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Harrison Industries Honors the Memory of John Cressy
would like to use this space to honor the memory of John Cressy, who
a courageous battle with metastatic cancer of the esophagus.
John wrote public information materials for Harrison Industries
the last 17 years. He insisted on continuing to work even when he was undergoing a variety of treatments during his war with cancer.
John was part of the team of Whisenhunt Communications
, which helps me with public relations and handles marketing for the Harrisons.
was instrumental in helping the Harrisons gain contract extensions with
several of our city clients and John helped us win numerous awards over
the years. He became an expert at recycling and knowledgeable of the many laws that affect the way we do business. He was the author of several of the articles in this latest email newsletter and wrote hundreds of articles for this newsletter over the years.
John was born
June 16, 1953 in Hayward, CA the fifth of nine children. He graduated
from St. Joseph High School in 1971 then attended Humboldt State
University where he earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1975. After
working a year at Alameda Glass and Paint, John returned to Humboldt
State to earn a degree in journalism.
graduation in 1978, John embarked on a 22-year career in journalism,
first as sports editor and general assignment reporter for the Arcata
Union. He later enjoyed two years as sports editor of the Santa Maria
Times before joining the Ventura Star-Free Press sports desk in 1981 as a
writer and popular columnist. John was promoted to sports editor in
1987 by then-managing editor Stan Whisenhunt and served in that capacity
until 1993. He also worked at the Santa Barbara News-Press starting in
After leaving the
newspaper business in 2000, John began two new careers in the field of
public relations as a writer and photographer for Whisenhunt
, once again working with Stan,
and as a teacher of writing skills at workshops far and wide for Custom Training for which he earned constant accolades.
survived by his wife Kathleen; step children Laura and Darren Mills;
sisters Susan Verhees; Ann Zammattio (Duilio) of Italy; Peggy Figueira
(Ray); brothers Danny, Steve, Bob and Brian Cressy (Rosalee);
brothers-in-law Pat Williams and David Kimbrough; mother-in-law Suzanne
Kimbrough and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Other survivors
include faithful Maltipoo Whiddle and cat-napping companions Rascal and
He will be
remembered by his large and loving family and loyal friends in a private
memorial service. Donations may be made in his honor to the Humane Society of Ventura County.
Those of us
who worked with John for the last 17 years will always remember his
kindness, diligence, patience and the caring way that he carried out
each writing assignment - he was a very special man. John had a great
sense of humor and I am sure that when he wrote about Shamrock, the St.
Patrick's Day Parade green pig, he brought many smiles to the faces of
those who read the press releases. He loved what he did for a living and
it showed. I already miss him.
Ventura B&G Club Holds 34th Golf Classic
Myron and Sharon Harrison proudly show the 85th anniversay plaque given to the Harrisons by the Ventura Boys & Girls Club.
This year the club
introduced an all new format for a fun day. It was six-player team
competition (maximum 24 teams) with two formats from which to choose.
In A Flight, each
team consisted of four players playing a scramble and two players
playing a better ball shamble. Team score was based on the sum of the
scramble and shamble scores for each hole. The Harrison team won the A Flight.
In B Flight, each six-person team played scramble, with one score per hole.
The Golf Classic
also featured games with prizes, including longest drive, most accurate
drive, closest to the pin and the Lexus Champions for Charity
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura
serves hundreds of kids at four club sites throughout Ventura. The club
has a terrific mission:
"We provide a
positive place for all youth, especially those who need us most, and
quality programs to help them become healthy, responsible, confident and
productive members of our community."
Campos, foreground, takes a selfie of the winning Harrison team. From
left are Mike Marostica, Pete Favero, Joe Hernandez, Rodney
Balbuena and Steve Shinsky.
Harrisons Honored at Chamber's Connection Breakfast
The Ventura Chamber of Commerce
honored Harrison Industries on its 85th anniversary at the Chamber's
Connection Breakfast held July 7. Being one of the sponsors,
Harrison banners filled
Representing the Harrisons in addition to myself were Jim
Harrison, George Harrison, Lynn Harrison, Mike Harrison, Bill Camarillo,
Peter Guiterrez and Laura Ballesteros.
Peter set up the information booth in the entry and answered
questions before the event started. Laura helped me with the special
cake provided by the Harrisons.
Bill Camarillo from Agromin
talked about their team role in organic compliance, George Harrison
spoke about Gold Coast
Recycling's role in recycling and the importance of his
grandparents starting the company, Lynn
Harrison from E.J. Harrison & Sons spoke about service and the role
his grandparents played and Mike Harrison talked about his role in the
many Harrison building projects. Mike is a registered civil engineer who
designed the state of the art Storm Water Systems that we have at both
Gold Coast Recycling and the Lirio Maintenance Yard in Saticoy He also
worked on the LNG Station that opened earlier this year.
Jim Harrison, co-owner & Vice President, thanked the Chamber
for the certificate that was presented to him honoring the company's 85
years in business. I spoke about the company's role in being a community
partner. They presented a certificate right after the videos and at the end of the morning we served cake.
you're a Chamber member but have never attended a Connection Breakfast,
you should. It's a lot of fun and can help grow your business. Before
breakfast is available everyone spends their time introducing themselves
or reconnecting with one another. Friends and acquaintances are more
likely to do business with each other than with someone they don't know.
Don't forget your business cards and materials for the networking
an attendee at the event, you'll have 30 seconds to stand and introduce
your business, and the Chamber awards prizes to their favorite
Blues Band a Gem at the Ventura Music Festival
It was a thrill for Harrison Industries
Vice President Jim Harrison and I to attend the concert headed by
renowned violinist Nuvi Mehta at the Ventura Music Festival
Mehta gave a delightful and
entertaining pre-concert talk that he called "What's the Score?"
where he shared the growth and trends of classical music in the United
States over the years.
really enjoined the fabulous performance by the John Jorgenson
Bluegrass Band, which brought down the Olivas Adobe with America's roots
music at its finest. They are considered by many to be "the best string
players in the world," and they didn't disappoint. Kudos to guitarist
John Jorgenson and fellow music legends Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain and
We were glad we could share the evening with friends Jim Monahan,
Glenda Cardona and Doug and Peggy Buehler.
called the festival "a stunning success," adding, "It was one of the
best festivals we've ever had. We've had some that really stood out and
this one was right up there."
I can't wait to learn what musical icons will be performing in 2018. You know it's going to be great!
Camarillo Fiesta Had Something for Entire Family
Old Town Camarillo was teeming with fun activities for the entire
family between July 13 and July 16 as the city celebrated its annual Fiesta & Street Fair
. About 30,000 guests attended this year's four-day event.
There were over 200 craft and food vendors, carnival rides, a farmers market, a beer garden, classic cars and a Kids Fun Zone.
Opening night featured $1 rides at the Fiesta's 19-ride carnival.
Special activities included a Friday night car cruise
of classic automobiles, the opening of the Camarillo Street Fair on
Saturday, and a classic car show on Sunday. For boys and girls, there
was a Kids Fun Zone, pony and camel rides and a petting zoo all four
acts included tribute bands to the Beatles, Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers, David Bowie, the Moody Blues, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart,
Fleetwood Mac and James Taylor.
donated trash and recycling hauling service to this fun event that has raised money for
Camarillo non-profits for 50 years!