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Valerie Urbanik

Position: Content Producer
E-Mail Address: vurbanik@civitasmedia.com
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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

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneStudents and staff members at Oberlin High School wore their best ugly sweaters on Friday. Some borrowed sweaters from grandparents and others made their own unique creations. Ugly sweaters are quickly become a nationwide holiday tradition.

Ugly Christmas sweaters

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneStudents and staff members at Oberlin High School wore their best ugly sweaters on Friday. Some borrowed sweaters from grandparents and others made their own unique creations. Ugly sweaters are quickly become a nationwide holiday tradition.

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneOberlin College students Morgen Low, Ana Nelson, and Hannah Santisi visited Eastwood Elementary School Thursday to talk to first-graders about George Gershwin and perform a few of his pieces. Low and Nelson performed individually so the students could hear the difference between a trumpet and a clarin

Sounds of the season

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneOberlin College students Morgen Low, Ana Nelson, and Hannah Santisi visited Eastwood Elementary School Thursday to talk to first-graders about George Gershwin and perform a few of his pieces. Low and Nelson performed individually so the students could hear the difference between a trumpet and a clarin

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Wellington EnterpriseThird-graders from Westwood Elementary School visited Wellington town hall Wednesday and learned how the village government works. They met police chief Timothy Barfield and mayor Barbara O'Keefe, who explained what goes into their jobs.
Barfield answered questions about answering police calls, how

Third graders learn about Wellington's government

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Wellington EnterpriseThird-graders from Westwood Elementary School visited Wellington town hall Wednesday and learned how the village government works. They met police chief Timothy Barfield and mayor Barbara O'Keefe, who explained what goes into their jobs. Barfield answered questions about answering police calls, how

Nine will split $61K bill on Barker

Nine homes will be affected next spring by work on Barker Street, where the village is looking to fix the sanitary sewer, waterline, intersections, drainage, and pavement. Poggemeyer Design Group engineer Doug Nusser met with the Wellington utility committee Monday to discuss the project and its cost, estimated at $726,972. The village has $175,0

The aisles of Wal-Mart were filled with children and Oberlin police last Tuesday for the third annual “Shop with a Cop” event.
The Oberlin police department raised $5,450 for this year's event and gave $115 gift cards to 42 students in preschool through eighth grade who were selected by guidance counselors, principals, teachers, and re

Police serve as Santa's elves

The aisles of Wal-Mart were filled with children and Oberlin police last Tuesday for the third annual “Shop with a Cop” event. The Oberlin police department raised $5,450 for this year's event and gave $115 gift cards to 42 students in preschool through eighth grade who were selected by guidance counselors, principals, teachers, and re

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Civitas MediaBakery and pastry students at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School made 37,000 cookies on Wednesday. This year the students made 27 varieties of cookies and sold 192 large trays and 129 small trays. All of the proceeds from the cookie sale go toward the junior class activity fund, which is money spent o

37,000 holiday cookies! We're hungry

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Civitas MediaBakery and pastry students at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School made 37,000 cookies on Wednesday. This year the students made 27 varieties of cookies and sold 192 large trays and 129 small trays. All of the proceeds from the cookie sale go toward the junior class activity fund, which is money spent o

The city of Bethlehem was recreated this weekend in Oberlin with a little help from a Wellington congregation.
The 17th Annual “Breath of Heaven” live nativity was brought to life at Grace Lutheran Church. Members of Bethany Lutheran here in town helped make the two-day walk-through event possible.
Nativity visitors followed a shepher

Lutheran churches breathe live into nativity scene

The city of Bethlehem was recreated this weekend in Oberlin with a little help from a Wellington congregation. The 17th Annual “Breath of Heaven” live nativity was brought to life at Grace Lutheran Church. Members of Bethany Lutheran here in town helped make the two-day walk-through event possible. Nativity visitors followed a shepher

OCS: Need nearly doubled in 2014

Local food needs continue to grow at Oberlin Community Services. Of the roughly 30,000 people the agency served last year, 62 percent were from Oberlin, 12 percent from Wellington, and three percent from New Russia Township. Director Cindy Andrews said OCS continues to be the bridge between donors and residents in need. “The first thing yo

Morality AndersonJuniorWrestlingMorality Anderson placed third at 220 pounds after compiling a 4-1 record Saturday at the Cuyahoga Heights Redskin Invitational Tournament. He had three pins and a 5-3 decision. Anderson has a 6-3 record on the season. He is a three sport athlete participating in football as an all-state performer, wrestling, and tra

Players of the week

Morality AndersonJuniorWrestlingMorality Anderson placed third at 220 pounds after compiling a 4-1 record Saturday at the Cuyahoga Heights Redskin Invitational Tournament. He had three pins and a 5-3 decision. Anderson has a 6-3 record on the season. He is a three sport athlete participating in football as an all-state performer, wrestling, and tra

POLICE REPORTS

• Dec. 4 at 6:08 p.m.: Police responded to a theft complaint of a $170 tablet on East Vine Street. A report said the tablet was delivered on Dec. 4 by the United States Postal Service, but the resident never saw the package. • Dec. 5 at 1:58 a.m.: Kenneth Miranda, 20, of Oberlin, was charged with failure to control and operating a vehi

A first-half run by the Pirates on Friday fizzled as Black River fell 58-53 to the Oberlin Phoenix.
Junior Allan Benson hit a three-pointer to start the game, sparking an evenly matched back-and-forth battle.
Black River took over with under four minutes to play and Alex McIntyre hit a three-pointer to extend the team's lead to 13-9.
The Pirates

Pirates fall to Phoenix 58-53

A first-half run by the Pirates on Friday fizzled as Black River fell 58-53 to the Oberlin Phoenix. Junior Allan Benson hit a three-pointer to start the game, sparking an evenly matched back-and-forth battle. Black River took over with under four minutes to play and Alex McIntyre hit a three-pointer to extend the team's lead to 13-9. The Pirates

A new, high-tech recycling truck sat abandoned and unable to move Wednesday at the corner of West College and Prospect streets.
The $600,000 vehicle has only been in use for a month.
Public works director Jeff Baumann said he believes the problem is transmission related and can be traced to the computer's control system.
Mechanics from Parker Ha

Expensive trucks run into issues already

A new, high-tech recycling truck sat abandoned and unable to move Wednesday at the corner of West College and Prospect streets. The $600,000 vehicle has only been in use for a month. Public works director Jeff Baumann said he believes the problem is transmission related and can be traced to the computer's control system. Mechanics from Parker Ha

Athletic director Ty Stillman is trying to “build the monster” within Oberlin's student athletes.
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano brought the saying to his team this year and gave each player a blue shirt with the slogan on the back.
Stillman said he saw what the Colts were doing and thought it would be great to bring to Ob

Roar! Build the monster!

Athletic director Ty Stillman is trying to “build the monster” within Oberlin's student athletes. Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano brought the saying to his team this year and gave each player a blue shirt with the slogan on the back. Stillman said he saw what the Colts were doing and thought it would be great to bring to Ob

An eight-point Wildcat run to open girls basketball action Saturday set the tone for a 61-26 loss for the Phoenix.
Senior Judith Lesesne finally hit a two-pointer to get Oberlin in the game, but the team struggled to stop Keystone's lightning-fast forays to the basket.
“A lot of it came down to finding the right defense,” said head co

Lady Phoenix fall to Wildcats 61-26

An eight-point Wildcat run to open girls basketball action Saturday set the tone for a 61-26 loss for the Phoenix. Senior Judith Lesesne finally hit a two-pointer to get Oberlin in the game, but the team struggled to stop Keystone's lightning-fast forays to the basket. “A lot of it came down to finding the right defense,” said head co

The city of Bethlehem was recreated this weekend at Oberlin's Grace Lutheran Church in the 17th Annual “Breath of Heaven” live nativity.
Members of Bethany Lutheran Church in Wellington and St. Matthew and Trinity churches in Vermilion also helped bring the Christmas story to live in the two-day walk-through event.
Coordinator Kathy S

Fresh 'Breath' as churches bring nativity to life

The city of Bethlehem was recreated this weekend at Oberlin's Grace Lutheran Church in the 17th Annual “Breath of Heaven” live nativity. Members of Bethany Lutheran Church in Wellington and St. Matthew and Trinity churches in Vermilion also helped bring the Christmas story to live in the two-day walk-through event. Coordinator Kathy S

Third-grader Allie Peck is an experienced bell-ringer.
She showed fellow Westwood Elementary students how it's done last week, manning a red kettle for 30 minutes at Village Market to raise funds for the Wellington Salvation Army unit.
Peck sang songs and thanked everyone who donated money during her shift, joining student Cheyanne Blanchard in g

Tiny ringers bring Christmas cheer

Third-grader Allie Peck is an experienced bell-ringer. She showed fellow Westwood Elementary students how it's done last week, manning a red kettle for 30 minutes at Village Market to raise funds for the Wellington Salvation Army unit. Peck sang songs and thanked everyone who donated money during her shift, joining student Cheyanne Blanchard in g

A $5,000 reward will be given to anyone with information leading to an arrest in a suspected arson Oct. 24 at 203 East College St.
The Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering the reward in hopes of identifying whoever is responsible for a fire at the house.
“We have positive information that confirms this was an intentionally started fire,&

$5K arson reward offered

A $5,000 reward will be given to anyone with information leading to an arrest in a suspected arson Oct. 24 at 203 East College St. The Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering the reward in hopes of identifying whoever is responsible for a fire at the house. “We have positive information that confirms this was an intentionally started fire,&

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneThe Oberlin High School orchestra performed a holiday concert last Tuesday at the school's auditorium. The orchestra played Christmas music, the best of Queen, “YMCA,” and “Concerto in D Minor, Movement I.” Seven seniors took center stage to perform their favorite Christmas son

From Queen to Christmas

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-TribuneThe Oberlin High School orchestra performed a holiday concert last Tuesday at the school's auditorium. The orchestra played Christmas music, the best of Queen, “YMCA,” and “Concerto in D Minor, Movement I.” Seven seniors took center stage to perform their favorite Christmas son

A second half comeback secured the Phoenix a 58-53 win Friday against the Black River Pirates.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth battle, each team playing great defense and trading buckets. The Phoenix trailed by three points at the end of the first after David Payne hit a three-pointer.
Black River went on an 11-point rampage to start the s

Phoenix unleashed in second half comeback

A second half comeback secured the Phoenix a 58-53 win Friday against the Black River Pirates. The first quarter was a back-and-forth battle, each team playing great defense and trading buckets. The Phoenix trailed by three points at the end of the first after David Payne hit a three-pointer. Black River went on an 11-point rampage to start the s

A levy for a new preschool-through-fifth grade building was unanimously approved by the board of education Tuesday to appear in front of Oberlin voters on the November 2015 ballot.
Member Anne Schaum said she's glad the board slated it for the fall because she was concerned about having the issue in May.
“We want to see more concretely bein

Board approves new PK-5 campus

A levy for a new preschool-through-fifth grade building was unanimously approved by the board of education Tuesday to appear in front of Oberlin voters on the November 2015 ballot. Member Anne Schaum said she's glad the board slated it for the fall because she was concerned about having the issue in May. “We want to see more concretely bein





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