A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A postal snag, but it may be solved

Written May 26th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Here’s something I didn’t know until Friday: Postal delivery vehicles are not supposed to back up. And this was the reason given for why six households along a newly constructed segment of Riverside Drive didn’t get their mail delivered most of this week.

Albany PO: No plans to move

Written January 31st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Mayor Sharon Konopa would like the Albany Post Office to find another site in town, but the U.S. Postal Service has no plans to move and says it would find it difficult to do so.

When darkness falls at 97321

Written July 27th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany this year has managed to light up the riverside Dave Clark Path and nearby Monteith Riverpark, so maybe now something could be done to pierce the darkness that descends on the parking lot of the Albany Post Office after the sun goes down.

Ex-postal annex has found new use

Written May 10th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

For years the U.S. Postal Service paid about $10,000 a month in rent on an empty Albany building for which it no longer had a use, but those days now are gone.

Postal kiosk: Don’t count on it

Written August 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

In early 2014 the inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service Office issued a report that the system’s 2,500 self-service kiosks were used not nearly as much as the service wanted. It blamed several factors including inconsistent signage and poor location in postal lobbies. In Albany, where the kiosk is placed where you cannot miss […]

Self-service at PO: Not a sure thing

Written June 25th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The good thing about the lobby of the Albany Post Office is that it is cool and that it is open after hours. The bad thing is that it houses a supposedly automated self-service kiosk that does not always work.

When will the mail stop coming?

Written August 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Among all your worries, this one may not rank near the top, but it’s worth keeping in mind: How long will the post office be able to keep delivering mail to your rural mailbox on the side of the road? What if those delivery trucks wear out and can’t be replaced?

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