decision was made in light of increases in confirmed coronavirus cases in Iowa, plus guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Friends will continue to monitor the situation and adjust plans again, if needed. More details about the Aug. 1 Beach Ball will be available as the date approaches.

The Friends board is pleased with the support shown for the 2020 Beach Ball, which is being planned to raise money for new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches. So far, more than 80 items have been donated for auctions and a raffle.
One item that couldn’t wait until Aug. 1 was the donation of a box of fresh garden produce from Bill and Karen Eby’s garden every seven to 10 days June through September, valued at $400. Shanell and Dave Wagler were the winning bidders for that item at the 2017 Beach Ball, and expressed interest again this year. When the 2020 Beach Ball was postponed, the Waglers purchased the Eby donation for $400. 

Four items from Paradise Pads have been offered to Friends at cost, with all money raised above those amounts going to the playground fund.

Since the Paradise Pads items are things the Friends board knows would be more popular this spring than later summer, an online auction is planned for April 16-20. Available will be an inflatable standup paddleboard, a rolled foam pad, and two inflatable pads; one is 6-foot by 8-foot in size, the other 6-foot by 13-foot. Four dock lines also will be available.

Details on how the online auction will be conducted will be provided April 12 on Nextdoor Lake Panorama and in LPA and LPN newsletters. A web link will take those interested to the auction on the Friends of Lake Panorama website. Bidding will begin at 9 a.m. April 16 and close at 5 p.m. April 20.

When the Beach Ball was scheduled for April 18, the 30 tables available all had sponsors and decorators, and most seats had been sold. Contacts have been made with table sponsors and ticket holders, and most have said the new date works for them.
If there are some who paid for their table sponsorship or tickets already and can’t attend, they can do one of two things: ask for a refund, or leave the money with Friends as a donation. If seats or tables become available, these will be marketed as the Aug. 1 date approaches.

Direct donations for these new playgrounds are at $14,500 — a good start toward the $70,000 goal. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216, with checks payable to Friends of Lake Panorama. More information about the playgrounds and donation options is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org. Or contact Susan Thompson, 515-240-6536, staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org. n

ON THE LAKE
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade

 

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 4/6/2020

Well, maybe this wasn’t the best time to buy a newspaper. Then again, this probably hasn’t been the best time to do a lot of things. But when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right?

We all have to face things outside of our control at times. It is the cold reality of life — and, unfortunately, death. The current situation with the COVID-19 is causing fear, anxiety and uncertainty for most everyone, including me as the new owner of this newspaper.

The government regulations that have been implemented to minimize the spread of COVID-19 are, unfortunately, affecting businesses in ways few people could have ever predicted. You can see that here locally and all over the nation. Most of our publications depend on people coming together for events, concerts, food, drink, movies and more. And when most all of it goes away at once, we are left with immense challenges. As such, we made the difficult decision on March 24 to suspend the printing of CITYVIEW and our Iowa Living magazines until our June issues.

On a positive note, we decided to continue to publish the Lake Panorama Times as scheduled. My thanks to Susan Thompson, Stormy Baker and all of the advertisers in this issue for helping to make that happen. And thank you to all of you, our readers, for continuing to support the Lake Panorama Times.

With all the social distancing and sheltering going on, I haven’t been able to meet many of you yet, but let’s keep our fingers crossed that this will soon pass. With that in mind, I certainly don’t take the health risks of COVID-19 lightly, and you shouldn’t either. There are no easy decisions to be made, and there will be fallout no matter what happens. We simply all must play with the cards we have been dealt and do what we feel is best while looking out for the well-being of ourselves and others, too.

You should follow the advice from the CDC to prevent the spread of the virus, and you should also continue to shop local in a smart manner. Please resist the temptation to buy on Amazon. Jeff Bezos will be just fine when this pandemic ends, but I am not so confident about many of our local businesses. Continue to find ways to buy from them. They need your support. We need your support.

Now take a much-needed break from all the negative coronavirus coverage and enjoy this month’s stories about the people and places that make Lake Panorama great.

Be safe, be smart and be supportive. And, as always, thanks for reading. read more

2020 LPA annual meeting postponed to June 27
The 2020 ballot will elect two members to the LPA board of directors.

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 4/6/2020

The 51st annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association will be Saturday, June 27 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lake Panorama National conference center. The meeting was originally scheduled for May 9 but was postponed due to COVID-19 prevention measures.

The new date was set by the LPA board of directors at its March 24 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 term of Tom Jeschke 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 30 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 2020 ballot is simply for electing two 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 26. 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.

Two people are running for two seats on the LPA seven-member board. Mary Jane Carothers will be completing her first, three-year term on the board, and is running for a second term. David Finneseth is seeking a seat on the board for the first time, and will replace Tom Jeschke.

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

Mary Jane Carothers
“A Lake Panorama resident since 2003, it has been my privilege to serve on the LPA Board of Directors for the last three years. I am a licensed nursing home administrator who serves as Vice President, Quality Improvement for Iowa Health Care Association, which represents 700 long term and post-acute care organizations.  My professional skills include strategic planning, capital improvement project oversight, budget construction and human resource management. I have served on the Panorama and Guthrie Center School Boards, Guthrie Center Area Development Board, Guthrie County Board of Health, Guthrie County Compensation Board and St. Mary’s Parish Council.”

David Finneseth
“I have been a member at Lake Panorama since 2011 and a full-time resident since 2015. I hope to help bring insight into the future and growth of Lake Panorama while continuing to maintain its reputation. With my experience as a business owner of Farm Bureau Financial Services in Guthrie Center and Perry, this knowledge will be beneficial to the operation of the LPA. I am involved with and serve on various other boards and committees including Rotary, church finance council, and secretary for the Agents Association covering eight states. I look forward to serving our community on the LPA board.” read more

New directional signs on east side

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 4/6/2020
Six new directional signs recently were installed on the east side of Lake Panorama. Older signs had included Clover Ridge Interval Owners, which no longer exists. The six new brown signs are located in various locations to direct visitors and guests.

A large one on 200th Road near the old maintenance shed, and others along that route, provide directions to the Lake Panorama National Resort, while also listing the golf course, restaurant, conference center and lodging. Those same signs also point to the LPA office and Boulder Beach.

 Signs near Boulder Cove coming from both the north and south point east to the LPN. A sign adjacent to the LPN pro shop parking lot has one arrow pointing north to the pro shop, and another pointing east to the LPN conference center, restaurant and lodging.

Two remaining signs that mention the Clover Ridge Timeshares will be updated soon by covering over those words. read more

COVID-19 impacts Lake Panorama and Guthrie County
Formal announcements from the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, local events, schools and government offices

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 4/6/2020

The coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the world has caused many changes at Lake Panorama and throughout Guthrie County. On March 17, formal announcements came from both the Lake Panorama Association and Lake Panorama National about new business procedures as a result of COVID-19.

LAKE PANORAMA ASSOCIATION
At the LPA, several new policies went into effect that day and will remain in place until further notice. To ensure the safety of members and employees, the LPA office is closed to walk-in traffic. LPA staff are working and assisting members via email or phone.

Members who require an in-person visit may contact LPA to schedule an appointment. LPA staff will work with those members on a case-by-case basis to ensure member needs are being addressed, while continuing to maximize social distancing. Appointments are offered only for situations that cannot be addressed via email or phone.

 Payments can be made by mail or by placing in the drop box located near the driveway at the LPA office, 5006 Panorama Drive. Staff check the drop box periodically throughout the day, Monday through Friday.

Boat stickers will be mailed, once payment is received. If requested, stickers can be placed in the LPA pick-up box, which is located by the office front door. The pick-up date must be coordinated with LPA staff. DNR boat registrations can be emailed, faxed or copies left in the drop box.

LPA’s primary goal during this time is to ensure its staff can continue to provide essential services to LPA members. To that end, LPA has implemented contingency plans to ensure the LPA water plant and LPA dam both are managed effectively in the event of staff absences. All other work requests will be handled on a priority basis, with essential services taking priority.

LPA Security remains on duty and will continue regular patrol of the lake development. If LPA Security is unavailable, call the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office at 911 or (641) 747-2214.
LPA Security is not an appropriate contact number for questions about COVID-19. Those questions should be directed to medical providers. In the case of a medical emergency, dial 911 or (641) 747-2214.
Building and land disturbing permit applications and accompanying documents can be placed in the drop box, or emailed to lpa@lakepanorama.org. Members are reminded seven to 10 days of lead time is recommended for all building permit requests.

While the LPA office has sold hunting and fishing licenses in the past, these also can be purchased online, so they are not available at the LPA office at this time. The DNR website for purchasing licenses is: https://www.iowadnr.gov/

LPA will update members through its email bulletin system. These updates sometimes are shared through social media platforms, such as Facebook and NextDoor. But LPA will focus its limited resources on sending email bulletin updates, responding to emails and answering phone calls. Responses to social media discussions and questions cannot be guaranteed on a real-time basis. Members who require a response from LPA should email lpa@lakepanorama.org or call (641) 755-2301.

LAKE PANORAMA NATIONAL
At the LPN, the Links Restaurant is open for carryout only. A special carryout menu has been developed, and hours of operation trimmed to meet demand. As of April 1, the restaurant is closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Takeout orders are available Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call (641) 755-2100 to place an order, which will be brought to you at your car door. Only credit card and Diners Club payments can be accepted. The special carryout menu is here: https://lpnresort.com/carry-out

All events scheduled at Lake Panorama National Resort on or before April 12, 2020, have been canceled or rescheduled. This includes the Easter Brunch that was planned for April 12. Decisions on events planned after April 12 will be made as dates approach, and announced in the LPN Resort Weekly e-newsletter and on Facebook.

Both the Panorama West Golf Course and the Lake Panorama National Golf Course and driving range remain open. LPN is taking some precautions and making recommendations to golfers.

Keep 6 feet of separation between you and your playing partners. Refrain from handshakes and high-fives, and sanitize hands regularly.

Members should use their own private carts during their round. LPN rental carts will be provided with the option of one cart per person. Rental carts will be sanitized after each use. Walking also is an option.

Disease transmission points are being reduced by keeping bunker rakes, ball washers, water coolers and garbage cans off the course.

Leave the flagstick in. Cups have been installed upside-down to allow for low-contact ball retrieval.

The LPN pro shop will be open as traffic dictates. Call for tee times at (641) 755-2024.

In response to Gov. Reynolds’ State Public Health Emergency Declaration March 26, a decision was made to close the LPN pro shop to retail sales. The pro shop doors are locked, and golfers are asked to check in at the pro shop counter window. Golf balls and gloves will be sold through this window, on request.

The Panorama West Clubhouse is not yet open, and rental carts are not available. Guests can pay green fees at the kiosk. Once open, the clubhouse can be reached at (641) 755-2250. Until then, direct any questions to the LPN Pro Shop at (641) 755-2024.

At this time lodging, remains open through Lake Panorama National. The staff has always provided the highest standard of sanitation, but now some additional procedures have been implemented. These include:
• The fitness facility is closed until further notice.
•All guests will be given a screening questionnaire before check-in.
•Keys will be available for pickup from the after-hours cabinet outside.
•Maid service policies have been adjusted, with additional information provided in units.
•Anyone who needs to reschedule or cancel a reservation may do so without cancellation fees on or before April 12, 2020.

The LPN front desk/lodging desk continues to be staffed Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but hours on Saturday and Sunday have been reduced to 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the front desk at (641) 755- 2080.

FIRST “LAKE PANORAMA 101” CANCELED
A group of volunteers recently decided there should be an organized way to welcome new property owners to Lake Panorama. The result is a program titled “Lake Panorama 101.”

Two initial sessions were planned, but the first one scheduled for Friday, April 24 has been canceled. The second session is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 10-11 a.m. The meeting will last one hour, and be held at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center.

Topics covered will be the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, perks and amenities available to LPA members, and ways to learn more. There will be time for questions, and refreshments will be available.

If it seems conditions will allow this public gathering, invitations will be sent in May to new owners who have purchased within the last 18-24 months. Lake Panorama 101 sessions aren’t limited just to those who receive invitations, or who are new property owners. Any LPA member interested is welcome. Those planning to attend the June 6 session can reserve a spot by calling the LPN front desk at (641) 755-2080.

LAKE PANORAMA FIN & FEATHER
In light of COVID-19, the officers of Lake Panorama Fin and Feather made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 annual banquet, which was originally planned for May 9 at the Lake Panorama National Resort. This decision was made due to public gathering restrictions, which hampered committee planning activities, in combination with a lack of suitable dates for rescheduling the event.

The committee thanks those who have already purchased 2020 membership/banquet tickets. Donations, tickets or other payments already paid will be carried over to 2021, and personal contacts are planned to confirm this with individuals. Those who prefer to have a refund instead of carrying over memberships or donations will be able to do so.

PANORAMA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recommended Iowa school closures for four weeks beginning March 16 until April 13. Panorama Community Schools is following this recommendation and is closed with all events and activities scheduled to take place during that time canceled.

With school not in session, free meals are being provided in “grab-and-go” style to those 18 and younger on Mondays and Wednesdays. This began March 23 and will continue until school resumes session. Students are provided two breakfast meals and two lunch meals and do not need to be present; a family member is allowed to pick up the meals.

Drop off is 11:30-11:45 a.m. at five locations. Look for Panorama Community School District vehicles parked at these locations with the drivers staying about 15 minutes. Pickup locations are the Bagley Community Center; Yale Memorial Park, next to the Community Building; Linden Post Office/Library on Main Street; Jamaica Park next to ToJo’s; and the Panora Library.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES
The Panora City Hall is closed to walk-in traffic, but staff is available via phone or email. The Panora Library, Community Center and Veterans Auditorium also are closed until at least April 13.

The Guthrie County Courthouse closed to all visitors on March 17. All staff continue to work Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those needing to do business at the facility can call or email each department. A contact list has been placed outside the main entrance on the east side of the building. Each department also can be contacted on the Guthrie County website here: http://guthriecounty.org/

The Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management agency has created a website that contains the latest preparedness, response, and public information for Adair and Guthrie counties regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It is available here: https://www.adairguthriecountycovid.org. read more

A Q&A with LPA General Manager John Rutledge

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 4/6//2020

The news these days from most all sources focuses on the coronavirus outbreak and daily life modifications required to control its spread. This month’s Q&A with John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations, talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the Lake Panorama Association, while also looking ahead to 2020 projects.

Q. On March 17, both the Lake Panorama Association and Lake Panorama National Resort issued special bulletins outlining many changes in the way business is conducted at both locations. How has the LPA membership accepted these changes?
A. The LPA membership has been extremely supportive of our COVID-19 policies. A number of members have reached out to let me know their businesses, or places of work, have implemented similar protocols. I think people have come to expect this is the new normal for a while. Most of our members are very comfortable with technology, and we’ve been able to keep projects on track by using electronic communications during this period of extensive social distancing.

Q. How has this impacted LPA and LPN operations?
A. Electronic communications have also worked well for LPA and LPN internal functions. Staff has been using a video conferencing platform to meet regularly and ensure operations are well-coordinated. This option isn’t quite as good as meeting in person, but is much more interactive than a traditional conference call. By using video conferencing, we have been able to break our staff into segregated teams. We believe this provides us some protection against a scenario in which a large percentage of our staff would become ill at the same time.

The March 24 LPA board meeting also was held via video conference with the board members joining online or by telephone. Once everyone navigated the learning curve, the meeting went very smoothly. Members were invited to email any questions or comments in advance, but all business was routine and no concerns were submitted.

Q. What impact is COVID-19 having on LPA and LPN business?
A.  The business of LPA is very different from the business of LPN. LPA is quasi-governmental and is better suited to weather this storm. Member interactions can largely be completed via email and phone without impacting the bottom line. Social distancing results in some lost productivity for field operations, but our LPA team still is able to get the job done.
LPN is a very different animal, due to its business model being dependent on revenue from the restaurant, golf course, events and lodging. Reduced traffic and closure of certain business sectors are devastating to the operation’s bottom line. One example is the closure of the Links restaurant, which caused us to lay off our part-time servers until such time when we can reopen. Thankfully, State of Iowa unemployment has been quick to recognize this situation and offers assistance to those who have lost income.
During this time of uncertainty, we are doing our best to continue serving our members. The restaurant is available for food carryout with a specific menu and times. Please consider helping support that business by ordering carryout.

Other ways to help are to put additional money on your existing Diners Club account the next time you pay your bill by check. Or become a new member by completing the form available online and mailing it with a check. The membership form is here: https://www.lakepanoramanational.com/dining.

Lake Panorama National Resort gift cards are good in both the Links and the pro shop and can be purchased in any denomination by calling (641) 755-2080. Since the conference center front desk and offices currently are closed to walk-in traffic, the purchase can be made over the phone by credit card, and the gift card mailed to the buyer. Or buyers can mail a check and the card will be mailed in return. The LPN front desk is staffed Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours on Saturday and Sunday have been reduced to 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Both golf courses are open, and we encourage members and guests to use golf as a way to get some exercise, relieve some stress and get that sports fix during this time. We believe that with some precautions golf remains a safe activity. We do recommend players maintain 6 feet of separation and members use their private carts. For others, LPN will provide the option of one cart per person, and rental carts will be sanitized after each use. Walking also is an option. And keep your hands to yourself. Don’t pick up your playing partners wedge, shake hands or give high-fives. Also sanitize and wash your hands regularly.

In response to Gov. Reynolds’ State Public Health Emergency Declaration March 26, a decision was made to close the LPN pro shop to retail sales. The pro shop doors are locked and golfers are asked to check in at the pro shop counter window. Golf balls and gloves will be sold through this window, on request.

Q. We know LPA projects can’t come to a halt, despite the COVID-19 situation. Let’s take a look at some of those.
A. LPA undertakes a number of projects each year, such as the annual seal-coat project and dredging for the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ). Seal-coat preparations won’t begin for a while, due to the March road embargo and spring weather conditions. Dredging, however, has begun and will continue until completion in November.

LPA also has a number of contractors on site for associated projects. Three companies are working on the three components of LPA’s water plant and well upgrade project. All are progressing nicely due to the mild winter and early spring. Also expected in the near future is the return of Dredge America, who will be dredging the upper river channel for RIZ. This work will be complementary to LPA’s annual dredging efforts.

Q. The replacement of a water main across Burchfield Cove was discussed at the March LPA board meeting. Tell us about the need for this project, and the expected timetable.
A. In December, LPA experienced a break in one of our three essential lake crossings. The timing of this leak was fortunate, as LPA water use is much lower in the winter months. LPA currently has this section of the system “off-line” and is moving forward with replacement of the line by the end of May. This timeline will ensure we can meet our summer demand on the east side of Lake Panorama.

The board authorized moving forward with a $340,000 contract to bore in a new line and complete the necessary water main extensions. This should serve as a 50-year solution for this area of the lake. LPA will offset a majority of this unplanned expense by deferring $225,000 worth of capital improvements to a future year. The balance will be paid out of LPA’s cash reserves. Projects being deferred include new bathrooms at Sunset and Shady Beaches, one unrelated improvement to the LPA water distribution system and a handful of other minor projects on LPA property.

Q. What other projects are getting underway at Lake Panorama for the 2020 season?
A. Lake Panorama usually opens the golf course bathrooms, campground bathrooms and beaches when temps are reliably above freezing. COVID-19 precautions may dictate a different strategy to how we operate our bathroom facilities this year. LPA beach bathrooms, for example, are cleaned daily. If COVID-19 requires cleaning them every 2 or 3 hours, then we need to review whether we can reasonably meet this expectation. We continue to monitor guidelines for how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Docks at LPA’s beaches will be deployed before boating season, and the lake is a great place for members to escape the stress and restrictions we’ve all faced in March and early April. Stay tuned for further updates, as we all navigate the surreal experience that is COVID-19. And wash your hands! read more

Wetland protects Hughes Cove
The nitrogen removed by the wetland is equivalent to taking about 400 acres of row crops out of production.

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 4/6/2020

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 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.

During a strategic planning session in 2012, the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) 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. The total project cost was $700,000, with more than $200,000 in federal reimbursements, so the net cost to RIZ was $500,000.

The water pool 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. Like the Helen’s Cove project, the net cost to RIZ was about $500,000. 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. A third wetland also has been built to help protect Burchfield Cove.

These photos show the various components of the Hughes Cove wetland. read more

New boat ramps prohibited at Lake Panorama
Decision based on concerns about the introduction of invasive species into Lake Panorama.

By Susan Thompson
Posted 4/6/2020

The Lake Panorama Association board of directors has adopted new rules that prohibit the construction of any new boat ramps, while also placing restrictions on existing ramps.

Last fall, a boat ramp task force studied the possibility of the LPA installing a boat ramp somewhere on the west side of the lake. After discussion, the task force’s recommendation was to not allow any additional boat ramps or access points to be constructed on Lake Panorama.

Much of the task force’s decision was based on concerns about the introduction of invasive species into Lake Panorama. At its December board meeting, the LPA board voted unanimously to adopt the task force’s recommendation.

Following that vote, the board discussed concerns about invasive species, current enforcement efforts to control their introduction into Lake Panorama, and options for strengthening these efforts. Some options discussed installing cameras to monitor access at the marina ramp, and limiting hours of access to the ramp.

The board directed John Rutledge, LPA general manager, to develop recommendations for increased enforcement of invasive species rules to be considered in the spring. Rutledge says this review led the LPA management team to contemplate rules about not only LPA-owned access points, but also private access points.
At its March 24, 2020, meeting, the board approved three new rules related to private ramps. The first requires members interested in building a boat ramp on their property to receive written permission from the LPA.

The rule states, in part: “LPA shall retain the sole discretion to deny any application for a boat ramp. Generally, boat ramps shall be strictly prohibited unless a member can show that access to the lake from such boat ramp will be controlled to avoid invasive species and unauthorized access to the lake.” If a boat ramp is installed without receiving a permit, the LPA will require the member to remove it.

The second rule deals with any boat ramps that existed prior to Jan. 1, 2020. These ramps will be allowed to remain, as long as the member maintains the ramp in good condition. The replacement or major repair of any existing ramp would require the member to obtain a permit from the LPA.

The third rule deals with the use of existing ramps. The rule states: “Any member with an authorized boat ramp shall strictly prohibit access to the lake and shall only allow boats that are registered with LPA and have a current LPA sticker to utilize such boat ramp. In the event a member allows access for an unregistered boat or a boat without a current LPA sticker, then such member shall be in violation of this rule and subject to a fine of $2,500 per occurrence.”

Rutledge says to date boat ramps on member properties haven’t been a problem. In fact, Rutledge noted the owner of one ramp has been extremely supportive of LPA’s debris removal efforts and continues to be an important partner to LPA operations. But the new rules are something LPA implemented to be proactive about boating safety and invasive species.

“This is a means of ensuring only LPA-registered and LPA-inspected boats are accessing Lake Panorama via ramps within the LPA development,” Rutledge says. “Our top goals are safety and invasive species prevention.”
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Case Made for New Guthrie County Law Enforcement Center

By Susan Thompson
Posted 3/12/2020

At an informational meeting January 28 at the Panora Community Center, several people helped make the case for a “yes” vote on an upcoming Guthrie County 20-year bond referendum. If approved by voters, $8.7 million would be available to build a new law enforcement center addition and parking lot improvement project at the Guthrie County Courthouse.

Marty Arganbright, Guthrie County Sheriff, told those in attendance that 10 years ago there were times when the county jail was completely empty. “But times have changed,” he said. “Now we are constantly full, and often have inmates being housed in other counties. That requires our deputies to be driving back and forth transporting inmates, rather than on duty in the county.”

For July through November of 2019, there were 61 overflow inmates held out of Guthrie County for a total of 761 days.
The current jail, built in 1963, has just 10 beds. “We have about 100 outstanding warrants right now on people we could pick up, but we don’t have room for them,” Arganbright said.

Iowa law requires jails to have cells to accommodate and separate five classifications of prisoners, such as juveniles, females, males, people charged with the same crime, and people with mental health or medical issues. Arganbright said the Guthrie County jail has just one classification.

“Any females arrested must be transported to another county,” he said. “We haven’t met the state code for many years. An inspector comes yearly and we get written up for a number of violations. I keep telling him we’re going to build a new jail. He could have closed us down by now because of our current conditions.”

Arganbright and others showed photos and described a litany of problems with the aging facility. The design of the building provides poor inmate transport throughout the space, presenting safety risks to the staff, inmates and visitors.

There is overcrowding, both of staff and inmates, and a serious lack of evidence storage. Other problems include dripping pipes, outdated cell doors that are difficult to open and close, flooding caused by water that runs into the building from the parking lot, mildew and hot water issues.

An architect with Shive-Hattery reviewed details of the new law enforcement center that would be built adjacent to the courthouse. The 14,800-square-feet building will be a two-story structure, partially built into the hill on the north side of the courthouse. There would be a public entrance to the ground floor administrative offices on the west side, with a small parking lot nearby.

A covered entrance to the second level will be on the east side of the building. This is where inmates will enter, and be moved directly to a booking area, holding cells or by elevator to the courtroom. In contrast, inmates in the existing jail are moved through general areas because there are no secure corridors to booking, jail or the courtroom.

An elevator will take inmates down to the jail cells. There will be 28 beds in the new jail, which will meet the state’s space requirement for five classifications. A dormitory space will provide complete separation of males and females. An inside exercise yard, which is another state requirement, will be included in the building.

The parking lot issues that cause basement flooding in the courthouse will be fixed as part of the project. A small building also will be constructed on the east side, to replace maintenance and storage space being removed to make room for the new structure.

Over 30 years, it will cost $52,092,000 to build and operate the new facility. Over the same time period, it would cost $54,261,000 to keep and operate the existing facility. This means building the new facility is projected to save Guthrie County $2,169,000 over the next 30 years.

The tax impact of the project will be spread over 20 years. As an example, for a house assessed at $100,000, the increase is estimated at $34 a year. Those interested in checking the tax impact on property they own can go to www.guthriecountyvote.com and use the calculator available under the “tax impact” tab. This site also provides additional information on the need for the new facility, benefits and voting.

The voting date for the bond referendum is Tuesday, March 3. The question on the ballot will be: “Shall the County of Guthrie, State of Iowa, enter into a loan agreement and issue its general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding the amount of $8,700,000.00, for the purpose of constructing, furnishing and equipping a County Law Enforcement Center as an addition to the County Courthouse as well as improving the Courthouse parking lot?”

All eight voting precincts in Guthrie County will be open March 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone unsure of their voting precinct can find it on the Iowa Secretary of State website here: sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx

The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is February 21, with absentee ballots postmarked no later than March 2. Absentee voting can be done at the Guthrie County Auditor’s office during business hours up until 5 p.m. on March 2.

Tours of the current jail are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. read more
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Beach Ball April 18 to Raise Money for New Playground Equipment

By Susan Thompson
Posted 3/12/2020

Nearly $12,000 has been donated so far to Friends of Lake Panorama to fund new playground equipment. Friends is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. Its current priority project is raising $70,000 for playground equipment, to be split evenly between Boulder and Shady beaches.

A Beach Ball fundraising event, similar to ones held in 2016 and 2017, will be Saturday, April 18, with all proceeds going to the playground project. The event will be in the Lake Panorama National banquet room, with registration and social hour beginning at 5 p.m.

So far, about 20 table sponsors have agreed to participate, with just 10 tables remaining. Table sponsorship costs $125. Sponsors are asked to decorate their table with a theme of their choice, and will receive decorating guidelines and times when they signup. For those who do not want to decorate their tables, a few volunteers are available for an additional $25 donation.

Each table will accommodate eight guests, with meal tickets costing $40. Half of each meal ticket and the full cost of table sponsorships will go directly to the playground fund.

Table sponsors are encouraged to find eight guests to fill their table, but any empty seats will be filled by those who buy separate meal tickets. Organizers hope most meal tickets are taken by generous people interested in buy items from the auctions and participating in other fundraising events throughout the evening. Attendance is limited to 240 people.

Additional fundraising activities include a raffle; silent and live auctions; buy-a-dessert auction; buy-a-bottomless-beer cup; a 50/50 raffle; and a mini-beach ball drawing for gift cards.

Donated items are being sought for a general raffle, mini-beach ball drawing, and silent and live auctions. Also, the buffet meal won’t include desserts so Friends is looking for volunteers who will provide a dessert that will serve at least eight people. The hope is 30 donated desserts will be received and each of the 30 tables will purchase a dessert. The desserts will be auctioned.

Those interested in sponsoring a table, buying one or more meal tickets, or donating items for the raffle, buy-a-dessert, and live and silent auctions should contact Susan Thompson, thomcomm@netins.net or 515-240-6536.

All funds for table sponsorships and meal tickets will be collected in advance of the event.

Donations to Friends of Lake Panorama are tax-deductible. Donors receive a confirmation letter for tax purposes, both for direct donations at any time, plus contributions made as part of the April 18 Beach Ball.

A sign recognizing all donors of $500 or more will be installed near both playgrounds, with these donors also recognized on the Friends website.

Here’s a description of the playground improvements planned, once Friends reaches its $70,000 fundraising goal. At Shady Beach, 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 also has room for two children.

At Boulder Beach, the gray mountain and play set currently there will remain. The spring horses, tire swing and old bathroom will be removed. A freestanding spring rider similar to the one planned 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. read more

Business as Usual for LPA After Supreme Court Ruling

By Susan Thompson
Posted 3/12/2020

A recent ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that involved Lake Panorama resulted in a flurry of news and social media reports. But the ruling isn’t expected to have any significant impact on the Lake Panorama Association and its members.

On January 31, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that confirmed Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has the authority to enforce Iowa boating laws on Lake Panorama.

John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association general manager, says this doesn’t place a new expectation on members of LPA, since LPA rule 5.1(a)(1) states: “All vessels operated on Lake Panorama must comply with the State of Iowa Boating Regulations approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources except where superceded by the regulations of the Lake Panorama Association.”

“This ruling only reinforces a rule LPA already has in place for the safe enjoyment of Lake Panorama,” Rutledge says. “The expectation for safe, responsible and legal boating has been a longstanding expectation of LPA.”

The issue of whether DNR has the authority to enforce Iowa boating laws on Lake Panorama came before the Supreme Court because of an incident on July 7, 2018. It was the night of the annual Fire in the Sky fireworks. Several state conservation officers were on boats patrolling Lake Panorama that night. Two officers stopped a pontoon boat that was displaying blue lights, because state law restricts the use of blue lights to “emergency vessels.”

The two officers proceeded to do a safety inspection of the vessel, looking for required equipment. One of the officers noticed the boat’s owner might be intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test and breath test, and was arrested. A chemical test at the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office revealed his blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit, and he was charged with one count of boating while intoxicated.

The defendant’s attorney moved to suppress the results of the encounter with the DNR officers, saying Lake Panorama is a privately owned lake, and the state law regarding the use of blue lights would not apply on a private lake.

Following a hearing, the district court denied the motion, concluding the DNR has jurisdiction over Lake Panorama because it constitutes navigable waters, and is not a privately owned lake under Iowa Code. The defendant was found guilty of boating while intoxicated, and appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.

In the Iowa Supreme Court ruling, much of the discussion relates to the fact the Middle Raccoon River flows into Lake Panorama, which means vessels on the stretch of the river north of the lake’s upper basin can enter the lake there.

“LPA has always understood Lake Panorama and the Middle Raccoon River are interconnected,” says Rutledge. “The legal nuances of this ruling are largely a moot point to LPA. LPA continues to control all access points to Lake Panorama, with the minor exception of the upstream Middle Raccoon River channel. Boat access from upstream is not practical for vessels of measurable size and those small vessels that enter from upstream are few and far between. The occasional kayak or canoe visitor to Lake Panorama is a reality LPA has understood and accepted for many years.”

Rutledge says Lake Panorama will continue to be a lake used by LPA members, because it is impractical for non-members to access the lake with boats of measurable size. “This court ruling will not represent a new policy or trend in lake usage,” he says.

The Supreme Court ruling includes a review of the many reasons LPA states Lake Panorama is private. “All of the property surrounding the lake is privately owned and every owner of lakefront property is a member of the LPA. The LPA owns the dam. The LPA also owns the bed under the lake, as well as the lake’s only marina and boat ramp. Use of the boat ramp is limited to LPA members. The LPA also conducts its own patrols of the lake and has its own boating regulations, which it enforces.”

Despite those things, the majority of the six Supreme Court justices ruled Lake Panorama is not private because it is possible for vessels to gain access to the lake from the Middle Raccoon River. Another legal argument presented by the defendant’s attorney was that the LPA’s debris trap doesn’t allow access by vessels to Lake Panorama. Rutledge said the LPA does not attempt to block boat access to Lake Panorama from upstream.

“The LPA maintains a debris retention device, which is in place to capture sticks, logs, corn stalks and other items that could represent a boating safety hazard. This debris device was misrepresented during these legal proceedings as being a boat barrier, which it is not,” he said. “This device aids Lake Panorama’s debris removal efforts, and enhances boater safety and water quality.”

Rutledge said LPA maintains a 130-feet opening on one end of the debris barrier, which allows for navigation of the Middle Raccoon River. Past and recent conversations between LPA and DNR have confirmed this strategy is mutually acceptable.

The majority opinion of the Supreme Court ruling was written by Justice Edward Mansfield, with three other members of the court supporting. A footnote in the ruling authored by Mansfield makes it clear he wasn’t saying Lake Panorama now can be accessed in other ways than the Middle Raccoon River. “Of course, we do not suggest that the LPA or any individual property owner has any obligation to permit public access to Lake Panorama over their land,” he said.

Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins and Justice Brent Appel dissented, concluding Lake Panorama is privately owned as defined by Iowa Code. Wiggins wrote boating while intoxicated wouldn’t be tolerated, even if the majority of the court had agreed Lake Panorama is private.

“I note that my holding does not mean that boaters can boat while intoxicated on private lakes that are not under the commission’s jurisdiction. Section 462A.14 provides that a person commits the offense of boating while intoxicated if that person operates a boat while intoxicated on the navigable waters of this state.” The state code’s definition of navigable waters is “all lakes, rivers, and streams, which can support a vessel capable of carrying one or more persons during a total of six months in one out of every ten years.”

The full ruling is online here: www.iowacourts.gov/courtcases/7953/embed/SupremeCourtOpinion

March 10 Deadline to File for LPA Board of Directors Election

By Susan Thompson
Posted 3/12/2020

The deadline to file nomination papers for the 2020 election for a seat on the Lake Panorama Association board of directors is March 10. The board consists of seven members. Board terms are three years, and members are allowed to serve two consecutive three-year terms. Terms are staggered so the number of seats on the annual ballot varies each year.

For 2020, there will be two seats on the ballot. Mary Jane Carothers is completing her first three-year term on the board. Carothers has taken out nomination papers and announced her intention to seek re-election for a second, three-year term. Carothers currently serves as LPA board president.

Tom Jeschke is completing his fourth, three-year term on the LPA board. Jeschke was elected in May 2006 and again in May 2009. After taking a brief hiatus from the board (as required by the LPA by-laws), Jeschke was elected to the board in May 2014 and May 2017. Jeschke is ineligible to run in 2020 since this year marks the conclusion of two consecutive, three-year terms.

LPA member David Finneseth has taken out papers and announced his intention to seek the open seat currently held by Jeschke.

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 May 9 annual meeting will be sent in April. This year will mark the LPA’s 51st 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 sometimes is 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