OUR VIEW: Modesto area has its share of eye-pleasers

April 27, 2013 

There are plenty of eyesores in our community. You know and see them — the abandoned houses and stores, the neglected yards and the graffiti-laden walls. Local governments struggle to force their owners to clean them up and occasionally just do the job and try to collect for the expenses. These are the pits.

But we also have peaches — properties that are exceptionally well maintained. Earlier this month we invited readers to send us photos or addresses of places that deserve attention because they are so attractive.

Two readers nominated Salida Veterinary Hospital, at 4566 Salida Blvd., with one explaining that Dr. Paul Sessa and his staff not only take care of the landscape in front of their building but Sessa also cleans up any graffiti, pulls weeds, plants flowers and does landscaping maintenance on Broadway Boulevard. "We call him Farmer Paul when he's out there weeding and tending his flowers," one employee wrote.

Another reader nominated the Empire Sportsmen's Association, at Kiernan and McHenry avenues at the north edge of Modesto. "There have been several car lots that failed in that corner. There also has been cars parked there for sale and trucks with rocks. The building owner and owner of the Empire Sportsman's Association has cleaned it up and make it nice to look at."

Retired Los Banos teacher Jim Arkfeld, who writes occasional community columns for us, found several attractive spots. One of them is the visitor center at Hilmar Cheese Co., at 9001 Lander Ave. in Hilmar. "The landscaping at the center is among the most impressive in the entire Modesto region," he said. "One of Hilmar Cheese's 'green' efforts is the use of recycled water in the large waterfall and other water features of the landscaping."We received more responses than we have space to publish in one day, but we plan to run more in future sections. If you know of another peach — a privately owned building that stands out as eye candy, rather than an eyesore — send the information and a photo in .jpg format to jsly@modbee.com.


BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

We received more responses than we have space to publish in one day, but we plan to run more in future sections. If you know of another peach — a privately owned building that stands out as eye candy, rather than an eyesore — send the information and a photo in .jpg format to jsly@modbee.com.

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