March 2012   
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St. Patrick's Day Parade
Comes to Ventura March 17  


County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade Poster 2012"Irish Pioneer Farming Families of Ventura County" will be the collective grand marshals for this year's County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade, which marches down Main Street in Ventura on Saturday, March 17.

Families including the McGraths, McCormicks, Laubachers, Aggelers, Grahams, Coutlases, Clarks, Leonards, Morrises and Donlons will form a large contingent as grand marshals. The parade, with a theme of "Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day," starts at 10 a.m. at the San Buenaventura Mission and ends at Laurel Street.

Visit the parade's website, prepared by graphic designer Cindy Daly of Whisenhunt Communications, at

'Dining with the Dogs' Fundraiser in Camarillo is April 21


Dining with the Dogs Fundraiser 2012Whisenhunt Communications encourages you to support our brave crime fighting and search-and-rescue police dogs at the second annual "Dining with the Dogs" fundraiser on Saturday, April 21. This fun-filled event runs from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Camarillo Ranch House, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road.



In addition to dinner, guests will have the unique opportunity to meet local K-9 heroes up close and personal and learn more about the many jobs they perform. There will be demonstrations, booths, live music, a live auction, raffles and more.

Tickets are $60, with proceeds going to the National Police Dog Foundation, the Ventura County Sheriff's K-9 Unit and the Ventura County Sheriff's K-9 Search and Rescue. Table, event host and event sponsor opportunities are available.

For more information, call Ron Dalzell, DVM, at 805-701-8680 or visit

Oxnard Plans Earth Day Festivities


The City Of Oxnard's Earth Day Poster 2012The City of Oxnard is going all out to celebrate Earth Day on April 14 with a variety of activities at Plaza Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The city-organized event includes family activities, live music, community displays and food booths. Sponsors include the Ventura County Star, Gold Coast Broadcasting, Custom Printing, Gills Onions, Radio Lazer, Republic Services and Vida Newspaper. For more information visit

Graphic artist Cindy Daly of Whisenhunt Communications prepared a banner, invitations and various ads promoting the event.

News Flows from Ventura Water's Monthly 'Pipeline' E-newsletter     


Ventura Water's Pipeline enewsletterOur water is a precious natural resource that everyone is responsible for. The City of Ventura's water agency, Ventura Water, helps residents learn about important water issues through an informative e-newsletter the agency emails each month to interested parties. The newsletter, called "Pipeline," features short news articles about local water issues, conservation efforts and also features a short note from Ventura Water's General Manager, Shana Epstein.

Whisenhunt Communications graphic designer Joan Phelps prepares the e-newsletter with editing help from WC writer Amy Bentley. To sign up to have Pipeline delivered to your inbox, visit

All American Ballet School Shows off  'Nutcracker Dancers'


All American Ballet websiteIf you're in the mood for a quick boost of eye candy, visit the website of the All American Ballet School,, which has posted some beautiful photos of its elegant dancers performing the "Nutcracker" in December. All American Ballet School & Company operates Ventura County's only non-profit school of classical ballet and a non-profit performance company.

AAB also presents educational programs for students in local schools and conducts outreach programs to increase the community's involvement with and appreciation of ballet as a fine art form.

Whisenhunt Communications graphic designer Joan Phelps recently updated the website.

CMH Auxiliary Celebrates its
50th Anniversary      


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CMH Auxiliary Treasurer Katie Weldon presents a $105,000 donation to Gary Wilde, President and CEO of Community Memorial Health System (right) and CMHS Board Trustee Gary Wolfe.
Community Memorial Hospital's Auxiliary celebrated its 50th anniversary at an annual awards luncheon and installation in February. Special recognition went to Judy Miller and Clara Alviani for volunteering 17,000 and 12,000 hours, respectively. Also honored were Suzy Clark for 40 years of service as well as Lucille Ledner, Ann Simonitsch and Rod Weldon for 20 years with the CMH Auxiliary.

The CMH Auxiliary started in 1962 with 59 charter members, all women. It has evolved over the past 50 years to also include men and teenage volunteers. Today there are 250 active members who volunteered a total of 40,628 hours in 2011.

In addition, the CMH Auxiliary last year raised $105,000 for the hospital through its gift shop, fundraisers, baby photos, souvenir birth certificate and dine-out program. Over the past 50 years, the Auxiliary has donated $3,178,003 to CMH.

To become a volunteer, stop by the reception desk in the main CMH lobby and pick up an application or call 652-5043.

Harrison's 'Trash Flash' Focuses on New State Recycling Law


Harrison Industries publishes "Trash Flash," a quarterly newsletter it sends to its residential and commercial customers to provide them with the latest in trash and recycling news.

The Spring 2012 edition focuses on California Assembly Bill 341 that takes effect July 1. The law mandates 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.

The new legislation's goal is to divert 75 percent of all trash generated in California from landfills by 2020. The good news is that all the cities Harrison Industries serves - Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ojai, Fillmore and Carpinteria - are already close to AB 341's diversion requirements.

"Trash Flash" is prepared by John Cressy and Cindy Daly of Whisenhunt Communications, in cooperation with the cities Harrison serves.
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Watch Out for Email Hackers, 'Phishing' Scams  


If you're checking your email and notice a message from your email service provider, pay attention. Occasionally they will send legitimate messages to account holders but if it asks for your password, it's a scam.
Email providers do not ask for your password. No matter how legitimate the message appears, it's a hacker scam called "phishing." Cyber criminals are seeking to take over people's email accounts or other secure accounts (like bank accounts) to acquire information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications claiming to be from social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or email administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public.
Email hackers (many of whom are located in Nigeria) may send out bogus emails to those in your contacts list saying you are in trouble in some foreign country without money. They ask your contacts to send money right away. Then they keep the contacts and target them, trying to get into their accounts later on.
If your email gets hacked, change your password immediately to take control of your account. You may find that the hackers wiped out your "sent" items or contacts. Some email service providers like Yahoo store your contacts and may be able to restore them.
Some tips: NEVER give out your passwords, Social Security number, username or bank account information to anyone that solicits you via email, text message, instant message or phone call. Also, never give out this information in the body of an email. And, back up your contacts somewhere else on your computer or mobile device, or if you have an iPhone, in Apple's Cloud. 

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County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade
National Police Dog Foundation
City of Oxnard
Ventura Water
All American Ballet
Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
Harrison Industries
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