Lake Panorama News

ON THE LAKE
Get smart

It’s not the 1980s any more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis and Paul retired in 1998.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 What interested McCurnin about the LPN position?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the time the conference center was purchased, the LPA board established the legal corporate entity known as “LPN, LLC” to manage this wholly owned subsidiary. The Panorama West golf course and clubhouse was placed under LPN, LLC management in 2013.

As a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, LPA is required to pay taxes only on gains from land sales. Revenues from dues and assessments are not taxable. Keeping the LPA and LPN, LLC operations separate protects the nonprofit status of the LPA.

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

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

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

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

RECIPE
Spiced apple crumble

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By Jolene Goodman

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

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

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

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

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


Spiced apple crumble
Servings: 6-8

Filling
6 medium honeycrisp apples, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon white flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 lemons, juice only

Topping
1 cup quick oats
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon salt
vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    To make filling: In medium bowl, add apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and lemon juice. Toss to evenly coat. Spread evenly in 8-by-8-inch baking dish.
    To make topping: In medium bowl, add oats, flour, brown sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, melted butter and salt. Fork mixture to create crumbles. Pour crumble topping over apple mixture.
    Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
    Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

DONATIONS FOR LAKE PANORAMA DOG PARK SURGE IN DECEMBER
Interim goal surpassed four months early, $20,000 still needed.

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

At the beginning of December, $19,000 had been donated to Friends of Lake Panorama for a proposed Lake Panorama dog park. By the end of December, donations had reached $30,000.

The ultimate goal for the dog park is $50,000 to construct the park and provide all desired amenities. The Friends board had set an interim goal of $25,000 raised by May 1, 2021, to ensure this is a financially viable project. With $11,000 donated in December, that goal was surpassed four months early.

One reason for the strong level of donations was a challenge made early in December by Amanda and Jeff Creen, who said they would match up to $2,500 in donations made within the month.

The couple has been taking their two rescue pups to the Perry dog park for the past year. They were excited when plans for a Lake Panorama dog park were revealed and are looking forward to it being built. Amanda says they decided to offer the December matching funds to help speed the process.

Amanda is the Lakeside Village director, and she and Jeff live on the third floor of the senior living facility. Lakeside Village is pet friendly, and there are several dogs living with their owners there, in addition to Lola and Toby, the dogs she and Jeff own.

The couple adopted Toby three years ago and Lola two years ago. Both came through United Yorkie Rescue and were 7 years old at the time of adoption.

“We love the idea of a dog park at Lake Panorama,” Amanda says. “I know we’ll be loading up the Lakeside bus with dogs and their owners and making trips to the dog park on a regular basis.”

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

Crushed rock will create a 5-foot-wide walking path along and under the fencing to provide a weed barrier and keep dogs from digging. A small gravel parking lot will be adjacent to the park.

Amenities inside the park fence included in the $50,000 cost estimate are four benches, four stations where bags for dog waste would be available, and two domed waste receptacles. A dual station pet fountain placed in the fence line between the two sections would make it possible for dogs to access drinking water from either side.

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

Fundraising for the dog park will continue as Friends of Lake Panorama’s priority project over the next several months, with hopes construction can begin in the fall of 2021.

Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Other donation options and more information are available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

The Friends of Lake Panorama board recently voted to host its fourth Beach Ball fundraiser on Friday, July 30. A final decision will be made at the board’s spring meeting, but it is anticipated a percentage of funds from this event will go to the dog park.

The board also hopes to use some of the Beach Ball funds for smaller projects, such as walking trails near Panorama West and the south shore, a disc golf course on the west side of the lake, and more benches and other amenities at all three beaches.

For the past year, the charity has focused on raising $70,000 for new playground equipment at both Shady and Boulder Beaches. New equipment was installed at Shady Beach in October, and the $70,000 goal also was reached that month.

The Boulder play equipment has been ordered and will be delivered and installed in the spring. Some additional money was donated in December for the playgrounds, which made it possible to add a second individual spring rider at Boulder Beach. Signs recognizing donors of $500 or more will be installed near both playgrounds next summer.

OBITUARY
EILEEN GOODRICH

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Eileen Goodrich, 93, daughter of Morton and Angeline (Carris) Smithson, was born Dec. 8, 1926, near Perry. She passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at the Guthrie County Hospital, Guthrie Center.

Eileen graduated from Linden High School. On Dec. 15, 1948, she married Leonard L. Goodrich in Perry. To this union, two children were born: Christine Eileen and Marty Leonard. They made their home on a farm near Linden. Eileen was known as the “Cake Lady” because she made cakes for every occasion for residents of the area. She did this from 1965 until 2005 when she and Leonard retired and moved to Lake Panorama in November of 2005. Following Leonard’s death in 2007, she continued to live at the Lake and would make an occasional cake for those who requested one. She and Leonard enjoyed square dancing together up until around 2000 when they stopped.

Eileen was a member of the Panora United Methodist Church and the Red Hats.

Eileen is survived by her daughter, Christine Thomson of Garland, Texas, and son, Marty Goodrich of Cedar Rapids. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leonard, brothers Dale and Ted Smithson, and sisters Marjorie Parlee and Helene Crowl.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora. Burial was in West Linn Cemetery, near Linden.

OBITUARY
ALVIN ‘AL’ CHARLES STORESUND

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Alvin “Al” Charles Storesund, 78, of Panora, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. His last days were spent in EveryStep Kavanagh House in Des Moines after a courageous battle with cancer. His Confirmation book states, “My name is of no importance to the rest of the world...but my name is written in the Book of Life.” Alvin’s faith in God held strong until the end.

Alvin was born on March 11, 1942, in Ottesen. He was the second born of three sons to Gerner and Edna Storesund. He was baptized in the Trinity Lutheran Church on May 3, 1942. He was confirmed at the Peace Lutheran Church in Glidden on March 25, 1956, and graduated from Glidden High School in 1960. After high school, Alvin enlisted into the United States Air Force. After basic training, he was stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska, with the SAC 97th air refueling squadron. He was an assistant crew chief on a KC 97 air refueling plane that refueled B-47 Bombers. From Lincoln he was regularly sent on Alert Duty in Fort Churchill, Canada, for two-week stints. The KC 97’s squadron did a three-month tour in the Azores Islands during the Cuban Crisis. Alvin finished his days in the service stationed in Bangor, Maine, receiving his honorable discharge effective July 14, 1966, after two years in the Air Force Reserve. Alvin made many lifelong friends during his time in the service and also met his wife, Rowena, while stationed in Lincoln.

Alvin and Rowena were joined in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church on Aug. 25, 1962, in Lincoln, Nebraska. After living in states ranging from Maine, Nebraska, Florida and finally Iowa again, they settled down in Coon Rapids to raise their family of five: Lonnie, Jodi, Trudi, Wes and Quinten. Alvin found work with a local Chevrolet dealer, Niles Chevrolet, as a mechanic until moving across the street to Garst and Thomas print and mail department until retiring in 2007. He was a member of the American Legion Gurney Parker Post No. 357 in Coon Rapids for 48 consecutive years. He was also a former member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids and a current member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Panora.

Alvin was a true family man with an infectious sense of humor. They would take their young children on annual vacations across the United States. They visited many locations from the Grand Canyon, Washington, D.C., Cave of the Winds in Colorado, to Cape Canaveral in Florida. Alvin would watch with pride the activities of his children’s, which followed with traveling to see the grandchildren’s activities. As an outdoorsman, he enjoyed taking the kids and grandchildren walking through wooded trails, boating, water skiing, golfing/golf cart rides and fishing. The fishing trips of “the boys” ranged from Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado and Canada, with their most recent trip October 2020 to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rowena’s parents, and son Lonnie. He is survived by his wife, Rowena; children, Jodi (Randy), Trudi (Patrick), Wesley and Quinten (Tonya); grandchildren, Siri, Jakob, Shelby, Jamie, Kobe, Sydney, Brett, Vallerie, Cory, Shey and Kain; brothers, Larry and James; along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 31, 2020, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Panora. Burial was in the West Cemetery, Panora. Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, was entrusted with his services.

ASK LAKE PANORAMA TIMES
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.

Posted 1/5/21
Do I need a fishing license to fish on Lake Panorama? And if so, where can I buy one?
An Iowa fishing license is required to fish at Lake Panorama, and this includes ice fishing. The LPA office sells licenses during regular office hours. They ask that you call ahead at 641-755-2301 to make an appointment. Iowa residents can also purchase licenses online at https://www.iowadnr.gov/fishing/buy-your-license.

I heard that Lake Panorama is the largest private lake in Iowa? Is that true, and how big is the lake?
Yes, Lake Panorama is the largest private lake in Iowa with 1,160 acres of lake surface and more than 30 miles of shoreline. If you are curious, the largest lake of any sort is Lake Red Rock with more than 15,000 acres of water.

If I choose to rent out my lake home over the winter, are there restrictions?  
Yes, there are several, and they are detailed in 2.30 section of the LPA Rules and Regulations titled “RENTING BY MEMBERS.” First and foremost, a member may not rent his or her home or condo more than one time in any four consecutive week period. Those who violate this shall be fined $500 per day. Also, members must register any renters, and renters must sign agreements stating that they will abide by LPA rules. Failure to register renters shall result in fines of $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second violation, and $250 for a third or subsequent violations. See the LPA Rules and Regulations for full details.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Posted 1/5/21
Lake Panorama Association
Board of Directors Meeting
Nov. 24, 2020

Lake Panorama Association – Via Web Conference
The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met Nov. 24, 2020, at 5 p.m. via Web Conference. Board members in attendance were Larry Babcock, Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Lane Rumelhart and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: None
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.
Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda –
Evans moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum  
Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda

Donovan moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 10.27.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 10.31.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting - 12.15.2020
e) Accept minutes from 10.26.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting
Agenda Item 4a – Offer to Purchase Lot 3520
LPA received an offer, direct from Luke Wanninger, to purchase lot 3520 in the amount of $12,500. Land sales committee (LSC) reviewed the offer. This is a C lot, located at 4100 Cedar Lane, north end of the lake. The LSC agreed on a counteroffer of $16,000. The buyer has declined the counter and after conversation did not wish to counter with any number higher than the original offer. LPA staff has no objections to the sale of this property but defers to LSC on value. LSC is recommending declining the offer of $12,500.
Schumacher moved to decline the offer of $12,500 for Lot 3520. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4b – Appointments to LPN, LLC Board of Managers
The terms of Dave Greiner and Sue Merryman expire on 12/31/2020. Greiner has respectfully declined another term on the board of managers. He remains supportive but has decided it is time for him to conclude his service.
Merryman is concluding her first three-year term and has expressed a willingness to serve again, if appointed.
The LPN board of managers has discussed several names and recommended a pool of candidates for the position, which runs 1/1/2021 through 12/31/2023.
The Board expressed their thanks to Dave Greiner for his service and leadership at LPN. The Board discussed the candidates recommended by the Board of Managers.
Evans moved to appoint Kathy DeLucca and Sue Merryman to the Board of Managers for term Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2023. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4c – 2021 LPN, LLC Budget
Rutledge reviewed the proposed 2021 LPN Operational and Capital Budget. 2019 revenue numbers were used as a basis to create the 2021 budget. An increase in memberships for both LPN and Panorama West course are included. Capital items for golf course equipment for 18-hole course have been included in LPN Capital budget. LPA will contribute the funds for the purchase of the capital items, as investment in LPN.
Donovan moved to approve the 2021 LPN, LLC operational and capital budgets as proposed. Motion seconded and carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 5 – Old Business
Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss legal matters. Board existed closed session at 6 p.m.

Schumacher moved to approve the increase in employer matching funds from 3 percent to 5 percent to the LPA and LPN, LLC 401k retirement plan and to adjust the eligibility age from 21 to 19. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 7a – LPA General Manager Contract
Carothers noted for the minutes that the general manager’s multi-year contract was reviewed in closed session and mutually continued by both LPA and General Manager John Rutledge. Rutledge thanked the board for their continued support.
Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Posted 1/5/21

Event dates and times are subject to change. Contact hosts for updated details.

Thursday, Jan. 7
4:15 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Multiple Schools
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
No school
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
4:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 9
9 a.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Tournament vs. Coon Rapids Bayard
Coon Rapids Bayard High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
6:30 p.m.
School board meeting
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Jan. 11
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Woodward Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
4:15 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Multiple Schools
 Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Woodward Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 14
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 14
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 14
6 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Duals vs. Multiple Schools
Southwest Valley
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
TBD
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. North Polk
North Polk Middle School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Des Moines Christian School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV-R Game vs. Des Moines Christian Middle School
Des Moines Christian High Schools
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Des Moines Christian School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Des Moines Christian School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 15
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Des Moines Christian School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 16
9:30 a.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Invitational vs. Multiple Schools
Perry Community Schools
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 16
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 16
5:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 18
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 18
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Madrid
Madrid Elementary School
www.panoramaschools.org




Monday, Jan. 18
4 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 19
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 19
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV-R Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 19
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 19
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 21
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 21
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Earlham
Earlham
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 21
4 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. West Central Valley
Redfield, IA
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 21
5 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Duals vs. Multiple Schools
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 22
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. AC-GC
Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 22
4 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Tournament vs. Multiple Schools
Southwest Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 22
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. AC-GC
Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 22
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. AC-GC
Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 22
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. AC-GC
Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 23
10 a.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Tournament vs. Multiple Schools
Southwest Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 25
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com




Monday, Jan. 25
4:15 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Martensdale-St Marys
Martensdale-St Mary’s Jr-Sr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 26
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Martensdale-St Marys
Martensdale-St. Marys Jr Sr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 26
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Martensdale-St Marys
Martensdale-St. Marys Jr Sr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 26
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Martensdale-St Marys
Martensdale-St. Marys Jr Sr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Jan. 28
5:30 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Meet vs. Multiple Schools
Pleasantville High School Pleasantville HS Gymnasium
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 29
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 29
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 29
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 29
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 30
LPN Chili Cook Off
Lake Panorama National Links Restaurant
Do you have a killer chili? Put it up against some of the best on the lake. Entry fee is $20 which will be contributed toward the grand prize. There is no cost to sample so come out and vote for your favorite. More details available soon.
https://www.lakepanoramanational.com

Saturday, Jan. 30
11 a.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Invitational vs. AC-GC
AC/GC High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Feb. 2
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Feb. 2
5 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV-R Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Feb. 2
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org


Tuesday, Feb. 2
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Feb. 4
4 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Woodward Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Feb. 5
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Interstate 35
Interstate 35 High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Feb. 5
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Interstate 35
Interstate 35 High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Feb. 5
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Interstate 35
Interstate 35 High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Feb. 5
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Interstate 35
Interstate 35 High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Feb. 6
12 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Sectional
TBA vs. TBA
www.panoramaschools.org

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

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

Tuesday, Feb. 9
4:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. West Central Valley
West Central Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Feb. 9
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
West Central Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Feb. 9
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
West Central Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Feb. 27
Member Mixer
Lake Panorama National Links Restaurant
Lake Panorama National Resort is hosting a special event for those who have joined as 2021 golf members at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West golf course. Gift cards for those who joined by Jan. 31 will be distributed, and information about the upcoming golf season at both courses will be available. This mixer will be a great chance to shake off those winter blues, catch up with fellow golf members you haven’t seen since your last round, and meet some new ones. Cash bar will be open, and make plans to stay for dinner in the Links.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Tuesday, March 23
5 p.m.
LPA board meeting
www.lakepanorama.org

LAKE DOGS & COVE CAT

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Posted 1/5/21
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Dogs:  Stella and Piper, 5 years old

Cove Cat:  Sassy, 8 weeks old

Owners: Chad and Michelle Welch

Siberian Huskies Stella and Piper sisters. They enjoy the lake and going on boat rides, but they are not swimmers. The kitty is Sassy, and she has been with her owners for only a few weeks. Stella and Piper get along great with the kitty. They like to play with her, and they even all snuggle up together.

Q&A: LAKE PANORAMA RIZ
Looking back, looking ahead

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

This month’s Q&A with John Rutledge, LPA general manager, is a review of Lake Panorama RIZ activities and how important this local government entity is to the Lake Panorama community. 

Q. How would you explain Lake Panorama RIZ to someone who isn’t familiar with it?
A. The Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) has been an integral component of how Lake Panorama functions for more than 20 years. The RIZ board will manage an annual budget of $2.45 million in the 2020-21 fiscal year. These funds are used exclusively for the purposes of dredging, installation of erosion control measures, water quality activities, land acquisition, and related improvements, including soil conservation practices, within or outside of the boundaries of the zone. RIZ partners with LPA on a number of common goals, but RIZ is an independent local government entity, formed under Chapter 357H of the IA Code.
That law went into effect July 1, 1997. It allowed the designation of unincorporated areas of a county as rural improvement zones, providing for improvement projects in the zone, authorizing the issuance of certificates of indebtedness and an annual standby tax. Any taxes from new construction or appreciation in value of current structures would be retained by the RIZ district and used to retire debt related to water quality. At the time of the bill’s passage, it was estimated this could mean $65,000 to $75,000 a year coming back to Lake Panorama. That is a far cry from the $2.45 million the RIZ district will receive this year in the form of a percentage of property taxes paid by Lake Panorama property owners coming back to the community.

Q. How was RIZ funding used in 2020?
A. The highlight of RIZ’s 2020 effort was the completion of the Dredge America dredging contract. In 2019, RIZ requested bids for dredging in the Middle Raccoon River channel. This project was designed to supplement ongoing work by LPA’s crew and help “catch-up” in the remote areas immediately downstream of the Fansler Bridge.
Dredge America concluded their work this fall, totaling 731,653 cubic yards of sediment dredged. Much of this sediment was pumped into the far reaches of County Basin, which helped to ensure full usage of this sediment storage structure before the easements expire. The total cost of this project was $4,313,165.35. When combined together, RIZ and LPA removed a total of 1.14 million cubic yards of sediment from Lake Panorama during the period of 2019 through 2020.
New in 2020 was the purchase of an updated debris collection vessel. This vessel and associated shore conveyor cost just under $400,000. This vessel will replace the 20-year-old “skimmer” LPA has operated to remove debris for over two decades. The new vessel has a larger capacity and benefits from a more modern and efficient design. The old skimmer will be retained as back-up, and can be used if LPA experiences a large debris event that would warrant running both vessels at the same time.

Q. How is the Lake Panorama RIZ governed?
A. The Lake Panorama RIZ board is comprised of five trustees, who serve staggered, three-year terms. Over 70 voters cast ballots in the Dec. 8, 2020, election. Re-elected were JoAnn Johnson and Doug Hemphill. Other members of the board include Bill Dahl, Larry Petersen and Corey Welberg. Officers are Hemphill as president, Welberg as clerk, and Johnson as treasurer.
LPA and RIZ benefit from a cooperative, mutually beneficial working relationship. I believe both the LPA board and the RIZ board deserve a great deal of credit for respecting and supporting the unique roles each play for the long-term viability of Lake Panorama.

Q. What projects are on the horizon for RIZ?
A.  Lake Panorama RIZ is always looking ahead to ensure we are planning for the future. Currently under development are a fourth and fifth wetland, both serving Burchfield Cove. Both are in the planning stages and look promising for development. These projects benefit the lake by reducing nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment and flood surge into the lake. These wetlands are exciting because these are proactive efforts that benefit not only Lake Panorama but also create wildlife habitat in the lake’s upstream watershed.
A top priority for RIZ is the continued development of sediment storage basins, which are completely separate from the wetlands. Although wetlands can help buffer the lake, there will always be some level of sediment issues to address at Lake Panorama. Having sediment storage facilities available to house dredging spoils remains the lynchpin to Lake Panorama’s success. Continued planning and development in this area is an ongoing priority for the coming year.
RIZ also is exploring exciting possibilities involving streambank mitigation, which deals with improving streambanks that are prone to collapse and erosion. RIZ definitely is taking a multifaceted approach to its scope of work, which we believe is essential to continued success.

Q. Any closing thoughts?
A. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone. RIZ saved Lake Panorama from an imminent decline in the late-1990s and served as a foothold for 20-plus years of economic growth and success. This program remains as critical today as it was when it began.
One irony of RIZ is that it’s easy to forget how much work goes on behind the scenes to keep our lake in good condition. Unlike some of the natural lakes of Minnesota, we are a man-made lake in the heart of Iowa’s farmland. Keeping our lake intact requires a tremendous amount of stewardship and financial resources. RIZ deserves credit for a job well done.

LPA WATER PLANT UPGRADES ALMOST COMPLETE  
Goal with the new system is to produce water that is 7 grains per gallon.

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

Major upgrades to the Lake Panorama Association water system are nearing completion. The project required three main components — drilling a second Jordan well, upgrading to a reverse osmosis treatment system, and installing a discharge line to accompany the reverse osmosis process.

The old system used a Jordan well that was drilled in 2011 and two Dakota wells constructed in the 1990s. The Dakota wells, which are in a shallower aquifer, had become less reliable. These wells were the source of iron and manganese that resulted in some customers having black and brown water flowing from their taps at times. Eliminating dependence on these temperamental wells was a key reason for this project.

A line to carry discharge water away from the new reverse osmosis (RO) system to the Middle Raccoon River by Highway 44 was installed last summer. A one-half-mile-deep Jordan well was drilled in late May. An addition was built on the north side of the water plant building to house the RO system, which arrived in June.

Half of the reverse osmosis system went online in late October. The LPA expedited the rollout of the new plant because of a problem with one of the old Dakota wells.

“This Dakota well was inspected by camera in 2017 and appeared to be in good condition,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “But the screen failed this fall. When all options were reviewed, the only one that made sense was to have the RO plant activated a little sooner than planned. We are lucky we didn’t delay further the decision to move ahead with the new plant.”

The first Jordan well was able to serve the Lake Panorama community for eight weeks until a pump was installed in the new Jordan well and all controls were finalized. The second half of the water system was brought online in mid-December. This involved connecting in the new Jordan well and corresponding RO system.

Water hardness can be described as grains per gallon. Mike Gliem, LPA’s water and dam supervisor, says under the old system, LPA water had a hardness of 36 grains per gallon.

“Our goal with the new system is to produce water that is 7 grains per gallon,” he says. “That is typical of what the Des Moines Water Works and other municipalities offer their water customers.”

All sampling data indicates the 7 grains per gallon goal will be reached in early 2021, and should remain at that level.

“We’ve received a lot of compliments already on the quality of the water,” says Rutledge.

Gliem says to reach this level of softness, the water runs through the RO tubes twice, using eight the first time and four the second time.

“Then we combine this water with 20 percent raw water for the finished water provided to our customers,” he says.

“It comes down to personal preference,” Gliem says. “Some newer water softeners will automatically adjust to the water and reduce the number of cycles and salt usage. For older softeners, I recommend dialing back the hardness setting until customers like the water quality. Some homeowners may decide they don’t even need their water softeners anymore.”

Gliem says LPA continues to receive positive feedback from members who already have reduced their water softeners and are extremely pleased with the water quality.

Neither of the two Dakota wells are being used now. If all continues to go as planned, those wells will be plugged, capped and covered with fill dirt by next spring.

During December, contractors were disassembling some components of the old plant. Large blue water gravity filters have been removed along with other old pieces of equipment and pipe. This area now is being used for some components of the new system. Work is expected to wrap up in early 2021.

Total cost for the entire project is $4.7 million. Funding for the project is through the State Revolving Loan Fund for drinking water improvements, at a fixed rate of 2 percent interest for 20 years.

To pay off the loan, LPA water bills increased with the Oct. 1, 2020, bill by $70 per quarter, going from $90 to $160 per quarter. Rutledge says the membership has been widely supportive of this project.

“No one likes to see an increase in their expenses,” he says. “But we’re pleased to report the increase in rates was accompanied by a substantial increase in water quality realized by the members. In addition, the increased reliability of this new system provides LPA the assurance our system can handle demand 365 days a year for decades to come.”

Increased focus on LPA quarterly water bills has resulted in more awareness of how water utilities are billed in the state of Iowa. In 2018, the Iowa Legislature passed a new Water Service Excise Tax (WET).

Prior to this law, the sale of water was subject to state sales tax. Now WET exempts the sale of water service from state sales tax but imposes a 6 percent excise tax on the sale of water service. WET tax revenues are allocated by the State of Iowa to the water quality infrastructure fund and the water quality assistance fund.

Rutledge says even with the recent rate increase, LPA water bills are very comparable with other municipalities.

“LPA members need to know the cost of this plant is very affordable and will position the association for decades to come,” he says.

ON THE LAKE
Thank you, Lois

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 12/8/2020

As you read into the pages of this month’s issue, you will see an obituary for Lois Porath, who died Nov. 24. Lois was my mother-in-law — the mother of my wife, Jolene. If it were not for Lois and her husband Dean, I would likely have never experienced life at Lake Panorama. As such, Jolene and I would not be homeowners at the lake, and I certainly would not be publishing this newspaper or writing this column today.  

Lois and Dean first owned property at Lake Panorama in 1971 during the early years of the lake development. They had been searching for lake property in Iowa and learned about this new project. Their son Curtis told me that he was heartbroken as a young boy when he learned of his parents’ decision to buy at Lake Panorama, as most of his friends were at Okoboji. He told me that he bluntly asked his parents, “Where the hell is Panora?”

Recently, as Curtis drove “home” from Washington state to attend his mother’s service, he reminisced fondly about the times he spent on the lake — cruising in his mini-sailboat, ice skating on the lake, riding his mini-bike through the woods and enjoying all that the outdoors could offer to a young boy. Although the Porath family’s permanent residence was in Ames, Lake Panorama was clearly “home.”

About 10 years later, Lois and Dean built a new home on the lake, just a few lots south of their original. They spent countless hours constructing the home and property into what they dreamed it could be.

Their daughter Toni also found peace and enjoyment at Lake Panorama as a young adult. She and her husband bought property near Lois and Dean with plans to build a home, until life pulled them in another direction and they sold the lot. Even years later, trips back to Lake Panorama brought an instant smile to Toni’s face.

Jolene may have been the Porath with the deepest connection to the lake. It is where she spent her summers with her mother, playing in the sand, fishing off the dock and riding her bicycle. As she grew older, it was where she learned to water ski and became involved with the Lake Panorama Ski Team. She spent many hours on, and in, the water and introduced all kinds of new people to Lake Panorama — including me.


Now back to Lois
When Jolene and I first started dating, she took me to the lake to meet her parents. As a father of three daughters today, I fully understand the reluctance to trust boys, let alone welcome them into my home. But Lois and Dean did welcome me in, with big smiles and even bigger hugs — something I was not accustomed to at the time. When we told her parents that we were going to marry, Dean looked me in the eyes, firmly shook my hand and made me promise that I would take care of his daughter. Lois gave me a set of steak knives and said she would not hesitate to use them on me, followed by a hardy laugh. We spent many hours at their lake home grilling on the deck, playing cards on the kitchen table, shooting pool in the basement and, of course, cruising in the pontoon on the lake.

Several years into retirement, and after realizing the need to ease up on the property chores, Lois and Dean purchased their final lake home, a condo in Boulder Cove. Dean passed away a few years after that, and Lois eventually settled in at her home in Grimes. That didn’t keep her from making frequent visits to Lake Panorama, stopping at PJ’s for ice cream and soaking in the rays at Sunset Beach. Lake Panorama made Lois feel good, and thanks to her, it does the same for us today.

So with all that in mind, I offer my gratitude to my mother-in-law for all that she did, including sharing Lake Panorama with us. Rest in peace, Lois.

CHANGING OF THE GOLF COURSE GUARDIANS
Dan Wollner has been the LPN grounds superintendent for 40 years.

Posted 12/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


In 2021, the Lake Panorama National golf course will be 50 years old. For 40 of those 50 golf seasons, Dan Wollner has been the LPN grounds superintendent. He’s retiring the end of this year, and because of COVID-19 restrictions, a retirement party is on hold until sometime next year.

“Forty years, where did it go?” Wollner says when asked to reflect on his years at Lake Panorama National. “My emotions and memories are overwhelming.”

Wollner’s wife, Barb, started as the course horticulturist the same year Dan started as superintendent. The pair met while attending Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg where they graduated with horticulture degrees. Their three children were raised in the log cabin they built in 1983 near the No. 13 green.

Over the years, Barb not only handled flowerbeds and other landscaping but mowed, fixed ball marks, moved cups and anything else that was needed. She now works full time at Guthrie County State Bank and plans to retire at the end of 2021.

“I love the golf course and have since my first day of work in 1981,” Wollner says. “Every inch of the course has its own memory. Trees planted, tee boxes built, five miles of cart paths cut with an 18-inch-wide sod cutter, many holes dug to repair irrigation, trees removed from weather damage, mowing, more mowing, uncountable ball marks repaired, and all the staff who have worked with me in 40 years, including Barb and our three kids.”

Thinking back, Wollner developed a “Top Ten” list following the format David Letterman used on his late-night talk show. No. 10 is 10 years of automatic irrigation after 30 years of manual irrigation. Those 30 years of manual irrigation involved a huge amount of time and labor cost.

“One of the crew or myself would start watering about 3 a.m. after the greens and tees were done with their water cycle,” Wollner says. “It took 50 minutes to put out 14 heads on the first four holes of either the front or back, wait for 10 minutes so each head ran for an hour at a setting, then start the process over on the next holes. We ended on the last holes of each 9 about 9 a.m., hoping to be ahead of all golfers, yet on the last cycle of 14. By the time you were done, you usually were soaking wet.”

Wollner’s No. 9 is nine drought years out of his 40. No. 8 is having worked with eight different head golf pros.

No. 7 is seven major weather events — straight line winds, hail, ice, derecho, tornado, flooding, excessive heat and humidity. “Mother Nature can be your best friend or your worst enemy,” Wollner says.

No. 6 through 3 cover six different general managers, five wonderful grandchildren, four assistant superintendents, and three perfect kids.

No. 2 on Wollner’s list is two families that have had three generations on his staff. These included Gary, Matt, and Hunter Soriede, and Terry, Dave, and Kade Kemble.

As any smart husband would, Wollner chose his wife Barb as No. 1 on his list.

“One patient wife who listened to all the good and bad. She put up with middle-of-the-night phone calls and texts. The stress of missing the rain when it was manual irrigation, knowing how much work that added to me and the staff,” he says.

“She brought me food when I didn’t have time to stop for lunch and planted lots of flowers during her years as horticulturist. She helped mow on weekends when I was short of staff and reminded me to stop and enjoy the beauty of a tree overlooking a pond, sunlight through the water of irrigation, or how pretty the striping was on a fairway,” Wollner says.

In 1987, Wollner received the 18-Hole Superintendent of the Year award from the Iowa Golf Association.

Over his 40 years, he has worked to improve on the original course that opened for play in August of 1981. For instance, the course was built with 18 tee boxes. Juniors, women, seniors, men, pros all used the same 18 tees with markers set not very far apart on some of the smaller tees.

“We started new boxes because the course was too difficult for women to play from the original tees, particularly the par 5s,” Wollner says. “Forward tees were built on the six longest holes — 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 18. Eventually those tees became the senior tees and new forward tees were added. Over the years, we have added 19 tees, so currently there are 37 tee boxes.”

There weren’t any cart paths when the course was built.

“We had days we had to close the course or at least not allow carts after big rains because of standing water,” Wollner says.

Beginning in 1985, he used a sod cutter to build five miles of graveled cart path.

“It took me four passes to take up enough sod for the paths,” he says.

The rock paths were an improvement but were high maintenance. Cart traffic and water runoff meant the paths needed constant upkeep. In 2000, the rock paths were replaced with asphalt.

“Having 18 continuous holes of cart paths allows us to open the course earlier in the spring and keep the course open even during wet spells,” Wollner says.

Another huge impact Wollner has had on the golf course is planting trees.

“When I started in 1981, there were only around 50 trees on the course. There had been more planted when the course was built, but many were lost during the early bankruptcy years because they weren’t cared for properly,” he says.

“We started our first tree nursery around 1983 on the right side of the 14th hole. We moved about 500 out of that nursery. We also dug trees by hand out of surrounding timber and planted those on the course. Ed Clark from Rosehill Nursery helped us on weekends by moving trees with his tree spade,” Wollner says.

“Our second nursery along the west side of the 11th hole was planted in 2009 with the help of Charles and Judy Schnack. We moved about 300 trees out of that nursery. We’ve probably planted 1,200 trees since 1981,” he says.

In retirement, Wollner is handing over the reins to three young men he has mentored.

“I’m guessing over the years I have had about 150 kids who started their first job as a high school student as part of my crew,” he says. “I still see some of them from time to time, and we remember their years working at LPN. And now three of my ‘kids’ are going to be the new LPN superintendent, LPN assistant superintendent and Panorama West superintendent.”

Brandon Waddle will be the new LPN superintendent. He grew up throughout the Midwest, ending up at Lake Panorama his senior year, graduating from Panorama High School in 1991. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. He worked at Lake Las Vegas golf course for two years before moving back to Lake Panorama with his wife, Jaime, when he was hired as Wollner’s assistant in 1998.

Waddle held that position for 15 years. In 2013, the Lake Panorama Association moved management of the Panorama West golf course under the LPN umbrella, and Waddle was named grounds superintendent there, a position he’s held the last eight years.

In 2018, Waddle was recognized as the 9-hole Superintendent of the Year by the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association for his work at Panorama West.

“Leaving Panorama West isn’t easy,” Waddle says. “There was a lot of ‘blood, sweat, and tears’ to go through there, especially with the help of the McLuen estate gift, which made it possible to turn that golf course into a well-oiled machine. But I’m looking forward to moving back to LPN where the playing conditions have always been perfect because of Dan and his dedicated crews over the years. I look forward to the new challenges and demands that go with it.”

Wollner says Waddle “has a lot of experience and is more than ready to take on this new role.”

In return, Waddle says, “Everything I do starts with what Dan has taught me. From the daily routine maintenance of the course, to equipment maintenance, to irrigation maintenance, to the agronomy of maintaining quality turf. And I’ve learned you can plan and prepare all you want, but Mother Nature always has the final say.”

Waddle says Wollner has been respected and looked up to among other golf course superintendents.

“Dan is always willing to help others. He’s probably in the top three on everyone’s list to call if they need help, and he will help. His work ethic is above and beyond, taking the golf course personally, and running it as if he owns it,” Waddle says.

Jared Baier worked the 2020 season as Wollner’s assistant superintendent and now will be Waddle’s assistant. Baier is a native of Guthrie Center and graduated from high school there in 2015. He spent two years at Southwestern Community College where he played college golf. He transferred to Iowa State and graduated in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in management. He spent eight months working for All American Turf Beauty as a sales manager until he was hired at the LPN in March 2020.

“I have been an avid golfer my entire life, so I’m very familiar with LPN. It feels like home to me,” Baier says. “I had a wide variety of responsibilities this golf season. I helped keep track of and assist the summer help we had, helped Dan work on and repair mowers and equipment as needed, and took care of irrigation maintenance as needed. I look forward to taking the next step now that I have a year under my belt, being able to do some things on my own to maintain the course and help out Brandon in any way possible.”

Baier gives Wollner credit for his easy transition to this line of work.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. The amount of knowledge I was able to gain spending this first year with Dan was tremendous. Being new in this industry, I was a little nervous when I started, but Dan made it simple and easy to catch on. I can’t thank Dan enough for this year. I think of him as a friend and guy I can call for advice whenever I need it.”

Garrett Young will be the Panorama West course superintendent. He went to Panorama High School until his junior year, when he transferred to Guthrie Center. He’s now attending Des Moines Area Community College, majoring in horticulture-landscape and turf management. He will graduate in May 2021.

Young has worked five summers at the LPN.

“Before working under Dan, I really had no intention to pursue this line of work. It wasn’t until a couple summers ago I became interested. Since I told Dan I was interested in the turf management field, he has been a tremendous help to me,” Young says. “Once he gave me more responsibilities and let me kind of do my own thing, it really made me realize this is what I want to do.”

Young still will be taking DMACC classes this spring. But starting in February, he’ll be able to work at Panorama West two or three days a week until he graduates.

“I’m really looking forward to working with new people, the responsibilities, and being able to learn more about golf course management from Brandon,” Young says. “I am very thankful for this opportunity.”

As with the others, Young has appreciated his time working with and learning from Wollner.

“He made every day enjoyable,” Young says. “My favorite part was whenever I’d ask him a question, he’d go on a 5-to-10-minute rant about it and pace around the shop when explaining the answer. No matter what, he always made it work. I’m really going to miss him — and his polo shirts and gym short combos.”

As he approaches retirement, Wollner says Panora and Lake Panorama have been a good place for he and Barb to raise their family.

“We built our house in 1983, the year Jacob was born. Now Jacob and Molly live north of Chicago and have two children — Kailyn, age 6, and Graham, 2. Ben and his wife Sara live in Ankeny with their children — Zoey, age 8, and Ivan, 6. Bailey and her husband, Ian, live in Miami, and are the parents of our newest grandchild — Maxwell, 9-months-old,” Wollner says.

“We really enjoy visiting the kids and their families and look forward to more traveling to see them. Road trips are always better with family at the end,” he says. “I’ll also be catching up on 40 years of deferred house maintenance, doing lots of bicycling, and hopefully sleeping until sunrise.”

Waddle says he hopes Wollner enjoys retirement, “riding off into the sunset on his new Rickshaw bike with Barb. But I hope he eventually turns around and becomes a part-timer. Maybe change a hydraulic filter in the HR6010, fix ball marks after a double shotgun, help repair an irrigation leak in July, pull a rough mower out of a pond, or simply wants to stripe some greens in the rain.”

Wollner offers these final words to those who will enjoy the fruits of the labor of the three young men he mentored.

“When you are out there golfing, take time to enjoy the beauty of this treasure,” he says. “And be sure to say thank you to these three for all the behind-the-scene work they do to take care of our favorite place.”

FRIENDS OF LAKE PANORAMA BOARD MAKES 2021 PLANS
Topics discussed included walking trails near Panorama West and the south shore, a disc golf course on the west side of the lake, and more benches and other amenities at all three beaches.

Posted 12/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Friends of Lake Panorama is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. The board held its 2021 organizational meeting Dec. 1.

For the past year, the charity has focused on raising $70,000 for new playground equipment at both Shady and Boulder Beaches. New equipment was installed at Shady Beach in October, and the $70,000 goal also was reached in October. One key item of business at the Dec. 1 meeting was to approve a motion to purchase the playground equipment for Boulder Beach.

The Boulder equipment now has been ordered and will be delivered and installed in the spring. There is a room for more benches and individual spring riders at both locations, so any additional money donated to the playgrounds in 2020 will be used for these extra items.

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

In other business, two board members were reappointed to the board. In 2020, Jim Tibbles filled out the final year of Dave Furbush’s three-year term and agreed to be reappointed for a full three-year term.

Also reappointed to a three-year term was Jody Muench. Muench has served on the Friends board since 2015.

Other board members are Galen Johnson, John Muenzenberger, Jan Reinicke, Emily Spradling and Tricia Steffen.

In officer elections, Reinicke was elected president, Muenzenberger vice president, and Emily Spradling secretary-treasurer. Susan Thompson is the non-profit’s executive director.

The board heard an update on fundraising for the Lake Panorama Dog Park. As of Dec. 1, $19,000 has been raised for this project. The ultimate goal for the dog park is $50,000 to construct the park and provide all desired amenities. The Friends board has set an interim goal of $25,000 raised by May 1, 2021, to ensure this is a financially viable project.

Other topics discussed at the Friends board meeting included raising awareness and beginning work on some smaller projects in 2021, including walking trails near Panorama West and the south shore, a disc golf course on the west side of the lake, and more benches and other amenities at all three beaches.

The board also discussed hosting a 2021 Beach Ball to help raise funds to divide among several projects. A final decision will be made at the board’s spring meeting, but it is anticipated a fundraising event will take place in early fall of 2021.

Studies show a large percentage of charitable donations are made in the last two months of each year.

To provide some relief for charitable organizations during this difficult year, Congress included a provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that permits individuals who do not itemize deductions to deduct $300 of charitable contributions as an “above-the-line” deduction. Married couples can deduct $600 when taking the standard deduction.

For those who do itemize, cash contributions to qualified charities can be deducted up to 100 percent of adjusted gross income for the 2020 calendar year.

Donations of securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) are welcome, as are direct IRA qualified charitable distributions. Those 70½ or older can make a tax-free gift from their IRA and see that gift put to use today. There are potential tax-saving benefits when considering either of these direct donation strategies. For information, contact Kristen Crouthamel, financial advisor at GCSB Investment Center, 641-755-2799 or kristen@investgcsb.com.

Donors currently can designate benches or spring riders for the Boulder and Shady playgrounds, the Lake Panorama Dog Park, Sunset Beach, the Friends general fund, or golf course beautification at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West.

Donations can be made by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Donations also can be made by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org,

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

OUTSIDE COMPANY WRAPS UP DREDGING UPPER MIDDLE RACCOON
A crew of four to five workers were on site at all times and often operated 24 hours a day.

Posted 12/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

A company that provides dredging services across the United States wrapped up its dredging work for Lake Panorama RIZ in late November. After a competitive bidding process, a contract with Dredge America of Kansas City, Missouri, was signed in July 2019.

The contract outlined a plan to dredge in the Middle Raccoon River channel between the lake’s upper basin and the Fansler Bridge, removing at least 700,000 cubic yards of silt. In the end, Dredge America removed 731,653 cubic yards at a cost of $4.3 million.

The company’s equipment began arriving in late September 2019, and some work got underway last year. The bulk of the work occurred this year. 

Following RIZ’s 20-year renewal in 2017, the RIZ Board of Trustees began an extensive effort to schedule expenditures for the next two decades. Early in that process, “catch-up” dredging in the river channel was identified as essential.

Besides removing sediment from a key buffer area for Lake Panorama, the RIZ board recognized increased dredging in the river channel would use up available storage in the County Silt Basin before some land leases there expire.

Planning for that basin near the north end of the lake began in 2004. The land was obtained from seven different owners. Construction began in 2005 and was completed and the basin first used in 2006. It was named the County Basin, despite the fact it’s not owned by Guthrie County.

In fall 2018, the RIZ board finalized $11 million worth of debt certificates, which are similar to bonds, to in part finance hiring an outside company to dredge the river channel. This allowed RIZ to ensure the basin is filled before current easements expire.

Once dredging began, the company had a crew of four to five workers on site at all times and often operated 24 hours a day. Pumping distance exceeded two miles throughout much of the project.

This project required Dredge America to pump the dredging spoils to the remote south end of the county basin with 300,000 cubic yards pumped beyond a designated boundary to the very end. The balance still was pumped to the far reaches of the basin but not quite as far as the initial 300,000 cubic yards.

The company submitted to a strict invasive species policy as part of its contract and was inspected by Lake Panorama staff prior to launching their dredge last September. Ongoing inspections were conducted for any additional craft launched, as well as associated equipment or pipe.

The work took place while LPA also was dredging this season, working to complete its annual dredging contract with RIZ. The LPA also pumped into the county basin.

“This project provided benefit to Lake Panorama by ‘catching up’ and getting us back to the Fansler Bridge,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “In addition, it filled remote areas of the county basin that LPA was not equipped to reach.”

Rutledge says Dredge America was able to do some remote and difficult dredging LPA could never have gotten done.

“If LPA had tried to do this, we would’ve had to ramp up for a year or two and then face the reality of gearing back down,” he says. “We calculated the cost/benefit and felt a subcontractor could supplement our annual effort more effectively than trying to scale-up/scale-down LPA’s equipment and personnel.”

Dredge America reached the Fansler Bridge at the end of October, then spent the next few weeks wrapping up some additional target areas identified by LPA and RIZ.

STILL TIME TO PURCHASE LPA HISTORY BOOK FOR HOLIDAYS
The full-color, hardcover 112-page book includes both historic and contemporary photos.

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Posted 12/8/2020
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

A shipping promotion that kicked off in October has led to about 20 copies of “Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years” being purchased, presumably as holiday gifts for friends and family. The book, authored by Susan Thompson, arrived at the Lake Panorama Association office July 19, 2019.

In-person promotions of the book planned for 2020 weren’t possible because of COVID-19. The book’s cost is $35, which includes tax. To make it easier to purchase the book through the winter months, online purchases now are available with the LPA shipping at an additional cost of $5 per book.

The full-color, hardcover 112-page book includes both historic and contemporary photos. Book chapters describe six decades of planning and development. There also are special topic chapters on Lake Panorama’s two golf courses, infrastructure, and water quality efforts. Sidebar stories highlight various groups and activities such as HALO, the Lake Panorama ski team and Fin and Feather.

The LPA financed the book’s production. Just over 1,000 books were printed, with less than 400 remaining in stock.

The LPA office is closed to foot traffic because of COVID restrictions, but those interested in a direct purchase can call the LPA office at 641-755-2301 to make arrangements for payment and pickup.

Books also are available for direct purchase at the front desk of Lake Panorama National during daily business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchases can be made at the LPA and LPN via cash, check, or credit card. The book also is available at the Panora Library, with purchases by cash or check only.

Here is the link to order online and have one or more books shipped:   https://lakepanorama.formstack.com/forms/order

RECIPE
Russian Tea Cakes

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Posted 12/8/2020
By Jolene Goodman

Making mass quantities of cookies, candies and fudge during the holidays was a tradition in our household growing up.  I have carried this tradition on with my family for the last 20-plus years.  This Christmas season, we will take even more time to celebrate this tradition as my mother recently passed away. In her honor, I share with you her (and my) favorite cookie recipe for Russian Tea Cakes.

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


Russian Tea Cakes

Ingredients
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2-1 cup sifted powdered sugar (additional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/4 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ground walnuts

Directions
Mix together butter, powdered sugar and vanilla.
Sift together flour and salt and stir into butter mixture.
Mix in ground walnuts.
Roll into 1 inch balls.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until set.
Do not let cookies brown.
While warm, roll in powdered sugar.
Cool.
Then, roll cookies in powdered sugar again.
Makes 4-5 dozen cookies.

OBITUARY
Lois Ann Sylvia (Carlson) Porath

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Posted 12/8/2020
Lois Porath died peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 24, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lois was born Feb. 4, 1935, in rural Alta, Iowa, to Anton and Viola Carlson. She was the youngest of four children including Daryl (Red) Carlson, Duane Carlson and Dale Carlson.

She graduated from Alta High School in 1953 where she was involved in school choir, musicals and flags.

Lois was united in marriage to Dean Porath on Feb. 21, 1954. They were blessed with three children: Toni Ovalle of San Antonio, Texas; Curtis Porath of Cle Elum, Washington; and Jolene Goodman of Johnston, Iowa.

Lois and Dean resided in Ames, Iowa, for several decades. They also spent summers at Lake Panorama until retirement, when they lived at the lake year round. They moved frequently during their retirement years, enjoying homes in Arizona, Texas, Nebraska and Iowa.

She had five grandchildren: Travis (Kelly) Sampson of San Angelo, Texas; Jessica (Joseph) Boyd of San Antonio, Texas; Sara Goodman of Des Moines, Iowa; Samantha Goodman of Johnston, Iowa; and Abigail Goodman of Johnston, Iowa. She also had nine great-grandchildren: Cade Sampson, Reid Sampson, Clark Sampson, Alexis Andrews, Camrie Sampson, Taranique Sampson, A.J. Boyd, Joseph Boyd, Jr., and Anastasia Boyd; and four great-great grandchildren.

Lois enjoyed playing various games and cards with friends and family, loved her sports, especially cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones, and working in her gardens.

Lake Panorama was a place of peace and tranquility for Lois where she and Dean would entertain friends and family, take frequent boat rides, golf on the par-3 course, grill on the deck and enjoy the scenic sunsets.

In recent years, Lois resided at Glenstone Village in Grimes, Iowa, where she made many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband and her daughter Toni.

A celebration of life was held Monday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home Chapel in Urbandale.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Lois’ name to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216.

OBITUARY
Robert Feilmeyer

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Posted 12/8/2020
Robert Edward Feilmeyer was born on March 5, 1938, the elder of identical twin brothers born to Edward and Marcella Feilmeyer in Guthrie Center. His early childhood coincided with World War II, and one of his first memories was traveling with his mother, sister and brother to pick up their father at the conclusion of his service in the Navy during that war. Robert’s parents owned and ran the Gambles Hardware and Feilmeyer Furniture stores in Guthrie Center for five decades, and Robert spent much of his time at those stores, including working there as a teenager and young adult.

Robert graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1956 and earned his B.A. (1960) and J.D. (1963) from the University of Iowa. Upon completion of his law degree, he returned home to Guthrie Center, where he joined Bob and Buck Taylor at the well-established Taylor and Taylor law practice. Robert remained with this law firm for his entire career, eventually becoming a partner, and later sole owner of the firm.

While attending a wedding in Illinois, Robert met the woman who would change his life, the companion and partner for whom he had been hoping. Kathryn Stangl accepted his proposal six months after meeting and a long-distance courtship, and they were married within the year on June 22, 1974, with the Chicago city girl taking up life in rural Iowa.

The couple was blessed with four children: Jeremy (who followed his father by earning a J.D.), Maria, Ann, and John Mark. Robert took enormous pride in his children and their accomplishments. He attended as many concerts, sporting events, plays, etc. as possible with his busy schedule. Although he spent long hours at his nearby office, that space became a place for the children to do their work as well, with his support and help, especially with computers. At home, his affection for his wife was a remarkable example for his children. Robert also will be remembered for doing his share of dishes, kitchen-cleaning, and nighttime parenting, and was no doubt happy when his children finally did learn how to hang up their bath towels.

Additionally, Robert was known around town for his jogging and exercising, hobbies he had taken up prior to marriage, and which he continued long into his senior years. Robert also took an interest in history and politics; he especially loved reading about the U.S. Civil War and made it a point to take the family on vacation to visit important battle sites, such as Gettysburg. To his children he emphasized the importance of both tolerance and equality of all peoples, encouraging them to learn about the world beyond their immediate environment.

A champion for the community, Robert was a member of the original planning and zoning board in Guthrie County, a member and past president of the Lions Club, member and past president of the Board of Directors of the New Homestead, and a volunteer of the Legal Aid of Iowa. A true man of service, he rarely turned down clients, even if they could not afford his legal work. Robert was honored by the Iowa Bar Association for his pro bono work through the years.

Robert was also a life-long member of St. Mary’s parish in Guthrie Center, where he was baptized, received first communion, confession, and confirmation, as well as watched all four of his children receive their baptism and other sacraments. He served there as an altar boy in his childhood, and later as a lector for many years, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Robert was known for his kindness, empathy, loyalty, and support, first and foremost in the context of his wife and children, but he also provided a source of stability and assistance to his parents for much of his adult life. His hospitality and kindness also extended to four foreign exchange students and two foster children. Robert was known for his hard work and dedication to his family, law practice, and community.

Following his retirement, Robert and Kathryn moved to the Lake Panorama community, and Robert finally had the time to travel. He spent much of his time visiting his children in their various locations, including a memorable trip to Benin in west Africa where son John Mark was serving in the Peace Corps. He delighted in seeing his grandchildren, offering them unconditional love and often a convenient napping spot. His retirement also finally brought him all the time he needed to watch Iowa Hawkeye and Notre Dame football games.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Marcella Feilmeyer and his sister Marlene Stangl. He is survived by his twin brother Ron (Marlene) Feilmeyer, his wife Kathryn, and his loving children Jeremy (Tricia), Maria (Jeffrey) Morrow, Ann (Kyle) Ledbetter, John Mark (Paul) Feilmeyer; and his dozen grandchildren: Maia, Eva, Patrick, Robert, John, Nicholas, and Anna Therese Morrow; Eliza, Nicholas, and Alexander Ledbetter; and William and Kathryn Feilmeyer-N’guessan.

Private services were held Dec. 2, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guthrie Center.

2021 GOLF MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Annual memberships are available at both courses for both Lake Panorama Association property owners and those who are not LPA property owners.

Posted 12/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Anyone who was a golfing member of either Panorama West or Lake Panorama National in 2020 will receive 2021 golf membership applications and related information about the 2021 season in their mailbox. Application forms also are available online and in the LPN pro shop.

There are two golf courses at Lake Panorama, both offering annual memberships. Lake Panorama National is an 18-hole course located on the east side of Lake Panorama. Panorama West is a nine-hole course on the west side of the lake. Both courses are owned by the Lake Panorama Association and managed by Lake Panorama National.

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

In an effort to expand membership access to LPN amenities, a payment program is available for all golf membership categories, plus the LPN pool and fitness center.

Those interested can pay their 2021 membership choices automatically through their bank account. Starting March 1, 2021, and ending Aug. 1, 2021, memberships will be withdrawn in six equal payments from their bank account. For this service, a convenience fee of $100 will be charged with the first withdrawal. An authorization agreement is included in the 2021 membership mailing, and also online and in the LPN pro shop.

There are several membership options. The All-Inclusive Resort and Golf membership includes golf at both courses, plus unlimited use of the driving range, pool and fitness center at Lake Panorama National Resort.

For LPA property owners, prices for the all-inclusive membership are $3,171 for a family, $2,646.50 for a couple, and $2,014.50 for an individual. This membership option also is available to non-LPA property owners at the prices of $3,509, $2,987 and $2,355.

A Lake Panorama National 2021 membership for LPA property owners is priced at $2,100 for families, $1,785 for couples, $1,365 for an individual, and $367.50 for junior golfers younger than the age of 18. This membership for non-LPA property owners costs $2,310 for families, $1,995 for couples, $1,575 for individuals and $367.50 for juniors.

For LPA property owners joining at Panorama West, fees are $721 for a family, $566.50 for a couple, $412 for an individual and $103 for a junior. For non-LPA property owners, Panorama West memberships cost $824, $669.50, $515 and $103 for those same four categories.

A special “first time” membership is available for those who have never been a Lake Panorama National member. The cost of this membership for a family is $1,050, for a couple it is $892.50 and for an individual, the cost is $682.50. LPN members who refer a “first time” person who joins will receive $50 in LPN pro shop credit.

Finally, distance memberships at Lake Panorama National are available for people who do not own a home at Lake Panorama and who live more than 18 miles from the LPN. This membership costs $1,785 for a family, $1,470 for a couple, and $971.25 for an individual.

Memberships for the swimming pool and fitness center at the LPN also are listed on the 2020 membership applications.

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

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

Those who choose the all-inclusive membership and pay in full by Jan. 31, 2021, will receive a $125 LPN gift card. LPN golf memberships paid in full by Jan. 31, 2021, will receive a $100 LPN gift card. Panorama West golf memberships paid in full by the same date will receive a $25 LPN gift card.

As an extra incentive to pay in 2020, all memberships paid by Dec. 31, 2020, will be entered into a drawing. Prizes awarded will include a custom set of irons valued at $800; $500 in LPN Diners Club credit; set of two wedges valued at $320; a Michael Kleinwolterink print valued at $200; a complete golf outfit including a top, bottom and hat, valued at $180; and a 2021 single LPN pool membership.

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

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

Posted 12/8/20
I was surprised to see a pontoon on the lake the other day in the cold weather. Are there certain months or time periods when boats are not to be on the water, regardless of the weather?
LPA says they do not restrict the time of year when members can boat. This is more of a practical issue, as boat motors can damage due to freezing. I/O and stern drive boats (generally your ski boats and wakeboard boats) are more prone to freezing and are usually the first to be cycled through the winterization process. Outboard motors (fishing boats and pontoon boats) are self-draining and less likely to damage from a light freeze. So if you see a boat on the water really late in the year, it is likely a fisherman or someone who likes to take a late-season pontoon trip. They would likely be running a self-draining outboard motor, or possibly trailering a boat that’s kept in a heated garage.

My neighbor’s dog is left outside and barks continually throughout the night. The noise carries across the lake. Whom should I report this to?  
LPA security say they would certainly look into this. If you can give them a tip on the address, or general area, then they will check it out. They say they usually have good luck if they can have a discrete one-on-one discussion with the owners and achieve their cooperation. If not, then they say they can take a more firm position.

I noticed that random utility poles have a black wrap around them near the bottom. What are those for?
According to Curt Thornberry at Panora Telco, the black sheathing is placed on the poles to prevent animals — such as squirrels, raccoons and cats — from climbing the poles and causing an outage. His guess as to why they aren’t on all poles has to do with not all the poles being replaced at the same time. He also notes that the utility poles you see around the area are electric power poles, and that all the communications lines in the county are underground.

Submit your questions at https://www.lakepanoramatimes.com/contact-us or email shane@dmcityview.com.

Calendar of events

Posted 12/8/20

Submit items for events calendar at https://www.lakepanoramatimes.com/contact-us. Event dates and times are subject to change. Contact hosts for updated details.

Friday, Dec. 11
No school
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11
3:30 p.m.
Wrestling varsity invitational
Central Decatur High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Madrid
Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Madrid
Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Madrid
Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Madrid
Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 11 – Saturday, Dec. 12
Be Local, Shop Local, Eat Local - Sip and Shop Weekend
www.panorachamber.org

Monday, Dec. 14
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Dec. 14
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 14
4 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Des Moines Christian Schools
Des Moines Christian High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
5 p.m.
LPA Board Meeting
www.lakepanorama.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Nodaway Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
4 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 15
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 17
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. AC-GC
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 17
4 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. AC-GC
AC-GC Junior High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 17
5:30 p.m.
Wrestling: Varsity duals vs. multiple schools
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 18
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. AC-GC
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 18
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV-R Game vs. AC-GC
AC-GC High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 18
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. AC-GC
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 18
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. AC-GC
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 18 – Saturday, Dec. 19
Procrastinators Weekend
www.panorachamber.org

Saturday, Dec. 19
9 a.m.
Wrestling: Varsity WCAC Tournament vs. multiple schools
Pleasantville Community High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 21
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. West Central Valley
Redfield
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 21
4 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 22
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 22
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 22
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 22
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 23 – Jan. 1
No school
www.panoramaschools.org

Wednesday, Dec. 23
Facebook Live Drawing for the Panora Chamber Raffle Prizes
www.panorachamber.org

Tuesday, Jan. 5
4:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV-R Game vs. Woodward Academy
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 5
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Woodward Academy
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 5
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Woodward Academy
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
4:30 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Jan. 8
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. West Central Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Jan. 9
9 a.m.
Wrestling: Varsity Tournament
Coon Rapids Bayard High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Jan. 11
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Jan. 11
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Greene County
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
4 p.m.
Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Woodward-Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
5 p.m.
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Woodward-Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
6 p.m.
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Woodward-Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Jan. 12
7:30 p.m.
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Woodward-Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Lake Panorama Association
Board of Directors Meeting
Oct. 27, 2020
LPN Conference Center

The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met Oct. 27, 2020, at 5 p.m., at the LPN Conference Center. Board members in attendance were Larry Babcock, Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher, and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Lane Rumelhart and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: Mark and Carol Hillman, LPA members
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.
Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda –
Schumacher moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum    
Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda
Donovan moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 09.29.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 09.30.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting(s), 11.24.2020 and 12.15.2020
e) Accept minutes of the 10.12.2020 Building Code Committee meeting
f) Accept minutes of the 10.22.2020 Water Safety Committee meeting
g) LPA Buoy Map – Approve map correction regarding buoys #42, #43 & #44
h) Accept LPA water safety survey and executive summary
i) Accept minutes from 09.28.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting
j) Set date for LPA Annual Meeting
Agenda Item 4a – Variance Request for 3/12 roof pitch on garage addition – Lot 380
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Mark Hillman at 6310 Panorama Drive (lot 380) asked the committee for a 3:12 roof pitch variance for his garage addition. Schumacher made a motion to approve a 3:12 roof pitch variance for a garage addition on lot 380, based upon similarity to past requests. Powell seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Spradling moved to grant a 3/12 roof pitch variance for garage addition on lot 380, 6310 Panorama Drive, Mark & Carol Hilllman. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4b – Variance Request for 5/12 roof pitch for new home on lot 5203
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Dan Keough represented Synergy Homes for their new home project at 5209 Bean Bend (lot 5203) and requested a 5:12 roof variance. Westercamp made a motion to approve a 5:12 roof pitch variance for a new home on lot 5203, based upon similarity to past requests and aesthetic integrity of the home design. Powell seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Donovan moved to grant a 5/12 roof pitch variance for new home on lot 5203, 5209 Bean Bend, Synergy Homes. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4c – Variance Request for 3 foot setback variance on the back property line for uncovered deck – lot 5205  
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Dan Keough of Synergy Homes represented Mark McDermott at 5205 Bean Bend (Lot 5205) to request a variance for a small portion of uncovered, attached deck. The variance was requested to confirm setback of the deck from the property line, as the corner of the deck encroached the setback by approximately three feet. The committee reviewed the location of the lot and saw that the deck would be encroaching the lot line, but not actually the shoreline itself. This is due to a common access area that sits between the home and the shoreline. Miller made a motion to approve the three-foot variance for an uncovered deck on lot 5205 due to the deck actually being further than 50 feet from the water. Schumacher seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Finneseth moved to grant a three-foot variance on the back lot line, for an uncovered deck on lot 5205, 5205 Bean Bend, Mark and Shelene McDermott, due to the fact the deck will actually be further than 50 feet from the water. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4d – Offer purchase Lot 6742
The land sales committee (LSC) reviewed an offer to purchase lot 6742 for $12,500. The LSC collectively decided to counter at $15,000. Buyer accepted the counteroffer, contingent on an acceptable perc and an easement for septic to run under Panorama Road from lot 864 to lot 6472.
LPA staff has reviewed the lot and has no objection to the sale of the lot. The land sales committee recommends accepting the offer of $15,000 with the contingencies as listed.
Schumacher moved to accept the offer of $15,000 to sell lot 6742 to Nickolas and Elizabeth Andersen and to approve an easement for septic to be bored under the road to lot 6742 or to lot 6741, with the easement cost of $350 to be paid by Andersen. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4e – Trade lot for development of RIZ wetland – LPA lot 6809   
RIZ is pursuing development of CREP wetland, which will be in-partnership with IDALS. In order to accommodate this wetland, control of lot 6900 is required.
Evans moved to approve the exchange of lot 6809 with Johnny and Connie Hamilton for their lot 6900, with LPA paying all closing costs. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4f – 5.1(g) Rule Change regarding compliance with LPA vessel specifications, prohibiting misrepresentation or alteration of vessels which would cause them to become non-compliant
Excerpt from the Water Safety Committee Minutes:
Rutledge proposed a rule change to 5.1(g) to address the issue of vessels being modified post-inspection. The proposed rule is below, with strikethrough verbiage being deleted from the rules and underlined verbiage being added to the rules. Motion by Behrends to approve the following change to rule 5.1(g) as presented. Motion seconded by McConeghey. Motion approved, with Spradling abstaining due to technical difficulty with his online participation.
5.1(g). BOATING OPERATIONS REGULATIONS - Revocation of Privileges
Any lot owner or commercial member who shall have permitted, authorized or allowed illegal use of or launching of a vessel in violation of the rules, regulations or restrictions may have their rights and privileges as a Lake Panorama member revoked until the charge or fine set out herein has been paid and until written application for reinstatement has been made to and approved by the Lake Panorama Association.
1. Misrepresentation of vessel specifications, including all measurements, engine displacement, horsepower, or any other boat permit qualifying information shall result in an automatic 3rd offense fine and loss of member’s boat privileges for the entire season and shall be subject to future requirements for certification of vessels prior to receiving a boat permit.  Members are required to ensure that any vessel registered with LPA is in compliance with all LPA rules and regulations as amended from time to time. Members are strictly prohibited from misrepresenting vessel specifications as a means of registering a non-compliant vessel for use on Lake Panorama. Furthermore, members are strictly prohibited from altering registered vessels in a manner which would cause them to be non-compliant with LPA rules and regulations. Any member whose vessel is found by LPA staff to be non-compliant with any LPA rule and regulation, at any time, shall be subject to an automatic 3rd offense fine and loss of member boating privileges for the remainder of the boating season. Thereafter, such member shall be subject to additional registration and inspection requirements for certification of vessels in subsequent years as determined by LPA in its sole discretion.
2. Members having misrepresented information to qualify a vessel in the previous year must present complete evidence of qualification for any and all vessels the members desire to utilize with boating privilege reinstatement.
Finneseth moved to approve adopting the above listed rule change to 5.1(g). Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 5a – 2021 LPA Budget
i. 2021 LPA Capital Budget – the capital budget presented at the September meeting was reviewed. There were no additional comments or questions.
ii. 2021 LPA Operational Budget
Rutledge presented the proposed 2021 LPA operational budget. Budget includes 5 percent dues increase, no increases to camping fees or boat stickers. Marina lease revenue reflects a slight increase in slip rental and the addition of Boat Storage Lake No. 6, this building was previously the shop storage building. Note that in previous years, the operating budget was projected to be at break even. For 2021 and future years, this will not be the case. Items that reflect this change are 1) increase in water revenue, which will cover the SRF Loan payment, SRF Loan was used to fund the water capital improvement project and 2) increase in the amount of, non-cash expense, depreciation which in the past was used as a base for capital improvement expenditures. The new shop and the water plant project caused an increase in depreciation. The increase in depreciation will not reflect negatively on ending cash balance. 2021 operating budget is projecting a profit of $8,333.
Board discussed the proposed operation budget, projected cash flow and year end projected cash balance.
Spradling moved to approve the 2021 LPA Operational Budget and 2021 LPA Capital Budget as presented. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 6:04 p.m. to discuss legal matters. Board exited closed session at 7:05 p.m.
Schumacher moved to approve a cash investment to LPN for LPN to pay off the equipment note at Guthrie County State Bank. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to approve the shop note modification rates for the shop note administrated by Guthrie County State Bank, note is shared with Farmers State Bank, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, and Peoples Trust and Savings Bank. New rate is effective Oct. 30, 2020, and is 3.50 percent above the weekly average yield on United States Treasury Securities adjusted to a constant maturity of five years, rate locked for five years. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 7 – Other Business - None
 Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:09 p.m.

Q&A
FIRST YEAR ON THE JOB WITH LPA

Lane Rumelhart is the new project manager for the Lake Panorama Association.

Lanerumelhart
Posted 12/8/2020
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Lane Rumelhart, a Guthrie County native, began work Dec. 30, 2019, as the new project manager for the Lake Panorama Association. He graduated from Central College in Pella in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and minors in biology and business management.

As LPA project manager, Rumelhart is responsible for managing the LPA building codes, interacting with the building codes committee and LPA members. He also has taken over management of some projects financed by the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), and assists with LPA communications, the annual deer hunt program, and campground and beach management. In this month’s Q&A, Rumelhart talks about his first year on the job with the LPA.

Q: One year on the job…what are some of your first-year impressions about Lake Panorama and the Lake Panorama Association?
A. When I started with LPA, I told myself to keep an open mind, as I really didn’t know what to expect. As 2020 progressed, I realized this was the right strategy. I learned very quickly that the lake community was home to people from all over, not just Guthrie County. With such diversity came new challenges and responsibilities. This allowed plenty of opportunity to learn and grow. I never knew how distinct the lake was, and I had no idea how much work went on behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly.

Q: Detail your job responsibilities for us.
A. If you are a fan of sports, you may have heard of the term “utility player.” I would describe myself as the utility player of LPA. One moment I will be working with contractors on getting necessary materials for a new home to be built, and a few minutes later I will be discussing project plans for a new wetland with RIZ members and engineers. I also found myself managing both campgrounds, working with security, overseeing the hunting program and helping out the maintenance and water crews occasionally. I enjoy having so much variability in my job.

Q: What’s a typical day like for you?
A. I typically start every day by catching up on emails in the morning. After that it varies. I often have meetings set up to meet members/contractors on lots to go over building plans for anything ranging from storage sheds to new homes being built. With social distancing protocols, I also have found myself joining lots of web conferences to talk about wetland progress or silt basin construction with our engineer teams. Sometimes I talk with members over the phone to answer questions about anything I can help with. I really don’t have a set schedule, as my day-to-day changes all the time.

Q: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve been involved in so far? And the most interesting thing?
A. When I first arrived, I was given a copy of the 50th anniversary book for Lake Panorama. I found it really fascinating to see the creation of the lake from a river to such an incredible community. Obviously, I was not involved with the formation of the lake, but it certainly surprised me to see how far the lake has come.
The most interesting thing I have been a part of has been the Water Safety Survey. Our collective effort to pull together data and utilize that information to make our lake better in the future is a great testament to LPA and its dedication toward improving Lake Panorama. It also makes me proud to work for an organization that cares so much about its members.

Q: Now that you’ve gotten your feet wet, what do you look forward to in the year ahead?
A. We have some exciting projects in the works. One of these will be a fourth wetland just north of the last one we built. I look forward to contributing to that as well as the other RIZ projects in 2021. I also anticipate more people turning in building permits to start on their dream home. I enjoy helping members reach those goals, too. I hope to gain more experience managing our campgrounds and keeping our beach areas clean and fun for everyone.

Q: Any final thoughts?
A. I have been very appreciative of the membership this first year. It has been a crazy year, yet many members have been great to work with and shown me a lot of respect. I also am fortunate to have so many members with lots of history at the lake who are willing to help me out in any way they can. I look forward to building more relationships with the members of Lake Panorama.

Lake Dog

Posted 11/10/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Murphy
(Also known as “Mr. Murphy”)
3-year old Fawn Boxer
Owners Stacy and Sam Benton

Murphy enjoys playing fetch at the lake and going to “work” with his owners. Murphy’s “mom,” Stacy Benton, owns Bella Sorella Boutique in Panora’s town square. Murphy greets the customers and helps them shop, especially the ladies. In addition, Murphy likes hanging out with the guys at “dad’s” (Sam Benton’s) office, which is also located in the town square. Murphy watches the people walk by and lounges in the office window or peaks out the door of the boutique.

Donations Move Land Purchase Forward For Panora’s PRIDE Group

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

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

“We get quite a few inquiries for businesses looking to locate in Panora that are unable to find a suitable location,” he noted. “With the purchase of the property along the highway, PRIDE plans to combine the parcels and make them available for commercial
development.” It is worth noting that the construction of the Panora Plaza in 1986 by area developer, Irv Gerlich, was the last commercial multitenant retail project in Panora outside of the downtown business district.

According to Thornberry, the project would have taken much longer and been more difficult had we not been able to have community partners like Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and Guthrie County State Bank. “We wanted to remove a land bottleneck that has been hampering commercial development locally. They saw a need, as well, in the community and wanted to play a part in our efforts,” he added.

“Iowa Trust & Savings Bank is committed to the success of our community and is honored to be part of the team working for its future,” said Julie Dent-Zajicek, president of the bank’s Panora branch. “This land acquisition will position our community for future growth and we are pleased to contribute to the project.”

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

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

ON THE LAKE
Lake time, gift ideas, home improvements and what we have in common

Shane column photo
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 11/10/2020

With the weather we have been experiencing lately, it has been difficult to fully let go of “lake time.” That’s something that those of you living on the lake year-round don’t have to worry about, as you are able to fully experience all the seasons. But for those of us at Lake Panorama part time, it feels like we should still be out on our boats — at least on this 73-degree day as I write this column. Of course, by the time you are reading this, we could be back to snowfall.

We bought our lake home a year ago, and we spent the first few weeks cleaning up the outdoor stuff and enjoying the autumn season. We could not yet envision what summertime at the lake would truly be like. Those hot months are clearly the reason most of us buy homes here, but not the only reason. Truth be told, many of us choose to live in Iowa because we really do enjoy the change of seasons. And get ready, because change is coming.

  
Home Improvement Guide
Be sure to look for a special section inside this edition that is packed with stories and photos that relate to home improvement projects. And also be sure to reach out to the local businesses that have advertised their goods and services to assist you in your plans.  


Holiday gift ideas
If you have not yet come up with ideas for all your holiday gift giving (and who has?), then look inside this issue for a few. Many of you have already purchased a copy of “Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years,” but be sure to buy a copy for your family members, your neighbors and, if you have not already, yourself. Jolene and I bought three copies last year, and we will be buying at least one more now. It is truly a wonderful read about the history of Lake Panorama.

Another gift idea that you can find information on in this issue is for the Lake Dogs and Cove Cats calendar. This is a beautiful piece that you can purchase at many locations in the area with proceeds going to a wonderful organization.

In fact, why not buy the book and the calendar? Anyone who enjoys Lake Panorama would certainly appreciate them both.


Goodbye, election campaigns
If you are like me, you have had your fill of negative election advertising. I am thankful that the campaign season is over. As divisive as it all has been, we now all have a responsibility to join together. I have long believed that if we would take a fraction of the time and money that is spent on dividing us and use that to celebrate all the things we actually have in common, this nation would be a much better place. And, fortunately for all of you reading this, we do have something we truly all enjoy, and that is Lake Panorama. So as we put Election Day behind us and look to Thanksgiving, let’s not forget the need to celebrate that common ground. We will all be better for it.

  
A little lake humor
My Bluetooth speaker quit working the other day, so I threw it into the lake. Now it’s syncing.

I did say “a little” humor. And, no, I did not really litter in the lake.

Have a great November, and thanks for reading.

OCTOBERFEST RAISES $6,225 FOR DOG PARK
Total now at $18,000.

Posted 11/10/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


Fundraising for a proposed dog park at Lake Panorama got a big boost from a day-long Octoberfest event Oct. 17. A total of $6,225 was raised that day from participants in a morning walk/run, afternoon golf tournament and evening open house at the LPN conference center.

A volunteer committee planned the event, designed to increase awareness of the dog park plan, while raising money and collecting donations. Friends of Lake Panorama is managing the donations with a goal of $50,000 to build the park and provide all desired amenities.

The Friends board of directors has set an interim goal of raising $25,000 by May 1 to make sure this is a financially viable project. No matching funds from the LPA are available, so all funding needs to come from donations and fundraisers.

Nearly $9,000 had been donated to the dog park in advance of the Oct. 17 fundraiser, and additional funds have come in since. The total raised to date is more than $18,000.

Because Friends is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity, all donations are tax deductible. Donors of at least $500 will be recognized on a sign at the dog park, plus on the Friends website. If the needed funds are raised, the facility will be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road, near the east campground.

The “Going to the Dogs” walk/run had 12 participants and took place on the back nine cart paths of the LPN golf course. Registration was at Spikes, where freewill donations were accepted and water and dog bandanas handed out.

A trailer was set up throughout the day between the No. 12 green and No. 13 tee box, where volunteers provided information, took donations and showed the layout and location of the proposed park.

Nine teams participated in the “Going to the Dogs” nine-hole, four-person best shot golf tournament. The cost was $40 per person with $20 going directly to the dog park. The winning team was Jim and Julie Tibbles and Scott and Sherri Miller. They donated their $40 cash prize back to the dog park.

At the open house, five donated items were used in a silent auction that raised $400. Raffle tickets were sold for 21 donated items. A 50/50 raffle raised $310. The holders of the winning ticket were Jim and Julie Tibbles, who donated their half back to the cause.

The biggest part of the fundraising came from eight individuals or couples who that day each made a direct donation of $500 to the dog park.

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

Crushed rock will create a 5-foot-wide walking path along and under the fencing to provide a weed barrier and keep dogs from digging. A small gravel parking lot will be adjacent to the park.

Amenities inside the park fence included in the $50,000 cost estimate are four benches, four stations where bags for dog waste would be available, and two domed waste receptacles. A dual station pet fountain placed in the fence line between the two sections would make it possible for dogs to access drinking water from either side.

The facility will be open to LPA members and their guests. Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa 50216. Other donation options and more information are available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

LAKE PANORAMA RIZ ELECTION DEC. 8
Trustees Doug Hemphill and JoAnn Johnson are running for re-election.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times
Posted 11/10/2020

Voting for two positions on the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board will take place Tuesday, Dec. 8. The polls will be open from noon until 8 p.m. in the lower level of the LPA office, 5006 Panorama Drive.

Or voters can request absentee ballots from the Guthrie County Auditor for the “Special Election” and fill in Lake Panorama RIZ. Voters also can vote absentee at the auditor’s office in the Guthrie County courthouse from Nov. 23 through Dec. 7.

Trustees Doug Hemphill and JoAnn Johnson are running for re-election. Other trustees on the RIZ board are Bill Dahl, Larry Petersen and Corey Welberg.

Voting is limited to individuals whose voter registration address is located within the Lake Panorama subdivision. LPA members who do not consider Lake Panorama their primary residence for voting purposes are not eligible to cast a ballot. This is a government election, not an LPA election. Every eligible voter can cast a ballot. This differs from LPA elections, where each membership is allowed just one vote.

The trustees are responsible for administering the RIZ, which includes the platted portions of the Lake Panorama development. The Lake Panorama RIZ is a local government entity designed to manage erosion control and water quality at Lake Panorama and within its watershed.

The RIZ was formed in 1997 by the initiative of the LPA through legislation in Des Moines. The tax increment financing district allows tax growth dollars to stay within the Lake Panorama development for water quality purposes.

The board of trustees oversees the annual budget and associated expenditures. Estimated revenue for the 2020-2021 fiscal year is $2.45 million. These funds are used exclusively to fund improvements allowed under IA Code 357.H, which includes dredging operations, erosion control practices and water quality improvements.

A key focus of RIZ continues to be the dredging of sediment from Lake Panorama. This ensures lake depth remains suitable for safe enjoyment by LPA members and their guests.

In addition to the annual contract performed by LPA, RIZ hired Dredge America this year to remove nearly $4 million worth of sediment from the area immediately downstream of the Fansler Bridge. This sediment has been pumped into the far reaches of the County Basin to make full use of flood easements secured in the early-2000s.

In addition to dredging, RIZ has completed three wetland projects and has acquired the property needed for a fourth. These wetlands provide substantial nitrogen reduction and are designed to assist in sediment buffering. For more information on Lake Panorama RIZ, visit www.lakepanoramariz.org.

LPN Gets Support from Granite Club Members

Posted 11/10/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

In 2008, 12 businesses made monetary or in-kind contributions to Lake Panorama National to support the construction of Spikes, the snack and restroom facility located near the first tee. In exchange, the businesses received a granite sponsorship sign on an LPN tee box. Several have maintained their annual sponsorship since.

Original Granite Club members who renewed for 2020 are Panora Telco on the third hole; Guthrie County State Bank & GCSB Investment Center on hole five; Exterior Sheet Metal on the eighth hole; Bryton Insurance on the ninth hole; and Total Financial Solutions on the 10th hole.

One new member — Lake Panorama Barge — joined the Granite Club this year and is featured on the seventh hole.

Minnesota Cabinets joined in 2019 on the 18th hole and renewed for 2020. Five new members joined in 2018 and renewed this year. These are R&K Bristle Farms on the first hole; Iowa Trust & Savings Bank on hole four; Hawley Insurance on the sixth hole; and Robert Carr Insurance Agency-State Farm on No. 16.

Two members joined in 2017 and have renewed annually. These are Jensen Sanitation on No. 13, and Tometich Engineering on the 17th hole.

Five holes remain available for sponsorship — two, 10, 11, 12 and 14. Annual sponsorships are $500. New sponsors also are asked to pay the cost of the sign, which is $350.

Granite Club members receive a free round of golf for a foursome, including carts, when they purchase or renew their annual membership. Club members also are recognized on the LPN website and in the LPN Resort Weekly e-newsletter.

Granite Club membership isn’t restricted to businesses. Individuals, couples or groups are welcome to become club members, showing their support and appreciation for Lake Panorama National. All money raised is used for improvements at the LPN.

Details of the Granite Club, along with a request form for more information, can be found on the LPN website at lakepanoramanational.com. Or call Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager, at 641-755-2080.

ANNUAL STOCKING PROMISES BETTER FISHING   
Totals for 2020 included 2,500 walleye, 1,200 smallmouth bass and 1,000 largemouth bass.

Posted 11/10/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

More than $14,000 worth of fish were added Nov. 3 to Lake Panorama by Fin and Feather. Fish stocking totals for 2020 included 2,500 walleye, 1,200 smallmouth bass and 1,000 largemouth bass.

Fin and Feather stocks fish 4-6 inches in length to promote high survival rates. Fingerlings are less expensive, but survival rates are lower. Experience has taught group leaders that stocking larger fish is a good investment.

Volunteers in the non-profit Fin and Feather group have been stocking fish and working to improve fishing conditions in Lake Panorama since 1984. When the dam was closed in 1970, the only thing natural to the lake was crappie, largemouth bass, carp and catfish.

The long-time supplier for the fish-stocking program is North Star Fish Hatchery, a third-generation, family-owned business in Montour, Iowa. North Star brought the fish to Lake Panorama’s Boulder Beach, where the fish were introduced into the lake via a tube attached to the water-filled truck.

Besides stocking fish, the group works to help improve fish habitat for smaller fish. Fin and Feather raises its money through annual memberships and a fundraising banquet each spring.

The 2020 banquet was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. However, the organization was able to continue the 2020 fish stocking effort through its use of fund reserves generated at previous fundraising banquets. The 2021 banquet is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 8, the same date as the LPA annual meeting.

RECIPE
Easy pumpkin dessert

Posted 11/10/20
By Jolene Goodman

Impress your guests when you bring this tasty treat to the table this fall.  This is a no fuss, easy to prepare dessert that includes the traditional seasonal pumpkin flavor.

Easy Pumpkin Dessert

Ingredients
1- 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
1- 12 oz can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1- 18.25 oz yellow cake mix
3/4 cup melted butter
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Grease 9x13 pan.
Mix together pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon until well blended.
Pour into pan.
Sprinkle with dry cake mix.
Drizzle butter over cake mix.
Top with nuts.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

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

NEW WALL BEING INSTALLED AT BOULDER BEACH
LPA expects this project to cost around $35,000. 

Posted 11/10/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Work began in late October on a new beach wall at Boulder Beach. The existing wall consisting of railroad ties has been deteriorating for several years, and the large landscaped beds on top of the wall were overgrown. The first step was for the LPA maintenance crew to remove the old wall, boulders and vegetation. One row of ties remained to hold back dirt during construction, but these will be removed prior to backfilling.

Jorgenson Brothers Concrete Construction was hired to install a new poured concrete wall. It is 300 feet long and 4 feet high. The new wall will have a brick face, with the concrete dyed dark tan. Two sets of steps, each 5 feet wide, are being placed in the wall to provide access to the beach.

Six 8-foot by 8-foot concrete pads are being poured behind the wall near the steps. The Panora Garden Club is donating a large planter to be placed on each of these pads. Next spring, the LPA will provide funds to purchase flowers for the pots, and volunteers will manage the planting and maintenance. Future plans call for the addition of metal swings or benches on concrete pads positioned behind the wall so users will have a view of the beach and lake.

No one on the current LPA staff knows when the old wall was installed, although they know it was prior to 1999. In preparation for this new wall, remnants of an even older wall were found. Using a poured concrete wall with a footing under it should eliminate any maintenance to this new wall for decades to come. LPA expects this project to cost around $35,000. 

SURVEY YIELDS INSIGHT ON WATER SAFETY CONCERNS
LPA will target three areas for improvement in 2021.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times
Posted 11/10/2020

In recent months, the LPA has received comments, questions and suggestions on how to create a safer environment on Lake Panorama. Most of these ideas revolved around buoy placement, water patrol and boater education. The LPA created a member survey covering these topics to try to resolve some issues and come up with better solutions for future boating seasons.

A survey summary was presented to the LPA Water Safety Committee at a meeting Oct. 22 and to the LPA board of directors Oct. 27.

There were 515 respondents to the survey, with 97 percent of those saying they participate in some sort of water recreation on Lake Panorama. The three most popular forms of recreation were pleasure boating (95 percent), swimming (85 percent) and tubing (77 percent). Fishing, kayaking/canoeing and waterskiing represented a second tier of interest, with more than 55 percent indicating an interest in these three pursuits.

Buoy placement is a hot topic among some waterfront owners. Yet when members were asked to rate LPA’s current buoy placement for the overall lake, 76 percent said they think the current placement is either good or excellent. In addition, LPA’s policy to keep a static buoy map was met with 80 percent satisfaction.

Regression analysis showed waterfront cove owners differed slightly from main channel owners, as 69 percent of cove owners felt the placement was good or excellent, and 9 percent thought current placement was poor. Turning to main channel owners, 86 percent thought placement was good or excellent, and only 2 percent thought buoy placement was poor. Although cove waterfront owners were less satisfied, it is notable about seven out of 10 offered a response that was supportive of current buoy placement.

When members were asked to rate their level of satisfaction with the LPA Water Patrol, 80 percent said they were satisfied with patrol efforts.

There were 89 fines handed out on the water this season and 83 warnings. The survey showed the preferred level of enforcement on the lake falls somewhere between somewhat firm and somewhat casual.

Thirty-five percent of respondents want patrol to be somewhat firm and hand out fines for most violations, and 53 percent want patrol to be a bit more casual and only hand out fines for the worst violations. Around 5 percent want patrol to be very firm and issue fines for all violations, with another 5 percent saying patrol should be very casual and not issue any fines.  The results of this question are generally in-line with LPA’s current approach to water patrol.

The most common feedback on patrol was the need for more officers on the lake, especially during evening hours.

The survey asked members to rate overall boating safety on the lake. Ninety-one percent of respondents thought boating on Lake Panorama was either somewhat safe or very safe, with six percent of members saying boating was either dangerous or very dangerous.

A common complaint LPA often receives is about boat density. When asked on a scale of one to 10 (one being very open and 10 being very crowded) to rate the level of boat traffic on weekends, the average number was 7.6. Thus, members judged the lake to be both crowded and safe, which indicates a generally responsible level of conduct by lake boaters.

A lot of LPA’s complaints come back to the fault of guests. If given more resources to help educate, 49 percent of respondents said they would prefer enhanced printed materials the most. Online references were the next popular choice at 32 percent and a brief online training course came in third with 25 percent. Online safety videos were just behind at 22 percent.

Most comments in the final section of the survey involved speeding in the back of coves and concerns with wake boats disrupting other boaters and shorelines. John Rutledge, LPA general manager, says both concerns can be attributed to a couple different factors.

“The first involves how easily buoys can be read and understood. Feedback on the survey showed there could be substantial improvement to the legibility and clarity of buoys on the lake, and our security team has begun discussing options,” he says. “Location of the buoys is not an issue for most people, but getting people to follow the rules of each buoy is a different story.”

Rutledge says the second factor and perhaps the more challenging problem is the lack of patrol on the lake.

“The security department did the very best it could this past season with who we had, but scheduling turned out to be very difficult and not all shifts could always be filled,” he says. “In order to solve this problem, LPA may need to find more staff or raise wages of security officers on the water.”

After the water safety committee reviewed the survey Oct. 22, Rutledge told members the LPA will target three areas for improvement in 2021. These include improved readability of buoys, increasing the number of hours during which water patrol is on the lake, and improving and increasing boating education resources.

The committee will meet again in the spring to review steps being taken to make improvements in these three areas for the 2021 boating season.

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 11/10/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Lake Dog

Georgia
4-year-old white Labrador Retriever
Owners, Patty and Mark Godfrey
Patty and Mark say Georgia is the perfect lake dog. She loves the water, boat rides and jumping off the dock to retrieve sticks. Georgia could play fetch all day long and loves her walks. Her pet peeve would be if she doesn’t win in fetch against her cousins.

Cove Cat

Dahlia

12 weeks old
Domestic Tabby but may have some Maine Coon in her
Dahlia was adopted from Furry Friends Rescue. Her owners are Emily, Billy, Natalie and Dylan Donovan.
Dahlia likes to explore behind, under and in things like cupboards, boxes and bags. She likes to have her ears and chin scratched and enjoys cuddling. Dahlia is getting used to the dogs and is training them well. She hisses or bats at their noses if they get too close. She’s already showing her hunter instincts and stalks flies and wiggling toes under the covers.

Lake Dog Cove Cats calendars on sale now

Posted 11/10/20

Be sure to pick up a Lake Dog and Cove Cats calendar at the local shops in Panora and Guthrie, Bella Sorella Boutique, Lake Lumber, Fashions on 44, Ben’s Five and Dime and Dowd Drug in Guthrie Center. They make great Christmas gifts, and 100 percent of the proceeds are going to local charity, Tori’s Angels. Calendars are $15 each.  Make checks payable to Tori’s Angels.

LAKE PANORAMA HISTORY BOOK MAKES GREAT GIFT
The full-color, hardcover 112-page book includes both historic and contemporary photos.

Posted 11/10/20

Looking for a holiday gift for family members or friends? Consider purchasing one or more copies of “Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years.” The book, authored by Susan Thompson, arrived at the Lake Panorama Association office July 19, 2019.

The full-color, hardcover 112-page book includes both historic and contemporary photos. Chapters in the book describe six decades of planning and development. There also are special topic chapters on Lake Panorama’s golf courses, infrastructure and water quality efforts. Sidebar stories highlight various groups and activities such as HALO, Lake Panorama ski team, Fin and Feather, Fourth of July fireworks and more.

The LPA financed the book’s production. More than 1,000 books were printed, with about 350 purchased online in advance,and another 250 purchased since the book’s arrival. About 400 remain in stock.

In-person promotions of the book planned for 2020 haven’t been possible because of COVID-19. The book’s cost is $35, which includes tax. To make it easier to purchase the book now and through the winter months, LPA is offering to ship at an additional cost of $5 per book. Once ordered online, books will be shipped from Panora in 7-10 business days.

The LPA office remains closed to foot traffic because of COVID restrictions, but those interested in arranging a direct purchase can call the LPA office at 641-755-2301 to make arrangements for payment and pickup.

Books are available for direct purchase at the front desk of Lake Panorama National, during daily business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchases can be made at the LPA and LPN via cash, check or credit card. The book also is available at the Panora Library with purchases by cash or check only.

Here is the link to order online and have one or more books shipped: https://lakepanorama.formstack.com/forms/order

OBITUARY
Courtney P.  Allen

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Courtney Powell Allen, 93, son of Bert and Velma (Jenkins) Allen, was born June 25, 1927, in Lynn, Massachusetts. He passed away Oct. 11, 2020, at the Guthrie County Hospital, in Guthrie Center.

Courtney graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire.  He enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII, serving from June 1945 until July 1946. He then graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Dover with a degree in genetics.

He was recalled back into the United States Navy during the Korean War, serving from May 1951 until August 1952.  During this time, he met Dilma Galmeyer while serving on the island of Curacao in the Caribbean. They were married on March 16, 1953. They first made their home in Des Moines, followed by Johnston, Urbandale and finally, in 1982, they built a home on Lake Panorama. In 1988, they made the lake house their fulltime home.

 Courtney worked for Pioneer in its poultry division. In 1972, he started his own company called Sunny Time Foods. In 1988, he built a manufacturing plant in Panora for Sunny Time. In 1989, he sold the company to Cargill and worked for them until he retired in 1992 at the age of 65.

Courtney enjoyed golfing, traveling, telling stories and being with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Dilma Allen of Panora; sons, Courtney Allen, Jr. of Panora and Clifford (Joelle) Allen of Barnstable, Massachusetts; daughter, Cynthia Merritt of West Des Moines; five granddaughters, six great-grandchildren; and brother, Bert Allen, Jr. of Hampstead, New Hampshire.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother.

A Celebration of Life gathering was held at the Panorama West Clubhouse Oct. 14. Burial of his cremains was Oct. 19, 2020, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

 Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, handled arrangements.

ASK LAKE PANORAMA TIMES
If you’ve got questions, we’ll find the answers.

Are there any rules on where I can or can’t store my boat in the winter?
LPA members are not allowed to store their boats at the marina, campground or along the roadways of Lake Panorama. Storage of a member’s boat is permitted on his or her property, but LPA discourages outside storage due to the possibility of mice or raccoons damaging the vessel. Members who do choose to store their boat on their own property are allowed to do so but must ensure their property remains kept in a tidy manner. Members cannot use their residential property for commercial storage of other boats. LPA encourages members to consider using LPA-owned storage through Coulters Panorama Marine, as that helps to support both the marina and LPA.

Do I need to have my driveway cleared of snow if I am not at my lake house during the winter?  
Although you are not required to do so, the LPA recommends having your driveway cleared to give the appearance of winter activity and to avoid any potential theft. If you sign up for winter house checks, having a cleared drive is also greatly appreciated. And for general safety sake, it is always a good idea to have your driveways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Can I ride my snowmobile on the lake?
LPA doesn’t govern use of the lake itself for snowmobiles, but DNR rules do apply. Safety during early-ice and late-ice conditions is strongly encouraged. Lake Panorama appreciates the local snowmobile groups that support the conference center by using designated pathways for access to the facility. Members are also encouraged to utilize the Raccoon River Valley Trail, which is groomed by the Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers club.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Friday, Nov. 13 - Saturday, Nov. 14
Girls HS Swim State Meet
Marshalltown
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Nov. 16
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Earlham
Earlham
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Nov. 16
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Earlham
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Nov. 19
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Ogden
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Nov. 19
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Ogden
Ogden High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Nov. 19
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Jamboree vs. Audubon
Audubon High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Nov. 21
TBD  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Scrimmage vs. Newell-Fonda Community
Newell Fonda High School, Newell
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Nov. 23
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council Meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Nov. 23
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Nodaway Valley High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Nov. 23
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Nodaway Valley
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Nov. 24
5 p.m.
LPA Board Meeting
www.lakepanorama.org

Tuesday, Nov. 24
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Harlan Community
Harlan Community High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Nov. 28
Small Business Saturday
www.panorachamber.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Madrid
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Madrid
Madrid Elementary School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1
5:30 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Duals vs. Multiple Schools
Manson Northwest Webster High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Mount Ayr Community Schools
Mount Ayr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Mount Ayr Community Schools
Mount Ayr High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 3
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton
Exira Community High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 3
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 4
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Dec. 4
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Woodward Granger
Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Dec. 5
10 a.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Tournament vs. Multiple Schools.
Treynor High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Dec. 5
1 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. IKM-Manning
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Dec. 5
2:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. IKM-Manning
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Sunday, Dec. 6
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dance Team Show of Shows
Panorama High School and Middle School Gyms
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 7
4:30 p.m.
Deadline for Building Code Variance Requests
www.lakepanorama.org

Monday, Dec. 7
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls JH Game vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 7
4 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JH Game vs. Van Meter
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 7
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Pleasantville
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Dec. 7
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Pleasantville
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Dec. 8
2020 RIZ election
Noon until 8 p.m.
Poll location is the lower level of the LPA office, 5006 Panorama Drive. Voting is limited to ONLY those individuals whose voter registration address is located within the Lake Panorama subdivision. LPA members who do not consider Lake Panorama their primary residence for voting purposes are not eligible to cast a ballot. This is a government election, not an LPA election. Every eligible voter can cast a ballot. This differs from LPA elections, in which each membership is provided only one vote.
www.lakepanorama.org

Tuesday, Dec. 8
6 p.m.  
Wrestling: Varsity Duals vs. Multiple Schools.
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting
Sept. 29, 2020
LPN Conference Center
The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met Sept. 29, 2020, at 5 p.m., at the LPN Conference Center. Board members in attendance were Larry Babcock, Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Lane Rumelhart and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: John Coghlan, Sunset South HOA
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.
Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda
Schumacher moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum
No one present for open forum
Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda
Donovan moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 08.25.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 08.31.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting, 10.27.2020
e) Accept minutes of the 09.14.2020 Building Code Committee meeting
f) Accept minutes from 08.24.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting
Carothers invoked point of privilege and moved to Agenda Item 4c
Agenda Item 4c – Consider request to swap parcels with Sunset South  
John Coghlan, on behalf of Sunset South HOA, requested a parcel swap between LPA and Sunset South of approximately 35 feet to preserve two Cottonwood trees while creating a concrete golf cart path to the water and LPA obtaining a section near the Sunset Sewer lift station. Rutledge advised the board this trade would be beneficial to both parties.
Schumacher moved to authorize a parcel exchange with Sunset South as discussed. Closing and survey costs to be shared equally between LPA and Sunset South. The parcel exchange is contingent upon Sunset South confirming the easement for existing LPA sewer lines. LPA attorney to review all documents. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4a – Variance Request for 4/12 roof pitch on house – Lot 3248
Wanninger is purchasing lot 3248 for new home construction.
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Luke Wanniger at 4159 Panorama Drive asked the committee for a 4:12 roof pitch variance for his home on lot 3248. Westercamp made a motion to approve a 4:12 roof pitch variance for a new home on lot 3248, based upon similarity to past requests. Knudsen seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to grant a 4/12 roof pitch variance for new home construction on lot 3248, Luke Wanninger. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4b – Request for storage shed that exceeds 200 square feet – Clover Ridge HOA
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Gary Soreide, Clover Ridge Homeowners Association (CRHOA) president, presented plans for a new storage facility on Karen Drive that would exceed the maximum 200 square foot allowance. Soreide requested a variance for a 160 square foot exception, which would allow for a 360 square foot storage shed. Soreide explained CRHOA had maintenance crews that would utilize the shed for storage of equipment and materials necessary for the tasks required for upkeep on the facilities. Soreide did not have plans or drawings of what the shed would look like. Rumelhart noted that the area the shed would be built is in a “special use plat” and was not limited to strictly residential buildings. Knudsen mentioned the location of the proposed shed was in a good location and would not take away any members’ parking space. Miller asked Soreide to provide clear drawings and plans of what the shed would look like. Soreide agreed to provide the requested materials, and Rumelhart suggested the committee look via email once the plans were submitted. Soreide hoped to have recommendation from the committee before the September board meeting to save money for rental space he is currently using to store CRHOA’s equipment.  
Evans made a motion to recommend a variance to the Clover Ridge Homeowners Association for construction of a 360 square foot structure, based upon the request being made by a condo association and the property existing in a special use plat. The recommendation is contingent upon committee’s email confirmation the design and color match the existing structures on Karen Drive, and the appropriate plans are supplied to LPA, Westercamp seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Donovan moved to grant a variance to Clover Ridge Homeowner Association (CRHOA) to build a 360 square foot storage shed for use by the CRHOA maintenance crews. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4d – LPA Capital Budget request for 2021 and review of LPA’s five-year capital budget projection 2021 – 2025
Rutledge reviewed the proposed 2021 LPA Capital Budget and the five-year projected capital budget. Board discussed the proposed 2021 Capital Budget and after review of specific items, supported the overall budget. LPA Staff will do a final review of the Capital Budget and present for approval at the October board meeting. Rutledge asked the Board to approve purchase now of the security truck, slated for replacement in 2021. The backup security truck is starting to require costly maintenance repairs and with current vehicle purchase incentives available, it will prove to be cost effective to move forward with the purchase in 2020. Board agreed to this purchase.
Evans moved to approve the purchase of a new security pickup truck in 2020, proposed in the 2021 capital budget. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 5 – Old Business – None
Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – None
Agenda Item 7a – Review LPA Rule 9.2 regarding prohibited signage

A discussion was held on the current LPA Rules regarding signage. The Board is in full agreement the current rules and enforcement strategies are appropriate, and no changes were implemented at this time.
Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

$70,000 GOAL REACHED FOR NEW PLAYGROUNDS
The Boulder Beach play equipment will be ordered in early December for spring delivery.

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

The $70,000 goal set by Friends of Lake Panorama to provide new play equipment at both Shady and Boulder beaches was reached in late October. Fundraising kicked off just a year ago and had strong support from donors throughout the last 12 months. The August 1 Beach Ball, which raised about $30,000, provided a big boost.

The equipment for Shady Beach, which was ordered in late July, was installed the third week in October. A drainage tile and final grading and mulching was completed the first week of November, and the playground now is open.

The new equipment includes a multi-faceted play set, three swings and a freestanding “spring rider” designed to accommodate a physically challenged child. The spring rider has space for two children. One bench is located within the mulched area of the Shady Beach playground. It was given by the Pauk family in memory of Ray Michael Pals. A memorial plaque will be installed on the bench next spring.

The Boulder Beach play equipment will be ordered in early December for spring delivery. The gray mountain and play set currently there will remain. A spring rider like the one at Shady Beach will be added. The Bill Priestley family has purchased a swinging bench in his memory, which will be installed in the spring in the original playground footprint. A new playground nearby will include a play set with features geared to both older and younger kids, plus three swings.

For those still interested in helping with these two playground projects, there is room for more benches and more spring riders at both locations. Any additional donations designated to the playgrounds through the end of 2020 will be used in this way.

All donations are tax-deductible. Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donors should include a note the funds are to be used for the playgrounds.

Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on signs erected in the spring near both playgrounds and on the Friends website. More information about the playgrounds and other ways to donate are available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Q&A: FRIENDS OF LAKE PANORAMA PRESIDENT PROVIDES UPDATE

Q areinicke
Posted 11/10/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to supporting recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. The first meeting of the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors was Dec. 3, 2013. An application for nonprofit status was filed with the IRS in January 2014 and approved in July 2014.

The charity is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. In this month’s Q&A, Jan Reinicke, current Friends president, talks about current projects and future goals.

Q. A year ago, Friends kicked off a $70,000 fundraising campaign to purchase new play equipment for Shady and Boulder Beach. Give us an update on that effort.  

A. I’m happy to say we reached our playground fundraising goal in late October. By July, we were far enough along the Friends board voted to go ahead with the purchase of the equipment for Shady Beach.

That arrived at Lake Panorama in early October and was installed just ahead of one of our October snowstorms. Featured are a multi-faceted play set, three swings, and a freestanding “spring rider” designed to accommodate a physically challenged child, that also has room for two children.

The LPA maintenance staff will be finalizing the mulching and grading there once the ground is frozen, and the playground will open. Hopefully there will be some warmer days yet in 2020 and into next spring for children to begin to enjoy this new playground.

The Boulder Beach play equipment will be ordered soon, for delivery in the spring. The gray mountain and play set currently there will remain. A spring rider like the one at Shady Beach will be added. A new playground nearby will include a play set with features geared to both older and younger kids, plus three swings.

We will be posting a sign at each of the playgrounds showing donors who gave $500 or more. If someone still is interested in helping with this project, we have room for both more benches and more spring riders, so we welcome additional donations.


Q. Friends recently launched a new fund drive for a proposed dog park. Tell us about that.

A. To help prioritize future projects, the Friends board of directors conducted a survey in April 2019 to gather input from Lake Panorama Association members. A total of 171 people responded to the six-question online survey over a three-week period.

Ten potential projects were listed in the survey. Questions were asked to help prioritize those projects, based on survey respondents ranking their top priorities, plus the likelihood of them both using and financially supporting each project. Based on those results, the playground upgrades we’re doing now were chosen as the first project.

Also getting some attention was the possible development of an LPA dog park. While a dog park didn’t rank as high in the survey as other projects, there was strong support from a segment of the LPA membership. For that reason, the Friends board recruited volunteers to serve on a dog park task force to study location, design, costs, and rules.

That group shared their proposal with the Friends board this summer, which endorsed the plan and sent it to the LPA board of directors for consideration. At its August meeting, the LPA board agreed Friends could raise funds for a dog park. All funds will need to be raised with support from dog park enthusiasts, as LPA will only be partnering with in-kind contributions such as running a water line.

The members of the dog park task force took a very high-profile role once the project was approved by the Friends and LPA boards. Their original plan was costed at $50,000 with the inclusion of all desired amenities, so the Friends board set a goal of $25,000 to be raised by May 1 to make it viable. The Board believed it could be scaled back if necessary and add the additional amenities as more funds were raised. 

What resulted was a group of people who recruited other dog lovers to the cause and successfully organized a fundraising event on Oct. 17 at the LPN, raising $6,225 with a dog walk, golf tournament, raffle, auction and reception.  It was a great display of team work. Total contributions are now $18,000.

There is a lot of hard work remaining to reach the fundraising goal but the enthusiasm remains as additional events and appeals are planned for this year and next. Most importantly, it demonstrates what a small group of committed people with some well-defined goals can accomplish to make their community a better place for them and their furry friends.

Q. What are the various ways people can donate to Friends?

A.   First, I want to remind everyone that all donations are tax-deductible, and donors receive a confirmation letter for tax purposes. Statistics indicate a high percentage of charitable contributions are made in the last few weeks of the year, so we’re looking forward to additional contributions coming in to support additional benches or spring riders at the playgrounds on the beaches or help make the dog park a reality.

There are several options. One easy way is to clip the coupon from the Friends ad in this issue of the Lake Panorama Times, fill it out and mail it with a check to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Or simply include a note with your check so we know how you want your donation used, and mail to the same address.

On the Friends website — friendsoflakepanorama.org — there is a donation form that provides more details. This form can be printed, completed, and mailed with a check. Donations also can be made by credit card on the Friends website.

Donations of securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) are welcome, as are direct IRA qualified charitable distributions — for donors over age 70 ½ who are required to take forced IRA distributions. There are potential tax-saving benefits when considering either of these direct donation strategies. For information, contact Kristen Crouthamel, financial advisor at GCSB Investment Center, at 641-755-2799 or kristen@investgcsb.com.

Q. Are there other efforts underway as a result of the Friends survey?

A. Yes, the survey helped the Friends board identify other areas of interest. In 2021, we plan to give attention to additional beach amenities, walking trails and a disc golf course. All of the ideas we will be pursuing came to us from the survey and were expanded on by volunteer committees. Many hours of work went into looking at the possibilities for improving the recreational opportunities here at Lake Panorama.

The survey was an extremely valuable tool for us. We learned we have an incredibly engaged community with some diverse interests. The lake and golf courses are, of course, the center of much activity but people are interested in adding other amenities such as the dog park and walking trails

As we proceed to work on these other priorities, we hope to engage more new people willing to step forward, do the planning work and assist with raising the necessary funds.  If you have a particular interest, we’d like to hear from you and welcome your interest and involvement.

As we look forward to new projects and celebrate the past accomplishments of beach playgrounds, sports courts and the upgrading of Panorama West with an estate gift, the board has reflected on our need to build a sustainable organization for the future.

We have for the last few years been very project focused with some very good results, and now need to ensure we have a vibrant Friends organization well into the future.  We are hoping our donor base can expand and we can seek funds specifically for organizational and administrative purposes. We know people feel good about supporting the projects closest to their heart, but we’re hoping there are LPA members who appreciate the good work being done and can just help support our ongoing expenses. Those donations add to the good of the community, too.

Q. What kind of impact do you think Friends of Lake Panorama has had so far on the Lake Panorama community, and can have in the future?

A. Fundraising began in October 2014. In May 2016, Friends completed an $80,000 fundraising campaign to build the Sunset Beach playground, with the LPA providing an additional $50,000. The playground equipment was installed in mid-July that year. A year later, Friends had raised $75,000 for sports courts at Boulder Beach. The LPA board agreed to provide matching funds and the sports courts opened in mid-July 2018.

In August 2017, Friends of Lake Panorama received $473,000 from the estate of James and Joyce McLuen to be used at the Panorama West golf course. That money transformed an already nice golf course into something very special.

One impact I think this estate gift had on Friends was for our board to establish and test a protocol for handling future estate gifts. And I think we passed that first test with flying colors. The McLuens’ generous gift is a wonderful example of long-time Lake Panorama residents who cared about this particular recreational amenity and made a decision to help support something they loved by including a bequest in their will.

We hope this gift will encourage others to think about the future impact they can have on recreational amenities at Lake Panorama, either through an estate gift, some other financial planning mechanism, or a direct donation now. 

There have been a few smaller projects — renovation of the Lake Panorama National conference center dining room in memory of Dr. David Wang, a rain garden at Panorama West, and several memorial benches.

Friends of Lake Panorama is the perfect opportunity to forge a strong partnership with the Lake Panorama Association to improve the recreational opportunities here at the lake. Working together, we have the potential to really improve the quality of life for current and future residents. While the LPA’s focus, out of necessity, needs to be on safety, security and infrastructure needs, Friends of Lake Panorama can be a catalyst and support group focusing on the amenities our community members desire.

Our working relationship with the LPA is a good model as we move forward. The LPA board has provided financial contributions when possible and many in-kind contributions. LPA staff have spent many hours helping make each of the projects come to be a part of life at Lake Panorama.

We are proud of our commitment to engage LPA community members in establishing priorities and continuing our work to provide additional amenities. We appreciate your support and look forward to working with you to raise the necessary funds to complete additional projects as well as build a strong Friends organization for the future.

GNOME PLACE LIKE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

The 2020 gardening season is over, but that doesn’t mean members of the Panora Garden Club decided to rest on their laurels until spring. Instead, they found a way to add some color to seven of their pots scattered around the Panora town square. When club member JoAnn Johnson shared a photo of some whimsical gnomes, it didn’t take long to decide the street pots would be a perfect place for them. Johnson offered to make the fleece hats and mittens, while other club members gathered up greenery and put the gnomes together. Two were installed Nov. 2 in pots on either side of the gazebo. Panora Garden Club members participating included, front row, left to right, Paulette Chambers, Jody Muench, Pat Kading, Jean Weiss and JoAnn Johnson. Second row, Pam Johnson, Bette Donahey and Linda Dahl. Top row, Karla Bristle and Patsy Goss. The Panora Garden Club welcomes new members; contact any current member for details.

ON THE LAKE
Water safety, busy signals, recipes and a little lake humor

Shane column photo
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted10/6/2020

Being safe on Lake Panorama is important to all of us, or at least it should be. And, if we are being honest, most all of us could do a better job of understanding water safety rules and making sure that we — and our guests — abide by them. My eyes were opened to this when I took the simple 23-question water safety survey that Lake Panorama Association is hosting to gather input that will be presented to the LPA water safety committee. Gathering data is always important, but this survey is also an educational tool for each of us. At least it was for me. Find out for yourself at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020lpawatersafetysurvey and be sure to read the story in this issue. …

We recently moved our Big Green Umbrella Media headquarters (sounds fancy, huh?) to our new offices at 8101 Birchwood Court, Suite D in Johnston. We only moved a mile or so, but as most of you know, moving is never easy. The biggest challenge was in getting our phone and Internet services installed. Despite notifying our vendor more than a month in advance, we did not have Internet connectivity for nearly three weeks and are approaching a month now without any office phones. I apologize to all of you who have received a busy signal when calling our offices. I hope that by the time you are reading this, it is all resolved. It would not be appropriate for me to name the company that we have to use in the Des Moines metro area, but I will tell you that it kind of rhymes with “CenturyStink.” The entire process makes me appreciate having these services provided by Panora Telco here locally, and you should, too. …

Several years ago, I struggled to fill last-minute space in one of our magazines.  So I placed a recipe column that I had on hand in the pages. I received some positive feedback from it, so I ran a new one each month. A year or so later, I ran into a jam as I could not fit all the information I had in the page count we set for a magazine. So I pulled the recipe that month. Unfortunately, I erred in not changing the teaser on the front page for the recipe, so I left readers searching for the Taco-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash or the Baked Eggs Puttanesca or something like that. I did not expect what happened next. I was flooded with phone calls, emails and even comments on the street from readers. Lesson learned. We have run a recipe column every issue since in all of our Iowa Living magazines. So, with that in mind, I asked my wife and our advertising director, Jolene Goodman, to write a column each month for this publication.  Enjoy! …

Speaking of Jolene, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary recently. We had plans for a nice getaway to Estes Park, Colorado, but Mr. Covid seemed to complicate things. So we spent a wonderful weekend at Lake Panorama instead. And why not? …

Let’s finish this month with a little lake humor for the Halloween season. (I did say a little.) Where do ghosts go to sail? The answer, of course, is Lake Eerie.

Thanks for reading.

5th Annual Panora Chamber Golf Tournament

The fifth annual Panora Chamber of Commerce golf outing was held on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Lake Panorama National. Fox Countertops served as the title sponsor. A record total of 25 teams were registered. The tournament was originally scheduled for spring but was rescheduled due to COVID-19. Many of the prizes awarded included the “Eat Local. Shop Local. Be Local.” discount cards and other incentives to bring out-of-town guests back to Panora. Proceeds from the golf outing go to support Panorama Days, which will be held Aug. 6-8, 2021. 

ZEBRA MUSSEL TESTING RESULTS
So far, so good.

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

It was spring 2014 when the LPA Board of Directors first adopted new rules in an attempt to keep aquatic invasive species from infesting Lake Panorama. Invasive species reproduce early, often, in large numbers and in multiple ways. They grow rapidly and have few natural enemies.

Aquatic invasive species can cause damage to equipment, threaten water recreation safety and, ultimately, reduce property values.

Several aquatic invasive species have been introduced into Iowa water bodies. One of the most concerning is zebra mussels. The pest was first introduced in the Great Lakes by the emptying of water ballast from sea-going ships that arrived from the Black and Caspian Seas, located between Europe and Asia. The mussels since have spread into much of the upper Midwest including the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and several streams and lakes in Iowa.

Zebra mussels are small shellfish, named for the striping often appearing on the shells. The organisms can produce up to 1,000 microscopic eggs every day. The mussels attach themselves to smooth surfaces and reproduce so efficiently that in some lakes, rocks, dock posts, underwater portions of lifts, boat hulls, propellers and inboard/outboard units have become completely covered.

The LPA recently received some good news regarding its efforts to keep this pest out of Lake Panorama.

“Zebra mussels is an invasive species that has had detrimental effects on other lakes in Iowa. They can travel in ballast water or plant material that may get stuck on a vessel being transported from one lake to another,” says Lane Rumelhart, LPA’s project manager. “A lot of LPA’s invasive species policies are aimed at trying to avoid the introduction of these creatures.”

This past summer, Rumelhart worked with RMB Environmental Laboratories Inc. out of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, to do some zebra mussel veliger testing.

“Zebra mussel veligers are free-swimming larvae of the mussels. Water current can pull veligers long distances before becoming heavy enough to settle to the bottom of a waterbody,” Rumelhart says. “I talked to RMB’s water biologist about testing for zebra mussels and was told veligers become prevalent one to three years before mussels are visible. He said by testing for veligers, we may be able to get a head start on preparation for the mussels, if they ever become present.”

Rumelhart purchased a tow net made specifically for capturing microscopic organisms out of water and pulled samples through the net in two locations — the marina and the dredge dock above the debris trap in the upper basin. He sent the samples to the lab in Minnesota for examination. The report showed there were no zebra mussel veligers present in either sample.

 “The LPA staff believes a two-pronged approach to invasive species is the most responsible strategy,” Rumelhart says. “First, we will continue to educate our members about prevention and enforce our invasive species regulations. Prevention remains our top priority.”

Second, Rumelhart says LPA staff will test each summer to ensure they have a head start on responding, if zebra mussel veligers are found in Lake Panorama.

“We obviously don’t want this to occur, but we need to be working ahead should this challenge arise,” he says. “Zebra mussels can clog irrigation systems for our two golf courses and waterfront homeowners. This pest likely would create new challenges for routine dam operation and maintenance. The barge companies would require some advance planning as zebra mussels weigh down docks and boat lifts. If we ever do have to navigate these challenges, advance notice will help us avoid a last-minute scramble for emergency solutions.”

Here is a brief review of LPA’s rules related to stopping invasive species from entering Lake Panorama. Boats owned by LPA members that are used exclusively on Lake Panorama are considered “resident” boats. These must display a “resident” sticker and do not require annual inspections.

Any boat that is not used exclusively at Lake Panorama must display a “non-resident” sticker. These boats must pass an inspection by LPA-designated personnel after returning from another body of water.

Inspections look for the following — plant parts, mud, animal specimens on boat or trailer or fishing equipment, and water in live wells, bilge tanks, ballast tanks or engine cooling systems. For members who do boat at other lakes, thoroughly cleaning, draining and drying the boat, trailer and equipment for at least five days in warm weather should allow the boat to pass inspection and be allowed back on Lake Panorama.

Finally, it’s not just boats that can transport aquatic invasive species. Any water-related equipment such as lifts and docks previously installed in another lake cannot be installed at Lake Panorama in the same season. Equipment that has been thoroughly drained, cleaned, dried and treated may be considered for installation, but only in the boating season following removal from a previous water body, and only after inspection.

SAGE TRAIL RENOVATION MEANS SMOOTHER ROAD FOR LAKE RESIDENTS

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

For the many east side residents of Lake Panorama who live on Burchfield Cove and beyond, Sage Trail is an important road. It can significantly shorten trips to and from their homes, compared to using the winding Panorama Drive that skirts the lake’s shoreline.

Now this road has an improved surface. Sage Trail is owned and maintained by Guthrie County. After entering Lake Panorama from the east on 200th Road, Sage Trail is a right-hand turn at the T-intersection. The 11th and 12th holes of the Lake Panorama National golf course are on the left.

Because of the heavy traffic this gravel road receives, the Guthrie County roads department rebuilt the section from 200th Road past the Burchfield bridge in 2012. The result was not a completely hard surface but at least an improved surface. That surface began to fail a couple of years ago.

“We had planned to do this work last year. But with that disastrous spring, it simply was not possible to tackle a large project like this,” says Josh Sebern, Guthrie County engineer. “Thankfully we were able to get a lot done elsewhere and address Sage Trail this fall.”

County road workers began Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day, to upgrade Sage Trail. Since the road had to be closed to traffic in sections, Sebern says this date was chosen because traffic begins to slow this time of year. 

Assembly of the raw materials began in August, with a blend of gravel, crushed limestone and clay mixed offsite. With major regrading work done in 2012, only some lighter reshaping of the road surface and slopes was needed.

“This rebuilds the crown in the roadway and prepares a solid base for the new granular mixture to be hauled in,” says Sebern.

The work performed eight years ago included applying 3 inches of a gravel/crushed limestone/clay mixture to the roads. Calcium chloride was used as the stabilizing agent.

This year, about 5 inches of new material was brought to the roadway, where it was mixed with a proprietary stabilizing chemical called Base One. That was followed by final grading and compaction. Then a topical application of calcium chloride was used to bind the fine particles of the surface, which also will function as dust control.

 Sebern says of the 3 inches of material applied in 2012, only about 1 to 1 ½ inches remained so it was time to rework the road surface.

“With this additional thickness going to 5 inches, plus a different stabilizing chemical, we are expecting a longer life span,” he says. 

In 2017 the county worked with the LPA’s annual seal coat contract and added short sections of hard surfacing on either side of the Burchfield bridge, because of potholes and a rough, washboard-like surface.

“The northwest section is still performing well, but the southeast section has some areas that are failing,” says Sebern. “An asphalt spray patch was performed recently to hold things over for the time being. If things continue to deteriorate, the county will have to pursue other options to improve that area.”

 Sebern thanked the Lake Panorama Association and lake residents for their cooperation during the renovation project and being patient as Guthrie County crews worked to get this project brought to a close.

In response, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, thanked the Guthrie County Secondary Roads for their efforts on Sage Trail.

“Sage Trail and 200th Road both represent high-volume roadways,” he says. “We’re grateful the county recognized the priority of this improvement and appreciate their work.”

LPA SEEKING MEMBER INPUT ON WATER SAFETY
Committee will review survey results and decide if any recommendations on water safety topics should be given to the LPA board of directors for consideration.

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

The Lake Panorama Association is asking members to participate in a 23-question survey on water safety. The online survey opened Sept. 30 and will be available through Oct. 16.

“The topic of water safety encompasses many things at Lake Panorama,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “Especially during the busy boating season, members raise concerns about things such as buoy placement and signage, speeding boats and jet skis, boat drivers who don’t follow LPA boating regulations, and not seeing LPA water patrol boats often enough.”

Rutledge says information gathered from this survey will be tabulated, and a report will be presented to the LPA water safety committee for its fall meeting, which hasn’t yet been scheduled.

“That committee will review the survey results and decide if any recommendations on water safety topics should be given to the LPA board of directors for their consideration.”

Survey questions cover demographics, buoys, LPA water patrol, boating safety and traffic, use of member boats by guests, and the possible use of educational materials to improve water safety on Lake Panorama. The survey ends with an opportunity to provide additional comments to the LPA on any water safety topic.

The survey is available online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020lpawatersafetysurvey.

5 units remain for sale in former Clover Ridge Timeshare Resort
Legal proceedings to dissolve the association began in early 2018.

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

It’s been nearly two years since the decision was made to dissolve a timeshare vacation operation that had been at Lake Panorama since the late 1980s. As of late September, just five units of the original 22 owned by the Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association need to be sold before the final steps can be taken.

Legal proceedings to dissolve the association began in early 2018. At one time, the Clover Ridge Resort had about 1,100 owners from all over the United States. They purchased a particular week in one of the 22 units owned by the association and received a recorded deed.

While occupancy rates stayed strong, financial decline occurred because owners stopped paying annual maintenance fees. Changes in the way people travel led to fewer people owning timeshare weeks.

Barry Monaghan had been a Clover Ridge timeshare owner since 1991 and a member of the Clover Ridge Interval Owners board since 2000. He’s been president of the board since 2013 and has been managing the dissolution process.

“One of the great moves we made in the fall of 2018 was to enter into a rental agreement with Lake Panorama National. That helped us generate some income during the time before we could put the units on the market,” Monaghan says.

“Over the five months of that original contract, our net income was about $20,000 per month,” he says. “That made it possible for us to keep current on what was owed in LPA dues, and also to Panora Telco and the Guthrie County REC.”

Lake Panorama Realty began listing the units for sale in August 2020. Since then, all the two-bedroom units on the west side of Karen Drive have been sold, plus nine units on the east side. Those that remain include both three and four-bedroom units.

Monaghan is pleased with how many units have been sold over the past year.

“To be honest, I had no idea how long the process would take,” he says. “In the beginning, I was concerned about flooding the market. But the real estate company did an excellent job listing just four at a time, while still making it possible to see other units if someone was interested.”

Monaghan says the LPN has been great to work with.

“The staff there has moved people around on rentals to help make showings possible, which hasn’t been an easy process. Lake Panorama Realty also has been great. They’ve done most of the yeoman work.”

The demise of the Clover Ridge Interval Owners had an impact on the Clover Ridge Homeowners Association, which is made up of the private owners of townhomes and motel rooms along Karen Drive. For instance, timeshare association employees also handled Clover Ridge HOA maintenance. Since those jobs were eliminated in September 2019, the HOA had to make other arrangements.

In addition, the timeshare association paid about $84,000 per year to the Clover Ridge HOA in dues. Delinquent fees now are being paid to the HOA each time a unit sells, which average $6,000-$7,000 per unit.

Also brought up to date as timeshare units are sold are delinquent property taxes that haven’t been paid to Guthrie County since September 2018. Those payments are in the $7,500 to $10,000 range for each unit.

As units sell, there is less rental income to pay ongoing bills. So the federal judge overseeing the dissolution required an escrow account be established to hold the net sales proceeds. That account was used to create a line of credit so bills can continue to be paid.

The units sold so far are being used in a variety of ways. Some have become full-time residences, with others being used as part-time residences. Some have been enrolled in the lodging rental program with Lake Panorama National.

“We have gained four two-bedroom units and one studio unit, and we are expecting at least one more two-bedroom unit to enter our program,” says Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager. The LPN already had contracts with private owners of four two-bedroom units and one studio unit, plus 27 guesthouse rooms.

“Having these units onsite is an important part of our sales pitch for stay-and-play golf packages. These groups like to come in for two or three days, play golf, eat, drink and not have to leave the property,” Shaffer says “With more of these units, we are able to book more of these packages, which increases revenue in both our golf and restaurant departments.”

Lake Panorama Realty is planning an open house Sunday, Oct. 18, featuring the remaining units. Everyone who tours the units that day between noon and 2 p.m. will be entered into a drawing for a free weekend stay.

Once the final unit is sold, a proposal will be presented to the judge to pay all legal bills, pay off the loan of more than $120,000 the timeshare association still owes for construction of the pool at the LPN, and pay off its current line of credit.

Once those payments are approved, any funds left will be shared between about 15 timeshare week owners who are considered in good standing, because they paid their 2019 maintenance fees.

With only a few units left to sell, these owners are getting closer to the day when they find out if their gamble paid off. 

$9,000 NEEDED TO COMPLETE PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISING
Playground equipment for Shady Beach is scheduled to be delivered to Lake Panorama the first week of October.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The month of September brought good news to Friends of Lake Panorama in support of its efforts to install new playground equipment at two beaches. While the LPA board of directors recently approved fundraising for a dog park, the Friends’ priority project remains wrapping up a $70,000 fundraising campaign for new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches.

The first piece of good news is that at the beginning of September, another $12,000 was needed. Donations in September lowered that number to $9,000.

The second piece of good news is that the playground equipment for Shady Beach, which was ordered in late July, is scheduled to be delivered to Lake Panorama the first week of October. Installation is scheduled for the last week of October.

The Shady Beach playground will open as soon as all work is complete. The new equipment will include a multi-faceted play set, three swings, and a freestanding “spring rider” designed to accommodate a physically challenged child. The spring rider has space for two children.

Once the remaining $9,000 is raised, the Boulder Beach equipment will be ordered. The Friends board hopes to reach this goal before the end of this year, to avoid a price increase on the playground equipment that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

After fundraising for this project began in the fall of 2019, nearly $8,000 was donated by couples and individuals. The Friends board is asking those early donors to consider an additional donation for the 2020 tax year.

All donations are tax-deductible. Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donors should include a note the funds are to be used for the playgrounds.

Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on signs erected near both playgrounds and on the Friends website. More information about the playgrounds and other ways to donate is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

DOG PARK FUNDRAISING INCLUDES OCT. 17 ACTIVITIES  
The facility is to be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road, near the east campground.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Fundraising is underway for a dog park at Lake Panorama, with $500 donations from two couples kicking off the campaign the week of Sept. 21. Friends of Lake Panorama is managing the donations with a goal of $50,000 to build the park and provide all desired amenities.

Because Friends is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity, all donations are tax deductible. Donors of at least $500 will be recognized on a sign at the dog park plus on the Friends website.

If the needed funds are raised, the facility will be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road, near the east campground.

A volunteer committee is planning a day-long Octoberfest fundraising event for Saturday, Oct. 17 at Lake Panorama National. The day includes three components, all designed to increase awareness of the dog park plan, while raising money and collecting donations.

First up is a “Going to the Dogs” walk or run that will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the back nine cart paths of the LPN golf course. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether they want to walk or run with their dog, or walk/run in honor of a dog. The event will begin and end at Spikes. No pre-registration is needed, just arrive at Spikes between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to check in. Freewill donations are encouraged.

A tent will be set up between the No. 12 green and No. 13 tee box, where volunteers will provide information, take donations and show the layout and location of the proposed park.

Second on the agenda is a “Going to the Dogs” nine-hole, four-person best shot golf tournament, with a shotgun start at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person, with $20 going directly to the dog park. Sign up a four-person team, or the pro shop will create teams from singles or couples.

Play will be on the back nine only, with a stop available between holes 12 and 13 to pick up information and view the dog park location. Check-in at Spikes at 2 p.m. Participants can register and pay in advance in the pro shop, or pay that day. Call the pro shop at 641-755-2024 to register.

An open house will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the LPN banquet room. Free wine and beer samples, plus complimentary appetizers, will be available. There also will be a cash bar. Information about the dog park will be on display, with committee members available to answer questions, and donations accepted. Several items will be available in a general raffle, plus a 50/50 raffle will be conducted.

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

Crushed rock will create a 5-foot wide walking path along and under the fencing to provide a weed barrier and keep dogs from digging. A small gravel parking lot will be adjacent to the park.

Amenities inside the park fence included in the $50,000 cost estimate are four benches, four stations where bags for dog waste would be available, and two domed waste receptacles. A dual station pet fountain placed in the fence line between the two sections would make it possible for dogs to access drinking water from either side.

The facility will be open to LPA members and their guests. Signs will be posted for responsible use, with volunteers helping decide on these rules as fundraising is underway.

Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donors should designate the funds are for the dog park. More information is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Aug. 25, 2020
LPN Conference Center
The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met Aug. 25, 2020, at 5 p.m., at the LPN Conference Center. Board members in attendance were Larry Babcock, Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher, and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Lane Rumelhart and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: Jan Reinicke, President of Friends of Lake Panorama, and Susan Thompson, Executive Director of Friends of Lake Panorama.
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.

Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda –
Spradling moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda

Donovan moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 07.28.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 07.31.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting, 09.29.2020
e) Accept minutes of the 08.10.2020 Building Codes Committee meeting
f) Accept minutes from 07.27.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting
Carothers invoked point of privilege and moved to Agenda Item 5a.

Agenda Item 5a – Friends of Lake Panorama – Proposal to construct a dog park with donated funds. Jan Reinicke and Susan Thompson, representing Friends of Lake Panorama, addressed the board regarding the construction of a dog park on LPA property, located along East RV Road, entrance to the East Campground off of Sage Trail. Fundraising would run through the Friends 501(c)3 organization. A dog park task force committee is organized and ready to move forward with fundraising.
The board asked several questions regarding the location, total costs, time frame for fundraising, construction time frame and operating expenses and requirements. All questions were answered to the satisfaction of the board.
Spradling moved to authorize Friends of Lake Panorama to move forward with dog park fundraising and authorize LPA to operate the park after completion. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4a – Septic Easement Request, Luke Wanninger, from lot 3248 to lot 3301
Wanninger is purchasing lot 3248 for new home construction and is purchasing lot 3301 for the lateral fields. Lot 3248 is not able to support a lateral field.
Donovan moved to approve the execution of an easement for septic line to be bored under the road from lot 3248 to lot 3301, cost $350 to be paid by Wanninger. Legal document to be drafted by LPA attorney. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4b – Septic Easement Request, Timothy and Stephanie Cross from lot 872 to lot 6751 Cross is constructing new home on lot 872 and requires septic system to be located on lot 6751.
Schumacher moved to approve the execution of an easement for septic line to be bored under the road from lot 872 to lot 6751, cost $350 to be paid by Cross. Legal document to be drafted by LPA attorney. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4c – Sale of lot 2980
The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lot 2980 for $12,500. The land sales committee collectively agreed to accept the offer.
Finneseth moved to accept the offer of $12,500 to sell lot 2980 to Landon Loftsgard. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4d - Variance Request – David & Kristi Meyer, Lot 481, side lot setback for storage shed as recommended by Building Codes committee 
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Dave Meyer (lot 481) at 4573 Panorama Drive asked the committee for a side lot setback variance of two feet for a storage shed, (which will result in an eight-foot side lot setback). The shed would be placed between Meyer’s home and the lot line. Meyer had approval from the adjoining neighbor. Schumacher made a motion to approve a side lot variance of two (2) feet for a storage shed on lot 481, based upon similarity to past requests. Powell seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to approve a side lot variance of two (2) feet for construction of storage shed on Lot 481, David & Kristi Miller. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4e – Variance Request – John & Danielle Griesenbrock, Lot 5204, roof pitch variance for new home construction as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Dan Keough and an associate presented home plans for Danni and John Griesenbrock (lot 5204B) at 5207 Bean Bend. Keough asked the committee to approve a 4/12 roof pitch that covered most of the home’s roof design. After review of the plans, it was determined this home would fit in with other modern-style homes around the lake. Schumacher made a motion to approve the 4/12 roof design for a home on lot 5204, based upon the aesthetic integrity of the home and similarity to past requests. Miller seconded the motion and carried unanimously.
Evans moved to grant a 4/12 roof pitch variance for new home construction on lot 5204, John & Dannielle Griesenbrock. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4f – Variance Request – Randy & Cindy Nelson, Lot 716, roof pitch variance and roadside setback variance for new home construction as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Randy and Cindy Nelson presented plans for a new home on lot 716 at 5208 Tamara Point. Nelson asked the committee for two variances. The first variance request was to approve the 4/12 roof pitch design that covered most of the roof area. Westercamp made a motion to approve the 4/12 roof pitch for a home on lot 716, based upon the aesthetic integrity of the home and similarity to past requests. Evans seconded the motion, and motion carried unanimously. The second variance request on the Nelson home was for a front-lot (roadside) variance of 15 feet, (which would result in a 20-foot setback). Nelson explained the home would need to sit closer to the cul-de-sac to avoid the steep drop off on the lot near the water. The committee reviewed the site plan. Brown, Evans and Schumacher all had driven past the lot and seen the topography for themselves. Westercamp made a motion to approve a 15-foot front lot (roadside) variance based on the impediments of the lot’s slope. Miller seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to grant a 4/12 roof pitch variance and a 15-foot front lot (roadside) setback variance for new home construction on lot 5204, Randy and Cindy Nelson. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – No items for closed.

Agenda Item 7 – Other Business - None


Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:51 p.m. 

OBITUARY
 John (Jack) William Christensen

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John (Jack) William Christensen, 85, was born Oct. 14, 1934, in Iowa Falls. He died Oct. 3, 2020, at Perry Lutheran Home in Perry due to complications of Covid-19.
John was a graduate of Iowa Falls High School and served four years in the U.S. Air Force. After graduating with a masters degree in business administration from University of Northern Iowa, he went on to a lifetime career with Iowa Department of Revenue, where he retired in 2002. John was a master woodworker, building his own home at Lake Panorama. He and his wife Marion lived there since 1993, enjoying the quiet and wildlife. He was a perfectionist with his woodworking and projects he undertook. He had a lifelong love of classic cars, even owning a few. In his downtime, he enjoyed reading books, taking walks and riding bike in their lake neighborhood and sharing stories. He served as treasurer of the Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors and as director in 1998 and 1999. John and Marion enjoyed trips to Colorado, Florida and other states. He had been a resident of Perry Lutheran Home since 2017.
John leaves behind his wife; two step-sons, Tony (Dani) Allsup and Steve (Liz) Allsup; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren (plus one on the way); sister Ruth Allen; brother-in-law John Nelson; sisters-in-law Linda Culbertson and Beth (Jerry) Buttler and nephew and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Delores, Jeanne and Karen; and in-laws Joan and Glenn Allen.
Following cremation, a private burial service will take place in Iowa Falls at a later date.
Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, handled arrangements.

Calendar of events

Event dates and times are subject to change. Contact hosts for updated details.

Thursday, Oct. 8
4 p.m.
Middle School Volleyball
@Woodward Granger Middle School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 8
4:30 p.m.
Middle School Cross Country
@South Hamilton High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 8
5 p.m.
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@South Hamilton High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 8
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 8
6 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 8
7 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball
@Guthrie Center High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Oct. 9
Shop Local 2nd Friday Event
www.panorachamber.org

Friday, Oct. 9
7 p.m.
Varsity Football
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Oct. 12
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council Meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Oct. 12 – Friday, Oct. 23
Hydrant Flushing
The semi-annual hydrant flushing will take place during weekdays during this time.

Monday, Oct. 12
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Madrid
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Oct. 12
School Board Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Board Room
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Oct. 12
5 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
4 p.m.
Middle School Volleyball
@Earlham
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
6 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
7 p.m
Varsity Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
4 p.m.
Middle School Cross Country
@Lake Panorama Par 3
www.panoramaschools.org
Thursday, Oct. 15
4:30 p.m.
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@Lake Panorama Par 3
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
6 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
7 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 17
TBD
Middle School Cross Country
@Atlantic High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 17
9 a.m.
Varsity Volleyball
@Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 17
Lake Panorama Dog Park Fundraiser, hosted by Friends of Lake Panorama
Full day of events at Lake Panorama National to raise both awareness and donations regarding a possible dog park at Lake Panorama.
    • Fun walk/run 8-9:30 a.m.; freewill donation, check-in at Spikes.
    • Four-person, best-shot, nine-hole golf tournament. $40 per person, half goes to dog park. Register by calling pro shop at 641-755-2024. Check-in at Spikes at 2 p.m.; shotgun at 2:30 p.m.
    • Oktoberfest Open House 5-6:30 p.m., LPN Banquet room. Drinks, appetizers, raffles.
www.friendsoflakepanorama.org

Sunday, Oct. 18
CHILI DIPPER OPEN
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
5071 Clover Ridge Road
Start: 11 a.m. Shotgun
Format: 2-Person Best Shot
Cost: Entry includes golf, cart, prizes and Chef Brent’s Chili.
LPN Golf Members - $60/team
Non LPN Golf Members - $120/team
For more information or to register contact the LPN Pro Shop at 641-755-2024.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Thursday, Oct. 22
4 p.m.
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@TBA
www.panoramaschools.org
Friday, Oct. 23
No school

Monday, Oct. 26
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council Meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Tuesday, Oct. 27
LPA Board Meeting

Friday, Oct. 30
Panora Beggars Night
6-8 p.m.
www.cityofpanora.com

Saturday, Oct. 31
TBD
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@Fort Dodge - Lakeside Municipal Golf Course
www.panoramaschools.org

Nov. 5, 6 and 7
Heart of Guthrie County Holiday Showcase
www.panorachamber.org

Sunday, Nov. 8
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
IDITAROD XVIIII
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Monday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council Meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m.
School board meeting
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Nov. 13
No school

Saturday, Nov. 28
Small Business Saturday
www.panorachamber.org

A Q&A with Jotham Arber, Executive Director of Health Services for the Guthrie County Public Health Department
A LOOK AT COVID-19 IN GUTHRIE COUNTY

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 10/6//2020

Jotham Arber is a busy man. As executive director of health services for the Guthrie County Public Health department, he is responsible for running Guthrie’s Public Health, Environmental Health, Home Health, and Transfer Station (Landfill) departments. Since January, much of his focus has been on COVID-19. In this month’s Q&A, he talks about his job responsibilities, and the impact of COVID-19 in Guthrie County.

Q. Tell us about your path to Guthrie County.
A.
I was born in South Africa and moved to Kirksville, Missouri, with my family during my preteen years, when my father took a position as a minister there. I attended high school in Kirksville and started college at Truman State University, studying chemistry. I then attended Central College in Pella, earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry. Next up was Des Moines University where I studied public health and epidemiology. My wife and I moved to Guthrie County in 2014 when I took the public health director position.

Q. You’re an epidemiologist. Please explain in layman terms what that is, as well as your job responsibilities.
A.
An epidemiologist is a person who studies and deals with the incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases. This means someone who looks at what is making a community sick or unhealthy and puts measures in place to stop it. Diseases that epidemiologists look at range from chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer that impact the population over long periods of time, to mental health conditions, to what we are experiencing now—viral outbreaks.

My job duties at the health department shift as needed. Currently, I spend most of my time working with our disease investigation team doing contact tracing, disease recovery follow-up, quarantine protocol management, and providing guidelines to healthcare providers, businesses, schools and the general community.

Our public health department provides services in Guthrie County that include disease investigation, vaccinations, community health needs assessments and programming, family support programs, public health emergency preparedness and community health education.
Our office provides some additional services in three counties. We take care of all of the environmental health services and home health services in Guthrie, Adair, Cass and Audubon counties.

Environmental health covers septic systems, water quality, human habitat and dwelling environment, animal disease and complaints, pools, tattoo parlors, tanning bed facilities, and radon testing. Home health covers nursing services, home health aides, homemakers and respite.

Q. Let’s talk about COVID-19 and Guthrie County. When did you first start talking about this virus threat, and what has transpired since?
A.
In early January, I and our emergency management team began meeting about the possibility we may eventually need to respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. We have had several viral outbreaks over the last few years, including Ebola in 2014 and Zika in 2015, that have started in other countries and made their way here. As we watched the numbers climb, we decided we needed to begin preparing rather than wait until it was here.

Based on our experience with other outbreaks, especially the 2009 H1N1 virus, we knew we needed to stockpile protective equipment (PPE) and make sure our hospitals and partners had supplies. We also knew we needed to gather as much information as possible to understand what the virus looked like and how it might impact our community. Our office began gathering this information and buying gowns, gloves and N95s to provide to our health providers.

In late January, the U.S. reported its first case in Washington State. By the beginning of February, we had a fairly large stockpile of PPE and began putting out informational material. Since many people who live in our county travel for work internationally and domestically, we assumed we would see a case at some point. And with numbers coming out of China and Europe indicating it may spread quickly, we wanted people to be as prepared as possible.

Our first case came in the last week of March. It came as we thought it might, through international travel. We had quarantined several other cases and were hoping we may be able to contain any further outbreak. But by the end of April, we understood it had spread into the community, and we began to see a rise in weekly cases. By May we were seeing cases coming in almost daily. May was the month in which we had our first outbreak in an assisted living facility, and where we saw our first death.

Since the beginning of May, we have seen our cases ebb upwards, especially during traditional holidays and family gathering times, then come down, only to rise again. We anticipate this will be the trend going forward until we have an available vaccine. Or until enough of the population have had COVID-19 to create some immunity, which decreases the virus’ ability to spread and thereby decreases the number of infections.

We have had more than 250 confirmed cases since March, with 10 deaths and two assisted living and nursing home outbreaks. We estimate through our antibodies studies that between 327 and 801 individuals may already have been infected with COVID-19  in Guthrie County.

Q. What are some of the reasons this virus has been so difficult to control?
A.
There are several reasons, but two biological reasons stand out. Unlike other viruses we see circulating, which normally have an incubation period of two to four days, the coronavirus has an incubation period that can last two to 14 days. This means that someone may be infected and not show symptoms for almost two weeks. During this time, if they are unaware they are infected, they may continue to move around and potentially spread the virus.
The other reason for the continued difficulty in containing the coronavirus is that between 20 and 30 percent of individuals may remain asymptomatic, which means they never have symptoms, but are spreading the virus.

The politicization of this virus and unclear and changing guidelines also has made it hard for local public health to get full buy-in from our communities to engage in public health measures that could help bring the virus under control. We have lost some of our “trust capital” with the public that is essential for implementing successful strategies.

We hope that in Guthrie County, people understand their public health department is only working to try and keep our community as healthy and safe as possible. And that when we make health recommendations, it is on that premise alone.

Q. What are your recommendations on preventative measures we can take?
A.
There are several recommendations to help prevent infection and slow transmission of COVID-19.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
•Maintain at least 6 feet distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
•Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
•Stay home if you feel unwell.
•Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
•Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from individuals.
•Wear a face mask when you are not able to distance away from people.
•Stay active and continue to exercise and practice normal healthy routines.

Q. What are the symptoms someone with COVID might experience?
A.
On average it takes five to six days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, and it can take up to 14 days. The most common symptoms are fever, dry cough and tiredness. Other symptoms may be a sore throat, aches and pains, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes.

The symptoms that most concern us and that someone should seek immediate medical attention for include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, and loss of speech or movement.

Q. What should people do if they experience any of these symptoms?
A.
Anyone having symptoms should contact their physician and let them know they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Their physician can determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19, or if they need to be seen for other potential issues that may correlate to their symptoms.

We want to make sure people are getting adequate medical attention for all of their ailments. In my opinion, our Guthrie County physicians are some of the best and have an excellent ability to differentiate between COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Q. How and where can a person in Guthrie County get tested?
A.
They can visit their local doctor, hospital or the health department to get a test. These tests usually take two to three days to get results back. They also can go to a Test Iowa site or get a rapid test at commercial sites in Des Moines.

The Guthrie County Hospital and the Guthrie County Health Department have been working hard to get rapid testing into our county, and we hope that in October this capability will be possible. Hospital officials will release more information as they have their protocols in place and are ready to begin offering rapid test services.

Q. What should a person do while waiting for test results?
A.
The most important thing a person being tested should do is stay isolated until you know your results. If a person is waiting on a test and they are symptomatic, they should remain isolated until they receive their test results. If they test positive, they will need to remain isolated for 10 days from the date they became symptomatic.

If the individual did not have symptoms, they will need to isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. If they test negative and have had a known exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, they should continue to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the positive case. If they have not had a known exposure they can return to normal activities.

If a person is waiting on a test because they were exposed to a positive COVID-19 case and are not symptomatic, they should remain isolated until they receive their test results. If they test positive, they will need to remain isolated for 10 days from the date of their test. If they test negative, they should continue to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the positive case.

There are specific guidelines for return-to-work based on contact exposure for essential workers on the CDC website. No person who tests positive should go to work until they have been isolated for 10 days from symptoms, or 10 days from test day if they were asymptomatic.

We understand it can be confusing to sort through what a person should do before and after testing. Anyone with questions is welcome to call the Guthrie County Public Health office during business hours at 641-747-3972. We also have a toll free number that is monitored 24 hours a day—1-833-833-4600.

Q. Any predictions on when a vaccine might be available?
A.
It is hard to say when the current vaccines being developed will be widely available to the public. We want to make sure vaccines are safe and effective for the populations we are working to protect. I think by the end of 2020 we will have a good understanding of whether some of these vaccines are safe and effective, but it will probably be several months from that point before we see vaccines available for the general population. I hope that by the spring of 2021 we will see some availability, and by the summer it is widely available.

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 10/6/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Lake Dogs
Chief, 8 months old
Bentley, 7 years old
Owners: Bill and Barb Steppuhn 

Chief and Bentley both enjoy spending time with their family and, especially, the grandkids. They go on walks and boat rides and spend as much time at possible at the lake. Bentley likes sitting on Barb’s lap, getting loved on and running alongside the golf cart.  Chief enjoys playing ball (or with any toy), swimming in the lake, jet ski rides and being with other dogs. Their pet peeves are getting baths and having their nails trimmed.

Cove Cat
Zoey,
3 years old
Owners: Chad and Michelle Welch

Zoey has two older husky sisters, Stella and Piper. She loves to play and torment them when she is frisky, but she then wants to cuddle beside them as well. She enjoys going outside with her owners on a leash to explore the flowers.  Zoey is super friendly and cuddly. Her pet peeve is that she doesn’t like it when her owners have to leave her.


A Lake Dogs and Cove Cats 2021 calendar will be available to purchase in October, using photos from dogs and cats from around the lake. All proceeds will be going to local charity Tori’s Angels. See more information on the calendar and on the Lake Panorama Lake Dogs and Cove Cats Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/LakePanoramaDogsAndCats.

2020 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION EVENT CANCELED
Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 7, 2021.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

For the past 13 years, a special fall event has been held to recognize the hundreds of volunteers who help make the Lake Panorama community great. But as with many other events, the 2020 volunteer recognition get-together has been sidelined by COVID-19.

The annual volunteer recognition banquet generally is held in early October. No banquet will be held this year, although Lake Panorama officials say they plan to resume the event in 2021. And that volunteers in 2020 have been greatly appreciated, even though the normal recognition event can’t be held.

“We’re canceling out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID,” says John Rutledge LPA general manager and LPN director of operations. “There are a number of unknowns as we progress toward fall weather and indoor events. Yet we still want the many volunteers who have helped out over the past 12 months to know how much we appreciate them.”

Volunteers play key roles at Lake Panorama. Many maintain landscape beds at the lake’s three beaches, two golf courses and lake entrances. Others serve on the board of directors for the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, and Friends of Lake Panorama.

Board members for the South Panorama Sanitary District, On-Site Waste Water Management, and the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone also volunteer many hours. The same is true for members of four committees appointed annually by the LPA board — appeals, building codes, land sales, water safety.

At least two events brought out new volunteers this year. One was the Aug. 1 Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball, where dozens of people who hadn’t volunteered before helped raise $30,000 for new beach playground equipment.

The other was the derecho that swept through the Lake Panorama community Aug. 10. Many volunteers helped clear downed trees and debris from the two golf courses, while others corralled kayaks, tubes, floating mats, furniture and other items carried away by the wind and lake waves.

Next year’s volunteer recognition event is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 7, 2021.

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

What exactly is the Fin and Feather Club, and how can I become a member?
The Lake Panorama Fin and Feather club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the sporting activities on Lake Panorama. The group is primarily focused on improving the hunting and angling opportunities on the lake. It is a volunteer group of property owners and association members who share a passion for the outdoors. You can learn more about their activities, projects and how to support their efforts at www.panoramafinandfeather.com.

Is there a way to get local emergency alerts sent to my phone?
Yes, you can sign up for free Guthrie County emergency or severe weather alerts. An alert will be sent to the phone number and/or email address provided by voice, text and/or email. This is a free service provided by Guthrie County and the State of Iowa, but normal message fees still apply. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities. Notifications are dependent upon external providers, and receipt of notifications by the intended recipient cannot be guaranteed. Alerts sent from Guthrie County will originate from 69310 for text messages, 641-332-3030 for voice notifications, and noreply@agcema.us for email messages. If you sign up, be sure to save these in your phone and/or address book. See details at http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/ag_ia/wens.cfm.

Are there any rules or regulations about renting my lake home?
According to the LPA Home Rental Rules, any member of the association may rent his or her home or condominium, with a few limitations. First, a member may not rent his or her home or condominium more than one time in any four consecutive week period. Second, prior to renting the home or condominium, the member must register the renter with the LPA office. Prior to the commencement of any rental period, renters must sign an agreement stating they will abide by all rules and regulations of the association and provide contact information to LPA staff. Of course, renters are expected to comply with all rules and regulations of the association. Failure to abide by any rule or regulation may result in fines, which are the responsibility of the member renting the home. Other stipulations and fines do exist and can be viewed in full in the Home Rental Rules on the LPA website. n

RECIPES
Take the fear out of trying unfamiliar produce

Green slime nacho cups
By Jolene Goodman

I share two recipes this month from our friends at Family Features and Dole. As they explain, introducing kids to unfamiliar flavors doesn’t have to be a frightful experience. A passion for produce may begin with America’s favorites — like bananas, apples, citrus, celery, carrots and broccoli — but that’s just the beginning. Whether it’s their angry names and tough exteriors, or simply a fear of the unknown about taste and preparation, dozens more diverse and exotic fruits and vegetables like dragon fruit, horned melon and Brussels sprouts are often the sources of produce paranoia.

One easy way to introduce new flavors is by trying a variation of a familiar fruit or veggie. For example, Family Features tells us there are more than 500 edible banana varieties in the world. You might sample a red banana or a Manzano, or even an ice cream banana, with a taste resembling vanilla custard.

These fun and kid-friendly Green Slime Nacho Cups feature plantains, for example, a member of the banana family with a different taste and texture than everyday yellow bananas — more firm and starchy like a potato. Increase your family’s produce intake even further with a Slippery Slimy Smoothie, which calls for green grapes, spinach, banana and pineapple.

Find more recipes and other not-so-scary fun at dole.com/Disney, and follow #Dole and #DoleRecipes.

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

Green Slime Nacho Cups

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
1 green starting to turn yellow DOLE® Plantain, peeled and thinly sliced on bias
1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 Dole Avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup thinly shredded Dole Purple Cabbage

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 F. Toss plantain slices with canola oil and season with pinch of salt. On parchment paper-lined baking sheet, arrange slices in single layer with no overlapping.
    Bake 18-20 minutes, or until crispy and lightly golden. Cool completely and set aside.
    Using spoon, scoop flesh of avocado into small bowl and mash, reserving one half avocado shell. Stir mashed avocado with lime juice, garlic and remaining salt. Stir in slaw, reserving some for garnish. Scoop into reserved avocado shell and smooth top with back of spoon. Stick reserved cabbage shreds out of avocado mixture to look like hair.
    Serve slime nacho cups with plantain chips.

Slippery Slimy Smoothie
Prep time:10 minutes
Servings: 2 (8 ounces each)

Ingredients
1/2 cup DOLE® Spinach
1 Dole Banana, peeled and frozen
1/2 cup Dole Green Grapes, frozen
1/3 cup cucumber, diced
1/2 cup Dole Pineapple
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
5 ice cubes

Directions
In blender, blend spinach, banana, grapes, cucumber, pineapple, almond milk, Greek yogurt and ice cubes until smooth.
    Pour smoothie into two glasses and serve.

ON THE LAKE
So, where do you call home?

Shane column photo
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 9/8/2020

We have all been in social settings with others we don’t know. These can be awkward, but one of the easiest ice breakers I have found is to find out where people call home. Inevitably, I can find some type of connection from there. And in those discussions with folks at Lake Panorama, I have often heard the following questions: How many property owners have permanent residences here? And where do those who don’t call home?
Many have speculated with responses all over the board, but I wanted to do some research and find out the real answers for myself. I thought you might be interested, too.

The database I used is the mailing list that we send Lake Panorama Times out to each month. Since we mail to all property owners on the lake, it should very closely match where people call home. Prior to each and every mailing, we update it with additions, deletions and changes, so it is quite accurate. We also mail to a few businesses and a handful of others, but, by and large, it is sent to lake property owners located in about 220 different communities. It is also important to note that this publication is mailed to the permanent residence that is on record for each property owner. So if your lake property is your designated permanent address, then a copy of this publication is mailed to you there. If you have a home in Des Moines, or Sioux City or Yale listed as your permanent address, then a copy is mailed to that address.

For this current issue, we mailed out 1,703 copies. Of those, the most were mailed to a Panora address, representing 34.1 percent of all copies. So, in theory, about one-third of all property owners live on the lake year round, or at least name their lake address as their permanent residence of record.

The community with the next greatest number of  mailings is West Des Moines, with about 6.4 percent of the total. Des Moines follows with 5.5 percent with Urbandale closely behind at 5.0 percent. Clive, Adel, Johnston and Waukee are all next with about 2.5 percent each. After that is Ankeny at 2.3 percent with Guthrie Center following at 2.2 percent.

Jefferson, Grimes, Omaha, Carroll, Ames, Perry and Atlantic are all next and have between 1-2 percent of the mailings each. The remainder are sent to more than 200 various communities, with each totaling less than 1 percent.

Now that’s one way to answer this question, but there are seemingly two sides to every coin. And as a former boss of mine used to say, figures lie and liars figure.

Another way to answer the permanent residence question is to use data only on those with actual homes on the lake. According to Lake Panorama Association, there are approximately 1,125 homeowners with the remaining 600 or so members having undeveloped lots. With this in mind, the percent of people who consider their lake home as their primary residence may be closer to 50 percent. And, of course, during  the summer almost 100 percent of the homes are in use at some point.

So, where do Lake Panorama property owners call home? Regardless of how you slice or dice the data, the answer is clearly at Lake Panorama, with Des Moines and its western suburbs making up the bulk of the remainder.

Now we know. And this will all make for a great ice breaker at your next social event.

As always, thanks for reading.

Panorama Soccer Club benefits from Iowa Soccer’s Share the Love

Posted 9/8/20
Iowa Soccer’s Share the Love, Powered by Score Sports is a new initiative and partnership designed to help the game be more accessible to communities that can truly benefit from some love. With the support of an equipment partner, the Share the Love, Powered by Score Sports program will help others in a tangible way. The partnership agreement between Iowa Soccer and Score Sports spans three years: 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

The Panorama Soccer Club was named one of nine recipients of the first wave of “Share the Love” initiative.

The program has been established to benefit communities/groups across Iowa that have little to no means to acquire soccer equipment.  Through the program, Iowa Soccer will have a process to identify the areas where “love” is needed and with local leaders, prioritize needs and make final equipment decisions. Score Sports is the equipment partner providing the equipment through an in-kind partnership with Iowa Soccer.

“We are very fortunate to have opportunities like this, especially during this pandemic,” said Jaime Waddle, president of the Panorama Soccer Club. “Not having a spring 2020 season has hurt us financially, like everyone else. So receiving new balls, pumps, cones, bags, flags and pinnies couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Waddle says Iowa Soccer also played an integral role in the new soccer complex, with funding a $10,000 grant.

“Our club wouldn’t be at the level we are today without Iowa Soccer and their staff,” she said. “We are playing our first season at the new complex this fall.

PANORAMA WEST 2-GAL TOURNAMENT WELCOMES 60 PLAYERS

Posted 9/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


The Panorama West women’s golf league hosted a 2-gal best-shot tournament Tuesday, Aug. 11. A total of 30 teams participated, with players from Panora, Guthrie Center, Jefferson, Audubon and surrounding communities. The tournament theme was “Golf Like an Egyptian.”

The theme was carried out with attire worn by committee members, plus three husbands of committee members. A one-stroke penalty was assessed to any team hitting the camel on the fourth hole. Amy Lawton of Dallas Center won the longest drive contest, which involved hitting a marshmallow off a tee. Karen Bump won the putting contest on the practice green by putting two balls into the pyramid.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three teams in five flights. Winners of the championship flight were Carla Fitzgerald and Susan Thompson, with a two-under-par score of 25. Second place went to Karen Bump and Kylee Boettcher with a 27. Connie Hamilton and Nancy Scheffers placed third with a 29.

The tournament was followed by a luncheon at the Panorama West Clubhouse with box lunches catered by Lake Panorama National served to golfers on the clubhouse deck and in the community room.

Tournament committee members were Emily Spradling, Mary Kay O’Grady, Coop Rickert, Nancy Clawson and Julie Wykoff.

RECIPE: Mini pierogy mac ’n’ cheese skillet

Mac and cheese
My husband, publisher of this paper, has been asking me to provide a regular recipe for the Lake Panorma Times for awhile now, so I thought I would share one this issue. Fall is my second favorite season (after summer, of course!) I love watching the leaves change, enjoying a good, easy, hot meal and cozying up to an evening bonfire. Nothing beats mac and cheese with homemade muffins, fresh out of the oven. This recipe is a little different than your traditional mac and cheese and I encourage you to try it. Enjoy! — Jolene Goodman

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 box Mrs. T’s Mini 4 Cheese Medley Pierogies
2 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
1 cup broccoli florets
1 small red pepper, diced
1 small yellow squash, diced
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 ounce cream cheese, cubed
1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

Directions
In large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute pierogies until golden brown, about six minutes per side. Remove pierogies from pan.
    Add remaining olive oil to skillet. Saute white parts of scallions over medium-high heat until fragrant and translucent, about two minutes.
    Add broccoli, peppers and squash. Cook 5-8 minutes until tender but still crisp.
    Remove veggies from pan.
    In same skillet, whisk flour, salt, pepper and heavy cream. Simmer until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Add cream cheese, stirring until melted.
    Remove skillet from heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until sauce is melted and smooth. Add pierogies and veggies back to pan, gently stirring until coated.
    Top with green scallions before serving.

LPN Women’s Solheim results

Solheim
The LPN women’s Solheim tournament was held Aug. 21-22. Team Captains Sue Greiner and Lisa Grossman used the theme “The Good, The Bad, The Lucky” for the event. Team pairings were announced after the regular Thursday women’s golf league Aug. 20.

A team shootout was held Friday evening, with the winning team consisting of Kathy DeLucca, Karen Hanson, Cindy Sanger, Emily Spradling and Susan Thompson. The shootout was followed by appetizers and Blackjack card games in the conference center.

Forty players participated in the team competition Saturday, with two-person teams competing using three different formats over 18 holes — match play, alternate shot and better ball. Three points were up for grabs in each foursome, with one point for each six-hole format. When all the teams were in, the two teams were tied at 15 points each. After discussion, the team captains agreed to stick with a tie rather than a sudden-death playoff between the two captains.

Eight two-person teams chosen based on their scores from Thursday’s league play competed in a shootout after the Solheim tournament, with Danna Krambeer and Shanell Wager winning that event. Dinner followed, and the 2021 captains of Deb McDermott and Tricia Steffen were introduced.

RAIN GARDEN AT PANORAMA WEST FLOURISHES
The idea of installing a demonstration rain garden first was discussed at a Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors meeting in 2016.

Posted 9/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


It’s been more than three years since a rain garden was installed along the east side of the Panorama West clubhouse parking lot. Even though 2020 hasn’t brought a lot of rain to Lake Panorama, the native plants in the rain garden have been putting on a show this year.

Some plants bloomed their first year in the garden, but it generally takes two to three years for native plants to hit their stride. That’s because natives first establish deep root systems before substantial growth happens above ground.   

A rain garden is a perennial flower garden strategically located to capture runoff from rain that falls on parking lots, roofs, driveways and yards. The idea of installing a demonstration rain garden first was discussed at a Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors meeting in 2016.

Derek Namanny, an urban conservationist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, began working with the group that fall. He visited Lake Panorama to look for possible rain garden locations and found an existing water drain on the east side of the Panorama West parking lot that receives rainfall runoff. Namanny designed a garden that covers 500 square feet surrounding this drain.  

“Rain gardens help reduce surface runoff and protect water quality,” he said. “Runoff that travels to a rain garden is temporarily ponded, but it doesn’t stay ponded for long. Plants in the garden use the water, pollutants are filtered out, and the water percolates down through the soil rather than running off into the lake and nearby streams and rivers.”

The cost of this project was about $2,500. In December 2016, the Guthrie County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners approved an application from Friends of Lake Panorama for $1,250 in cost-share funding for the rain garden. These funds were made available through Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection program, better known as REAP.   

The Lake Panorama Association provided site preparation assistance. Excavation was done before layers of rock, sand and soil were covered with a hardwood mulch. A biodegradable erosion blanket was placed over the mulch to keep it from washing away. Holes were cut in the blanket, and the plants placed and watered by volunteers.  

In 2018, large rocks were placed around the three elevated sides of the garden to help reduce weeds and protect the garden. Smaller river rock was placed along the west side.

An informational sign installed nearby explains how rain gardens help improve water quality. The Panorama West rain garden features 170 native plants in a dozen different varieties, that bloom at various times from spring to late fall. The sign shows the names and photos of eight varieties. Details on all 12 plant varieties are available on the Friends of Lake Panorama website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Auditor Dani Fink announces campaign
ahead of November election

Danifink
Dani Fink of Panora announces her campaign for Guthrie County Auditor in the Nov. 3, 2020 election, and promises to keep the residents and taxpayers of Guthrie County as her first priority.

“I am dedicated to working for the people of Guthrie County and continuing to serve them with integrity and honesty,” said Fink. “As Guthrie County Auditor, I have streamlined our election process, updated voting equipment and made the entire process much more voter friendly. Elections are only one portion of my responsibilities as Auditor, although they are the most discussed.”

As the current Guthrie County Auditor, Fink has taken on the role as Commissioner of Elections for Guthrie County and is certified as an Iowa State Elections Administrator — a requirement she must maintain with regular continuing education provided by the Secretary of State’s office. Beyond elections, Fink is also charged with preparing and certifying tax levies, maintaining accurate financial records county-wide and managing real estate transfer records for Guthrie County.

“Elections are a large part of being County Auditor, but they are not the only important aspect of this role. Since being appointed Auditor on May 12, 2020, I have taken on the responsibility as the County budget director, Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, overseeing County payroll and accounts payable,” said Fink. “I have a proven track record and am proud to hold the title as your Guthrie County Auditor. I look forward to continuing to work for you.”

Fink has been employed with the Guthrie County Auditor’s office since April 2017 and served as the Elections Deputy until she was appointed as County Auditor by the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors in May of this year.

Fink resides in rural Guthrie County and is community-centered in her personal life, holding previous positions on the Guthrie County Hospital Board and as a Panorama Community School Booster Club officer. Fink enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as her partner, Jeremy, and their two dogs, Ella and Rip.

LPA BOARD APPROVES DOG PARK CONCEPT
Cost of dog park plan developed by  task force is $50,000.

Posted 9/8/20

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


At its Aug. 25 meeting, the Lake Panorama Association board of directors voted unanimously to allow Friends of Lake Panorama to begin raising funds for a dog park.

The idea of a dog park on LPA property has been discussed off and on for nearly a decade. In April 2019, Friends conducted a survey to gather input from LPA members on possible future projects. The Friends board met June 24, 2019, reviewed and discussed the survey results, and approved several action items.

One action item dealt with the possible development of an LPA dog park. While a dog park didn’t rank as high in the survey as other projects, there was strong support from a segment of the LPA membership. For that reason, the Friends board decided to recruit volunteers to serve on a dog park task force to study location, design, costs and rules.

By early September 2019, a seven-member task force had been assembled. Julie Tibbles served as chair. Other members were Roger and Mary Hansen, Sherri Miller, Ann Appleseth and Karen Hanson. Representing Friends on the task force was board president Jan Reinicke. Susan Thompson, Friends executive director, assisted the task force.

One part of the task force’s research included a 15-question online survey conducted in November 2019. About 100 people took the survey, with 75 people saying they and their guests would use a dog park. Another nine said they needed more information before deciding.

At its June 22, 2020, meeting, the Friends board received the dog park task force report and voted unanimously to endorse the project and advance the report to the LPA board. The Friends board also agreed to manage donations to this project.

The LPA board reviewed the dog park proposal at its July meeting and gave final approval at the August meeting. The cost of the dog park plan developed by the task force is $50,000. All funds will need to be raised with support from dog park enthusiasts and dog lovers, as LPA will only be partnering with in-kind contributions such as running a water line.

If the needed funds are raised, the dog park will be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road, near the east campground and across the road from holes 12 and 13 on the Lake Panorama National golf course.

A 6-foot-high chain link fence that is 650 feet long and 155 feet wide will encircle the park. There will be two sections, one for small dogs and one for large dogs, with chain link fence dividing the two areas. The property currently is planted to soybeans, so funds will be needed to improve the seedbed and establish turfgrass.

A single entrance will be protected by a keyless lock. Once inside this gate, users can choose a gate to either the large dog area or the small dog area. A concrete slab at the entrance will be covered with a steel roof structure.

Crushed rock will be used to create a 5-foot-wide walking path along and under the fencing to provide a weed barrier and keep dogs from digging. A small gravel parking lot will be adjacent to the park.

Amenities inside the park fence included in the $50,000 cost estimate are four benches, four stations where bags for dog waste would be available, and two domed waste receptacles. A dual station pet fountain placed in the fence line between the two sections would make it possible for dogs to access drinking water from either side.

The facility will be open to LPA members and their guests. The entry code will be available to members and guests of members by calling LPA security or the LPA office, and will be changed periodically. Signs will be posted for responsible use, with volunteers helping decide on these rules as fundraising is underway. One rule already determined is all dogs must wear a tag showing they are up to date with state-required rabies vaccinations.

Because Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity, all donations are tax deductible. Donors of at least $500 will be recognized on a sign at the dog park, plus on the Friends website.

Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donors should include a note or designate on the check funds are to be used for the dog park. More information about the dog park and other donation options are available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Playgrounds continue to be Friends’ priority project

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times  


While the LPA board of directors recently approved fundraising for a dog park, the Friends of Lake Panorama’s priority project will remain new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches until that $70,000 goal has been reached.

The Aug. 1 Beach Ball raised nearly $30,000, which was a huge boost to the playground project. There already was $25,000 in the bank received from donors since this fundraising effort began in November 2019.

The Beach Ball increased visibility of the playground project, with another $3,000 in direct donations received since that event. Another $12,000 is needed.

In late July, the Friends board of directors voted to order the play equipment for Shady Beach. Once the remaining $12,000 is raised, the Boulder Beach equipment will be ordered. The Friends board hopes to reach this goal before the end of 2020, since a price increase on the playground equipment is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021.

All donations are tax-deductible. Checks made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donors should include a note or designate on the check the funds are to be used for the playgrounds.

Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on signs erected near both playgrounds and on the Friends website. More information about the playgrounds and other ways to donate is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

New food and beverage manager at LPN
Blake Wenzel brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry to the LPN.

Blakewenzel
By Susan Thompson
Posted 9/8//2020

That new guy working at Lake Panorama National in the Links and at special events is Blake Wenzel, who joined the staff in late July as the LPN food and beverage manager. A native of Mt. Pleasant, Wenzel is a graduate of the two-year culinary arts program at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager, says he’s happy to welcome Wenzel to the LPN staff.

“Blake comes to us with a ton of industry knowledge. Combine that with his energetic personality, and I am excited to see where he can take our food and beverage department,” Shaffer says. “I look forward to working with Blake and creating a restaurant that provides consistently good food and service, where Lake Panorama property owners will want to visit again and again.”

Wenzel, who reports to Shaffer, now oversees LPN’s kitchen and restaurant operations and schedules all front-of-house employees. Brent Gaffney, LPN’s head chef since February 2019, schedules the kitchen staff. Gaffney and Kashley Sneller, who has managed the Links for the past year, will work with Wenzel to pursue opportunities for growing LPN’s business. This fall Sneller is managing Spikes. During the off-season, she will move into the restaurant as a bartender and server.

Wenzel has worked as a sous chef, chef, front-of-house manager and more at a number of well-known restaurants in central Iowa. He worked in the kitchen at the Greenbriar in Johnston before being promoted to the front-of-house manager.

“That’s where I started to really learn and enjoy the hospitality aspect of this industry,” he says.

The Trostel family, which owns the Greenbriar, opened Chips in Ankeny, with Wenzel helping get it underway. He also helped get Trostel’s Dish in West Des Moines established. Later he worked as sous chef at the popular Centro in downtown Des Moines, where he says he learned to place even greater focus on hospitality and a quality experience for diners.

In 2008, Wenzel was recruited by Bruce Gerleman to help launch the first Jethro’s BBQ near Drake University.

“That was a neat challenge, being involved in the development of what was a relatively new concept in Des Moines — a sports bar that featured barbecue,” he says. “It was fun to see that business grow into a nationally recognized brand.”

Next Wenzel spent time in Ames as a personal chef for a company called Greek House Chef. The company signed contracts with fraternities and sororities to provide three meals a day. The meal preparation was done in Greek houses that had larger kitchens, with food delivered to houses with small kitchens.

“This was both a catering operation and an opportunity to really get to know the people eating what I was cooking,” Wenzel says. “I was used to being in restaurants where you might get feedback from some diners. But now I was learning the names of my diners, their likes and dislikes, their food allergies. It gave me a whole new respect for home cooking.”

Wenzel and a partner opened a restaurant called Guru BBQ in Des Moines, which later closed. His next stop was the Range Grill & Golf in Urbandale. The facility has six golf simulators, plus a restaurant that offers a wide variety of dishes, including some featuring wild game. Wenzel helped develop a mixology bar program, creating an extensive bar menu that includes specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine and dessert.

Most recently he was at Echo Valley Country Club near Norwalk, assisting in all aspects of that operation, including special events and golf outings.

“I was drawn to this position at Lake Panorama National because there are a lot of moving parts,” Wenzel says. “There is the restaurant, golf outings for both members and non-members, special events in the banquet room, people at the pool wanting lunch. I like to be active throughout the day, and that’s certainly possible here.”

In his new position, Wenzel says he’s looking for ways to improve the experience of LPN guests.

“I tell the servers our guests chose to come here, so we need to do everything possible to make their experience the best one possible,” he says. “We need to take the blinders off and look at all aspects of the operation — see the big picture, have fun and help our guests have a good, consistent experience.”

Wenzel says there are challenges, but through his previous jobs he’s seen and dealt with many of the same challenges, so he feels prepared to do that here.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” he says. “I am passionate about my career in the hospitality industry, and the things I’m doing at the LPN are right in my wheelhouse. I like to have fun while I’m working, and I hope that will create a ripple effect.”

Wenzel met his wife Shelly on the first day of culinary school in Ottumwa and says they’ve been together ever since. They live on 10 acres they purchased between Woodward and Bouton. Shelly is the executive chef at Gilroy’s in West Des Moines. They have a 2-year-old son, Malcolm Dean.

Wenzel says LPN members have been welcoming to him.

“I really like it here. I can see there is a great group of members, and I love their friendly attitudes. The LPN has a lot of great things happening,” he says. “I hope to bring a little more professional, yet relaxed and approachable atmosphere to what’s already here.”

Current restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic make things more difficult for restaurants, yet Wenzel has adopted a positive attitude.

“Out of respect for our guests, it’s important we adhere to CDC guidelines,” he says. “We’re really part of the health care profession now, since we’re so involved in helping protect our guests’ lives.”

Wenzel says the pandemic has caused the hospitality industry to take a step back and sharpen its focus.

“This has really shone a light on every action we take,” he says. “For instance, how salt and pepper shakers should be handled. What other small details do we need to consider to make everyone’s life better?”

Wenzel offers ideas on things he hopes to implement once there are fewer CDC restrictions on how the restaurant can be arranged.

“I really like doing theme dinners, offering foods paired with either beer or wine, so we’ll be doing more of those,” he says. He also plans to find ways to “bring more energy” to the Links dining room, plus revamp the area behind the bar, reducing clutter and adding more visual interest. 

Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup results

Posted 9/8/20
The 26th annual Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup was held Aug. 14-16 at Lake Panorama National. This event has been held every year since 1995 when it was started by Gary Soreide and Jim Scherbring.

This year 76 members of LPN participated in the event. Every year two captains are appointed by the previous year’s captains. This year Dave Greiner and Teddy Hawley were the two team leaders. They drafted the two teams and established the match-ups for the competition, which took place over a three-day period.

The first day was better ball competition, the second day was a combination of best shot and alternate shot. There were 38 individual matches the last day. The winning team was led by Captain Hawley with a close score of 39.5 to 36.5.

An employee shootout was held Friday night, with the winning team being Dave Greiner and Corey Welberg. A second shootout Saturday evening featured the best 12 net and gross scores from the Friday competition. The winner of that event was Bill Douglass and Richard Duzenberry.

Captains for the next Aug. 12-14, 2021, Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup are Jim Koch and Tristan Monaghan.

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

Q.  Should I be concerned about the data that Nextdoor is collecting about me?
A.
Nextdoor is a social networking service for neighborhoods that was founded in 2008 by Nirav Tolia, Sarah Leary, Prakash Janakiraman and David Wiesen and is based in San Francisco. The short answer to your question is yes, you should be concerned about data that any company is collecting about you, and that includes Nextdoor. The long answer is in Nextdoor’s privacy policy, which can be found at https://legal.nextdoor.com/us-privacy-policy-2020. The 6,533-word document defines how and why the company uses your information, who they share it with, and your legal rights. Nextdoor admits to automatically collecting technical information from your browser, your computer or your mobile device including device data, log data and cookie data when you visit or use Nextdoor or read a message from them. As always, proceed with caution when providing personal data to any company for any reason and know that, at least for now, most everything you view or post is being tracked, used or sold in some way.

Q. I was told I cannot put a Vote for Trump election sign on my lake property. Why not?
A.
According to the Lake Panorama Association Rules and Regulations, yard signs are prohibited with a few exceptions including property for sale signs, temporary open house signs, temporary garage sale or auction signs, dock identification signage, and personal signage that identifies the owners and/or name of a property that is not larger than 10 square feet in area and that is wholly located within the survey lot boundaries of the property. No other advertising signs shall be displayed on any numbered lot, LPA property, parks or roadways in the project area without written permission of the Association. LPA security may pull any signs that are prohibited, including election or campaign signs.

Q. Are there any restrictions at the lake on burning leaves?’
A:
This question was addressed in a recent Lake Panorama Prompt email, which stated that burning is not allowed on the streets, in roadside ditches or in drainages. Burning may be done only within the actual lot pins of a resident’s property, and only items that grow on a lot can be burned. No construction debris, trash, garbage or other materials are to be burned on one’s property.

Get a flu shot and give 12 meals to food pantry

This year more than ever, it is important to get your annual flu shot. The flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself and those around you from the flu. Not only will it protect you, but it will help reduce trips to the doctor’s office and hospitals, which will be important this year to help conserve valuable healthcare resources.

Timing of your flu shot does matter. It is important to get the flu shot at the right time to make sure it lasts the entire season. Just recently the CDC reiterated that it is important to get a flu shot by the end of October and receiving one prior to September may be too early, as vaccine immunity may wane before the season is over.

When you choose Medicap Pharmacy as your flu shot destination, you are helping those in need right in your own community. Through the partnership with the Food Bank of Iowa, Medicap Pharmacy will donate 12 meals to the local food pantry for every flu shot given at participating Medicap Pharmacy locations from Sept. 23 through Nov. 23, 2020.

Medicap Pharmacy is located at 615 E. Main St. in Panora.

PANORA CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT SEPT. 27

The Panora Chamber will hold its annual golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 27, at Lake Panorama National. All proceeds will help support Panorama Days 2021. The tournament is a four-person best ball with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $65 for those who are not LPN members, and $35 for LPN members. Costs cover green fees, golf cart, dinner and prizes. There still is room to enter a team or sponsor a hole. To participate, contact Dave Grove at 757-9956 or Kristen Crouthamel at 757-2737.

Art in the Village Square set for Oct. 3

Enjoy music and art from local talent on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Panora City Square during Art in the Village Square Fall Festival. Bring a lawn chair and hang around to enjoy the festivities. In case of rain, the festival will be held in the Veteran’s Auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Guthrie County Arts Council. For more information, visit guthriecountyartscouncil.org.

CHARITABLE GROUP CHOOSES TO HELP FOOD PANTRY
Each of the 150 members will write a check for $100 for a total charitable gift of $15,000.

By Barry Monaghan

Ten Squared Plus Men for Guthrie County met Aug. 18 at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. Due to the influence of COVID related issues, the crowd was small, but the enthusiasm and quality of presentations still was evident.

David Van Ahn presented for the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Chaplains group, Dan Wilhelmi presented for the Bagley Library, and Frank Teale presented for the Guthrie County Food Pantry. Following the presentations, a vote was taken and the winner was the Guthrie County Food Pantry.

Each of the 150 members will write a check for $100 to the Food Pantry for a total charitable gift of $15,000. Since the organization began in 2016, 13 Guthrie County entities have been chosen for a total contribution so far of $178,750.

Ten Squared Plus Men for Guthrie County would like to send a special thank you to Guthrie County State Bank for purchasing refreshments and to the LPN Conference Center for opening the facility and allowing its use without charge.

The organization will meet for the final time in 2020 sometime in late November or early December.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

July 28, 2020
LPN Conference Center
The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met July 28, 2020, at 5 p.m. at the LPN Conference Center. Board members in attendance were Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher, and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Lane Rumelhart and John Rutledge.
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.

Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda
Rutledge announced changes to the agenda. Agenda item 4c was withdrawn and agenda item 4i was added. Agenda item 4i was the sale of LPA lot 1124, which was recommended by the Land Sales committee prior to the meeting.
Spradling moved to approve the revised agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum.

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda

Schumacher moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 06.30.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 06.30.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting
e) Accept minutes of the 07.13.2020 Building Code Committee meeting
f) Accept minutes from 06.22.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting

Agenda Item 4a – Variance Request: Terry & Kersten Gebard, Lot 582/3755, side lot setback for storage shed as recommended by Building Codes committee
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Terry Gebard (lot 582/3755) at 4822 Castle Point presented plans to the committee asking for a variance to build a storage shed within 8 feet of the side-lot line. Terry also requested a variance for a roofed walkway to extend off the side of his proposed shed. After discussion, the committee decided that the side-lot request was fine, as LPA is the adjacent lot owner and is OK with the placement. The committee decided no roof should be allowed to be built, as a roof would deem the area underneath as part of the structure, therefore exceeding the square footage requirements. Schumacher made a motion to allow the shed to be built up to 8 feet closer to the side-lot line, (with no roof to be built). Motion seconded by Gary Evans and carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to approve an eight-foot side lot setback variance for construction of storage shed for lots 582/3755, Terry & Kersten Gebard. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4b – Sale of lot 2367
The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lot 2367 for $12,500. The committee collectively decided to counter. An agreement was reached for $18,000.
Schumacher moved to accept the offer of $18,000 to sell lot 2367 to Greg & June Anderson, Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4c – Sale of lot 3079 - Withdrawn

Agenda Item 4d – Sale of lot 6503

The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lot 6503 for $12,500 and recommended offer be accepted.
Spradling moved to accept the offer of $12,500 to sell lot 6503 to Lawrence Smith, Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4e – Rule / Building Code changes regarding solar and wind power
This has been an issue of focus for the committee since LPA received a request for freestanding solar power in early 2020. The proposed rules are listed below addition of 2905 Alternative Energy Sources (Solar and Wind)
The entirety of this change is the ADDITION of new language. No existing language is being deleted or modified.
2905 Alternative Energy Sources (Solar and Wind)
2905.1 Solar Energy A Solar Energy Device shall be defined as a system, or series of mechanisms, designed to provide heating or cooling or to produce electrical or mechanical power by collecting and transferring solar generated energy. This definition includes, but is not limited to, a mechanical or chemical device that has the ability to store solar-generated energy for use in heating or cooling or in production of power.
2905.11 A Solar Energy Device may only be installed with advanced written approval by Lake Panorama Association’s Building Code Supervisor. All structures must abide by the following guidelines:
2905.111 Member must present to-scale drawings of the installed system.
2905.112 Photos of the roof-mounted system.
2905.113 Materials, photos, manufacturer’s description of the system.
2905.114 All piping, conduit, wiring, etc. will be concealed where possible and placed inconspicuously as possible when viewed from all angles.
2905.115 No ground or wall mounted systems allowed.
2905.116 Roof mounted systems must use panels that are parallel to the roof.
2905.117 Panels must not be visible from the lake unless they are of an architectural design whereas they do not appear as solar panels (example: solar shingles).
2905.118 System must be commercially produced/manufactured.
2905.119 Components of the systems must be integrated into the design of the home.
2905.120 System shall not extend beyond the ridgeline, eaves or gutter line of the roof installed upon.
2905.121 Installation must be a permanent, non-rotating or non-motorized system.
2905.122 All systems installed prior to June 30, 2020, pre-date the implementation of this rule and shall be allowed to remain in-place. Replacement of these systems shall be subject to the above rules and regulations.
2905.2 Wind Energy A Wind Energy Device shall be defined as a system, or series of mechanisms, designed to provide heating or cooling or to produce electrical or mechanical power by collecting and transferring wind generated energy. This definition includes, but is not limited to, a mechanical or chemical device that has the ability to store wind-generated energy for use in heating or cooling or in production of power.
2905.21 Wind Energy Devices are prohibited at Lake Panorama.
Evans moved to adopt new building code sections 2905.1 (solar) and 2905.2 (wind). Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4f – Rule/Building Code changes regarding deck size on storage sheds
There have been some storage sheds on undeveloped lots with extensive decking systems surrounding the storage sheds. LPA building codes is recommending the attached rule additions to address this. (LPA is also notifying these members that overnight occupancy is prohibited in storage sheds.)
The entirety of this change is the ADDITION of new language. No existing language is being deleted or modified
2840 Storage Building Permit and Requirements
2840.11 Decks added on to storage sheds must not exceed the square footage of the shed itself.
2840.12 Square footage of a shed is to be measured by the foundation.
2840.13 The overhang of the roof must not exceed 24 inches; no deck shall be covered by a roof.
2840.14 Permanent skirting is required on the entirety of any deck that has, at any given point, more than 24 inches of distance between the top of the deck and the top of grade. Skirting must be of a fixed nature and materials must be consistent in appearance with the deck.
2840.141 Approval of skirting material shall be confirmed by LPA prior to installation. LPA has sole discretion to approve materials used for deck skirting.
Spradling moved to adopt new building code sections 2840 regarding storage building permit and requirements, including 2840.11, 2840.12, 2840.13, 2840.14 and 2840.141. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4g – Rule/Building Code changes regarding roof pitch for minor components/percentages of roof.
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Lane Rumelhart presented an idea to the committee to allow LPA management to approve roof pitches less than 6:12 if the area of the roof is less than 10 percent of the total roof structure. The committee agreed that roof pitch variance requests of this nature should not need a variance request and could be approved by LPA building codes supervisor. Westercamp made a motion to allow the LPA Building Code Supervisor to approve roof pitches with less than 10 percent of the total roof area not meeting the 6:12 roof pitch guideline. Motion seconded by Schumacher and carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to approve a motion clarifying the LPA building codes administrator may consider a roof as being compliant with LPA’s roof pitch requirements, provided 90% or more of the roof meets the 6:12 roof pitch requirement. It is the intent of the board to avoid variances for minor components of the roof, such as transitional sections, eyebrows, crickets and dormers, which comprise 10% of the roof, or less. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4h – Approve deer hunting regulations for 2020-21 deer season  
One substantive change is proposed for the 2020–2021 hunting program. The number of guests a member may register will be limited to three. This is different from allowing registering unlimited guests as has been done the past couple of years.
Spradling moved to approve the 2020-21 Deer Hunting Program, to include the change to limit number of guests a member may register to three, all other rules remain the same as the 2019-20 Season. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4i – Sale of lot 1124
The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lot 1124 for $12,500. The committee collectively decided to counter at $15,000, Buyer accepted the counteroffer of $15,000.
Donovan moved to accept the offer of $15,000 to sell lot 1124 to Adam Hackfort. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 5 – Old Business
Rutledge informed the board Neil Wright has resigned from the LPA Board of Directors citing health considerations. Wright conveyed his regrets for not being able to finish his term and thanked the LPA board and staff for their support.
Rutledge noted an appointment can be made by the board and will serve until the next election.
Donovan moved to regretfully accept Wright’s resignation and appoint Larry Babcock to serve until the next director election. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 6:09 p.m. to discuss legal matters. The board exited closed session at 6:57 p.m.

Agenda Item 7a – Dog Park
Friends of Lake Panorama submitted plans for a dog park, to be funded 100 percent by fundraising efforts. Proposed location is along East RV Road by the East Campground. Several questions were raised by the Board regarding who would maintain and police the dog park. After a short discussion which raised several questions, it was decided to ask representatives of Friends to come to the next board meeting to answer questions and provide more details.

Finneseth moved to table the Dog Park discussion until the next meeting. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m. 
 

A Q&A with LPA General Manager John Rutledge
LPA WATER RATE INCREASE IN OCTOBER BILL

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 9/8//2020

The quarterly rate for Lake Panorama Association water customers will increase with the bills they receive in early October. In this month’s Q&A, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, talks about the reason for the increase, plus improvements being made to the LPA water system.

Q. Let’s start with a review of the history of the water plant upgrades that necessitate this rate increase.
A.
For several years, LPA has been exploring long-term options that would allow the association to discontinue reliance on two Dakota Aquifer wells. These wells have served LPA since the 1990s but have been temperamental in recent years. LPA determined the Dakota wells did not represent a reliable source of water for the association’s future.
In 2017, a three-month reverse osmosis pilot study was conducted at the water plant. The results showed good finished water quality would be possible using only Jordan water treated by reverse osmosis. LPA began pursuing a project that includes adding a second Jordan well, along with a reverse osmosis treatment system and concentrate discharge line.
Total cost for the entire project is $4.7 million. Funding for the project is through the State Revolving Loan Fund for drinking water improvements, at a fixed rate of 2 percent interest for 20 years.

Q. When was the decision on this rate increase made?
A.
At the LPA board of directors’ meeting Nov. 26, 2019, the board voted unanimously to increase the minimum charge for water rates from $90 per quarter to $160 per quarter for all residential and commercial members. The increase will take effect with the Oct. 1, 2020, water billing. Money generated from the increase will be used to make the State Revolving Loan Fund payments, and will not be used for operational expenses.
No other changes in LPA’s rate structure are being made at this time. The LPA rate structure is subject to periodic adjustment by the LPA board of directors, and LPA does reserve the right to increase or decrease rates as needed to support the operation of LPA’s potable water plant and associated distribution system.

Q. When the work is complete, what improvements will LPA water customers notice?
A.
Water quality will be substantially increased with our new system. Brown and black discoloration caused by iron and manganese will no longer be a concern. And LPA’s traditionally “hard water” will be greatly improved.
Water hardness can be described as either parts per million or grains per gallon. LPA water currently has a hardness of 615 parts per million or 36 grains per gallon. The new system is designed to produce water that is 120 parts per million or 7 grains per gallon. This will be consistent with what many municipalities in the Des Moines metro provide to their customers.
Once the new system is in operation, members who have in-home water softeners should have them recalibrated. Recalibration is not an urgent requirement for homeowners but will help them enjoy the cost savings of reduced salt usage. An increased lifespan of water softeners and other appliances is another expected benefit of this system upgrade.

Q. What’s the timetable for the water plant improvements to be complete?
A.
LPA is pleased to report all phases of the project are on schedule and progressing as planned. The contractor is experiencing some modestly increased lead-time on pipe orders, but this should only add a few weeks to the job. We hope to be on the new system in late 2020, with some of the disconnection and deconstruction lingering into early 2021. Further information will be provided to water customers when transition to the new system occurs.

Calendar of Events

Event dates and times are subject to change.
Contact hosts for updated details.


Friday, Sept. 11
Varsity Football: Panorama vs. Van Meter

7 p.m.
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Sept. 14
Panora City Council Meeting

6:30 p.m.
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Sept. 14
School Board Meeting

6:30 p.m.
Board Room
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Sept. 15
Girls HS Swim

6:30 p.m.
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday,  Sept. 17
Cross Country: JV/Varsity Invitational

5 p.m.
www.panoramaschools.org

Sunday, Sept. 20
PIRATE OPEN - ENTER IF YE DARR!

11 a.m. -  4 p.m.
5071 Clover Ridge Road
Start: 11 a.m. Shotgun
Format: 4-Person Best Shot
Cost: Entry includes golf, cart, flag events, contests and prizes.
LPN Golf Members - $140/team
Non LPN Golf Members - $260/team
For more information or to register contact the LPN Pro Shop at 641-755-2024.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Thursday, Sept. 24
Girls HS Swim

6:30 p.m.
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Sept. 25
No school


Sunday, Sept. 27
Panora Chamber Golf Tournament

Lake Panorama National
Four-person best shot
1 p.m. shotgun start
$35 for LPN members; $65 for non-LPN members
All proceeds support Panorama Days 2021
Contact Dave Grove at 757-9956 or Kristen Crouthamel at 757-2737.

Monday, Sept. 28
Panora City Council Meeting

6:30 p.m.
www.cityofpanora.com

Tuesday, Sept. 29
LPA Board Meeting

5 p.m. Lake Panorama National Conference Center
www.lakepanorama.org

Friday, Oct. 2
Varsity Football: Panorama vs. ACGC

7 p.m.
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 3
Art in the Village Square Fall Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Panora City Square
Local artists and musicians. Bring a lawn chair and stay awhile. In case of rain, festival will be held in the Veteran’s Auditorium.
www.guthriecountyartscouncil.org

Friday, Oct. 9
Panorama vs. Kuemper Catholic

7 p.m.
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Oct. 12
School Board Meeting

6:30 p.m.
Board Room
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
Varsity Volleyball: Panorama vs. Woodward Granger

7 p.m.
Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Sunday, Oct. 18
CHILI DIPPER OPEN

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
5071 Clover Ridge Road
Start: 11 a.m. Shotgun
Format: 2-Person Best Shot
Cost: Entry includes golf, cart, prizes and Chef Brent’s Chili.
LPN Golf Members - $60/team
Non LPN Golf Members - $120/team
For more information or to register contact the LPN Pro Shop at 641-755-2024.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Friday, Oct. 30
Panora Beggars Night

6-8 p.m.
www.cityofpanora.com

Area Church Guide

Bagley
Bagley United Methodist Church
401 Main St., Bagley
www.umc.org
641-439-2458

Bayard
Bayard United Methodist Church
500 Third St., Bayard
www.umc.org
712-651-2307

St. Patrick Catholic Church
124 Prairie St., Bayard
www.guthriecounty catholicchurches.org
641-747-3843

Casey
Saint John’s Lutheran Church
104 E. First St., Casey
www.idwlcms.org
641-746-2734

United Methodist Church
100 E. Second St., Casey
www.umc.org
641-746-2210

Guthrie Center
First Christian Church
105 N. Fourth St., Guthrie Center
www.christianchurchgc.com
641-332-2571

First United Methodist Church
405 Prairie St., Guthrie Center
www.gcumcia.org
641-332-2408

First Presbyterian Church
701 State St., Guthrie Center
641-332-2425

Guthrie Center First Baptist Church
113 N. Fifth St., Guthrie Center
www.guthriecenterbaptist.com
641-747-8198

Guthrie Center Seventh Day Adventist Church
1305 North St., Guthrie Center
www.guthriecentersda.com
641-322-2778

Immanuel Lutheran Church
713 N. 12th St., Guthrie Center
www.immanuelgc.org
641-332-2918

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
1300 Grand St., Guthrie Center
www.jw.org
515-747-8524

Open Bible Church
606 Prairie St., Guthrie Center
515-747-3961

Saint Mary Catholic Church
603 Main St., Guthrie Center
www.guthriecountycatholicchurches.org
641-747-3843

Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1305 North St., Guthrie Center
www.adventistdirectory.org
641-332-2761

United Methodist Church
405 Prairie St., Guthrie Center
www.umc.org
641-332-2408

Wesleyan Church
101 S. 7th St., Guthrie Center
641-747-3844

Menlo
Methodist Episcopal Church
402 Sevnth St., Menlo

Primitive Church
504 Third St., Menlo

Panora
Calvary Chapel of the Raccoon River Valley
604 E. Main St., Panora
https://calvaryraccoon.com
641-755-4268

Church of the Brethren
2946 200th Road, Panora
641-755-3800

Faith Bible Church
2096 Highway 4, Panora
www.fbcpanora.com
641-755-3034

First Christian Church
102 E. Church St., Panora
www.panorafcc.org
641-755-2227

Fountain Of Life Church
2322 Wagon Road, Panora
www.FOLCPanora.com
641-755-2322

Lighthouse Assembly of God Church
400 S.E. Third St., Panora
www.panoralighthouseassemblyofgod.com
641-755-3060

Panora Community Church
2322 Wagon Road, Panora
641-755-2322

Saint Thomas Lutheran Church
2100 N. Highway 4, Panora
641-755-2051

St. Cecilia Catholic Church
220 N. First St., Panora
www.guthriecountycatholicchurches.org
641-747-3843

United Methodist Church
119 W. Main St., Panora
https://panoraumc.org
641-755-2655

Stuart
All Saints Catholic Church
216 All Saints Drive, Stuart
https://stuartallsaints.org
515-523-1943

Fairview Congregational Christian Church
1706 Stuart Road
515-523-1493

First Congregational Church
224 N. Division St., Stuart
www.stuartfccbible.org
515-523-1570

Jefferson Center Chapel
1298 130th St., Stuart
641-524-5358

New Beginnings Open Bible Church
207 S.W. Seventh St., Stuart
http://stuartnbchurch.org
641-757-0192

Stuart Friends Church
723 N. Fremont St.
515-523-1541

Stuart-Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
219 N.W. Second St.
http://umcstuartia.org
515-523-1078

Yale
Jamaica Union Church
219 Main St., Yale
515-439-2458

Panorama Wildlife

Posted 9/8/20
We thank Lake Panorama resident Christopher Duree for his photos of Panorama hummingbirds.

Have wildlife photos to share? Send to shane@dmcityview.com and look for them in this publication.

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 8/11/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Lake Dogs
Jack and Jill
21 months
Cockapoos
Owners: Wade & Lea Sundeen

Jack and Jill are half-brother-and-sister, with Jack being the “brother from another mother.” Ironically, they were born on the same day, and they rule the roost. They love playing fetch all day long with their favorite ball.  And they love boating, swimming, kayaking, riding on the hydra-bike, and of course, jet-skiing.

Cove Cat
Vonzell, aka Miss V

15 years
Owners: Diane and Duane Apling

Vonzell was rescued as a kitten from a barn in Virginia and has grown into the princess she always knew she was meant to be. She likes watching the wildlife outside her window, stretching out in the sunshine and naps. Her pet peeves are car rides to the vet and not getting enough attention from her “staff,” Diane and Duane Apling.

Panora Pets is a non-profit rescue consisting of several volunteers like Tim Randall and George Jones, providing shelter and services for cats in need in the Panora area. Stop in and visit the beautiful kitties and hopefully take one home. Through contributions from the community and beyond, P.E.T.S maintains its dedication to animals in need. 

LAKE PANORAMA AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES ASSESSING STORM DAMAGE 

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Severe thunderstorms brought strong winds and heavy rain to Lake Panorama mid-morning on Monday, August 10. Extensive tree damage occurred throughout the Lake Panorama community, including on the two golf courses

By afternoon, volunteers were being recruited to help clear downed branches and leaves first from the tees and greens at both Lake Panorama National and Panorama West, then from fairways. LPA and LPN staff were using chain saws to clear and remove downed trees from the golf courses and other LPA property.

Some boats were overturned in their lifts. People commenting on Nextdoor Lake Panorama asked for help finding missing dock chairs, kayaks and paddles, a firepit, and swim platforms.

Straight-line winds were reported in the 60 to 80 mph range. The LPA issued a statement Monday afternoon saying storm damage was still being assessed, and the office was receiving a large number of calls.

LPA's brush dumps are normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but now will be open until further notice to accommodate storm clean-up. Brush dumps remain limited to limbs and trees of 12" diameter, or less. Anything over 12" in diameter is prohibited. No root balls.

LPA crews will not be engaging in the removal of trees from private property. Private property owners should contact a tree service and also consider talking with their insurance agent about any coverage that might assist them with these expenses. Members are asked not to place trees and limbs on the side of the roadway, as LPA does not have plans to clean up trees stacked alongside the road.

Anyone with substantial damage to their home may contact Guthrie County Emergency Management at (641) 431-0468. Substantial damage is generally described as a condition that would prevent you from staying in that home overnight.
 
Treedamage
Straight-line winds Monday morning damaged these two trees in the exact same fashion. The trees are north of the entrance to Boulder Cove Colony.  

Live music on the lake
Residents offer thanks and praise after each free musical event, saying they found the music relaxing and enjoyable. 

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Using music to combat stress and improve health is well-documented. We’re living in frenzied times, with COVID-19 taking top billing for the stress we feel in our daily lives. This summer, several Lake Panorama residents have shared their love of music with the greater community and gained rave reviews in the process.

Will and Sarabeth Anderson live on Lake Panorama’s east side, in the Narrows.

“We have known Rich Webster for 25 years and known his daughter her entire life,” Sarabeth says. “Rich has been inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with a band called ‘Dogs on Skis’ and the other time as an individual.”

Sarabeth says during the spring while almost everyone was staying in their own homes, Rich and Stella started to do Saturday night live performances on social media.

“Watching them on Facebook made us feel a little bit normal in a crazy time,” she says. “Once the weather warmed up, Will and I thought it would be fun to have the Facebook live concert from the lake.”

They scheduled the first performance June 13, with a second one July 3.

“We were hoping to have a few neighbors and four or five boats out in the water,” Sarabeth says. “On the 13th, there were 24 boats and about 50 people in our yard and spread out in the neighbors’ yards. The second time there were the same number of people in the yards and 31 boats.”

For the two local performances, Rich and Stella were joined by Sarabeth and her son Isaac as featured singers, her brother Zach on drums and guitar, and bass player Risto Rautiainen from Omaha.

“Everyone had such a great time July 3 that Ron Eike asked us to perform at his house the next night. We spread the word via texts, and there were boats gathering and anchoring to listen before the fireworks,” says Sarabeth.

As a result of these two waterfront performances, the group “Rich and the Riff Raff” was officially formed and is available for gigs. They are planning another “float in” performance at the Anderson property at 4183 Panorama Drive on Saturday, Aug. 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Another couple that offered free music on the shores of Lake Panorama is Jamie and Ellen Pollard.

“We have always thought it would be a neat idea to have a musician play off of our dock in Jones Cove, because it just felt like a great setting to do it,” says Jamie. “With COVID this summer, it also motivated us to do something for the community, because of what we all have been dealing with over the past several months.”

The Pollards named their July 18 event Panaroo 2020 after Bonnaroo, an annual music and arts festival in Tennessee.

“We thought that had a nice ring to it,” Jamie says. “We also hoped things would go well so we could make it an annual event. Having it named seemed like a fun idea.”

The couple chose Brian Congdon for their free music event.

“He is someone we had hired for previous parties we hosted at our home in Ames,” says Jamie, who is director of athletics at Iowa State University. “People seem to really enjoy his wide array of music, and he was really excited to do it.”

The weather cooperated, and a great crowd formed for the two-hour performance.

“We stopped counting when we got to 50 boats,” Pollard says.” We are guessing there were 50 to 75 boats in the cove, which is really neat. I am glad so many people were able to enjoy the evening.”

The Pollards plan to make Panaroo an annual event and say they already are thinking of ways to make it better next year.

On July 31, Jim and Dee Tometich hosted a musical event in Helen’s Cove. Little Joe McCarthy from Omaha, who was set to perform at the Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball the following night, played for a couple of hours from the Tometich’s home on Helen’s Cove.

The event was part of a weekend celebration of Dee’s birthday. A number of boats rafted together in front of the Tometich home, with other boats anchoring a bit further away. A couple of kayaks floated through, as did some other boats throughout the evening. Neighbors in Helen’s Cove enjoyed the concert from their yards and decks.

The Lake Panorama Association policy is that music needs to end by 11 p.m. The LPA requests that musical events start to wrap up around 10:30 p.m. to ensure activities conclude by 11 p.m.

The Port receives a few exemptions to this rule each year, which they request in advance and must receive board approval. The volume still has to go down at 11 p.m. but not completely off.

Posts on social media have offered thanks and praise after each free musical event, saying they found the music relaxing and enjoyable. If there is a positive to be found in COVID-19, perhaps it is this new trend of Lake Panorama residents sharing their love of music with other music lovers.

ON THE LAKE
Beach Ball, upcoming church guide and free help wanted ads

Shane column photo
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 8/11/2020

I attended my first Lake Panorama Beach Ball on Aug. 1, and I was immensely impressed. A bit of much-needed rain didn’t dampen anyone spirits, and the showers were short-lived anyway. Wonderful people, live music, tasty food and drinks, meaningful conversations, incredible auction items and a great cause. What more could you ask for? My thanks to the amazing Susan Thompson for spearheading this event and to the entire board and the members of Friends of Lake Panorama for their commitment in making this an even better place to be. And thank you to all of you who put up with this newcomer and my interruptions to take your photos. If you didn’t attend this year, be sure to get this event on your calendar for next year. Look here for details.

Church directory
Starting next month, you will notice another new addition to the Lake Panorama Times, as we are gathering local church service information from a variety of sources and compiling it into an area church directory. Have news or information from your church that you want to share with readers of Lake Panorama Times? Send those to me as well.

Help wanted ads
I mentioned last month that we were adding free classified listings to the paper, and several of you sent in items to sell. Continue to send those, and we will get them posted in print and online at www.lakepanoramatimes.com. Please note that we will run help wanted ads in our classifieds at no charge as well. Have a job opening at your business, club or organization? Send us the copy, and we will help you fill the position. Submit classifieds online at www.lakepanoramatimes.com. Garage sales, too.

Photos
You have often heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the publishing industry, that certainly holds true. One of the editorial goals I had when I first purchased this newspaper was to add more photos of people at the lake. We started that this month with photos from the Beach Ball and from a Panora chamber business-after-hours event. If you have photos from an event that you are involved with, please send those to me at shane@dmcityview.com, and I would be glad to share them. Remember to include names of the people in the photos. Or if it works for one of us to attend and take photos, we will certainly do that, too.

Live music
One of the many pleasant surprises I have experienced on the lake is the addition of live music. From concerts on the docks of residents to the bands on The Port’s tiki bar, live music has been a wonderful addition to the relaxing scene at Lake Panorama. I hope you enjoy these sounds, too. Look for a story on local live music in this issue.

Decks, docks and flip-flops
And finally, a few of you detail-oriented readers may have noticed my new column photo. I was told by more than one of you that the suit, tie and dark-rimmed glasses had to go if I were to be the publisher of a lake publication. And you were right. It’s decks, docks and flip-flops from here on — at least until October.
Take it easy, and thanks for reading.

Live music on the lake
Residents offer thanks and praise after each free musical event, saying they found the music relaxing and enjoyable. 

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Using music to combat stress and improve health is well-documented. We’re living in frenzied times, with COVID-19 taking top billing for the stress we feel in our daily lives. This summer, several Lake Panorama residents have shared their love of music with the greater community and gained rave reviews in the process.

Will and Sarabeth Anderson live on Lake Panorama’s east side, in the Narrows.

“We have known Rich Webster for 25 years and known his daughter her entire life,” Sarabeth says. “Rich has been inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with a band called ‘Dogs on Skis’ and the other time as an individual.”

Sarabeth says during the spring while almost everyone was staying in their own homes, Rich and Stella started to do Saturday night live performances on social media.

“Watching them on Facebook made us feel a little bit normal in a crazy time,” she says. “Once the weather warmed up, Will and I thought it would be fun to have the Facebook live concert from the lake.”

They scheduled the first performance June 13, with a second one July 3.

“We were hoping to have a few neighbors and four or five boats out in the water,” Sarabeth says. “On the 13th, there were 24 boats and about 50 people in our yard and spread out in the neighbors’ yards. The second time there were the same number of people in the yards and 31 boats.”

For the two local performances, Rich and Stella were joined by Sarabeth and her son Isaac as featured singers, her brother Zach on drums and guitar, and bass player Risto Rautiainen from Omaha.

“Everyone had such a great time July 3 that Ron Eike asked us to perform at his house the next night. We spread the word via texts, and there were boats gathering and anchoring to listen before the fireworks,” says Sarabeth.

As a result of these two waterfront performances, the group “Rich and the Riff Raff” was officially formed and is available for gigs. They are planning another “float in” performance at the Anderson property at 4183 Panorama Drive on Saturday, Aug. 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Another couple that offered free music on the shores of Lake Panorama is Jamie and Ellen Pollard.

“We have always thought it would be a neat idea to have a musician play off of our dock in Jones Cove, because it just felt like a great setting to do it,” says Jamie. “With COVID this summer, it also motivated us to do something for the community, because of what we all have been dealing with over the past several months.”

The Pollards named their July 18 event Panaroo 2020 after Bonnaroo, an annual music and arts festival in Tennessee.

“We thought that had a nice ring to it,” Jamie says. “We also hoped things would go well so we could make it an annual event. Having it named seemed like a fun idea.”

The couple chose Brian Congdon for their free music event.

“He is someone we had hired for previous parties we hosted at our home in Ames,” says Jamie, who is director of athletics at Iowa State University. “People seem to really enjoy his wide array of music, and he was really excited to do it.”

The weather cooperated, and a great crowd formed for the two-hour performance.

“We stopped counting when we got to 50 boats,” Pollard says.” We are guessing there were 50 to 75 boats in the cove, which is really neat. I am glad so many people were able to enjoy the evening.”

The Pollards plan to make Panaroo an annual event and say they already are thinking of ways to make it better next year.

On July 31, Jim and Dee Tometich hosted a musical event in Helen’s Cove. Little Joe McCarthy from Omaha, who was set to perform at the Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball the following night, played for a couple of hours from the Tometich’s home on Helen’s Cove.

The event was part of a weekend celebration of Dee’s birthday. A number of boats rafted together in front of the Tometich home, with other boats anchoring a bit further away. A couple of kayaks floated through, as did some other boats throughout the evening. Neighbors in Helen’s Cove enjoyed the concert from their yards and decks.

The Lake Panorama Association policy is that music needs to end by 11 p.m. The LPA requests that musical events start to wrap up around 10:30 p.m. to ensure activities conclude by 11 p.m.

The Port receives a few exemptions to this rule each year, which they request in advance and must receive board approval. The volume still has to go down at 11 p.m. but not completely off.

Posts on social media have offered thanks and praise after each free musical event, saying they found the music relaxing and enjoyable. If there is a positive to be found in COVID-19, perhaps it is this new trend of Lake Panorama residents sharing their love of music with other music lovers.

2020 Beach Ball raises $30,000 for playgrounds
Silent and live auctions bring in more than $15,000.  

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

An estimated 200 people attended the Friends of Lake Panorama 2020 Beach Ball on Aug. 1 at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. After expenses, the event showed a profit of $30,000.

Friends has a goal of raising $70,000 to provide new playground equipment at both Shady and Boulder beaches. Add the Beach Ball’s $30,000 profit to about $25,000 in direct donations received over the last few months, and just $15,000 remains to reach the playground project goal.

To ease concerns about COVID-19, both outdoor and indoor spaces were used for the Beach Ball. Outside tables were under a series of tents located on the grass between the conference center and the golf course. Despite a 20-minute rain shower, those outside stayed dry while enjoying their meal and live music by Little Joe McCarthy, a singer and songwriter who lives in Omaha.

The event raised money for the playground project through 30 table sponsorships of $125 each, which went directly to the project, plus half of each $40 event ticket. Friends also received a portion of drink ticket sales and all dessert ticket sales.

Seventy items were donated for a silent auction, which raised $5,440. The live auction raised $9,665. Tickets purchased in the 50/50 raffle totaled $1,935. No one responded to the first ticket drawn. The second ticket pulled belonged to Jan Reinicke, Friends of Lake Panorama president, who graciously donated her half of the money pot back to Friends.

Direct donations came from eight couples or individuals who donated $500 or more as part of the event’s “add your name” challenge.

Fundraising will continue until the $70,000 goal for the playgrounds is reached. Donations are accepted at any time and can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Checks should be made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama.

All donations are tax-deductible. Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on signs erected near both playgrounds and on the donor page of the Friends website. More information about the playgrounds and other donation options is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

PLAY EQUIPMENT ORDERED FOR SHADY BEACH
In late July, the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors voted to order the play equipment planned for Shady Beach. The board determined direct donations, plus expected proceeds from the 2020 Beach Ball, would be enough to cover the cost of one playground. The board voted to begin with Shady Beach, because the current equipment there is the oldest and in need of complete replacement.

At Shady Beach, the existing swings and teeter-totter will be removed to make way for a multi-faceted play set, three swings and a freestanding “spring rider” designed to accommodate a physically challenged child. The spring rider has space for two children. It is hoped the play equipment can be delivered and installed in October of this year.

Once another $15,000 is raised, the equipment for Boulder Beach will be ordered.

At Boulder, the gray mountain and play set currently there will remain. The spring horses and tire swing will be removed. The same freestanding spring rider ordered for Shady Beach will be added. A new playground nearby will include a play set with features geared to both older and younger kids, plus three swings.

Erickson announces run for Guthrie County Auditor

Hanserickson
Posted 8/11/2020
Hans Erickson announces his campaign for Guthrie County Auditor, seeking to protect the integrity and transparency of elections in Guthrie County.

“I’m committed to the integrity and transparency of our elections. That means providing access to all eligible voters in Guthrie County and making the voting process easy and secure,” said Erickson. “I look forward to meeting with voters across our county and discussing this important office and how we can work together to move Guthrie County forward.”

Erickson, a graduate of Drake University and Drake University’s College of Business and Public Administration, says Guthrie County can be a model for productivity and ingenuity in government.

In addition to his career in financial services, Erickson previously served on the Iowa Senate research staff and as an intern in the Iowa Governor’s Office. He has also been politically active as a candidate or the Iowa Legislature and staff member for Senate and Congressional campaigns.

Erickson lives in Panora and has called Guthrie County home for nearly a decade.

LPA Board officers elected

Posted 8/11/20
Election of officers for the Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors took place at the board’s June 30 meeting. Normally officers are elected at the May meeting, but because the LPA annual meeting was delayed from May until June, that also delayed officer elections.

A unanimous vote at the June meeting has the officers who were in place for the 2019-2020 year being retained for a second year. Mary Jane Carothers is president, Rich Schumacher is vice president, Emily Donovan is secretary, and Gary Evans in treasurer.

One change in the board makeup was made at the July 28 meeting. Neil Wright has resigned from the LPA board for health reasons. To replace Wright, the board voted to appoint Larry Babcock to the board, beginning with the August meeting. Babcock will serve on the board until an election can be held in May 2021. He previously had served a three-year term on the board, which ended in 2019. Wright was elected at the 2019 annual meeting, and had earlier served six years on the LPA board from 2010 to 2016.

Other board members are David Finneseth and Jim Spradling.

Prairie landscaping suits Lake Panorama resident
Plants and grasses attract a wide variety of insects and butterflies.

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

In 2012, Tammy Deal was having an Arts and Crafts style bungalow built on two timbered lots near Helen’s Cove when she noticed an abundance of deer in the area.

“I knew I was going to need to work with nature if I wanted to keep the deer from ruining my landscaping,” Deal says. “I started researching native prairie plants and found a couple companies on the Internet where I could order bare root plants. I planted some in the fall of 2013, and, to my surprise, they came up the next spring.”

Her next step was to connect with two Iowa State University senior landscape design students. Together they created a landscape plan to surround her new home with a variety of native plants, and she continued to add new plants to match the plan.

Five years ago, Scott and Becky Rolfes moved to Lake Panorama. Scott had just retired, after spending the last 40 years as a natural resource specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake, working mainly to establish native plantings.

In retirement, Scott started his own business — Scott’s Native Landscaping. Deal tells the story of being behind a pickup and seeing a bumper sticker with his company name and phone number on it and snapping a picture for future use. She hadn’t gotten around to calling Rolfes when they met while playing pickleball with others in Panora.

Since then, Rolfes has been helping Deal refine and expand her native prairie landscape. Each fall, Rolfes mows down the prairie flowers and grasses that have grown throughout the summer, then burns the remaining mulch.

“Especially when a prairie is being established, it needs to be burned annually,” Rolfes says. “The flowers always bloom brighter the next year.”

Deal built her house on a “B” lot, and later purchased a nearby “A” lot, which gives her water access on Helen’s Cove. The two lots combined cover 38,000 square feet, giving her plenty of space to experiment with native plantings.

“In the front of the house, there are more tallgrass prairie plants and flowers. There is greater diversity, with perhaps 40 to 50 plant species there,” Rolfes says. “As you move toward the south side and back, the trees mean less sunshine, so the types of plants there become fewer.”

Deal and Rolfes are restoring an oak savanna between her house and waterfront dock, reached by a winding path through the woods.

“I like knowing some of the oak trees there were alive when Abraham Lincoln was president,” Deal says.

A savanna involves grasses growing under large trees, with the trees spaced further apart than would be the case in a forest.

“These naturally occurring landscapes were along the Raccoon River where the prairie met the forests associated with a river valley,” says Rolfes. “These very open forests, or savannas, were dominated by burr oaks and other trees that are most tolerant to prairie fires. Remnants of the oak savannas are all around Lake Panorama.”

Some native plants were in the area where large burr oaks stand on Deal’s property, but there was too much shade for them to thrive. Selected trees have been removed to allow more light to reach the ground. This area will be burned for the first time this fall, which will help eliminate shrubbery, poison ivy and other undesirable plants while encouraging native plants to grow.

“Native prairie plants require minimal care while still being visually attractive,” says Rolfes. “You remove weeds and apply mulch in the spring. No chemicals are used, which makes it perfect for use around the lake. Once you get native plants established, there isn’t much to do.”

The wide variety of plants and grasses attracts a wide variety of insects and butterflies. But what about the deer? Deal and Rolfes say deer still browse on native plants, although they avoid some. Even if deer like a plant, they don’t kill it because the seeds fall out and new plants grow.

Deal clearly is enjoying learning about and growing native plants.

“There are so many resources available. I think it is interesting and fun,” she says. “But it may take some getting used to for people who are accustomed to more conventional landscaping.”

LPN Junior Golf School teaches fundamentals
Thirty-seven participants, divided into three age groups, take part.

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

As with many things, COVID-19 forced a change in the way the 2020 Lake Panorama National Junior Golf School operated. Because of the need for social distancing, two sessions with three weeks each were offered, and no final event was held at Panorama West.

Young people ages 5 to 17 are eligible to attend the school. This year there were 37 participants, with 19 in the first session the first three weeks of July, and 18 in the second session the following three weeks.
During the school, juniors learn full swing, pitching, chipping and putting fundamentals along with golf etiquette and rules of golf. Participants are divided into three age groups and rotate between the putting green, chipping area and driving range. At the end of the hour, the juniors head to Spikes to choose a free drink.

The school was led by Michael Kleinwolterink, LPN pro shop manager. Assisting were Gary Babcock, LPN head golf professional, plus several past and current players from the Panorama High School boys golf team — Will Babcock, Dylan Douglass, Kolby Shackelford and Ryan Klinge. David Van Ahn, coach of the Panorama boys golf team, also volunteered his time for the junior golfers.

The Junior School has two sponsors that have supported the school for many years — the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) and Guthrie County State Bank (GCSB).

“LPA and LPN are proud to support junior golf,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations. “We view it as our opportunity to grow the game of golf. There’s nothing better than seeing two or three generations of golfers enjoying our Lake Panorama courses.”

“Guthrie County State Bank is proud to continue our investment in the Lake Panorama National Junior Golf Program,” says Mike Underwood, GCSB president and CEO. “Over the years, we’ve witnessed the commitment of the LPN staff to this program. These dedicated golf professionals and staff ensure the junior golfers not only learn golf technique, but, more importantly, they learn course etiquette and the professional demeanor the game of golf requires. We believe these skills are transferrable to many aspects of life.”

Sponsorship funds made it possible to give each junior golfer a cloth backpack, a $10 LPN gift card and a certificate for a free round of golf at Panorama West.

New owners for Lake Panorama Realty

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The ownership of Lake Panorama Realty in Panora has changed hands. Effective July 13, Bob Nevitt sold the real estate company to Kane and Dee Powell. Nevitt will continue to own and operate Nevitt Real Estate in Perry.

The Powells have lived in the Lake Panorama area since 2000.

“We have raised our five children here and enjoy living in a small community,” says Dee Powell. “The opportunity arose for us to acquire Lake Panorama Realty, and it was the logical progression since we have been in the residential and commercial building industry for so many years.”

Kane Powell will continue to run Paradigm LLC, his building and electrical company. Dee Powell, who earned her real estate license earlier this year, will manage the day-to-day operations of Lake Panorama Realty.

In addition to Dee, the Lake Panorama Realty team continues to include Julie Wykoff as managing broker and John McDermott and Lee Anne Howe as sales associates.

Lake Panorama Realty is independently owned by the Powells and located at 505 E. Main St. in Panora, next to Guthrie County State Bank.

The Powells say they are looking forward to sustaining and growing the reputation and standing that Lake Panorama Realty has built over many years.

New debris skimmer arrives
The $400,000 piece of equipment will replace the skimmer LPA purchased more than 20 years ago.

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

When the Middle Raccoon River rises because of heavy rains or snow melt, it doesn’t just bring more water to Lake Panorama; it brings debris. For many years, LPA staff and members would spend days, or even weeks, tracking down and removing debris from the lake after a heavy rain.

Attempts to stop debris at the upper basin began in 1990 with the development of a structure to keep debris from entering the lake. Various improvements to both the type of structure and the placement have been made since then with increasing levels of success.

Improvements also have been made in the equipment designed to remove debris from above the trap, as well as throughout the lake if the trap fails or isn’t in place. Such was the case this spring, when the lake still was covered in ice, and the trap hadn’t yet been deployed. A surge of water as the ice went out brought debris into the lake.

In June 1999, the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) purchased a new trash skimmer, to skim small logs and branches from the lake. In 2009, a special-order utility barge was a joint purchase between LPA and RIZ. A boom mounted on the barge accommodates a grapple attachment to remove logs from the water.

A new and larger debris skimmer was delivered to Lake Panorama July 17. RIZ purchased the $400,000 piece of equipment, which will replace the skimmer LPA purchased more than 20 years ago. The original skimmer will be retained and serve as a backup or as a second unit for large events.

Mike Monthei, LPA maintenance supervisor, says the new debris skimmer is bigger, faster and holds more debris.

“When the gates on the front open, it is 16 feet wide,” says Monthei. “It will gather debris on a conveyor belt system that moves it to the back of the skimmer for storage. Once it is full, we will back it up to an elevated conveyor on shore and unload the debris into dump trucks.”

Monthei said the old skimmer could hold one small truckload of material, while the new one will hold three times that amount.

“The speed of this skimmer on the water is important, especially when there is a debris event in Burchfield Cove. In the past, debris coming in that way would scatter all over the lake before our old skimmer could even get there,” he said. “This skimmer is must faster in the water.”

LPA’s goal is for the boom at the north end of the upper basin to hold debris upstream, giving the maintenance staff time to collect and dispose of it before it gets into the lake.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Posted 8/11/20
June 30, 2020
LPN Conference Center

The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met June 30, 2020, at 5 p.m., at the LPN Conference Center. Board members in attendance were Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Rich Schumacher and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance:  None
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.

Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda  
Spradling moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda
Rutledge informed the board there were two typographical corrections to committee reports.
Spradling moved to approve the consent agenda with the noted corrections. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 05.26.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 05.31.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Accept minutes of the 06.15.2020 Water Safety Committee meeting
e) Accept minutes of the 06.08.2020 Building Code Committee meeting
f) Accept minutes from 05.18.2020 LPN LLC Board of Managers meeting
g) Approve date of the next LPA board of directors meeting
Agenda Item 4a – Variance Request: Brian Stoufer, Lot 640, shoreline setback as recommended by Building Codes committee   Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Brian Stoufer (lot 640) presented plans to the committee asking for a variance to rebuild and add on to a storage shed. The shed sits back 38 feet from the shoreline. Brian wanted to re-do the siding on the shed to make it more appealing. He also wanted to add 2 feet to the length of the shed along with a deck. After discussion, the committee decided that the additional length of the building was fine, as it still met the square footage requirements. The committee decided no roof should be allowed to be built over the deck, as a roof would deem the area underneath as part of the structure, therefore exceeding the square footage requirements. Schumacher made a motion to allow the remodel, extension and deck addition to the storage shed on lot 640 (with no roof to be built over the deck portion) in its current location, which is 38 feet from the shoreline. Motion seconded by Gary Evans and carried unanimously.
Schumacher moved to approve granting a variance to allow the remodel, extension and deck addition to the storage shed on lot 640, Brian Stoufer, (with no roof to be built over the deck portion) in its current location, which is 38 feet from the shoreline. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4b – Variance Request: Kent Miller, Lot 1177 roadside setback as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Kent Miller (lot 1177) proposed a garage addition next to his home that would require a 10-foot setback. The home on the lot already sits 10 feet closer to the road and the garage addition would be built parallel with the existing house. Westercamp made a motion to approve a 10-foot road setback variance for lot 1177, pending approval of plans from either Lane Rumelhart or Michael Gliem. Motion seconded by Knudsen and carried unanimously.
Donovan moved to approve a 10-foot roadside lot setback variance for lot 1177, Kent Miller, pending approval of plans by LPA staff. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4c – Variance Request: Jacqueline De Maria Trust (Kevin and Jacqueline Wellik), Lots 4059 - 4062 combined, roadside setback as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Lots 4059 & 4060 are in process of closing from LPA and will be combined with currently owned lots 4061 & 4062.
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Kevin Wellik (representing Jacqueline De Maria Trust lots 4060 and 4059) asked for a 20-foot road setback variance to build a garage. Wellik wanted the variance to avoid the steep topography of the lot, minimize tree removal and prepare for a future driveway. The committee decided that allowing this structure would make the garage seem more likely to be a part of the property instead of having it back and down the steep grade. Based on neighbor’s approval and pleasing aesthetics, Westercamp made a motion to approve a 20-foot road setback variance for garage construction on lots 4059 and 4060. The motion was seconded by Powell and carried unanimously.
Spradling moved to approve a 20-foot road setback variance for garage construction on lots 4059 & 4060, Jacqueline De Maria Trust. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4d – Variance Request: Jim and Sue Davidson, Lot 622, roof pitch for minority percentage of roof as recommended by Building Codes committee   
A permit request from Jim and Sue Davidson was submitted after the building codes committee meeting. Most of the roof pitch is compliant, with a few transitional sections being non-compliant.
Through emails, the building codes committee discussed this with two conclusions:
Davidson’s roof complies with the intent of the rule. The variances requested are very minor in scope. A variance approval is recommended for the June Board meeting.
The committee is preparing a rule adjustment for July, which will give LPA staff the ability to approve permits for which a majority percentage of the roof is compliant. This will eliminate the need for variances that address minor “eyebrows” and “crickets” that are technically non-compliant but routinely achieve variances from the LPA. Initial discussion is leaning toward allowing a roof to be considered “compliant” by LPA staff if 90 percent of the roof meets the pitch requirements.
Evans moved to approve a roof pitch variance for Lot 622, Jim and Sue Davidson, as presented in their building plans. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4e – Sale of lot 8010
The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lot 8010 for $12,500. The land sales committee collectively decided to counter at $15,000. Buyer accepted the counteroffer of $15,000 for the lot, offer contingent on a perc test and the purchase of lot 866 from Mercados. The perc test was completed on June 26 and is acceptable to buyer. Buyer also requests a septic easement to run under the road from lot 866 to lot 8010; they are directly across from each other.
LPA staff has reviewed the lot and has no objection to the sale of this lot. The land sales committee recommends accepting the offer of $15,000, with the addition of the septic easement.
Schumacher moved to accept the offer of $15,000 to sell lot 8010 to Michael and Sara Luft, and to approve execution of an easement for septic to be bored under the road from Lot 866 to Lot 8010, cost of easement preparation, $300 to be paid by buyer. Easement to be drafted by LPA attorney. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4f – Sale of Lot 3083 & 3084
The land sales committee reviewed an offer to purchase lots 3083 & 3084 for $25,000 for the two lots. The land sales committee collectively decided to counter at $30,000 for the two lots. Buyer accepted the counteroffer of $30,000 for the two lots.
LPA staff has reviewed the lots and has no objection to the sale of these lots. The land sales committee recommends accepting the offer of $30,000. There will be some savings in selling the two lots together, and this appears to be a good price with all considerations.
Evans moved to accept the offer of $30,000 to sell lots 3083 & 3084 to James Albert. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4g – LPA Committee appointments
The board discussed the General Manager’s recommendation for committee appointments and Board members for each committee. Rutledge noted the board would need to select two members of the board of directors to serve each committee.
Building Committee   Term Expires
John Miller - 2023
Dirk Westercamp - 2023
Rod Knudsen - 2023
Kent Brown - 2022
Ken Powell - 2022
Nate Esser - 2021
Richard Schumacher - LPA Board Member
Gary Evans - LPA Board Member
Evans moved to approve the building committee member appointments, as listed with term dates. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Water Safety Committee   Term Expires
Therese McConeghey - 2023
Todd Nevenhoven - 2023
Dale Behrends - 2022
Todd Hyde - 2022
Mike Appleseth - 2021
Chad Tope - 2021
Lyn Coulter      
Marina Tenant (Continuous)
Emily Donovan - Board Member
Jim Spradling - Board Member
Schumacher moved to approve the water safety committee member appointments, as listed with term dates. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Land Sales Committee    Term Expires
Bob Batschelet - 2023
Kathleen DeLucca - 2023
Maureen Lubeck - 2022
Tom Jeschke - 2022
Charles Schnack - 2021
Rich Schumacher - Board Member
Dave Finneseth - Board Member
Spradling moved to approve the land sales committee member appointments, as listed with term dates. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Appeals Committee     Term Expires
Pam Johnson - 2023
Andy Harrelson - 2023
Linda Reis - 2022
John McDermott - 2022
Mindy Larsen Poldberg - 2021
Schumacher moved to approve the appeals committee member appointments, as listed with term dates. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 5 – Old Business - None

Agenda Item 6 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 5:49 p.m. to discuss legal matters. The board exited closed session at 5:54 p.m.
Donovan moved to approve a confidential legal agreement, as discussed in closed session. Document to be drafted by LPA attorney and execution by LPA general manager. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 7a – Election of Officers
Carothers asked for nominations of officers.
Spradling moved to nominate the following slate of officers, to take effect upon adjournment of the June 30, 2020 board meeting:
President Mary Jane Carothers
Vice President Rich Schumacher
Secretary Emily Donovan
Treasurer Gary Evans
Motion seconded.
Carothers asked for any discussion or other nominations. With no further discussion or other nominations presented, Carothers called for the vote. Motion carried unanimously.

Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:55 p.m. 

Security camera installed at marina ramp
Goal is to ease concerns about unauthorized use of the boat ramp.

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

A security camera has been installed at Coulter’s Marina, positioned to record boats both as they are launched and also pulled out of the water at the ramp.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled this past January the waters of Lake Panorama are public, and subject to enforcement by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The ruling also noted the land surrounding Lake Panorama is privately controlled, and clarified the Lake Panorama Association and its membership has no obligation to allow access to the water.

“As we’ve always known, Lake Panorama is a de-facto private lake despite the fact it is one and the same with the Middle Raccoon River,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “We expect no changes in how LPA operates but certainly answered a lot of questions based upon social media posts and speculation that Lake Panorama was now ‘open to all.’ ”

The new camera at the marina will help ease concerns about unauthorized use of the boat ramp there.

“We are working on improved signage near the ramp and continue to rely on our close partnership with Coulters for oversight of the boat ramp,” Rutledge says. “Our main focus is to see how many boats come and go during hours when Coulters is closed. We also will be using the camera to help ensure boats launched there adhere to LPA rules regarding invasive species.”

Anniversary celebration

ReShape Fitness Studio celebrated its second anniversary on July 10.

GCSB launches $50,000 matching donation program for AC/GC Strength & Conditioning

Posted 8/11/20

GUTHRIE CENTER — In a final push to complete an energized fundraising effort to raise $160,000 for equipment for the new AC/GC fitness center, Guthrie County State Bank (GCSB) announced a $50,000 matching donation program. GCSB will match every dollar donated up to $25,000 until the $50,000 goal is reached.

AC/GC Community Schools will soon have a state of the art fitness center for students and the community to invest in their health and physical fitness. While the school district financed the construction of the building, the activities department was tasked with raising the $160,000 needed to equip the building with weights, machines, turf, and workout equipment. Activities Director Cody Matthewson has spearheaded the fundraising effort from zero to the $110,000 mark. GCSB’s goal is to motivate community members, alumni and friends to finish out the campaign.

“This new fitness facility is an investment in the future of our students, staff and community,” said Mike Underwood, president and CEO of Guthrie County State Bank. “Beyond athletics, this will be a place of community connection. Healthy residents make a healthy community, which is a key component of economic vitality. We’re proud to help AC/GC make the final push to complete their fundraising.”

Students and community members frequenting the AC/GC fitness center will enjoy a spacious modern facility with free weights, cardio equipment and access to the gymnasium. Matthewson noted that this summer the AC/GC Charger Strength and Conditioning program has averaged more than 100 students per day.

“The support from the AC/GC community for this facility and for the equipment fundraising has been outstanding,” said Matthewson. “We are thankful to Guthrie County State Bank for its leadership in making the push for the last $50,000. You can feel the excitement of our students each day as they imagine the future strength and conditioning workouts in the new facility.”


How to donate
For every dollar donated, GCSB will donate a matching dollar. As an example, a donation of $50 becomes a $100 donation. That means donations of $50 by 500 people will reach the goal of $50,000 through the matching program. Donations can be made in a variety of ways:

Drop off your donation in the drive-through at Guthrie County State Bank.

Mail your donation to: AC/GC School District, ATTN: Equipment, 906 School St., Guthrie Center, Iowa, 50115

Donate online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/acgc-weight-roomfitness-center

For more information, visit Charger Strength on Facebook or Guthrie County State Bank’s website. 

Calendar of Events Aug. 12-Sept. 14, 2020

Posted 8/11/2020

Aug. 12, Aug. 13, Aug. 17, Aug. 19, Aug. 20, Aug. 24, Aug. 26, Aug. 27
Water aerobics

Lake Panorama National Resort pool. Water aerobics classes are offered every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m., are led by volunteers, and are free of charge. Those who haven’t purchased an annual LPN pool membership will need to pay the $3 daily fee at the LPN pro shop before entering the pool. If you like, bring a pool noodle. For those who do not have a pool noodle, some are available for pickup from the LPN Fitness Center before class begins. These noodles are used at your own risk. No signup needed. www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 13-16
Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup

LPN Golf Course www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 14, Aug. 28
Fore Fun Friday Couples

Registration at 4:30 p.m., shotgun at 5 p.m.
Panorama West Golf Course. Two-Couple Scramble with a Just-For-Fun Golf Game. $1 per couple. Non-members of Panorama West will need to pay green fees, and anyone needing a cart, call the clubhouse at 641-755-2250 to reserve. Please respect others’ space when interacting. The game will be sent via email a couple of days prior to play, no paper copies. The Ebys will draw cards for pairings and hole assignments at 4:55 p.m. After play, circle golf carts safely spaced in the parking lot to enjoy conversation. No sharing of snacks and beverages, but feel free to bring your own. Call Bill & Karen Eby at 515- 480-4633 with questions. www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 21
Varsity Football: Panorama vs. Ogden

7 p.m. Panorama Community School www.panoramaschools.org

Aug. 22
Panorama West Golf Course

Kim Lubeck Memorial Golf Tournament, Sponsored by Panora Lions Club, 12 p.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start, $160 / Team (Members Receive $10 Off). Includes 18 holes of golf with a grab and go meal.  For more information or to register contact the Panorama West clubhouse at 641-755-2250 or email maggliem@netins.net. Proceeds go to Panora Lions Club causes.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 24
First day of school, K-12

www.panoramaschools.org

Aug. 24
Panora City Council Meeting

6:30 p.m. www.cityofpanora.com

Aug. 24, Aug. 31
Nine & Wine Couples

Lake Panorama National Golf Course, Panorama West Golf Course. 4 Person Best Shot. Teams will be assigned at each week’s event by blind draw. LPN Member - $75 / Panorama West Member - $180 (includes green fees and carts). Weekly prizes will be awarded and a series MVP prize will be awarded for couples with lowest ranked finishes in all events. Wine and dinner available in the Links restaurant after golf. Call the LPN pro shop with any questions or to register at 641-755-2024. www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 25
LPA Board Meeting

5 p.m. Lake Panorama National Conference Center www.lakepanorama.org

Aug. 26
Men’s League Shoot-out

3 p.m. Lake Panorama National Golf Course www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug. 25
Varsity Volleyball: Panorama vs. Interstate 35     

7 p.m. Panorama High School www.panoramaschools.org
            
Aug. 27
Women’s League Shoot-out

5:30 p.m. LPN Golf Course www.lakepanoramanational.com

Aug 27
Varsity Volleyball: Panorama vs. Earlham High School

7 p.m. Panorama High School www.panoramaschools.org
                
Aug. 28
Varsity Football: Panorama vs. Grundy Center

7 p.m. Panorama High School www.panoramaschools.org

Sept. 1
Varsity Volleyball: Panorama vs. Ogden     

7 p.m. Panorama High School www.panoramaschools.org

Sept. 8
Deadline for Building Code Variance Requests

www.lakepanorama.org

Sept. 11
Varsity Football: Panorama vs. Van Meter

7 p.m. Panorama High School www.panoramaschools.org

Sept. 14
Panorama School Board Meeting

6:30 p.m. Board Room www.panoramaschools.org

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Courtney Allen celebrates 93 years

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Courtney Allen has a long history at Lake Panorama. He was a stockholder in Mid-Iowa Lakes in about 1965, bought his first lot in 1969, and traded it in 1971 for the one where his home now stands north of Sunset Beach. He and his wife Dilma, who he has been married to more than 65 years, built their home in 1980 and moved here permanently in 1984 when they sold their home in Urbandale.

Allen’s 93rd birthday was June 25. He has been playing in the Thursday morning men’s league at Panorama West for many years.

“I thought it would be fun to have a party for myself with my best friends, many of whom I have played with for years,” Allen says.

“I worked it out with the gals in the pro shop to have plenty of coffee, and I supplied lots of bakery products. I also said I would pay for any ice cream, candy and pop for anyone else who played the course the rest of the day,” he says. “Everyone was surprised and helped me celebrate my new age with good cheer.”

Allen is from Massachusetts and Dilma from Curacao. After college, he went to work for HyLine Poultry Farm in 1950. He stayed there 21 years before starting his own company, Sunnytime, Inc., in 1971. He sold that business to Cargill in 1987 and moved to Minnesota to operate the total egg operation until he turned 65.

The couple retired and moved back to enjoy their Lake Panorama home. It was badly damaged by a tornado in 2014, but they rebuilt it and are enjoying life there.

“We love Guthrie County and all its people,” Allen says.

As for his birthday, Allen said, “You can quote me as saying it was the best birthday I have had in years, but I’m looking forward to the next one.”

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

Posted 8/11/20
Q: How do I get one of those blue and white dock signs with my address?
A:
A dock sign can be ordered anytime for $25 through the Lake Panorama Association website. This is the official way to comply with LPA sign uniformity rules and Iowa DNR dock regulations that require street address and dock permit number displayed on member docks. The signs are reflective, which assists visibility for those navigating at night. To order a dock sign, go to the LPA’s website and complete the form. Either scan it and email it to lpa@lakepanorama.org or mail it or drop it off at the LPA office (P.O. Box 157, 5006 Panorama Drive, Panora, IA 50216) with a check for $25 for each sign.

Q: What is the maximum length of a boat that can be on Lake Panorama?
A:
No single-hulled boat (non-pontoon) can exceed 24 feet in length including the swim platform. Measurement is made from the forwardmost tip of the bow to the end of the swim platform (if so equipped) or the stern (if no swim platform.) No pontoon vessel can exceed 27 feet in length measured from the forward-most tip of the pontoon to the end of the swim platform, if so equipped, or rear of the pontoon.

Q: I am seeing a blue-green algae bloom. Should I be concerned?
A:
Dry weather and clear water have created ideal conditions for a “bloom” of blue-green algae or cyanobacteria. At first, levels of the algae will appear as a light greenish tinge to the lake water. As the population increases, the water may turn a “Kool-Aid” green. White, green, blue-green, or reddish-brown suds/scum will float to the surface in calm areas of the lake, such as the marina and small coves. Blooms most often appear on the downwind side of the lake after several days of a steady breeze. LPA will continue to test for microcystin concentrations in blue-green algae blooms. To-date, NO microcystin tests at Lake Panorama have approached the prescribed thresholds for safety warnings. Swimming or water recreation activities such as water skiing, wake surfing or tubing should be avoided in areas of heavy bloom. The algae can be an irritant to skin and water spray containing lots of algae can be breathed in and irritate the lungs. Small children should also be kept out of algae blooms, as they can unknowingly drink the water. Dogs are especially susceptible to severe illness (or death) if they drink water infested with blue-green algae. If conditions look scummy or the water appears like paint, swimming and water recreation should be avoided. Shower after water recreation. Don’t allow water contact or allow your pets to drink the water. Keep small children and anyone with immune-deficiency issues or allergies out of the water and away from the spray while boating.

LPN WOMEN’S LEAGUE RAISES NEARLY $5,000 FOR TORI’S ANGELS
Foundation’s namesake is Tori Heckman, who had life-saving heart surgery in 2011 at the age of 5 after several other heart surgeries.

Posted 8/11/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

On July 9, the usual Lake Panorama National women’s league night turned into a Rally for Tori’s Angels. The result was a donation of $4,903 being presented to the foundation, which provides financial support to Iowa children with life-threatening medical challenges.

This is the third year for this event. The evening included a nine-hole, four-gal best-shot tournament. Great weather led to 44 players for the event, and games on most holes led to a low score of 29 for the winning team. Winning team members were Kathy Moline, Shanell Wagler, Shelby Lewis and Maggie Armstrong.

The foundation’s namesake is Tori Heckman, who had life-saving heart surgery in 2011 at the age of 5 after several other heart surgeries. The foundation recently accepted its 71st child for assistance.

After golf there was a silent auction and a presentation by Tori’s grandmother, Jackie Wicks, of Panora. She talked about Tori turning 15 years old, current children sponsored by Tori’s Angels and the challenges the foundation has faced this year with fundraising because of COVID-19. In 2019, Tori’s Angels took on 22 new children. So far in 2020, four children have been approved for sponsorship, and seven fundraising events have been canceled due to the virus.

 Money raised at the LPN women’s league July 9 event included the purchase of donated silent auction items and a freewill donation bucket. The rest of the funds collected were from individual donations. LPN women’s league leaders say they’re already planning for the fourth annual Tori’s Angels fundraiser sometime during the 2021 golf season.

Donations can be mailed at any time to Tori’s Angels Foundation, 4677 Panorama Drive, Panora, Iowa, 50216.

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 8/11/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Lake Dog
Gracie

9 months old
Petite Goldendoodle
Owners: Brian and Lisa Wegener (Pictured grandsons Rylen and Rees)

Gracie enjoys whipped cream, sprinklers, snow, golf carts, boat rides, her “babies” (stuffed animal toys), spinning in circles with her rope toy, and going for walks. Gracie is an energetic, happy puppy who seems to love everyone.

Cove Cat
Butterball

9 years old
Owner: Tamara Deal

Butterball came from a barnyard near Bagley. A little girl named her, and the name stuck. The previous owners were worried that she would be ran over by farm machinery. As for owners, does anyone ever really own a cat? But, Butterball would definitely claim that she lives with Tamara.

Butterball receives a weekly bath because it has allergies. Yes, it is possible to bathe a cat.

Butterball has a doggy sibling, a standard poodle, and did not appear to be happy when the puppy came to live with them The dog is now 7.5 years old, and when Butterball gets mad at her, she chases her around the house. All 8 pounds of her will attack the 50-pound dog.

Butterball likes to eat, be held and sleep — in that order.


Panora Pets is a non-profit rescue consisting of several volunteers like Tim Randall and George Jones, providing shelter and services for cats in need in the Panora area. Stop in and visit the beautiful kitties and hopefully take one home. Through contributions from the community and beyond, P.E.T.S maintains its dedication to animals in need. 

Blue-Green Algae

It’s that time of year again all over the freshwater lakes and ponds of the Midwest. Weather and water conditions are producing a “bloom” of blue-green algae or cyanobacteria. Warm weather, low rainfall, dissolved nutrients and clear water have combined to start a rapid increase in algae population. The primitive one-celled plants have always been around, but certain conditions cause the population to increase.

At first, levels of the algae will appear as a light greenish tinge to the lake water. As the population increases, the water may turn a "Kool-Aid" green and white, green, or blue green suds or scum will float to the surface in quiet areas such as the marina, small coves and other spots where boats do not stir the water or the wind can't blow it away. The scum looks unappetizing and is sometimes mistaken for sewage because there can be an unpleasant, sulphurous odor accompanying the bloom. The floating material is usually white, blue-white, blue-green, or green, but sometimes can be a reddish brown. Usually it is more evident in coves or shallow areas and often appears the worst on the downwind side of the lake after several days of strong breezes.

When to Take Precautions
Swimming or water recreation activities such as water skiing or tubing should be avoided in areas of heavy bloom. The algae can be an irritant to skin and water spray containing lots of algae can be breathed in and irritate the lungs. Sometimes there is a toxin produced by the algae that can be more harmful to persons and animals. Dogs are susceptible to severe illness or death if they drink water infested with algae containing toxins. Unfortunately, there is no way to easily determine whether there is toxin present by looking. Seldom does the toxin cause problems, but it is important to be aware of the situation. The toxin can come and go before water test results are complete. If skin or breathing is irritated after water recreation, see a physician to determine the cause. If conditions look scummy or the water appears like paint, swimming and water recreation should be avoided. It’s always a good idea to shower after water recreation. In heavy infestations of scum, don’t allow water contact or allow your pets to drink the water. Keep small children and anyone with immune-deficiency issues or allergies out of the water and away from the spray while boating.

Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to remove the algae. Open areas of the lake are less likely to have serious issues as boat traffic and wind keep the algae mixed throughout the water profile. Rainfall, water movement, and cooler temperatures are the best solution to reducing the effects of the bloom, but are obviously not something under the control of the LPA.

Annual Fireworks

Even though Panorama Days have been cancelled this year, there will still be a fireworks show. The fireworks sponsored by the LPA will be launched from the South Shore around 9:30 p.m. on Friday Aug. 7.

Beach Ball 2020

A limited number of tickets remain for the Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball on Saturday, August 1. Proceeds will go towards the Friends’ current priority project to raise $70,000 for new playground equipment at Shady and Boulder beaches.

To ease concerns about COVID-19, both outdoor and indoor spaces will be used at the Lake Panorama National conference center. Outside tables will be under tents, located on the grass between the conference center and golf course. Live music and a live auction will take place outdoors.

Registration will be open 4-6 p.m. in the conference center dining room. A boxed evening meal will be available 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 each, with half going directly to the playground fund. A “sweet treat” dessert bar, offering donated dessert items plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream, will be open 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets for the dessert bar will be $3. Both silent and live auctions will be held to raise money for the playgrounds, plus a 50/50 raffle. Those who have auction items to donate or want to purchase tickets can call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536 or email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.

The Links restaurant reopens

The Links restaurant at Lake Panorama National Resort reopened  July 25 at 11 a.m. Normal business hours resumed Sunday, July 26 at 8 a.m. Current hours of operation are.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday -  11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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.

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I continue to look forward to seeing many of you on the lake. As always, thanks for reading. 

SETTING SAIL ON LAKE PANORAMA
The Tometichs say they enjoy sailing on Lake Panorama, but it can be challenging.

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

It’s not every day you see a sailboat on Lake Panorama. In fact, it usually only happens a couple of times a month, mostly for Sunday night sunsets, or other times when the weather cooperates and the crowds are gone. That’s when Jim and Dee Tometich decide it’s time to sail.

The couple has lived at Lake Panorama since 2006. From their home in Helen’s Cove, they enjoyed seeing a sailboat docked at a home across the cove. About five years ago, Dee decided she wanted to buy the sailboat as a surprise birthday present for Jim. She did a little detective work to learn the owners’ name and get a phone number.

Dick and Lynda Pawlowski were the owners. They purchased their house in Helen’s Cove in 1994, although they owned a Lake Panorama lot for more than 40 years.

“I called Dick and told him if they ever decided to sell it, to please let me know,” says Dee.

At the time, the Pawlowskis had owned the boat more than three years.

“I’ve done a lot of things in my life, but I always wanted to learn to sail. I saw an ad for a Catalina 22 sailboat, which is a popular model for people just learning to sail,” Dick says.

“A gentleman who lived in Johnston used the boat on Saylorville Lake. He had never sailed before buying this boat but had learned and now was ready to sell it,” Dick says. “He had lots of books and videotapes on sailing and gave all those to me.”

Pawlowski used the material he received, plus help from a friend who came from Nebraska a couple of times, to learn to sail on Lake Panorama. He says he enjoyed it, but Lynda preferred their pontoon. So when Dee called, Dick decided it was time to let someone else live their dream of learning to sail.

“Working with Dick, it took us many attempts to get the lift and sailboat over to our dock before Jim would get home from work. But we finally pulled off the surprise,” Dee says.

The boat is a 1978 Catalina 22, which means it is 22 feet long. The mast is 25 feet tall. It has two sails, a main sail and a jib. Because Lake Panorama is so narrow, the Tometichs typically only use one. It has a large lead keel, about 5 feet below the bottom of the boat, which provides stability. Below deck, the cabin has a table for dining, and could sleep two people. The boat capacity is six people. The boat has a 9.9 hp Mercury four stroke motor.

“We love to use the sail as much as possible,” Jim says. “But due to the lake’s position and narrowness, it sometimes is necessary to use the motor.”

“We appreciated Dick giving us a couple of Sailing 101 lessons and helping us get started,” Dee says. “Now we also sail at Lake Dillion in Colorado, where we rent a boat when we visit.”

The Tometichs say they enjoy taking their sailboat out on Lake Panorama, but it can be challenging. Pawlowski agrees.

“But it also makes you a better sailor,” he says. “It’s easier to sail on larger lakes, because you don’t have to worry about it being so narrow,” Pawlowski says.

Despite the narrowness of Lake Panorama, sailboats are not banned. Sailboards are banned, which is something akin to windsurfing.

“This isn’t the most practical lake on which to sail,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “LPA does not prohibit sailboats but discourages widespread use on Lake Panorama. The thought of dozens of sailboats on our narrow lake would be a concern if it became a popular trend.”

The Tometichs have learned what works for them — wait for most boaters to call it a day, then set sail from Helen’s Cove to enjoy the beauty of Lake Panorama.

BOATING SAFETY REMINDERS
Eighty-four percent of drowning victims who died from a boating accident were not wearing their life jackets.

Posted 7/8/2020
Provided by Lake Panorama Association

Boating While Intoxicated
Summertime on the lake is a great time to kick back with friends and family. For some, this involves enjoying an afternoon or evening on the water with a few adult beverages. Lake Panorama Association reminds all members to practice responsible boating when alcohol is involved.

Iowa DNR’s authority to enforce Boating While Intoxicated laws was brought into question regarding a July 7, 2018, citation against a Lake Panorama member. The Iowa Supreme Court upheld DNR’s authority to issue Boating While Intoxicated citations on Lake Panorama.

DNR already has issued multiple Boating While Intoxicated citations during the 2020 season and will continue to patrol the lake at their discretion. As a reminder, DNR operations are independent of LPA and operate under the authority of the State of Iowa.

Boaters should establish a designated driver plan for their time on the water. This has become common sense when travelling on highways, and the same safety precautions should be adopted on the water.

Boating Violations
A good share of the boating citations and warnings that are issued by both LPA Security and DNR officers are for guests who are operating vessels owned by LPA members. As a reminder, LPA violations apply to the LPA member’s account. If three fines occur in a given year, the member loses boating privileges for the season.

Perhaps more important is that LPA members may be found legally and financially liable for any injuries or damages that occur when guests are operating their equipment. It is the member’s responsibility to make sure guests know the rules and are competent and safe operators.

Personal Water Craft Reminders
When it comes to young people operating Personal Water Craft (PWC), Lake Panorama rules are more restrictive than state law. Youth under 18 may only operate a PWC at Lake Panorama under the following conditions: Operators must be at least 16 years old. Operators 16 or 17 years of age must pass the Iowa Boater Safety Education Course and have the boater education certificate with them while operating the vessel. It doesn’t matter whether an adult is riding with the teen or not.

Anyone riding or being towed by a PWC must be wearing an appropriate personal floatation device. Anyone being towed counts towards the rated capacity of the PWC, whether they are riding on the PWC or not. PWC operation is forbidden before sunrise and after sunset.

Life Jackets Required
State law requires life jackets on every watercraft, whether it’s a motorized boat, jet ski, kayak, canoe or even a paddleboard. Under Iowa law, any child younger than 13 must wear a life jacket while the boat is underway, including canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. On boats, a Type 4 throwable device is required in addition to the number of life vests required for each passenger. The throwable device does not count as a life vest.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 84 percent of drowning victims who died from a boating accident were not wearing their life jackets. It is best to wear a life jacket at all times, no matter your level of swimming or boating expertise.

Additional boating reminders
These are the most common issues LPA water patrol and DNR law enforcement come across:

Unattended vessels
There has to always be someone in the vessel, even while anchored, or tied to other boats. This includes jet skis.

Capacity sticker
This is required on the back-starboard side of the vessel (including jet skis), showing how many people the boat is able to hold. The sticker must be above the water line so it is visible, and must be at least 3 inches high and of contrast color to the boat.

Fire extinguishers
Check fire extinguishers often and know the location in your boat. Life expectancy of a fire extinguisher in a boat is shorter, because of the constant temperature changes and the hard impacts of running the boat through waves.

Speed
No vessel traveling at a speed in excess of 10 mph shall operate directly behind another vessel at a distance closer than 200 feet.

THIRD WETLAND NOW PROTECTS BURCHFIELD COVE
Past dredging and now the upstream Smith Wetland have made it possible for property owners to enjoy waterfront amenities.

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

Dredging at Lake Panorama has been going on for decades and is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Yet, in recent years, attention also has turned to ways to reduce the flow of both sediment and nutrients into the lake.

One solution for Lake Panorama has been the establishment of upstream wetlands to protect specific areas of the lake. This spring was the first test for the third wetland built at Lake Panorama, which is positioned to help protect Burchfield Cove.

In the late 1990s, Iowa State University researchers began studying the use of small wetlands in drainage areas to slow water runoff from farm fields. They found these strategically placed wetlands could reduce the amount of nitrates moving into streams and rivers by 40 to 70 percent. By 2000, state officials were promoting a new incentive program to encourage landowners to install wetlands.

The Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a joint effort of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. State and federal technical assistance and cost-share funds are available for landowners who voluntarily establish wetlands for water quality improvement in 37 north-central Iowa counties, including Guthrie County

During a strategic planning session in 2012, the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) trustees decided to see if there were locations where CREP wetlands could be installed to help protect the lake.

In October 2016, the 26-acre Helen’s Cove/Donahey CREP wetland was completed. It includes a six-acre water pool, which hosts microbes that turn nitrogen into gas. The nitrogen removed by the wetland is equivalent to taking about 400 acres of row crops out of production. A special forebay collects sediment, which is cleaned periodically. This isn’t something done in all CREP wetlands, but because of the desire to keep as much sediment as possible from reaching Lake Panorama, special approval was granted to include this feature.

Construction on a similar wetland to protect Hughes Cove began in 2016, with final touches in the spring of 2017. The 23-acre Hughes Cove/Elmquist CREP wetland includes a control structure above a plunge pool, which routes the water back into a creek leading into Hughes Cove.

In 2018, planning began for a third wetland to be built in 2019 on RIZ-owned ground north of the Burchfield Cove bridge. This one, named the Smith wetland, has a higher percentage of deeper water for the wetland basin than the first two.

This 35-acre project consists of a nine-acre pool of water surrounded by cool season grasses and native grasses. It is a deep-water wetland, with a control structure above a plunge pool, which then routes water back into a creek leading into Lake Panorama at Burchfield Cove. The land surrounding the water pool has been seeded with a mix of 13 species of native grasses and 18 species of native wildflowers.

This project was possible because of a grant partnering the Soil & Water Conservation Society, Agribusiness Association of Iowa, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University, Lake Panorama RIZ and Lake Panorama Association.

This grant funds projects that integrate in-field management practices with edge-of-field nitrate removal wetlands to provide a combined watershed approach — reducing in-field nutrient losses while providing edge-of-field treatment at small watershed scales.

The grant also targets restored wetlands in locations that receive significant shallow subsurface drainage, which is the primary transport mechanism of nitrates to surface water. This grant project was specifically designed for nitrate removal while also improving habitat for wildlife. The idea is to explore the development of wetlands that fall slightly outside of CREP guidelines.

RIZ has acquired property for a fourth wetland, which is upstream of the Smith Wetland. Preliminary conversations with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has indicated a willingness to partner with RIZ on this fourth wetland.

Also in the planning stages is a streambank stabilization effort along the stream leading into Burchfield Cove. This type of project, in combination with wetlands, play important roles in the ongoing effort to protect Lake Panorama’s water quality.

UPGRADES TO LPA WATER PLANT MOVING FORWARD
LPA water bills will increase by $70 per quarter, going from $90 to $160 beginning in October.

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

Steady progress is being made on major upgrades to the LPA water plant. The project includes three main components — drilling an additional Jordan Well, upgrading to a reverse osmosis treatment strategy, and installing a discharge line to accompany the reverse osmosis process.

 A line to carry discharge water away from the new reverse osmosis (RO) system to the Middle Raccoon River by Highway 44 was installed in early summer, with only some soil restoration remaining.

An addition was constructed on the north side of the current building to house the RO system, which arrived by truck a few weeks ago. Work is underway to install the system, which will improve LPA’s finished water quality.

Mike Gliem, LPA’s water and dam supervisor, says the water will run through the RO tubes twice, using eight the first time and four the second time.

“Then we’ll combine this water with 20 percent raw water for the finished water provided to our customers,” Gliem says.

The Jordan Well has been drilled, and a pumping test completed, with excellent results. It will be another month before a pump is installed in that well, and water line connections completed. The well joins another one-half-mile deep Jordan well that was drilled in 2011.

The current system uses the first Jordan well and two Dakota wells constructed in the 1990s. The Dakota wells, which are in a shallower aquifer, had become less reliable. These wells have been the source of iron and manganese, that resulted in some customers having black and brown water flowing from their taps at times. Eliminating dependence on these temperamental wells was a key reason for this latest project.

Gliem expects to be able to stop using the Dakota wells sometime this fall. If all goes as planned, those two wells will be plugged, capped and covered with fill dirt next spring.

In 2017, a three-month reverse osmosis pilot study was conducted at the water plant. The results showed good finished water quality would be possible using only Jordan water treated by reverse osmosis.

Water hardness can be described as either parts per million or grains per gallon. Gliem says current LPA water has a hardness of 615 parts per million or 36 grains per gallon. The goal is to produce water that is 120 parts per million or 7 grains per gallon. “That goal is typical of what the Des Moines Water Works and other municipalities offer their water customers,” he says. “The pilot plant study showed we will be able to reach that goal.”

Once the RO system is complete and providing water to LPA members, Gliem says those who have water softeners in their homes will want to adjust their settings, and that the lifespan of softeners and other fixtures will be much longer. Those who have inline water filters probably will want to keep those, he says, but filters won’t need to be changed as often.

Large blue water mixing tanks in the water plant will be removed once the new system is online along with other old pieces of equipment and pipe. That area then will be the home for some components of the new system. Gliem expects the new plant to be online by late this year, or early in 2021.

Total cost for the entire project is $4.7 million. Funding for the project is through the State Revolving Loan Fund for drinking water improvements, at a fixed rate of 2-percent interest for 20 years.

To pay off the loan, LPA water bills will increase by $70 per quarter, going from $90 to $160 per quarter. This will begin with the October 1, 2020, bill. A reminder on this will go out in July, with the July 2020 bill being the final invoice at the old rate.

John Rutledge, LPA general manager, says even with this increase, LPA water bills are very comparable with other municipalities.

Options for a future infrastructure assessment have been discussed by the LPA board with no proposal finalized yet.

“The board will revisit this in late 2020 and determine if this is something they want to pursue in 2021 or a future year,” Rutledge said. “But for now, members need to know the cost of this plant is very affordable and will position LPA for decades to come.”

BEACH BALL 2020 - LET’S PLAY OUTSIDE!
So far $20,000 has been raised toward the $70,000 goal for the playgrounds.

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

The Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors voted at a meeting June 22 to proceed with Beach Ball 2020 on Saturday, Aug. 1, using the theme “Let’s Play Outside!”

To ease concerns about COVID-19, both outdoor and indoor spaces will be used at the Lake Panorama National conference center. Several aspects of the event have been modified to help with social distancing.

Funds raised at the 2020 Beach Ball will go toward the Friends’ current priority project to raise $70,000 for new playground equipment at Shady and Boulder beaches.

Direct contacts are being made with table sponsors so they can choose a reserved table inside or outside. Outside tables will be under a series of tents, located on the grass between the conference center and the golf course. A drink bar and a dessert bar will be on a roped-off section of the parking lot. The live auction also will take place outdoors.

Adding this outdoor venue made it possible to include live music for this year’s Beach Ball. Little Joe McCarthy is a Midwest singer and songwriter who grew up in Omaha. At first, McCarthy played as a solo acoustic performer, before spending many years in different bands. More recently, he has come full circle, playing acoustic guitar and singing as a solo performer around the Midwest. McCarthy will perform from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Registration will be open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and take place in the conference center dining room. Attendees can park in both the west and east parking lot, and enter the dining room from either side. There will be two lines for registration. It is hoped that beginning registration an hour early will make social distancing easier.

At registration, each couple or individual will be assigned a number, and all charges through the evening can go against that number. These can include drink tickets, dessert tickets, and purchases of both silent and live auction items. The exception will be the 50/50 raffle, which will require cash only so the appropriate amount of cash will be available when the winning ticket is drawn.

The evening meal will be served 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 each, with half going directly to the playground fund. A “sweet treat” dessert bar, offering a variety of donated dessert items plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream, will be open 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets for the dessert bar will be $3.

Drink tickets will cost $6, and can be redeemed at either the outside bar or the bar in the banquet room. These tickets will cover domestic canned beer, well drinks and glasses of wine. A portion of each ticket sold will go to Friends.

Announcements will be made toward the end of the evening when people can start checkout. Payment by check or cash will be encouraged. There will be a laptop where credit cards can be used to pay online on the Friends website, with the processing fee of 2.9 percent added on.

So far, about 75 items have been donated for both silent and live auctions, but additional items are being sought. Of particular interest in the live auction will be a 14-feet shuffleboard table with accessories, donated and delivered by Kurt Johnson, valued at $3,500; signed footballs from Iowa and Iowa State; 14K white and yellow gold pendant necklace with a garnet and diamond, donated by Ames Silversmithing, valued at $975; handcrafted cedar kayak, donated by Chris Welp and valued at $2,500; and a case of Busch Light, signed by Carson King, the ISU student who raised $3 million for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, donated by Carrie Hansen and valued at $500.

Beach Ball organizers are considering offering live auction items first as an online auction, beginning July 20. The starting bid at the live auction Aug. 1 would then be the last bid placed online. Online bidders would be encouraged to attend the Beach Ball if they want to continue their pursuit of a particular item. Watch for additional details in the LPA and LPN newsletters, plus the Friends of Lake Panorama Facebook page and website.

Silent auction items will include a variety of gift baskets; two $100 Target gift cards; five $50 Casey’s gift cards; two handmade quilts; an LPN Stay-and-Play package valued at $680; both Iowa and Iowa State engraved cast iron skillets; a Utah Jazz NBA jersey signed by Georges Niang; and a Cake-of-the-Month item that will provide one home-baked cake creation every month for a year, prepared and donated by Tammy Deal.

Those who have items to donate to the auctions, or want to purchase tickets to the event, can call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536 or email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Anyone who already paid for a table sponsorship or tickets, and now can’t or doesn’t want to attend because of the date change or concerns about COVID-19, can receive a refund on request. Or leave the money with Friends as a donation for the playgrounds.

So far $20,000 has been raised toward the $70,000 goal for the playgrounds. Donations for the playground project are accepted at any time, and can be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Checks should be made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama.

All donations are tax-deductible. Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on signs erected near both playgrounds, and on the donor page of the Friends website. More information about the playgrounds and other donation options is available at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

Posted 7/8/2020
May 26, 2020
Lake Panorama Association Office - Via Web Conference

The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met May 26, 2020, at 5 p.m., via Web Conference. Board members in attendance were Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, Tom Jeschke, Rich Schumacher, Jim Spradling and Neil Wright.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: Dave Finneseth, LPA Member
President Carothers called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.

Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda –
Schumacher moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present for open forum

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda
Donovan moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 04.28.2020 LPA Board Meeting
c) Acceptance of 04.30.2020 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Accept 2019 Audit Report from Meriwether Wilson
e) Approve date of the next LPA board of directors meeting
f) Approval of minutes from 2019 LPA annual meeting
g) Approval of 2020 annual meeting agenda
h) Approve ballot counters for 2020 annual meeting
i) Accept minutes from 04.27.2020 LPN, LLC Board of Manager meeting
j) Accept 05.11.2020 Building Code Committee Minutes

Agenda Item 4a – Variance Request: B&T Snyder, LLC, Lot 1229, roof pitch as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Tristen Snyder, Lot 1229, (5218 Panorama Terrace) presented house plans requiring a 4/12 roof pitch on four small planes of the roof. The committee decided the house was aesthetically pleasing and noted that other houses this year have been granted 4/12 roof pitches. Evans made a motion to approve a variance allowing a 4/12 roof pitch for lot 1229. Motion seconded by Dirk Westercamp and carried unanimously.
Evans moved to approve granting a variance for 4/12 roof pitch, per the plan presented, for B&T Snyder, LLC for lot 1229. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4b – Variance Request: Jeff and Tracy Drury, Lots 554, 555 & 556, setback of lighthouse from shoreline as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Jeff Drury, Lots 554, 555 and 556, (4733 Panorama Drive) presented plans for a light house to be put between his house and the lake shoreline. He was asking for a variance of 25 feet closer to the water. Based on the light house’s ornamental nature, the nature of the surrounding shoreline, the neighbor’s approval and one neighbor preference to have the light house closer to shore and further from his own home. The committee weighed both approval of the structure, as well as the structure’s location. Motion Van Wyk to approve the lighthouse and the 25-foot setback variance, with clarification LPA would retain authority over any concerns regarding hours of operation and lumens of light discharged. Motion seconded by Esser and carried unanimously.
Evans moved to grant approval of the lighthouse and awarding a 25-foot lake setback variance, with clarification LPA would retain authority over any concerns regarding hours of operation and lumens of light discharged, for Jeff and Tracy Drury, for lot 554, 555 & 556 all combined.  Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 4c – Variance Request: Darrell & Leisa Jobe, Lots 334 & 335 combined, front lot line setback and 3/12 and 4/12 roof pitch as recommended by Building Codes committee   
Excerpt from Building Codes Minutes:
Rick Hayes presented building plans for Darrell and Leisa Jobe’s new home, Lot 334 and 335, (6522 Coven Court). The plans would require a 10-foot setback from the front lot line along with two - 4/12 roof pitches and a 3/12 roof pitch over the front entryway. Based on neighbor’s approval and pleasing aesthetics, motion by Esser to approve a 10-foot front lot setback variance and roof pitch variances of 3/12 and 4/12 for lots 334 and 335, as presented in the building plans. Motion seconded by Knudsen and carried unanimously.
Evans moved to approve granting a variance for a 10-foot front lot setback variance and a variance for roof pitches of 3/12 and 4/12 for Darrell & Leisa Jobe, Lot 334 & 335 combined, per the plans submitted. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

Agenda Item 5a – Old Business - None

Agenda Item 6a – Other Business – None

Agenda Item 7 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 5:25 p.m. to discuss legal matters. The board exited closed session at 6 p.m.

Schumacher moved to approve a confidential legal agreement, as discussed in closed session, contingent upon final document review by LPA attorney and execution by LPA general manager. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.

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

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

Posted 7/8/2020

Q: Now that Gov. Reynolds has lifted the restriction on public pools, when will our pool reopen? — Gerri

A.
The swimming pool adjacent to the Lake Panorama National conference center opened July 1 and is available for public swimming daily 10:30 a.m. to dusk. Annual memberships can be purchased by both LPA members and non-members. Swimmers must check in at the pro shop counter where they will sign in and pay the daily fee of $3, if they have not purchased a membership. Everyone will be given a wristband to wear in the pool area. In order to encourage physical distancing, tables and chairs have been placed 6 feet apart.

Q: Are sailboats allowed on Lake Panorama? — Bill

A:
Funny you should ask. A story in this month’s issue features a lake couple who purchased a sailboat and are using it on the lake. The story states that although Lake Panorama is not ideal for sailing due to it being narrow, it is allowed (but not encouraged, as an abundance of sailboats could cause problems).

Q: How often should a septic tank be pumped?  — Lisa

A:
The answer to this question can vary depending on usage and how many people live in your household. But, generally speaking, those in the industry say the average household septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a septic service professional and pumped every three to five years.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.” 

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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!

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.

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