A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

After training, ashes and a wisp of smoke

Written April 13th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Well, that answers that. As you can see, the “live fire training” by Albany firefighters Saturday pretty much left only debris.

OER depot renovation: Plans and money

Written April 12th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Renovating the historic Oregon Electric Railway depot in Albany to house the Sybaris Bistro restaurant involves building a 4,004-square-foot addition, according to a site plan filed with the city.

N. Albany Park project still awaits permit

Written April 11th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

It was in February that Benton County awarded a contract to replace the restroom in North Albany Park, but neither the demolition of the old one nor the new construction has begun. I wondered what was holding things up.

‘Live fire training’ set at house on Main

Written April 10th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

From the outside, the little house at 1024 Main St. S.E. doesn’t look much worse than many others in Albany. But for some reason it is considered “no longer habitable,” and on Saturday the Albany Fire Department will use it for “live fire training.”

Pickleball news: Hackleman courts fixed up

Written April 10th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

The bright blue color drew my attention as the bike and I passed Hackleman Park on Tuesday afternoon. The pickleball court had been repaired and — as I discovered when I stopped the bike — reopened for public use.

Creek section cleared of junked carts

Written April 9th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Last week, this view of Periwinkle Creek in Albany was spoiled by the presence of a bunch of abandoned shopping carts half submerged in the stream. On Tuesday, as you can see, the carts were gone.

N. Albany project switches to 80 townhouses

Written April 8th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

A North Albany subdivision originally approved for 22 single-family homes has been built to accommodate 80 townhouses instead.

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