A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

An Albany park’s name: Who was Eleanor?

Written March 28th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

In a story a few days ago I mentioned Albany’s Hackleman Park. But as I typed the words, I remembered the full name, Eleanor Hackleman Park.

Two years later: A look at completed site

Written March 26th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The bike occasionally takes me past the 1100 block on Sixth Avenue across from Hackleman Park in central Albany. Last week I noticed how the area has been spruced up with the completion of this building’s conversion to an apartment house.

Offender exclusion zone: Why still have it?

Written March 25th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Five years after it was adopted, Albany’s law on excluding “persistent” criminals from the central part of town has proved either useless or unnecessary. Either way, it is not being applied.

After 35 years, it’s good-by old stage

Written March 23rd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

  Thirty-five years ago, Albany volunteers using mostly donated materials built the roof over the stage in Monteith Riverpark. On Thursday the roof was gone, demolished as part of the park renovation and the city’s Waterfront Project.

Council grab bag: Feral cats, natural gas etc.

Written March 23rd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Feral cats, the right to use natural gas, and the fact that Albany does not collect the transient lodging tax from bed-and-breakfasts… What do these topics have to do with each other?

Safe doors secured; still waiting for time capsule

Written March 21st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The doors to the safe of Albany’s historic First National Bank have been saved as the building is being torn down. Now the big question is whether the cornerstone still contains the time capsule placed within it in 1912.

Fence marks start of Riverpark reconstruction

Written March 20th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

A fence went up along the perimeter of Albany’s Monteith Riverpark Monday so construction can start on rebuilding the park. The work may last until the end of November.

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