A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Revisiting memories of tennis long ago

Written July 17th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

It was probably 30 or 40 years ago that I last had occasion to hit a tennis ball on the courts behind North Albany Middle School. Wondering whether the courts still exist, I stopped at the school on a bike ride and found that the courts are still there.

New owner’s priority: Restore the course

Written July 16th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

The new owner of the Golf Club of Oregon has one main and immediate goal: Improve the condition of the course.

Today’s topic: Congestion and money for roads

Written July 15th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

In Albany Tuesday, Oregon legislators are going to hear about our highway problems in the mid-valley. The biggest problem is heavy traffic and congestion at certain times of the day.

Baffled at Monteith Riverpark on Sunday

Written July 14th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

As part of the Monteith Riverpark renovation, the City of Albany built a short boardwalk for easy access to a brush-covered gravel bar at the confluence of the Calapooia and Willamette rivers. But you couldn’t go there Sunday.

At Burkhart crossing, seeing a new railway

Written July 13th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Having torn myself away from the national news Saturday night, I was taking my usual bike ride through the east end of old Albany when I heard the horn of a train coming down from the north.

Albany’s scenic golf course has long history

Written July 12th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

The scenic Golf Club of Oregon, situated within a minute or two of downtown Albany, has seen a few changes since it was started 95 years ago. Now there has been another change — in ownership that is.

About this playground: Questions and answers

Written July 11th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

A mother messaged me with a couple of questions about the new children’s splash pad and playground in Albany’s Monteith Riverpark. This prompted me to steer the bike there for the second afternoon in a row to take a look.

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