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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RECIPE
Russian Tea Cakes

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Posted 12/8/2020
By Jolene Goodman

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

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


Russian Tea Cakes

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

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

OBITUARY
Lois Ann Sylvia (Carlson) Porath

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OBITUARY
Robert Feilmeyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar of events

Posted 12/8/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Q&A
FIRST YEAR ON THE JOB WITH LPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Dog

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


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

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

Donations Move Land Purchase Forward For Panora’s PRIDE Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Have a great November, and thanks for reading.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LPN Gets Support from Granite Club Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RECIPE
Easy pumpkin dessert

Posted 11/10/20
By Jolene Goodman

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

Easy Pumpkin Dessert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

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


Lake Dog

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

Cove Cat

Dahlia

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

Lake Dog Cove Cats calendars on sale now

Posted 11/10/20

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

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

Posted 11/10/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OBITUARY
Courtney P.  Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, handled arrangements.

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

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

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

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

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q&A: FRIENDS OF LAKE PANORAMA PRESIDENT PROVIDES UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GNOME PLACE LIKE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading.

5th Annual Panora Chamber Golf Tournament

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

ZEBRA MUSSEL TESTING RESULTS
So far, so good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAGE TRAIL RENOVATION MEANS SMOOTHER ROAD FOR LAKE RESIDENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monaghan says the LPN has been great to work with.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

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

Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agenda Item 7 – Other Business - None


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

OBITUARY
 John (Jack) William Christensen

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

Calendar of events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, Oct. 12 – Friday, Oct. 23
Hydrant Flushing
The semi-annual hydrant flushing will take place during weekdays during this time.

Monday, Oct. 12
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Madrid
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Oct. 12
School Board Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Board Room
www.panoramaschools.org

Monday, Oct. 12
5 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Madrid High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
4 p.m.
Middle School Volleyball
@Earlham
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
6 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 13
7 p.m
Varsity Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
4 p.m.
Middle School Cross Country
@Lake Panorama Par 3
www.panoramaschools.org
Thursday, Oct. 15
4:30 p.m.
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@Lake Panorama Par 3
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
5 p.m.
JV-R Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
6 p.m.
JV Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Thursday, Oct. 15
7 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball
@Panorama High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 17
TBD
Middle School Cross Country
@Atlantic High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 17
9 a.m.
Varsity Volleyball
@Woodward-Granger High School
www.panoramaschools.org

Saturday, Oct. 17
Lake Panorama Dog Park Fundraiser, hosted by Friends of Lake Panorama
Full day of events at Lake Panorama National to raise both awareness and donations regarding a possible dog park at Lake Panorama.
    • Fun walk/run 8-9:30 a.m.; freewill donation, check-in at Spikes.
    • Four-person, best-shot, nine-hole golf tournament. $40 per person, half goes to dog park. Register by calling pro shop at 641-755-2024. Check-in at Spikes at 2 p.m.; shotgun at 2:30 p.m.
    • Oktoberfest Open House 5-6:30 p.m., LPN Banquet room. Drinks, appetizers, raffles.
www.friendsoflakepanorama.org

Sunday, Oct. 18
CHILI DIPPER OPEN
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
5071 Clover Ridge Road
Start: 11 a.m. Shotgun
Format: 2-Person Best Shot
Cost: Entry includes golf, cart, prizes and Chef Brent’s Chili.
LPN Golf Members - $60/team
Non LPN Golf Members - $120/team
For more information or to register contact the LPN Pro Shop at 641-755-2024.
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Thursday, Oct. 22
4 p.m.
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@TBA
www.panoramaschools.org
Friday, Oct. 23
No school

Monday, Oct. 26
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council Meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Tuesday, Oct. 27
LPA Board Meeting

Friday, Oct. 30
Panora Beggars Night
6-8 p.m.
www.cityofpanora.com

Saturday, Oct. 31
TBD
JV/Varsity Cross Country
@Fort Dodge - Lakeside Municipal Golf Course
www.panoramaschools.org

Nov. 5, 6 and 7
Heart of Guthrie County Holiday Showcase
www.panorachamber.org

Sunday, Nov. 8
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
IDITAROD XVIIII
www.lakepanoramanational.com

Monday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m.
Panora City Council Meeting
www.cityofpanora.com

Monday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m.
School board meeting
www.panoramaschools.org

Friday, Nov. 13
No school

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

A Q&A with Jotham Arber, Executive Director of Health Services for the Guthrie County Public Health Department
A LOOK AT COVID-19 IN GUTHRIE COUNTY

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By Susan Thompson
Posted 10/6//2020

Jotham Arber is a busy man. As executive director of health services for the Guthrie County Public Health department, he is responsible for running Guthrie’s Public Health, Environmental Health, Home Health, and Transfer Station (Landfill) departments. Since January, much of his focus has been on COVID-19. In this month’s Q&A, he talks about his job responsibilities, and the impact of COVID-19 in Guthrie County.

Q. Tell us about your path to Guthrie County.
A.
I was born in South Africa and moved to Kirksville, Missouri, with my family during my preteen years, when my father took a position as a minister there. I attended high school in Kirksville and started college at Truman State University, studying chemistry. I then attended Central College in Pella, earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry. Next up was Des Moines University where I studied public health and epidemiology. My wife and I moved to Guthrie County in 2014 when I took the public health director position.

Q. You’re an epidemiologist. Please explain in layman terms what that is, as well as your job responsibilities.
A.
An epidemiologist is a person who studies and deals with the incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases. This means someone who looks at what is making a community sick or unhealthy and puts measures in place to stop it. Diseases that epidemiologists look at range from chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer that impact the population over long periods of time, to mental health conditions, to what we are experiencing now—viral outbreaks.

My job duties at the health department shift as needed. Currently, I spend most of my time working with our disease investigation team doing contact tracing, disease recovery follow-up, quarantine protocol management, and providing guidelines to healthcare providers, businesses, schools and the general community.

Our public health department provides services in Guthrie County that include disease investigation, vaccinations, community health needs assessments and programming, family support programs, public health emergency preparedness and community health education.
Our office provides some additional services in three counties. We take care of all of the environmental health services and home health services in Guthrie, Adair, Cass and Audubon counties.

Environmental health covers septic systems, water quality, human habitat and dwelling environment, animal disease and complaints, pools, tattoo parlors, tanning bed facilities, and radon testing. Home health covers nursing services, home health aides, homemakers and respite.

Q. Let’s talk about COVID-19 and Guthrie County. When did you first start talking about this virus threat, and what has transpired since?
A.
In early January, I and our emergency management team began meeting about the possibility we may eventually need to respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. We have had several viral outbreaks over the last few years, including Ebola in 2014 and Zika in 2015, that have started in other countries and made their way here. As we watched the numbers climb, we decided we needed to begin preparing rather than wait until it was here.

Based on our experience with other outbreaks, especially the 2009 H1N1 virus, we knew we needed to stockpile protective equipment (PPE) and make sure our hospitals and partners had supplies. We also knew we needed to gather as much information as possible to understand what the virus looked like and how it might impact our community. Our office began gathering this information and buying gowns, gloves and N95s to provide to our health providers.

In late January, the U.S. reported its first case in Washington State. By the beginning of February, we had a fairly large stockpile of PPE and began putting out informational material. Since many people who live in our county travel for work internationally and domestically, we assumed we would see a case at some point. And with numbers coming out of China and Europe indicating it may spread quickly, we wanted people to be as prepared as possible.

Our first case came in the last week of March. It came as we thought it might, through international travel. We had quarantined several other cases and were hoping we may be able to contain any further outbreak. But by the end of April, we understood it had spread into the community, and we began to see a rise in weekly cases. By May we were seeing cases coming in almost daily. May was the month in which we had our first outbreak in an assisted living facility, and where we saw our first death.

Since the beginning of May, we have seen our cases ebb upwards, especially during traditional holidays and family gathering times, then come down, only to rise again. We anticipate this will be the trend going forward until we have an available vaccine. Or until enough of the population have had COVID-19 to create some immunity, which decreases the virus’ ability to spread and thereby decreases the number of infections.

We have had more than 250 confirmed cases since March, with 10 deaths and two assisted living and nursing home outbreaks. We estimate through our antibodies studies that between 327 and 801 individuals may already have been infected with COVID-19  in Guthrie County.

Q. What are some of the reasons this virus has been so difficult to control?
A.
There are several reasons, but two biological reasons stand out. Unlike other viruses we see circulating, which normally have an incubation period of two to four days, the coronavirus has an incubation period that can last two to 14 days. This means that someone may be infected and not show symptoms for almost two weeks. During this time, if they are unaware they are infected, they may continue to move around and potentially spread the virus.
The other reason for the continued difficulty in containing the coronavirus is that between 20 and 30 percent of individuals may remain asymptomatic, which means they never have symptoms, but are spreading the virus.

The politicization of this virus and unclear and changing guidelines also has made it hard for local public health to get full buy-in from our communities to engage in public health measures that could help bring the virus under control. We have lost some of our “trust capital” with the public that is essential for implementing successful strategies.

We hope that in Guthrie County, people understand their public health department is only working to try and keep our community as healthy and safe as possible. And that when we make health recommendations, it is on that premise alone.

Q. What are your recommendations on preventative measures we can take?
A.
There are several recommendations to help prevent infection and slow transmission of COVID-19.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
•Maintain at least 6 feet distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
•Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
•Stay home if you feel unwell.
•Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
•Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from individuals.
•Wear a face mask when you are not able to distance away from people.
•Stay active and continue to exercise and practice normal healthy routines.

Q. What are the symptoms someone with COVID might experience?
A.
On average it takes five to six days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, and it can take up to 14 days. The most common symptoms are fever, dry cough and tiredness. Other symptoms may be a sore throat, aches and pains, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes.

The symptoms that most concern us and that someone should seek immediate medical attention for include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, and loss of speech or movement.

Q. What should people do if they experience any of these symptoms?
A.
Anyone having symptoms should contact their physician and let them know they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Their physician can determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19, or if they need to be seen for other potential issues that may correlate to their symptoms.

We want to make sure people are getting adequate medical attention for all of their ailments. In my opinion, our Guthrie County physicians are some of the best and have an excellent ability to differentiate between COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Q. How and where can a person in Guthrie County get tested?
A.
They can visit their local doctor, hospital or the health department to get a test. These tests usually take two to three days to get results back. They also can go to a Test Iowa site or get a rapid test at commercial sites in Des Moines.

The Guthrie County Hospital and the Guthrie County Health Department have been working hard to get rapid testing into our county, and we hope that in October this capability will be possible. Hospital officials will release more information as they have their protocols in place and are ready to begin offering rapid test services.

Q. What should a person do while waiting for test results?
A.
The most important thing a person being tested should do is stay isolated until you know your results. If a person is waiting on a test and they are symptomatic, they should remain isolated until they receive their test results. If they test positive, they will need to remain isolated for 10 days from the date they became symptomatic.

If the individual did not have symptoms, they will need to isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. If they test negative and have had a known exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, they should continue to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the positive case. If they have not had a known exposure they can return to normal activities.

If a person is waiting on a test because they were exposed to a positive COVID-19 case and are not symptomatic, they should remain isolated until they receive their test results. If they test positive, they will need to remain isolated for 10 days from the date of their test. If they test negative, they should continue to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the positive case.

There are specific guidelines for return-to-work based on contact exposure for essential workers on the CDC website. No person who tests positive should go to work until they have been isolated for 10 days from symptoms, or 10 days from test day if they were asymptomatic.

We understand it can be confusing to sort through what a person should do before and after testing. Anyone with questions is welcome to call the Guthrie County Public Health office during business hours at 641-747-3972. We also have a toll free number that is monitored 24 hours a day—1-833-833-4600.

Q. Any predictions on when a vaccine might be available?
A.
It is hard to say when the current vaccines being developed will be widely available to the public. We want to make sure vaccines are safe and effective for the populations we are working to protect. I think by the end of 2020 we will have a good understanding of whether some of these vaccines are safe and effective, but it will probably be several months from that point before we see vaccines available for the general population. I hope that by the spring of 2021 we will see some availability, and by the summer it is widely available.

Lake Dogs and Cove Cats

Posted 10/6/20
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Lake Dogs
Chief, 8 months old
Bentley, 7 years old
Owners: Bill and Barb Steppuhn 

Chief and Bentley both enjoy spending time with their family and, especially, the grandkids. They go on walks and boat rides and spend as much time at possible at the lake. Bentley likes sitting on Barb’s lap, getting loved on and running alongside the golf cart.  Chief enjoys playing ball (or with any toy), swimming in the lake, jet ski rides and being with other dogs. Their pet peeves are getting baths and having their nails trimmed.

Cove Cat
Zoey,
3 years old
Owners: Chad and Michelle Welch

Zoey has two older husky sisters, Stella and Piper. She loves to play and torment them when she is frisky, but she then wants to cuddle beside them as well. She enjoys going outside with her owners on a leash to explore the flowers.  Zoey is super friendly and cuddly. Her pet peeve is that she doesn’t like it when her owners have to leave her.


A Lake Dogs and Cove Cats 2021 calendar will be available to purchase in October, using photos from dogs and cats from around the lake. All proceeds will be going to local charity Tori’s Angels. See more information on the calendar and on the Lake Panorama Lake Dogs and Cove Cats Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/LakePanoramaDogsAndCats.

2020 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION EVENT CANCELED
Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 7, 2021.

By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

For the past 13 years, a special fall event has been held to recognize the hundreds of volunteers who help make the Lake Panorama community great. But as with many other events, the 2020 volunteer recognition get-together has been sidelined by COVID-19.

The annual volunteer recognition banquet generally is held in early October. No banquet will be held this year, although Lake Panorama officials say they plan to resume the event in 2021. And that volunteers in 2020 have been greatly appreciated, even though the normal recognition event can’t be held.

“We’re canceling out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID,” says John Rutledge LPA general manager and LPN director of operations. “There are a number of unknowns as we progress toward fall weather and indoor events. Yet we still want the many volunteers who have helped out over the past 12 months to know how much we appreciate them.”

Volunteers play key roles at Lake Panorama. Many maintain landscape beds at the lake’s three beaches, two golf courses and lake entrances. Others serve on the board of directors for the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, and Friends of Lake Panorama.

Board members for the South Panorama Sanitary District, On-Site Waste Water Management, and the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone also volunteer many hours. The same is true for members of four committees appointed annually by the LPA board — appeals, building codes, land sales, water safety.

At least two events brought out new volunteers this year. One was the Aug. 1 Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball, where dozens of people who hadn’t volunteered before helped raise $30,000 for new beach playground equipment.

The other was the derecho that swept through the Lake Panorama community Aug. 10. Many volunteers helped clear downed trees and debris from the two golf courses, while others corralled kayaks, tubes, floating mats, furniture and other items carried away by the wind and lake waves.

Next year’s volunteer recognition event is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 7, 2021.

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

What exactly is the Fin and Feather Club, and how can I become a member?
The Lake Panorama Fin and Feather club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the sporting activities on Lake Panorama. The group is primarily focused on improving the hunting and angling opportunities on the lake. It is a volunteer group of property owners and association members who share a passion for the outdoors. You can learn more about their activities, projects and how to support their efforts at www.panoramafinandfeather.com.

Is there a way to get local emergency alerts sent to my phone?
Yes, you can sign up for free Guthrie County emergency or severe weather alerts. An alert will be sent to the phone number and/or email address provided by voice, text and/or email. This is a free service provided by Guthrie County and the State of Iowa, but normal message fees still apply. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities. Notifications are dependent upon external providers, and receipt of notifications by the intended recipient cannot be guaranteed. Alerts sent from Guthrie County will originate from 69310 for text messages, 641-332-3030 for voice notifications, and noreply@agcema.us for email messages. If you sign up, be sure to save these in your phone and/or address book. See details at http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/ag_ia/wens.cfm.

Are there any rules or regulations about renting my lake home?
According to the LPA Home Rental Rules, any member of the association may rent his or her home or condominium, with a few limitations. First, a member may not rent his or her home or condominium more than one time in any four consecutive week period. Second, prior to renting the home or condominium, the member must register the renter with the LPA office. Prior to the commencement of any rental period, renters must sign an agreement stating they will abide by all rules and regulations of the association and provide contact information to LPA staff. Of course, renters are expected to comply with all rules and regulations of the association. Failure to abide by any rule or regulation may result in fines, which are the responsibility of the member renting the home. Other stipulations and fines do exist and can be viewed in full in the Home Rental Rules on the LPA website. n

RECIPES
Take the fear out of trying unfamiliar produce

Green slime nacho cups
By Jolene Goodman

I share two recipes this month from our friends at Family Features and Dole. As they explain, introducing kids to unfamiliar flavors doesn’t have to be a frightful experience. A passion for produce may begin with America’s favorites — like bananas, apples, citrus, celery, carrots and broccoli — but that’s just the beginning. Whether it’s their angry names and tough exteriors, or simply a fear of the unknown about taste and preparation, dozens more diverse and exotic fruits and vegetables like dragon fruit, horned melon and Brussels sprouts are often the sources of produce paranoia.

One easy way to introduce new flavors is by trying a variation of a familiar fruit or veggie. For example, Family Features tells us there are more than 500 edible banana varieties in the world. You might sample a red banana or a Manzano, or even an ice cream banana, with a taste resembling vanilla custard.

These fun and kid-friendly Green Slime Nacho Cups feature plantains, for example, a member of the banana family with a different taste and texture than everyday yellow bananas — more firm and starchy like a potato. Increase your family’s produce intake even further with a Slippery Slimy Smoothie, which calls for green grapes, spinach, banana and pineapple.

Find more recipes and other not-so-scary fun at dole.com/Disney, and follow #Dole and #DoleRecipes.

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

Green Slime Nacho Cups

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
1 green starting to turn yellow DOLE® Plantain, peeled and thinly sliced on bias
1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 Dole Avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup thinly shredded Dole Purple Cabbage

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 F. Toss plantain slices with canola oil and season with pinch of salt. On parchment paper-lined baking sheet, arrange slices in single layer with no overlapping.
    Bake 18-20 minutes, or until crispy and lightly golden. Cool completely and set aside.
    Using spoon, scoop flesh of avocado into small bowl and mash, reserving one half avocado shell. Stir mashed avocado with lime juice, garlic and remaining salt. Stir in slaw, reserving some for garnish. Scoop into reserved avocado shell and smooth top with back of spoon. Stick reserved cabbage shreds out of avocado mixture to look like hair.
    Serve slime nacho cups with plantain chips.

Slippery Slimy Smoothie
Prep time:10 minutes
Servings: 2 (8 ounces each)

Ingredients
1/2 cup DOLE® Spinach
1 Dole Banana, peeled and frozen
1/2 cup Dole Green Grapes, frozen
1/3 cup cucumber, diced
1/2 cup Dole Pineapple
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
5 ice cubes

Directions
In blender, blend spinach, banana, grapes, cucumber, pineapple, almond milk, Greek yogurt and ice cubes until smooth.
    Pour smoothie into two glasses and serve.

ON THE LAKE
So, where do you call home?

Shane column photo
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 9/8/2020

We have all been in social settings with others we don’t know. These can be awkward, but one of the easiest ice breakers I have found is to find out where people call home. Inevitably, I can find some type of connection from there. And in those discussions with folks at Lake Panorama, I have often heard the following questions: How many property owners have permanent residences here? And where do those who don’t call home?
Many have speculated with responses all over the board, but I wanted to do some research and find out the real answers for myself. I thought you might be interested, too.

The database I used is the mailing list that we send Lake Panorama Times out to each month. Since we mail to all property owners on the lake, it should very closely match where people call home. Prior to each and every mailing, we update it with additions, deletions and changes, so it is quite accurate. We also mail to a few businesses and a handful of others, but, by and large, it is sent to lake property owners located in about 220 different communities. It is also important to note that this publication is mailed to the permanent residence that is on record for each property owner. So if your lake property is your designated permanent address, then a copy of this publication is mailed to you there. If you have a home in Des Moines, or Sioux City or Yale listed as your permanent address, then a copy is mailed to that address.

For this current issue, we mailed out 1,703 copies. Of those, the most were mailed to a Panora address, representing 34.1 percent of all copies. So, in theory, about one-third of all property owners live on the lake year round, or at least name their lake address as their permanent residence of record.

The community with the next greatest number of  mailings is West Des Moines, with about 6.4 percent of the total. Des Moines follows with 5.5 percent with Urbandale closely behind at 5.0 percent. Clive, Adel, Johnston and Waukee are all next with about 2.5 percent each. After that is Ankeny at 2.3 percent with Guthrie Center following at 2.2 percent.

Jefferson, Grimes, Omaha, Carroll, Ames, Perry and Atlantic are all next and have between 1-2 percent of the mailings each. The remainder are sent to more than 200 various communities, with each totaling less than 1 percent.

Now that’s one way to answer this question, but there are seemingly two sides to every coin. And as a former boss of mine used to say, figures lie and liars figure.

Another way to answer the permanent residence question is to use data only on those with actual homes on the lake. According to Lake Panorama Association, there are approximately 1,125 homeowners with the remaining 600 or so members having undeveloped lots. With this in mind, the percent of people who consider their lake home as their primary residence may be closer to 50 percent. And, of course, during  the summer almost 100 percent of the homes are in use at some point.

So, where do Lake Panorama property owners call home? Regardless of how you slice or dice the data, the answer is clearly at Lake Panorama, with Des Moines and its western suburbs making up the bulk of the remainder.

Now we know. And this will all make for a great ice breaker at your next social event.

As always, thanks for reading.

Panorama Soccer Club benefits from Iowa Soccer’s Share the Love

Posted 9/8/20
Iowa Soccer’s Share the Love, Powered by Score Sports is a new initiative and partnership designed to help the game be more accessible to communities that can truly benefit from some love. With the support of an equipment partner, the Share the Love, Powered by Score Sports program will help others in a tangible way. The partnership agreement between Iowa Soccer and Score Sports spans three years: 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

The Panorama Soccer Club was named one of nine recipients of the first wave of “Share the Love” initiative.

The program has been established to benefit communities/groups across Iowa that have little to no means to acquire soccer equipment.  Through the program, Iowa Soccer will have a process to identify the areas where “love” is needed and with local leaders, prioritize needs and make final equipment decisions. Score Sports is the equipment partner providing the equipment through an in-kind partnership with Iowa Soccer.

“We are very fortunate to have opportunities like this, especially during this pandemic,” said Jaime Waddle, president of the Panorama Soccer Club. “Not having a spring 2020 season has hurt us financially, like everyone else. So receiving new balls, pumps, cones, bags, flags and pinnies couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Waddle says Iowa Soccer also played an integral role in the new soccer complex, with funding a $10,000 grant.

“Our club wouldn’t be at the level we are today without Iowa Soccer and their staff,” she said. “We are playing our first season at the new complex this fall.

PANORAMA WEST 2-GAL TOURNAMENT WELCOMES 60 PLAYERS

Posted 9/8/20
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times


The Panorama West women’s golf league hosted a 2-gal best-shot tournament Tuesday, Aug. 11. A total of 30 teams participated, with players from Panora, Guthrie Center, Jefferson, Audubon and surrounding communities. The tournament theme was “Golf Like an Egyptian.”

The theme was carried out with attire worn by committee members, plus three husbands of committee members. A one-stroke penalty was assessed to any team hitting the camel on the fourth hole. Amy Lawton of Dallas Center won the longest drive contest, which involved hitting a marshmallow off a tee. Karen Bump won the putting contest on the practice green by putting two balls into the pyramid.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three teams in five flights. Winners of the championship flight were Carla Fitzgerald and Susan Thompson, with a two-under-par score of 25. Second place went to Karen Bump and Kylee Boettcher with a 27. Connie Hamilton and Nancy Scheffers placed third with a 29.

The tournament was followed by a luncheon at the Panorama West Clubhouse with box lunches catered by Lake Panorama National served to golfers on the clubhouse deck and in the community room.

Tournament committee members were Emily Spradling, Mary Kay O’Grady, Coop Rickert, Nancy Clawson and Julie Wykoff.