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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


Water Gardens: Talking again

Written April 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

  Albany’s Talking Water Gardens once again has plenty of water after being almost drained over the past few weeks to help get new plants established in the shallow ponds. The plant cover has been an issue, because without it these constructed wetlands can’t meet their intended purpose of reducing the temperature of water being discharged […]


N. Albany Road: This is the year

Written February 26th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If your daily commute takes you along North Albany Road, enjoy the drive while you can. Starting this spring and continuing through most of the summer, the route will be restricted and eventually blocked entirely so it can be rebuilt and widened.


How to solve fight over canal

Written October 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany and Lebanon are in danger of slipping into an un-neighborly fight over the Santiam-Albany Canal. Albany’s latest overture is not likely to help, and already the spat is costing Lebanon more money — on studies and options on land for a new intake — than it should have to spend. For my recommendation for […]


Manhole cover points to Michigan

Written November 3rd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Eight years ago my attention was called to the country of origin of many of the manhole covers in Albany streets, which happened to be India. A story appeared in the Democrat-Herald on Oct. 1, 2005, and I’m glad to say that an update is in order. In 2005, the story was that India was supplying […]


Don’t try to ban dispensaries

Written October 24th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The last thing any Oregon town needs is a local prohibition against the kind of medical marijuana dispensaries that the legislature has passed a law to allow. The Albany council, as reported here Wednesday night, has voted to ask for a report on the options it has for keeping those dispensaries out. This after Councilor […]


Mindless vandalism downtown?

Written May 26th, 2013 by

I have no idea what the details of this story are because there was no one around to ask. What it looks like is that someone heaved a hefty chunk of concrete into the windshield of this car and left it where it fell. I shot this photo around noon on Saturday while walking up […]


CARA wants to press on

Written May 12th, 2013 by

Albany’s downtown urban renewal district, CARA, expects to have a surplus of $1.25 million next budget year. It could decide to levy that much less in tax, which would benefit mostly the city of Albany, Linn County and indirectly the state school fund. But after discussing it on May 7, the CARA advisory board recommended […]


The end of the Albany Wye?

Written April 21st, 2013 by

This looks like the end of the Albany Wye, the railroad Y that on a few occasions allowed big steam locomotives to turn around so they didn’t have to run home to Portland backward. Unless it will be restored later, the wye seems to have fallen victim to the Portland & Western’s project — at a standstill […]


Farmers’ Market starts season

Written April 21st, 2013 by

The Farmers’ Market in Albany is back in full swing for another year. It is held every Saturday morning through the fall at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ellsworth Street. Producers from around the valley offer their farm products including plants, cut flowers, bakery items and, as the season progresses, lots of other edible goods. Usually […]

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