Lake Panorama History Book Now Available

The book titled Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years arrived at the Lake Panorama Association office July 19. The LPA financed the book’s production. Just over 1,000 books were printed, with about 350 of those purchased online in advance. 
People who ordered online and said they would pick up their books in person can do so at the LPA office. Buyers who purchased online and paid for shipment had their books shipped directly from the publisher. 
Books now are available for purchase at the LPA and LPN front desks, and Panorama West Clubhouse, during regular business hours. The cost is $35, which includes tax. Purchases can be made at these locations via cash, check, or credit card. 
The book also is available at the Panora Library, with purchases there cash or check only. To make it possible for those interested to read the book without purchasing, the LPA delivered one free copy to each library in Guthrie County, which includes those in Bagley, Bayard, Casey, Guthrie Center, Jamaica, Menlo, Panora, and Stuart, plus a copy to the Linden Library in Dallas County.  
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.  
A celebration of the book’s completion will be Tuesday, August 20, at the Lake Panorama National conference center. A social hour beginning at 4 p.m. will include light appetizers and a cash bar. Attendees can purchase books, or pick up books they purchased earlier online. 
There will be several historical displays, including maps, photos, promotional material, and advertising pieces. The book’s author, Susan Thompson, will be available to answer questions, and sign books on request. 
A program at 5 p.m. will include comments about the book’s development from Thompson and John Rutledge, LPA general manager, followed by a question, answer and comment period.