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West Chester TV's top 10 of 2018

Post Date:12/26/2018 9:14 AM

In case you missed it, watch some of the community’s most memorable moments from the past year in video.

West Chester Television operates three public access TV channels and rebroadcasts productions on social media. Most coverage is also available on YouTube and Vimeo.

The following 10 videos were among the most watched online:

10.) West Chester Township Memorial Day Ceremony 2018

West Chester residents joined Americans across the country in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day in 2018. Formerly known as “Decoration Day,” the annual tradition of honoring our brave military men and women dates back to 1868. Each year, local veterans with VFW Post 7696 organize a parade and special ceremony at West Chester Cemetery. New this year, the parade route was reversed in order to accommodate the Cincinnati Dayton Road Improvement Project. West Chester TV covers the ceremony each year and has broadcast the parade live on Facebook the last two summers.


9.) Lakota West “Volley for the Cure” varsity match

Lakota goes pink each year to raise awareness for breast cancer and support research efforts at Volley for the Cure, a statewide program benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Lakota West volleyball program has earned a reputation around Ohio for hosting one of the state’s biggest events for more than a decade.  West Chester TV covered all three home matches at the freshman, JV and varsity levels Thursday, Sept. 13 as the Firebirds battled the Princeton Vikings.


8.) UCBMA Food Truck Rally

The annual Food Truck Rally hosted by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association (UCBMA) on The Square @ Union Centre is a highlight of summer for foodies across Butler County and southwest Ohio. On the second Friday of August, UCBMA gathers more than 30 of Cincinnati’s best food and dessert trucks to put on the area’s premier mobile cuisine festival. The day-long, admission free event includes live music performances, beer and wine, and a fireworks show.  The 2018 Food Truck Rally was sponsored by Kingsgate Logistics and benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County.


7.) Best Places To Live 38 Reasons

West Chester has ranked in Money Magazine’s list of the top 100 communities across the country seven times, including the No. 38 spot in 2018. The publication also selected West Chester as its top place to live in the state of Ohio. In a tour of the Township, West Chester TV offers 38 reasons why the community is one of the “Best Places to Live” in America. What reasons make your list?


6.) Back-to-School Traffic Safety

Families of West Chester Township and its neighbor to the north, Liberty Township, are served by Lakota Local Schools. The public school district is the eighth largest in Ohio and the largest of all 10 public school districts in Butler County. Approximately 16,500 students in grades Pre-K through 12 are served by 1,700 employees spread out over 23 buildings. For 2018-19, Lakota worked with West Chester Police Department and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office to expand School Resource Officers from 10 to 18, placing one officer at each campus. And before the school year started, School Resource Officer Jeff Newman climbed in his cruiser and shared important traffic safety tips with drivers.


5.) West Chester Rescue Task Force Training

As part of its ongoing commitment to improve public safety for students on school campuses, the West Chester Police and Fire departments partnered over summer for joint Rescue Task Force training exercises at Lakota West High School. The Rescue Task Force team is mobilized during times of crisis, including active violence incidents, and works cooperatively for the safety of all involved. The unit includes EMTs/paramedics who can respond to victims immediately while police address any threats. Medical first responders are equipped with ballistic helmets and vests to use while serving alongside their police counterparts.

4.) West Chester 360° - Keehner Park Pollinators' Garden

Beginning last summer, volunteer horticulturalists spent their Tuesday mornings at Keehner Park transforming a once-forgotten green space into a beautiful oasis for people and pollinators alike. The revitalized pollinator garden near the Cabin in the Clearing was brought back to life by the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program and it is the subject of one of three “West Chester 360°” videos. The series highlights some of the lesser known people, places and things doing recognition-worthy work around the community. Other episodes have featured the 3 little Halos organization and the Listen Up Lakota radio show.  

3.) The Close Your Door Song

Joining fire agencies across the country in encouraging kids and families to close doors before going to bed, the West Chester Fire Department released its own original music video and accompanying children’s song in October. The Close Your Door Song is a parody of After Hours (1969) by The Velvet Underground. The song and video are meant to illustrate how a closed door can save lives in the event of a house fire. It received national attention from the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute and was one of several public safety announcements produced by West Chester TV and West Chester Fire Department for National Fire Prevention Week 2018 and the Close Before You Doze national campaign.

2.) West Chester Township Police Recruitment Video

The West Chester Board of Trustees approved motions to hire 10 police personnel including seven new officers in 2018. West Chester Police Department provides exceptional protection of life and property to a community of 61,000 residents and 3,000 businesses across 35 square miles – the largest Township in the state of Ohio. Careers with WCPD offer opportunities in a full range of law enforcement techniques and strategies, including: S.W.A.T, K-9 Unit, Crisis Negotiation Team, Criminal Investigations, Traffic Safety, Bike Patrol, and more.   

1.) West Chester Police Department Lip Sync Challenge

The Lip Sync Challenge was trending in police circles across the country during the summer of 2018 as departments challenged one another to record fun dance and music videos. After the Butler County Sheriff’s Office threw down the gauntlet, officers with the West Chester Police Department’s S.W.A.T. team posted its Lip Sync Challenge video to social media on August 13. The video went viral on social media, peaking in popularity on Facebook where it received more than 2 million views, 71,000 shares and 63,000 “Likes” in a matter of a couple weeks. Officers used the opportunity to raise awareness for Alzheimer's Disease and would go on to participate as Team West Chester Police in the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Voice of America Park in September.

Honorable Mention

West Chester TV programming includes recordings of official Township meetings, coverage of Lakota Local Schools events, and videos promoting community programs, public safety and more.

Programs are made available for purchase on DVD. There is a $20 charge for most programming. DVD copies of official meetings may be made available at no cost.

Community members are encouraged to become involved by registering to serve as a Volunteer Camera Operator. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

*NOTE: Article reflects statistics collected only by Vimeo from January thru early December 2018.

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