Hasso Hering


A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A flying saucer lands on Albany street

Written July 4th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

For a second there it looked as though an early version of the Enterprise-class starships had landed on Takena Street in Albany’s Broadway Neighborhood. But just for a second. Or less.

With library closed, rereading an old gem

Written July 3rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

If you’re waiting for the public libraries in Albany to reopen, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. The wait may have driven you to your own supply of printed books, rereading old favorites or tackling long-ago gift books for yet another try. I had asked Eric Ikenouye, director of the Albany Public Libraries, when […]

The trouble with people: the mess they leave

Written July 2nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

That bundle of crumpled black plastic you see in my left fist is a dozen or more dog waste bags the Albany Parks Department was kind enough to supply and somebody then threw away or carelessly dropped on the Cox Creek Path.

CHANCE recovers a slice of Albany history

Written July 1st, 2020 by Hasso Hering

For nearly 30 years ending in the fall of 2015, at the corner of Third and Lyon in downtown Albany there was a restaurant named Pizza King. Turns out the name had historical roots, and those are now being recovered, not by chance but by CHANCE.

‘Labor Temple’ will get a new name

Written June 30th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Labor Temple hasn’t been called that for many years, and now its owners want to rename it for its origin more than a century ago. They intend to call it the Wood Apartments.

A puzzling tale about an odd little sign

Written June 29th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In the Age of Corona and General Upheaval, you take your amusement where you can. So here’s something about an odd little sign. Actually two signs that looked about the same.

Where’s the river in these views?

Written June 28th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

You could sit here, on one of the benches thoughtfully provided along this segment of Albany’s Dave Clark Path, and look across the Willamette River, admiring the view. You could, that is, if it weren’t for the bushes and the trees.

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