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Cracks and scour: This bridge will get fixed

Written April 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Salem Avenue bridge over Cox Creek in Albany, seen here on April 21, looks pretty solid. But inspections have found structural problems that may cost — in round figures — an estimated $700,000 to fix.


Lemonade stands: We should support them

Written March 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

As a matter of principle, I stop at kids’ lemonade stands whenever I see one. The end of March seemed kind of early for this summertime tradition, but there it was on Sunday, on Salem Avenue, so I had to get off the bike and buy a cup of what they had.


Old house demolition: Not yet

Written January 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

This house on Albany’s Salem Avenue, more than a century old, was destined to be gone by now, but its demolition has obviously been postponed. Instead of being razed, it’s getting its porches repaired.


The lady behind the ‘blessing box’

Written August 11th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Facebook followers of the¬†Albany Happenings page have probably seen a picture of the “blessing box.” On a bike ride Wednesday, I noticed the actual thing on Salem Avenue S.E. I stopped, knocked on a couple of doors and got to meet its originator, Christine Rayburn.


Mystery foam in Albany creek

Written April 1st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

This is what Cox Creek looked like Monday afternoon just below the dam that impounds Waverly Lake. The dam is underneath Salem Avenue, but you can just barely see it from the footbridge on the north side of the street.


 
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