HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Why old O&E railway depot is locked up

Written April 16th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A reader wondered why the historic Oregon Electric Railway station in downtown Albany was closed. Is it unsafe or condemned, she wanted to know. No, I checked and it’s nothing like that.


Weekly ‘organic waste’ pickup likely in Albany

Written April 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Republic Services has renewed its pitch for weekly yard debris collections in Albany, and with a new council, this time it will likely get what it wants.


Council puts Hazelwood Park up for sale

Written April 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Close neighbors told the Albany City Council Wednesday how much little Hazelwood Park means to them, so much so that they have taken to trimming the grass and keeping ivy from climbing the trees. Half an hour later the council voted 5-1 to put the park up for sale.


Return to Sunrise Park, a four-minute tour

Written April 13th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Over the last three years I’ve made a few visits to Albany’s Sunrise Park while the place was being rebuilt to better serve the neighborhood. Last week, on my way somewhere else, I stopped by again and was impressed by what it has become.


Stopped by a sign and threat of a fine

Written April 12th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

  This sign stopped me when I reached the western edge of Albany’s little Hazelwood Park last week. “Private property?” Really? I thought this land was owned by Uncle Sam.


‘Human relations:’ Council likes new draft

Written April 12th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council has settled on a new job description for its Human Relations Commission. But while the language is high on principles, it is short on details.


Is it running? Checking on Albany Hydro

Written April 11th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Sunday afternoon found the bike and me once again at the gates of Albany’s historic Vine Street water treatment plant and hydropower generating station.


 
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