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PANORA BOUTIQUE TO CELEBRATE 5 YEARS IN MAY 
Bella Sorella is Italian for “beautiful sister” and is named for one of owner Stacy Benton’s friends in Louisiana.

Posted 1/12/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

It was May 2017 when Stacy Benton opened the door to her new women’s clothing store in Panora. Six months earlier, she and her husband, Sam Benton, moved to Lake Panorama from her home state of Louisiana.
“Sam is originally from Guthrie Center and wanted to move back to Iowa to be closer to family,” Benton says. “I told him if I was moving to Iowa, it would be a great time to open the women’s clothing store I’ve always dreamed of owning.”
The result is Bella Sorella Boutique, located on Panora’s Main Street in the business district. Bella Sorella is Italian for “beautiful sister” and is named for one of Benton’s friends in Louisiana.
“I’ve just always loved clothes, and shoes, and putting outfits together,” Benton says. “It’s fun for me, and I wanted to have a store where I could help create outfits for others. My goal was to have a place that was open and inviting with a laidback feeling. I want customers to come hang out, and the more, the merrier.”
When the Bentons arrived in Panora, the owner of the building where Bella Sorella is located was just starting to renovate it, and Stacy was able to choose some of the colors and finishes for the building she now leases. It’s located across the street from Panora’s gazebo, which Benton says gives the business district a “Norman Rockwell feel.”
Every nook and cranny of the small building is filled with things to create the “outfits” Benton loves to pull together. Besides racks and racks of clothing, there are scarves, belts, hats and jewelry, with some of the jewelry created by local artists. And there are boxes and boxes of shoes, which Benton says are a “weakness” of hers.
“I try to keep up with new trends, while also offering lots of classic pieces,” Benton says. “We try to cater to all ages and offer some great brand names.”
The store also features a wide selection of BruMate insulated drinkware, Madison County wines, and purses. Of special note are the Porto Vino purses, which feature an insulated pouch that can hold two bottles of wine, and a spigot for dispensing the wine carried inside the purse.
The year 2020 was difficult for the business because of COVID.
“It was hard to keep the doors open,” Benton says. “But we surpassed all our sales goals other years, and sales bounced back in 2021. With more people working at home, we adjusted some of what we offer. We used to focus more on dressy casual, but now we lean toward more casual pieces.”
Benton is active in the Panora Chamber, which she says has focused more in recent years on retail businesses in the community.
“There are more stores for people to shop in than there were five years ago when I started,” she says. “There is a nice variety of stores now along Main Street, and Panora has become more of a destination for shoppers. The 2021 Panorama Days, which is organized by the Chamber, was amazing, one of the busiest days we’ve ever had.” 
Benton says her customers come from everywhere.
“I’m surprised by the groups of women who come to Panora to shop. Summers are our busiest, of course, when the population at Lake Panorama swells. But we also have lots of local regulars who shop with us.”
The Bentons first lived in an offshore home at Lake Panorama, but a year ago purchased a waterfront property they are renovating.
“We love Lake Panorama,” Stacy says. “It’s beautiful, and we love the recreation opportunities it offers. In fact, we love the entire Panora and Lake Panorama community. It’s been very welcoming.”
The Bentons raised five children in Louisiana who range in age from 21 to 31. Three now live in Iowa and two in California. Sam Benton owns a wholesale distribution company that caters to the powersports industry. Last summer, he purchased the building on the east side of the square that had housed Reshape Fitness Studio for his business. The building also is handy for storing Bella Sorella merchandise.
Dorothy Woodvine has worked at Bella Sorella Boutique for several years and is Benton’s “right hand woman.” Woodvine is generally there Tuesday through Friday noon. High school and college girls fill in hours on Friday afternoons and Saturday. Don’t be surprised to find one or more dogs roaming the shop. The Bentons’ boxer named Murphy visits sometimes, as does Sully, their Golden Retriever.
The store is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Benton says hours may be reduced some in the winter, but she tries to stick to those hours as much as possible. The store has a Facebook page, and she encourages people to follow that to learn about changes in hours and special events.
For the past 26 years, Benton has worked fulltime for CenturyLink/Lumen Technologies as a project manager. She worked at home until the move to Iowa, when she set up office in the back room of the store and worked from there on days it was open. She retired Dec. 24 and says she is excited about now being able to focus all her energy on Bella Sorella Boutique. 

LPN BOARD OF MANAGERS ENTERS SEVENTH YEAR 

Posted 1/12/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

A board of managers that oversees the Lake Panorama National operation is entering its seventh year. While the Lake Panorama Association has owned the LPN golf course since 1977, it has owned the LPN conference center just 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, Katelyn Brelsford was reappointed to a one-year term on the LPN board. Reappointed to three-year terms were John Coghlan and Greg Steffen. Other current board members are Kathy DeLucca, Jim Koch, Sue Merryman and Shanell Wagler.
Officers for 2022 were elected at the LPN, LLC’s December board meeting. Coghlan was re-elected president, with Koch elected as vice president, and Wagler elected as secretary/treasurer. 

GM COFFEE ATTENDEES HEAR PLANS FOR 2022
The LPA budget includes a 5% dues increase.

Posted 1/12/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

About 30 people attended the third and final 2021 GM Coffee on Dec. 9. John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations, reported staff is “wrapping up a good year. We are prepared for winter weather, but taking advantage of mild weather conditions to complete some late season work, such as tree trimming.”
Rutledge said developing the 2022 budgets for both the LPA and LPN has been challenging. Both were approved at the LPA’s board of directors November meeting.
“LPA’s business model remains sound, but we’re seeing an unprecedented period of inflation in some categories,” he said. “Price increases in both fuel and insurance are notable. The LPA and LPN burn about 12,000 gallons of gas annually, which currently is pricing 80 cents higher per gallon than our 2021 contracts. LPA and LPN burn another 13,000 gallons of diesel, with RIZ purchasing about 60,000 gallons of diesel last year. Diesel now is one dollar higher than last year.
“Higher labor costs also is something we’ve had to adjust to at both LPA and LPN to ensure we remain competitive in attracting and retaining talented staff,” Rutledge said. “Please know we’re doing our best to manage this period of inflation without reducing the service we provide to the membership.”
The LPA budget includes a 5% dues increase. Member boat sticker fees will not increase for 2022, although guest boat sticker fees will go from $25 to $50. There will be modest increases for camping fees, plus slip rates at the marina will increase to reflect supply/demand issues. Jetty fees will not increase, as those were adjusted substantially a few years ago.
The water safety committee has been reviewing new and upcoming items on the market. One is the Sea Doo Switch, which pairs a jet-powered motor with a lightweight pontoon.
“This is not new technology but a new combination,” Rutledge said. “These vessels are extremely nimble and can exceed 40 mph. We’re concerned about safety with these pontoons, and the LPA board has banned these until further study can be completed this spring.”
Recent discussions about potential limits on wakeboard boats generated a substantial amount of interest from wakeboard boat owners, Rutledge said.
“Both the water safety committee and the LPA board encouraged us to survey the membership about this topic, which we will do this winter,” he said. “LPA’s strategy will be to learn more and ensure all membership concerns are fairly assessed. There is no immediate or easy answer, and we want to be sure the concerns of both sides are fairly evaluated.”
The LPA is hiring for a new position in the water department, which has been a two-person department for many years. The new water plant, plus the continued increase in new and remodeled homes, has added to the department’s workload.
“We’re looking for someone with experience as a Grade One water treatment operator,” Rutledge said. “If you know of anyone who is qualified and interested, please refer them to me.”
One water department project planned for 2022 is the addition of a booster station on the east side of the lake. An exact location hasn’t been finalized, but will be in the Tie Road area. This booster station will address an area where water pressure sometimes is low.
Another water department project on the drawing board is replacing the water line that runs from Sunset Beach to the east side of the lake. This project is expected to cost about $500,000, and financing will be needed. The current line is original and more than 50 years old. Over the winter of 2019-2020, a leak was discovered in a Burchfield Cove underwater line, which had to be replaced. That project was completed in the spring of 2020.  
Rutledge said he is following the process as new voting precincts and Guthrie County board of supervisor districts are developed. The number of voting precincts is being reduced, with township lines guiding the process. If the current plan is approved, Victory Township residents will be voting in Yale. Since Victory Township extends to some properties on the west side of the lake, Rutledge says absentee voting options may become more popular.
Regarding the board of supervisor district maps, Rutledge said it is likely Lake Panorama will remain divided into two districts. The state’s Legislative Services Agency is playing a key role this time, which is different from 2011, the last time new district lines were drawn.
“We feel the process is being handled fairly and not putting the lake at any intentional disadvantage this time,” he said. “We will continue to monitor the process as it unfolds.”
Rutledge said the new dog park looks good, with grass coming up and remaining construction underway.
“This is a project being led by Friends of Lake Panorama and is a great new amenity for both current and future LPA members that is completely financed by donors,” he said. The park will open in 2022, once the turfgrass is fully established.
The LPA annual meeting will be May 14, 2022. The ballot distributed in advance of that meeting will include re-adoption of the LPA covenants, which needs to be done periodically, and was last done 21 years ago. Also on the ballot will be the election of three directors to the LPA board.
Both Jim Spradling and Gary Evans will have completed two, three-year terms on the board and are not eligible to run again. Also up for election is Julie Fulton, who was elected last year to fill the remaining year of the late Neil Wright’s term. Fulton has not yet declared her intentions for 2022. Rutledge encouraged anyone interested in a seat on the LPA board to contact him to discuss.
The annual Fin and Feather banquet also is scheduled for the evening of May 14, 2022.
Turning to Lake Panorama National, Rutledge said golf memberships for the 2022 season now are available for both the LPN and Panorama West. Forms are in the LPN pro shop and on the LPN website.
Golf carts for the LPN are leased for five years at a time, and 2022 is the year for a new lease. The lease continues with Club Car golf carts, but includes some new in-cart technology.
“We are excited to be able to offer some modest updates to the golfer experience for 2022 and beyond,” Rutledge said.
Rutledge gave a sales pitch for LPA members to rent the Panorama West community room for special gatherings; reported new asphalt shingles were installed at the LPN conference center as a result of an insurance payment following hail damage; said LPA maintenance staff has been grinding down and repairing high spots in LPN cart paths where tree roots heaved the asphalt; and reported that the new wall on the south side of the fifth hole pond is complete.
Seven bids were received for a project to remove about 350 ash trees from both the LPN and Panorama West golf course. The bids ranged from $148,000 to $409,000. The low bidder was Xtreme Tree, and the work will be done this winter.
“The timing is appropriate, as a number of trees are showing signs of emerald ash borer infestation,” Rutledge said. “Removing these trees now is safer and less expensive than if we waited until the trees have been dead for a couple of years.”
Another argument for doing the tree removal now, before all are infested, is to give the 100 trees on the courses that are being treated a better chance to survive. About $10,000 is being spent for this biennial treatment.
Rutledge said Shive Hattery engineers are assessing the feasibility and potential costs of repairing the rip rap along the south shore of the main basin. Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board members have discussed this work could fall under the RIZ umbrella as an erosion control project and is likely to fund this work in the coming months.
Larry Petersen was elected Dec. 7 to another three-year term on the RIZ board. Rutledge expressed thanks to the 42 voters who turned out in person or via absentee ballot to vote in this election. Active participation helps show the value of RIZ to the LPA membership.
Rutledge said November is a busy month for RIZ. The annual audit was completed in October with no notable issues raised. The annual financial report and urban renewal report both were approved and filed by Dec. 1, as was the annual TIF debt certification.
RIZ had a new 15,000-gallon fuel storage tank installed this fall near the dredge dock, along with a cold storage building for parts, lubricants and other items that support the dredging operation.
Rutledge said expansion of the old CIPCO basin is underway. This basin has been renamed the 180th Trail Basin to avoid confusion, since CIPCO has long since concluded its role as the former owner of that basin. Spring Lake Construction was awarded a $3.2 million contract in August, and RIZ expects the project to exceed $4 million in total cost when complete. Once the County Basin is full, this expanded basin will be used for dredged material.
“RIZ is always looking ahead 10 years,” Rutledge said.
Dredging is done for the season, with about 170,000 cubic yards of sediment removed. This year’s totals weren’t as high as some years, because of two years of drought and the extra work done in 2020 by Dredge America. Other 2021 projects were adding rip rap at the County basin to address some shoreline erosion; rip rap added on the west side of the Burchfield Cove river channel; and the creation of a “bench” and sediment basin for long-reach excavator use in that area.
Rutledge said land trades and acquisitions were completed in the past couple of years to position RIZ for additional wetlands and sediment basins.
“RIZ continues to pursue a two-pronged approach by investing in both sediment removal and storage, and the prevention of sediment entering the lake,” he said.
Two additional wetlands are planned, but one has been held up due to changing regulations within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Maintenance of the three current wetlands is ongoing with the pool levels having been lowered by about 18 inches before the water freezes. This keeps the ice off the grouted rip rap and extends the life of the grout. Rutledge said the wetlands will be returned to full pool in the spring.
The 2022-23 fiscal year RIZ budget is on the docket for completion by March 15. Rutledge said work begins on the budget in mid to late-January, with the process completed sometime in February.
Rutledge forecasted increased revenues for RIZ, noting the entity will receive approximately $2.9 million in fiscal year 2022-23.
Rutledge noted the continued growth of RIZ revenues is a function of property value growth, which averaged 13 percent overall.
“Although members can find it unsettling to receive valuation increases from the county assessor, it does benefit RIZ’s continued pursuit of enhanced erosion control and water quality,” he said. 

2022 GOLF MEMBERSHIP PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Extra incentives are still available to those who join and pay 2022 membership in full in January. 

Posted 1/12/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

There were 141 individuals, couples or families who purchased a 2022 golf membership at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West by Dec. 31 and were entered into a drawing for seven prizes. The drawing was held Jan. 4. Winners are:
• Driver and fairway wood combo – Ted Hawley
• $500 in LPN Diners Club credit – Jim Sievers
• Bushnell range finder – Mike Krull
• Michael Kleinwolterink print – Kirk Fischer
• Three-dozen Titleist custom golf balls – Jim and Nicki Clayton
• 2022 single LPN pool and fitness membership – Brian and Cristin Kreifels
• Nine-hole playing lesson with Rob Riggins – John and Susan Crawmer
For those who missed the deadline for the prize drawing, there still is an extra incentive to join and pay their 2022 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 2022 membership choices automatically through their bank account. Starting March 20, 2022, and ending Aug. 20, 2022, 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 2022 membership mailing and also 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. 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 2022 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
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OBITUARY
Jennifer Ann Hewitt

Posted 1/12/2022
On Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, Jennifer Hewitt passed away at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Jen was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. The family was the center of her life. She spent her last days surrounded by Jeff and her children and left us peacefully.
Jennifer Ann Hewitt, 64, was born Feb. 12, 1957, in Algona. She was the second child of Kenneth and Juliana (Cotton) Jackson. Jen grew up in Lone Rock, and she continued to spend the next 44 years there. She became a mother, started her family, and then married Jeffrey Hewitt in Fenton.
Jen moved to her cherished home in Panora in 2001. She and Jeff built a beautiful life where they spent time doing the things she loved — planning and orchestrating large family gatherings, boating with the kids and grandkids, volunteering in her community, and tending to her gardens and acreage. Jen was a consummate giver, finding time for members of her family and those who asked of her.
Over the years, Jen worked in a variety of fields of her interests: special education in Sentral and Panorama schools, banking at Guthrie County State Bank, and most recently with her daughter Juliana running their vintage and homemade goods business, Jules.
She was a faithful Christian. She enjoyed services at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Polk City and had belonged to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fenton and St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Panora.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jeffrey Hewitt; daughters, Heather (Dan) Barth, Juliana (Matt) Rasmussen, twins Jessie (Dan) Garcia and Jamie (Mike) Paul; son, Joshua (Meredith) Hewitt; eight grandchildren, Caleb (Juliana), Jeydan (Jessie), Grace (Juliana), Jordan (Juliana), Amanda (Jessie), Zoey (Heather), Will (Heather), and AJ (Jamie); brothers, Mike (Chris) Jackson and Dallas (Barb) Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at the Twigg Funeral Home, 219 E. Main St. in Panora.  
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Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month
Sunrise on Lake Panorama

Posted 1/12/2022
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Trish Hart has been taking photos of Lake Panorama’s beauty for many years. She and her husband Scott bought a lot in Andrew’s Cove in 2007. They had a home built, which was completed in 2012, and moved to the lake fulltime in 2014. Their home is across the lake from Sunset Beach and near the beginning of the Narrows.
While many of Trish’s photos involve birds and other wildlife, she says she and Scott also enjoy catching sunrises and sunsets on Lake Panorama.
“We are amazed at the beautiful reflections the colors provide on the lake,” she says. This photo of a Lake Panorama sunrise was taken in December from the Hart’s back deck.
Hart offers custom prints of her nature photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 
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LAKE DOGS

Posted 1/12/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Names: Winston and Javy
Age: 3
Breed: miniature schnauzers
Owner: Traci Kauffman

Winston and Javy seem to love everyone, especially kids. They enjoy car rides, walks and going to the lake. Winston likes to play fetch and greets Traci with a toy when she comes home. Javy is Traci’s secret service agent by day, keeping watch for any critter or visitor with a voice it is not afraid to use. They are both just happy, affectionate and joyful fellas. 

ANNUAL STOCKING PROMISES BETTER FISHING  OPPORTUNITIES
Fish stocking totals for 2021 included 2,500 walleye, 1,000 smallmouth bass, 2,000 largemouth bass and 2,085 perch. 

Posted 12/7/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

More than $18,000 worth of fish has been added to Lake Panorama by Fin and Feather in two different deliveries this fall. Fish stocking totals for 2021 included 2,500 walleye, 1,000 smallmouth bass, 2,000 largemouth bass and 2,085 perch.
Fin and Feather stocks fish that range from 3 inches to 8 inches in length, depending on the species, to promote high survival rates. Fingerlings are less expensive, but survival rates are lower. Experience has shown 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. Some also were dropped into the lake from nets used to scoop them out of tanks in the truck.
Besides stocking fish, the group helps improve fish habitat and sponsors an annual fishing derby for children during Panorama Days. Fin and Feather raises its money through annual memberships and a fundraising banquet each spring.
The 2022 banquet is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, the same date as the LPA annual meeting. The event will be held at the Lake Panorama National conference center, with social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.  

2022 golf memberships are now available
A payment program is available for all golf membership categories, plus the LPN pool and fitness center.

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Posted 12/7/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Anyone who was a golfing member of either Panorama West or Lake Panorama National in 2021 will receive 2022 golf membership applications and related information about the 2022 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 2022 membership choices automatically through their bank account. Starting March 20, 2022, and ending Aug. 20, 2022, 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 2022 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 $3,381 for a family, $2,824.50 for a couple, and $2,149.50 for an individual. This membership option also is available to non-LPA property owners at the prices of $3,739, $3,186 and $2,512.
A Lake Panorama National 2022 membership for LPA property owners is priced at $2,310 for families, $1,963 for couples, $1,500 for an individual, and $385 for junior golfers younger than the age of 18. This membership for non-LPA property owners costs $2,540 for families, $2,194 for couples, $1,732 for individuals and $385 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 $1,155, for a couple it is $982, and for an individual, the cost is $750. 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 $1,964 for a family, $1,617 for a couple, and $1,068 for an individual.
Memberships for the swimming pool and fitness center at the LPN also are listed on the 2022 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, 2022, will receive a $125 LPN gift card. LPN golf memberships paid in full by Jan. 31, 2022, 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 2021, all memberships paid by Dec. 31, 2021, will be entered into a drawing. Prizes awarded will include a driver and fairway wood combo valued at $850; $500 in LPN Diners Club credit; Bushnell range finder valued at $300; a Michael Kleinwolterink print valued at $200; three-dozen Titleist custom golf balls valued at $180; a 2022 single LPN pool and fitness membership valued at $350; and a nine-hole playing lesson with Rob Riggins, LPN head golf professional.
Membership forms are online at www.lakepanoramanational.com/membership.

ON THE LAKE
A new film column, business page feedback and a sturgeon?

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Posted 12/7/2021
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

What was the last movie you saw at a theater? If you are like me, you really have to think for a bit before answering that. Due to the pandemic, many of us have opted to stream movies at home, using a variety of services. Meanwhile, I do miss going to the theater and watching the latest releases on the big screen with a tub of buttery popcorn and a box of Milk Duds.
Regardless of where you watch, there is no denying that movie-viewing is one of America’s favorite pastimes. So with that in mind, I was intrigued when Michael C. Woody reached out to me with the idea of having him write film reviews from a local perspective for the Lake Panorama Times. It sounded like a great idea to me, so you will find his first installment this month. I hope you give it a thumbs up.

’Twas the night before
If you are looking for a wonderful Christmas story to warm the hearts of the young and old alike, then be sure to check out CITYVIEW magazine this month where you will find Bob Hullihan’s classic story of the waterbug, a pair of silverfish, a young spider, three ladybugs, a cricket and a trouble-making mouse that teach us all a thing or two about generational differences and tradition. Pick up a copy of the magazine on the stands or check out the story online at                          www.dmcityview.com.

Jamie Pollard
Most of you know that Iowa State University athletic director Jamie Pollard and his wife Ellen are lake residents. And most of you know that Jamie recently announced his cancer diagnosis while also stressing the importance of early detection. Please join me in keeping Jamie and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Business page submissions
Several of you have commented on how you appreciate the addition of our business page to Lake Panorama Times. I appreciate the feedback as we continue to grow our coverage of the local business community, in addition to lake residents who own or operate businesses. I welcome your story ideas, as well as any news brief items that you would like us to include. You can submit on our website at www.lakepanoramatimes.com or email directly to me at shane@dmcityview.com.

A few lake chuckles
My friend Bill was standing on the edge of Jones Cove at Lake Panorama. I yelled over to him, “How do I get to the other side?” He replied, “You are on the other side.” Uggh.
Want some more? Here’s a little humor for your friends in the medical industry. Ask them, “Who carries out operations in a lake?” The answer? A sturgeon, of course.
And finally, we don’t have mountains in Iowa, but many of you do enjoy the scenery around mountain lakes in other locations. In fact, some of you say they are absolutely gorges.

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Editor and Publisher
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FURRY FAMILY PHOTOS DRAWS 20 FAMILIES
A total of $1,266 was raised to support the Lake Panorama dog park. 

Posted 12/7/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Twenty families took the opportunity to get photos with their pets Nov. 21 at the Furry Family photos event at Twin Vines. Brad and Ben Hayes, owners of Twin Vines, donated the use of their event venue for the fundraiser.
Freewill donations were given to Friends of Lake Panorama in exchange for volunteers snapping family photos with cameras and smartphones provided by a family member. A total of $1,266 was raised to support the Lake Panorama dog park.
The Friends dog park task force organized the event. Committee members decorated three areas at Twin Vines for the holiday photos. These included an antique sleigh near the red barn, loaned by Carol and Derek VanKirk; an antique truck, loaned by Dave Leonard, parked in front of a row of pine trees; and hay bales arranged in the entrance of the red barn bridge.
Construction on the dog park is nearing completion, with work on the entrance area and parking lot still to be done. The dog park will open sometime in 2022, once the turfgrass is well established. The park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and East RV Road on the east side of Lake Panorama and will be open to Lake Panorama property owners and their guests. 

RECIPE
Russian tea cakes

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Posted 12/7/2021
By Jolene Goodman

I love to bake. And, I love to bake Christmas cookies. At this stage in life, I am learning to modify recipes to have less fat and sugar in them. I am, slowly, learning and applying these tricks. However, I am not willing to sacrifice the recipes and tastes of traditional Christmas cookies to save a few calories or worry about how healthy these treats are. There are just some things in life that are worth the splurge, and the holiday season is one of these times every year. Moderation helps.
So, baking lots of Christmas cookies and holiday treats is a tradition that takes place in our household. Our favorites include frosted sugar cookies (that is the No. 1 family favorite), spritz, Russian tea cakes, butterscotch corn flake balls, covered pretzels, pecan tassies, cinnamon-sugar trail mix and fudge (Shane’s favorite). Other recipes come and go, but those are the mainstays. My favorite is the Russian tea cake cookie, and I have shared the recipe here. All my recipes are, of course, my mother’s. She was a great baker and cook, so I thank her for nurturing this love I have, and grateful for all the great recipes I am able to pass down to our daughters and you. Bake and enjoy! Merry Christmas!

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

Russian Tea Cakes
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup sifted flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Mix together thoroughly: butter, powdered sugar and vanilla.
Sift together and stir in flour and salt.
Mix in ground walnuts.
Chill dough.
Roll into 1-inch balls.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until set, but not brown.
While warm, roll in powdered sugar.
Cool, then roll in powdered sugar again.
Makes 4 1/2 dozen.  We always double this recipe.

Dec. 15 set for launch of new LPA website 
The private side of the website will be restricted to Lake Panorama property owners. 

Posted 12/7/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Lake Panorama Association (LPA) plans to launch a new website Dec. 15, replacing the current site that has been in place since 2009. Over the years, the old website has become difficult to navigate, as additional information and features were added.
This new website will be simpler to use, while continuing to provide LPA staff the ability to communicate directly with members, and provide the important documents members need.
There will be both public and private sides. The home page on the public site will include information about Lake Panorama and the LPA. The private side of the website will be restricted to Lake Panorama property owners.
The website address will remain the same as the old site  —www.lakepanorama.org. The home page will have tabs for “Resident Sign-Up” and “Resident Sign-In.” When the website launches, emails will be sent to all property owners who currently have an email address registered with the LPA office. This email will provide details on how to create an account and take members directly to the private side.
LPA members who have not registered for the current website won’t receive an email invitation. They still will be able to set-up an account through the “Resident Sign-Up” option, and gain access to the private side of the website after being verified as an LPA member.
Members must sign up to join the new site, this isn’t something the LPA staff can automatically do. Members who do not sign up will no longer receive LPA’s weekly email news bulletins or emergency bulletins, or be able to access LPA documents that will only be available on the private side of the website. For these reasons, the LPA staff is encouraging members to sign up immediately once they receive notice the new website is live.
The new website will not only make things easier and simpler for members, but will allow members to ensure their current contact information is up to date. It’s important for LPA to know member email addresses and phone numbers, so staff can reach out with questions or concerns related to their Lake Panorama property. Members will have the option to share their contact information with other members that sign up. Contact information will not be shared unless members check the “Share Contact Information” box. This can be changed at any time.
“Members will be prompted to register via email, but they must complete the final step to ensure their information is up-to-date and they are in our system to receive weekly email bulletins and special announcements,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “We appreciate the membership’s patience and support as we both roll out the new website and make sure we have their contact information up to date.”

COFFEE WITH THE LPA GM SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 9

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John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations, invites LPA members to join him for coffee and other refreshments at this informal gathering on Thursday, Dec. 9. This event will be at the Lake Panorama National conference center, begin at 10:30 a.m., and will last about an hour.
At these coffees, Rutledge provides an update on current happenings and takes questions from members in attendance. The main focus for the Dec. 9 session will be the 2022 LPA and LPN budgets, which received final approval at the LPA board’s Nov. 23 meeting. Other topics will be projects being undertaken by the LPA, LPN and the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ).
If members have questions or items they would like covered about LPA policies or developments, they can email lpa@lakepanorama.org to give Rutledge an opportunity to prepare in advance. LPA members with questions specific to their own membership or property should call the LPA office during regular business hours at 641-755-2301.

What’s happening at the LPN
Dec. 31 will bring events for both children and adults.

Posted 12/7/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

With the busy golf and banquet season in the rearview mirror, LPN staff members are making an extra effort to bring people into the conference center. The LPN, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lake Panorama Association. As such, the LPA benefits when business is strong at the LPN.
Happy hour specials are available 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, with special pricing on seltzers, pints, well drinks and house wines.
A new Links menu launched in mid-November. It has many of the old favorites, while offering several new items that have become new favorites. In addition, a weekly features menu includes rotating items not on the regular menu.
A four-week trial offering Sunday breakfast began Nov. 14 and proved successful. The Sunday breakfast will continue for two additional Sundays, on Dec. 12 and Dec. 26. A separate breakfast menu is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in addition to the regular menu available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Bloody Mary and mimosa bar is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a cost of $8 per drink.
A decision on whether to continue Sunday breakfast in 2022 is pending. Current Links kitchen hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch the LPN Facebook page, LPN Resort Weekly newsletter or the LPN website for updates.
The annual LPN Holiday Brunch will be Sunday, Dec. 19, and include both breakfast and lunch items. Service will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with reservations taken every half hour. The cost is $24 for adults, $11 for children ages 5 to 12, with children ages 4 and younger free.
Dec. 31 will bring events for both children and adults. A Noon Year’s Eve party for kids will include cookie decorating, crafts, activities, and a milk and cookie toast at noon. This party will be 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at a cost of $15 per child.
An adult New Year’s Eve party in the banquet room will begin with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. Buffet dinner stations will be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A chocolate fountain buffet will remain open until 11 p.m.
A disc jockey will provide music throughout the evening, with dancing starting at 8 p.m. The cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Ticket prices include social hour appetizers, buffet, chocolate fountain, party favors, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Room packages with LPN Resort accommodations are available that combine overnight lodging and admission tickets. Attendance is being capped at 200.
Reservations are required for both the Dec. 19 brunch and the Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve parties. Call the LPN front desk at 641-755-2080. For more information on these and other LPN Resort events, check out the LPN calendar at www.lakepanoramanational.com/calendar.
The LPN staff is interested in feedback from members, including suggestions for future special events, menu items and anything else related to the LPN food and beverage department. Submit comments online at www.lpnresort.com/feedback.

Q&A
JAN REINICKE
Friends of Lake Panorama president provides update.

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Posted 12/7/2021
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 of that year.
The charity is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. In this month’s Q&A, Jan Reinicke, Friends president, talks about current projects and future goals.

Q. Let’s start with a look back at some of the major projects Friends of Lake Panorama has helped make possible in the last seven years. 
A. With the help of the LPA community being central to our success, I believe it’s an impressive list of projects completed in the very short time we’ve been in existence.
Our first major project was a destination playground at Sunset Beach. It was a partnership project, completed in 2016, with Friends raising $80,000 and LPA contributing $50,000. We built upon that success with our second large project being the sports courts at Boulder Beach providing fans of basketball, pickleball and tennis many hours of fun and exercise. It was also a partnership project with the LPA.
Our next project in 2017 was a transformation of the Panorama West golf course thanks to an estate gift of $473,00 from James and Joyce McLuen. It allowed the addition of many improvements, but also challenged Friends to establish a protocol for handling future estate gifts. It was a generous gift by longtime lake residents deciding to support something they loved by including a bequest in their will. We’re hoping it encourages others to think about the future impact they can have on recreational amenities at Lake Panorama.
Another major project completed this year was a $70,000 fundraising campaign for new playground equipment at both Shady and Boulder Beaches. As always, the LPA provided in-kind contributions of assistance with installation, oversight and maintenance.

Q. Tell us about the progress on the Lake Panorama Dog Park. 
A. The possibility of building a dog park at Lake Panorama had been discussed for many years, even before Friends of Lake Panorama existed. Because the idea had received strong support from a segment of the LPA membership, in 2019 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 in 2020, 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. A $50,000 goal was set, and fundraising began in October 2020.
The members of the dog park task force took a high-profile role once the project was approved by the Friends and LPA boards. What resulted was a group of people who recruited other dog lovers to the cause and successfully organized a fundraising event last fall, raising $6,225 with a dog walk, golf tournament, raffle, auction and reception.
This past summer, the same group raised more than $3,700 with a garage sale of donated items. In October, the group hosted a dog walk that raised $325. In November, committee members hosted a Furry Family Photos event, bringing in donations of $1,266.
Private donations continued at a strong pace, and $45,000 had been raised by this past summer. The fourth Friends Beach Ball was held July 30, with a profit of $25,000. The Friends board committed $5,000 of those profits to reach the $50,000 goal for the dog park.
This has been a very successful fundraising model for Friends. In addition to the many fundraising events held, the networking among task force members and supporters in the community resulted in many donations coming in faster than for many of the other projects we’ve sponsored.
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.
I’m happy to report much of the dog park construction is complete, with only the entrance gates and a small shelter over the entrance left to build. Grass was seeded this fall, and has emerged, but additional seeding will be needed in the spring. Two trees have been planted. The LPA will be installing a parking area and two picnic benches. Friends continues to accept donations for the dog park to purchase additional trees, and perhaps some benches, plus help with ongoing maintenance costs.
The park will be open to LPA members and their guests. Opening will take place sometime in 2022, and will depend on how soon the turfgrass is fully established.
Q. What other projects are in the works? 
A. Friends will be completing two other projects in 2022, using funds from the 2021 Beach Ball. Enhancements to an existing trail near the Panorama West golf course are underway. The existing trail is used by the Panorama School District as a cross-country track site. A task force of volunteers has developed plans that include marking a portion of this trail and designating it as the “official” Panorama West Trail.
For safety reasons, and in compliance with current LPA rules, users of this 2.5-mile trail, which includes a 1.5 mile out-and-back section, and an optional 1-mile loop, may include hikers, runners, cross-country skiers and dogwalkers, but no motorized vehicles.
The newly marked trail will wind through grassy open areas and timber but will not cross the golf course or roadways. A trail map will be placed on an informational kiosk that will double as a trail head sign. The trail head, with limited parking, will be located at the end of the Nicholl Drive cul-de-sac just east of the Panorama West clubhouse.
Low profile 4x4 recycled plastic lumber posts with directional signage, recreational symbols, and distance markers, plus two recycled plastic benches, will be installed along the multi-use portion of the trail.
Another project made possible by the 2021 Beach Ball is the addition of three swings to the Sunset Beach playground. These will be installed in spring 2022.
Fundraising is underway for two new projects. One is a half-court basketball at Sunset Beach. The court will be on a concrete pad 40-feet wide by 50-feet deep. Sport Construction Midwest, headquartered in Adel, will install a new Goalsetter MVP hoop, place tile on the concrete, and paint half-court lines. A 10-foot-high fence and one gate will complete this project.
Mark and Karen Einck, who matched donations of $25,000 for the Boulder Beach basketball court, have pledged to match up to $20,000 for the Sunset Beach court. It is hoped $40,000 can be raised for construction in 2022. Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on a sign at the court.
The other new project involves developing a proposal for a multi-use recreational area on Lake Panorama’s south shore. At its June 2021 meeting, the LPA board of directors unanimously approved a motion to allow Friends to develop this “recreational concept.”
A volunteer task force is working on a proposal to take to the LPA board in the spring. The proposal will include a disc golf course and a walking/hiking trail, with additional recreational amenities considered. The plan will need approval from the LPA board of directors before work begins, but Friends is accepting donations for this effort now.
One final project I want to mention. In the last two years, four high-quality metal benches have been placed in various locations at both Sunset and Boulder Beach. Locations at all three beaches have been identified for additional metal benches, either stationary or swinging. The current cost of one of these benches on a concrete slab is about $3,200.
These benches can be purchased either as a memorial for a loved one, or by those who want to leave their mark on Lake Panorama while they are alive. The benches include signs that can be engraved with up to four lines of text.
We are not conducting a general fundraising campaign for benches. Instead, this “Benches at Beaches” project targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a bench. We hope to find sponsors for several benches before installation, which would mean a cost savings on concrete pours and reduced shipping costs.
So far this fall, Friends has received donations from two couples for two new swinging benches, one at Shady Beach and one at Boulder Beach, which will be installed in 2022. Anyone interested in discussing the sponsorship of a bench at one of Lake Panorama’s three beaches can email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org, or call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536.

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 the basketball half-court at Sunset Beach, the South Shore Recreational Concept, the dog park, and the Friends general fund.
There are several options to donate. 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 older than 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. Any additional thoughts you’d like to share?
A. 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 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. The volunteer committee working on developing a concept for recreational amenities on the South Shore is another good example of seeking input from community members with expertise and commitment.
We will be doing outreach for the support needed to complete the next phase of projects and hope you’ll include Friends in your priorities. We’d like to widen our fundraising base in the community and get new first-time donors on board. We appreciate your support and look forward to working with you to build a strong Friends organization for the future.
That future support can include marking your calendars now for the fifth Beach Ball on July 22, 2022. This is our primary fundraising event in addition to the individual donations we solicit throughout the year. It’s always a fun event so save the date and plan to attend. More information will be available in the spring. 

OBITUARY
MARCIA JEAN HARRIS

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Posted 12/7/2021
Marcia Jean (Ruemper) Harris, 87, of Panora, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, surrounded by family and friends at the Guthrie County Hospital, Guthrie Center, Iowa.
Marcia was born on Sept. 8, 1934, in Des Moines to Raymond Samuel and Gladys (Brockway) Ruemper. She married William G. Harris of Elkhart, Iowa, on June 18, 1954.
Marcia enjoyed playing golf, bridge, traveling and watching all types of sports. She also enjoyed sharing a glass of beer or wine with good friends. Also known as the “Sassy Bear Lady,” she collected all types of bears from all over the world, many gifted from friends and family. Marcia was also a longtime Chicago Cubs fan who lived long enough to see them win the World Series in 2016, which she was grateful for.
Marcia was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bill Harris, her mother Gladys and father Raymond Samuel Ruemper, sister Sharon West of Des Moines, and son-in-law Roger Sydnes of Ames.
She is survived by her son, Mark Harris of Elkhart; daughter, Kim Sydnes and her children, Sam and Andy, all of Ames, as well as very dear nephew and nieces.
A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at the Lake Panorama Conference Center. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Guthrie Center. 

Twin Vines offers unique location for special events
The Twin Vines name reflects Brad and Ben Hayes being twins, with a nod to the grape vines they decided could stay.

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Posted 12/7/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Ask Brad and Ben Hayes why they were interested in purchasing the vineyard and buildings on Highway 44 one mile west of Panora, and they both look a little sheepish.
“In the beginning, we weren’t interested in the vineyard and buildings at all,” Brad says. “The attraction was the farm ground that came with the vineyard. We farm with our family, growing corn, beans and cattle, and saw this farm ground as the perfect opportunity to expand.”
Brad and Ben are twins, the sons of Rick and Mary Hayes. Brother Matt is the oldest of four children. In between him and the twins is sister Michelle Meinecke, who lives with her husband Cory and their two sons in Yale. The four siblings grew up on Lake Panorama and graduated from Panorama schools.
The twins purchased the farm ground in 2018. First, they wanted to learn about the acre-and-a-half of grape vines.
“We needed to figure out what we had there, and if we should keep it or tear it out,” Ben says.
They got help from Iowa State University Extension personnel and other grape growers. Once they learned it takes five years or more for grape vines to produce fruit, they decided it would be a shame to tear it out.
They talked with their sister Michelle, who agreed to try her hand at making wine from the grapes.
“Some friends and I had used winemaking kits in the past, so I had some knowledge about the process,” she says. “But it’s different when you’re harvesting and using your own fruit. The winemaking has turned into a family operation. It’s fun to be part of the process from the beginning to the end.”
The vineyard includes five different grape varieties. In 2019, the Hayes family harvested their grapes, donated some to a food bank, and used some to make their first batch of wine.
“We got about 50 bottles, which we mostly gave away as gifts,” Michelle says. “In 2020, we sold some of our grapes, plus bought some grapes from other growers. That gave us enough to make more wine than the previous year.”
They sold some of that 2020 wine at events held this year, but ran out in July. This fall they harvested a good crop from their own vineyard and purchased grapes from other Iowa vineyards. As in previous years, family members and friends helped with the grape harvest and winemaking.
If all goes as planned, both red and white wine will be bottled in January and February.
“This is the most wine we’ve made so far,” Michelle says. “We hope we’ll have more bottles available in 2022 to use during our special events and offer to those hosting events here.”
By late 2020, Ben and Brad were ready to introduce the Twin Vines event center. On Nov. 1, a sign painting workshop offered in collaboration with Art on the Fly, based in Jefferson and owned by Jolene Peters, was held in the Twin Vines Venue. Sixteen people attended, and the event was deemed a success.
Twin Vines was chosen as the name for the wine the family was bottling, as well as the event center they were planning. The name reflects Brad and Ben being twins, with a nod to the grape vines they decided could stay. A logo that features the red barn was created and is used on wine bottle labels and promotional materials.
The brothers purchased tables and chairs for the second-floor venue and installed a bar on one side. Kandi Meinecke, owner of Britches and Bows, added decorative touches. With windows on three sides, the room offers panoramic views of the vineyard and the surrounding area.
The venue can handle about 50 people sitting at tables, or up to 200 if people are coming and going. Pricing is determined on a case-by-case basis, with rental either by the half-day or full-day. Besides the meeting room, the venue rental fee includes use of the grounds, the vineyard gazebo, and covered bridge. Since the large barn is used for winemaking, it’s not open to the public.
A special hourly rate is offered for photographers who take graduation pictures or family photos, with several outdoor settings available for backdrops.
This year, Twin Vines sponsored a Dueling Fiddles live music event, with two women fiddlers performing from a deck on the upper level of the barn. A food truck provided several options, and craft beers were available. About 100 tickets were sold to guests who brought folding chairs and blankets to spread out near the vineyard for the performance.
On Oct. 2, Twin Vines hosted a five-course Farm-to-Table dinner featuring locally sourced cuisine. The appetizer course was served in the gazebo near the vineyard, with the other four courses at long tables near the barn. The sold-out event hosted 50 diners.
Reshape Fitness Studio in Panora has held several events at Twin Vines, including yoga sessions paired with either wine or cider. Reshape held a 3-mile Turkey Trot walk/run at Twin Vines on Thanksgiving morning both this year and last year.
Private events in the venue have included birthday, retirement, reunion, graduation and holiday parties, plus baby and bridal showers. Several corporate events have been held, from training sessions to a real estate business open house to a Panora Chamber meeting.
The twins continue to look at what other venues are doing and plan to sponsor a few of their own events each year.
“We’re always open to ideas for different types of events, and looking for opportunities,” says Brad. “Our time is really the main limiting factor, since we all work full-time.”
Michelle works at EMC Insurance in Des Moines.
“With the winemaking, we’re learning as we go, but we’re having fun with it,” she says.
The twins both graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. Ben majored in construction management at UNI before attending Iowa State University to earn a master’s in business. He is project manager for Formation Group in Johnston, a company that assists clients with building development and planning.
Brad majored in real estate and finance and has his own real estate appraisal business. His office is located within the Twin Vines building, so he’s the main contact for those who have questions or want to schedule a tour. He can be reached at 641-757-9808 or by email at info@twinvinesvineyard.com.
Twin Vines has a Facebook page and a website. The website, at www.twinvinesvineyard.com, has a form that can be completed to get the rental process started. The venue is available for reservations 365 days of the year.
The twins of Twin Vines say they’re pleased with their first year in the event venue business.
“We’re meeting new people, and enjoying the unique things we’ve sponsored this year, like the Farm-to-Table dinner,” says Brad.
Ben says he’s happy with the success they’ve had so far.
“This opportunity is unique, but we’re having fun with it,” he says. “There aren’t any other event venues in Guthrie County that offer such a unique setting. We’re looking forward to having more people discover Twin Vines.” 

PRIDE UPDATE
EXITING 2021 WITH A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO

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Posted 12/7/2021
By Curtis Thornberry
President, Panora and Lake Panorama Area Economic Development - PRIDE

It would be easy to think back over 2021 and recount all the business opportunities that were made harder by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, I had to attend countless meetings and a couple of statewide conferences over Zoom that would normally have been held in person. I worked through numerous projects that seemed straightforward, but were significantly delayed because of supply chain disruptions. I talked with owners and managers of local businesses who were experiencing challenges with hiring staff. Rather than focus on the negative, however, I want to stress how productive this year has been for economic development as Panora checks off some of the boxes on its list of goals.
Like many rural Iowa communities, Panora entered this year with a lot of uncertainty but is exiting the year with a lot to look forward to. Housing and commercial development have been key goals over the last couple of years for PRIDE and the City of Panora. When I talk with area businesses, one of the things I hear is how challenging it can be to find housing locally. Hiring new employees for the city can be also a challenge.
Several years ago, the City of Panora conducted a housing assessment that highlighted the related challenges the community has. Issues such as aging housing stock, lack of homes for sale and limited rentals have impacted employers’ ability to hire from outside the area and limited the options that prospective residents had in looking to move to the community. One of the pluses included fiber broadband services to all properties in the community, a service that many relied on to work from home during the pandemic.
This past year, several things have happened to push housing forward in the community. First, the City of Panora partnered with the Region XII Council of Governments to plan for the construction of four new low- to moderate-income houses. The building sites were supplied by the City, and the grant applications were submitted for housing tax credits and development funds. This type of housing is essential for the school district looking to bring in new teachers, local government looking to hire police officers, or local businesses looking to expand their operations. Beginning in 2022, we should begin to see construction on these properties in Panora. Demand for lake property outside Panora continues to drive the local market, with Lake Panorama seeing 17 new houses in 2021, not including remodels of existing properties.
The City is also working with Panorama Schools and Panora Telco through a public/private partnership to extend Clay Street west of N.W. 4th Street to Panther Drive and the elementary school complex. This project will bring a number of benefits to the community. The improved safety response times and reduced traffic congestion on the school campus will be noticeable. The project will also address stormwater issues in the area and make up to 18 buildable lots available for new housing near the school.
The downtown commercial business district continues to thrive. I receive frequent requests for businesses looking to locate in Panora in the Downtown Historic Business District, but the requests can’t be satisfied because of limited commercial inventory. Earlier this year, the Iowa Downtown Resource Center performed a Downtown Walk Around analysis for the City. In their report, they noted that “Good things are happening in [Panora].” They even remarked that many of the issues they see in communities of Panora’s size have already been addressed locally, including downtown design standards, a vibrant town square, revolving loan fund resources and development incentives for business façade improvements. While there are several storefronts that are vacant, overall, there is a good mix of businesses with retail, restaurants/hospitality, and professional services available downtown.
Two properties on the east edge of downtown, including 106 E. Main St. and 113 E. Main St. are available for sale or will be soon. The Ben’s Five and Dime is closing at the end of the year, and this will leave a 10,800-square-foot vacancy at 106 E. Main St. beginning January 2022. An additional 6,400-square-foot space is available on the east end of the Downtown Historic Business District as well and is on the market today.
In addition to business development through the main business corridor, other commercial projects have been occurring in the City. In the Panora Telco business park, two new businesses have moved into the building at 102 S.E. 13th St. Restyle Décor & Consigned Furniture and Reshape Fitness Studio renovated a Broker’s International property. Guthrie County Hospital and Clinics is also building a new clinic at the entrance to the business park. The clinic will replace the existing location in the Panora Plaza and is slated to open the beginning of 2022.
If 2022 is anything like 2021, it will be important to stay focused and nimble when it comes to local development projects. With the increase in housing, there will be more opportunities to attract families to support local businesses and attract new ones to the area as well. Many of the goals set by the City over the past several years will become reality soon enough. It’s also important to recognize that relationships and partnerships are key to the success of these projects. PRIDE is a local economic development organization that foster’s collaboration in the business community and seeks ways to support and grow local businesses and the environment necessary for their success.

FRIENDS OF LAKE PANORAMA BOARD 
MAKES 2022 PLANS
Two new members were appointed to the board for three-year terms.

Posted 12/7/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Friends of Lake Panorama is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. The board held its 2022 organizational meeting Nov. 29.
At the meeting, two new members were appointed to the board for three-year terms. Bill Winkleblack replaced Tricia Steffen, who has been on the Friends board since the nonprofit began in December 2013. Jackie Wellik replaced Emily Spradling, who was appointed to the board in May 2016 to complete two years of her husband Jim’s term when he was elected to the LPA board. She then served one full three-year term.
Other board members are Galen Johnson, Jody Muench, John Muenzenberger, Jan Reinicke and Jim Tibbles.
In officer elections, Reinicke was elected president, Tibbles vice president, and John Muenzenberger secretary-treasurer. Susan Thompson is the non-profit’s executive director.
For the past year, the charity has focused on raising $50,000 for the Lake Panorama Dog Park. A total of $45,000 had been donated in advance of the July 30 Beach Ball fundraiser. That event cleared $25,000, and at a meeting in August, the Friends board voted to direct $5,000 to the Beach Ball proceeds to the dog park.
Construction is nearing completion. Turfgrass that was seeded late this fall was able to germinate, but overseeding will be needed in the spring. The park will open in 2022, once the turfgrass is established well enough to handle the expected traffic.
Two trees have been planted at the park, which were donated by Larry and Heather Isom, who own Isom Tree Farm. Fundraising will continue to add more trees to the park in the fall of 2022. In the future, the Isoms have offered to donate one tree for each tree purchased. Donations designated to the dog park also will be used to cover ongoing expenses for waste bags, and perhaps the installation of a couple of benches.
Other topics discussed at the Friends board meeting included a report on progress being made on establishing a multi-use Panorama West Trail and three swings that will be added to the Sunset Beach playground. Both projects are being funded with proceeds from the 2021 Beach Ball and will be completed in spring 2022.
Board members reviewed plans for a new project — a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach, for which fundraising is underway. Mark and Karen Einck, who matched donations of $25,000 for the Boulder Beach basketball court, have pledged to match up to $20,000 for the Sunset Beach court. It is hoped $40,000 can be raised for construction in 2022.
The Friends board formed a task force to develop a proposal for recreational amenities on Lake Panorama’s South Shore. The task force is made up of both Friends board members and additional volunteers from the community. The proposal created by this task force will be presented to the LPA board in the spring. The proposal is expected to include a disc golf course and walking trail with additional amenities also being considered.
Preliminary plans for the next fundraising Beach Ball were discussed. The event will be held July 22, 2022. Final decisions on plans, pricing and how funds raised at this event will be used will be made at the board’s spring meeting.
Currently, donors giving to Friends can designate their gift to the basketball half-court at Sunset Beach, South Shore future recreational amenities, the Lake Panorama dog park, and the Friends general fund.
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. Direct donations can be sent via Venmo @Friends-Panorama. Donations also can be made by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.
Donations of securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) are welcome, as are direct IRA qualified charitable distributions. For information, contact Kristen Crouthamel, financial advisor at GCSB Investment Center, 641-755-2799 or kristen@investgcsb.com.
Details on 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.

COVE CAT

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Posted 12/7/2021
By cheryl temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: GW (Short for George Washington)
Owners: Pam and Britt Shelton

GW thinks he is the President of the United States. The cat sits stoutly in high places and acts more like a guard dog. GW has a friend here at the lake, Mr. Fox, that he watches from the window. GW was found at 10 weeks old with a car fan belt mark on a leg. The cat used one of its nine lives while taking a ride to a park while under the car. GW is the Shelton’s third rescue cat.

LAKE DOG

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Posted 12/7/2021
By cheryl temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Gunner
Owners: Krissy and Don Ross

Gunner is a 21-month-old Aussie Shepherd Border Collie mix that lives on Burchfield Cove with Krissy and Don Ross and playmate Hunny. Gunner enjoys going out on the boat. If you drive by his house, he will run back and forth yelling “hi” to you because he is a friendly boy. 

TRISH HART'S NATURE PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Great Blue Herons at Lake Panorama 

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Posted 12/7/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

One of the largest birds seen at Lake Panorama is the Great Blue Heron. The one shown here is a frequent visitor to the small cove where Trish and Scott Hart live. Trish Hart is a photographer who offers custom prints of her nature photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass.
Great Blue Herons typically are seen in Iowa along the edges of rivers, lakes and wetlands. These birds are tall with a long neck and a wide black stripe over their eye. They are grayish blue in color and have long feather plumes on their head, neck and back.
Most of the time, Great Blue Herons are either motionless or moving very slowly through the water looking for their prey. Common foods include fish, frogs, reptiles, small mammals and even other birds. Great Blue Herons build their nests, which are made of sticks, high in trees.
For more information about Trish Hart’s photography, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

GOV. REYNOLDS VISITS LAKESIDE VILLAGE
Members of the Lakeside team described the certifications and support they received using Future Ready Iowa grants.

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Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Lakeside Village hosted Gov. Kim Reynolds Oct. 26 as a part of Reynolds’ 99 County Tour. The focus of the visit was how Lakeside used Future Ready Iowa grant funds over the last two years to provide education and training for good paying jobs and careers.
In 2020, Lakeside Village was awarded two Future Ready Iowa Grants totaling $246,800. The funds were used to assist Iowans obtain certifications within long-term care career paths. More than 200 people took CNA classes, 50 people became ServSafe certified, and 15 took the Iowa assisted living manager course.
This year, Lakeside Village was awarded $48,000 through Future Ready Iowa for a summer youth internship pilot program. The grant allowed the senior living facility to offer a six-week paid internship to local youth. Internships were offered in management/marketing, maintenance, nursing and culinary.
During Reynolds’ visit, members of the Lakeside team described the certifications and support they received using Future Ready Iowa grants. Reynolds also toured the classroom made possible by grant funds and met with staff and residents.

PICTURED: Gov. Kim Reynolds visited Lakeside Village Oct. 26 to meet with staff and residents. Pictured left to right are Carolyne Carstens, Marla Hammer, Julie Hathaway, Gov. Reynolds, Amanda Creen, Kristine Marlow, Lee Ann Wilkinson and Jeff Oliver. 

FRIENDS OF LAKE PANORAMA RAISE FUNDS FOR NEW PROJECTS

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

As 2021 draws to a close, Friends of Lake Panorama is on track to complete three projects in 2022. At the same time, planning and fundraising for two new projects has begun.

Lake Panorama Dog Park
Fundraising for a dog park at Lake Panorama began in September 2020 with a goal of $50,000 to build the park and provide needed amenities. By July of this year, the total stood at $45,000. A successful July 30 Beach Ball raised $25,000, and the Friends board voted to complete the dog park fundraising effort by directing $5,000 there.
Construction is nearing completion. Grass has been seeded, and two dog water fountains purchased. Two sugar maples donated by Isom Tree Farms were planted. Bryce Arganbright, Arganbright Construction of Panora, has completed the fence and rock work. A shelter at the entrance will be completed as soon as the materials arrive. The park will open in spring/summer 2022 once the turfgrass is strong enough to handle the expected traffic.
There will be ongoing maintenance costs at least for the first couple of years, as additional seed, fertilizer and weed control are needed to support the turfgrass. Amenities such as trees or benches also may be added. For these reasons, donations continue to be accepted for the dog park. All donors of $500 or more by Jan. 1, 2022, will be recognized on a sign at the park.
Donations of $325 were received from the 25 people and their 15 dogs participating in the Going to the Dogs Walk at Lake Panorama National Oct. 16. Participants used the cart paths on the back nine of the golf course to walk to and from the dog park. A similar event a year ago gave participants the chance to see the park’s planned location. This year, they saw the park as it nears completion.

Panorama West Trail Enhancements
An existing trail near the Panorama West golf course will be improved in this new project funded by $700 in private donations and $5,000 from the 2021 Beach Ball proceeds.
The existing trail is used by the Panorama School District as a cross-country track site and covers a variety of terrain including timber pathways, golf fairways and roadways. A task force of volunteers has developed plans that include marking a portion of this trail and designating it as the “official” multi-use trail.
The newly marked 2.5-mile trail, which includes a 1.5 mile out-and-back section, and an optional 1-mile loop, will wind its way through grassy open areas and timber but will not cross any portion of the golf course or roadways. A trail map will be developed and placed on an informational kiosk that will double as a trail head sign. The trail head, with limited parking, will be located at the end of the Nicholl Drive cul-de-sac just east of the Panorama West clubhouse.
Low-profile 4x4 recycled plastic lumber posts with directional signage, recreational symbols and distance markers will be installed along the multi-use portion of the trail. To avoid confusion, these park-style, recreational markers will be different from the cross-country signage. Two recycled plastic benches will be placed along the trail. Product orders are being placed, with installation and project completion planned for spring 2022.

Sunset Beach Swings 
Three new swings will be added to the Sunset Beach playground. These will be the same swings as the ones now at both Boulder and Shady beaches and will be placed directly west of the existing playground. There will be one toddler swing and two bench swings. The budget for this project is $8,000, and the Friends board voted to provide the full amount for this project from 2021 Beach Ball proceeds.
The swings were ordered Aug. 20, 2021, from Boland Recreation of Marshalltown, the same vendor that now has provided new play equipment at all three of Lake Panorama’s beaches. The swings will be delivered and installed in spring 2022.

Sunset Beach Half-Court Basketball 
Of the three types of courts at the Boulder Beach sports courts complex, the basketball court gets more use than all other courts combined. It’s believed a basketball half-court on the west side of the lake also would be popular. The LPA board approved this project for Sunset Beach at its June 2021 meeting, and fundraising is underway.
An area south of the bathroom, between two rows of trees, has been identified as a good location. This would require a concrete pad 40-feet wide by 50-feet long. Sport Construction Midwest, headquartered in Adel, is the vendor for the Boulder Beach sports courts. Company employees will install a new Goalsetter MVP hoop, place tile on the concrete, and paint half-court lines. A 10-foot-high fence and one gate will finish off this project.
A goal of $40,000 has been set for this new basketball court. Mark and Karen Einck, who matched donations of $25,000 for the Boulder Beach basketball court, have pledged to match up to $20,000 for the Sunset Beach court. It is hoped the $40,000 goal can be reached in time for construction in spring 2022. Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on a sign at the court.

South Shore Recreational Concept 
The Friends board wants to get walkers off the narrow, winding LPA roads, and on to safer, more enjoyable trails. The Panorama West trail enhancement is the first phase of this effort. It’s believed a trail on the south shore near the main basin would be an ideal location for another walking/hiking trail, where the beginnings of a trail structure already are in place.
In addition, Friends is interested in construction of a disc golf course that would be in the same vicinity. These would be two separate trails but could use the same parking area, have combined signage, and operate under the same usage guidelines.
John Worth, an LPA member involved in disc golf, has volunteered to design a nine-hole course and help guide its construction. Each hole would include a concrete tee pad and a chained basket target. Participants would bring their own discs, and no motorized carts would be allowed. A course sign, map and scorecards would be located near the first tee.
At its June 2021 meeting, the LPA board of directors unanimously approved a motion to allow Friends to develop a “recreational concept” for the south shore. These two projects are the most likely recreational use there, but additional amenities will be considered. A recreational concept report is in the works, and Friends officials will return to the LPA board in spring 2022 to present it.
Friends currently is accepting donations for the construction of a disc golf course and walking/hiking trail on the south shore. However, final approval of these projects by the LPA board will be required before construction could begin.
A coupon to complete and send with a 2021 tax-deductible donation is available in an ad on page 9. The coupon lists donation options as basketball half-court at Sunset Beach, South Shore future recreational amenities, dog park, and the Friends general fund. Donations by check can be mailed to Friends at P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216.
Direct donations can be sent via Venmo @Friends-Panorama. Donations also can be made by credit card online at www.friendsoflakepanorama.org. Details about other ways to donate, plus all past, present and future Friends projects also are on the Friends website.

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BEACH BENCHES ANOTHER DONATION OPTION 

A survey conducted by Friends of Lake Panorama in April 2019 showed LPA member interest in additional amenities at Lake Panorama’s beaches. This led to Friends promoting high quality benches at beaches to some families looking for options to memorialize a loved one.
In 2019, a metal bench on a concrete slab was installed at Boulder Beach, in memory of Kim Lubeck. This year, a metal swinging bench was installed at the Boulder Beach playground, in memory of Bill Priestley. Another metal swinging bench was installed at Sunset Beach, on concrete, in memory of Lois and Dean Porath. A stationary metal bench also was installed on concrete at Sunset Beach, in memory of Courtney Allen Sr.
Now locations at all three beaches for these heavier metal benches, either stationary or swinging, have been identified. Each would be placed on a concrete pad. For instance, the area behind the new Boulder Beach wall is suitable for four or five concrete pads with a bench on each.
The current cost of either a stationary or swinging bench on a concrete slab is $3,200. Bench colors available are blue and green. 
These benches can be purchased either as a memorial for a loved one, or by those who want to leave their mark on Lake Panorama while they are alive. The benches include signs that can be engraved with up to four lines of text.
Friends is not conducting a general fundraising campaign for benches. Instead, this “Benches at Beaches” project targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a single bench. The goal is to find sponsors for several benches before installation would occur, which would mean a cost savings on concrete pours, and possibly reduced shipping costs.
Those interested in discussing the sponsorship of a bench at one of Lake Panorama’s three beaches can email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org, or call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536.
 
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ON THE LAKE
A found wallet, some town square kudos and a wet friend

Posted 10/5/2021
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

If you subscribe to our Daily Umbrella newsletter, you may recall a column I wrote in recent weeks about losing my keys and the related insanity that ensued. What I did not share is that I did find the keys — about a week later inside a duffle bag of clothes. So I got my keys back — and my sanity, or what little I had.
Lake resident Rick Jacobsen shared a similar but much more interesting story with me recently. During the demolition process of the bathroom facilities on Sunset Beach, LPA staff found a wallet in one of the structures that had been there since at least 1994. They contacted the owner of the wallet, who happened to be Jacobsen’s sister.
“We owned a C lot back in 1994,” Jacobsen told me. “And we used to have family outings at the beaches with our family, including my sister. She must have left it in the bathroom.”
After at least 27 years, the wallet was in “great shape” and still had family photos, phone cards, a calendar and even a recipe from a family friend — all intact.  The only thing missing? Money.
“Someone must have grabbed the cash and stuffed the wallet in the wall,” Jacobsen said.
And how did Jacobsen’s sister respond after learning that her wallet was found?
“She doesn’t even recall losing it,” Jacobsen shared.

Town square kudos
Panora City Administrator Lisa Grossman shared a fun piece about Panora from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The article discussed how Iowa is blessed with many town squares that serve as community parks, sometimes with a courthouse, a city hall or a gazebo in the center. It then goes on to describe Downtown Panora and the square where the high school was built and the gymnasium that still stands.
For those of you who don’t know, the Panora High School gymnasium was built in 1936 as an addition to the school as WPA Project No. H-1276. The WPA, or Works Progress Administration, was founded in 1935 to provide work for needy persons on public works projects like building bridges, roads, public buildings, public parks and airports. While the school has been torn down, the gymnasium and many other WPA projects still stand today.
Here are two interesting facts from the article. First, in order to dig the footings in the cold January weather, builders had to bust through the frozen ground with dynamite. Second, the first home game played at the gym was Dec. 11, 1936. Ronald “Dutch” Reagan, WHO sports announcer and future U.S. president, was at the high school to cover the new facility and stayed for the evening game.
Of course, the facility is now known as Veteran’s Auditorium. The article shared how youth basketball is held there and pickle ballers have a weekly league, as well as how the auditorium holds important veteran events, parties, fundraisers, political events and community celebrations. Thank you, Lisa, for passing that along.

Another lake chuckle attempt
And finally, some lake humor with a post-Halloween twist.
I saw my friend Bill recently. He could see that I was clearly shaken, and I could see that he was clearly wet. Bill said, “Shane, why are you so scared?” I replied, “I was driving my truck yesterday, and I accidentally hit a deer. I thought it was dead, so I threw it in the lake. By the way, Bill, why are you so wet?” Bill replied, “I was going to a Halloween costume party dressed like a deer. Then someone hit me and threw me in the lake.”
Have a great November, and thanks for reading.

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

NEW WALL ON LPN FIFTH HOLE COMPLETE

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A project on the Lake Panorama National golf course that has been on the drawing board for many years was completed in October. Work on a wall between the LPN No. 5 pond and the green took about five days. An old wall made of railroad ties had been deteriorating for several years, and the ground slope between the pond and the green was unstable.
Country Landscapes of Ames was hired to build a new wall between the pond and the approach area to the green. This project involved stripping the bent grass around the green to reinstall once the work was done. Metal sheets were placed over the water sprinklers, and the pond was partially drained.
The contractor removed the old railroad ties. A trench was dug, and a solid base created. Next came a 36-inch-tall retaining wall made of pre-cast modular concrete blocks installed on the south side of the pond. Rock and fill dirt were added between the wall edge and the green to ensure the slope stays relatively flat and golf balls no longer run off the green and into the pond.
The bent grass near the green that was stripped before construction was reinstalled, and additional seeding was done in areas disturbed. The hole is closed for the remainder of the 2021 season. Golfers should bypass this hole and avoid stepping in or around the freshly laid sod near the new wall. This will allow the area to stabilize in time for play in 2022. 
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RECIPE
Put Fish on the Family Menu

Posted 11/9/2021
By Jolene Goodman

(Family Features) When meals at home get stale and boring, adding some excitement back to family dinners can be as simple as a protein swap. Despite fish being a no-go for picky eaters in some families, there’s a flavorful solution for adding it to the menu in your home.
If you’re hoping to introduce kids (or a picky spouse) to fish for an at-home shakeup, try wrapping it with a flavorful favorite. This Bacon-Wrapped Halibut recipe calls for lightly seasoned fillets wrapped with all-natural bacon served alongside your favorite grains and vegetables — an easy yet tasty way to put seafood on the table.
Sourced from American Humane Certified family farmers that raise animals 100% crate-free with no antibiotics or added hormones, the Coleman Natural bacon in this 20-minute dish contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives so you can feel good about feeding your family better. Plus, with no sugar, it’s paleo-friendly and perfect for those looking to reduce sugar intake.
To find more family-friendly recipes, visit ColemanNatural.com/Recipes.

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

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Bacon-Wrapped Halibut

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

4 halibut fillets (6 ounces each), skin removed
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
8 slices Coleman Natural Bacon
1 tablespoon canola oil
cooked rice or other grain (optional)
salad or other vegetable (optional)
Season halibut with salt and pepper, to taste, then wrap each fillet along shorter side with two bacon slices, tucking ends underneath to hold in place.
In large, nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add fish and cook, turning once, until bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes on each side.
Serve fish with rice or salad.
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PLAYGROUND DONATION BY GUTHRIE COUNTY FOUNDATION RECOGNIZED 

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In April 2020, Friends of Lake Panorama received a $2,000 check from the Guthrie County Community Foundation (GCCF). This was in response to a grant application from Friends for help with a $70,000 project to install new playground equipment at both Boulder and Shady beaches. Fundraising began in November 2019, and the $70,000 goal was reached in October 2020. The play equipment at Shady Beach was installed that fall, with the Boulder Beach equipment in place by April 2021.
In the past, the foundation held annual receptions to recognize grant recipients. The COVID-19 pandemic led the GCCF board to look for new ways to connect with those receiving grants in 2020 and 2021. The result has been visits by members of the GCCF board to project sites, plus photos taken with the GCCF “Live Here…Give Here” signs and local grant recipients.
In 2020, Friends of Lake Panorama was one of 35 grant recipients. That year, the Guthrie County Community Foundation had $143,902 to give in grants to Guthrie County charitable organizations and projects. In 2021, 23 grant recipients in Guthrie County received a total of $118,632.
Funding for GCCF grants is provided by local donors, the County Endowment Fund Program, and Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation. Through Iowa’s County Endowment Fund Program and Grow Greene County Gaming, a percentage of gaming tax revenue is distributed to community foundations that do not hold a state-issued gaming license. GCCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, a nationally accredited Community Foundation that provides GCCF access to the Endow Iowa tax credit and the County Endowment Fund Program.

PICTURED: Members of the Guthrie County Community Foundation (GCCF) board of directors and the Friends of Lake Panorama board gathered recently for a photo at the new playground at Boulder Beach. GCCF board members are visiting project sites where grant funds were used. Friends of Lake Panorama received a $2,000 grant in 2020 to help install new playground equipment at Shady and Boulder beaches. Shown at the Boulder Beach playground, left to right, back row, Kirby Klinge, Tammy Deal and JoAnn Johnson, GCCF board members. Front row, Jan Reinicke, Jody Muench, Jim Tibbles and Emily Spradling, Friends board members. 
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Q&A
PERMITS REQUIRED FOR LAKE PANORAMA DOCK OWNERS

Docks must be in compliance by July 1, 2022, to avoid citations.

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Docks on Lake Panorama are governed by a State of Iowa law passed in 2008. Management of the program falls under the jurisdiction of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Jeremy King is the Iowa DNR conservation officer for Guthrie and Audubon counties. King grew up in Guthrie County. While King was in high school, he worked for the DNR at Springbrook State Park for four summers. After high school, he attended Upper Iowa University.
Later he worked seasonal jobs for the DNR such as fisheries technician, natural resource educator, and water patrol officer. He was hired full-time by the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks as a park manager stationed in Mobridge before being hired by the Iowa DNR as a conservation officer in 2004.
In this month’s Q&A, King reviews the rules and regulations for dock permits as these impact Lake Panorama owners.

Q. Tell us about your duties as a conservation officer for the Iowa DNR. 
A. My job duties are very diverse. I primarily focus on people who hunt, fish, trap, ATV, snowmobile, and boat. However, I am a state-certified officer and have statewide jurisdiction to enforce all state laws. Each year during my primary enforcement, I arrest people for drugs, assist with domestic violence complaints, speeding, and other various law infractions I come across. I am also federally deputized to enforce certain fish and game laws.  

Q. Explain the reasons for the state law regarding dock permits and how this applies to Lake Panorama.
A. The intent of this law passed in 2008 was to have a numbering system on the water like there is on land. This law also provides guidance on distance from property lines, how big docks can be, how many slips are allowed, and other things. Lake Panorama is a unique lake that provides private access to public water. Since the water is public, docks need to be registered. This is to help locate houses or to provide an E911 address in case of an emergency, should it happen on land or on the water, so emergency crews can respond to the location faster.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DOCK SIGNS MUST BE PURCHASED FROM LPA 

Once a permit is received from the Iowa DNR, Lake Panorama dock and swim platform owners need to use that information to order a sign through the LPA office to attach to their dock. This is an LPA program that exists in addition to the DNR regulations.
After the dock permit law was passed in 2008, the LPA board wanted to ensure uniform signage for aesthetic and safety reasons. Calling an ambulance from the water is confusing, and these signs ensure addresses are easily identified by everyone.
The sign order form can be found on the LPA website or picked up in person at the LPA office. Some general information is needed, including your 911 address and the DNR permit number. There is a $50 fee to cover the cost of the sign. The LPA office will let the member know when the dock sign arrives, and can be picked up from the office.

NO CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR THIS YEAR
WFPF hopes to be back doing the Christmas Home tour in December of 2022.

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The area service club Women for Panora’s Future (WFPF) normally sponsors a Christmas tour of homes the first Sunday in December. The tour was canceled in 2020 and also won’t be held this year.
“Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID, we chose not to pursue a Christmas Home Tour for 2021, and risk possibly exposing our hosts and hostesses to this virus, plus the more than 200 participants who support our tour,” says Debbie Rockwell, WFPF president.
Visitors tour the inside of host homes that have been decorated for Christmas. Rockwell says the group hopes to be back doing the WFPF Christmas Home tour in December of 2022.
“Anyone who loves to decorate for Christmas can contact me at rockwell2@netins.net to get on our list of upcoming homes,” she says. “We have a great committee that will reach out to you and answer all of your questions. Being a host for the tour is a good way to get your decorating out of the way early, so you can enjoy all of the Christmas activities while everyone else is frantically putting up their tree.”
The home tour normally raises enough money to award $500 scholarships to two graduating Panorama Community School students each spring. Brian Bahrenfus, head coach of the Panorama baseball team, has a collection area for cans by the recycling bins in Panora. The baseball team uses this income to fund things it needs. Bahrenfus has agreed to let WFPF collect the cans May and June of 2022 to use toward the student scholarships. Signs will be posted at the drop-off site those two months to remind donors of the change, and information will be provided through social and print media.
Another WFPF fundraiser involves selling raffle tickets for a monthly plate of cookies or a pie with the winning name drawn at the group’s September meeting.
WFPF members help decorate the Panora town square for Christmas and run the candy cane walk and cake walk during community events. They donate cookies for Memorial Day activities and the Haunted Village; clean the roadside ditches on Highway 4 north of Panora twice a year; hold two blood drives a year; and donate money to several local organizations. They also purchase Christmas presents for all residents of Panora Specialty Care.
The group meets the first Tuesday of each month and is always looking for new members. Contact Rockwell at rockwell2@netins.net for more information.

Lake Panorama RIZ election Dec. 7
Polls will be open from noon until 8 p.m.
 

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Voting for one position on the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board will take place Tuesday, Dec. 7. 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. The last date to request an absentee ballot via U.S. Postal Service is Nov. 22. Voters also can vote absentee at the auditor’s office in the Guthrie County courthouse from Nov. 17 through Dec. 6.
Trustee Larry Petersen is running for re-election. Other trustees on the RIZ board are Bill Dahl, Doug Hemphill, JoAnn Johnson 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 2021-2022 fiscal year is $2.6 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 is the dredging of sediment from Lake Panorama. This ensures lake depth remains suitable for safe enjoyment by LPA members and their guests.
The most notable project approved this year is the expansion of the 180th Trail Basin, formerly known as the CIPCO Basin. This project will occur over multiple years and will represent an investment of about $4 million. The project will provide Lake Panorama with a sediment basin for use after the County Basin is full.
Also being completed in 2021 are the armoring of select areas in Burchfield Cove and the County Basin, as well as the replacement of the 15,000-gallon fuel barrel that serves the dredging operations. Development is underway for the fourth and fifth wetlands serving the lake’s watershed. For more information on Lake Panorama RIZ, visit its website at www.lakepanoramariz.org
Vandrivers

MORE VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED FOR GUTHRIE COUNTY HOSPITAL VANS
Four current drivers typically drive a scheduled day every week. 

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Guthrie County Hospital in Guthrie Center opened in 1951 and has been serving residents of Guthrie and neighboring counties ever since.
One reason for the hospital’s ongoing success is the Guthrie County Hospital Foundation, which was formed in 1995. The foundation was organized to generate and manage donations to the Guthrie County Hospital (GCH). It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, which allows donors to receive tax benefits.
The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to the Guthrie County Hospital so it can offer quality healthcare close to home. One way it helps reach that mission is by providing free transportation to medical appointments.
In 2004, the Foundation launched the Guthrie County Hospital Courtesy Van. Besides purchasing the vans, all maintenance and operating costs are covered by the Foundation. One cost the Foundation doesn’t have for the van program is drivers, because volunteers do the driving.
There currently are four regular drivers, who typically drive a scheduled day every week. These volunteers include Reuben Hanson, JoAnn Johnson, Bill Sparks and Bob Subbert. There also are three substitute drivers, including Stan Landon, Ron Eike and Bruce Roenfeld.
Officials say there is a need for additional drivers. All drivers are required to pass a background check. Volunteer drivers can have a free lunch at Sneakers Café located in the hospital’s Healthy Living Center on their driving day, and can use the fitness center at no cost on days they aren’t driving.
“Driving the courtesy van is a wonderful, fulfilling opportunity to serve the community,” says JoAnn Johnson. “I can guarantee it will give you a feel-good day.”
Stan Landon has been a volunteer driver since November 2013.
“I have met many folks who have taken advantage of the shuttle service, and I am honored to be able to give back to my community in this way,” he says. “Without this program and volunteer staff, many patients would be hard-pressed to make it to appointments necessary to maintain their health.”
The shuttle service was placed on hold in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic.
“As a volunteer driver, I found myself missing the interaction and conversations with the clients and worried about the health of many,” Landon says. “Once the service was restored this year, it’s been nice seeing familiar faces. I believe the shuttle service has made a huge difference in the overall mental and physical health of the residents of Guthrie County.”
The clients who use the courtesy van service are equally pleased. Jackie Kilcoin of Adair recently used the van service to get to and from physical therapy appointments.
“It’s wonderful, since I wasn’t able to drive myself. All the drivers are very courteous and helpful. This is a service that is much appreciated in our community,” Kilcoin says.
Another client, Carol Seela of Casey, calls the courtesy van “one of the best services a small rural hospital can offer. More hospitals should offer this service.”
Annette Kent of Guthrie Center says the drivers are timely and professional. “They’re also very accommodating if I have last minute appointments,” she says.
Patrick Peters is the CEO of Guthrie County Hospital. “When I interviewed for this position, the fact that the hospital had a volunteer van driving service left a large and pleasant impression on me,” he says. “On my flight back to Arizona I was thinking about what a great community this must be to take such great good care of its people.”
Peters says the service is a symbol of pride for the hospital and the community it serves.
“On behalf of the employees of Guthrie County Hospital and the hospital’s board of trustees, I want to send out a huge thank you to our drivers who volunteer to perform this selfless and generous service to the people we serve,” Peters says.
In the beginning there was just one van, and it was only available to senior citizens 60 and older. Now there are two courtesy vans available for anyone living in Guthrie County who doesn’t have access to a car and is 18 years or older.
Anyone who fits these criteria can request a ride to and from an appointment at the Guthrie County Hospital, one of the GCH Clinics in Adair, Panora and Stuart, the Guthrie Family Medicine Center in Guthrie Center, or to congregate meals at Sneakers Café.
The vans operate Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Those needing a ride should contact Melissa at 641-332-3810 to submit a request. Those interested in volunteering as a van driver can call the same phone number to learn more.
Donations can be designated to the van program to help with operating expenses. Donations can be made by cash, check, wills, stocks, bonds, real estate, and many other charitable instruments. The Guthrie County Hospital Foundation mailing address is 710 N. 12th Street, Guthrie Center, IA 50115. For more information, call 641-332-2201 or stop by the front office of the hospital.

PICTURED: Three current volunteer drivers for the GCH Foundation courtesy van are, left to right, Reuben Hanson, JoAnn Johnson and Stan Landon. More volunteer drivers are needed, both those willing to drive on a regular basis one day a week and also substitute drivers to fill in when the regular drivers aren’t available. 
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Consider Lake Panorama history book for gift giving

Posted 11/9/2021
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. About 1,000 books were printed with 350 purchased online in advance, and another 325 purchased since the book’s arrival. About 325 remain in stock.
The book’s cost is $35, which includes tax. LPA will ship at an additional cost of $5 per book. Once ordered online, books will be shipped from Panora in seven to 10 business days.
Books are available for direct purchase at the front desk of the LPA Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The book also is available at the Lake Panorama National front desk 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 cash or check only.
Here is the link to order online and have one or more books shipped: https://lakepanorama.formstack.com/forms/order

LPN HOLIDAY BRUNCH DEC. 19 

Posted 11/9/2021
The annual LPN Holiday Brunch at Lake Panorama National Resort will be Sunday, Dec. 19. Service will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with reservations taken every half hour. The cost is $24 for adults, $11 for children ages 5 to 12, with children ages 4 and younger free.
The brunch will offer both breakfast and lunch items. Breakfast items will include scrambled eggs, egg casserole, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, cheesy potatoes, hash browns, a waffle bar, and displays of both Danishes and fresh fruit.
Lunch items will include herb roasted chicken, seared pork loin with sage sauce, a poached salmon display, roast beef carving station, baked pasta, shrimp cocktail, roasted new potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet corn, dinner rolls, mixed green salad with dressings and toppings, caprese salad and pasta salad.
Desserts offered will include pumpkin pie, apple pie, assorted cream pies and brownies. The Links regular menu will not be available the day of the brunch. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the LPN front desk at 641-755-2080.

New LPA website to launch

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The first website for the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) came online in 2001. It underwent a major revision with a new host in 2009, which made it possible to send email to all registered members of the site. That LPA site still is in use today and provides information weekly through the Panorama Prompt e-bulletin to about 1,400 LPA members.
Over the years, the current website has become more difficult to navigate, as additional information and features were added. Now work is underway to launch a new LPA website that will be simpler to use, while continuing to provide the ability for LPA staff to communicate directly with members and provide the important documents they need.
LPA staff chose FRONTSTEPS to help develop and host the new website. FRONTSTEPS is a software and website hosting provider designed specifically for associations made up of property owners. Work began in late 2019 but was put on hold in early 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our current website has fallen behind,” says Lane Rumelhart, LPA project manager. “I often receive comments from members who struggle to navigate our current site, whether it be searching for a document, or trying to find information on our amenities, rules, codes and other things. The new website will be much more intuitive, and will help members and non-members find all the information they need.”
As with the current site, there will be both public and private sides. The home page on the public site will include information about Lake Panorama and the LPA. Tabs will take visitors to the lake’s history and Frequently Asked Questions.
A “Documents” tab will make it possible for those wanting to learn more about the LPA to choose from a list of governing documents, including the association’s bylaws, covenants, rules and regulations, boating regulations, building codes and more.
A “Helpful Links” tab will provide direct links to Coulter’s Panorama Marine, the LPA Water Safety Video, Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), Lake Panorama National Resort, Friends of Lake Panorama, Fin and Feather, and Lake Panorama Times. Contact information for the LPA is easily found on the public site.
The LPA home page will have tabs for “Resident Sign-Up” and “Resident Sign-In.” The private side of the website will be restricted to Lake Panorama property owners.
Once the website has been launched, emails will be sent to all property owners who currently have an email address registered with the LPA office. This will provide details on how to use the “Resident Sign-Up” button to request access. Once an LPA staff person has verified the login request came from a property owner, access to the private side of the website will be approved.
LPA members who have not registered for the current website won’t receive an email invitation. Yet they also will be able to set-up an account through the “Resident Sign-Up” option and gain access to the private side of the website once they are verified as an LPA member.
The private side is simple to navigate, with the primary focus on information sharing. A “Documents” tab will take the member to a list of folders. Each one is named to easily see what can be found inside by clicking on the folder. For instance, the “Boating” folder contains a map of Lake Panorama coves, a map showing buoy placements, boating regulations, and documents related to invasive species, guest boaters, and vessel size and horsepower limits.
Other folders are related to LPA board meetings and minutes, building codes, LPA forms, governing documents, annual drinking water quality reports, hunting, yard waste locations and more. Those who register for the website will be signed up to receive the Panorama Prompt. One of the folders will hold a one-year archive of this weekly e-newsletter. 
Special bulletins, such as notifications of water line repairs or road work, will be created using the new website, distributed via email, and posted on the website. Community FAQs also will be available. Some of these will be similar to the FAQs on the public side, while some will be specific just to LPA members, such as hunting regulations and maps.
Advance notice of the launch date will be publicized in the Panorama Prompt, and members can expect to receive an email shortly after the launch with details on how to create their account and gain access to the website. This will be necessary for members to continue to receive the Panorama Prompt and other LPA bulletins, plus access LPA documents that will only be available on the private side of the website.
“This new website will not only make things easier and simpler for members, but it also will allow members to check and see if their current contact information is up to date with LPA,” Rumelhart says.
John Rutledge, LPA general manager, says it will be important for members to opt-in to the new website by registering.
“Members will be prompted to register via email, but they must complete the final step to ensure their information is up to date and they are in our system to receive weekly email bulletins and special announcements,” he says.
A date has not yet been set for the launch of the new website. Those with questions will be asked to call the LPA office at 641-755-2301 once the new website is online. 

OUT & ABOUT
AFTER HOURS
The Panora Chamber held a Business After Hours event at Twin Vines on Oct. 18.

Posted 11/9/2021

BUSINESS
ISOM FAMILY OFFERS TREES FOR TODAY AND FOR THE FUTURE
Isom Tree Farm is located on Highway 25 north of Guthrie Center near Springbrook State Park.  

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Larry and Heather Isom grew up in California, her on the coast and him near Death Valley. They met as employees at a local pizzeria in San Luis Obispo where he was attending Cal Poly University. They married in 1998 and moved to the Midwest two years later.
Sixteen years ago, they settled into a home on Lake Panorama’s Burchfield Cove. Larry is director of engineering at Power Lift in Jefferson. Heather is trained in interior design but “retired” in 2009 when their daughter was born. The couple now has two children. Danica is 12 years old, and Clint is 8.
Larry’s father’s retirement plan was to own and operate a tree farm. Roland and Laura Isom learned to love Iowa when they visited Larry and Heather from their home in California.
“His retirement plan was planting 1,200 sugar maple trees,” says Larry. “Dad worked civil service as a programmer for the Navy for most of his career. My mom was a school teacher. In 2010, they bought the ‘Glades old place’ and started the tree farm.”
The tree farm is on Highway 25 north of Guthrie Center near Springbrook State Park. Larry and his father planted 1,200 sugar maples in 2010.
“He wanted to grow sugar maples because they are a nice, fast-growing hardwood tree, and because he wanted to produce maple syrup,” Larry says.
The 13 acres of land where the trees were planted was a pasture surrounded by mature trees on the east and west. The Middle Raccoon River, which flows into Lake Panorama, borders the south side of the tree farm. A house and large metal shed are on the north.  
Although they had a tree farm in Iowa, Roland and Laura continued to live in California. Within a couple of years, Laura retired from teaching and made the tree farm her semi-permanent location. Larry’s sister also moved to Iowa and lives in the Cedar Falls area.
Roland continued to work and make frequent trips to Iowa. He retired in 2017 and moved to the tree farm. But he didn’t get to enjoy his retirement plan for long; he passed away just short of one year after retirement.
“I helped Dad lay out and plant those first 1,200 trees,” Larry says. “We had been helping him on the farm since then and started doing all the work after he passed.” Last year, Larry and Heather purchased the farm from his mother, who still lives in the house there.
One part of Roland Isom’s retirement plan was to make maple syrup, and he was able to do that for about five years with his son’s help. Larry and Heather have continued the process.
“The sap flows in sugar maple trees when the temperature is above freezing in the days and below freezing at night,” Larry says. “We start in mid-February and go to mid-March. We stop when the trees start to flower, because the sap turns very dark and has a bitter taste.”
It takes between 40 and 60 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup. The sap is reduced over a wood-burning firepit, then moved to a cooktop in the shed. When it reaches 66 percent sugar, it is maple syrup, ready to be bottled and labeled. The Isoms maintain a list of previous customers, plus friends and family.
“We sell what we have on a first-come, first-serve basis,” Heather says. “It doesn’t last long.”
In 2017, the Isoms started tree planting again.
“We had lost about 50 percent of the original trees, many to flooding from the Raccoon River that left half of the tree field under water,” Larry says. “Since we had to replant, we added red, amur flame and silver maples.”
Tree planting now is an annual event with 18” tall, bare root trees shipped to them in boxes each spring and fall. Conifers are planted in the spring, and deciduous trees in the fall. The family plants 400 to 600 trees per year and has about 2,000 trees in the field now.
Four years ago, the Isoms planted their first Christmas trees, adding Scotch pine, white pine and fir.
“It was always part of the plan to grow our own Christmas trees,” Heather says. “Christmas is an important holiday in our family.”
Eventually the family will offer a “choose and cut” Christmas tree operation. Customers will stop in the heated shop to check in before going to the field to choose their tree. They will be able to either take a saw to cut down the tree themselves, or find what they want and have it cut for them.
“We should be able to start selling pine trees in three years,” says Larry. “Our goal is to get to a place where we can sell about 200 Christmas trees each year.”
Also in the shop will be a variety of wreaths, something that was sold for the first time last year. Heather and Danica are the wreath-makers in the family. Larry created a special corner in the heated shop for them.
“Last year we sold 15. This year we are aiming for 50 wreaths,” Heather says. “We love doing it together. Danica has quite a talent for decorating them. For now we buy ‘Charlie Brown’ trees from other tree farms, but once we get going we will have enough greenery on our farm for wreaths.” The pair already has several preorders and will have a booth at the Holiday Craft Fair in Panora the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Another part of the Isom Tree Farm business is transplanting trees people want moved on their property, plus selling and planting trees from their farm.
“We have 100 sugar maples available for sale now to plant for landscaping,” Larry says. “We move these with a tree spade. The cost is $300 for the tree and planting it within a 30-mile radius of the farm. Eventually, some of our Christmas trees also will be sold as windbreak trees.”
Tree transplanting is only done in the fall or spring and is most successful when done in the fall, Isom says. Spring is usually wetter, and that makes the process more challenging. He is taking orders now and expects to move trees from mid-October into December.
In addition to the farm, work and keeping up with their two children, Heather and Larry are active in the Iowa Christmas Tree Association where Larry serves on the board of directors. The family has both a ski boat and a pontoon on Lake Panorama and enjoy time on both. Larry, Danica and Clint all are members of the Lake Panorama ski team.
While Larry and Heather say running a tree farm wasn’t in their long-term plans, they both enjoy it. Larry says he just likes to “do stuff, and there’s always plenty to do here.”
“It’s good family time for us,” Heather says. “Bringing the kids to the farm gets them away from their screens and outside to enjoy the fresh air. They’ve turned into good helpers when we’re working in the field.”
For more information about purchasing trees, or having current trees moved, the Isoms say phone calls or texts are best. Larry can be reached at 641-757-9817, with Heather at 641-757-7882. The Isom Tree Farm also is on Facebook, plus has a website at IsomTreeFarm.com. Email is isomtreefarm@gmail.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Posted 11/9/2021
Submit items for UPCOMING EVENTS calendar at www.lakepanoramatimes.com
Event dates and times are subject to change. Contact hosts for updated details.

Veterans Day
Thursday, Nov. 11

Free Breakfast for Veterans 
Thursday, Nov. 11
8-11 a.m.
Lake Panorama National Resort is offering a free breakfast in the LPN conference center free to all veterans. Families and friends of veterans, or those who simply want to take this chance to thank veterans for their service, can purchase the buffet for $8. No reservations are needed.
641-755-2080
www.lakepanoramanational.com

No school
Thursday, Nov. 12
www.panoramaschools.org

Furry Family Photos
Sunday, Nov. 21
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Twin Vines
515-480-9816

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

LPA monthly board meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 23
5 p.m.
Lake Panorama National
www.lakepanorama.org

No school
Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Friday, Nov. 26
www.panoramaschools.org

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, Nov. 25

WSO Salad Luncheon
Friday, Dec. 3
Noon
St. Cecilia Catholic Church basement. Tickets are $15. 641-751-5956

RIZ election
Thursday, Dec. 7
Noon to 8 p.m.
LPA office lower level

No school
Friday, Dec. 10
www.panoramaschools.org

Panora City Council meeting
Monday, Dec. 13
6:30 p.m.
www.cityofpanora.com

Annual LPN Holiday Brunch
Sunday, Dec. 19
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with reservations taken every half hour. Reservations are required.
Adults, $24; kids ages 5 to 12, $11; ages 4 and younger, free
Lake Panorama National Resort
641-755-2080
www.lakepanoramanational.com

MAKE NEW YEAR’S EVE PLANS NOW

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

It’s never too soon to start planning a great party. That’s what Lake Panorama National Resort staff are doing, planning a great party to help ring in 2022.
Dec. 31 will bring events for both children and adults. A Noon Year’s Eve party for kids will involve cookie decorating, crafts, activities, and a milk and cookie toast at noon. This party will be 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a cost of $10 per child.
An adult New Year’s Eve party in the banquet room will begin with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. Buffet dinner stations will be set up around the room from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A chocolate fountain buffet will remain open until 11 p.m. and feature brownies, poundcake, fruit, pretzels and marshmallows.
A disc jockey will provide music throughout the evening with dancing starting at 8 p.m. The cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Ticket prices include social hour appetizers, buffet, chocolate fountain, party favors, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Room packages are available that combine overnight lodging and admission tickets. Attendance is being capped at 200. Dress code is anywhere from business casual to formal dress. To purchase tickets or reserve a room package, contact the LPN front desk at 641-755-2080. 
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Cove Cat

Posted 11/9/2021
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Archie
Age: 2
Breed: Tabby
Owners: Carol and Gerry Frank

Adopted from Panora Pets, Archie is a male Tabby that loves to play, run around on the wood floors and hang out on the deck. Archie enjoys treats but is still not trusting enough to eat out of anyone’s hand. According to Archie, dinner time begins around 1:30 p.m. Archie and Gerry are best buds, maybe because they are both guys and sport whiskers.
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Lake Dog

Posted 11/9/2021
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Monet
Age: 5
Breed: Cockapoo
Owners: Melissa and Milo Merical

Monet and her family have lived many years at the lake. The last 15 have been full-time. Monet enjoys swimming in the family pool and chasing turkey, deer, fox and even rodents, but her favorite activity is playing ball. Monet makes a great watch dog but eventually warms up to people.
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Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month
SQUIRRELS AND BIRDFEEDERS

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

There are 280 different species in the squirrel family that live throughout the world, 40 of which are tree squirrels. The most common tree squirrel in the Lake Panorama area are fox squirrels, named because of their coloration similar to red foxes that also inhabit the area. Local photographer Trish Hart snapped this photo of a fox squirrel on one of her birdfeeders.
“Our squirrels are little acrobats that climb up and down the pole to get to the feeder,” she says.
According to the Iowa DNR, squirrel paws are hand-like, with little, primitive thumbs and strong claws for grasping at tree bark. These features, combined with a squirrel’s ability to rotate its hind feet 180 degrees, allow the animal to descend head-first from a tree. These same nimble hands also make it easy for squirrels to steal from birdfeeders. To prevent a squirrel from getting to a hanging bird feeder like the one pictured here, try making the cord slick by coating it with vegetable oil.
Trish Hart offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

ANOTHER HALL OF FAME HONOR FOR LAKE PANORAMA DRUMMER 
Drumming for the Pulsating Pilgrims earned Reuben Hanson his second Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame induction this year.

Posted 10/5/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Panorama resident Reuben Hanson and his wife, Karen, spent Labor Day weekend at Okoboji. The trip wasn’t to escape from this lake to that lake, but rather for Reuben to be inducted, for the second time, into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame.
The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum is located at Arnold’s Park in Okoboji. The association annually inducts musicians, bands, DJs, ballrooms and others who have significantly contributed to rock and roll music in Iowa. More than 300 entities have been inducted since 1997 when the nonprofit was established.
Inductees must have a minimum of 25 years of experience in the music industry, criteria which Hanson easily meets. As a young child, he turned his mother’s pots and pans into drums. By the time he was 5, he was playing the real thing.
In the fall of 1960, Hanson, his cousin Jim Shea, and friends Mike Erskine and Rick Van Haitsma formed a rock and roll band. They were in the eighth grade in the Sioux City school system and called themselves the Rockets. To better reflect their music, they soon changed their name to The Rockers.
It was Hanson’s role as a founder and performer for The Rockers that first landed him in the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in August 2003.
After high school graduation, Hanson left Sioux City to attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls, where he found a home with another band. The Fabulous Jadesmen began performing in 1964 and played through 1966, when the other three band members graduated, leaving Hanson behind.
He spent his final year of college and several months after college playing with The Pulsating Pilgrims.
“We were what was known then as a ‘show’ band, because we had horns,” Hanson says. “And our front guys had choregraphed moves for each song.”
Another thing that set the Pilgrims apart was their costumes.
“We had three costume changes for each show,” Hanson says. “Our first outfits included blue silk paisley dinner jackets, white ruffled shirts and black pants. Next came brown business suits with ties. The final set had us in blue satin knickers, shirts and capes, like the Pilgrims wore, plus black buckled shoes and stovepipe hats, knee-high white leggings and big white collars.”
The Pilgrims toured throughout the upper Midwest, including many appearances in Iowa, such as the Val-Air Ballroom in Des Moines, Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, and other ballrooms in Cedar Rapids, Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Carroll and Rock Rapids.
Hanson says one criteria for induction into the Hall of Fame is how often someone was the opening act for better known talent.
“Whenever a big act came to town, the venue would hire local talent,” Hanson says. “We opened for many groups, including the Everly Brothers several times, the Beach Boys and others.”
It was his time drumming for the Pulsating Pilgrims that earned Hanson his second Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame induction this year. The Labor Day weekend affair included a meet-and-greet, autograph sessions, a formal induction ceremony with plaque presentations, and a concert at the Arnold’s Park Roof Garden. 
There were 30 bands and individuals inducted for 2021. Several of the bands performed during the concert, including the Pulsating Pilgrims.
“We played six songs,” Hanson says. “We never had a chance to practice, and it had been 10 years since we last played together. But I thought we sounded pretty good.”
A video taken of their performance at the Roof Garden shows the crowd agreed, with cheers and applause, plus a standing ovation.
Hanson also has been inducted twice into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association Hall of Fame. The Fabulous Jadesmen were honored in 2009 and the Pulsating Pilgrims in 2011.
The Hansons have lived at Lake Panorama for nearly 20 years. Reuben had a long career in the financial services industry, and the family moved from Colorado to Iowa because of his position with Wells Fargo. Now retired, and 76 years old, Hanson jokes that is 186 in “drummer years.”
Hanson continues to play his drums. The Fabulous Jadesmen met for a “band camp” in Omaha in 1999. Several similar get-togethers fostered the idea of a reunion tour that took them to Omaha, the Twin Cities and Sioux Falls. In 2003, they played at the Sioux Falls Blues and Jazz Festival, which was headlined by Tower of Power and the Neville Brothers.
Hanson’s current band is the Four Shades of Grey. It was formed at the request of Ray Johnson, a former Lake Panorama resident who was the entertainment chairman for the 2013 Panorama Days. Johnson had lined up several musical acts but was looking for a rock-and-roll band, and asked Hanson if he could help.
Hanson talked with Bill Labath, who had played guitar and sang with the Overboard Band. Labath agreed to recruit some others with experience in bands to join him and Hanson. Mike Bowles from Yale, on keyboard, plus Kim Jackson of Perry and Earl Turner of Bagley, both on guitar, filled out the band.
The group tried a session in Hanson’s basement and decided they could make this work. They learned and practiced eight songs to perform at that year’s Panorama Days.  Several Panorama Days performances followed. Bowles and Turner eventually left the band and were replaced by Joel Ambrose and Dennis Trammel, both of Dallas Center.
The band continues to perform, with gigs at the Owl’s Nest, the Port, Lake Panorama National, PJ’s Drive-in for the Bacoon Ride, Kenny’s Garage in Waukee and many more.
The band recently played at the annual Dallas Center Days celebration and a private party in Minburn.
“We like to play,” Hanson says. “We say we would play for nothing, we just need paid enough to make it worth hauling all our equipment.” 

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S EXCEEDS GOAL 
More than 80 walkers on 10 teams raised more than $20,000.

Posted 10/5/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Raccoon River Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s held in Panora Sept. 11 exceeded its fundraising goal. More than 80 walkers on 10 teams raised more than $20,000, well above the $12,500 goal set for the event.
These Alzheimer’s Association fundraising walks are held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide. There are 18 walks scheduled in Iowa this fall, with Panora being the smallest town to host one.
The walk began at the Michael Mills Memorial Park. Prior to the walk, Sue Bump and Traci Kauffman of Reshape Fitness Studio led the walkers in warmup exercises.
Barry Monaghan was the emcee for the opening ceremony. He said more than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and 11 million unpaid caregivers are helping loved ones who suffer from the disease. 
Spinning flowers in four colors were available for walk participants to place in a Promise Garden. Monaghan showed each flower and explained its meaning. Blue — someone living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Purple — someone who has lost someone to the disease. Yellow — a person currently supporting or caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s. Orange — a person who supports the cause and the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision of a world without the disease.
Monaghan also displayed a white flower, which will represent the first survivor of Alzheimer’s, once a cure is found.
The 2-mile route for the walk involved heading east from the park, north to PJ’s Drive-In, then south on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, before looping back to the park. 
Edwards Jones is a national presenting sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Dave Grove, an Edward Jones financial advisor based in Panora, and Melissa Loest, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Guthrie Center, were instrumental in getting the local walk scheduled.
“Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects almost every family,” said Grove. “We lost my grandmother, Kay, to Alzheimer’s in early 2019, and my family walked in her memory as Team Kay Grove. The walk was a great opportunity to show support for families impacted by the disease.”
In addition to Edward Jones, sponsors of the local walk included the Lakeside Village, the New Homestead, Guthrie County State Bank, Panora Specialty Care, Iowa Trust & Savings Bank, Wesley Life at Home, Panora Telco, Dowd Drug and St. Croix Hospice. Crafty’s Coffee and Hometown Foods of Panora provided coffee and bottled water at registration.
Nancy Wells, Melissa Borgeson and Jaime Waddle also served on the planning committee and gave many hours of their time to make the walk a success. Plans are in the works to hold a second Raccoon River Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s in late summer of 2022.

FALL PROJECT UPDATES AT GM COFFEE  
Inflation is having an impact on budgets for the coming year with increases in the cost of materials and labor.

Posted 10/5/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

At the Sept. 2 “Coffee with the GM,” John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations, said the annual budgeting process for both the Lake Panorama Association and Lake Panorama National is underway.
“We start working on budgets each September by determining what capital projects and purchases we need to make in the coming year to continue improving both the LPA and LPN, LLC,” Rutledge said. “In October, our staff works on operating budgets. The goal is to get LPA board approval of all 2022 budgets at its November meeting.”
Rutledge said this timeline makes it possible to get LPA dues statements and LPN golf membership forms out in December.
Inflation is having some impact on budgets for the coming year, with increases in the cost of materials and labor. Rutledge used fuel as an example.
“We purchase between 75,000 and 80,000 gallons of fuel each year,” he said. “Most of that goes to the dredging operation, but we need fuel all across our operations. We’re constantly looking at fuel prices and try to make purchases at times when we can get the best deal.”
Rutledge said staff incorporates biofuels and environmentally friendly lubricants into Lake Panorama’s strategy.
“We’re trying to be as environmentally conscious as possible,” he said.
Monitoring blue-green algae in the lake this year has been challenging.
“Drought, low flow and clear water have created ideal conditions for a ‘bloom’ of blue-green algae,” Rutledge said. “This has happened earlier than normal, and it’s happening across Iowa, not just at Lake Panorama.”
Rutledge said LPA has done testing for microcystin concentrations in blue-green algae blooms in previous years.
“This is the first year that test results have led us to issue safety warnings to not swim in the lake,” he said. “We don’t like sounding the alarm bell, and we don’t say the entire lake is dangerous. These tests take time to be processed, so conditions may have changed since a sample was taken.”
He encouraged the use of common sense, such as keeping dogs from drinking lake water in areas of heavy bloom. If conditions look scummy or the water has a colored film on top, swimming and water recreation should be avoided. Testing for the 2021 season has ended, but will resume in 2022 when conditions warrant.
Seal coating on Lake Panorama’s roads is complete. Because of issues with oil bleeding through in hot weather, the seal coat vendor recommended an alternative product that costs more but is less prone to bleed-through and tar splatter. Rutledge said the LPA is pleased with this new product and thinks this adjustment will help get the tar splatter issue under control.
Some earthwork is being done at the dam this fall between the concrete spillway and the auxiliary spillway, where water can go during a flood. Rutledge said this is a proactive step to ensure water going over the auxiliary spillway doesn’t impact the dam’s concrete spillway.
Rutledge said, as the 2021 boating season winds down, LPA staff and the water safety committee welcomes feedback on the current buoy map and any safety concerns.
“I think most people are happy with current buoy placements, but if you aren’t, get in touch to let us know what changes you’d like to see made,” he said. “We are hearing concerns about the waves that wake boats cause. The water safety committee this fall will be discussing this issue. One option that has been suggested is to set limits on the times these boats could be operated on the lake.”
Turning to the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), Rutledge said it has been three years since the RIZ board approved $11 million in debt certificates for future projects.
“The RIZ program requires debt to be incurred for payments to be received, so we are always looking to ‘front load’ projects,” he said.
That previous funding commitment is being used this year to riprap the west side of the Burchfield stream, and create a “bench” that will allow an excavator to dredge sediment in that area. This project cost $300,000.
RIZ also is financing $375,000 in erosion repair work along the road near the county basin. A new fuel tank and cold storage shed at the dredge dock is another project being completed this fall.
Rutledge said the cold storage shed is needed because more parts of the dredge need to be kept on hand.
“Getting needed parts and supplies has become more difficult, with longer wait times,” he said. “With this new building, we’ll be able to store more items we know we’ll need in the future.”
Plans to raise the sides of the old CIPCO sediment basin at a cost of $4 million are in the works. The basin is located next to the dredge boat dock, above the debris trap.
“The LPA has owned this basin since the association made a broader purchase from CIPCO. We still tend to call it the ‘CIPCO Basin’ internally, but felt it was best to rename it the 180th Trail Basin for public bid documents. After all, CIPCO hasn’t had any involvement in the basin for decades,” Rutledge said. “We’ll continue to use the County Basin for sediment storage through the rest of this decade. We’re looking 10 years down the road to a time when we’ll need additional silt storage.”
Rutledge said emerald ash borers have reached the area, and LPA soon will need to budget for the removal of dead ash trees. The LPA is having about 100 trees in “critical locations” treated, in an attempt to save these.
“Removing trees not being treated will give those that are treated a better chance to survive,” he said. “Our staff will be able to remove some trees, but we will most likely need to hire contractors to take some trees out.”
At Lake Panorama National, Rutledge said Country Landscapes has been hired to build a wall this fall along the north end of the pond on LPN’s fifth hole. The approach area between the green and the pond has been deteriorating. “This is a big project for us,” he said.
“We believe a vertical wall will be more effective than the usual rock riprap.”
In response to an audience question, it was reported new restrooms for Shady and Sunset beaches are in the works. The goal is to have these completed before the 2022 season.
Another question for Rutledge was whether dredging coves would help reduce the blue-green algae issue.
“We try to dredge coves when we can,” he said. “But dredging requires everyone in the cove to remove their lifts and docks earlier than some want. If I were building this lake today, I would eliminate two or three lots at the back of every cove, because it’s tough to keep those areas from silting in.”
In response to another audience question, Rutledge reported hunting is allowed at two of the three wetlands funded by RIZ. The Helen’s Cove and Burchfield Cove wetlands are both open to the public for wetland and upland game bird hunting. The Hughes Cove wetland is not open for hunting because of its proximity to the Fin & Feather Shooters range and nearby buildings. 
The next GM coffee date hasn’t yet been set, but Rutledge said he will hold another one before the holidays and after the 2022 budgets have been approved.
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ON THE LAKE
Moe Russell, Scott Gonzales and some more lake humor

Posted 10/5/2021
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

I had the privilege of meeting two of the many wonderful people from Lake Panorama recently — both with experiences in the written word — and I wanted to share my experiences.

Taking the high road 
The first was Moe Russell, who told me that he had written a paperback entitled, “Take The High Road to Personal Accountability.” I told him I would buy a copy and check it out, and I did. At 46 pages, it is a short read but packed with personal stories from Moe about self-responsibility, character and integrity.
Moe is a cofounder of Russell Consulting Group, a provider of marketing and financial advice to crop and livestock producers. He has been a frequent business speaker on motivation, planning and entrepreneurship and has authored more than 200 articles for agricultural publications.
Here is a great nugget from his self-improvement book: “A very human tendency as a reaction to the problem is to have the attitude, ‘Who can I blame for this problem?’ When the first two people on earth got in trouble, what happened? The man blamed the woman and the woman blamed the serpent!”
And here is another:  “Jay, a West Point Academy graduate, says there are only four responses a lower-classman cadet can give to an upper classman. They are: ‘Yes, Sir’; ‘No, Sir’; ‘I don’t understand, Sir’; and ‘No excuse, Sir.’ ”
And one more: “I always ask myself, ‘What is right?’ rather than ‘Who is right?’ I have noticed that when I answer that question and act on the answer, people around me begin to change their behavior.”
“Take The High Road to Personal Accountability” is available for purchase on Amazon.com,  barnesandnoble and target.com, among other places.

The family business
The second was the former publisher of this newspaper, Scott Gonzales. I had seen his name for years but never had the privilege of meeting him. We spent a few minutes together after the last 10-Squared Plus meeting at Lake Panorama National Conference Center, and I look forward to more conversations. He offered several compliments on what we have done with the newspaper, as well as his take on some of my opinions about the industry. I appreciated hearing it all, as the input means a lot coming from him.
Like any good newspaperman, Scott asked me a lot of questions and listened attentively. I tried to do the same, and he shared some of the difficulties in seeing parts of his company, its employees and even its presses go away. Selling a family business is rarely an easy thing to do, especially when you continue to live in the area and see the changes others make to something you created.
I have often been called an “old school” publisher, and I take pride in that. I certainly am adept to change and seek it out, but I have a soft spot for history and a deep respect for the people who dedicated much of their lives to this newspaper, the lake community, Panora and all of Guthrie County.
Scott, I look forward to more conversations and sharing the history of this publication with all the residents and property owners of Lake Panorama.

A chuckle
And finally, another round of lake humor. Did you hear about the math teacher who took off all her clothes and went swimming in the lake? She came out with an algae-bra.
Have a great October, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305
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Dr. Ash awarded Hospital Hero Award

Posted 10/5/2021
Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics is pleased to announce Medical Director Dr. Eric Ash has been awarded a IHA (Iowa Hospital Association) Hospital Hero Award.
Dr. Eric Ash, MD, is a Family Medicine Specialist in Perry and has been with Dallas County Hospital since 1998. He also practices in Panora. He graduated from The University of Iowa College of Medicine.
Since 2007, IHA’s Hospital Heroes program has celebrated employees who have acted courageously in a moment’s crisis or who have selflessly served their hospitals and communities throughout their careers. Last year, IHA recognized all hospital employees for their heroic efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and in response to the derecho windstorm in August 2020. For 2021, IHA will return to recognizing 10 hospital employees, including Dr. Ash, at the Annual Meeting who exemplify the passion and purpose of the community hospital mission every day.
Cards for Dr. Eric Ash may be directed to Dallas County Hospital, 610 10th St., Perry, IA 50220.
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RECIPE
Pop Up a Celebratory Snack

Posted 10/5/2021
By Jolene Goodman

(Family Features) Popcorn lovers rejoice: October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, a seasonal celebration of one of America’s oldest and most beloved snack foods.
As farmers head into the fields to harvest crops, families and friends gather to enjoy this ever-popular treat. Whether it’s prepared on the stovetop, in the microwave or ready to eat from the bag, Americans consume 15 billion quarts of this whole grain each year.
Celebrated for its seed-to-snack simplicity, popcorn is also non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and naturally low in fat and calories, which makes it an easy fit for dietary preferences – and it’s budget-friendly.
Add in popcorn’s irresistible smell, taste and versatility, and it’s easy to understand its popularity. With so many different ways to eat it – plain, buttery or loaded with goodies like Toffee Almond Chocolate Popcorn – popcorn fits many moods and occasions.
Pop up a bowl and join the Popcorn Poppin’ Month celebration with more recipes at popcorn.org.

 Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times.

Toffee Almond Chocolate Popcorn

Total time:
15 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling time
Servings: 4

4 cups popped popcorn
3/4 cup chopped toasted almonds, divided
6 tablespoons toffee bits, divided
6 ounces milk chocolate, melted
1 ounce dark chocolate, melted

In large bowl, toss popcorn, 1/2 cup almonds and 4 tablespoons toffee bits. Drizzle with melted milk chocolate; toss until well coated.
Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with dark chocolate; sprinkle with remaining almonds and toffee bits. Refrigerate about 30 minutes, or until set; break into clusters.
Substitution: Use dark chocolate for milk chocolate, if preferred. 
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OBITUARY
Joseph P. Roth

Posted 10/5/2021
Joseph “Joe” Patrick Roth passed away Sept. 22, 2021, at his home at Lakeside Village at the age of 85 of natural causes. He was born Sept. 4, 1936, in Audubon, Iowa, to John and Ida (Winters) Roth. Family and friends loved his stories of growing up in this small town with his dog Chub, cars that used as much oil as gasoline, town baseball games and town rivalries.
 He graduated from Audubon High School in 1954. On July 21, 1956, he married Mary Lou Redfern at her parents’ home in Guthrie Center, Iowa. His love of storytelling, sports and photography led him to his first newspaper job at the Audubon newspaper and a lifelong career. Joe was well known within the newspaper business throughout Iowa during his 45-year career. He worked in various capacities as a reporter, editor and business manager for newspapers in Audubon, Ames, Charles City, Clear Lake and Hampton before becoming the CEO of the Mid America Publishing media company (Des Moines) from his office at Hampton Publishing. The Iowa Newspaper Association presented him with its Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the Iowa newspaper industry in 1995. He also served in the Iowa National Guard in the 1960s, was active in Rotary Club, and served on many boards and other civic organizations throughout the years.
 Joe retired in 2001, and he and his long-time love and wife of 65 years, Mary Lou Roth (Redfern), chose to live full time at Lake Panorama, where they’d had a second home since the mid-1980s. Joe being from Audubon and Mary Lou from Guthrie Center meant they were surrounded by many family members. They loved hosting, playing cards and enjoying lake life. Joe also was able to spend more time pursuing his passions: golfing, hunting, reading and rooting for and attending ISU Cyclone games.
 He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; son, Chuck (Diane) Roth; daughter, Becky (Scott) Rolfes; son-in-law, Kevin Jacobs; seven grandsons and nine great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Teresa Jacobs and his 10 older siblings. (He was the youngest of 11.)
 Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life gathering with free food and drinks will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from 4-6 p.m. at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family. Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, was entrusted with his services.