HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Why is this Albany’s ‘Main Street’?

Written May 21st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A reader who moved to Albany last summer had a question: How come the city’s Main Street is nowhere near the downtown business district, where Main Streets are typically found in American towns?


Riverside trail: Passage blocked at Bowman

Written May 13th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

In a story on April 25, I wondered whether the trail along the Willamette River between Bowman and Simpson parks would stay open during the construction of The Banks, a 120-unit apartment complex. As of Thursday night, the answer was yes and no.


Nine minutes on the southern Periwinkle Path

Written February 6th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Anything new on the southern leg of Albany’s Periwinkle Bikepath? Not really, as I learned when I took a quick look on Saturday.


Long train, long wait at Albany crossings

Written January 21st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

For most of its history Albany has been a railroad town, and I like it that way. For drivers this comes with the occasional inconvenience of long waits at grade crossings, as happened Thursday.


D’s, R’s and Nons: The local numbers

Written October 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In case it matters, and maybe it does in local politics, Democrats have a slight edge in Albany registrations over Republicans. But both major parties are running behind the number of Albany voters signed up as nonaffiliated.


Out on Pirtle Drive, there’s a new sight

Written October 17th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

It had been some time since the bike took me along Pirtle Drive in the farm country south of Albany. So until Friday I had not seen the long fence topped by barbed wire on the former industrial site where Dirk Olsen of Olsen Honey Farms has set up his apiary. Why the fence, I […]


A dying man’s wish, unfulfilled

Written June 8th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Three months ago, I looked at this mess of barbed wire on the Albany-Santiam Canal along with Jim Ketter, who had asked the city to remove it. Now Jim is gone, but the wire is still there.


 
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