It's the Party of a Century and a Half:
celebrate Albany's birthday October 11-12
Events celebrating the 150th anniversary of Albany's incorporation are scheduled Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, 2014.
Market, which operates Saturday mornings from April through November in
the City Hall parking lot, will start the celebration on October 11.
In addition to its regular sales of local agricultural products at
that Saturday's Market:
- Children of all ages will create
birthday cards under the direction of art educator Ann Bose, who
operates Art World Learning Center and Gallery in downtown Albany.
The Albany Arts Commission is contributing materials.
- Opus Six, a jazz sextet, and the Santiam Brass Quintet will provide special music.
- Karen Force of the Boston Mill Society will demonstrate grain grinding with a special traveling grinding stone.
- Amanda Pool of the Monteith Historical Society will offer hands-on pioneer-era food-related activities for kids; and
Antique Apple Orchard of Sweet Home will provide heirloom varieties of
apples for tasting. Albany's Knox Butte area had a branch of a
well-known settlement-era tree nursery; and in the early 20th century,
Albany boosters hosted an elaborate Apple Fair.
Community volunteers are organizing activities at City Hall for Sunday, October 12, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
- Albany historians Jerry Brenneman, Bill Maddy, and Evedene Bennett will speak about different aspects of local history.
- Elementary and middle school-aged children will contribute contents to a time capsule.
will be awarded in four contests: the oldest Albany resident
attending; best party hat or period costume; longest beard; and best
- Live music from a previous century will be performed by Out of Compliance.
- The Albany Trolley will take passengers along historic downtown routes of the Oregon Electric Railroad and a streetcar line.
- Birthday cake, ice cream, pie, Novak's Hungarian pastries, Pepper Tree sausage, and local cheese.
- Displays of photographs, poetry, pottery, fine art, and historic artifacts.
and others are encouraged to put their love of Albany in writing.
Comments will be read aloud at the party and all comments will be
collected in an archive of the occasion. Click here for the form; e-mail completed forms to email@example.com or drop them off at City Hall during business hours.
Volunteers are still needed for the Sunday activities. Want to help? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albany was officially incorporated as an Oregon city on October 14, 1864.
How might the new fire and police stations look?
Five design firms will present drawings and cost estimates for a new
main fire station and a new police building in Albany at meetings in
Albany City Hall in October 2014.
The presentations were
requested by a 12-member citizen committee appointed in January to
review the condition of Albany Fire Department Station 11 and the Albany
Police Department building, consider whether either or both should be
rebuilt or replaced, and if so, where new buildings should be located.
After considerable research, the Public Safety Facilities Review
Committee recommended that Station 11 be replaced on site and the
police station be rebuilt at a site on Pacific Boulevard SW.
The Committee asked for
drawings of new buildings so that Albany residents could get an idea of
how they might look, along with estimated construction costs. The
design competition is the result.
The Committee is chaired by former state Senator Frank Morse and
retired Linn County Sheriff Dave Burright and will make a formal
recommendation to the Albany City Council in November.
The design firms will
make presentations to selection committees reviewing their proposals.
The public is welcome to observe and can view displays of all of
the materials, which may include building profiles, elevations, or scale
models, at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, afterward.
Presentations related to the replacement of Station 11 are scheduled on Monday, October 6, 2014:
- 8:00 a.m. - Mackenzie
- 11:00 a.m. - CBTwo Architecture
- 2:00 p.m. - Peck Smiley Ettlin
Police building presentations are scheduled on Monday, October 20, 2014:
- 8:00 a.m. - DLR Group
- 11:00 a.m. - Mackenzie
- 2:00 p.m. - Skylab Architecture
selection committees will evaluate the proposals and submit their award
recommendations to the City Council in mid-November. The design
firms selected in the review process will further develop their design
and refine their cost estimates following the award recommendations.
For more information about the Public Safety Facilities Review Committee, contact Marilyn Smith, 541-917-7507.
Fire Department dedicates new fire truck
11, 2001, was a bad day for the Fire Service...September 11, 2014, is a
good day for the Albany Fire Department...." These words were spoken by
Albany Fire Chief John Bradner on September 11, 2014, at a
ceremony remembering the past and honoring the future while dedicating
the City's newest firefighting vehicle and retiring another.
60 people gathered at Albany Fire Station 13, 13 years post 9/11.
The crowd included Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa, Albany Public
Safety Commission members, Albany Rural Fire District Board members,
current and retired Albany firefighters, Albany Fire Department officers
and staff, neighboring fire service officials, and vendors responsible
for assisting the City in purchasing and equipping the new fire truck.
listened as Chief Bradner described how the realization of the new
truck started four years ago and became a reality today due to the
generous financial contribution of the Albany Rural Fire District, the
leadership of Battalion Chief Kevin Anderson, and the countless hours of
the Fire Department's Fire Advisory members. He acknowledged the
community support and expressed thanks to citizens "for providing for
the ability of our firefighters to safely respond to their emergencies."
Bradner spoke about fire service traditions saying, "At the Albany Fire
Department, we value old and new traditions alike. Our fire engines are
red, the front bumpers of our engines contain a bell, and we formalize
the arrival of new emergency vehicles by holding a ceremony like this."
He went on to describe how traditions such as dedicating an
emergency vehicle are a way to create a feeling of security and
stability in a profession that is based on uncertainty.
never know what the next emergency will be or when it will occur, and
traditions like this help hold us together through good times and bad."
following was heard countywide as a Linn County 9-1-1 dispatcher
announced over the air, "The City of Albany Fire Department would like
to announce the retirement of Truck 151 and welcome Truck 153 to
its fleet. We would like to wish this truck and those assigned to
it a safe journey and the skills necessary to provide the best possible
service to our citizens and visitors. Truck 153 is hereby placed
in service this 11th day of September 2014."
Bradner then asked the Station 13 truck crew to remove their gear and
transfer it from Truck 151 to Truck 153, announcing, "Truck 153 is now
officially in service and responding to calls to protect our community."
B Y O Boat to the Great Willamette River Cleanup October 4
6th annual Great Willamette River Cleanup happens along the length of
the river on Saturday, October 4, 2014, including 13 miles between
Michael's Landing in Corvallis and Albany's Bowman Park.
Volunteers are needed to help.
Registration is open at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/willamette-riverkeeper-1477897368.
Volunteers should report to the Bowman Park parking lot by 8:30 a.m.
for shuttles to Michaels Landing. The group will put in at
Michael's Landing by 9:30 a.m. and take out at Bowman around 2:30 p.m.
Pack water, snacks, and a lunch.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will provide a jet boat for trash-hauling.
An optional post-cleanup gathering will begin at Calapooia Brewing Company after 2:30 p.m.
Albany Public Works Department is partnering with Willamette Riverkeeper for the event by sponsoring a dumpster at Bowman Park.
Willamette Riverkeeper is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting, restoring, and celebrating Oregon's great Willamette River.
what happens and why
water distribution system includes approximately 290 miles of water
mains of various sizes and types of pipe; 7,500 water valves; 2,000 fire
hydrants; and 17,000 water service lines and meters. Two water
treatment plants provide high-quality water from the Santiam River.
with high-quality treatment, natural sediment and mineral deposits
accumulate in the system over time. If the deposits are not
cleaned out, water quality can become degraded. Accumulated
sediment can cause discoloration, bad tastes, and odor. In an
effort to rid the water system of this sediment buildup and maintain
high water quality, the City flushes the water distribution system.
also allows the City to test and record water quality parameters within
the system, including flushing turbidity, pH, chlorine residual, and
temperature; and allows field crews to check valves, hydrants, and water
flow to ensure the system is in proper working order.
well thought-out and executed flushing program saves water over the
life of the program. Less water is needed to remove sediment and
achieve flushing velocities if flushing is performed on a regular basis.
Albany's flushing program began in 2000, the City has been able to
maintain better water quality through proactive capital pipe
replacement. This reduces the time needed for flushing water mains
to meet water quality standards. In the last five years, Albany
has been able to cut the amount of water flushed and time needed for
flushing by about 50 percent (from 3 million gallons per year to 1.5
million gallons last year). Last year, Albany produced 2.3 billion
gallons of water; the flushing program accounts for less than 0.07
percent of the water that passes through the system each year.
water is dechlorinated and allowed to go into the city's storm drain
system to reenter creeks and rivers. It has not proven to be
economically feasible to use flushed water for other uses.
distribution crews flush water mains in neighborhoods on a regular
annual rotation in late spring and summer. However, depending on
needs, system flushing can occur at any time. Signs are posted in
areas prior to flushing. Crews flush water through fire hydrants
and dead-end flushing valves.
If you see a flushing crew working in your neighborhood:
drive carefully and avoid driving into the water. Flushing water
is returned to the river and should remain as clean as possible.
running tap water and using the washing machine or dishwasher until the
flushing is completed to avoid drawing discolored water into your home
- Do not use hot
water when flushing is being performed. Using hot water could draw
discolored water into your water heater. Discolored water in your
water heater could allow discolored water to persist for long periods
of time in your home.
When flushing is completed:
on the cold water tap first. If you see discolored water, shut
the water off, wait several minutes, then check again by running cold
water for several minutes. Running the cold tap water will allow
new water from the main to replace the discolored water in your
plumbing. The water can remain slightly discolored for up to a few
Questions? Contact Karen Kelley, Water Superintendent, at email@example.com.
History of Albany
coming in November
By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum volunteer
of research, writing, and editing are finally over for Albany author
Edward Loy, whose detailed book on the history of Albany will be
available in early November, just in time for holiday gift giving.
crafted his history by talking to descendants of early pioneers,
relying on primary sources, such as letters and diaries, scouring
newspaper articles and visiting the Oregon Historical Society in
Portland, the state archives in Salem, the Clackamas County Museum in
Oregon City, and the Knight Library in Eugene.
Gem of the Valley, a History of Albany
opens with the story of the Kalapuya Indians and then the arrival of
white settlers, who included the Hacklemans, Monteiths, Burkharts,
Millars, McFarlands, and Hills.
early arrivals were farmers; and according to the 1850 census, Loy says
there were 172 households in Linn County, and all but 34 were farm
families. In 1851, seven families called the Albany area home.
also discusses the ramifications of the American Civil War on Albany
residents, and he recounts how school boys often took out their
sectional rivalries fighting with each other.
relates national and international topics to Albany, including the
Industrial Age, particularly the railroad; World War I; Prohibition; the
Great Depression; politics; World War II; and the beginning of the rare
chronicles Albany's rich and famous along with those who could barely
eke out a living. He offers details on the strenuous life of
farmers, the building of churches, the public school system, the
importance of steamboats, women's suffrage, and the original purpose of
the Santiam-Albany Canal.
book is jammed with maps, drawings, and photographs and costs $24.95 at
the Albany Regional Museum, 136 Lyon Street SE. Museum members
get a ten percent discount.
soft-cover book printed in a 7x10-inch format is expected to contain
about 400 pages, but the exact number will depend on the final design,
said Sheridan McCarthy of Meadowlark Publishing Services in Corvallis, which is handling publication.
history of Albany isn't Loy's first book. He spent more than a
year and 600-plus hours writing and selecting photographs for "Tim
Burr," an illustrated history of the defunct Albany Timber Carnival.
Copies of that book also are available at the museum.
has lived in Albany since he was four years old, when his family moved
here from Weed, California, in 1945. He retired from Lemons
Millworks as an estimator and salesman and prior to that he was a
The museum will host a book-signing party for the author sometime in early November.
For more information about Loy's books, call the museum at 541-967-7122.
Marys Peak from Scravel Hill Road,
Michael Moore, pastel
Arts Commissioners, past and present, display in November
Arts Commissioner Billie Moore and former members Marsha Meidinger and
Michael Moore will display their work at Albany City Hall during the
month of November.
Moore has been drawing and "painting" since 1991. He uses hard to
buttery-soft dry pastel sticks to apply color to various paper
surfaces; sandpaper is his favorite. He likes strong contrasts
between light and dark areas and blends with his fingers to achieve a
watercolor-like quality. Most of his works are landscapes and
Moore has participated in live drawing demonstrations at the Northwest
Art & Air Festival, at Samaritan hospitals in Albany and Lebanon,
and at various locations on the Albany Master Gardeners Tour.
Moore is self-taught and has explored many art forms: sketching
portraits, stained glass, beading, crochet, knitting, and clothing
design. She has also taught high school drawing and oil painting,
sciences, and health careers classes.
painting is Billie Moore's enduring passion and is inspired by her
cats, gardens, and the Oregon countryside. She likes lots of color
and prefers working on canvas or gesso.
her husband Michael, Billie Moore has shown at many locations in the
Willamette Valley, including Benton County Historical Museum, LaSells
Stewart Center, Albany Public Library, Albany City Hall, Spring Hill
Country Club, Timberhill Athletic Club, and numerous businesses and
restaurants in Albany and Corvallis.
Meidinger is a retired teacher who paints with watercolor.
displays are open to the public during regular City Hall business
hours, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and some evenings when public
meetings are scheduled.
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