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Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from the Harrisons

The Harrison Family wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. There is no time more fitting to thank our customers and the communities we serve. Our motto is "Service is everything," and we are committed to maintaining the highest level of service to you in 2011 – our 79th year in business!

What began as a two-person operation in 1932 – founded by our father E.J. and mother Myra – has grown into one of the largest family-owned trash businesses in the United States, and for that we are very proud and grateful. Myra will be 96 in February, and we are very happy to still have her with us.

Myra joins us in wishing you and yours the very best this Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison

Remember to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Harrison Industries makes it easy for you to recycle your Christmas tree. Think of it as a holiday gift to the environment.

All you need to do is remove the ornaments, hooks, lights, tinsel, bows, nails and tree stand. Cut the tree into four-foot sections and place in your yard waste container on your scheduled pickup day. Please note, however, that flocked trees cannot be recycled.

Trees we collect will be will processed into various sizes of mulch. The material is used by our business partner Agromin Premium Soil Products to make several products that benefit our farmlands, orchards, nurseries and our own gardens. They include PowerMix Outdoor Planting Mix, PowerMix Soil Conditioner, PowerMix All-Purpose Potting Soil, PowerMix Vegetable Garden Mix and PowerMix Decorative Barks.

These and other products are at 41 retail locations in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

You also can order Agromin products online by visiting For more information, call 1-800-AGROMIN (247-6646).

Also, as a special holiday feature, Harrison customers may put out twice the amount of trash at no extra charge during the two weeks after December 25. Please make sure the trash is in bags alongside the trash container. We also collect extra recyclables, but please make sure to flatten all boxes and place alongside the recycling bin as well.

Christmas Thoughts from Our Employees

Here are the Christmas wishes from a cross-section of Harrison Industries employees. As you can see, their thoughts mainly are focused on family this Holiday Season.

Robbie Abeloe – Contract Compliance Department
Last year, Robbie's Christmas wish was to start a new family. His wish came true. He and his wife Nicole are expecting their first child in May. They're hoping for a boy. Robbie's wish for 2011 is to finish law school and pass the State Bar Exam. Robbie plans to spend Christmas day with family – and studying law.
Lisa Quirino – Payment Processor
In addition to world peace, Lisa would like to receive enough money for Christmas for a January vacation to Cancun with her 4-year-old daughter Leila. She plans to hang out with family on Christmas Day.
Lizette Ballesteros – Customer Service Representative
Lizette's Christmas wishes a healthy baby boy that is due on May 18. She would also like a Louis Vuitton purse. Lizette said she will be following a longtime Ballesteros Family tradition of spending Christmas Day at her Aunt Lupe's home.
Chris Becker – Managed Information System Manager
A self-described "computer geek," Chris' Christmas wish is for the latest computer gadget. "If an iPad so happened to land in my Christmas stocking, that would be great," he said. Chris will spend Christmas and have a nice ham dinner with his mother, two brothers and a sister.
Jose Vargas – Route Driver
Jose's Christmas wish is for good health and happiness for his family and all Harrison employees. Jose, his wife Gloria and sons Jose Jr., Julian and Daniel will spend Christmas at home opening presents. "The usual," he said.
Cristina Zapata – Assistant Administrator, Data Entry
Cristina said she has a long Christmas wish list, but mostly she wishes that everyone can spend the Christmas Day with family and loved ones. As for herself, Cristina said she will spend Christmas at her mom's home.
Boy Scouts Honor Myron Harrison and Harrison Industries
Picture: Harrison Industries Vice President Myron Harrison (second from left) accepts the Ventura County Council, Boys Scouts of America's Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award. With Harrison are (from left) Steve Shinsky, Ventura County Council, BSA Vice President; U.S. Congressman Elton Gallegly, a past Distinguished Citizen of the Year recipient; and David Hedman, Ventura County Council, BSA President.

The Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America has recognized Harrison Industries as its 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award recipient. Vice President Myron Harrison accepted the award on Harrison Industries' behalf during a gala event on Nov. 19 at the Ventura Beach Marriott.

Greeted by local Boys Scouts and emceed by Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten, this special affair also served as the year's largest fundraiser to benefit the nearly 8,200 youth served annually by the Ventura County Council, BSA. Harrison Industries was documented for its unwavering commitment to our communities, and over 170 attendees enthusiastically outbid one another during a lively auction to raise over $65,000 for our most treasured community asset: our children.

The festive evening was capped off with touching words offered by U.S. Representative Elton Gallegly, a past Distinguished Citizen Award recipient; Boy Scout Council President David Hedman (ThermaPure/Precision Environmental); and Boy Scout Council Vice President Steve Shinsky (City National Bank). All three presenters could not say enough about the parallel between Scouting's mission and that of Harrison Industries' passion to serve our communities best interests.

The entire Harrison Family proudly joins Myron in thanking the Boys Scouts for this wonderful honor!

Marostica Enters Fillmore High Hall of Fame
Picture: Mike Marostica was inducted into the Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame on November 13, 2010.

In his younger days, Harrison Industries Controller Mike Marostica was quite an accomplished athlete.

At Fillmore High School, Marostica (Class of 1965) starred at quarterback in football, was a guard on his school's basketball team and played outfield for the Flashes. During his junior and senior years, he made All-Frontier League in all three sports.

Forty-five years later, Marostica's alma mater recognized him for his athletic prowess by inducting him into the Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame that also includes former Dodger pitcher Kevin Gross (Class of 1979) and Don Burroughs (Class of 1949), who was an All-Pro defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles in the 1950s.

"It was a very humbling experience," said Marostica, who attended the Nov. 13 ceremony with family and friends and whose mother still lives in Fillmore. "It was quite an evening. I really enjoyed it."

While baseball was his best sport – Marostica signed with the Oakland Athletics after college and played five years in the minor leagues – practicing under the hot Fillmore sun during the late summer and into football season remains among his most vivid recollections of his high school days.

"We never had water breaks back then," Marostica said with a chuckle. "I guess you can say we were old school."

These days, Marostica, who has been at Harrison Industries for 20 years, remains active in sports. He plays a round of golf regularly and also is a longtime member of the Tequila All-Stars, a local softball team for men ages 55 and over.

Marostica, still a slugging outfielder, batted .800 to lead the Tequila All-Stars to the Division AA title at 2007 Senior Soft ball World Championships in Phoenix.



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