LOCAL NEWS

Widespread vandalism reported Sunday

Vandals were busy Saturday evening and Sunday morning in Montgomery County. Several properties in Crawfordsville and in the county were spray-painted with obscene images. The worst areas were along and near East Main Street and in the town of Darlington.

Both city and county police received several reports of vandalism. Houses, street signs, vehicles and a church were all vandalized. All of the images were similar and sprayed with the same color of paint.

Parishioners at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church were forced to drive by the vandalized entryway sign. Church staff are researching how to best clean their sign. The sign installers were contacted because the sign will need special care when cleaned.

Mike and Jill Schubert, who live on Fairlane Drive, were among the many victims. Vandals spray painted an obscene image on the side of their garage.

Schubert was outside his garage Monday afternoon attempting to clean off two painted images. He said his wife has a good idea when the crime happened because she was dog sitting for a

relative.

“My wife said the dog started barking and wanting outside,” Schubert said. “When she let the dog out he acted like he was looking for something he had heard. This happened right around midnight on Sunday evening.”

Other property along Englewood Drive and East Main Street experienced vandalism.

Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman said the incidents are being investigated. The chief asked for the public’s help in solving the crime.

“We have an open case and we are asking anyone who has any knowledge or other information to contact the police department,” Norman said. “The public has a lot more eyes than we do and if anyone sees anything suspicious or unusual they need to report it.”

Meet the Stars: Frees and Fullenwider

The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau will present Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars on May 20 at Wabash College. In the weeks leading up to the dance competition, the Journal Review will feature each of the 10 dance pairs. This is the next pair to be featured.

Name, occupation:

Steve Frees; executive director, Montgomery County Historical Society; retired teacher; former director of youth activities for the Park & Recreation Department; helped start the Crawfordsville PRIDE team.

How long have you lived in Montgomery County?

All my life

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

My wife and I are beginning to travel to wonderful places. We now have a beautiful granddaughter that we enjoy spending time with!

Tell us about your family.

My wife, Glenda, taught for 38 years in Montgomery County. She has done choreography for Madison Heights band of Anderson, Fountain Central’s Marching Band and auxiliary, South Montgomery’s marching band, and Purdue University’s marching band.

Our son, Drew, is a teacher in Chicago for students with autism and is also a stand-up comedian. His wife is employed at University of Chicago with their art museum. They are the parents of our beautiful 7-month-old granddaughter, Noa. Our daughter, Allison, is the director of career services at Eastern Illinois University and is working on her doctorate degree in college administration. Her husband is a chef and they have three incredible dogs.

What is your dance background?

I danced in a group when I was 10 for the parks and recreation department. I took a social dance class at Indiana State University. Glenda and I then proctored the class. After graduation, Glenda and I taught disco lessons and social dance classes through the parks and recreation department. We have been associated with the Dancing with the Stars program since it began five years ago.

What is your favorite type of music to dance to?

The dances I enjoy the most are the swing and the foxtrot. My favorite music is anything performed by Adele, Josh Groban, James Taylor, Carol King and Garth Brooks.

Why did you decide to participate?

While teaching for 40 years, I saw the difference that the Youth Service Bureau made on the lives of my students. They acted as mentors, friends, parents and wonderful role models. My students always knew that they could count on the YSB when needed.

Why should the public come to this event and support you and your partner?

It is a very enjoyable evening. Most of the participants have never danced before in front of a huge crowd. It is incredible to see what members of our community will do to help out and support our Youth Service Bureau.

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Name, occupation:

Emily Fullenwider; All Smiles Dental

How long have you lived in Montgomery County?

I was born and raised in Montgomery County. I am a graduate of Crawfordsville High School. I left in 1992 to go to college and then moved to Southern California. I moved back in 2010. I am proud to say that I live here by choice. I am happy to live in such a great community. We have met so many wonderful people and our kids have many great friends. My parents live down the road and help us out so much. Someone said to me once that it is the layers of people that make life important. I feel that everyday when I see people that I’ve know my entire life.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

Tom and I live in Crawfordsville city limits with

15 acres. We have trails in our woods and you can see us on our golf cart riding around the property. We love to have friends over and our kid’s friends too. We spend a lot of time watching the kids play sports or you will see us in the car driving them to practice!

Tell us about your family.

Tom and I married in 2015 and blended our two families. Dylan Fullenwider is 13 years old and a seventh grader at Crawfordsville Middle School. Alec Saidian is 10 years old and a fourth grader at Hoover Elementary School and Gabriella Saidian is 7 and a first grader at Hose Elementary School. Tom is the tall, bald guy at Raybestos with a huge smile on his face almost all the time. He has been with Raybestos since 1990. We met in 2011. He stays home with the kids while I practice and I am grateful for him.

What song always make you want to get up and dance or sing along?

In the last few years I have learned to love country music. I could kick up some dust if I heard some Luke Bryan, Little Big Town. or Zac Brown! Some Kid Rock, too. 

What was your reaction when you were asked to be a Star?

I couldn’t sleep for two days because I was so nervous. I had already decided on Jan. 1 that I was going to lose some “fat and happy” weight so when I was asked, it felt like perfect timing. I was ready to take care of me. Steve and I have already had so much fun practicing. He turns me around and around like a rag doll when I forget my steps!

Why did you decide to participate?

I have been in the audience for the last three years watching and loving everything it stands for. Our youth are so important and the Youth Service Bureau offers so much. We have participated in the REINdeer program. Our kids help shop for the kids who need it. I am grateful to be asked this year so I can help give back.

Why should the public come to this event and support you and your partner?

Steve and I promise to entertain you! It is a nice evening out with friends. It is so fun to see everyone you know in one place, dressed up and having fun. Please come and help support the Youth Service Bureau and the dancers!

Comedians coming to country club

Plenty of laughter is scheduled to arrive soon at the Crawfordsville Country Club.

The first of two annual comedy shows is scheduled for 8 p.m. April 14, and the public is invited.

National comedians Todd Yohn and Mike Gardner will have the audience rolling in laughter said Rob McCormick, Crawfordsville Country Club manager.

“These two guys put on a very good show,” he said. “We want to provide top quality entertainment for the community to give people a fun night out.”

Both comedians have made appearances across the United States and internationally.

According to his website, Gardner’s “edgy autobiographical humor will take you on a roller coaster ride of subjects from his Redneck Mother and growing up with six sisters, to his celebrity run-ins during his previous life as a prestigious country club golf pro.” He has performed on the Bob and Tom radio show, WGN, MTC and Sirus Radio.

Gardner’s show will be tailored to meet the community and he already understands the show will carry an “R” rating.

Yohn is heavily requested on the college circuit as well as the corporate world and national comedy club network. He has appeared on HBO, Showtime, VH1 and Comedy Central. He has worked with Glenn Campbell, The Four Tops, Charlie Daniels and the late Joan Rivers. His humor and songwriting made him one of the original regulars of “The Bob and Tom Show.”

Gardner, who will make his sixth trip to Crawfordsville, is one of Yohn’s biggest fans.

“Todd Yohn is one of the greatest in making a crowd laugh,” Gardner said. “I wanted to do this show just so I could hear Todd.”

A lifetime of training has helped Gardner prepare for a career as a comedian. The Noblesville High School graduate said the only team he participated on during high school was the “get sent to the principal’s office every day team.” Gardner also attended Western High School before moving to Noblesville. He said attending two schools allowed him to obtain two distinctive awards.

“I was the first student voted as the class clown in two different high schools,” Gardner said.

Tickets are $18 each and attendees must be at least 18 years old. Tickets can be purchased at the country club or online at www.gardnertickets.com.

A cash bar will be available.

A buffet will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. at an additional cost. The buffet will be available until the beginning of the show.

‘Couch to 5K’ series seeks participants

 Franciscan Health Crawfordsville, Franciscan Physician Network, the Journal Review and the Montgomery County Wellness Coalition will be starting a “Couch to 5K” running group in April that lasts for 10 weeks. The purpose of this group is to help promote regular exercise as a part of a healthy lifestyle within the community, along with improving the health status of those interested. 

This program is open to anyone 18 years and older who have no major health issues, and are wanting to learn the basics of running. Please note that this is a beginner’s program. The group will host group training sessions that follow a “Couch to 5K” training program and education on different topics of interest. 

At this time, space is limited to only 10 people. Sign-up is based on a first come/first serve basis. The first meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 3. There will be one group meeting/run per week (mainly held on Thursdays) leading up to the Strawberry Festival 5K held on June 10. Locations of the meetings will vary, but will start out at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville, 1710 Lafayette Road, Crawfordsville.

The cost for this program is $40. This will cover the entry fee for the Strawberry Festival 5K, along with a Couch to 5K T-shirt. A health screening will also be included to help track your progress over time. Payments can be made by cash or check that evening.

“Starting an exercise program can be a very scary thing, and taking the first step is always the hardest part,” said Kelsey Miner. “With the high amounts of support, instruction, and motivation through this program, you may find you are able to accomplish more than you ever thought possible.”

For more information on the program or to reserve your spot, call Miner at 765-364-8938, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further details of the first meeting will be given at the time of sign-up. Payment will be accepted on or before April 3.

Sixth Entrepreneurship Summit slated for April 1

Indiana’s role as a hotbed for entrepreneurship will be spotlighted April 1, as Wabash College hosts its sixth Entrepreneurship Summit.

Scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis, the Summit hopes to spur the entrepreneurial drive by highlighting the resources available at Wabash College and Central Indiana as a whole. Entrepreneurs and students from 18 colleges from across the state are expected to attend.

“The focus of this year’s Summit will be Emerging Technology, from Electric Motorbikes to 3D-Printed Cars,” said Steven Jones, ‘87, Dean for Professional Development. “The goal is to shine a spotlight entrepreneurship and encouraging students to think about the multiple paths to success that exist at Wabash. Through the Center for Innovation, Business & Entrepreneurship, Wabash College is leading the conversation in entrepreneurship and serving as a resource for new and innovative ideas.”

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s opening remarks begin a morning program that features an opening keynote address by Josh Rasmussen, Founder & CEO of Monday Motorbikes in Los Angeles.

This will be followed by six break-out session speakers: Tony Unfried, ’99, Founder & CEO of Archon Tech Strategies; Ruchir Sehra, ’88, Founder & CEO of Resonea Inc.; Wesley Virt, ’17, Founder of Vionix Academy; John Qualls, president of 1150 Academy; and Tony Scelzo, Chief Revenue Officer of Healthstatus.com.

The second keynote with be by David Woessner, ’01, general manager of Local Motors. Woessner will talk about his journey from Wabash to Washington: How a Country Kid from Indiana Found Tech.

The afternoon session includes a panel discussion moderated by Jim Dreher, ’85, a medical device entrepreneur, who is founder and managing partner at Option3 LLC, and co-founder of Hotspur Technologies Inc.

The Summit, hosted by Wabash President Gregory D. Hess, routinely draws attendees from Chicago to Indianapolis.

Attendees will be provided breakfast and lunch. Transportation will be provided to and from the event to all Wabash students on Saturday.

Registration is required. Tickets may be reserved until March 30 at www.wabashES6.eventbrite.com. The event is open to any college or university student in Indiana.

Look for the event on Twitter @WabashCIBE #WabashES6.