HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

On the riverfront: New use for historic building

Written April 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A construction fence blocking a Water Avenue parking lot drew my attention as I rode past on my bike. So I stopped to see what was up.


Learning more about Mr. & Mrs. Johnson

Written October 28th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

There’s always more to a story, and yesterday’s piece about the Jackson County mountain named for Albany blacksmith Ben Johnson was no exception. As soon as it appeared, readers responded with additional details.


Just sayin’: Looks fine without the chimneys

Written January 24th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In November 2019, the Albany Landmarks Commission approved contractor Joel Dahl’s restoration of the historic Goltra House at Montgomery Street and Fourth Avenue, but members were interested in preserving a future possibility of recreating the appearance of two elaborate brick chimneys sticking out above the roof.


The riddle of the Baker Street rails

Written January 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

I’ve looked for clues in various archives, but so far I haven’t been able to learn why there are remnants of a railroad track buried in Baker Street downtown.


Buried rail: Reminder of Oregon Electric

Written April 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If they ever get around to repaving central Albany’s old streets, I hope they don’t tear out this rusty reminder of the city’s history in advanced — for the time — passenger rail.


Hope for saving Albany Hydro

Written November 8th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany officials think there’s a way to keep operating the city’s electric generator while cutting back on regulatory expenses. Let’s hope they are right and Albany’s historic role in hydropower production can be continued and preserved.


Sidewalk name: Mystery no more

Written November 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The mystery of the name in the sidewalk on Albany’s First Avenue — if a mystery it was —  has been cleared up, as far as I’m concerned.


 
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