HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Why Christmas snowflakes are still up

Written January 29th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

While I was sitting at a light on Third Avenue in downtown Albany Monday, my gaze turned to the lighted “snowflakes” on the poles a block away. Near the end of January, why are Christmas decorations still up?


Corner building regains historic look

Written January 21st, 2024 by Hasso Hering

On my first excursion to downtown Albany after our January ice storm last week, I could not help but notice the progress on the ambitious project to restore a structure that was built nearly a century and a half ago.


Pawn shop opens in former bank branch

Written January 5th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

The former U.S. Bank branch in downtown Albany has found a new use, as you can easily tell by the big signs on the corner of the building. Capital Pawn opened there this week.


Linn County rents space for Veterans Services

Written November 1st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Linn County is expanding its services to part of a downtown Albany building that, until a few years ago, housed Mark Thomas Motors.


Going downtown when the going is slow

Written October 28th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Albany drivers have come to expect encountering rush hour traffic jams before they get to the Ellsworth Street Bridge, the Highway 20 bottleneck at the entrance to downtown. But on Saturday? In the middle of the day?


St. Francis restoration: What the numbers mean

Written September 15th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

A question was circulating among people with their eyes open in downtown Albany over the last few days: What’s with all those numbers in the windows of the former St. Francis Hotel?


Downtown beat: Another restoration’s complete

Written September 14th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

It was four years ago that “1st Hand Seconds,” a downtown women’s second-hand clothing shop with a mission, moved from one historic Albany address on First Avenue to another, on Second. Now it’s ready to celebrate the remodeling of its 1929 building with a Saturday open house.


 
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