April 2012   
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Casitas Municipal Water District Newsletter Wins 2012 'Excellence in Communications' Award   


Casitas Water newsletter winter12The Casitas Municipal Water District's newsletter, produced by Whisenhunt Communications and written by Casitas' Water Conservation/Public Affairs manager Ron Merckling, won a first-place award this month.


The California Association of Public Information Officers gave the newsletter a 2012 Excellence in Communications Award in the "External Newsletter" category.
The association gives out 16 awards each year for a range of media projects and this is the first time the Casitas newsletter has won. More than 100 agencies vied for an award this year. Awards were given out on April 19.
Casitas produces one newsletter each winter and one in the summer. The newsletter is mailed to 30,000 households in Ojai, the Ojai Valley and Ventura that are served by Casitas. Casitas has been producing a print newsletter for the public for several years. Merckling writes the stories; he and Casitas staffers shoot the photos, and Whisenhunt Communications graphic designer Joan Phelps designs the newsletter. Writer/editor Amy Bentley proofreads the copy.
"Our main objective is to communicate the important issues that  Casitas is working on and to do it effectively and in a cost-effective manner while getting the message across to a wide range of readers," Merckling said.
Congratulations to Casitas from everyone at Whisenhunt Communications.

Harrison, Agromin Join Albertsons for Pilot Food Waste Program


Harrison, Alberstons and Agromin food waste program
Representatives of Harrison Industries, Agromin, Albertsons and the City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division at the opening of the pilot food waste program.
Harrison Industries and Agromin have joined forces with the Albertsons supermarket chain in a pilot program that will all but eliminate food waste at its Ventura and Camarillo stores.
Previously, food scraps from Albertsons' meat, produce, deli, dairy, bakery and floral departments ended up in the trash. Since early April, Harrison has delivered special barrels to all departments at the Ventura store that its employees will fill with everything from meat fat and bones to pineapple tops and corn husks. The same goes for liquid food wastes like yogurt, cottage cheese and mayonnaise; bread and baked goods; and eggs and dairy products.
Albertsons will continue to donate recoverable food to feed the hungry through its Food Rescue program.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Harrison trucks collect the food waste and deliver it to Agromin, an Oxnard-based organics recovery company. 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 alternate fuel.
The food waste program will begin at the Albertsons store in Camarillo on April 30.

New Ventura Harbor  

Newsletter Coming Soon


Ventura Port District spring 2012 newsletter The Ventura Port District will soon begin distributing a periodic newsletter about happenings at Ventura Harbor. Whisenhunt Communications will produce the newsletter, with Stan Whisenhunt and Amy Bentley preparing the stories and Cindy Daly responsible for graphic design.

The first issue will include updates on the harbor dredging program, the planned 22-acre development by Sondermann Ring Partners, improvements at Ventura Harbor Village, and development plans of the harbor's newest master lessee, Sam Sadove.

The newsletter will be available on the district's website, www.venturaharbor.com.

CAVC Updates General and  

Legal Services Brochures     


CAVC general and legal services brochures 2012Community Action of Ventura County, based in Oxnard, has updated its general brochure with lots of new information about the organization and its many services to the community, and it also has updated its legal services brochure. Graphic Designer Cindy Daly of Whisenhunt Communications designed the brochures, and Amy Bentley edited the copy. Both brochures are in English and Spanish, and the updated brochures include both the English and Spanish versions.

Community Action of Ventura County's mission is to assist low- income, disadvantaged and at-risk families and individuals, including seniors and young people, to become self- sufficient. Visit www.ca-vc.org to learn more about services that include legal health, food assistance and weatherizing your home.

Skin Cancer is Focus of CMHS Seminar Set for May 22


cmh skin cancer seminarSkin cancer is the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, May 22.
Arthur E. Flynn, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon, will lead the discussion that will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at CMH, located at 147 N. Brent St. in Ventura.
Skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous carcinoma and malignant melanoma, are the most common forms of cancer in the United States. The seminar will provide information on their diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Dr. Flynn also will cover aesthetic reconstruction following skin cancer. Space is limited so reservations are required. Call 652-5436, or visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp.

Take Time to Smell the Roses       


TVRS First Blppm Celebration flyer 2012The Temecula Valley Rose Society is ready to celebrate spring with its annual First Bloom Celebration and Rose Show at the Rose Haven Heritage Garden taking place this year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

Visitors can enjoy thousands of beautiful, blooming roses, talk to rose experts, enjoy hobbies such as photography and plein-air painting (this is the perfect place and time for both), and take a stroll among the other gardens at the site, such as the water-wise garden and pond. Children are welcome and a plant sale will offer goodies to take away for the garden at home.

The Rose Haven Heritage Garden is located at 30592 Jedediah Smith Road in Temecula. Please visit the Rose Society at www.temeculavalleyrosesociety.org.

This beautiful flier for the event was designed by graphic designer Joan Phelps and written by Amy Bentley, both of Whisenhunt Communications.
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Stan Whisenhunt with the Yachting Service Award

State Boating Association Honors Stan Whisenhunt   


Stan Whisenhunt, owner of Whisenhunt Communications, was honored by the Yacht Racing Union of Southern California during Opening Day Ceremonies at Ventura Yacht Club.

Whisenhunt was presented with the YRU's "Yachting Service Award" for his contributions to boating. Attorney Gary Bright, junior staff commodore at Ventura Yacht Club, nominated Whisenhunt.

"If there were a triple crown of sailboat racing - participation, race committee work and promoting the sport - Stan would be a rare individual qualifying on all counts," Bright said in his letter of nomination.

For more than 40 years, Whisenhunt has been racing sailboats, working on race committees and actively promoting the sport.

He still races a J-24, and the last two years won his class in the club's premiere event, the Ventura Cup. Whisenhunt also won his class in the 2011 Wet Wednesday Series. Over the years, he has also won the local J-24 fleet championship, countless local races and has crewed on winning boats in the Ensenada Race and has skippered his own boat - a Santana 30 -- to a second place finish in the Ensenada Race.

Whisenhunt has been a race chair at Ventura Yacht Club in five different decades, including serving in that capacity the last four years. In recent years he created a highly popular Commodore Classic race, an event that brings commodores and staff commodores from other clubs to participate in an offshore race and then gather for a large post-race party in the club's patio area.

Promoting the sport has been second nature to Whisenhunt, who writes a weekly boating column for the Ventura County Star and has written more than 1,100 columns since 1990.
In 2011, Ventura Yacht Club honored him as the third recipient of its Helm of Fame. Whisenhunt has also been the club's Most Valuable member and two-time recipient of its Burgee of Merit. He also was twice recipient of the prestigious Merrill C. Allyn award, presented periodically by the Ventura Port District and the yacht club to someone making major contributions to boating. At the outset of the new century, he served four years as a board member of the Ventura Port District, which operates Ventura Harbor.  

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Casitas Municipal Water District
Harrison Industries
Ventura Port District
Community Action of Ventura County (CAVC)
Community Memorial Health System (CMHS)
Temecula Valley Rose Society
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