New digs for Big Bass Lake & Beyond

anim0205-1_e0 as you might have noticed there is some changes going on around here. WordPress has informed me that our old site was in retirement. I am in the process of installing a new theme. I’ve instructed Mike and Darlene Reynolds not to post anything for a few days. There are some Kinks that need to be worked out on this site. So be patient we shall return!

Keeping kids safe at sunken island

You might be wondering why all the boats  are surrounding children swimming  in Big Bass Lake? The reason is  the children are swimming  on sunken island! For about 30 yards  the water is only 2 feet deep. Just outside the perimeter of the boats  the water drops off  to about  40 feet deep. It is quite the popular place to swim around Big Bass Lake. Sunken island  is located  just east  of Four Winds Island. It is about 100 yards away  from the channel that leads to little Bass Lake. You can actually see  children  standing in the middle of Big Bass Lake from the shore. Interestingly enough  nearby Wolf Lake is only two or three feet deep throughout the lake


The Honeywell Center skating rink

  • Rink1 despite what you see here this is actually the Honeywell Center skating rink. It doubles as a place for parties and special events as you do see here. The Honeywell Center is a special place in the hearts of The citizens of Wabash. Since I was there in the 1960’s, the center has been greatly improved as you will see in future posts



Getting your feet wet

IMG_20170923_225109 this was the best way to approach Wagner Lake in Marion. I’m always rather suspicious of a lake where your feet disappear when you step in the lake.  You see Wagner lake is a rather dirty lake.  That’s why it’s better to swing into the lake than to step into it. The kids in the Marion Boys Club found out we’re going t The kids in the Marion Boys Club found that out quicker than a speeding bullet. I don’t know how that lake got so dirty?

How about a roller skating rink at Big Bass Lake?

IMG_20170922_213038 this is the Loon Lake roller rink and if they had one could not big  Bass Lake have one too? Think about it? With all the new homes going into this area shouldn’t the young people have something to do? Of course they have Lake activities during the day but what about at night? And this is an activity for the entire family! Something to consider?

Jack Knysz and the deer!

5e486027adc58d016568a6738085d74b--funny-signs-funny-memes back in the 1980s, I had sold Jack my green station wagon. Jack was the owner of the Big Bass Lake store at that time. he was driving   it home on Michigan Highway 37 when he met one of those suicidal deers. The car was totaled but Jack was okay. In 10 years of driving that car I have never had an accident. Jack was not as fortunate. Oh well he still had the store. Jack never told me what he did with the deer.

My home Church

Advent Darlene Reynolds sometimes talks about her faith and this being Sunday I thought I’d share with you a little about my home Church. It has an extremely large pipe organ with five divisions including two in the balcony. When played to its fullest it can outplay a 1,000 member congregation including five choirs! 

Hang on Sloopy!

How would you like to try this sometime ? Why go to the amusement park when you can have fun like this ? Pilot to control tower we’re taking off ! Can you imagine  a parent’s face  seeing something like this ? You’d better get out the insurance forms . Those kids however are having the time of their life . I wonder if those boys are carrying a parachute ?IMG_20170923_140840

Pontoons on the lake

Nothing is better than taking a leisurely pontoon boat ride on Big Bass Lake . They have plenty of zip to them  even though they are not as fast as the speed boat . The pontoon boat is nice because you can sit  in a relaxed State while enjoying the lake . Because you weren’t going really well that fast you can enjoy the scenery. After all you have five Islands on the lake Plus a channel between big and little Bass Lake. Happy Motoring!140dcbbf-e9e2-451a-bb78-c53b8fa3

Eagles Theater 2

IMG_20170922_162331IMG_20170922_162355the Eagles Theater in Wabash has private boxes which is unusual in most movie theaters. In my time those private boxes were never used. Long ago this theater had Vaudeville and even a theater organ. At that time I’m sure the private boxes were used. On the 4th floor of this theater was a private Ballroom. You can’t tell it from this picture but I’m sure that area was glorious. All in all the Eagles Theater in Wabash is really something.

Eagles Theater

IMG_20170922_162450IMG_20170922_162422this is the Eagles Theater in Wabash Indiana. When I lived in Wabash in the 1960s this theater only showed movies. one of its main distinctions was that it had three decks. Most movie theaters have only one or the most two. Now in this present age this theater is used not only for movies but also for Life performances. Each year they also hold a James Dean movie festival. The theater is now owned by the Honeywell Corporation of Wabash. If you’re ever in Wabash you might want to check this theater out

Lumber Company destroyed by fire

IMG_20170922_160109 an old high school friend of mine lost his distance in a fire in Wabash Indiana. The fire almost took out several surrounding businesses
Ken had been in business sense 1978. His father began the business much earlier
Fortunately there was no loss of life
However his company was totally destroyed. I hope he is doing well after this disaster.

You will need a big worm for this one!

IMG_20170922_162715 you might need a record size warm to catch this baby. A friend sent me this picture of something interesting on Big Bass Lake. Instead of saying this is the one that got away you might want to say you got away! I think creature eats speed boats for lunch. And I don’t want to ask what eats for dinner!

A raft on Big Bass Lake

IMG_20170922_111957 when the salesian Intercit when the salesian Intercity Boys Club came to Lake,Bass Lake, they spent sometime on our raft. There’s nothing like watching little boys on a raft watching the world go by. Some just like to watch the boats go by and others like to dive off the raft
But the majority of the kids were out there to get a suntan
A raft give the kids a breather from swimming. I’m glad it’s there.

End of the world?

84552054 a friend from California called me today and explained about the end of the world. Apparently some nut appeared on California TV stations saying that the end of the world would come on September 23rd
I would suppose that those TV stations were hacked
My friend said that the voice he heard was that of Hitler. A panic took over social media. The one predicting this nonsense was supposedly a prophet understanding egyptology
Can you believe anyone would fall for this? Rest assured our world of safe!

The Joplin Boys Club game room

IMG_20170922_074818 this is the new Joplin Boys Club now known as the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri
Here you can see air hockey and fooseball. This new building was not yet finished when I was the executive director. The older building had a more congested game room
This game room is wide open
The boys club now is completely surrounded by a fence. The front lawn of that club would be perfect for a Frisbee Golf Course. I will have more of this club in the future.

The camp Martin Johnson Heritage Museum

MI+Lake+County+Eden+Twp+Irons+Sc does anyone in our audience know anything about the current status of the camp Martin Johnson Heritage Museum in irons Michigan? I’ve been out of the loop for about 4 years. I’m sure some former campers know what’s going on? Leave us a comment to update us

How about a scrumptious breakfast?

801_ironscafe_shirt if you want good eating especially for breakfast then the Iron’s Cafe in irons Michigan is for you. Along with great hospitality they have outstanding food. The combination makes this an A1 place to eat. Anyone can make bacon and eggs or oatmeal but only the Iron’s Cafe can make them superb. Located in beautiful downtown irons Michigan you’ll have a food Feast here. I heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone.

An editorial on summer camps

IMG_20170920_151827 I hope this post doesn’t offend anyone as it is a most controversial one. Summer camps have lost their initial purpose. The word camping in and of itself means what it says. Camping is being in the Great Outdoors. Yes is learning how to cook a camping experience? Camping is also learning how to use a hatchet and a compass. Yet today camping is sports and more sports. You can do Sports in the city. I have worked at two summer camps and they are Camp Mishawaka and Union League Boys Club camp. Each had a camping area known as super welding and tent city. But in each of those camps those areas are long gone

One was replaced by a tennis court and the other a training area. If kids go to the summer camp they deserve a camping experience. That is what camping is all about. I know there will be people that will disagree with this editorial and I welcome comments to start the discussion.

In memory of Mike McMillan

donald-mcmillan I only learned about the death of Mike McMillan A few days ago. I serve with Mike at the Marion boys club in the 1970s
At the time Mike was program director and I was the educational director
I remember Mike for his gentle sense of humor his compassion for his position and his leadership ability. He will be sorely missed by that community. I would hope that the current Grant County Boys and Girls Club will honor him in some special way. Perhaps the leadership award given in his name with the appropriate. Wherever you are now you are in a far better place. I feel honored to have known you.

Feeling Groovy

4442575 one of my readers informed me about the Marion Boys Club singers. I was the educational director of the boys at the time. Dale Knaur was the director of the group. They made a record of about 16 songs. However the album was not a big success because you couldn’t see the cuteness of the boys while you listen to the music
The group eventually went to Washington DC to sing at Congress and was only the second group ever to sing there at the time the other group being the Beatles. The congressman gave them a standing ovation and I was so proud of the kids that day. So now you can see what the album looked like. And this post is being dedicated to the memory of Mike McMillan who passed away last month
Mike was the program director of the Marion boys club at the time.

Walking to Four Winds Island in the Winter

I’ve always wondered what it might be like to live on Four Winds Island in the winter? Of course you’d have to lay in a lot of supplies. Then again are wires strung out to the island for electricity or do they have their own generator? I think it would be great to own your own island.

And whereas the mainland Camp Martin Johnson is almost all but lost the same can’t be held true on Four Winds Island where history is still present. Several of the cabins, with graffiti, are still there for the looking. I can almost imagine former campers going out there with memories rolling in high gear. At least some of CMJ is still preserved on Four Winds Island.