Hasso Hering


A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Just sayin’: Looks fine without the chimneys

Written January 24th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In November 2019, the Albany Landmarks Commission approved contractor Joel Dahl’s restoration of the historic Goltra House at Montgomery Street and Fourth Avenue, but members were interested in preserving a future possibility of recreating the appearance of two elaborate brick chimneys sticking out above the roof.

Lights in the rain: Watching the show

Written January 23rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Being perhaps too easily impressed, I was interested in the light show on Albany’s Second Avenue on Thursday night. So I turned the camera on.

Council: Keep police & fire tax rate the same

Written January 23rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council is playing it safe –if that’s possible in elections — when it comes to the renewal of a longstanding extra property tax to support the police and fire departments.

Posted in: Commentary, News

When a tree gets too big and destructive

Written January 23rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Everybody loves the big old shade trees on Albany streets in the summer. Their downside is that their roots sometimes crack the pavement below, and then somebody decides they have to go.

Council seeks grant for station restroom

Written January 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

It’s not a done deal yet, but the city council Wednesday agreed to take a step toward construction of a public restroom outside of Albany Station, where people often wait for trains and buses when the depot itself is closed.

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How this dumb law works: Check it out

Written January 21st, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Just how stupid is Oregon’s new law on checkout bags? You get the idea when you want to take home a little meal from a sandwich shop, the North Albany Subway in this case.

Posted in: Commentary

Albany bike routes and a bronze rating

Written January 20th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

A newcomer to Albany asked me about the best bike route from the Monteith District to Heritage Mall. I gave him my opinion, and the question reminded me of a couple of other things regarding riding bikes in Albany.

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