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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Hate to see that start again

Written November 27th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

That’s the last thing Albany’s struggling downtown needs — taggers. And yet here we are, on Monday afternoon, looking across Second Avenue near Ellsworth, where somebody with a can of red spray paint had gone to work on a cabinet holding, presumably, traffic signal controls.


Giving real Vandals a bad name

Written August 8th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

On a bike ride Monday, I came across this scene at the entrance to Albany’s Simpson Park and Talking Water Gardens, and it leads to this conclusion: People who overturn portable toilets or commit other acts of vandalism are telling the world that, unlike the historical Vandals, they are really, really dumb.


Don’t mind the signs, but …

Written June 17th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The tennis courts at North Albany Middle School don’t seem to get much use, at least not when school is not in session, and you can see why. If the signs don’t keep people away, the condition of the nets probably does.


Hey, this is NOT a dump!

Written April 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

This is not what you want to see from any of Albany’s riverside trails. But whether you want to or not, it’s what you had to look at the last few days on a vacant lot off the Willamette river trail from Simpson Park to Bowman Park.


A promising oak gets whacked

Written December 9th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

It’s hard to know what to think about this. But these are the facts. Sometime between Sunday afternoon and mid-day Monday, somebody drove his vehicle on to the curb in the 1400 block of Albany’s Southwest Seventh Avenue, ran over a young oak growing there, steered off the curb in one smooth turn and drove […]


A dire warning about vandals

Written August 8th, 2013 by

On the coast just south of Waldport, travelers are occasionally relieved to find a functioning restroom. Lately, they also find a sign posted by the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation. The sign warns people that the department is having trouble keeping the restroom open because of frequent vandalism. It urges the public to keep an […]


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 […]


 
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