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Myra Harrison Celebrates 99th Birthday
Harrison Driver's Gift Continues to Touch the World
New Ventura Mayor Gives Her First State of the City Address
'Evening with the Stars' Benefits Santa Clara Valley Kids
Join the Fun at the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 15
Camarillo Chamber's Table Top Expo Featured Hollywood Theme
Assembly Bill 341 Requires Commercial Recycling
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Myra Harrison Celebrates 99th Birthday

Myra Harrison
Myra Harrison
Myra Harrison turned 99 on Feb. 17. Happy Birthday, Myra! What a long and remarkable life you've lived!

Born Marina Velarde in Ventura in 1915, Myra was a leader of the women's movement decades before there was one. As a 17-year-old bride and young mother, she co-founded Harrison Transfer Company with her husband E.J. in 1932. It was in the midst of the Great Depression, and in that first year, E.J. collected trash for about 150 customers in Ventura while Myra handled all the billing, bookkeeping and business letters.

Myra oversaw the steady growth of what is now Harrison Industries, which 82 years later is one of the largest and oldest family-owned trash and recycling companies in the U.S. with more than 90,000 residential and commercial customers.
Myra has won numerous civic and business awards through the years and in 2003 she was named "Philanthropist of the Year for Ventura County" by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. In 2004, she was honored as "Trailblazer of the Year" by the Women's Economic Ventures organization.

Also in 2004, Myra was named the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year and was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by El Concilio del Condado de Ventura. The bilingual and bicultural non-profit agency commended her for the company's long history of hiring Latino workers.

Myra is an eighth generation Californian whose great-great grandfather was part of the DeAnza Party that established the California missions. She is proud of her Latina heritage.

Please join me and the entire Harrison family in wishing Myra a "Happy Birthday!"

Harrison Driver's Gift Continues to Touch the World

Harrison driver and his
                                            gift to Daniel Here's a quick update on the touching story about our Ojai residential route driver Manuel Sanchez and his 5-year-old buddy Daniel Mulligan, who has autism.

As you may know, earlier this month Manuel surprised Daniel with a gift - a toy trash truck Manuel bought with his own money - while on his Monday route. You see, Daniel waves at Manuel each week, and Manuel wanted to thank Daniel for his loyalty. Little did Manuel know that his simple act of kindness would touch hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

As it turns out, Daniel's mother, Robin Newberger, recorded Sanchez's thoughtful gesture on her phone and posted it on Facebook. In matter of days, the video was picked up by television and print news outlets from throughout the world as well as a number of websites.

The video is on YouTube and has received more than 2 million views. That's right - 2 million views - and counting. Incredible! Manuel also is being flooded with "Thank You" cards from people everywhere.

We're so proud of Manuel! He is a great employee and an even better person, and he richly deserves all the attention he is receiving.

Boy with Autism Gets Surprise Gift from
                                                      Trash Man
Boy with Autism Gets Surprise Gift from Trash Man

New Ventura Mayor Gives Her First State of the City Address   

Dr. Trudy Tuttle
Dr. Trudy Tuttle Arriaga
Cheryl Heitmann
Cheryl Heitmann
Cheryl Heitmann gave her first State of the City address as Ventura's mayor on Feb. 20 and was joined on stage by Dr. Trudy Tuttle Arriaga, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District, who gave her annual State of the VUSD address.

Both of these dynamic leaders spoke during the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's State of the City and Education breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of this informative event.

Heitmann touched on several issues, but stressed that in order for Ventura to thrive economically, the city must have a reliable infrastructure. To that end, she said, the Ventura City Council last year adopted a budget that did not tap into reserves and set aside money to replace more than eight miles of water pipelines this year.

                                    of the City graphic Tuttle Arriaga said the financial health of VUSD has improved greatly, thanks in part to voters who approved state and local tax measures for schools in 2012. She said the funding ensured that 76 teachers kept their jobs, class sizes didn't grow, and some services previously cut were restored.

Harrison Industries is a sponsor for the State of the City and Education addresses, and we're glad that our city and schools are in such capable hands!

'Evening with the Stars' Benefits Santa Clara Valley Kids

Harrison Vice President
                                            Jim Harrison, with driver
                                            Manuel Sanchez and his wife
                                            Luz at the B&GC of Santa
                                            Clara Valley auction.
Harrison Vice President Jim Harrison, with driver Manuel Sanchez and his wife Luz at the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley auction.
The Saticoy Country Club turned into Tinsel Town on Feb. 15 when the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley held "An Evening with the Stars," its 10th annual auction and dinner.

The Harrison family was out in force for this sold-out event attended by more than 240 community members decked out in their finest evening attire. The fun-filled evening began with a cocktail hour, followed by a silent auction, dinner and live auction featuring vacation packages, sporting events, dining and entertainment packages, artwork, jewelry, gift baskets and assorted wines.

Harrison Industries is also a sponsor of this event that benefits hundreds of boys and girls who are regulars at the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley's clubhouses in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru and who participate in the club's many programs.

Pearl Galvan of the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley didn't have exact figures yet, but she reports that the event raised more money than in previous years. "I've heard nothing but positive things about it," she said. "It was a great success!"

Join the Fun at the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 15

                                      Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade
                                      poster The annual Ventura County St. Patrick's Day Parade will march down Main Street for the 26rd time in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m. This year's theme is "The Irish Thru the Ages."

The whole county will be turning out for the wearin' of the green on Main Street. Horses, clowns, car clubs, marching bands and the Biggest Green Pig in the World will be there with all of the hoopla and shenanigans that make St. Patrick's Day a fun day for all.

I love to help organize this grand event presented by the Ventura Elks Lodge 1430. The parade will have oodles of entries and will make its way down Main Street from the old Mission San Buenaventura, past the reviewing stand at Chestnut Street and on to the end of the parade route on Fir Street.

Dr. Richard Rush, president of California State University, Channel Islands, is the grand marshal. He is proud of his Irish heritage and his involvement in the Ventura County community since becoming president of the university 10 years ago. Come hoot and holler to celebrate Dr. Rush and our wonderful university.

Children from all over Ventura County will march in the parade this year. They will be representing the Buena High School Marching Band, Girl Scouts of America, Claddagh School of Irish Dancing, Ocean View Senior High School, Sacred Heart School, Boys and Girls Clubs, Thousand Oaks High School Cheerleaders, Dance with Aloha, Oxnard High School Air Force Jr. ROTC and the Rio Mesa High School Band.

Join the fun in downtown Ventura. Visit the great new shops and restaurants and have a look at the remodeled Museum of Ventura County. Make it a family day of fun! For more information go to

Camarillo Chamber's Table Top Expo Featured Hollywood Theme

Camarillo Chamber's Table Top
                                      Expo Harrison Industries was one of dozens of businesses with booths at the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce's Business Table Top Expo, held Jan. 30 at the Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District office.

Harrison also was a Key sponsor of the Expo, which had the theme: "A List - Academy Awards." Awards were given to exhibitors with the Best Dress Up/Costume & Best Decorated Booth.

The Table Top Expo provides a big lift to the business community by allowing local companies and organizations to share their products and services with area residents. The Expo also featured food and wine tasting, which gave the event a party-like feel.

The Camarillo Chamber already has scheduled its next Business Table Top Expo for Thursday, June 12. I highly recommend attending this event to all Camarillo Chamber members. It's a great way to promote your business! Call 484-4383, or visit for more information.

Assembly Bill 341 Requires Commercial Recycling

Assembly Bill 341 graphic As a reminder, California Assembly Bill 341 went into effect on July 1, 2012, mandating commercial recycling for all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week and all multi-family dwellings with five units or more regardless of the amount of waste.

Most Harrison Industries customers are already in compliance with this regulation. However, all municipalities are required to conduct education and outreach activities to inform and ensure all affected commercial generators know what can be recycled locally and are making good-faith efforts to recycle.

Harrison can provide free waste assessments to show you how you can improve your waste diversion. The new legislation also has a goal of 75 percent diversion of waste from landfills by 2020.

Together we can comply not only with the letter of the law but help reduce air and water pollution, generate more jobs, save landfill space, conserve valuable natural resources and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks for doing your part!

For more information, contact Daniel Harrison of Harrison Industries at 647-1414, ext. 4321.
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