HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

New playground comes with a ‘warning’

Written January 14th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The new playground at Albany’s Henderson Park is more elaborate than the one it replaced. It also comes with a warning that falling from the equipment on hard ground could result in death.


From an idea to now: Intermodal center ready

Written November 16th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It was in February 2017 when I got wind of a plan to turn the vacant former paper mill property in Millersburg into a reloading center to connect Willamette Valley shippers with the rest of the world. It sounded far-fetched at the time, but on Wednesday I got a chance to take a look at […]


Checking on St. Francis as state panel visits

Written October 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Scott Lepman doesn’t have an estimate of how long it will take to refurbish the old St. Francis Hotel at Ferry Street and First Avenue in downtown Albany. But he, his brother Spencer and their construction crew are about to start.


Bikeway extension on Queen now is complete

Written August 14th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Problems with the delivery of concrete mix evidently were resolved so that the extension of the Periwinkle Bikepath along Queen Avenue in Albany could be completed.

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Incomplete: Another sign of supply problems

Written July 30th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

If you’re wondering why the extension of the Periwinkle Bikepath along Queen Avenue in Albany is still unfinished, there’s an explanation. And like so much else these days, it has to do with a shortage of supplies and the time it takes to get things you want or need.


Polco portable potty poll: Now the results

Written June 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Not many people took part in an online Albany poll on portable toilets. But of those who did, a majority said yes, Albany should “allow portable toilets on private property for public use.”


A few seconds with a humble bumblebee

Written May 3rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Somewhere I had read that like other pollinators, bumblebees were in decline. So I was glad to see one working these rhododendron bushes on Monday afternoon.

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