Employee Spotlight: Monica Seymour
All-Star Employee: Monica Seymour, National Operations Director
Monica Seymour has been with Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. for 10 years. Located in our Encinitas headquarters, she runs our Operations Department. Monica works closely with all of our field crews as well as our DOT/Agency partners. One of the BEST things about Monica is that she will literally do anything it takes to get the job done!
Recently, we received a phone call regarding a sponsored segment that needed to be cleaned ASAP. Our crews were in another area and could not get to the location immediately. So, what did Monica do? She put on a hard hat, a safety vest, grabbed a grapple and proceeded to go clean up the 1-mile segment (check out our photo proof).
Monica is a huge asset to Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. We could not keep the highways clean without her commitment and dedication. Thank you, Monica!
This New Years we are making a firm Resolution to:
Every day at every turn, you see people staring at their smartphones in public while eating, walking and driving. Are they receiving urgent emails or texts? Most likely not. They (like us) are checking headlines, watching a show or sports, catching up on social media or playing the latest game. Smartphones are integrated in our lives and are a valuable tool, but for most of us it has become a habit to check phones almost constantly. So, we are suggesting a New Year’s Resolution of taking a break from your smartphone every day (and ALWAYS while driving).
We are NOT crazy, just suggesting a 15-minute period one to two times per day that the phone is off-limits. See what happens – maybe more face-to-face interaction or being more present.
We are up for the challenge, are you?
Family, friends and food are all things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving weekend. Being together makes holidays extra special. But getting there is not always an easy task. According to AAA, an estimated 45.5 million people will spend some of the Thanksgiving weekend driving. Even with higher gas prices, travelers are expected to take to the road. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest travel volume since 2005.
If you’ll be hitting the road tomorrow, stay safe & be patient. Follow these tips for making it to Thanksgiving dinner on time and in one piece.
- Check road conditions before you leave
- Make sure you have an emergency kit
- Put devices away, but make sure they are fully charged for an emergency
- Assign navigating duties to a passenger
- Make a plan for kids, so they do not become a distraction while driving
- Buckle up – everybody, every trip, every time
- Designate a sober driver
- Get plenty of rest, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving drunk
- Be patient and courteous to other drivers
We wish you a very happy & safe Thanksgiving!
Your friends at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Services of America, Inc.
October 26th is National Pumpkin Day – an unofficial holiday to be sure, but one we can all get behind!
Did you know? Pumpkin is a winter squash and is technically a fruit.
Did you know? That there are over 45 different varieties of pumpkin.
Did you know? Pumpkins range in color from white, to red, to even blue!
Did you know? The United States produces about 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins every year.
Pumpkins are amazingly versatile, they can be used in sweet, savory, spicy, or salty dishes! Pumpkins are packed with potassium and Vitamin A, as well as fiber. You can bake them, boil them, steam them, puree them, even fry them. With so many ways to prepare pumpkins, and so many flavors you can add to them, there is guaranteed to be a way that appeals to everyone. One of the MOST popular dishes is pumpkin pie, an autumn stable in many households. But, how about celebrating today by trying a new pumpkin recipe? Find lots of great recipes at Allrecipes.com
One of the best parts of cooking with real pumpkin is the seeds. Baked pumpkin seeds are an incredibly tasty and healthy, autumn snack!
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
Wash & dry pumpkin seeds
Preheat over to 300
Put seeds in large Ziploc bag with 2 T. of olive oil and 1 T. salt. Mix around to coat all seeds.
Place seeds on baking sheet in single layer on parchment paper
Bake for 45 minutes until toasted – turned once or twice to toast all sides. Let cool slightly before enjoying.
Additional add ins: grated Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, Cajun spice – really anything works!
This post had nothing to do with litter removal and it should go without saying, but we will say it anyway just to be safe. Please dispose of your pumpkins properly, don’t chuck them in the streets. They are not fun to clean up!
Sponsorship is defined as:
The financial or in-kind support of an activity, used primarily to reach specified business goals.”
Sponsorship is the fastest growing form of marketing in the U.S. It provides the ability to shape public perception in a way that is difficult with in-house marketing and branding efforts. And, sponsorship allows smaller companies to compete with larger companies. You can reach a small local market or large national market depending upon what you sponsor. There are literally thousands of opportunities to sponsor. All of which will increase your credibility, image, and prestige. Sponsorship is viewed in an extremely positive way. Consumers that see businesses making a greater effort to support the community or causes they feel are important are more likely to support that business.
May we suggest litter removal via Sponsor-A-Highway?!
Many municipalities and state agencies have addressed their funding shortfalls by selling naming rights for parks and buildings, train stations and more. Sponsor-a-Highway is similar. Litter removal costs are significant to transportation departments, by implementing a Sponsor-A-Highway program these costs are reduced. Sponsors pay a fee for litter removal and get a sign recognizing their sponsorship. Funds saved can then be used for other road safety initiatives.
Why Sponsor-A-Highway? Because it works!
Safety Tips for Back to School
Yes, it is Back to School time already!
In the next few weeks 55 million children across the United States will be heading back to school. Of that total, AAA estimates that 13% of students walk or bike to school. Walking or biking to school is great exercise for kids. However, during this transition, road travel increases and traffic patterns shift, making it a dangerous time of year for both drivers and pedestrians, especially young children. The more prepared they are the better. So here are some simple safety tips that parents can use to help get your kids safely to and from school:
Practice the route with your children
Teach them to always use the same route, no shortcuts
Cross streets only at crosswalks, preferably with crossing guards
Always use left-right-left rule when crossing the street
Put away the cell phone – distracted walking/biking is as dangerous as distracted driving
Walk in a group
Don’t wear headphones
Bikers should obey traffic laws just like vehicles
If riding a bike or scooter, always wear a helmet
Younger children should be taught to walk bikes across the street
And, always Adopt-A-Highway’s favorite tip –
Please Don’t Litter
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War to honor our dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all service members who died in military action. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed on the last Monday of May. It is the tradition to fly the flag of the United States at half staff from dawn until noon. Other traditions include visiting cemeteries, memorials and placing American flags on each grave in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day weekend also heralds the unofficial start to summer and crowded travel days. As a Federal holiday all non-essential Government offices are closed, as are schools, and most businesses. A long weekend, warm weather and the approaching summer spirit means long weekend road trips and barbecues. An estimated 34 million people will drive more than 50 miles to celebrate over this weekend in 2017, according to AAA.
Since Memorial Day has taken on a weekend celebration feel, in 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, asking Americans to pause for one minute at 3pm in an act of national unity. The time was chosen because 3pm “is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.” So take the weekend, the day or a moment to remember our fallen HEROES!
We at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America salute those that gave their life for our freedom! Be safe out there as you travel and remember to put trash in its place.