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LeVar Burton has Reading Rainbow App on Recycling
Reaching Zero Waste Starts with Curbside Recycling
68th Ojai Music Festival to Feature the Classical Style
Fillmore's May Festival Celebrates America's 'Best Small Town'
The 20th Annual Ventura Music Festival was Fabulous
Carpinteria's 'State of the Community' is Solid, City Leaders Say
Harrison Serves The Ojai Tennis Tournament
28th Ojai Wine Festival at Lake Casitas is on June 8
21st Garden Party is a Spectacular Success for Ventura's Youth
'Bids for Kids' Auction in Camarillo Raises $80,000
Grand Opening of the City of Thousand Oaks' HHW Facility
Harrison Brothers Show Their Appreciation to Employees
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LeVar Burton has Reading Rainbow App on Recycling

I invite you to check out a six-minute video actor LeVar Burton, best known for his role on the television miniseries "Roots," did on recycling. Much of it was filmed at Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station.

Five billion tons of garbage are created by humans every year. That's why it's important to reduce, reuse and recycle - it's a process for which we are all responsible. In this video, LeVar takes you through the journey of a recycled good so that you can see exactly what happens to all of those recycled materials that you put into the bins after our trucks pick them up.

This educational video field trip and so many more like it are available in the Reading Rainbow app. It also is available by visiting Or you can view below.

Reading Rainbow: How Trash Is Recycled with
                                                      LeVar Burton
Reading Rainbow:
How Trash Is Recycled with LeVar Burton

LeVar has been doing excellent work educating our children for over 30 years through his Reading Rainbow program. It was first a television series that aired on PBS from 1983 through 2006. Since 2012 it is an iPad and Kindle Fire educational interactive book reading and video field trip app.

The Harrison family and I salute LeVar for his wonderful public service in educating children - and their families - on the benefits of recycling. Great job!

And thanks to the City of Thousand Oaks for bringing this opportunity to us. The city is using the video in its outreach educational programs, and Senior Analyst John Brooks called me about filming at GCR. We appreciate it!

Reaching Zero Waste Starts with Curbside Recycling

Our residents are among the best recyclers in all of California. According to the latest figures, our cities' diversion rates are up to 74 percent - much higher than the statewide average and tons higher than the mandated 50 percent.

Keep up the good work! Join Harrison Industries and our business partners, Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station and Agromin Premium Soil Products, as we move toward ZERO waste.

It all starts with curbside recycling. Here's what goes in your three curbside containers:
  • Blue Recycling Container: Newspapers; glass containers, including all food and beverage containers; plastic CRV containers 1 through 7; all steel, tin and aluminum food and beverage containers (please empty and clean); cardboard; cartons; magazines and paper/junk mail.
  • Tan Yard Waste Container: Yard trimmings; leaves; grass; small tree branches and scrap lumber. All green waste material is hauled to Agromin, which uses cutting-edge technology to convert it into organic mulches, compost, wood chips and other products that naturally fertilize plants and trees, completing nature's recycling loop.
  • Green Trash Container: Place what's left. There shouldn't be much. Please do not place green waste or recyclables in the green container, even if there is room.

68th Ojai Music Festival to Feature the Classical Style

Harrison Industries is honored once again to be a corporate sponsor of the Ojai Music Festival, where lovers of all kinds of music have experienced performances by legendary artists since 1947.

The 68th annual festival, set for June 12-15 at Libbey Bowl, will present a broad-ranging program that fully reflects both the festival's ideals and the inventive musical mind of Music Director Jeremy Denk, a world-renowned classical pianist who also teaches at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City.

A highlight of this year's festival is the anticipated world premiere of a commissioned opera conceived by Denk. The Classical Style will be based on the award-winning book by legendary American pianist and scholar Charles Rosen.

With libretto by newly named MacArthur Fellow Denk and music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, the comic opera will premiere in Ojai on June 13.

While music by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn will set the framework for The Classical Style, the festival features works by Janáček, Ives, Feldman, Ligeti, Schubert, and Weill, plus works by distinctive fast-rising composers, Timo Andres and Andrew Norman.

Harrison Industries encourages music lovers of all kinds to attend this culturally enriching event. Series tickets are available now for $90 to $730. Single ticket sales also are on sale.

For ticket information, call 646-2053 or visit

Fillmore's May Festival Celebrates America's 'Best Small Town'

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Head Supervisor Mario Ramirez drives the Harrison truck during the Fillmore May Festival Parade. (Photo courtesy of the Fillmore Gazette)

For the 102nd year in a row, Fillmore held its annual May Festival, showing the world why it's "The Best Small Town in America."


Harrison Industries is a proud Platinum Sponsor of this wonderful family-oriented event put on by the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce that was held downtown on May 15-18. We also entered one of our compressed natural gas trucks in the parade down Central Avenue - driven by our head supervisor, Mario Ramirez - and sponsored the event's 10-kilometer run.


In addition to the parade, there were carnival rides, arts and crafts, food vendors, bands performing on two stages, a kiddie area for youngsters and a beer garden for the oldsters. The fun also included a Future Farmers of America pancake breakfast at the Memorial building.


As sponsors, we were given festival wristbands - good for free admission and unlimited carnival rides - and we passed them on to employees who live in Fillmore: Human Resources Director Jose Rangel, Hipolito Guzman and Receptionist Cathy Westerberg. Cathy generously gave her two wristbands to a friend who has two small children. "I figured her kids could use them little better than I could, and they had a great time," Cathy said.


Thursday was "Dollar Daze" with everyone - adults and children - getting in for just $1. You can't beat that price! And for family entertainment, you can't beat Fillmore's May Festival!

The 20th Annual Ventura Music Festival was Fabulous

Ralph and Jenny
Ralph and Jenny Harrison enjoy the 20th annual Ventura Music Festival.
"Festivo" - Spanish and Italian for "festive" or "merry" - was the theme of the 20th annual Ventura Music Festival that ran from May 2-10. It's the perfect word to describe this year's event that featured 12 concerts ranging from classical and jazz to popular and folk.

I attended the festival's gala concert performed by world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell. It was awesome!

Other artists included legendary folk singer Judy Collins, concert pianist Stanislav Kristenko, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the unique brand of musical entertainment by Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo, two classical musicians who perform hilarious theatrical shows that combine comedy with classical music and popular culture.

In addition, the Ventura Music Festival's Rising Stars concert showcased talented teenaged Southland classical musicians - pianist David Fraley; cellist Matthew Chen; violinist Cameron Daly and pianist David Gatchel.

Harrison Industries is a Silver Sponsor of the Ventura Music Festival and it has been my pleasure to serve on the advisory committee of this culturally enriching festival.

Carpinteria's 'State of the Community' is Solid, City Leaders Say  

(L to R) George
                                            Harrison, Mike Morostica,
                                            Myron Harrison, Dave
                                            Durflinger, Lynn Harriosn
                                            and Dan Harrison.
(L to R) George Harrison, Mike Marostica, Myron Harrison, Dave Durflinger, Lynn Harrison and Dan Harrison.
Harrison Industries was a sponsor of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce's State of the Community breakfast on April 29. Carpinteria Mayor Brad Stein, City Manager Dave Durflinger, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal and Peter Rupert of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project were the main speakers at the event held at the Rincon Beach Club.

It was a very enlightening morning. The consensus among the speakers is that Carpinteria has slowly recovered from the recession. The challenge, they say, for the city is striking a balance between encouraging business investment but not at the expense of losing Carpinteria's small-town charm.

Private developments in the works include four hotels at varying stages of planning. Budgetary issues as well as the need to rebuild Carpinteria's aging infrastructure and conserve water were among other topics discussed.

What I came away from breakfast is that, all in all, Carpinteria's economic outlook is bright and Carpinteria will continue to be a splendid place to live, work and play!

Harrison Serves The Ojai Tennis Tournament

It's a busy time for Harrison Industries each spring when The Ojai Tennis Tournament is in play. We provided trash collection service for the 114th edition of this nationally renowned amateur event held at Libbey Park and tennis courts in Ojai, Ventura, Oxnard and Port Hueneme April 23-27.

I love The Ojai Tennis Tournament for many reasons. One is that it is a community event run by over 500 local volunteers. There is no paid staff or organizers. That's incredible, considering the tournament draws more than 1,500 male and female players, from teens to adults.

Another reason I love The Ojai Tennis Tournament is that proceeds go to local youth tennis programs and toward improving local public tennis facilities.

I also love the tournament's rich history. It began in 1896 when William Thacher organized a series of team matches with the neighboring communities of Ventura and Santa Barbara. The Ojai Club won the first match. In the ensuing years, some of the world's best known tennis stars have competed at The Ojai Tennis Tournament. They include Bill Tilden, Jack Kramer, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Billie Jean King and Tracy Austin, to name some.

This year The Ojai Tennis Tournament honored Ventura's own Dick Gould, who won 17 NCAA titles in 38 years as Stanford University men's tennis coach. Gould has been associated with the tournament for more than 50 years, as a player, coach and later a broadcaster. He first entered the tournament as a student at Ventura Junior High from 1950-52.

Harrison Industries and I salute all who make this legendary event happen each year!

28th Ojai Wine Festival at Lake Casitas is on June 8

                                      Wine Festival There's no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than by coming out to the 28th annual Ojai Wine Festival at beautiful Lake Casitas on Sunday, June 8. The fun begins at noon and goes to 4 p.m.

Harrison Industries is a Community Gold Sponsor of the largest such festival in the Ventura/Ojai area that invites festival-goers to sample fine wines from over 60 wineries and premium beers from over 20 microbreweries. Shop at the great selection of fine art and craft vendors and buy a meal or snack from one of the many food vendors. You can also take a free boat ride on Lake Casitas.

Dance the day away to the sounds of Sgt. Pepper, a band that performs music by the Beatles and other "British Invasion" artists, and Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries, who have been playing high-energy rock 'n roll songs for over 40 years.

Proceeds go to good causes: nonprofits and charities funded by the Rotary Club of Ojai-West Foundation.

Admission is $50 the day of the event, but you can save between $5 and $10 if you purchase tickets in advance. For more information, visit or call 805/646-3794 or toll-free at 1-800-648-4881.

21st Garden Party is a Spectacular Success for Ventura's Youth

(L to R) George Harrison, Jim Monahan, Ralph Harrison and David Harrison.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura held its 21st annual Garden Party at the historic Pierpont Inn on May 4. It was a spectacular event held on a spectacular spring afternoon.

More than 320 partygoers were on hand, enjoying the warm weather and music as they sampled delicious appetizers, entrees, desserts and fine wines from local restaurants and wineries. The Garden Party's beer garden also attracted a big crowd, and the event's silent auction featured over 100 items, including framed art works from Boys & Girls Club members.

"People were telling me all afternoon that it was our best Garden Party ever," club CEO Patrick Davidson reported, adding that attendance was up 50 percent from a year ago. "Everyone, including board members, committee members and volunteers, put their hearts and souls into it, and it showed."

Patrick added, "We like to think of it as not only being a fundraiser, but a friend-raiser - a chance for everyone to get together and have a good time."

Harrison Industries has long been a sponsor of this festive event, and Patrick wanted to give a special shout-out to David Harrison for coordinating the trash and recycling collection service. "All it took was one call to David and he took care of everything," Patrick said. "I didn't have to think about it again."

David also is a new board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura. He and his wife Sandy attended the Garden Party, as did Ralph and Jenny Harrison, and George and Danielle Harrison.

The next fundraiser on tap for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura is its 31st annual Golf Classic on Aug. 11 at Saticoy Country Club. Go to for details.

'Bids for Kids' Auction in Camarillo Raises $80,000

Enjoying their evening at the 'Bids for Kids' auction were, from left: John Harrison and his wife Letha; Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny; and Ted Harrison and his girlfriend Marcia Algee. (Photo by Rhonnie Curt)
Getaways to Antigua, Palm Desert and the Chumash Casino Resort; limousine ride reservations and Dodger memorabilia were just some of the items that went to the highest bidder at the "Bids for Kids" auction at the Las Posas Country Club on April 26.

A sell-out crowd of 230, including Ralph, Myron, Lynn and George Harrison and their spouses, attended the annual event that raised about $80,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo. In addition to live and silent auctions, "Bids for Kids" also featured a delightful buffet dinner, cocktails, music and a whole lot of fun.

Ralph Harrison had the high bid for the Chumash getaway for four, which included dinner at the Willows restaurant and concert tickets.

"The evening was a big success. I'm sure everyone had a great time," reported Bill Locker, President and CEO of the B&GCC, which serves over 400 Camarillo kids with after-school and summer programs aimed at building character and self-esteem.

The next major fundraiser for the club will be the Cedric The Entertainer Celebrity Golf Classic on July 28 at Spanish Hills Country Club. Call 482-8113 for registration information.

Grand Opening of the City of Thousand Oaks' HHW Facility 

                                      grand opening HHW Facility

 Harrison Brothers Show Their Appreciation to Employees

I want to share a letter of appreciation Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison sent to our employees recently.  They understand employees are the backbone of any business and are the major reason for good service. Our drivers operate 125 trucks and our office staff takes hundreds of calls daily virtually complaint-free.


TO ALL EMPLOYEES -- A sincere thank you for jobs well done!


Everywhere we go people tell us how friendly and accommodating our employees are, and that makes us very proud of all of you.  And it is on a very rare occasion that someone tells us of a problem that they have had with the company.


Our motto "Service is Everything" is indeed in good hands with all of you.  We are a franchise company and our contracts depend on good service and a sincere attitude that the customer is always right.  


For those employees who drive vehicles, always extend courtesy to others. If something does happen in the event our regular or extra services were not delivered as promised or a billing mistake was made and not corrected as promised, we should always be polite and serious about providing an immediate solution.  All service policies must be strictly followed and enforced.


We have a no-fault service policy, and if you ever are involved in a service problem with a customer that you cannot handle, be sure to contact your supervisor; his or her job is to help you do your job.  Customers should not have to make reminder calls about any of our services.


Our customer complaint policy report remains almost at zero, and again we know that this is because all of you work hard at your jobs and understand what needs to be done to always deliver the most prompt and best service possible.


Our contracts team is working hard to secure long-term contracts in all of our service areas so that all of our jobs are secure. We thank you for making our job so much easier.


And we again want to thank you all for jobs well done.

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Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison

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