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Valerie Urbanik

Position: Content Producer
E-Mail Address: vurbanik@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 440-775-1611


About Valerie Urbanik

Valerie Urbanik is a graduate of Lake Erie College and holds a bachelor of fine arts in photojournalism. She also studied at Lakeland Community College, where she first wrote for and then was general editor for the Lakelander student publication.

Latest Stories by Valerie Urbanik

One feline was pulled from a burning home and revived Sunday afternoon, but eight other pets perished.
Firefighters found the cat inside 45730 North Ridge Rd., which was completely engulfed by flames when rescue engines arrived at 12:45 p.m.
“It was still breathing, so we brought it out,” Amherst assistant fire chief Jim Wilhelm said.

Pets die in North Ridge inferno

One feline was pulled from a burning home and revived Sunday afternoon, but eight other pets perished. Firefighters found the cat inside 45730 North Ridge Rd., which was completely engulfed by flames when rescue engines arrived at 12:45 p.m. “It was still breathing, so we brought it out,” Amherst assistant fire chief Jim Wilhelm said.

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Wellington EnterpriseCold temperatures and snow did not stop Wellington Future Farmers of America members Friday from driving their tractors to school and holding an annual tractor parade. At the end of the school day, kids drove their tractors past each Wellington school, waving to the students and teachers.

FFA tractor parade tours schools

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Wellington EnterpriseCold temperatures and snow did not stop Wellington Future Farmers of America members Friday from driving their tractors to school and holding an annual tractor parade. At the end of the school day, kids drove their tractors past each Wellington school, waving to the students and teachers.

An informed community is a safer community, says Linda Farrell of the Pipeline Safety Coalition.
She helped deliver a breakdown of the installation of pipelines and impact on land for 50 people last Thursday at a League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area meeting.
Oberlin is expected to have the 250-mile NEXUS gas transmission pipeline pass throu

'We need to raise hell' against NEXUS

An informed community is a safer community, says Linda Farrell of the Pipeline Safety Coalition. She helped deliver a breakdown of the installation of pipelines and impact on land for 50 people last Thursday at a League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area meeting. Oberlin is expected to have the 250-mile NEXUS gas transmission pipeline pass throu

Be aware of your surroundings and avoid dangerous situations.
Those were the cautious words Wednesday of Wellington police chief Tim Barfield as he led a civilian safety class for 16 women at the Lorain County Community College Wellington Center.
“These things are near and dear to my heart,” Barfield said. “It's important for yo

Protect yourself! Chief gives self-defense class

Be aware of your surroundings and avoid dangerous situations. Those were the cautious words Wednesday of Wellington police chief Tim Barfield as he led a civilian safety class for 16 women at the Lorain County Community College Wellington Center. “These things are near and dear to my heart,” Barfield said. “It's important for yo

Have you ever sent a text message, read an email, or put on makeup while driving?
A study released this week by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety stated distracted driving among teenagers is getting worse and car crashes are by far the number one killer of teens in the U.S.
Distracted driving can mean sending texts, eating behind the wheel, u

Distracted driving is rising among teens

Have you ever sent a text message, read an email, or put on makeup while driving? A study released this week by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety stated distracted driving among teenagers is getting worse and car crashes are by far the number one killer of teens in the U.S. Distracted driving can mean sending texts, eating behind the wheel, u

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneStudents at an Oberlin Heritage Center camp were archaeologists for two days as they dug through layers of dirt and sand searching for pieces of history. The children found pieces of ceramic, seeds, money, beans, wood, glass, and bones. Afterward, they identified which pieces went together to create a

Archaeologists for a day

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneStudents at an Oberlin Heritage Center camp were archaeologists for two days as they dug through layers of dirt and sand searching for pieces of history. The children found pieces of ceramic, seeds, money, beans, wood, glass, and bones. Afterward, they identified which pieces went together to create a

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribunePreschoolers at Oberlin Kids filled eggs Friday to help the Easter Bunny prepare for Oberlin's Easter egg hunt on April 4. The children dug through a box of eggs checking each one for candy and filling the empty ones.
The fun starts at 9 a.m. at the Oberlin Inn where kids can eat breakfast with the b

Helping the Easter Bunny fill eggs

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribunePreschoolers at Oberlin Kids filled eggs Friday to help the Easter Bunny prepare for Oberlin's Easter egg hunt on April 4. The children dug through a box of eggs checking each one for candy and filling the empty ones. The fun starts at 9 a.m. at the Oberlin Inn where kids can eat breakfast with the b

One Oberlin police officer's dream of opening his own gym has become a reality.
Lt. Kevin Scalli opened Hoisting Steel in February at 240 Tenney Ave., Amherst.
No stranger to physicality, Scalli's been a contender in the Ohio Police and Fire Games as well as powerlifting and is in charge of fitness at the OPD.
“This is something I wanted t

Lt. pumped to teach you to 'hoist steel'

One Oberlin police officer's dream of opening his own gym has become a reality. Lt. Kevin Scalli opened Hoisting Steel in February at 240 Tenney Ave., Amherst. No stranger to physicality, Scalli's been a contender in the Ohio Police and Fire Games as well as powerlifting and is in charge of fitness at the OPD. “This is something I wanted t

One local resident's dream of opening his own gym has become a reality.
Kevin Scalli has opened Hoisting Steel at 240 Tenney Ave. He's an Amherst firefighter and an Oberlin police lieutenant.
No stranger to physicality, Scalli's been a contender in the Ohio Police and Fire Games as well as powerlifting and is in charge of fitness at the OPD.


Are you pumped to 'hoist steel' at new gym?

One local resident's dream of opening his own gym has become a reality. Kevin Scalli has opened Hoisting Steel at 240 Tenney Ave. He's an Amherst firefighter and an Oberlin police lieutenant. No stranger to physicality, Scalli's been a contender in the Ohio Police and Fire Games as well as powerlifting and is in charge of fitness at the OPD. 

Objecting to “corporate greed,” a handful of union members carried signs Monday morning outside the Mercy Health and Recreation Center on Cooper Foster Park Road.
“The company is trying to take away sick days,” explained Kyle Huff, administrative organizer of Service Employes International Union. “They tried to do the

Protesters wave signs at Mercy rec center

Objecting to “corporate greed,” a handful of union members carried signs Monday morning outside the Mercy Health and Recreation Center on Cooper Foster Park Road. “The company is trying to take away sick days,” explained Kyle Huff, administrative organizer of Service Employes International Union. “They tried to do the

Nearly 200 boxes filled with food were delivered to seniors in need on Tuesday.
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio and Oberlin Community Services partnered to launch the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
The monthly effort targets seniors who are at least 60 years old and living on no more than 130 percent of the federal poverty le

200 seniors in need get food gifts

Nearly 200 boxes filled with food were delivered to seniors in need on Tuesday. Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio and Oberlin Community Services partnered to launch the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. The monthly effort targets seniors who are at least 60 years old and living on no more than 130 percent of the federal poverty le

Courtesy photoMembers of the Phoenix Representing Oberlin club visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Monday for the Heart of a Hall of Famer series. Twenty students in seventh through 12th grade toured the museum and listened to hall-of-famer Chris Hanburger speak about character building, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Students from Massillion

Phoenix visit football Hall of Fame

Courtesy photoMembers of the Phoenix Representing Oberlin club visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Monday for the Heart of a Hall of Famer series. Twenty students in seventh through 12th grade toured the museum and listened to hall-of-famer Chris Hanburger speak about character building, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Students from Massillion

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneA worker from Oberlin Cable Co-op hangs a string of lights in the alley known as “the missing tooth” on Rt. 58 between the Blue Rooster Bakehouse and Ottica Eyecare, two doors down from the News-Tribune office.Residents and business owners are working to clean up the alley and turn a porti

Lighting up the 'missing tooth'

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneA worker from Oberlin Cable Co-op hangs a string of lights in the alley known as “the missing tooth” on Rt. 58 between the Blue Rooster Bakehouse and Ottica Eyecare, two doors down from the News-Tribune office.Residents and business owners are working to clean up the alley and turn a porti

'Let teachers teach,' Oberlin BoE says

A resolution minimizing the effect of Ohio's new PARCC test scores on teachers is being weighed by the Oberlin board of education. A three-hour work session this month — geared toward how testing affects students and teachers — has caused members to search for solutions. The result: a proposed resolution called “Let Teachers Tea

Spring is here, which means city projects are beginning and events are arriving in town.
Workers have been filling potholes around town for roughly a month, but only two streets are expected to be resurfaced this summer.
North Prospect and South Professor streets will be repaired this July, including fixes to sanitary sewers.
The Lorain County M

Hello, spring! Hello, sun!

Spring is here, which means city projects are beginning and events are arriving in town. Workers have been filling potholes around town for roughly a month, but only two streets are expected to be resurfaced this summer. North Prospect and South Professor streets will be repaired this July, including fixes to sanitary sewers. The Lorain County M

Don't miss these chances to cheer for the Dukes!

TRACK • Thursday, April 2 — 4 p.m. — Nelson Home Invitational (at Firelands) • Wednesday, April 8 — 4:30 p.m. — Patriot Athletic Conference Tri-meet (at Clearview) • Saturday, April 11 — noon — New London Invitational (at New London) • Wednesday, April 15 — 4:30 p.m. — Patr

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneKids showcased their great ball-handling skills and shooting from outside the arch in a game of basketball Wednesday at Park Street Park.

Spring weather brings basketball fun

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneKids showcased their great ball-handling skills and shooting from outside the arch in a game of basketball Wednesday at Park Street Park.

Come out and cheer on the Phoenix

TENNIS • Wednesday, April 1 — 4:30 p.m. — vs. Elyria (at Elyria) • Thursday, April 2 — 4:30 p.m. — vs. Bay Village (at Bay) • Tuesday, April 7 — 4:30 p.m. — vs Lake Ridge Academy (at Lake Ridge) • Wednesday, April 8 — 4:30 p.m. — vs. Fairview (at Fairview) • Monday,

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneA group of second-graders at Eastwood Elementary School performed two songs Tuesday at the board of education meeting.

Eastwood kids share songs of welcome

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneA group of second-graders at Eastwood Elementary School performed two songs Tuesday at the board of education meeting.

A poster campaign aimed at Oberlin school children has a clear message: Everything old should be new again.
Lori Sprosty, the city's recycling coordinator, is working with four Oberlin College students to teach kids at Prospect Elementary and Langston Middle schools about the importance of recycling.
The students made posters showing what product

Recycling push starts at Oberlin schools

A poster campaign aimed at Oberlin school children has a clear message: Everything old should be new again. Lori Sprosty, the city's recycling coordinator, is working with four Oberlin College students to teach kids at Prospect Elementary and Langston Middle schools about the importance of recycling. The students made posters showing what product





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