A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.

Downtown streets: The party had just begun

Written September 2nd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

It’s not often you see downtown Albany streets so full of people as Second Avenue was on Saturday afternoon.

Watching you: Eyes above downtown corner

Written August 31st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Police-type lights were flashing blue and red in the sky over downtown Albany Thursday. On a bike ride Thursday night, I saw them from blocks away. What was going on?

Owner confirms plans for former bank

Written July 31st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The new owners of the former U.S. Bank branch in downtown Albany are ready to start remodeling the building. Half will house their Albany pawn shop. The other half will be for lease.

Former U.S. Bank downtown changes hands

Written July 4th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The former Community Branch of U.S. Bank in downtown Albany, vacant since the bank closed it in January 2021, has a new owner.

Demolition cost more than expected

Written June 25th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Unforeseen complications have raised the cost of demolishing the former Wells Fargo Bank branch in downtown Albany.

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