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Working Together for a Better Environment
Albertsons, Area Restaurants Sign Up for Food Waste Program

Picture: Representatives of Harrison Industries, Agromin, Albertsons and the City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division at the opening of the pilot food waste program in Ventura.

Albertsons supermarket stores in Ventura and Camarillo along with a number of local restaurants have signed up for a pilot program with Harrison Industries and Agromin that will all but eliminate food waste.

Previously, food scraps from Albertsons' meat, produce, deli, dairy, bakery and floral departments ended up in the trash. Since April, Harrison has delivered special barrels to all departments at the Ventura and Camarillo stores that its employees will fill with everything from meat fat and bones to pineapple tops and corn husks. Same goes for liquid food waste like yogurt, cottage cheese and mayonnaise; bread and baked goods; and eggs and dairy products.

Albertsons, however, will continue to donate recoverable food to feed the hungry through its Food Rescue program.

Most local restaurants now recycling their food scraps are in Ventura Harbor Village: Andria's Seafood, Brophy Bros., the Greek, Milano Italian, Spinnaker Seafood, Christy's Café, Le Petit Café, Margarita Villa, Harbor Sushi Black Beard's Barbecue and Surf- N-Taco. Wood Ranch restaurant in Ventura also joined the program as did the Ventura Beach Marriott.

Harrison trucks collect the food waste at the establishments and deliver it to our strategic partner Agromin. Employing a Covered Aerated Static Pile System, Agromin mixes the food waste with yard waste that Harrison collects from its residential and commercial customers to create an enriched compost and alternative fuel.

"Everybody's doing an outstanding job," reports Donald Sealund, Harrison's field representative for the food waste program.

Ventura County Jail's Todd Road facility near Santa Paula is even in the food waste program, and this summer we're adding the Albertsons store in Carpinteria – just another step forward in our march toward "Zero Waste."

Ground Broken for E.J. Harrison Family Center in Saticoy

Picture: A Catepillar wheel excavator, donated by C.D. Lyon Construction along with the preliminary ground work for the project, clears land at the site of the future E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center in Saticoy.

The Boys & Girls Club of Ventura's new Saticoy clubhouse, to be named the E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center, is becoming a reality!

We broke ground for the 4,000-square-foot clubhouse in mid-May. It will replace the old 1,500-square-foot clubhouse in

Saticoy Park, a dual-wide leftover construction site trailer that the Ventura County Sheriff 's Department donated to BGCV aft er building the Todd Road Jail about 20 years ago. The new building is designed by Main Street Architects of Ventura.

The new clubhouse will feature a separate technology area, teen room,

learning center, kitchen, art room, office, lobby, multipurpose room and games room. Harrison Industries' $400,000 donation matches the contribution the Ventura County Board of Supervisors made in 2010 to launch the $1.3 million project.

"Our parents always told us to help children, because they are our future," Harrison Vice President Myron Harrison says. "The need was great and the fact that Saticoy is the hub of our business makes this even more special. It was the right thing to do at the right time."

Gold Dust Gala Benefits CMH's Healthy Women's Program

Jim Harrison's oldest grandson Robbie Abeloe, a member of our Contract Compliance Department, and his wife Nicole represented Harrison Industries at the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation's 22nd Gold Dust Gala on May 12 at the Serra Center in Camarillo.

Platinum Groove, a high-energy Los Angeles variety dance band that performs many different music styles, from Top 40, Oldies, Motown and Disco to Swing, Latin and Jazz, provided the evening's entertainment. The party fundraiser also

featured California Cuisine and cocktails as well as a silent auction, raffle and tribute tree.

For more than two decades, the annual Gold Dust Gala has raised funds and awareness for the Healthy Women's Program at Community Memorial Hospital. This unique program offers breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured and under-insured women living in Ventura County who are unable to pay.

In 2011, the Healthy Women's Program assisted hundreds of women, specifically offering breast cancer education, screenings and treatment, as well as with cervical cancer screenings and vaccinations.

How appropriate that this wonderful event that benefits so many women was held the night before Mother's Day!

Harrison Sponsors Opening Gala of 18th Ventura Music Festival

Picture: Harrison President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny (seated) enjoyed the Ventura Music Festival Gala with Christine Wied, environmental specialist for the City of Ventura and Cheryl Heitmann, Ventura's Deputy Mayor and Executive Director of the Ventura Music Festival.

Harrison Industries was a Silver Sponsor of the 18th annual Ventura Music Festival as well as a proud sponsor of its wonderful Opening Night Gala at the Ventura Beach Marriott. Pianist Alexander Schimpf, who performed at the festival's May 5 concert, attended and mingled with the 125 guests on hand.

I joined Ralph and Jenny Harrison at the gala, which included cocktails and dinner. The jazz trio Coda provided the evening's musical entertainment. Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta also was on hand and presented Rita Bay as the festival's Founder of the Year Award and Pat Malone with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

This year's festival, which ran May 3-12, offered music lovers a glorious blend of jazz and classical music. Performers also included Italian saxophonist Federico Mondelci, opera singer Nicole Cabell, the Emerson String Quartet and the Cuban jazz group Tiempo Libre.

As an advisory committee member of the Ventura Music Festival, I'm partial, of course. But believe me, the festival's motto, "Bringing the Best Music in the World to Ventura," is absolutely true!

Harrison Golfers Really Get in Swing at Camarillo Optimist Benefit

Picture: Vice President Myron Harrison (left) and Controller Mike Marostica enjoyed a good day of golf at the Camarillo Noontime Optimist Tournament.

Harrison Industries' fearless foursome – Vice President Myron Harrison, Controller Mike Marostica, Assistant Controller Phil Campos and Steve Shinsky of City National Bank – were on their game at the Camarillo Noontime Optimist golf tournament May 4.

They combined for a 9-under par in a Texas Scramble format to claim Low Net honors at the annual benefit event at Sterling Hills Country Club. How did they do it?

"Everybody was feeling good, and why not? It was Friday and we were all looking forward to the weekend," Mike explained.

The tournament, which included a dinner afterwards, drew 71 participants and raised $18,000 for a great cause. All proceeds go to support Optimist Club youth projects and programs in the Camarillo and Somis areas.

"This was our 12th tournament and Harrison Industries has been with us from the beginning," said Larry Davis of the Camarillo Noontime Optimists. "They've been major sponsors and I think Myron and Mike really enjoy playing here."

Harrison Donates Barrels to ‘Furry Friend Feeder' Project

Do you want to help feed pets of the homeless and less fortunate? All you have to do is stop by the Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, and drop off extra food and pet supplies into a converted trash barrel located in the lobby.

The "Furry Friend Feeder" project is the brainchild of a five-member team of Ventura Chamber of Commerce members working through the Chamber's Leadership Ventura program. "Furry Friend Feeder" member Kate Bucey, who is Administrative Services Director for the Ventura Family YMCA, contacted me about the program, and Harrison Industries was delighted to donate barrels to this worthy cause.

In addition to the YMCA lobby, Kate told me project's goal is to soon place barrels in local pet stores and veterinary offices, then deliver the donated pet food to help stock the pet pantries at the Ventura Humane Society in Ojai and the Ventura County animal shelters in Camarillo and Simi Valley.

Donating helps less fortunate and homeless folks keep their animals and prevents their pets from going without food. This prevents abandonment of pets by those who cannot care for them – a big problem during these tough economic times. Your donation will make a difference!

Making Pac Biz Times' Top 50 Women in Business List a Big Honor

For the fifth year in a row, I have been chosen as one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times. It is a great honor! Being governmental affairs and public relations director for Harrison Industries, Agromin and Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station is a labor of love for me because I feel like the godmother of recycling in Ventura County.

Harrison Industries' tireless commitment to recycling has made Ventura County the most lauded and praised county in California. All of our client cities – Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Fillmore and Carpinteria – have consistently surpassed the state's strict waste diversion goals.

I was proud to be a member of the Ventura City Council when Ventura established the first citywide

recycling program in the county in 1990 and am thrilled to be still heavily involved in the current "Zero Waste" movement. I currently serve as executive director of the Ventura County Waste Haulers Association. I also am on the executive committee of the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) and also served on the board of directors of both the Ventura and Carpinteria Chambers of Commerce and on the EDCVC Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County as an alternate to Jim Harrison.

I also keep busy as an advisory board member of the Ventura Music Festival, and as co-chairman of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. I am also proud to serve as member of Community Memorial Hospital's Architectural Review Committee—this project is the largest expansion currently in Ventura County.

Why do all this? I love it, that's why!


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