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GreetingsView – That Thanksgiving Feeling

Greetings Friends,

I love the feeling of Thanksgiving. That warm home and family feeling. I really don’t care about any of the shopping things, and really, I draw a line at Christmas coming out before Thanksgiving. Call me traditional, but that weekend after Thanksgiving is when the tree goes up and our family gets out the Wally World glasses and we have eggnog and watch Christmas Vacation. Yep, those times are as good as it gets and now with all of the kids here in Modesto, it’s even better. I hope you have your favorite traditions as well.

The colors are so vivid. I love to ride my bike around town and see the amazing colors in Modesto. We really do have 4 seasons here and when the leaves of the giant trees in our established neighborhoods turn, it is nothing short of a color show. At the end of the month, when families are running the Turkey Trot along the Tuolumne River, we have a beautiful transition to winter it is truly beautiful and amazing how this month really has a transition, much like our new issue this month.

Our old printer shut down, falling victim to declining newspaper business, which is sad. Magazines like ModestoView are growing across the USA because we are truly champions of all things local and we care about our community and invest in it. So, we chose a new printer that has better technology, and when other magazines and papers are cutting back, we are putting our foot on the gas with this new trimmed and stitched format and offer even more distribution. We are working hard to grow ModestoView, so we can continue to Serve Civic Pride Daily. We are so glad you are here and thanks for being such loyal readers. Of course, you can read the View online and we have a mobile ap and our market-leading Facebook, Instagram and Twitter programs are awesome, but I still love the feel of a printed paper in my hands and we are glad you do too.

But I am super fired up for more reasons. Why you ask? Rockin Holiday is coming up and we have exciting plans with the amazing Rockin’ Tree, the Rockin’ North Pole and our downtown Rockin’ Snow season. It all begins December 1 so we are previewing it this month. Also, it is ModShop season and this is one of our favorite weekends and I get almost all of my holiday shopping done on one night with locally made goods. We preview some of these in this issue. And most of all, it is the 30th year Anniversary celebration for my company Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group. Founded in 1988 by my father in law Mike McNulty and Roy Atkins, we have grown the company over the last 30 years, with a fantastic team of employees, serving clients all over the world. We are proud to be a family owned local business, as is our ModestoView. We believe in giving back to the community and leaving every thing we are involved with, better than when we got there. That giving spirit is what makes our community special and I am so grateful for the other local companies that do the same.

This is a time for Thanksgiving in so many ways. I wish happiness and togetherness for you, your family and friends. Our friends and family are the most important things we have.
Enjoy this time.

Chris Murphy
Publisher & Founder – ModestoView<>

Proud of our kids, Abbey and Harrison at their new house
Becky and I love exploring with Madison and Ryan.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.