Local Festivities Involve Giving

Photo | Jo Ostby

The members of the Urbana Baseball U12 Team, coached by Billy Pershin, delivered 43 turkeys for Thanksgiving to the Greater Urbana Area Food Bank. They were collected under the direction of Tanya Pershin. Pictured here (from left) are Branden Pershin, Kyle Pershin, Trevor Yusko, Ryan Heflin, Jack Wilson and Hunter Yusko.

The Greater Urbana Area Food Bank is in full holiday mode — and so is the local community. With food donations of turkeys and the fixings pouring in from churches, community groups and individuals, more than 144 families will be…

UHS Students Perform Anthem

Photo | Sally Alt

From left (back row), Josh Ford, Marguerite Haddad, Emi Fukuda and Hannah Schipper and (front row) Caitlin Barnes, Sarah Robinson and Jamie Roe auditioned successfully in September to sing a recorded version of the National Anthem at UHS sports events. UHS students Megan Schlesinger, Pierina Santa Maria and Walter Matamoros, who are not pictured in the photo, were also chosen to sing.

A select group of Urbana High School (UHS) singers express their patriotic spirit by performing the National Anthem at UHS sporting events. After an audition in September, choir director Monika McCormick chose 10 students to record their renditions of the…

Creating Your Own Happiness

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Urbana resident Beth Harbison keeps busy balancing real life with the happy fantasies she creates in her bestselling modern romance novels. Her latest, “Driving with the Top Down,” was released late 
this year.

If looking for a locally written book to tuck into a Christmas stocking, Urbana resident Beth Harbison provides a healthy escape from reality in her best-selling novels. Harbison’s eighth novel, “Driving with the Top Down,” was released in August and…

Small Town Holidays

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On December 23, Villages of Urbana resident Erik Scheidhauer hosts a fundraiser for the Hageman family. Cliff Hageman lost his leg in a car accident two months ago.

“Urbana is like a small town.” Lisa Giuliani, local realtor and mastermind behind many fundraisers, said it just like that — and I loved the simple way she summed up the vibrant spirit that fuels projects across our portion of…

A Principal Woman

Photo | Courtesy of Judy Ferrell

Pauline Runkles poses for a school portrait with her class at the four-room Urbana School. While this photo is undated, Skip Roderick of J & S Car Care on Thurston Road remembers Mrs. Runkles as his fourth grade teacher (she taught a combined fourth and fifth grade class) and principal in 1953.

Following two decades of unprecedented growth, Urbana today is fortunate to have five dedicated principals working to educate our children. With a third elementary school, Sugarloaf Elementary, expected to open in August 2017, these principals will soon number six. But…