News – Hasso Hering


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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 […]

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.

‘Under review,’ a project at Waverly School

Written June 27th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

On a leisurely ride I went past Waverly School on Columbus Street this week because I had seen the school mentioned in the “planning projects under review” by the Albany Planning Division. So what’s being planned?

A sure sign of summer at Waverly Lake

Written June 26th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Now it’s summer in Albany. How do we know, other than from basking in warm sunshine? Because the paddle boats are back in operation at Waverly Lake.

Explaining the fencing in front of West

Written June 25th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

So why did they put up construction fencing around the parking lot in front of West Albany High School, a reader wanted to know. Well, you won’t be surprised to learn it’s because there’s about to be construction taking place.

Council approves ‘Calapooia Court,’ 5-1

Written June 24th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

It took nearly three hours for another public hearing Wednesday night, but in the end the Albany City Council voted 5-1 to approve a project for the northeast corner of Fourth Avenue and Calapooia Street, where three dilapidated old houses were demolished a year ago.

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