2012 Annual Report of Channel 18
I, as department head, respectfully submit this annual report to the citizen’s of the Town of Harwich.
The year 2012 has been another busy one for Channel 18. We continue with the help of many dedicated volunteers to expand our programming for the community. We are in our 14th year of production of “Community Journal”. This is a weekly show produced by volunteers, highlighting the very best of the Town of Harwich: people, places, events, and happenings! I would like to thank my loyal crew of Community Journal for the many years of service to the show. Thank you to Betty Pino, Paul Coughlin, Florence Lebenson, Ellie Bassett, Ron Armbruster, Joyce Roche, John Roche, Eileen Wyatt and Jack Wyatt for their contributions, hard work and dedication to Harwich Channel 18.
It is with great sorrow that I report, we have lost one of my longest serving, most dedicated and special volunteers, John Roche. John’s legacy with Channel 18 goes back to the early days of 1994. Our first venture as a team in video, was filming the class “Know Your Town” given by the Board of Selectmen at Brooks Academy. John went on to host this class for TV several times. His love of Harwich and his passion for the history of the Town led him to do much research and make this research available to the citizen’s of Harwich via the Channel. He and his wife Joyce recorded for TV the Sidney Brooks book “Our Village” in three parts. John also produced a series “627 Harwich Vessels” researched by the “Sidney Brooks Scholars”. His work on Historic Harwich Houses, complete with photos, has become a community favorite. Many of these historical shows are still shown on the Channel today. John was actively working on another series for Channel 18 about the men who went to sea from Harwich. John’s love of photography and his willingness to grab a video camera and head out into the field was a great asset to Channel 18. John has taken us along the bike path for an up close look, shown us the great variety of wildlife in his own backyard, and John never missed a Town Meeting! John was a teacher at heart and had an intellect to admire. We all miss his company and his contribution to Channel 18. He was truly a good friend to all of us.
We continue to program the Board of Selectmen’s meetings, and cover the Annual Town Meeting LIVE and Special Town Meetings such as our meeting in August to consider building a new RegionalHigh School. Harwich Channel 18 covered many forums and meetings on the subjects relating to the Town Meeting. The Voter Information Committee continues to use the Channel as a way to get important information out to the Community. Many town departments use the Channel and produce programming on a regular basis. Emergency Management, Board of Assessors, Planning Board, Board of Health, Council on Aging, School Committee, Water Quality Task Force, Utility and Energy Conservation, are just a few who take advantage of the Channel.
This year my assistant, Jamie Goodwin worked with the Harwich Fire Department to produce a series of programs titled “The Citizen’s FireAcademy” under the guidance of Captain John Clarke. This has been a challenging and fun project which gives the citizen’s of Harwich a close look at what one of our most essential Town Services does on a daily basis. The series has covered topics from EMS services, vehicle extrication, and the dive team. I would encourage other Town departments or Committees to use the Channel to reach the citizen’s of Harwich.
I continue to work with the Harwich Historical Society on many of their “Oral History” projects, and look forward to producing more of these special visits with Harwich people. Channel 18 covered the successful special exhibit at Brooks Academy “So Saba” Cape Verdean Culture and History in Harwich. We covered lectures, music events and toured the exhibit. We also covered the special exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America and the Girl Scout troops of Harwich past and present.
The Harwich Town Band Concerts videotaped during the Summer months by Cynthia McGalliard, are always a popular attraction to the Channel. Thank you Cynthia!
Channel 18 taped and cablecast the Citizen’s Bank Summer Concert Series at Brooks Park. These free concerts are co-sponsored by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Citizen’s Bank, and feature local musicians. We also cover the Cranberry Festival’s Hometown Parade, and WOMR Music Fest which is a mainstay of the Town’s Fall events, and continues to grow each year.
I continue to serve as the Public Information Officer for the Town’s Emergency Management Team under the direction of Lee Culver. This past fall we were called in to activate the EmergencyOperationsCenter at the Town’s PublicSafetyBuilding due to the threat of Hurricane Sandy. Once again we were lucky not to get a direct hit; however the Town did sustain power outages and downed trees. The emergency team was able to field calls from citizens and assist the dispatch with response of manpower. The citizen’s of Harwich should know, we were ready!
Technology continues to change and we are always trying to keep abreast of the latest developments. We are in the process of implementing a new Video On Demand Service. This service will allow viewers to watch programming at their convenience through the Town’s Web Site. We have expanded our presence on YouTube and now have over 225 videos available for viewing. We have reached over 15,000 hits! These new outlets for our productions have allowed us to reach citizens who are part time residents outside Channel 18’s viewing area. Harwich Channel 18 is available online to the world!
In closing, I would like to thank the citizen’s of Harwich for their support. I would like to thank all my volunteers, without their help, we would not survive! I look forward to another year at Channel 18, our 14th year at the HarwichCommunity Center.
Harwich Channel 18