“Making sure people know what to expect with the weather is crucial, whether it be heading to school or knowing when severe weather may hit.” – Valerie Smock
You could say a career in weather comes as no surprise for Valerie Smock. Growing up in the Snowbelt capital of Ohio, the Chardon native has grown accustomed to the cold and blustery winters as well as lake-effect snow. Getting the chance to live in Montana also gave her the opportunity to enjoy Chinook winds, which allowed her to golf and ski in the same day.
A graduate of Kent State University, Valerie majored in broadcast journalism and then continued her education at Mississippi State University, where she obtained her Operational Meteorology certificate in 2011. She also has an Associate’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Community College of the Air Force.
Before joining the Stormtracker 16 weather team in April 2018, she worked at stations from Great Falls, Montana, to Youngstown, Ohio, and Toledo, Ohio. She also spent time as a Video Broadcaster at AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania, although her most recent position was a meteorologist and weather reporter at WPXI in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A short time ago, Valerie hung up her uniform after nearly 10 years of service in the military. She was most recently a Public Affairs Specialist in the Air Force Reserve and formerly Military Police in the Ohio Army National Guard. Being in the service took Valerie to Haiti to help with hurricane efforts as well as Kuwait and Germany in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Valerie is highly active with the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. It is a 60-mile walk to help fight and find a cure for breast cancer, something she has participated in several times since 2009. She has also helped rebuild homes for those in need through the Appalachia Service Project. Poetry is also a passion for Valerie. She is a published poet and a member of the International Society of Poets.
Valerie and her husband Chuck love to exercise and travel when they can but also love to hit the slopes in the winter and golf course during the summer. However, the best thing is their son, Greyson, who will soon be turning one!
You can watch Valerie on WNEP every Saturday and Sunday morning at 5 am.
Holiday Craft and Gift Sale If you’re looking for a homemade gift for the holidays, head to Luzerne County, Saturday, November 23. The holiday craft and gift sale will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Dallas OES Hall, behind the CVS. Vendors will have a variety of items. Eastern Star will be selling their famous Welsh cookies. Plus, find jars filled with cookie and soup mixes. Several baskets are available for the Eastern Stamp Out Cancer Project. All Wrapped Up Enjoy a […]
Holiday Craft Fair If you’d like to shop local for the holidays, head to Luzerne County, Saturday, November 16. The Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center is holding a Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the school. There will be basket raffles, homemade food for sale, cosmetology services, woodworking, a kid’s craft corner and so much more. Proceeds help the students with field trips and items needed for their shops. Indoor Yard Sale Don’t let the cold weather get […]
3rd Annual Hero 5K Run and Walk Blue Star Mothers of NEPA will be hosting their 3rd Annual Hero 5K Run and Walk, Saturday, November 9, in Wyoming County. Runner registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Tunkhannock Little League Field. The run kicks off at 10 a.m. It costs $25 to participate. The event will raise money to provide care packages to military personnel serving around the world from NEPA. Free Coat Drive and Distribution As cold air sets it, the winter […]
District 14H Lions Club Community Health Fair Come out to Lackawanna County, Saturday, October 19, for a free health fair. District 14H Lions Club will hold a community health fair at Valley Care Pharmacy in Scranton, starting at 1 p.m. Learn about different services offered in the area, donate unwanted eyeglasses and there will be a drug take back program. While there, get a flu shot, different screenings and pick up plenty of health information. Annual Craft Fair and Home Showcase Grab the […]
45th Annual Harvest Festival Come out to Monroe County, Saturday, October 12, for a day of harvest time fun on the farm. The 45th Annual Harvest Festival, held at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg, begins at 10 a.m. Learn about heritage crafts and traditional skills such as spinning, weaving and basket making. Enjoy folk entertainment, food, pony and wagon rides, plus so much more. The event costs 5 to 10 dollars. Fall Harvest Artisan Craft Fair If you’re looking for fall, family […]
Pocono Plateau Hero Dash 15k, 5k and 1-Mile Run Lace up your shoes and get ready to run, Saturday, September 21, in Monroe County. The Pocono Plateau Hero Dash 15k, 5k and 1-mile run takes you through the beautiful sights of the Pocono Plateau. The cost ranges from $20-$30 but the kid’s dash is free. Proceeds help keep the area beautiful for retreats, conferences and summer camp. Enjoy a silent auction, food and activities after the race. Lenny Zupon All Saints Academy 5K Race […]
Chicken BBQ Fundraiser Enjoy a good meal for a good cause, Saturday, September 7, in Schuylkill County. The Trinity Lutheran Church is holding a chicken BBQ dinner, in the church parking lot, in Pottsville. Pickup times are from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. For groups buying 10 or more tickets can get their meals delivered. The cost is $9 per meal and you’ll receive ½ a chicken, baked potato, roll and applesauce. Proceeds help buy Christmas gifts for needy children. Ross Township Community Day […]
Artisans on Ann If the arts are right up your alley, then check out Artisans on Ann, Saturday, August 31, in Monroe County. The 6th annual event begins at 9 a.m. and features more than 70 local artists, featuring pottery, blacksmith, photography, woodworking, log creations and so much more. Honey and maple syrup are available, and you can enjoy music, Thai food plus try local wines and craft beer. At the Farm: Maker’s Market The Cooperage Project has been bringing educational programming […]
R&R Auto Group 5th Annual Car Show Clean up those cars and get them ready for show, Saturday, August 24, in Schuylkill County. Head over to R&R Auto Group in Schuylkill Haven for their 5th Annual Car Show. There will be 19 classes and 5 bonus trophies presented. You can also enjoy a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, food and refreshments. Registration costs $15 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit Big Impact Group of Schuylkill County. Joshua Tippett Big Heart Memorial Come […]
14th Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival If you are looking for good food and good times, head over to Lackawanna County, Friday through Sunday, August 16-18. The 14th Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival takes place in Throop, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. Enjoy traditional ethnic and picnic foods. There will be a pig-in-the-blanket dinner Saturday in the Parish Hall. Breakfast will be served after mass on Sunday, followed by Bingo. The event is free and open to the public. Memorial Cruise-In […]
Wheels for Patriots Patriots Cove is inviting you to take a ride for a good cause, Saturday, August 10. Bring friends and family out for the Ride for Patriots and Wheels for Patriots, a benefit, including classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. The event begins in Mountain Top at 10 a.m. and ends in Laceyville. Patriots will ride in honor of veterans and first responders, followed by a car and bike show. Enjoy a chicken BBQ, music and refreshments. St. Matthew’s Festival If you’re looking […]
St. Benedict Country Bazaar Get your family together and head over to Lackawanna County, Thursday through Saturday, August 1-3, for some fun. The St. Benedict Country Bazaar takes place in Newton Township. The event offers a variety of activities, as well as food and entertainment. One of the top sight-seeing spots is the antiques booth. This is a traditional bazaar in the area that still operates through the volunteers of their parish and community. 40th Annual Montrose Blueberry Festival Summer fun for people […]