Cheryl Mullenbach’s latest book is about the female journalists, activists, spies, nurses, volunteers and fighters of the Spanish-American War.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Cheryl Mullenbach, who has previously written five nonfiction books for young people, plus one targeted to an adult audience, had her seventh book released in June. Mullenbach and her husband, Dick Wohlgamuth, have lived on Lake Panorama’s Jones Cove for 20 years.
Mullenbach’s latest book, “Women of the Spanish-American War: Fighters, War Correspondents, and Activists,” is nonfiction and targeted to an adult audience. The hardback book, which also is available as a Kindle eBook, is more than 260 pages.
It’s about the female journalists, activists, spies, nurses, volunteers and fighters of the Spanish-American War — referred to by the secretary of state at the time as “a splendid little war” because it lasted only four months in 1898.
Most Americans are aware of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders’ role in the war. However, in the quest for shining examples of splendor, high motives, and magnificent intelligence and spirit during the Spanish-American War, the accomplishments of some extraordinary individuals have been overlooked and deserve recognition. This book brings to light the stories of women who displayed relentless courage and selflessness during the Spanish-American War.
Mullenbach’s work has been recognized by the International Literacy Association, and the National Council for Social Studies has included her books in its “Notable Trade Books for Young People.” Her book “Double Victory” was listed by the American Library Association in its “Amelia Bloomer Top Ten List.” Her talk at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, was featured on C-SPAN’s “Book TV” series.
She has written six other books — “The Great Depression for Kids;” “The Industrial Revolution for Kids;” “Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II;” “Women in Blue: 16 Brave Officers, Forensics Experts, Police Chiefs, and More;” “Torpedoed!;” and “Stagecoach Women: Brave and Daring Women of the Wild West.”
Mullenbach is working on her next book, “Grit, Not Glamour: Female Farmers, Ranchers, Ropers, and Herders of the American West,” which will release in 2023. All of Mullenbach’s books, including her latest, are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and some independent book stores. Her books also can be checked out from the Panora Library. Her column “Iowa Scrapbook” is a regular feature in the Iowa History Journal magazine. More information is available at her website: www.CherylMullenbachInk.com


Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Jessica Hein began her position as Panora Chamber coordinator in January of this year. She is the daughter of long-time Panora residents Tim and Nancy Holloway and graduated from Panorama High School in 2009. She and her husband, Jack, and their two children moved from Illinois to Panora in 2016 to be closer to family. In this month’s Q & A, Hein talks about Panorama Days, which will be Aug. 5-7.

Q. What is the theme for the 2022 Panorama Days, and how was that theme chosen? 
A. Our theme this year is “Rolling into Panorama Days.” We asked our chamber members to email their submissions, and we had a great response. Everyone had lots of really creative and fun ideas. We then had those who attended the May Chamber meeting choose their top five favorites. Those were emailed to chamber members to cast their votes on the one they liked the most. We felt it was a great way to get the community and chamber members involved in the planning process and really make them feel included.

Q. The three-day event begins Friday, Aug. 5. Give us a rundown of what people can expect on opening day. 
A. The opening day of Panorama Days will include an afternoon cribbage tournament and signup for the Little Miss and Mister contest. The cakewalk for kids also will be on Friday. The Mainstreet Dance Studio performance and the Bill Riley Talent Show will be that evening, both from a stage in the town square. There also will be various vendors open beginning at 4 p.m., plus the regular Square Friday farmer’s market. A “Cruise the Loop” event also is being organized.
The first day will wrap up with music from the Charm School Dropouts, a great cover band that plays all sorts of music from the 1980s to the present. This will be on the street in front of the gazebo and is a free event, just BYOB and lawn chairs.

Q. Saturday is a full day of events, please highlight some of the key things planned. 
A. Saturday starts early with a bass fishing tournament on Lake Panorama beginning at 5:30 a.m. and running to 1:30 p.m. Registration is at the marina at 5 a.m. for this event sponsored by Lake Panorama Fin and Feather.
The traditional pancake breakfast will be available in the Community Center from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Panorama Days 5K Run, sponsored by Reshape Fitness Studio, begins in front of  the library at 8 a.m. The Kid’s Warrior Run for ages 10 and younger is at 9 a.m.
Parade registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Panorama Elementary School, with the parade at 10 a.m. The Panora Citizen of the Year and parade category winners will be announced in the gazebo following the parade. The cutest baby contest will begin at 12:30 p.m.
A kid’s zone will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bingo will be in the community center 1-3 p.m., hosted and sponsored by Guthrie County State Bank. The Panorama alumni banquet will begin at 5 p.m. at the community center.
The Lake Panorama ski team show will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a viewing area on the hillside of the lake’s south shore. The Port will offer live music beginning at 9 p.m., and the Lake Panorama Association will present its annual fireworks display from the south shore at dusk.

Q. Things wrap up on Sunday morning, Aug. 7. What is on the schedule for Sunday? 
A. A breakfast at the Community Center will be served 8 a.m. to noon. The kids’ fishing derby, sponsored by the Lake Panorama Fin and Feather, will be 9-11 a.m. at the Lake Panorama marina, with registration at 8:15 a.m. A golf tournament to raise money for the annual alumni banquet will be held that afternoon at the Panorama West golf course.
More information and updates on the 2022 Panorama Days activities will be available soon on the Panora Chamber website, plus our Facebook page @panorachamber.

Q. Do you still have room for vendors and volunteers? 
A. Absolutely! Anyone interested in becoming a vendor can find the forms on our website at www.panorachamber.org.
 As for volunteers, because Panorama Days is such a large event, we always welcome volunteers for any amount of time they can give throughout the weekend. Anyone interested in volunteering an hour or two of time can email panorachamber@gmail.com for a list of activities for which we need some help. We also have a list of sponsorship opportunities if there is a business or individual who would like to contribute a service or monetary donation towards prizes given out during the weekend festivities.
Our Panorama Days committee has been hard at work getting the plans together for this year. As a chamber-managed event, we always welcome anyone who would like to participate in the planning process as well as the days of the event. Just like our other committees, you may sign up to volunteer at any of our Panora Chamber meetings, which are open to the public the third Monday of each month.

Q. How is Panorama Days funded? 
A. The Panora Chamber relies heavily on fundraising throughout the year, as well as public donations. Contributions from our local businesses make it possible to have all these great events. The annual golf tournament this past May was a great contributor to our fundraising as we try to grow each year to bring new and interesting activities to the Panorama Days celebration. Donations are always welcomed and can be sent by check to P.O. Box 73, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Please be sure to include “Panorama Days donation” in the memo. Donations also can be made electronically using Venmo @panora-chamber. 

Panora Medicap Pharmacy Manager Andrew Knorr and his family have lived at Lake Panorama since 2016. 

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Andrew Knorr has been the manager of the Medicap Pharmacy in Panora since May 2016. He confesses he didn’t grow up thinking he wanted to be a pharmacist. In fact, as a Dallas Center-Grimes senior, he didn’t have any idea what he wanted to pursue in college. Many of his friends were going to Iowa State University, so he applied there.
It was in a chemistry class in 2003 where the idea of becoming a pharmacist first came along. Walgreens had provided information about the pharmacy industry, which was shared in that class, and he thought this might be a career that would interest him. He had friends who were in the Drake University pharmacy program, so he applied there and was accepted into the two-year pre-pharmacy program.
That was followed by four years in Drake’s College of Pharmacy. He graduated in 2009 and was hired by GRX Holdings, which owns 22 Medicap pharmacies in central Iowa. He started at the Medicap in Grimes, before becoming a staff pharmacist at the Norwalk location for six years.
Knorr told his supervisor if the Panora store ever became available, he’d be interested. That’s because his grandmother, Leona Knorr, built one of the first cabins on Lake Panorama’s Horseshoe Cove in the early 1980s.
“I grew up on the lake, visiting her from the time I was a child until she sold the property right before I graduated from high school,” Knorr says. “As my friends graduated from college, most bought themselves a car. But when I graduated from pharmacy school in 2009, I bought a boat.”
That boat is the 2007 Mastercraft he and his family use today as they wakeboard, surf and ski on Lake Panorama. His wife, Jaimee, is an MRI technician for Iowa Radiology in Clive. They have two daughters, Kennedy, age 6, and Everly, age 4. Kennedy is already wakeboarding and skiing. For now, Everly prefers tubing. Jaimee enjoys surfing, and Andrew prefers to wakeboard.
The family lived in Waukee from 2008 until 2016, when they moved into a house they built on Lake Panorama’s west side. Jaimee’s parents, Kurt and Joyce Johnson, live nearby.
The Panora Medicap has seven employees, including Knorr. A pharmacist must be present when prescriptions are dispensed, so Knorr is joined by pharmacist Tricia Steffen on Mondays, which are busy days. She also works Wednesdays, and Knorr and she alternate Saturdays. Knorr and Steffen administer all shots. Other employees are pharmacy technicians, who handle new and refill prescription orders and other tasks in the store, plus one cashier and one delivery driver.
The Medicap motto is “We’ll always make time for you.” Knorr says while the COVID pandemic closed the doors of the pharmacy for a time, except for drive-thru pick-ups, it gave him the chance to focus more on patient care.
“Our business numbers didn’t change much, because people still needed their regular prescription medications,” he says. “But we became even more focused on being a true community pharmacy, not just a business that dispenses medications.
“We had always offered free delivery of prescriptions in Panora,” he says. “But COVID led us to expand to nearly all of Guthrie County. Now we offer free delivery to Guthrie Center, Yale, Bagley, Jamaica and Linden.
“We’re in the process of making some changes in our work flow, allowing technicians to refill and verify prescription medications more often,” Knorr says. “This gives me more time to talk with patients as they pick up their prescriptions, to ask how the medication is working, and if there are any side effects that concern them.”
Knorr says pharmacists generally see patients more often than their doctors do.
“That means we have the opportunity to help them make sure the medications doctors have prescribed are working as planned. For instance, patients on blood pressure medications can get regular blood pressure checks from us, and we can relay that information to their doctor,” he says.
Another impact the COVID pandemic had at Medicap occurred when vaccines first became available.
“It was a trying time in the beginning, getting people scheduled, excess work related to billing, making sure only people who were eligible at the time were getting the vaccine, and administering the shots,” Knorr says. “But it also was a rewarding time for us, because so many people thanked us for helping them get some protection from the virus.”
In the past, most vaccinations happened in a doctor’s office. The trend in recent years, even before COVID, was for shots to be given at pharmacies.
“This provides easier access to care for patients and, in some cases, better outcomes. For instance, the CDC recommends flu shots be given in late September into the middle of October. But if someone sees their doctor in August, they might get the flu shot then. The shot provides just three to four months of immunity, so getting it too early may not get them through the flu season,” Knorr says.
The most common shots now given at Medicap in Panora are for COVID, flu and shingles. But Knorr says they can get almost any vaccination a patient needs, including pneumonia, tetanus, hepatitis, meningitis and more.
As for the prescription meds kept on shelves in the store, Knorr says most common medicines generally are on hand when needed.
“We have about 1,000 different prescriptions and medications on our shelves. There are maybe five times each day when a prescription is requested that we don’t have on hand, but we can almost always get it the next day,” he says. “Our computer software allows us to do predictive ordering, which covers most refill requests we get.”
Besides dispensing prescription medications, there is a retail area that provides many over-the-counter items for allergies, pain, first aid, skin care and much more. Greeting and sympathy cards are available, as are rental equipment such as crutches, knee scooters and walkers.
A display of shoes for those with diabetes is in one corner.
“We don’t sell a lot of those, but it’s a nice service to have for people who are diabetic,” Knorr says. “Medicare covers a new pair of shoes each year for those with diabetes, plus three insoles, because these shoes and insoles have proven effective in keeping feet healthy.” 
Panora is smaller than most of the towns where Medicap pharmacies are located.
“I like that we’re in a small community where we know the people who come in our doors and that they appreciate the services we can provide,” Knorr says. “Our goal is always to provide exemplary care to all of our patients and to find ways to better serve the people of Panora, Lake Panorama and surrounding communities.” 


Posted 7/6/2022
Lee Anne Howe, who has been a local Realtor for two years, now is the owner and managing broker of LakeHowes @ Lake Panorama. Howe moved from South Carolina to Iowa after marrying Jeff Howe. She missed the water and boating offered by her native state, so the couple moved from Glen Oaks in West Des Moines to Lake Panorama three years ago.
Howe’s career in real estate began with her passion for interior design and architecture. Formerly national sales director for subsidiaries of L’Oreal and Unilever in South Carolina, Los Angeles, and New York, she began her real estate career at Prudential Carolinas Realty in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was recognized as Rookie of the Year. Howe says her new brokerage firm specializes in luxury lake properties, design challenges, staging and negotiating.
Howe says she and Jeff are fortunate to be part of the Lake Panorama community that enriches the lives of its members and shares a sense of trust, connection and caring for one another. To extend their gratitude, they donate a portion of every sale and every referral that leads to a sale to local organizations, such as local churches, Friends of Lake Panorama, Fin & Feather and the Panora Garden Club. 


Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Lake Panorama dog park has been open since June 10, and dogs and their owners are loving it. It is open daylight hours only, seven days a week. The main entrance gate requires an access code. Park users must call LPA Security to get the code. The LPA Security phone number is 641-757-9035.
There are two separate gates inside the main gate. The large dog area is for dogs at least 15 inches at shoulder height. The small dog area is limited to dogs less than 15 inches at shoulder height; larger dogs are prohibited. Signs are posted on each of the three gates.
There are two signs near the main entrance gate. One is a list of rules for dog park users to follow; the other recognizes donors who gave $500 or more to make the dog park possible.
In each section, there is a picnic table, two dog waste bag dispensers, one water bowl, and one receptacle for pet waste bags. The water bowls fill by pushing a button on the side; the water drains out over 90 seconds. Two sugar maple trees were planted last fall, donated by Larry and Heather Isom, who own Isom Tree Farm.
The dog park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and East RV Road, near the east campground. There is a rocked parking area on the east end for users. The dog park was financed by $50,000 in donations through the Friends of Lake Panorama. 


Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Panorama West women’s golf league hosted a 2-gal best-shot tournament Tuesday, June 14. A total of 35 teams participated, with players from Panora, Guthrie Center, Jefferson, Audubon and surrounding communities. The tournament theme was “When Golf Gives You Lemons.”
Lemon-themed decorations were used in the clubhouse and on the golf course. Eighteen centerpieces, given away as raffle prizes, were potted kalanchoe plants with blossoms of yellow and white.
Annie Johnston won one of the special events, which involved hitting a shot closest to the cardboard lemon near the green on the second hole. Elma Schrader won longest putt on the seventh hole, and Amy Snowden won longest drive on the ninth hole.
Cash prizes were awarded to the top three teams in five flights. Winners of the championship flight were Mare Langel and Gretchen Wilhelmi with a score of one-over-par 28. The teams of Sharon Wedemeyer and Kathy DeLucca, and Carol VanKirk and Teresa Newman, both scored 29. Wedemeyer and DeLucca won second place on a scorecard playoff with VanKirk and Newman taking third.
The tournament was followed by a buffet luncheon at the Panorama West Clubhouse, catered by Lake Panorama National.
Tournament committee members were Emily Spradling, Mary Kay O’Grady, Coop Rickert, Julie Wykoff, Nini Von Bon and Linda Wendl. 

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Trish Hart is well known for the photos she takes of the large variety of birds that visit the feeders on the deck of the Lake Panorama home she shares with her husband, Scott. But she also enjoys taking photos of other things Mother Nature has to offer.
Hart says the couple routinely takes “ranger rides” — which means they spend time slowly driving around Lake Panorama on their Polaris Ranger side-by-side utility vehicle, checking out the scenery.
“I captured this Sweet William image one afternoon this spring when Scott and I were on one of our rides,” Hart says. “It was growing in a large area just off Panorama Drive up in the Narrows area, and the beautiful color really caught my eye.”
Sweet Williams grow wild and produce loose clusters of blue to blue-violet, star-shaped flowers early in the spring. The flowers of this native perennial are sweetly scented and provide nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. These generally are found in forested areas and spread when seeds from the blossoms fall to the ground.
Hart offers custom prints of her nature photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

Big Green Umbrella Media buys Times Vedette
Lake Panorama Times and Times Vedette are again under common ownership.

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Posted 7/6/2022
The Guthrie County Times Vedette has been sold. The newspaper, which has roots in the county dating back more than a century, has a new owner effective July 1, 2022. Steve Delaney, who has owned the paper since July 1, 2019, has sold it to Big Green Umbrella Media, Inc. of Johnston.
Shane Goodman is the founder and owner of Big Green Umbrella Media, which publishes CITYVIEW magazine, 13 Iowa Living magazines in the Des Moines suburbs and the Lake Panorama Times, as well as a number of other publications, websites, events and digital offerings.
“I am pleased to bring this newspaper into our family of locally owned publications,” said Goodman. “I have great confidence in the people of this county, and I look forward to getting to know even more people here.”
Goodman purchased the Lake Panorama Times in 2020, about the time when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“It wasn’t the best timing, but we made it work,” he said. “The Lake Panorama Times fit with what we do, and we believe the Times Vedette will as well.”
Delaney will remain with the newspaper through July and says he will assist as needed to ensure a smooth transition.
“It’s important to Times Vedette readers to work to ensure a seamless transition. Ownership of a newspaper can change, but its mission is the same, and we’ll work together for the next few weeks to make that happen,” Delaney said. “As for my future, I’m planning to move to the eastern side of Iowa, closer to Dubuque, where I have family.”
Goodman and his wife, Jolene, have been Guthrie County homeowners at Lake Panorama since 2020 and have spent much of their time in the county since.
“We love it here,” said Jolene Goodman. “And we want reasons to be here more.”
Jolene serves as Big Green Umbrella Media’s advertising director and oversees the sales operations, which include nine salespeople. She says Stormy Miller will continue with the Times Vedette, as well as the Lake Panorama Times. Miller had been working for both papers in advertising sales through a unique sharing agreement.
“We appreciate the relationship we had with Steve and the Times Vedette in the past, which allowed Stormy to work for both of us,” said Jolene Goodman. “She is an important part of our staff, and we look forward to working more closely with her in months ahead.”
Miller and her husband, Sam, are expecting their first child in July, but Jolene Goodman says they will work to cover the bases in her absence and look forward to her returning to work.
Shane Goodman says he will be reaching out to those who have served as freelancers or contributors to the paper as well. He is also looking to hire additional writers and photographers. Those interested should reach out to him at 515-953-4822, ext. 305 or shane@dmcityview.com.
“Change is inevitable,” said Goodman. “But don’t expect any big changes to the newspaper right away. It will be business as usual while Steve teaches us the ropes and we work through the learning curves.”   

More than 240 people toured Lake Panorama on pontoons June 29.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

A new fundraising project for the Panora Garden Club received an enthusiastic response, with more than 240 people touring Lake Panorama on pontoons June 29. It was a sunny, breezy day as 11 pontoons were used for the 75-minute lake tours. Two to three pontoons left from the Boulder Beach docks every half-hour from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
A total of 22 trips around the lake were made with each loaded pontoon heading north from Boulder Beach, then cruising through Helen’s Cove and Burchfield Cove. When the pontoons reached the Narrows, they turned back south, making loops through Jones Cove and Horseshoe Cove before heading to the main basin. The groups then visited Hughes Cove before looping back to Boulder Beach.
Tickets were $20. Brochures were distributed that included some history of both Lake Panorama and the Panora Garden Club, a map of the lake and details of current garden club projects.
Besides the pontoon rides, participants received some garden “swag” that included gloves, a packet of flower seeds, sunblock, water bottles and more. Several vendors were set up under shade trees and one of the beach shelter houses. Two food vendors offered doughnuts, sandwiches, drinks, ice cream and more.
Members of the Panora Garden Club planned the event and worked throughout the day in various capacities. Husbands of club members captained pontoons and helped load and unload passengers. They also helped catch and launch the pontoons at the docks, which was a challenge in the strong south wind.
JoAnn Johnson, who co-chairs the Panora Garden Club this year with Paulette Chambers, says the money raised will help the club with ongoing projects. Those include the bright blue pots filled with flowers throughout the Panora business area, the new pink petunia trees flanking the gazebo steps, the planters at Michael Mills Memorial Park and the Raccoon River Valley Trail, and the revitalization of Heritage Park on the north edge of Panora.
“This was a great opportunity for the Panora Garden Club to help showcase Lake Panorama and the Panora community,” Johnson says. “We had a lot of out-of-town participants who really enjoyed their chance to see Lake Panorama from the water. We hope they also took time to visit our wonderful Panora businesses.” 

Wayne and Deb Russell’s dog, Jenni, has retired from agility competitions.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Lake Panorama Times readers may remember one or more of the stories I’ve written about Jenni, a rescue dog owned by Wayne and Deb Russell, who have lived in a home on Burchfield Cove for more than 20 years. Now it’s time to report Jenni has retired from agility competitions, after reaching Hall of Fame status.
I first introduced you to Jenni in February 2015 with an update in November 2016 and another in June 2019. The Russells discovered Jenni abandoned at the Perry dog park and adopted her. Jenni has the face of a Black Lab but is smaller and leaner. A veterinarian said she probably is part whippet, which are extremely fast dogs.
While attending obedience classes with Jenni, Deb watched a nearby dog agility training session and decided she’d like to try it. Deb and Jenni took a foundation agility training class, which launched them into national competition.
Agility training takes place on an obstacle course where the owner directs the dog off-leash. There are a variety of obstacles including weave poles, A-frames, tunnels and jumps. The goal is to complete the obstacles in the shortest time without making a mistake.
Jenni and Deb have been competing at trials sanctioned by the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC). NADAC offers three levels of competition — novice, open and elite. Jenni worked her way through the first two levels of competition in two years and has been running in the elite category since.
In the elite category, the points a dog receives for each run counts towards earning the NADAC Agility Trial Championship Award (NATCH). Once a dog reaches a set point level in each of three categories, a NATCH is earned.
Jenni won her first two NATCH awards in May 2019 in a competition in Louisville, Kentucky. A dog must win five NATCH awards to qualify for the NADAC Hall of Fame. Jenni picked up her next three NATCH awards in Kansas City, Kansas, at an agility dog club trial called Dogs on Q.
The third award was won in March 2020, right before COVID shut down so many things, including dog agility competitions. It took until July 2021 for Jenni to win her fourth NATCH award, with her fifth one coming May 28 of this year. 
Deb says now that Jenni has reached Hall of Fame status, she is retired.
“Wayne has taken down all of her agility equipment from the yard; no more mowing around it for him,” Deb says. “Yet we will probably pop into some agility trials sometimes, to let her do a couple fun runs, and I can see my friends.”
Wayne and Deb enjoy traveling, so taking Jenni to competitions became a big part of their retirement. Jenni and Deb now have competed in 17 different states.
“We have met some incredible people over the last eight years, and Jenni still loves it. She ran 6.08 yards per second in one of her runs in late May. Not too bad for a 10-year-old rescue dog,” says Deb. “It has been a blast!”  
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A total of $11,000 was designated to Imagination Library/Our Community Health Foundation. 

Posted 7/6/2022
The 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held their second quarter 2022 meeting on May 24. Three organizations were presented to the group.
Karen Benton spoke on the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, which is west of Guthrie Center and sustained extensive damage from the powerful August 2020 derecho and is in need of many repairs and replanting of lost trees.
Kathy Miller presented on behalf of Panora P.E.T.S., which has many cats and dogs in its care available for adoption. Since the pandemic began, many of their fundraisers had to be put on hold.
Maggie Armstrong spoke on behalf of the Imagination Library, which is sponsored by Our Communities Health Foundation.
After hearing all three presentations, the group announced a lump sum of $11,000 to be presented to Imagination Library/Our Community Health Foundation. This consists of 10 Squared Women member donations and several employer matches.
Our Communities Health Foundation is a new 501(c)3 established by Guthrie County Health Services to help offer more opportunities like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Guthrie County. Each month, the Imagination Library mails a high quality, age-appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family.
The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program launched in Guthrie County in February of this year with a $2,000 grant from the Panora United Methodist Church as part of the church’s “Change a Child’s Story” mission program. That grant made it possible for the program to launch in the Panorama Community School District. The 10 Squared Women’s grant has enabled the program to expand to most of Guthrie County, and hopefully soon, through additional donations, it can expand to all of Guthrie County.
Jotham Arber, executive director of the Guthrie County Public Health office, said, “We know education, literacy and health outcomes in a community are intertwined, so investing in a child’s literacy is investing in a healthier child and, ultimately, a healthier community. Our kids are the future of our communities. The more we can do for our children’s literacy, the healthier and brighter our future will be. The support from 10 Squared Women allows us to expand and reach more Guthrie County children.”  Additionally, Jotham stated, “The foundation also thanks all individuals and community service organizations who have donated.”
Children can be signed up beginning at birth (through age 5) on their website: www.OurCommunitiesHealthFoundation.org. It costs $25.10/year to support a child in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program, but books are delivered free to children. Interested individuals or community service organizations can contact Guthrie County Health Services at 641-747-3972 to request an informational program for their organization or to learn more.
10 Squared Women is focused on helping and donating to local organizations that vow to put those funds to work, right in our backyards. The funds are used in various projects to benefit Guthrie County community’s projects and residents. To date, the group has donated $239,450 since inception in 2017.
The 10 Squared Women’s group holds meetings quarterly, typically at Lake Panorama Conference Center, the fourth Tuesday in February, May, August and November, subject to change. The next meeting for 2022 will be on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Members in attendance hear from three nominated organizations, drawn from “the hat” of member-nominated organizations at random, and vote on the winning cause that night.
The group currently has approximately 109 members, 20 organizations nominated and strongly encourages additional philanthropic organizations and new members to come forward. These have included cities of Yale and Jamaica park improvements, City of Bagley library project, Daycare and Preschool programs in Adair and Guthrie Center (Little Charger) and Panora (Little Panther), Guthrie Center and Panora Fire Departments, school backpack programs at AC/GC, West Central Valley and Panorama, as well as programs that benefit residents from all corners of Guthrie County: Guthrie County Helping Hands (habitat for humanity projects in Stuart, Casey, Guthrie Center, Adair, Panora, Yale, Menlo, Jamaica, and Bagley), New Opportunities, Panora P.E.T.S., Guthrie Activity Center, Tori’s Angels Foundation, Guthrie County Sheriff’s Chaplains, Guthrie County Historical Village Foundation, Guthrie County Hospital Foundation, Guthrie County Arts Council, St. Thomas More Center, Guthrie Center Christmas Lights project, Guthrie Center Revitalization, Panora Garden Club, and now, Imagination Library – Our Communities Health Foundation.
10 Squared Women members are encouraged to talk to their friends, neighbors and family about the group and to share the group within their social circles. Members are not required to attend meetings, however, in order for their vote to count, must be in attendance at the live meeting or virtually. All members are expected to write their donation checks whether they can attend the meeting and vote or not.
One newer (and generous) member is so excited about what the group is doing, she presented a challenge for existing members for the May meeting. She paid for the first $100 worth of drinks and offered a drawing for two $25 gift cards to Bella Sorella. For each new person brought to the meeting, the member and the guest each had their name put into the drawing. There were four new members in attendance. Congratulations to Amy Johnson and Sue Merryman for winning the gift cards. Any 10 Squared members willing to step up for the third quarter are asked to reach out to the organizers.
Members are encouraged to reach out to their networks with invitations. The group is continuously looking for new members who are excited about helping their communities and Guthrie County. To learn how to get involved, you can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/10squaredwomengc, or email them at 10squaredgc@gmail.com. Membership forms and frequently asked questions can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting them through Facebook or email.


Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

One of the few good things that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 was Lake Panorama lakefront property owners hosting live music events from their back decks, yards or docks. One such event was held July 3, and three more are planned in the coming weeks.
On Saturday, July 16, a few residents of the Sunset Ridge Condo Association, which is on the main basin south of The Port, have joined together to host a live music performance. Mike Tiedeman of Des Moines will play guitar and sing from 8-10 p.m. Boaters are encouraged to anchor lakeside near the Sunset Ridge Condos. From land, the address is 5447 Chimra Road. Tiedeman performed at the same location last July.
The following Saturday, July 23, Jamie and Ellen Pollard invite guests to drop an anchor near the mouth of Jones Cove and enjoy a free concert by Brian Congdon. Congdon also performed from the Pollard’s dock in 2020. He offers a mix of alternative, country, rock and sing-along hits, and he will take requests. Congdon will perform from 8:30-10:30 p.m. From land, the address is 6354 Panorama Drive.
Two weeks later, on Saturday, Aug. 6, Damon Dotson and his band will be performing 7-10 p.m. at the entrance to Burchfield Cove. This event is being hosted by Mac and Theresa McConeghey and Craig and Judy Hansen and will be held at the McConegheys’ at 4361 Panorama Drive. Guests can come by boat and anchor in Burchfield Cove, or bring a lawn chair to sit on the grass near the band. 
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Posted 7/6/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Bailey
Age: 13
Breed: Mini Golden Doodle
Owners: Keith and Tanya Wilhite and daughters Carrie and Breanne.

Bailey enjoys rides in her family’s pontoon, watching the birds, and, of course, chasing the squirrels from the deck of her owners’ home. Bailey also enjoys spending time with her grandpup parents Darwin and Janet Luing, who also live at the lake. Bailey is pictured with Carrie, living her best life on Lake Panorama. 


Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Cindy McCarty grew up in Guthrie Center and has lived at Lake Panorama for 30 years. She has more than 45 years of experience as a speech and language pathologist and has worked with children, adults and senior citizens — in schools, homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities.
She is also a horse lover.
More than 20 years ago, while enjoying horseback rides on 220 acres of timber and pasture she owns east of Guthrie Center, she thought about how her patients also would enjoy the setting. What about developing a facility where people could receive all sorts of therapy, help and support?
McCarty’s longtime friend, Sue Behrens, who is a physical therapist, said if McCarty wanted to use her horses to establish a therapy program, she would help. Together they began researching hippotherapy. “Hippo” is the Greek word for “horse.” In hippotherapy, specially trained physical, occupational and speech/language therapists use the movement of a horse as a treatment tool. Hippotherapy was introduced in Europe after World War II following two polio epidemics.
Last year was the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Timber Creek Therapies indoor arena. McCarty stresses this isn’t about teaching a person how to ride.
“Treatment takes place in a controlled environment following a specific plan,” she says. “Riding skills are not taught. We’re using the horse as part of an integrated treatment program.”
A horse’s gait is almost identical to that of a human.
“Scientists haven’t been able to duplicate the human gait with a machine,” she says. “But horses walk in a three-dimensional pattern, much like humans. By placing a human on a horse’s back, just in front of its pelvis, we can almost duplicate the human walk.”
Being on the back of a horse helps patients with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, strokes, autism, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida and other illnesses and disabilities. The indoor riding arena allows patients to be seen year-round.
A new program began in late May and is a partnership with the St. Gregory Recovery Center in Bayard. St. Gregory is an inpatient facility for treating those with drug and alcohol addictions, anxiety and depression disorders, and military veterans with PTSD issues.
In this case, the horses aren’t ridden. Instead, they provide emotional support.
“Horses are so profoundly healing in so many ways,” McCarty says. “These clients make good connections with the horses and also with others in their group, as they work together to problem solve. We teach them about horse behavior, how to lead them, and how to care for them.”
There usually are six to eight people in these group sessions, held for an hour each Thursday.
“When they first arrive, everyone is pretty quiet,” McCarty says. “They are told they can choose any of the horses available that day. Before long, there is lots of conversation and interaction. It’s rewarding to watch.”
McCarty says people come to St. Gregory from all over the country.
“Our hope is that when they return home, they will seek out something like this that helps them find joy and a sense of purpose as they continue in their own healing,” McCarty says. “Maybe they will find a similar therapy center or other place where they can volunteer. This is something very close to my heart, and I’m happy we can provide this opportunity.”
Timber Creek also offers therapeutic riding for individuals with a variety of physical and mental disabilities. Evening sessions are held for groups that travel from New Hope Village in Carroll and Opportunity Living in Lake City. A steady stream of volunteers makes many of the Timber Creek programs possible. Most assist with the therapeutic riding programs, as one person leads the horse and two people walk on either side to provide safety and support to the rider.
“We couldn’t do as much with the horses if it weren’t for our volunteers,” McCarty says. “We have high school and college students, young adults and senior citizens who help. Some have horse experience, which draws them to us. Others just want to help.”
Because of the COVID pandemic, Timber Creek Therapies was closed in 2020 from March through August. Once the therapy center was able to open again, only one patient was allowed at a time, with a gap of 15 minutes left open before the next patient could enter. Today, therapy sessions are back to full capacity while staff and volunteers continue to follow healthcare protocols and safety guidelines.
McCarty provides speech, language and cognitive therapy sessions three days a week. Allison Stanley is an occupational therapist who sees patients two days a week. Lesley Stucker is a physical therapist who sees patients one day a week.
Others who work at Timber Creek include Meg Schmidt, who started as a volunteer at the age of 12. She now works one day a week getting the horses ready for therapy and therapeutic riding sessions and assisting with the sessions. She also is in charge of the horse training and farrier work and manages the Timber Creek Ranch farm ground and hay production.
Darwin McCurdy and Anna Owen each work one day a week getting the horses ready for therapy, assisting with the sessions and doing chores. Schmidt, McCurdy and Owen also help with the new St. Gregory program. Diane Owen works three days a week in the office and manages scheduling, billing and financials. And there’s the 10 horses, eight of which McCarty owns. The other two are owned by Timber Creek Charities, a non-profit 501(c)3 charity.
While most patients who receive treatment have some of their expenses covered by insurance, Timber Creek Charities helps people who can’t afford it.
“I knew we’d get patients who wouldn’t have insurance or the money to pay their own way,” McCarty says. “We didn’t want to turn anyone away.”
Timber Creek Charities receives funding from foundation and private donations and proceeds from an annual golf tournament and auction. Donations can be made online at timbercreekcharities.com.
“There is never a shortage of people who need help,” McCarty says. “We’re always busy, our schedules are full, and we often have waiting lists. We continue to get new referrals who have new injuries and illnesses that require therapy. Our patients range from babies to geriatrics and everyone in between.”
The 20-year anniversary of the building adjacent to the riding arena is this year. It includes offices and a therapy room. There also is a warm-water pool with an electrical current system that can move the 5,500 gallons of water up to 6.5 mph. The water depth can vary from 2 to 5 feet, and there is a motorized chairlift.
For now, the pool remains closed because of COVID concerns, but McCarty hopes it can be reopened.
“The moving water provides a wonderful and highly effective treatment tool for patients with mobility, gait, trunk control and extremity strength and pain issues,” she says.
Even with her many years of experience, McCarty says she sometimes is surprised at the progress patients make at Timber Creek.
“We have had many people referred to us who have been in traditional physical therapy for years, and often in a few sessions, we have seen functional improvements using the horse and the pool.”
Timber Creek is located south of Highway 44, midway between Panora and Guthrie Center. Take Poplar Avenue south, and Timber Creek is on the left in 1.5 miles. For more information, call 641-747-3225.


The 20th annual Timber Creek Charities golf tournament will be held Saturday, July 16 at Lake Panorama National Golf Resort and Conference Center. The golf tournament is the largest annual fundraiser for the charity.
Timber Creek Charities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides financial assistance to some people who receive services at Timber Creek Therapies. In 2021, Timber Creek Charities covered the cost of 933 therapy sessions for 44 children and adults who would not have had the insurance coverage or resources to receive services on their own.
In conjunction with the 2022 golf tournament, Timber Creek has a sponsorship program for companies and individuals. There are six levels of sponsorship available, ranging from $5,000 to $500. Each level includes a special recognition sign at the golf tournament on the first tee. The top two levels also cover some tournament entry fees. In addition, tee box sponsorships are available for $100.
Entry fees for the four-person, best-shot golf tournament are $100 per person or $400 per team. Singles are welcome and will be assigned to a team. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, lunch and dinner. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with lunch at 11 a.m., a shotgun start at noon and evening dinner at 5 p.m.
A live auction will follow dinner. Donated auction items can be brought to the LPN Conference Center by 3 p.m. the day of the event. Tickets for just the dinner and auction are $25.
More sponsorship details and golf registration forms are available by calling Timber Creek at 641-747-3225. Make checks payable to Timber Creek Charities and send to 2400 Poplar Ave., Guthrie Center, Iowa, 50115. 

Jesse Gutierres and Brick Imerman are 100% country and 100% veteran.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The musical duo “Hillbilly Air Show” will perform at Helen’s Cove on Saturday, July 2, prior to the annual fireworks released from Shady Beach. Boaters are invited to anchor just inside the mouth of Helen’s Cove with live music beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing to 8:30 p.m.
Hillbilly Air Show includes Brick “One Man Band” Imerman on lead guitar, bass and keyboards, joined by Jesse “The Medicine Man” Gutierres on vocals and acoustic guitar. Imerman and his wife, Lori, own a home on the north side of Helen’s Cove. The performance will be on their dock or one of their neighbors’ docks.
Imerman has been performing for nearly 20 years.
“When I retired from the military in 2003 and moved home to Guthrie Center, local postmaster Bob Paterson and I started playing a few songs at private parties following high school wrestling tournaments,” he says. “Soon we were joined by a group of guitar-playing wrestlers, and Brick’n Bob and the Young Guns was formed.”
In 2005, the Young Guns were hired at The Port for their first paying gig, and soon, more local kids started asking to join the band.
“Every time one would graduate and head off to college, another kid would take their place,” says Imerman. “Through the years, 12 different high school kids played with the band, including three female singers. The final addition to the group was Jake Kemble when he was 15 years old. Today, Jake is an active professional musician in the Des Moines area with his own band.”
Imerman and Paterson have continued playing together throughout central Iowa for 17 years under the names of Code Blue and the Brick’n Bob Duo. They will perform their last gig together this summer at Adel’s Sweet Corn Festival on Aug. 13.
As one door closes, another opens.  Three years ago, Imerman was playing solo at a winery when Jesse Gutierres walked through the door.
“I have always played classic rock until I heard Jesse sing,” Imerman says. “I realized that vocally, he was, without a doubt, the best country singer I had heard in Iowa. With his voice and my guitar, it was only natural that we start playing together.”
Gutierres was born and raised in Oklahoma. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, his unit was sent to Saudi Arabia. Serving as an F-15 Eagle crew chief, he prepped fighter jets for combat over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.
“We were out in the desert in a Muslim country. It was dry in more ways than one,” Gutierres says. “That left very little for us to do when we got off work. Singing and playing guitar was how I let off steam. That’s where I earned my first money playing music, and where I began writing songs.”
After the war, a college degree, and a stint in North Carolina, civilian work for Uncle Sam brought Gutierres to Iowa. Once here, he continued playing music with different bands, then found he could make more money playing solo. For the past several years, he has built a successful solo act, sometimes joined by other rotating musicians under the name “Jesse and the Medicine Men.”
A personal tragedy struck Gutierres in August 2020. A drunk driver speeding down the wrong lane of U.S. Highway 20 near Iowa Falls struck and killed a mother and her 10-year-old son and severely injured her 6-year-old daughter. Those were Gutierres’ children, Alexander and Isabella.
Beyond the immediate tragedy of burying his son and dealing with months and months of rehabilitation for his daughter, expenses were crushing, and Gutierres found himself owing almost $800,000. He has spent the past two years working days at the Veterans Administration in Des Moines and nights and weekends playing music across Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Gutierres hopes, in the near future, one of his original songs will reach the attention of the right person, and his debts will become a thing of the past. He has released two CDs — “Pretty They Is” and his newest recording, “Little Tortilla,” which was completed in April at a studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Tracks from both CDs are performed at every Hillbilly Air Show event.
Both Gutierres and Imerman are proud combat veterans. Imerman served 21 years in the Navy as a highly decorated, FA-18 fighter pilot. His combat missions over both Iraq and Afghanistan earned him the Bronze Star and three Air Medals, along with a painting of his FA-18 on the side of the Guthrie County Freedom Rock in Guthrie Center.
With their combined service in aerial combat operations and Gutierres’ roots in country music, it was appropriate they named themselves Hillbilly Air Show.
“We are 100% country and 100% veteran,” Gutierres says. “No one is more patriotic.”
Imerman says, during the Helen’s Cove party, “We’ll have kids on paddle boards collecting tips and giving out Hillbilly gear, so come out and spend the evening celebrating freedom with us.”
The duo also is scheduled to perform at The Port July 22, Aug. 19 and Sept. 2, plus other private parties this summer.

Remembering and honoring, boat safety and a few more lake jokes to share

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Posted 6/7/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

I have been attending Memorial Day services for as long as I can remember. My father, who served in the Korean War, made sure of it. My uncle would march in the parades each year, and my siblings and I would seek him out among the other veterans who did the same.
When I married and had kids, I would take our young children to these services in the various communities we lived in. At one of the events, an elderly woman walked up to me and thanked me for bringing the kids and teaching them about the sacrifices that so many soldiers made. That comment hit home with me, as it reminded me how my father did the same thing for me.
Our children are adults now, and I hope when they have kids, they will make this a tradition for them as well.
This year, I attended the Memorial Day service in Panora at Veterans Auditorium. I counted about 250 people in attendance. As in years past at other services, I was deeply touched. But this service truly stood out with the songs, the placing of the wreaths, the reading of the names of past veterans, and the heartfelt presentation and raising of the dedicated flags for James A. Arganbright, Richard J. Arganbright, Robert Steven Keith and Gary E. Morrow. And, of course, the Color Guard Salute of TAPS was especially moving, as always.
I want to thank the master of ceremonies, Mike Arganbright, along with the hostesses, Linda Dahl and Deb Moylan, and everyone who helped put this service together. Most of all, I want to thank our veterans for their commitment and service to our country. You will never be forgotten.

Boat safety
If you have not yet viewed the Lake Panorama boating safety video, you should take the time to do so. And, better yet, share it with any friends or family members who may be boating on the lake, too.  It is only 11 minutes, and it is produced in a way that is easy to follow and entertaining.
Keep in mind this video is simply an introductory piece that covers the highlights for boaters, but it is also a great refresher for those who have been on the lake for years.  I am convinced that anyone who views this will learn something new. I appreciate the LPA putting this video together, as it helps us all stay safe on the water.
The video can be viewed from the LPA website at www.lakepanorama.org. We’ve also embedded the video on our website at www.lakepanoramatimes.com/news.

A little lake humor
A boat was traveling in Lake Panorama with buckets of blue paint on board. It collided with another boat on the lake that was loaded with buckets of red paint. The crew is missing and are believed to be marooned.
The jokes get worse. Do you know what causes some boats to become party boats? Pier pressure.
And finally. How many boaters does it take to change a lightbulb? None, because the bulb you need isn’t on board, the supply store doesn’t carry the brand, and the mail-order house has it on back-order.

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Have a great month, and as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
515-953-4822, ext. 305


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Posted 6/7/2022
The Fourth of July holiday brings two types of fireworks to Lake Panorama.
The annual “Fire in the Sky” fireworks display sanctioned by the Lake Panorama Association, and put on by the Scheiring family, will be at dusk on Saturday, July 2. The fireworks will be set off from the traditional spot at Shady Beach. For safety reasons, the LPA Lake Patrol and the Iowa DNR require boats anchored during the display to have running lights on during the show.
The other type of fireworks is consumer fireworks, which can be legally sold in Iowa because of a bill passed in the 2017 Iowa legislative session. In May 2017, the LPA Board of Directors passed a motion that states the LPA does not consent to the use of fireworks on LPA-owned property, such as beaches, campgrounds, parking lots, roads, the marina, golf courses and community areas.
Guests of Lake Panorama National Resort are being notified of this action. Both LPA members and guests can be found in violation of LPA rules if they use fireworks on LPA property and could be subject to a monetary fine.
LPA members also are reminded they are responsible to avoid any activity that could be declared a nuisance to their neighbors, and they are liable for any damage or injury they or their guests cause to neighbors and their property.  

Gregory Maassen is making the trip to raise awareness for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy. 

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In the mid-1980s, a 21-room guesthouse motel was built on Karen Drive just south of the Lake Panorama National Resort conference center. It has hosted many people, usually wedding parties or groups taking advantage of one of LPN’s special golf packages.
Sometimes, a person with a truly interesting story books a room for a night. Gregory Maassen, who stayed in the guesthouse the night of May 14, is one of those people.
Maassen, a native of the Netherlands, is riding an e-bike across the United States from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco. There is some irony to his mode of transportation.
“In the Netherlands, we use bikes, but we don’t love them,” he said, in an interview at a picnic table on the guesthouse deck. “I grew up cycling, until I got my driver’s license, which I thought put an end to my cycling forever.”
He is making the trip to raise awareness and support for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy.
“Peripheral neuropathy is a little-known or understood debilitating disease that attacks the nervous system and affects 30 million Americans,” he said. “The money I raise goes directly to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy, a nonprofit that provides research and education.”
Maassen, who is 54 years of age, has personal experience with the disease. He spent many years working with the World Bank and as a partner of the United States Agency for International Development. His jobs sent him to Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, Macedonia, Jordan, Armenia, Mongolia and southern Africa.
“I like to get out into the bush and see the wildlife,” he said. “I was hiking in southern Africa when I stepped into a nest of ticks. There were about 80 tiny larvae, small as grains of sand, and it was impossible to quickly find and remove them all.”
Later, his entire body started to burn, like a severe sunburn, and doctors couldn’t find a cause. His symptoms worsened until he couldn’t walk or talk, and he slipped into depression and had anxiety attacks.
In 2019, he came to the United States on an emergency medical green card and went to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The doctor said he believed he had peripheral neuropathy, and a skin biopsy test confirmed the diagnosis. There are many types of this disease; Maassen has post infectious small fiber neuropathy, caused by the tick encounter.
His journey to recovery is a powerful story. Through medication and therapy, Maassen went from being bedridden to walking again. His doctor said to continue his progress, he should find a form of exercise he enjoyed, and he decided to e-bike. An e-bike has a small electric motor between the pedals powered by battery packs stored in the support bars of the bike frame.
Maassen originally needed help when he started to e-bike but now pedals under his own power most of the time. He is now off all medications, including antidepressants, because biking has made him physically stronger and more mindful of things around him.
Maassen, who lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Janet, founded E-Bike Lovers, a social group of 550 e-bikers in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
“This is a very active community organization,” he said. “We promote e-biking, and the group website includes lots of good information to help others learn about the technology.”
As he travels, he hands out small flyers with his website address, which has a wealth of information about both his cross-country e-bike tour and peripheral neuropathy. The flyer encourages donors to give one cent per mile for each mile he rides and includes this tag line: “You can add your two cents, too.” Learn more at www.ebiketour.org.
“As I talk about this cause, about 90% of the people I meet either have it or know someone who does,” Maassen said. “I still have symptoms sometimes, when I get a burning sensation and get discouraged. But I’m one of the lucky ones who has been able to generally control the symptoms with exercise and focusing on the good things in life.”
Maassen began his trip April 2. He is following the historic Lincoln Highway and a new transcontinental cycling route designed for this trip. It follows the route of a military convoy in 1919 that included a young President Eisenhower.
“Eisenhower oversaw the liberation of the Netherlands during WWII, something the Dutch will never forget,” Maassen said. “This ride is a tribute to the long-lasting Dutch-American friendship. The United States’ longest unbroken, peaceful relationship with any foreign country is with the Netherlands.”
For many years, only three transcontinental cycling routes existed in the United States — the Northern Tier, the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail and the Southern Tier. The routes were developed by the Adventure Cycling Association in the 1970s before e-bikes were common.
The new transcontinental route Maassen is using was designed with e-biking in mind, with plenty of accommodations and stops to charge batteries. It took a year of planning to design the route, using virtual reality tools and state-of-the-art routing software. The route connects local communities and follows country roads and cycling routes whenever possible. A final version of the route will be published after Maassen has e-biked the entire route.
Maassen arrived in Panora by taking the Raccoon River Valley Trail. He had never been to Iowa but said he is impressed by the “magnificent network of trails here. A big shoutout to all the planners who have put together this amazing infrastructure that provides the opportunity for low-stress cycling. Riding the Iowa trails has been an outstanding experience.”
Maassen can average 11 mph and usually covers at least 55 miles each day. He knows when he gets further west, to Utah and Nevada, there will be stretches where he will need to ride up to 100 miles in a day to reach a place where he can charge his bike’s batteries.
He, the bike and a trailer he pulls, altogether weigh 416 pounds. He is carrying film and camera equipment to document his journey, a drone for overhead filming, spare batteries, food, tools, camping equipment and a GPS device.
Originally planned as a 3,400-mile journey, Maassen said he probably will be closer to 4,000 miles because of some backtracking, detours and extra miles needed for various reasons.
Maassen encourages people who have peripheral neuropathy to educate themselves about treatment options.
“There are medications that can help some people,” he said. “And exercise is critical. Whether you e-bike or swim or walk, do something. Try to put your mind somewhere else than with your condition. You can flex the brain a little, and you can make it feel happy.”
There’s one more chapter to this story about Gregory Maassen. Months before he began his cross-county journey, he applied for U.S. citizenship. When he was near Chicago, his wife called to say he had been notified of the date to take the naturalization test in Washington, D.C. He flew home, took and passed the test, then flew back to continue his journey. When he reached Omaha, he flew home again, this time to take the citizenship oath. So, he started his trip as a Dutch cyclist and will finish it as an American citizen. 

10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held a quarterly meeting at Lake Panorama National Conference center on May 24

Posted 06/07/2022


Posted 06/07/2022
Photos by Shane Goodman and Steve Delaney

The Memorial Day services and Avenue of Flags presentation was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30 at Veterans Auditorium in Panora with approximately 250 people in attendance. Mike Arganbright served as the Master of Ceremonies with presentations and involvement from Linda Dahl, Deb Moylan, members of the Iowa National Guard, Reserves and Active Forces; Scouts; Panorama High School Vocal Group; Father Ray Higgins; Methodist Church Vocal Group; Cheryl Castile; Linda Burgess; Mayor Pat Parker; and Colonel Travis Crawmer. 

This LPA capital improvement project cost approximately $75,000 for the two bathrooms. 

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

New bathrooms at both Shady and Sunset beaches are ready for the 2022 summer season. The old bathrooms, which had been in place for decades, were demolished last fall by LPA maintenance staff. The mild fall allowed contractor Kane Powell to get much of the work done in November and December with completion this May.
The buildings feature poured concrete walls, concrete floors with one floor drain, and a 6-feet by 11-feet concrete slab in front of each door to better accommodate wheelchairs. The new bathrooms are one room, approximately 8-feet by 10-feet, unisex, and comply with federal regulations that require bathrooms to be accessible. Each has one stool and sink plus granite countertops for the sinks. Each also includes a foldup diaper changing station and a storage cabinet for supplies.
The concrete walls are painted inside and out, and the floors have an epoxy coating. Roofs are made of wooden trusses with corrugated steel covering. Each bathroom has an outside light on a photo cell that illuminates automatically after dark. The interiors have two ceiling lights that are motion-activated.
To finish off the outside area, Powell donated and installed landscaping blocks, rock and plants surrounding three sides of each building. He also donated, installed and watered sod to give it a good start before rains in late May took over that job.
These new bathrooms will be easier to maintain and offer users more space, updated features and better lighting. They are more attractive than the previous buildings. This LPA capital improvement project cost approximately $75,000 for the two bathrooms. 


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Posted 6/7/2022
By Jolene Goodman

I look forward to the hot, steamy days of summer. I enjoy the sun beating down on my skin, the warmth of Mother Nature and time out in the fresh air boating, doing yard work, golfing, biking or going for a walk. As a kid, I remember eating watermelon slices down on the beach in the middle of the afternoon, with a casual competition of who could spit the seed the farthest. Dad was not too pleased with the tiny plants that produced about a week later. Our family also enjoyed plenty of the purchased fudgesicles, ice cream bars and bomp pops. Recently I came across this recipe for Pina Colada Sweet Potato Ice Pops, a tropical-inspired dessert made with coconut cream, sweet potatoes, fresh pineapple, lime juice and honey. Sure to please kids and adults alike, they’re a better-for-you option when a cold snack calls your name. As a “diabetes superfood,” according to the American Diabetes Association, sweet potatoes provide a main ingredient that’s rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber along with a “sweet” flavor without the added sugar.
Recipe courtesy of Family Features. Visit ncsweetpotatoes.com to find more delicious summer recipe ideas.

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

Pina Colada Sweet Potato Ice Pops

Prep time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 3-4 hours
Yield: 8 small ice pops

1/2 cup coconut cream
3/4 cup mashed and cooked sweet potato
3/4 cup diced pineapple
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lime juice
coconut flakes (optional)

In a food processor or high-speed blender, mix coconut cream, sweet potato, pineapple, honey and lime juice. Transfer batter to freezer molds.
Place in freezer 3-4 hours. Top with coconut flakes, if desired.


Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The busy summer months of 2022 have finally arrived at Lake Panorama. This month’s Q&A with John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association general manager, includes information on several topics important to LPA members.

Q:  What advice do you have for members as they begin the 2022 season?
A:  As members prepare their vessels for the first outing of summer, please remember to also prepare guests and family members who will be entrusted to operate boats and jet skis. LPA provides a water safety video, which is designed as a great refresher or introductory course to operators of boats and jet skis on Lake Panorama. This 11-minute video is available on YouTube and can be found by searching “Lake Panorama Water Safety Video” on YouTube. I strongly recommend all guests and family members be required to watch this as a reminder of safe and compliant operations.
LPA has observed a high percentage of violations come from jet skis driven by guests or inexperienced operators. LPA asks members to make a special effort to educate these individuals before handing them the keys to your jet ski.

Q:  What are the rules for LPA’s brush dumps?
A:  LPA must enforce a strict set of detailed rules in order to continue offering brush dumps for member use. The guidelines maintained by Iowa DNR require responsible management of these sites. LPA takes a hard line enforcing these rules to ensure the brush dumps can remain open into the future.
Simply put, LPA brush dumps are for vegetation that has come from lots within the LPA subdivision. Compostable materials (leaves and grass clippings) are accepted in the compost area. Brush under 12 inches in diameter is accepted in the brush pile. LPA closes the brush dumps on Monday and Tuesday for burning and maintenance.
The most common mistake is assuming that LPA will take anything that can burn. This is not accurate. If it did not grow on your lot, then it is not accepted at the brush dumps.
LPA’s brush dumps are monitored by security cameras. Due to persistent violations, LPA also will be implementing occasional security checkpoints to ensure users are following the rules.

Q:  Can I rent my home at Lake Panorama on AirBnB, VRBO or similar platforms?
A:  LPA members may rent their home, but the rules state, “A member may not rent his or her home or condominium more than one time in any four consecutive week period.” The rental term can be anywhere from one day to 28 days, but the member is limited to only one tenant every four weeks.
LPA has implemented this rule primarily to ensure the safety of the association is maintained. Lake Panorama is a narrow lake with a steep learning curve regarding vessel operation and water safety. In the view of LPA, frequent turnover of tenants represents a water safety concern.

Q:  What is the best way for members to contact LPA management with questions?
A:  There are a number of ways LPA members can contact LPA regarding questions. The most effective method is to email questions to lpa@lakepanorama.org. Members also are welcome to stop by the office or phone LPA at 641-755-2301. Email is preferred as it allows us to direct your question to the appropriate management team member and allow that person to gather the relevant information as part of their response.
LPA continues to serve the membership with a relatively small team. For this reason, we encourage members to contact us sooner rather than later. Planning ahead is greatly appreciated and helps us provide quality service to our members. 

Quinnebago Outdoors fills the upper floor while Lexie Lou’s Crafts and Gifts is on lower level.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A young couple who hadn’t planned to be business owners now are business owners in the former Ben’s Five and Dime building in Panora. Quinten and Alexis Pfeiffer, who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary in August, opened two businesses in late May.
Quinnebago Outdoors fills the upper floor of the building, offering a wide variety of items related to outdoor recreation, which is Quinten’s main focus. Lexie Lou’s Crafts and Gifts is in the lower level of the building and where Lexie will spend most of her time.
Lexie’s parents, Dan and Melissa Pflieger, moved seven years ago to a Lake Panorama home near Sunset Beach. A transfer from the John Deere operation in Dubuque to positions with the company in central Iowa led to the move.
Last August, the just-married couple were leaving for their honeymoon in Greece when Dan contacted them. He had been in Ben’s Five and Dime and talked to former owner Jan Pattee about the building. Once he learned it was for sale, he took photos to send to the newlyweds. He told them he and Melissa would invest in the building if they wanted to open a business there. The need for an outdoor recreation business in Panora is something Dan and Quinten had talked about during the couple’s visits to Lake Panorama.
Quinten and Alexis are high school sweethearts, having both grown up near Dubuque. She attended Iowa State University her freshman year, before joining him at the University of Iowa. He studied photojournalism and cinematography, while she earned a master’s degree in environmental sustainability.
“Neither of us are using our college degrees,” Quinten jokes.
Yet both had jobs in Iowa City that gave them life experiences, which led to their current businesses. Lexie was working at the Joann Fabric Store in Iowa City.
“I was measuring and cutting fabric,” she says. “Both of my grandmothers quilted, and I enjoy scrapbooking and crafts.”
Quinten worked for two years at the Fin & Feather, a family-owned business started in 1967. What began as a small hunting and fishing shop grew with the popularity of the outdoors industry.
After graduation, the couple moved back near their hometown. Quinten worked on the Mississippi River on a tugboat and for a dredging operation. He also worked for an outfitter in Galena, where he became a fishing and kayak trip guide on both the Mississippi and Galena rivers. The outfitter also rented bikes, so he learned to service and repair bicycles.
“We had never talked about starting a business together,” Quinten says. “But while we were in Greece, we talked about possible business ideas and what we thought might work. We had been in the building when it was Ben’s, so we knew what type of merchandise they sold and how big the building is. We kept discussing possible options, and soon after we got home from our honeymoon, we said we were interested. We took the closing of Ben’s as a chance to build something Lexie and I love, and we’re grateful Dan and Melissa were able to invest in this venture.”
So, the Pfliegers bought the building. Quinten and Lexie sold their home in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, and moved into the Pfliegers’ Lake Panorama home in January. Lexie works for a Dubuque insurance company as a recruiter and is able to work remotely. Quinten started renovating the building, with weekend and evening help from Lexie and their families.
In the upstairs, some of the brick wall on the east side was exposed, while shiplap was added to other walls. A bench was installed down the middle, and new flooring was added. New flooring, shiplap walls and paint also were added in the lower level.
“I’ve enjoyed fishing in the summer and hunting in the fall in this area,” Quinten says. “I thought a business that provides outdoors equipment would be popular here, but I know some of the business will be seasonal. That’s why we thought offering some of the things Ben’s had would be a good idea, to provide a constant income throughout the year.”
Retailers normally order merchandise from wholesalers a year in advance, which wasn’t possible for these business owners who didn’t know they would be business owners until December. Yet they’ve been able to get their hands on an impressive amount of merchandise, and they say more will arrive throughout the summer.
Downstairs, shoppers will find fabric, yarn, crafting kits and sewing notions. There is a section for children’s toys and books, another section for kitchen items, and a stationery section that includes cards, pens, colors, paints and more.
“I want customers to think of Lexie Lou’s when they need to find a gift for a shower or a birthday,” Lexie says. “We have lots of gift items, including candles, bath bombs, home décor and pillows in a variety of sizes that can be ordered with customized words and images.”
The east half of the downstairs area is empty for now but by fall will be a room for special events.
“I plan to offer various classes through the fall and winter, things like painting, candle making, maybe a quilt block of the month class, perhaps a craft class for kids,” Lexie says. “The room also will be available to rent for birthday parties or other special events.”
Upstairs, water sports items fill a big chunk of the space. There are standup paddleboards, skis, inflatables for towing and swimming, tow ropes, life jackets, sand toys, towels, sunblock and sunglasses.
One area features fishing equipment, including rods, reels and tackle. Minnows and nightcrawlers are available, and Iowa DNR hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased. By fall, Quinten will have set up a special hunting section in a back room.
Another area features camping equipment, including tents, chairs, cooking equipment, coolers, grills, firesticks and first aid kits. An apparel area includes casual sports clothing. Some footwear will be added soon, including sandals and hiking boots.
Equipment will be available for both sale and rent, including electric bikes and paddleboards. It wasn’t possible to get enough kayaks to sell this season, but kayaks are available for rent. This could include launching on the Raccoon River at Lenon Mills in Panora, with four pick-up points established between there and Redfield.
Other types of bikes besides e-bikes also can be rented. Some biking accessories are available for purchase, and Quinten also will service bikes.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Monday. An open house is planned for July 9. Contact the owners at store@quinnebago.com; or 563-542-8832; or online at quinnebago.com.
“We’re excited to bring something new to the Panora and Lake Panorama community,” Quinten says. “We want to cater to people who use the Raccoon River Valley Trail, Lake Panorama, the Middle Raccoon River, and other area recreation opportunities, while also offering a hint of Ben’s Five and Dime.” 

The Benches at Beaches project targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a single bench.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Shane Goodman
Lake Panorama Times 

A survey conducted by Friends of Lake Panorama in April 2019 showed LPA member interest in additional amenities at Lake Panorama’s beaches. This led to Friends promoting high quality benches to families looking for options to memorialize a loved one.
In 2019, a bench on a concrete slab was installed at Boulder Beach in memory of Kim Lubeck. In 2021, a swinging bench was installed at the Boulder Beach playground in memory of Bill Priestley. Also last year, a swinging bench in memory of Lois and Dean Porath and a stationary bench in memory of Courtney Allen Sr., were installed at Sunset Beach.
This Benches at Beaches project targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a single bench. Benches can be purchased either as a memorial for a loved one, or by those who want to leave their mark on Lake Panorama while they are alive. In late May, two swinging benches were installed for two couples interested in doing the latter.

Brian and JoAnn Johnson
Brian and JoAnn Johnson have lived at Lake Panorama for 22 years, first near the back of Horseshoe Cove. In 2008, they built their current home at the mouth of the same cove. Their swinging bench at Shady Beach was placed to take advantage of the afternoon shade, with a view of the playground, flowers, beach and Lake Panorama.
“We are only a golf cart ride away from Shady Beach, and it has been a special playground for all four of our grandkids,” JoAnn says. “They all swim and play in the sand there, and it’s where they learned to swing with me doing a lot of pushes. The older kids still talk about the merry-go-round that was there before the new play equipment was installed two years ago.”
“Our two oldest are twins, Colt and Montana Douglas, age 14, of Adair,” Johnson says. “They think of the lake as a second home and spend a lot of time with us. I used to push them in a double stroller down to Shady Beach. Our two younger grandchildren are Hadley and Walker Everson of Adel, ages 9 and 6, and they love the new playground equipment.”
Why were the Johnsons interested in donating a bench?
“We appreciate that Friends of Lake Panorama continues to have a vision for constantly improving the amenities here at Lake Panorama, and we enjoy participating in that,” Johnson says. “As for the swinging bench, it was a natural. We can swing ourselves now, rather than push swings for grandkids. It’s a great place to sit and watch the grandkids play and enjoy the view.”
The Johnsons chose the color green for their bench in honor of Brian’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The plaque on their bench has their names, topped by the phrase “Enjoy the Moment!”
“We chose ‘Enjoy the Moment’ to remind us, and everyone who uses the swing, that joy can be found in the simple things — a beautiful view, a quiet moment, a playground or beach with grandkids, or giving to Friends of Lake Panorama,” JoAnn says.

Larry Babcock and Susan Thompson
Larry Babcock purchased a house at Lake Panorama in the fall of 1997. Susan Thompson joined him there after they married in the spring of 1998. They lived in that home on the fifth hole of the Lake Panorama National Resort golf course until three years ago. That’s when they moved across the golf course to a condo on the eighth hole of the LPN golf course.
As avid golfers, they already appreciated Lake Panorama for its two golf courses. After purchasing a pontoon from Coulter Marine their first summer, they quickly learned to appreciate Lake Panorama even more. As family members visited, the golfing, boating and beach opportunities available made the Babcock/Thompson household a popular destination for day trips and summer vacations.
In mid-2013, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, asked Thompson to consider working with legal counsel to develop a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that could accept tax-deductible donations for recreational improvements.
Challenge accepted, and in July 2014 a letter arrived from the Internal Revenue Service saying Friends of Lake Panorama had been granted nonprofit status, and contributions would be tax-deductible to donors. Thompson has served as the Friends of Lake Panorama executive director since the beginning.
Babcock and Thompson have supported all Friends projects, both financially and as volunteers when needed. When the idea of promoting bench donations to current Lake Panorama residents who want to enjoy their own bench was proposed, the couple agreed it was another project they wanted to support.
Their bench is on a concrete slab near the south end of the Boulder Beach concrete wall. They chose blue in honor of the Chicago Cubs. Their bench plaque features the phrase “Keep Swinging!” Those words are a nod to their love of both golf and baseball, as well as their hope people will enjoy sitting in their swing and enjoy the view.
The current cost of either a stationary or swinging bench on a concrete slab is about $3,200. In keeping with the colors used for new playground equipment at the beaches, bench colors available are blue and green. LPA staff has identified several possible bench locations at all three of Lake Panorama’s beaches. Those interested in discussing a bench sponsorship can email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org or call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536.  
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Roger Herman Santi

Posted 6/7/2022
Roger Herman Santi, 74, died May 9, 2022, at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston. Roger graduated from Madrid High School in 1965. In 1973, he married Cheri Zaruba. They made their home in Perry for 20 years then moved to Ankeny, where they lived for 20 years. In 2004, Roger retired from John Deere in Ankeny after more than 30 years. Roger was an officer in the Vittoria Lodge in Ankeny. For the last eight years, they have made Lake Panorama their home.
Roger is survived by his wife; sons, Tony (Jennifer) and Larry (Marci); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place, and no services will be held at this time. 
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Posted 6/7/2022
Donald Graham submitted this photo of Lake Panorama’s West Side campground hostess Pat Daniel. Graham offered: “In between the neverending work of tending the flower beds, maintaining the restrooms and welcoming guests at Lake Panorama’s west side campground, hostess Pat Daniel also models the proper attire for rain. Thanks, Pat, for all you and Denny do and for keeping the campers in the fashion loop! The ‘West Siders’ campers appreciate you!” 
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Posted 6/7/2022
Paulette Chambers, Sue Merryman and JoAnn Johnson planted petunias in front of the gazebo on Main Street recently. The Panora Garden Club’s theme for the year is “Watch us grow!”

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Trish Hart is a local photographer who specializes in Lake Panorama wildlife. Many of Hart’s photos are of birds, which she captures digitally as they sit on feeders on the deck of her home. This month’s photo is of one female and two male Baltimore orioles, feasting on grape jelly and fresh cut oranges.
These brightly colored songbirds are orange, black and white, and were named because they share the colors of the coat of arms of 17th-century Lord Baltimore. Baltimore orioles are common in open woods in spring and summer, and spend their winters in the tropics.
Baltimore orioles arrive in Iowa in the spring. Special oriole feeders like this one make it easy to offer cut oranges, grape jelly or a sugar water supplement similar to the flower nectar these birds like. The birds disappear from feeders as quickly as they arrive. This is because while they are nesting and feeding young, their diet changes to add protein for the young birds, which means they hunt insects instead of visiting feeders.
Hart offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

The 2022 Beach Ball will feature live music from Little Joe McCarthy.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The fifth Friends of Lake Panorama’s Beach Ball fundraiser will be Friday, July 22 at Lake Panorama National. Plans include 30 round tables with seating for eight, either in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents. About 20 of those tables have been spoken for, with 10 remaining.
For the second year, attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. Friends Beach Club members make an additional contribution to Friends, while getting some extras. The levels are:
• Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700 — includes 1 Table Sponsorship; 8 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 20 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
• Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150 — includes 1 Table Sponsorship; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
• Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250 — includes 2 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 5 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $50 each. Those interested in becoming a Friends Beach Club member, or purchasing just dinner tickets, can contact Susan Thompson, thomcomm@netins.net, or 515-240-6536. Those with auction items to donate also are asked to contact Thompson.
The 2022 Beach Ball will feature live music from Little Joe McCarthy. This is the third Beach Ball where McCarthy has provided live music in the outdoors setting. The singer, songwriter and musician is from the Omaha area and plays a mix of oldies, rock and country. Extra chairs will be available outside for those who have tables inside yet want to enjoy McCarthy’s music during social time.
There also will be a 50/50 raffle and both live and silent auctions. There will be three live auction items of particular interest to Iowa State University fans.
Jamie Pollard, ISU athletic director, who owns a Lake Panorama home with his wife Ellen, has offered a Cyclone Football package. It includes four tickets in the athletic director’s suite in the Jacobsen Building in the north end zone for the Sept. 24 ISU versus Baylor football game. This package also includes a parking pass, plus food and soft drinks during the game.
Two other items for ISU fans are a football signed by Coach Matt Campbell and a basketball signed by T.J. Otzelberger, both in display cases. These two items have been donated by Jay and Sue Merryman.
Another live auction item sure to generate some spirited bidding is the six-course gourmet dinner for six, offered by LPA members Bill and Karen Fitzgerald. Six wines will be paired with the six courses. The dinner would be served in the winning bidder’s home, prepared and served by the Fitzgeralds. At the 2021 Beach Ball, this dinner sold at live auction for $2,000.
For the silent auction, a wide selection of gift baskets, artwork, home décor items and gift cards will be available for bidding throughout the evening. The drawing for the 50/50 raffle winner will take place right before the live auction begins. The silent auction will end at the same time.
Registration will begin in the LPN dining room at 4:30 p.m. and run for one hour. Cash bars will be available both inside and outside beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running through the evening. The buffet dinner will be served in the Links bar beginning at 6 p.m.
Details on the 2022 Beach Ball, plus all past and current projects, are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.


The 2021 Beach Ball raised $25,000. Those funds were used to complete the Lake Panorama dog park, purchase three swings for the Sunset Beach playground, and enhance an existing trail near Panorama West. The Sunset Beach swings were ordered last fall and should arrive sometime this summer. Work is in underway to finalize improvements to the Panorama West trail, and the dog park opens June 10.
Earlier Beach Balls provided funds for new playground equipment at all three of Lake Panorama’s beaches, and the sports courts at Boulder Beach.
The Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors will meet in August to determine how proceeds from the 2022 Beach Ball will be used. One likely recipient is a multi-use recreational project on Lake Panorama’s south shore that received approval from the LPA board of directors at its May 24 meeting.
Items in the recreational concept developed by Friends and approved by the LPA board include a disc golf course, walking trails, a fishing dock, bird and bat houses, and a small picnic shelter near the entrance to the golf course and trails. Friends will work with Fin and Feather and LPA staff to explore options for the fishing dock and bird and bat houses.
Another project approved by the LPA board in June 2021 that may receive some 2022 Beach Ball funding is a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. Information on this project and the south shore multi-use recreational area will be available at the 2022 Beach Ball, and attendees will have the opportunity to make direct donations to these projects. 

Each section indludes a picnic table, two dog waste bag dispensers, one water bowl, and one receptacle for pet waste bags.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Lake Panorama dog park will open Friday, June 10. It will be open daylight hours only, seven days a week. The main entrance gate is locked and requires an access code. Park users must call LPA Security to request the code. The security officer will ask some basic questions, such as name, vehicle information, and breed and number of dogs. The LPA Security phone number is 641-757-9035.
Once inside the main gate, there are two separate gates that are not locked but should remain closed except when entering and exiting. The large dog area is for dogs at least 15 inches at shoulder height. Small dogs can be in the large dog area, but owners are reminded it is possible for a small dog to be injured by a large dog. The small dog area is limited to dogs less than 15 inches at shoulder height; larger dogs are prohibited. Signs including this information are on each of the three gates.
There are two signs near the main entrance gate. One is a list of rules for dog park users to follow; the other recognizes donors who gave $500 or more to make the dog park possible.
Bryce Arganbright of Arganbright Construction was hired to install a 6-foot-high chain link fence 400 feet long and 150 feet wide with a dividing fence to create the two sections. He also poured a concrete floor and built a shelter for the entrance gates. Crushed rock along the inside perimeter of the fence provides a walking path, a weed barrier and will keep dogs from digging near the fence.
Brandon Brehmer donated his time to seed and fertilize the fenced-in area last fall and again this spring. In late May, he applied a broadleaf weed control. He plans to overseed and aerate in the fall. The park will be mowed weekly as needed, but because of weather and variability of the LPA maintenance staff schedule, no specific day or time is set. If users arrive at the park when it is being mowed, they are asked to wait until mowing is complete.
In each section, there is a picnic table, two dog waste bag dispensers, one water bowl, and one receptacle for pet waste bags. The water bowls fill by pushing a button on the side; the water drains out over 90 seconds to avoid standing water.
Two sugar maple trees were planted last fall, donated by Larry and Heather Isom, who own Isom Tree Farm. If additional trees are desired, the Isoms have offered to donate one tree for each tree purchased with planting done in the fall.
The dog park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and East RV Road, near the east campground. There is a rocked parking area on the east end for users, rather than parking along the road or on the grass. The dog park was financed by $50,000 in donations through the Friends of Lake Panorama. 

10 Squared Plus Men to Help Fund GCFD Generator

Posted 6/7/2022
The Ten Squared Plus Men of Guthrie County recently presented a ceremonial check for $17,400 to the Guthrie Center Fire Department. The group was selected as the most recent winner. Accepting the check were, from the left: Gary McCool, Pierre Kellogg, Randy Sheeder, Chief Tom Langgaard, Dennis Flanery (who made the presentation to the group) and Chuck Cleveland.
The Fire Department plans to purchase a large generator for use in the fire hall. During a power outage, they will be able to utilize their facility as a warming center and to operate the doors and charging devices in a normal manner. 


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Posted 6/7/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Finland
Age: 1-2 years old
Available for adoption at: Panora Pets

More than a year ago, Panora Pets was contacted by a resident about four kittens that were trying to exist in an old shed during the stretch of winter with below-zero temperatures.  It took a few attempts at live trapping to capture them all, but, eventually, all were safe.  Three of the four have found homes, leaving only Finland, still waiting for his. He was extremely shy at first but has turned into quite a pest in seeking out love and attention. He’s continually reaching out and trying to snag any volunteer, attendant or potential adopter who walks by for some attention. He has discovered the joys of hanging out in the kitty tree. Finland generally gets along with other kitties, but when he’s in a feisty mood, he likes to pick on others. He has a beautiful chocolate tabby coat with pristine white accents on his face and paws, mesmerizing, wide-set green eyes, and a big freckle on his nose that makes him even that much cuter. 


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Posted 6/7/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Willow
Breed: Mini Goldendoodle
Age: 6
Owners: Sue and Brent Thompson

Willow enjoys taking boat and golf cart rides and greeting those who walk by her house. She likes hanging out on the dock with her family and friends. Pictured with Willow are:  Maci Masching, Kallie McMurphy, Braydi Smith, Grant Thompson, Trevor Phillips and Nick Thompson. Willow and her family have been enjoying lake life since 2018 and enjoy spending time here.

A total of 495 ballots were cast in the election for three people to serve on the LPA board of directors.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The 53rd annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association was May 14 at the LPN conference center. About 90 people attended, representing 44 voting members. It was announced the LPA currently has a total membership of 1,728, with 10 of those inactive, because 2022 dues have not been paid.
A total of 504 ballots were counted regarding whether to approve the adoption of LPA’s Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions. The ballot measure passed easily with 484 yes votes, and 20 no votes, for a 96% approval.
The covenants serve as the foundation of the LPA’s governing documents and are an essential piece of LPA’s organizational structure. The covenants were last adopted April 26, 2003, and must be renewed within 21 years. The updated covenants now will be filed in the office of the Guthrie County Recorder, and be in place until May 14, 2043.
A total of 495 ballots were cast in the election for three people to serve on the LPA board of directors. There were three people running for the three seats. New board members are Dennis Flanery, Mark Jorgensen and Dirk Westercamp.
Gary Evans, LPA board treasurer, provided the 2021 financial and audit report for the LPA and its subsidiary, LPN, LLC. The CPA firm of Meriwether, Wilson and Company conducted the LPA annual audit, reviewing financial statements and balance sheets from 2021 and 2020 of Lake Panorama Association and LPN, LLC.
Evans said the auditor’s report stated the financial statements, consolidated reports and consolidated cash flows for both entities were in order and that the methods used by staff to create the documents were in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.
LPN, LLC reported an operating loss of $339,309 for 2021. Evans said LPN received a second federal Paycheck Protection Program loan in 2021, which was fully forgiven in the amount of $223,616. Once facility rent of $70,000 to LPA was booked, LPN showed a final net loss of $185,692.
LPA reported net income of $846,264 for 2021. Of that, $353,484 was for the yearly auditors’ adjustment for land sales expense. Evans said this is an accounting adjustment for tax purposes and does not represent new money coming into the organization. Copies of the auditor’s report are available at the LPA office.
Rich Schumacher, LPA board president, chaired the meeting. To open his president’s report, Schumacher thanked the many people who volunteer on four standing LPA committees, including water safety, building codes, land sales and appeals. He also recognized the four volunteers who counted ballots for the 2022 annual meeting.
“These volunteers don’t do this for their personal gain but rather because they know they are helping LPA members have a better experience here at Lake Panorama,” he said.
Schumacher reviewed two recent LPN, LLC projects. At the LPN, a new retaining wall was installed in the pond near the fifth hole. The second project was the removal of a total of 350 ash trees from the LPN and Panorama West golf courses. He reported the LPA has received the stump grinder that was ordered last fall, and work will begin soon to clear stumps on the two courses.
Turning to the LPA, Schumacher said the board takes a very serious look at the annual budget. “While each area of the staff looks at their numbers, projecting out needs for up to five years, the board considers the needs, and questions if it can wait or what is a priority,” he said.
For many years, the LPA board has been restricted by a past membership vote to raising annual dues no more than 5%.
“I’ve had members ask me to not increase the dues, and newer members say our dues are not high enough for what they receive,” Schumacher said. “When we looked at this year’s budget, we knew the 5% increase was necessary because of our increasing costs. That 5% increase will generate an additional $97,905.”
John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations, began his report with a look at the LPN.
“We have had some turnover in the food and beverage management team, which I know has been disappointing for our supporters,” he said. “I can assure you this has been disappointing for us, too. We are working with the LPA and LPN boards to review our approach to the food and beverage department.”
“Golf continues to perform well for us, with LPN memberships increasing by nine and Panorama West memberships increasing by four this year,” Rutledge said. “Overall, LPN, LLC is not a profitable subsidiary for LPA, but it’s also not a black hole. The LPA board continues to believe even though LPN is not a profit-producing investment, it continues to be an important benefit for LPA members.”
Currently, Rutledge is overseeing the LPN food and beverage department, and Royce Shaffer continues to manage everything else. Rutledge said the two of them welcome feedback on dining, golf or lodging experiences and have established a special email account for comments: feedback@lakepanorama.org
Shifting gears to the LPA, Rutledge said the annual seal-coating of LPA roads is “suffering from inflation. The 2022 cost will be $26,800 per mile, so we will treat about eight miles instead of the usual nine-and-a-half miles. Hopefully, material costs will come back down in 2023, closer to the $20,000 per mile range, and we’ll be able to increase the number of miles treated.”
Rutledge said the LPA Security department continues to play an important role for the association, covering water safety, land patrol, hunting management and other responsibilities.
“One item to highlight is the critical importance of invasive species rule enforcement,” he said. “Members who travel with their boats must comply to ensure the health of Lake Panorama into the future. This also applies to any used docks or lifts that are purchased from other bodies of water. We occasionally receive some pushback on this topic, but we stand firm. The lake is the lifeblood of this community, and we must do our part to avoid the negative impact of invasive species.”
Rutledge said the new water plant is functioning as designed, and almost all feedback from members has been “extremely positive.” He encouraged anyone who feels the water quality coming into their home isn’t what it should be to contact LPA.
A water main crossing at Sunset Beach is scheduled to be replaced this year at a cost of around $600,000. A similar main in Burchfield Cove failed in the winter of 2020 and had to be replaced on short notice. Rutledge said replacing the Sunset Beach main is “part of the natural process of replacing assets that are 50 years old.”
The lake dam undergoes an extensive review every five years, in addition to annual inspections, with the five-year review done recently. This was the first time a company was hired to send a diver underwater for a thorough inspection of the dam and components.
“The initial assessment is very good, considering our dam is 50 years old,” Rutledge said. “As with everything, there is a heightened sense of awareness as dams increase in age. We expect some routine repairs will be needed in the concrete portions of the dam. The cylinders and the bascule gate all are in good condition.”
Rutledge said the dog park, funded by donors through Friends of Lake Panorama, would open in June. He said past projects led by Friends, including playground equipment at all three beaches and the sports courts at Boulder Beach, are much appreciated and used regularly. He thanked the Friends board and all donors who have helped support the Lake Panorama community with these recreational amenities.
Next Rutledge turned his attention to the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ). Expansion of the 180th Trail Basin is underway, and will be used for sediment storage once the current basin is full. A new wetland to help protect water quality flowing into Burchfield Cove is planned with construction hopefully underway this fall. A second wetland, also designed to help protect Burchfield Cove, is held up because of a conflict with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. An onsite meeting was planned with Corps officials for the following week in an attempt to iron out differences.
Rutledge said dredging being done this spring in the Narrows would end before Memorial Day weekend. The dredge crew then will turn its attention to assessing coves and spot dredging.
Plans to rip rap the south shore are being made with the RIZ board requiring a signed contract that LPA will retain it as green space for at least 15 years. Rutledge said the project cost could exceed $750,000.
“We’re hopeful this work can be done this fall, but material supplies and fuel costs both are creating concerns about this tight timeline,” Rutledge said.
RIZ is projected to receive $3 million in revenues in the 2022-23 fiscal year.
“LPA dues generate about $2 million annually,” Rutledge said. “If we had to come up with $3 million annually to do the dredging and water quality projects now funded by RIZ, it would be very difficult. Even though that $3 million comes from LPA member-paid property taxes, without RIZ, we know that money wouldn’t all be coming back to us, it would be shifted elsewhere.”
Shortly after the LPA annual meeting adjourned, the LPA board of directors convened a special meeting to elect officers for the coming year. A slate of officers was nominated, and elected unanimously to take office upon adjournment of the special meeting. LPA board officers now are Rich Schumacher, president; Emily Donovan, vice president; David Finneseth, secretary; and Dennis Flanery, treasurer. n

The Panora Garden Club hosts the fundraiser.

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

An opportunity to see featured landscaping and gardens along Lake Panorama’s shoreline is planned for Wednesday, June 29. The Panora Garden Club is hosting this fundraiser to continue the many projects club members conduct to beautify the community.
Guests will remain onboard for a lake tour that will begin at the Boulder Beach docks and last 60 to 75 minutes. Boats will leave each hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with room for about 20 participants during each time slot. Refreshments will be available, and some vendors present at Boulder Beach for participants to visit before and after their boat tour.
Signs along the tour route will highlight the gardens and landscaping of Panora Garden Club members. Maps marking the coves will be distributed.
Tickets cost $20 each and will go on sale May 22. Call and leave a message or text 641-431-1440 with requests for number of tickets and desired time slot. Tickets must be paid for in advance of the tour date. Arrangements for payment and ticket pick-up or delivery will be made once your message has been received.
A rain date of Thursday, June 30 has been set. If the tour needs to be moved to that day, tour times will remain as originally set. If weather prevents this event, money paid for tickets will be considered a donation to the Panora Garden Club.

LPA security chief Corey Larsen says boat operators often misunderstand boat capacity rules. 

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Boating is one of the most enjoyed activities at Lake Panorama. With the main boating season fast approaching, the LPA security team is emphasizing water safety. Corey Larsen was named the Lake Panorama Association’s security chief in March 2021. He had been on the LPA security staff in a part-time capacity since 2018, working on both land and water.
Larsen says water safety needs to begin before a boat is launched for the first time each year.
“Members must have their Iowa DNR registration up to date and their current LPA stickers on the vessel before it goes in the water,” he says.
Since both fire extinguishers and flotation devices are key safety items, these are priorities for the Iowa DNR and LPA.
“Boats with greater than 10 horsepower are required by Iowa law to have at least one Type B-I fire extinguisher onboard the vessel,” Larsen says. “Some larger boats are required to have one B-II fire extinguisher, or two B-I fire extinguishers. Boat owners also need to check their extinguishers periodically to make sure these are ready if needed.”
Turning to flotation devices, all vessels are required to have at least one United States Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on board. In addition, vessels more than 16 feet in length must have a throwable flotation device, excluding kayaks and canoes.
“Also, Iowa Law requires children under 13 years of age to wear their life jacket while the vessel is underway,” Larsen says.
Larsen says boat operators often misunderstand boat capacity rules.
“Most boats are rated for a maximum number of persons and a maximum total weight,” he says. “Boaters must remember they are not allowed to exceed either of these numbers. This is especially relevant with young people who weigh less than adults. Regardless of how small the passenger is, everyone counts as one passenger in the boat capacity limit.”
It is also important to know that, when anchored, at least one person must be on board the water vessel at all times.
“This goes for personal watercraft as well as boats,” Larsen says. “This becomes important when boaters decide to anchor and take a swim, or tie together with another boat.”
Lake Panorama essentially is a wide river. That why it’s critical for boaters to understand the various types of buoys deployed by the LPA staff each spring and obey rules related to these buoys. 
Centerline buoys mark the channel of the lake with boaters traveling on the right-hand side of the buoys. These buoys are marked with a flashing white light to be visible at night. Hazard buoys are placed in areas that are known to be shallow or hazardous. These buoys are not a guarantee of exact hazard location but are a warning to steer clear of that general area.
“Some hazard buoys are marked with a flashing amber light to ensure boaters steer clear of these areas,” Larsen says. “Remember, when boating at night, avoid amber lights, and stay immediately to the right of white lights.”
In 2018, a map showing the type and location of all buoys was proposed by the water safety committee and approved by the LPA board. The buoy map is available on the LPA website. Go to lakepanorama.org, click on the “Documents” tab, then the “Boating Regulations” tab to find both the buoy map and a map that identifies all Lake Panorama coves.
Also on the LPA website is a boating safety video that outlines specific rules related to Lake Panorama. It is under the “Helpful Links” tab on the home page. Information about Iowa boating laws is on the DNR’s boating website: www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Boating.
Larsen says boaters who don’t obey the rules related to buoys risk being stopped by a security officer and being given either a warning or a ticket.
“Also in place is a rule adopted by the LPA board concerning the moving of buoys by members,” he says. “Intentional vandalism or relocation of buoys will result in an automatic third offense, which, under LPA rules, is a $500 fine and loss of boating privileges for the season.”
The LPA schedule of boating fines also includes $100 for the first offense and $250 for the second offense. Larsen says LPA Security has the right to stop a boat at any time if a rule violation is suspected or to make sure all required equipment is aboard.
Another LPA rule restricts towing through the Narrows during busy times. The Narrows is limited to no towing (tubes, skiers, or any other towed devices) or wake surfing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Two platform signs remind boaters of this restriction.
“The reason for no towing in the Narrows at certain times is to promote safety,” Larsen says. “This is the narrowest part of the lake. During times of high boat traffic, we need to keep people safe. If boat traffic is especially heavy at times beyond those already designated, security officers have the authority to put the flags on the markers to show no towing is allowed. If security officers see you towing in the Narrows during the regular hours, or other times when it is deemed unsafe, they can issue a warning or a citation.”
There also is a rule against harassment of an LPA security officer.
“This means no one should use foul language, threaten or intimidate a security officer,” Larsen says. “A member or guest may be subject to having their privileges suspended or terminated for up to one year and be fined according to the LPA schedule of fines.” 
Larsen says LPA boaters must be mindful of invasive species regulations.
“Any vessel leaving any lake must be cleaned, all compartments drained, and the vessel should dry at least five days before re-entering Lake Panorama,” Larsen says. “The vessel owner will need to be able to show they have not been on an infested lake, have no water in compartments, no plant debris or mud, or any other sign of potential contamination. This is an Iowa law and is enforceable with a $500 fine. The LPA also has set fines for violators and for falsified information on questionnaires.”
Another LPA rule related to invasives species prevention requires members who want to bring in used pieces of equipment like docks or lifts to have the equipment inspected by LPA security.
“From the date of inspection and pending the equipment has been cleaned, members must find an offshore location to store the equipment for a minimum of 30 days,” Larsen says. “This allows any potential invasives to perish before the equipment enters the lake. Members should always call the LPA office ahead of time if they are considering purchasing a used dock or lift.
While it may seem like the LPA has a lot of rules related to boating, Larsen says much of it is just common sense.
“All boaters should practice safe boating. Make sure to stay far enough away from other boats and people being towed or wake surfing,” he says. “Have a plan for the boating party, which includes having a sober person operate the vessel.” 
Larsen says it also is important for LPA members to make sure their guests are familiar with the different types of buoys, plus Iowa DNR and LPA rules and requirements, before they are allowed to operate the member’s vessels.
“Again this season, I am making it a priority to get security boats out on the water,” Larsen says. “We will do our best to make sure the security boats are enforcing the rules and keeping people safe.”
LPA Security’s phone number is 641-757-9035. Contact LPA security with questions or concerns related to LPA’s rules and regulations. Members are reminded to call 911 in the event of a fire, medical or police emergency. 

New member orientation, voting and some fin and feather lake humor

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

Jolene and I attended “Lake Panorama 101,” the LPA’s new member orientation, on April 29 at the Lake Panorama National conference center. We had planned on attending one of these for the last few years, but COVID-19 and other conflicts seemed to steer our plans elsewhere. I thought this would be beneficial to new and old members alike, and I was right.
We joined about 20 people in the room for a great presentation led by Julie Wykoff and assisted by others. We learned about the many perks and amenities available to LPA members, ways to learn more, and ways to get involved.
If you haven’t attended one of these sessions, I would encourage you to do so. If attending in-person isn’t your thing, then check out the two videos that have been created. Visit www.lakepanorama.org or check out the story in this issue of Lake Panorama Times.

Make your voice heard and vote
In our recent years owning homes at Lake Panorama, and through a decade of visiting my in-laws here, I heard grumblings from lake residents who feel they have not been properly represented on the county level. The way the voting districts have been aligned, those sentiments make some sense. With new Guthrie County voting precincts and county supervisor districts, there is an opportunity now for lake residents to have that voice. But, as Thomas Jefferson said, “We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
I am not including this in my column to endorse any candidates, but I am asking you to take the time to vote however you see fit. Voter turnout in primaries is typically quite low, so your vote can — and will — make a difference. The primaries are June 7, and we included a story in this issue of Lake Panorama Times with information on when, where and how to vote.
If you are like me and have your primary residence elsewhere, then you can’t vote here, but you can educate yourself on the issues and encourage eligible voters to show up at the polls. 
If you are like me and are an independent, then you can’t vote in the primaries — but all is not lost. What you can do is declare a party at the polling site and then vote. Then, if you choose later, you can change back to being an independent.
Lake Panorama property owners deserve a voice in Guthrie County, but that voice only counts if you vote. As Susan B. Anthony said, “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”

Enough politics. How about a chuckle?
Here’s one for the feathers: A friend of mine lived on a lake filled with ducks, but he moved out when he got fed up with all the bills.
And here is one for the fins: Two guys were out fishing on Lake Panorama when a hearse and a funeral procession passed the boat on a nearby road. Bill stood up and held his fishing hat over his heart as the hearse passed by. His buddy Larry commented, “Gee, Bill, that was really nice and respectful.” Larry replied, “Well, after all, we were married 40 years.”

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Have a great month, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Our Communities Health Foundation is a local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A program that provides free books to young children is now available in Guthrie County. The Guthrie County Health Services established the nonprofit “Our Communities Health Foundation” to administer the program. It now is a local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which  first launched in 1995 in honor of her father, who did not know how to read. It is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books each month to children from birth to age 5, regardless of the family’s income.
The program started with books being distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee, where Parton grew up. It became such a success that, in 2000, a national replication effort was underway. It’s now available across the United States and has expanded globally to Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.
“We know education and literacy and health outcomes in a community are intertwined,” says Jotham Arber, executive director of the Guthrie County Public Health office. “Investing in a child’s literacy is investing in a healthier child and, ultimately, a healthier community. That’s why we in the health department look for ways to create and partner with programs like the Imagination Library. Our kids are the future of our communities. The more we can do for our children’s literacy, the healthier and brighter our future will be.”
The program got its start in Guthrie County with a $2,000 grant from the Panora United Methodist Church as part of the church’s “Change a Child’s Story” mission program. That grant made it possible for the program to launch in the Panorama Community School District.
Liz Ratcliff, Panorama Elementary principal, says reading books with children strengthens their imagination.
“There are so many cognitive benefits when engaging children with literature at an early age, such as language development, listening skills and building empathy,” she says. “Children’s first teachers are their parents and caregivers, and having that bond from infancy through early childhood is so important for their well-being.”
Tamara Deal is the current chair of the Panora United Methodist Church’s “Change a Child’s Story” mission program. She’s also a volunteer for Guthrie County Health Services, which is encouraging parents to enroll their young children in the program and encouraging donors to help expand the program in Guthrie County.
Deal has made presentations on child literacy to some local service organizations and has meetings with the Bayard Friends of the Library and Guthrie Center Lions scheduled.
“Statistics show the importance of children being exposed to books at a young age,” she says. “Three out of four people on welfare can’t read. Three out of five people in American prisons can’t read. Eighty-five percent of juvenile offenders have problems reading, and 45 million Americans cannot read above a fifth-grade level. Low literacy is estimated to cost the United States $2.2 trillion annually.”
The books are chosen by a panel of early childhood literacy experts, who review hundreds of potential titles to meet the needs of children as they progress from birth to age 5. All books are Penguin Random House titles because the Imagination Library has negotiated an agreement with that publishing company. This makes it possible to provide monthly books at a cost of just $2.10 per child. Every child in a specific age group, even twins in the same household, receive the same book title each month.
Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library leads to higher measures of early language and math development, and these skills are an advantage that carries with children throughout their school years.
Guthrie County has approximately 700 children 5 years old and younger. Currently only those living in the Panorama Community School district are eligible to enroll in the program. But as more funds become available, the program will expand to other parts of the county. Donations are tax-deductible.
Guthrie County Health Services encourages parents and caregivers of children from birth up to 4 years and 10 months old to register their children using a simple four-step online process at www.OurCommunitiesHealthFoundation.org. It takes about two months after enrollment for the first book to arrive. The final book comes in the month of the child’s fifth birthday.
Electronic donations to support the Guthrie County program can be made on the same website. Click on the red “Donate” button under Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library logo and follow the prompts. Donors receive a tax receipt via email once the process is complete. Donations also can be made by check and sent to Our Communities Health Foundation, 2002 State St., Guthrie Center, Iowa, 50115.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program has gifted nearly 200 million books around the world. More information about the program is available at imaginationlibrary.com. 


Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Ellie Brooks, who, with her husband Loy, lived at Lake Panorama for 23 years, has written a book and will be featured in an upcoming “Meet the Author” event in Des Moines.
The couple lived on the west side of the lake for 18 years before moving to a Boulder Cove townhome for another five years. They now divide their time between Surprise, Arizona, and a condo on Grand Avenue in Des Moines.
Ellie Brooks has been a genealogist for 40 years. In 2020, when normal life was impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, Brooks used her genealogy experience as a volunteer with searchangels.org. Using DNA test results and traditional paper records, Brooks was able to help several adoptees identify their birth parents.
That volunteer work, and the stories she discovered and shared with her clients, inspired Brooks to write a fictional story about adoptees. “Amanda’s Journey—A DNA Adventure” features Amanda Springs, a young lawyer, who is searching for her biological family and discovers she was separated at birth from a twin sister.
Many Des Moines restaurants, local sites and sculptures are mentioned in the book, since the main character lives and works in downtown Des Moines.
On Wednesday, May 18, Brooks will participate in a “Meet the Author” event at Beaverdale Books, 2629 Lower Beaver Road, Des Moines. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and electronic versions. More information is available online at elliebrooksauthor.com.


Posted 5/10/2022

Registration for the annual Lake Panorama National Junior golf clinics is open. Young people ages 5 to 17 are eligible to attend. Two sessions are being offered this year with a limit of 24 students per session.
All dates are on a Wednesday and run for one-and-a-half hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Session One dates are June 1, 8 and 15, with a registration deadline of May 26 or until full. Session Two dates are July 6, 13 and 20, with a registration deadline of June 30 or until full. The registration fee is $55 per junior golfer.
Rob Riggins, LPN head golf professional, says he and his staff are dedicated to growing the game of golf for juniors.
“Our junior golf clinics are conducted in a way that improves the skills of junior golfers, along with their life skills,” he says. “And while we will be focusing on fundamentals of the game, we also will be moving more toward getting kids ready to play the game.”
The LPN Junior golf clinics have two long-time sponsors — Lake Panorama Association and Guthrie County State Bank. For more information, or to get registered, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024. 


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Posted 5/10/2022

The 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held its first quarter 2022 meeting both live and with the option of virtual attendance and voting. Three organizations were presented to the group.
Robyn Corkins spoke on the Bayard Community Center, which is in need of repairs and upgrades. It is used for many community events, both public and private.
Stacey Wedemeyer and Colleen Conrad presented for the Casey Service Club, which is the organization tasked with fundraising and organizing volunteers to bring revitalization and recreation opportunities to residents and visitors of the community. Included in their list of projects is to complete a walking path at the city park.
Paulette Chambers spoke on behalf of the Panora Garden Club.
After hearing all three presentations, the group announced a lump sum of $11,000 was presented to Panora Garden Club. This consists of 10 Squared Women member donations and several employer matches.
“The Panora Garden Club is excited and eager for spring so we can begin working on Heritage Park, thanks to the generous donation of the 10 Squared Women,” said Paulette Chambers, president of the Club.
“As the north entrance into Panora, beautification of Heritage Park has been a long-time project for the Garden Club, but this donation will help us realize our goals of having a working water fountain for the thousands of bikers and walkers along the Raccoon River Valley Trail, dressing the walkways, removing over-grown brush, and planting new drought-resistant perennials,” Chambers said.
Comprised of approximately 40 volunteer members, the Panora Garden Club primarily focuses on making a positive impact on the Panora community by maintaining the landscaping at Heritage Park, Michael Mills Park, the Panora Library, and planting/decorating the pots along Main Street. Planning has begun to sponsor a Garden Tour of Lake Panorama in June via pontoon boat. The Club recently became affiliated with National Gardeners of America, which provides members with educational information on gardening techniques, an invitation to attend their annual conference, and a 501(c)3 designation for fundraising purposes.
Panora Garden Club meetings are scheduled by a consensus of the members for workdays, field trips and programs. The club welcomes anyone from the community who is interested in beautifying the area. No experience in gardening is required. Annual dues are $20. If interested in joining, check out the Facebook page for Panora Garden Club, or contact Paulette Chambers at 712-304-0077 or JoAnn Johnson at 515-975-9407.
10 Squared Women is focused on helping and donating to local organizations that vow to put those funds to work, right in our backyards. The funds are used in various projects to benefit Guthrie County community projects and residents. To date, the group has donated $228,450 since its inception in 2017.
The 10 Squared Women’s group holds meetings quarterly, typically at Lake Panorama Conference Center, the fourth Tuesday in February, May, August and November, subject to change. The next meeting for 2022 will be on Tuesday, May 24. Members in attendance hear from three nominated organizations, drawn from “the hat” of member-nominated organizations at random, and vote on the winning cause that night.
10 Squared Women currently has approximately 105 members. Twenty organizations have been nominated, and the group encourages additional philanthropic organizations and new members to come forward. These have included Cities of Yale and Jamaica park improvements, City of Bagley (Library project), Daycare & Preschool programs in Adair and Guthrie Center (KidZone) and Panora (Little Panther), Guthrie Center and Panora fire departments, School Backpack programs at AC/GC, West Central Valley and Panorama, as well as programs that benefit residents from all corners of Guthrie County: Guthrie County Helping Hands (habitat for humanity projects in Stuart, Casey, Guthrie Center, Adair, Panora, Yale, Menlo, Jamaica and Bagley), New Opportunities, Panora P.E.T.S., Guthrie Activity Center, Tori’s Angels Foundation, Guthrie County Sheriff’s Chaplains, Guthrie County Historical Village Foundation, Guthrie County Hospital Foundation, Guthrie County Arts Council, St. Thomas More Center, Guthrie Center Christmas Lights project, Guthrie Center Revitalization, and now, Panora Garden Club.
Members are not required to attend meetings; however, in order for their vote to count, they must be in attendance at the live meeting or virtually. All members are expected to write their donation checks whether they can attend the meeting and vote or not.
One newer (and generous) member is so excited about what the group is doing, she has presented a challenge for existing members. At the May meeting, she will pay the first $100 worth of drinks (promoting to arrive early) and offer a drawing for two $25 gift cards to Bella Sorella. For each new person brought to the meeting, the member and the guest each get their name put into the drawing for the gift card. Members are encouraged to reach out to their networks with invitations. She strongly believes this can help build the group, really make a difference in these communities and have a little fun, too.
10 Squared Women is continuously looking for new members who are excited about helping their communities and Guthrie County. There may be some exciting announcements about upcoming meetings in 2022, so to learn how to get involved, you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/10squaredwomengc, or email them at 10squaredgc@gmail.com. Membership forms and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting them through Facebook or email.


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Posted 5/10/2022
By Jolene Goodman

As the summer draws close, I am starting to prepare for the weekends when we will have guests at the lake. Experimenting as a cook has not been a focus for me for years.  However, pleasing my guests with interesting meals has me researching new recipes. I tried this one out on our staff a few weeks ago. It was a bigger hit than my standard cheese and sausage egg dish! I made it again this past weekend and invited our neighbors, Becky and Brian Peppmeier and Ron Masek,  for brunch.  The dish received praises again. Give it a try!  It will be sure to please your crowd, too.

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

Roasted vegetable egg dish

2-3 cups broccoli, chopped
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 yellow onion, diced
8 oz. mushrooms
1 red pepper, diced
12 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 garlic clove minced
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup (or more) mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat 2 large baking sheets and 9x13 with nonstick spray. Set 9x13 aside.
Place vegetables in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss.
Spread veggies on 2 baking sheets evenly. Roast for 20 minutes, tossing vegetables and turning pans occasionally for even cooking. Place one pan of veggies into 9x13. Reduce oven to 350.
Beat together eggs, milk, garlic and iItalian seasoning. Pour this over veggies in 9x13, slowly.
Add remaining pan of veggies over this, arranging evenly in pan. Sprinkle cheese over top.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until casserole no longer jiggles when you shake it and is golden brown.  Enjoy!

Lake resident Mike Woody and his wife, Sue, enjoy time away from Des Moines.

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

This issue of the Lake Panorama Times includes Michael C. Woody’s sixth column offering his opinions on recent movies. Woody has been reviewing movies on radio and television stations since 1986, but this column is the first time his reviews have appeared in print.
“I’ve always loved the movies. While working at a Des Moines cable company in the mid-1980s, I finagled a short movie review segment that ran locally on CNN Headline News,” Woody says. “That started my 35-year hobby of reviewing movies in central Iowa on several radio stations and an occasional TV outlet. I’ve worked with radio personalities from Marty Tirrell at KXTK to Steve Deace at WHO Radio.”
Currently, Woody can be heard talking movies with Keith Murphy and Andy Fales on KXnO 106.3 on Wednesday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.
He and his wife, Sue, live in Des Moines full-time and also have a home at Lake Panorama. This will be their seventh summer at the lake.
“We found our lake home thanks to Dr. Al Swett and his wife, Lisa, who live two doors away from us on Big Rock Cove,” Woody says. “Al and I were fraternity brothers at Iowa. We had been out to visit them many times when one of their neighbors listed their home for sale.”
Sue Woody is director of the Des Moines Library. Mike Woody has been in the advertising business since 1982. He owns what he calls a “boutique” advertising agency, named Capital Ideas. He has 15 to 20 local accounts, including the Iowa Cubs, Iowa State Bank, Goode Greenhouses, Iowa Radiology, K Renee, Wilson Toyota and more. He writes, produces and places all advertising campaigns for his clients.
Woody grew up in Peoria, Illinois, but his family moved to Sioux City when he was a sophomore in high school, so he claims Sioux City as his hometown.
“I attended the University of Iowa, wandering from pre-med to journalism, before settling on English with an emphasis on creative writing,” he says. “It’s ironic. I took a film criticism class and remember being told by the instructor that I had no future as a film reviewer.” 
Sue Woody was born and raised in Des Moines. She attended Lincoln High School and was a business major at the University of Iowa. The couple met in Des Moines at a wedding shower at her aunt’s house, where Mike and her cousin Dave had crashed while searching for their first jobs.
While Woody’s column includes reviews of movies that can be seen both on streaming services and in theaters, he’s not a big fan of watching streamed movies.
“In my opinion, all movies should be shown on the largest screen possible with a great sound system,” he says. “In Des Moines, that is the IMAX screen at the Palms Theatre in Waukee, just 15 minutes from my home and only 30 minutes from Lake Panorama.”
Asked to list his all-time favorite movie, Woody says that’s a moving target.
“My top three would always include ‘Casablanca’ and ‘The Godfather Part 2,’ ” he says. “The third film could be ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Chinatown,’ ‘The Exorcist’ or ‘Pulp Fiction,’ depending on the day.”
Mike and Sue have two grown sons, Tom and Jack, a feisty Fox Terrier named Buster, and two cats they adopted two years ago from a Lake Panorama resident.
While it’s too early to say if and when the couple someday will live full-time at Lake Panorama, Woody sees it as a good possibility. But it’s not necessarily the lake that will pull them in.
“I admit I’m not really fond of boating, but I have found lake life growing on me more and more each year,” Woody says. “I’m the weird guy who enjoys the winter months almost more than summer. I enjoy the peace and quiet in the dead of winter. If my work gets overwhelming, I throw it all in my car and spend a few days at the lake.”
One thing is sure. Woody will continue watching movies and share his insights and recommendations with others. 


Posted 5/10/2022

The Lake Panorama community changes each month. People who have been here for a while sell their property, new people buy that property, then find themselves with questions. A group of volunteers decided there should be an organized way to welcome new property owners to Lake Panorama. The result is a program titled “Lake Panorama 101.”
Three in-person sessions have been held, with 20 people attending the most recent one on April 29. Topics covered are the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, perks and amenities available to LPA members, ways to learn more, and ways to get involved.
Two videos have been created to share the information covered in those sessions. Start by visiting the Lake Panorama Association website at lakepanorama.org. The two Lake Panorama 101 videos are under the “Helpful Links” tab. Members who have questions after viewing the videos can call the LPA office at 641-755-2301, or the Lake Panorama National front desk at 641-755-2080.

Attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. 

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Plans have been finalized for the Friends of Lake Panorama’s fifth Beach Ball fundraiser. It will be Friday, July 22 at Lake Panorama National with seating available either in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents between the conference center and the golf course.
Registration now is open for those who want to attend. There will be 30 round tables available with seating for eight at each. The 2022 Beach Ball will feature live music, a 50/50 raffle, and both live and silent auctions.
For the second year, attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. Friends Beach Club members will be making an additional contribution to Friends, while getting some extras. The levels are:
Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700—includes 1 Table Sponsorship; 8 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 20 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150—includes 1 Table Sponsorship; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250—includes 2 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 5 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $50 each. Anyone interested in becoming a Friends Beach Club member, or purchasing just dinner tickets to the Beach Ball, can contact Susan Thompson, thomcomm@netins.net, or 515-240-6536. Those with auction items to donate also are asked to contact Thompson.
The Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors will meet after the Beach Ball to determine how proceeds will be used. One project already approved by the LPA board in June 2021 is a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. Other projects related to a recreational concept for Lake Panorama’s south shore are under discussion, such as a disc golf course and walking trails, and will be presented to the LPA board soon for consideration.
The 2021 Beach Ball raised $25,000. Those funds are being used to complete the dog park, purchase three swings for the Sunset Beach playground, and enhance an existing trail near Panorama West.
Details on the 2022 Beach Ball, plus all past and current projects, are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org. 


Jeremy King, the Iowa DNR conservation officer for Guthrie and Audubon counties, shares the steps that need to be taken and the reasons why. 

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Docks on Lake Panorama are governed by a State of Iowa law passed in 2008. Management of the program falls under the jurisdiction of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Jeremy King is the Iowa DNR conservation officer for Guthrie and Audubon counties. King grew up in Guthrie County and has been an Iowa DNR conservation officer since 2004. In this month’s Q&A, King reviews the rules and regulations for docks, as these impact Lake Panorama owners.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LPA general manager addressed the condition of Sage Trail and said they will continue to advocate for improvements to the road and for “decisions to be made based on traffic counts, not political pressures.”

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

An LPA informational meeting was held April 28 to review proposed changes to the association’s covenants, plus other topics related to the LPA, Lake Panorama National, and Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ).
Current LPA President Rich Schumacher opened the meeting, encouraging members to vote “yes” to adopt the proposed covenants. The LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes draw authority from the LPA covenants. The covenants were last adopted April 26, 2003, and must be renewed within 21 years. If approved at the May 14 LPA annual meeting, the updated covenants will be filed in the office of the Guthrie County Recorder and be in place until May 14, 2043.
After discussion on the covenants, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, turned attention to LPA projects.
“The annual sealcoat of our roads is suffering from inflation,” he said. “The 2022 cost will be $26,800 per mile, compared to about $22,000 per mile in 2021. Because of this additional cost, we expect to sealcoat eight miles this year, rather than our usual nine-and-a-half miles. We will re-evaluate the budget for 2023, and hope costs will come down by then.”
Rutledge said LPA has several infrastructure projects under review, but not yet finalized. A water main crossing near Sunset Beach is at the top of the list, with other items also being explored. Yet what he termed “a frightening period of inflation” is making all infrastructure projects cost more, so decisions are yet to be made on projects on the 2022 drawing board.
The Lake Panorama Dog Park, financed with donations to Friends of Lake Panorama, is nearing completion. Rutledge reported some final construction work is needed, and the turfgrass needs to become better established. It’s hoped conditions will make it possible to open the park in early June.
Rutledge reminded members this is the year DNR boat registrations must be renewed, a process that happens every three years. This must be done before LPA boat stickers can be received. LPA invasive species forms also must be updated this year.
Invasive species regulations apply to used lifts and docks.
“Some members have purchased used lifts that have been in other lakes,” Rutledge said. “LPA rules require these to be quarantined for 30 days and inspected by LPA Security before being put into Lake Panorama. So far, three people have purchased lifts from lakes we know are infested with zebra mussels. Two of those were found to have zebra mussels on them when inspected. LPA believes this demonstrates our strict protocol for quarantine is essential to protecting the lake. I encourage members to understand our invasive species rules are absolutely critical to the lake’s health.”
The lake was lowered earlier this spring to allow for an annual inspection of the dam. Rutledge reported there were no “red flags,” and the dam continues to be in good condition. He said the annual inspection always includes a review of the concrete portions of the dam, but this year the bascule gate that is raised and lowered to keep the lake at normal pool also was inspected.
Rutledge addressed the condition of Sage Trail, which runs on the east side of the lake from 200th Road to the Burchfield bridge. Requests to have that section of gravel road hard-surfaced by Guthrie County have been made, without success. Rutledge said the cost to do so would be at least $2 million, and this is money Guthrie County does not have. He said LPA will continue to advocate for improvements to the road and for “decisions to be made based on traffic counts, not political pressures.”
Turning to the LPN, Rutledge said recent staff shortages have caused hours at the Links restaurant to be scaled back.
“Servicing our scheduled events is our top priority,” he said. “A task force of LPN and LPA board members are doing a deep review of the LPN food and beverage operation, and all options are on the table. We hope the reduced hours are temporary, and we can soon return to expanded hours.”
The removal of ash trees from the LPN and Panorama West golf courses is complete with more than 350 trees taken out. Rutledge said this project cost $158,000 and would have been more expensive, and dangerous, if delayed until more trees were showing signs of being infected by the emerald ash borer. Stump grinding will be done by LPA maintenance staff this summer and will begin once a stump grinder ordered last fall arrives. About 30 trees have been replanted at LPN and nine at Panorama West.
Rutledge said Friends of Lake Panorama is raising money for a project in front of Spikes on the LPN golf course to account for the loss of trees in that area. Six metal poles will be installed in concrete footings, with two heavy-duty fabric sails attached to the poles at angles, 10 to 16 feet from the ground. The sails will be taken down each fall and reinstalled each spring. A total of $22,000 is needed for the project.
Engineers are reviewing options for installing rip rap on the south shore, with RIZ likely to fund this project. The initial cost estimate is $750,000, with 5,000 tons of field stone needed. Rutledge said obtaining that much stone will be difficult, so engineers are considering the use of  limestone under the water line in some areas. In exchange for RIZ funding this project, the LPA will sign an agreement that land on the south shore will not be sold or developed for at least 15 years. Work may begin this fall.
Expansion of the old CIPCO basin, which has been renamed the 180th Trail Basin, is underway. Once completed, RIZ expects the project to exceed $4 million in total cost. This will be the basin used in the future for dredging spoils once the current silt basin is full.
Land trades and acquisitions were completed in the last couple of years to position RIZ for additional wetlands and sediment basins.
“RIZ continues to pursue a two-pronged approach by investing in both sediment removal/storage and the prevention of sediment entering the lake,” Rutledge said. “Two additional wetlands are planned, but one has been held up due to changing regulations. The west fork of Burchfield wetland should be a 2022 project.”
In closing, Rutledge said the RIZ budget for the July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, fiscal year includes about $3 million in annual TIF revenue this year.
“This continues to be a very important program for Lake Panorama,” he said.


Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Women’s Service Organization (WSO) fundraising home tour returns Friday, June 3 after taking the last two years off because of COVID-19 concerns. Five Lake Panorama homes will be featured with three on the west side of the lake and two on the east side.
Tickets are $25 and include both the home tour and lunch at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center.
WSO was established in the fall of 1972 when women who worked together to help pass a school bond issue decided they could further benefit the Panora community as a formal organization.
The home tour is the WSO’s major fundraiser. The first tour group leaves the LPN conference center at 9 a.m. with three additional groups leaving on the half-hour through 10:30 a.m. Each group tours three homes before returning to the LPN for lunch, followed by tours of the remaining two homes. Participants are asked to arrive at the LPN conference center 20 minutes ahead of their tour time in order to join the vehicle lineup and receive instructions and description sheets.
Several vendors will be present at the LPN conference center for participants to visit during their lunch break.
Various WSO committees work in advance to gather information for a one-page description sheet and to determine the best order and route. The route isn’t always the most direct but is designed for safety and to accommodate the parking of many vehicles at each home.
Money raised through this home tour funds a renewable scholarship awarded to a graduating Panorama student each year, making four scholarships paid annually. Additional WSO donations go to the Panora Library, Food Pantry, Panora Garden Club, Guthrie County Historical Village, Heritage Park, Tori’s Angels, Relay for Life, Panorama prom and yearbook. Other contributions are considered as projects become apparent. 
Tickets for the home tour may be purchased by calling Mary Beidelman at 641-757-0425. Tickets also are available for purchase at the Panora Library.  

Dave Chubb and Amber Rowley left at the end of April. 

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Two key employees in the LPN food and beverage department have resigned to pursue other opportunities, which has resulted in reduced hours at the Links restaurant. Dave Chubb, who began as the department manager in late February, and Amber Rowley, restaurant and events manager since July 2021, left the end of April.
Special events and golf tournaments continue to be a priority, and all will be held as planned. Bill Moore, who has been LPN’s executive chef since May 2021, will lead the culinary team into the 2022 season. Kashley Sneller, who has been with the LPN for 11 years, now is the contact for events. To apply for a position in the conference center, call LPN at 641-755-2080 or email Sneller at ksneller@lakepanorama.org.
Hours for the Links restaurant have been scaled back until further notice. Current hours are Wednesdays through Fridays 3 p.m. to close, and Saturdays 11 a.m. to close. On Sundays when the weather and tee time reservations warrant, Spikes will offer a variety of freshly grilled items.
The LPA and LPN boards are working with current staff to review next steps to resuming a schedule that provides members more days and hours of operation at the Links. Watch for updates in the LPN Resort Weekly, which is distributed each Monday at noon via email, plus the LPN Facebook page.
Members are encouraged to provide comments at feedback@lakepanorama.org. John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations, will handle feedback related to food and beverage and Spikes. Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager, will handle all other LPN topics.