Residents can help conquer tall grass and weeds
wet spring weather has provided perfect growing conditions for grass
and weeds throughout Albany. Unfortunately, Albany residents can't rely
on the City to do anything about overgrown private properties.
City staff who have handled grass and weed complaints in prior years
are also responsible for keeping track of vacant houses and other
buildings and making sure they are secure. The increase in vacant homes
due to the foreclosure crisis combined with a limited City budget
leaves staff unable to investigate complaints of overgrown lawns, weeds,
and blackberries on private, occupied property.
staff can take action when offending vegetation is on City-owned
property or in clear vision areas that must be maintained at each access
to a public street (such as driveways) and at any property corners next
to street or railroad intersections. (Albany Development Code 12.180)
can help out, too. If there is a yard nearby that hasn't been mowed
for weeks, reach out. A neighbor who is unable to mow the yard on his or
her own might appreciate some help. A little investment of time and
caring can pay off in making the entire neighborhood better!
If you know of a vacant property that is not being maintained, call 541-704-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.
40 volunteers of all ages helped clean up the west Broadway
neighborhood and along Albany rivers and paths as part of The Big
Pickup: Albany Community Action Day on Saturday, May 17,
2014. Public Works employees Bret Johnson and Ron Humphries and
Ward II City Councilor Ray Kopczynski worked filling Dumpsters at West
Albany High School, while BetaSeed employees, their families, and others
spruced up the historic Masonic Cemetery at Seventh Avenue and Broadway
Street. The 2015 Big Pickup is scheduled for the third Saturday
in May. Will your neighborhood be next?|
June art at City Hall is Purely Pastels
Drawings in pastels will be displayed at Albany City Hall during the month of June 2014.
works of artists Gladys Bacon, Joy Descoteaux, Germaine Hammon, Anna
Horrigan, Kate McGee, and Marianne Post complement each other. The
exhibit represents the broad spectrum of pastel effects and techniques
from the lively strokes of impressionism to the abstract layering of
bold color blocks to the gentle blending and shading of near
City Hall hosts art from around the mid-valley and the Northwest in
exhibits that change every month, year-round. Art work in a variety of
media is displayed on both floors of the building and is available for
viewing weekdays during business hours and a few evenings each month
when public meetings are held.
information about the exhibits and the Arts Commission, contact
Commissioner Billie Moore, 541-928-6182, or Debbie Little, 541-917-7778,
Firefighters Tim Verdun and Aaron Huyck fit a Safety camper with a life vest during a water safety session.
Safety Camp returns
June 23 and July 28
entering fourth, fifth, and sixth grades this fall can register now for
the 2014 Summer Safety Camps, held at South Albany High School.
Camp lasts for
four days, and two sessions are scheduled for 2014: June 23-26 and July
28-31. This year, campers will learn about animal safety, electrical
safety, camping safety, calling 9-1-1, and yoga. Each session includes a
field trip to the Kroc Center in Salem, and daily swimming at the
Albany Community Pool.
Cost is $35 and
includes daily snacks and lunches. Scholarships are available.
Registration is at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany, 1215 Hill Street
Safety Camp is cosponsored by the City of Albany Fire, Police, and
Parks & Recreation Departments; Greater Albany Public Schools; and
the Boys & Girls Club of Albany.
Albany 150: Main Street?
By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum volunteer
two Albany families - the Hacklemans and the Burkharts - chose the name
Main Street for a road more than ten blocks east of the city center
probably will never be known, several historians say.
the street, however, can be traced to a feud the Hacklemans and
Burkharts had with the other early arriving Monteith family. The
already brewing animosity with the Monteiths intensified with the
American Civil War.
Monteiths and their supporters wanted the city to develop just south
and east of the confluence of the Calapooia and Willamette Rivers. But
the Hacklemans and Burkharts preferred a location farther to the east,
where many of them lived. As a result, the Monteiths and their
friends picked First Avenue for their main street in the downtown, and
the other two families selected Main Street to the east.
Democrats and Southern sympathizers lived in the Main Street area,
while Whigs, and later Republicans, tended to congregate in what is now
the downtown. Those in the eastern half of the city even opened a
school they called Dixie.
about 1850, residents to the east began calling their part of town New
Albany, later changing the name to Takenah, which some say is a Kalapuya
word for where rivers come together or "hole in the ground."
1854, the east-siders persuaded the state Legislature to name the
entire town Takenah; but two years later, the Monteiths got the name
changed back to Albany.
historian Jerry Brenneman has said he believes the rift between the two
factions de-escalated after the Civil War as both sides combined
efforts to entice the railroad to lay tracks to Albany, which all agreed
would benefit everyone.
Main Street, he said, thrived until after World War II, when people began moving to the outlying parts of Albany.
recalls that the Main Street of the 1940s boasted a drug store with a
soda fountain, two grocery stores, a cleaners, a gas station and motel, a
car dealership, a wrecking yard, a large cannery, and the Linger Longer
Tavern, which is still open.
also remembers that a large house that belonged to the pastor of the
Lutheran church sat where the 7-Eleven is now, and Whitaker Paint &
Wallpaper started out as a hardware and paint store.
most imposing building still on the road is Grace Presbyterian Church,
which was built on a 5,250-square-foot lot in 1892 at 401 Main Street
S.E. The early pastors were affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church, whose leaders often had a less formal education than their
of the church members in Albany were from the South, but there were
serious divisions in the church during the Civil War. As the Albany
church membership increased, the building was separated, and a new
section was built at right angles in the middle.
church continued as the Cumberland Presbyterian Church until the Great
Depression, when many members transferred to a Presbyterian Church
2000, the City of Albany bought the Main Street church site and a few
nearby parcels for $150,000 anticipating the major street reconstruction
project that is now underway.
The church on Main and Whitespires on Fifth Avenue, built in 1891, are the two oldest church buildings in Albany.
More information about the history of early Albany can be discovered at the Albany Regional Museum, 136 Lyon Street S.
Willamette River Relay and Paddle Me Plunge coming to Albany August 8-9
Watershed Council will present the inaugural Willamette River Relay, a
paddling/bicycling/running race, and Paddle Me Plunge in Albany August 8
and 9, 2014, to raise awareness and funding for river restoration
efforts in the Willamette Basin, attract visitors to historic Downtown
Albany, and highlight outdoor recreation opportunities in the
The City of Albany and The Nature Conservancy are partners in the events.
kick off Friday, August 8, at 4:00 p.m. with race participant packet
pickup, free live music, and a screening of Willamette Futures in
Monteith Riverpark. Willamette Futures is a feature film from
Corvallis-based Freshwaters Illustrated about the challenge of restoring
the ecological value of Oregon's big river, the people who are rising
to that challenge, and the growing community conversation about the
future Oregonians want for the Willamette River and its tributaries.
River Relay begins at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 9, with a 2.4-mile
paddle from Hyak County Park to Bryant Park, an out-and-back 15.2-mile
bicycle ride from Bryant Park following the Willamette Valley Scenic
Bikeway, and a 6.2-mile run from Bryant Park along the Dave Clark Path,
finishing at Monteith Riverpark. Following the race, participants will
be greeted by a festival with live music, a Calapooia Brewing Company
beer garden, and displays from groups engaged in river restoration
throughout the Willamette Valley.
After the relay,
participants can join Calapooia Brewing Company's Paddle Me Plunge, a
fun float from Hyak Park to Bryant Park, with an after-party at
Calapooia Brewing Company featuring live music from Orquesta Montecalvo
and Just People. Plunge participants will be eligible for prizes for
best costume, best floatation device, and most innovative paddle, as
judged by a panel of local celebrities.
Conservancy and Calapooia Watershed Council are working up and down the
Willamette River to improve wildlife habitat and water quality, provide
place-based youth watershed education programming, and engage residents
in the value of local rivers and all that makes the Willamette Valley a
great place to play, work, and live.
Proceeds from the
Relay and Plunge will benefit the Calapooia Watershed Council and
efforts to improve the health of local rivers for people and fish alike.
For information on event registration, volunteer opportunities, and sponsorship, visit www.riverrelay.com or contact Kyle Smith of the Calapooia Watershed Council at 541-466-3493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
River Rhythms opens with fireworks on the Third of July
2014 River Rhythms concert series opens Thursday, July 3, at Monteith
Riverpark in Downtown Albany. Soul and blues artists John Nemeth and
the Bo-Keys featuring Percy Wiggins open the series' 31st year. A
community fireworks show will follow the concert in celebration of
Music begins at 7:00 p.m. The fireworks show is expected to begin about 10:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
Park will be closed to the public until 10:00 a.m. July 3 to allow
setup for the fireworks show. Fireworks fans can park at Bryant
beginning at 10:00 a.m. for $5.00 per vehicle.
The lower (north) Bryant shelter area will be used as the fallout zone for the fireworks and will be closed all day.
community fireworks are made possible entirely by donations from
Albany-area businesses. The show is presented by Lassen Toyota,
Northwest Toyota Dealers, Toyota Let's Go Places.
For more information on this year's River Rhythms concerts, go to riverrhythms.org.
Clean Energy Works protects the indoor environment
considering home energy efficiency, air quality is often not a part of
the conversation. But radon, mold, moisture, and particulates entering a
home from leaky ducts and poorly insulated crawlspaces can add up to
very unhealthy indoor air.
Protection Agency studies have found that pollutant levels inside homes
can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Studies have also
found that six out of ten homes are hazardous to occupants' health.
Living in a home with chronically poor air quality can cause frequent
headaches, long-lasting colds, bronchitis, and chronic asthma. To make
matters worse, people who are most vulnerable to poor indoor air are
inside the most: children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with
chronic illnesses. The best way to protect your family is to fix common
problems, which can dramatically improve the health and safety, energy
efficiency, and personal comfort.
Clean Energy Works
provides home performance assessments, instant rebates, and
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is to contact Clean Energy Works to find out if your home is eligible
for a free home performance assessment. Get started today.
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