A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany PO: No plans to move

Written January 31st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Mayor Sharon Konopa would like the Albany Post Office to find another site in town, but the U.S. Postal Service has no plans to move and says it would find it difficult to do so.

Mayor: Let’s move that old church

Written January 23rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa has an idea for the historic Cumberland Presbyterian Church: Move it away from the corner of Santiam Road and Main Street, where it was built in 1892.

When darkness falls at 97321

Written July 27th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany this year has managed to light up the riverside Dave Clark Path and nearby Monteith Riverpark, so maybe now something could be done to pierce the darkness that descends on the parking lot of the Albany Post Office after the sun goes down.

CARA backs into angled parking

Written May 18th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Diagonal parking spaces are coming to one side of three streets around the Albany Post Office, and the city’s urban renewal advisory board decided Wednesday that the new spaces will be of the back-in type.

Ex-postal annex has found new use

Written May 10th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

For years the U.S. Postal Service paid about $10,000 a month in rent on an empty Albany building for which it no longer had a use, but those days now are gone.

That poor postal kiosk, again

Written November 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

As far as computer-operated machines are concerned, the mail kiosk at the Albany Post Office seems to be overwhelmed or on the blink more often than one would expect in this digital age. I’ve had occasion to point this out before, but the glitches seem to recur or persist.

Postal kiosk: Don’t count on it

Written August 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

In early 2014 the inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service Office issued a report that the system’s 2,500 self-service kiosks were used not nearly as much as the service wanted. It blamed several factors including inconsistent signage and poor location in postal lobbies. In Albany, where the kiosk is placed where you cannot miss […]

Self-service at PO: Not a sure thing

Written June 25th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The good thing about the lobby of the Albany Post Office is that it is cool and that it is open after hours. The bad thing is that it houses a supposedly automated self-service kiosk that does not always work.

Mail fail: What it could say

Written January 3rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

You can blame the automated kiosk at the Albany Post Office for malfunctioning when the office is closed, but you can’t fault it for manners, for it is certainly polite about it. One customer after another glanced at the words on the screen on Saturday, muttered something and  left.

Let the post office share the load

Written December 1st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

This time of year, waiting in line at the Albany Post Office tends to take longer, presumably because of the pre-Christmas rush. I’m wondering why the Postal Service does not make things easier for the public by giving contract offices the authority to handle more of the load.

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