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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LAKE DOGS & COVE CAT

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

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

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

ON THE LAKE
Get smart

It’s not the 1980s any more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis and Paul retired in 1998.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 What interested McCurnin about the LPN position?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spiced apple crumble

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Posted 1/5/21
By Jolene Goodman

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

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

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

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

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


Spiced apple crumble
Servings: 6-8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OBITUARY
EILEEN GOODRICH

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

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

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

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

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

OBITUARY
ALVIN ‘AL’ CHARLES STORESUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

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

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

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Posted 1/5/21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LAKE DOGS & COVE CAT

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

Lake Dogs:  Stella and Piper, 5 years old

Cove Cat:  Sassy, 8 weeks old

Owners: Chad and Michelle Welch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ON THE LAKE
Thank you, Lois

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Young has worked five summers at the LPN.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RECIPE
Russian Tea Cakes

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Posted 12/8/2020
By Jolene Goodman

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

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


Russian Tea Cakes

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

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

OBITUARY
Lois Ann Sylvia (Carlson) Porath

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OBITUARY
Robert Feilmeyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar of events

Posted 12/8/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Q&A
FIRST YEAR ON THE JOB WITH LPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Dog

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


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

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

Donations Move Land Purchase Forward For Panora’s PRIDE Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Have a great November, and thanks for reading.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LPN Gets Support from Granite Club Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RECIPE
Easy pumpkin dessert

Posted 11/10/20
By Jolene Goodman

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

Easy Pumpkin Dessert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

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


Lake Dog

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

Cove Cat

Dahlia

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

Lake Dog Cove Cats calendars on sale now

Posted 11/10/20

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

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

Posted 11/10/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OBITUARY
Courtney P.  Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, handled arrangements.

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

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

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

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

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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