Time to party!
Help plan and celebrate Albany's birthday October 12
It takes a community to throw the community a birthday party. Albany
resident Stephanie Low is heading up efforts to celebrate Albany's 150th
birthday with a party at Albany City Hall on Sunday, October 12, 2014,
from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Albany was officially incorporated as an Oregon city on October 14, 1864.
Low is asking for help with:
- Providing cake and ice cream
- Nonalcoholic drinks
- Paper supplies (paper plates, cups, plasticware, napkins)
- People with historical stories about Albany
- Setup, serving food, or cleanup
- People who know how to get the word out on social media
Want to help? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography, paintings, poetry, artifacts, and children's art
focused on Albany's 150th anniversary will be displayed at City Hall
through the month of October, sponsored by the Albany Arts Commission.
Laura Ouellette, Stacy Torres, Louis Weinstein and translator Ana in Huatulco
Albany connects with Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
The Albany City Council adopted a resolution on August 13, 2014,
establishing a sister city relationship between Albany and the Mexican
municipality of Santa Maria Huatulco on the southwest Pacific coast.
physicians Louis Weinstein and Laura Ouellette proposed the alliance to
Mayor Sharon Konopa earlier this year. Here is the doctors' story:
first ventured into Huatulco about eight years ago. A planned family
vacation to Oaxaca, which is north of Huatulco, served as an opportunity
to take in the Pacific coast. Huatulco is the coastal area of the
Mexican state of Oaxaca. We were enchanted with the beautiful
surroundings, people, and culture. This was the first of many return
one of our trips, we made arrangements to have Spanish lessons. We had
the wonderful good fortune to encounter Ana, our teacher and guide. Not
only did she teach us Spanish, but she connected us to local culture and
people on a more personal level. Other friends in Huatulco informed us
about unmet medical needs in the community. We expressed our interest in
volunteering and were introduced to the President of the local Red
Cross, Guillermo, and his lovely wife, Rosio. Relationships and
discussions with our friends in Huatulco fostered the development of our
Sister City project.
Sister City project is in its infancy. We hope to coordinate volunteer
medical outreach. Our local medical school, residency programs, and
health system have been supportive with this project. We are excited
about the opportunity to provide medical services and education.
have made contact with other groups that are working to benefit the
local populace, including El Sueno Zapoteco and Rotary. These groups
have ongoing programs that would welcome international support.
are excited about sharing our ideas and programs with our friends in
Albany. We look forward to this journey in mobilizing health resources
and education at a global level. We would welcome insights from locals
who have their own experiences in Huatulco and international program
development. Please feel free to contact us at SisterCityAlbanyOR@gmail.com, or follow our work at facebook.com/SisterCityAlbanyOR."
Pull invasive plants, clean up rivers, and creeks in September
Volunteers who like working outdoors have two opportunities to join community projects in Albany in September:
'Let's Pull Together'
Invasive plants affect hikers, gardeners, farmers, and anyone who loves
nature. Join other volunteers throughout the mid-valley from 9:00
a.m.-noon Saturday, September 6, 2014, to get rid of weeds in Albany and
Pull Together is a statewide invasive plant eradication event,
sponsored locally by the City of Albany and Benton County Cooperative
Weed Management Area. Albany's pull will be at Takena Landing Park on
the Willamette River in North Albany. Benton County pulls will be held
at five locations in Corvallis, one in Monroe, and one at Independence.
Albany's post-pull celebration will be at Takena Landing also.
Sign up at www.BentonSWCD.org/programs/invasive-species/lets-pull
'Down by the Riverside'
River cleanup volunteers
and creeks often become dumping grounds for urban waste such as fast
food containers, shopping carts, or tires. The goal for the 15th annual
Down by the Riverside cleanup, 9:00 a.m.-noon Saturday, September 27,
2014, is to remove as much waste as possible before rain swells the
creeks and carries the debris into the Willamette River.
event is a great way for students to each community service credits, an
excellent project for Scout groups, and an opportunity for families to
learn about the ecosystem and work together to help the community.
SOLV volunteers at
will meet at Bryant Park, 801 Bryant Park Way SW, shelter No. 2, to
register and pick up equipment. A free celebration lunch will be
provided there when the cleanup concludes.
Down by the Riverside is presented by the City of Albany, Calapooia Watershed Council, and SOLV.
For more information or to preregister, contact Heather Slocum, 541-791-0058 or email@example.com.
Albany's first off-leash dog park opened in late July with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
The 2.3-acre fenced area is at the north end
of Timber-Linn Memorial Park, adjacent to Timber-Linn Lake.
Fencing creates separate areas for dogs under 25 pounds and dogs over 25
pounds; a special run allows up to two dogs that may not be used to
other dogs or have special needs. The fenced areas include bench
seating, drinking water for humans and canines, pickup bags, and trash
cans. A dog-washing station is also available. Dogs can also
be off-leash beside the lake and can swim in the lake itself.
Parking is available at the west end of the fenced area.
Visitors check out the small-dog area of Albany Dog Park.
The dog park is open daily from 5:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. for all licensed and vaccinated dogs four months and older.
12-foot bench near the Talking Water Gardens' west beaver marsh
Rock benches give places to rest, reflect at Talking Water Gardens
6-foot bench at the weeping wall
Come visit Talking Water
Gardens, 577 Waverly Drive NE, and take a seat on the new rock benches
while viewing roaring waterfalls, meandering streams, and plentiful
wildlife. The treatment wetland has a two-mile network of trails to
enjoy walking, biking, and wildlife watching. The trails at the Gardens tie into Albany's existing Waverly Lake and Simpson Park trail system.
The wetland is currently open to the public seven days a week, sunrise to sunset.
For more information, contact Michael Neal, Natural Treatment Systems Specialist 541-791-0062, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.talkingwatergardens.com.
Laying the cornerstone at William Henry Gray Hall, Albany College.
At right, C.W. Green, college president, and David Mason, Albany druggist.
Orange and Black: Albany College
By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum volunteer
college in Albany that closed its doors 76 years ago once fielded the
best women's basketball team in the Willamette Valley and employed a
professor who later became the grandfather of Matt Groening, the creator
of the animated sitcom,The Simpsons.
The college was first known as Albany Collegiate Institute and later as Albany College.
Oregon Legislature chartered the Albany Collegiate Institute in 1867,
and enthusiastic residents responded by raising $8,000 in cash and
promissory notes to build a preparatory school and an institution of
higher learning on land donated by the pioneer Monteith family.
The site consisted of four city blocks bounded by Ninth and 11th Avenues and Ellsworth and Ferry Streets.
The first building measured 50 by 66 feet, contained two stories, and was crowned with a tower.
Presbyterian minister William Monteith was picked to lead the school.
officials noted that the school would be a good place for "timid" souls
who wouldn't be at home in a larger institution, those wanting a
Christian environment, without funds willing to work to pay for their
educations, and those looking for a town with a "home atmosphere and
high moral and intellectual standards."
opened in the fall of 1867 with 40 students. The first class graduated
in 1873 and was comprised of four women: Maria Irvine, Cora Irvine,
Weltha Young, and Mary Hannon.
the early 1870s, college-age students studied the sciences, English,
Latin, Greek, French, German, mathematics, political science, history,
and bookkeeping, among other offerings.
school's colors were orange and black, the mascot was a pirate, and the
yearbook called the "Orange Peal." The school song was "The Orange and
1892, the Presbyterian Board of Aid for Colleges wanted the school's
name changed to Albany College to better reflect the high caliber of its
teaching staff and to recognize the recent inauguration of its advanced
curriculum. The switch was not official, however, until 1905.
|Girls basketball practice, 1910.|
in 1905, the women's basketball team won nearly every game it played
even though it had only five players, allowing for no substitutions.
Team members were Elsie Francis and Flo Nutting, forwards; Gertie
Bussard and Wilda Starr, guards; and Rose Ficklin, center.
Arthur Wilson, a former high school player in Portland, was persuaded to coach the women. College teams in those days played against anyone available, even if it meant high school or community groups.
boasting outstanding sports teams, debt and financial problems always
dogged the school. Teachers sometimes went two months without pay.
May pole dance, 1912.
college nearly closed several times due to lack of money and a
roller-coaster enrollment that left administrators wondering how much
student tuitions would bring in year to year. Competition for
students grew as similar institutions opened in Corvallis, Eugene,
Salem, McMinnville, Newberg, and Forest Grove.
school also found it difficult to stay accredited because of frequent
deficiencies in the curriculum, and some facilities were ruled
inadequate, such as the library and the science labs.
in 1925, the school decided to sell its property to the public school
district and reopen on an expanded 46-acre campus at Broadway Street and
the new campus did nothing to resolve the financial crises, and the
school's demise began to take serious shape in the early 1930s, though
enrollment had reached an all-time high of 214.
attempted to secure more funds during the Depression era by offering
classes in Portland, but that didn't help, and the threat of war in
Europe made continuing problematic. The school's doors closed forever
in 1938, and operations eventually moved to the Lloyd Frank family
property in Portland. In 1941, the institution became known as Lewis
& Clark College.
was Matt Groening's grandfather, Abram A. Groening, who joined the
Albany College faculty in 1930 and was named dean in 1935, who suggested
the school rent space in downtown Portland with professors traveling
there twice a week to hold classes.
Albany College closed, Groening went on to head the physics department
at Lewis & Clark. He died in February 1981 in Portland.
Albany College property was sold in 1942 to the U.S. Bureau of Mines
for $143,500. Most of the proceeds went to retire the school's
one of the last Albany College reunions, graduates remembered what it
was like to go to school in a small town. They recalled enjoying
tea at the homes of college professors in the afternoons and in the
evenings sitting in front of their instructors' fireplaces talking of
books and the problems of the world.
The college atmosphere was quite different back then, they said.
Albany Fire crews and Albany Police officers visit North Pointe neighborhood
Albany neighbors celebrate National Night Out
neighborhoods and community groups celebrated life in Albany on Tuesday,
August 5, 2014, by taking to their streets, lawns, and parks for a
night of camaraderie and connection during National Night Out.
Sgt. Ron Parker reviews crime map at the Mennonite Village
Police officers attended every gathering with a goal of education. APD
provided a five-year crime statistic report for each neighborhood to
give residents an opportunity to see trending crime near and around
their homes. Officers were available to discuss trends, concerns, and
possible solutions for each neighborhood.
APD K-9 Jager
Making a positive
connection between police officers and residents at a no-pressure event
is something that does not happen every day, said Sandy Roberts, Police
Community Education Specialist. "We are in the business of responding to
calls for service that often involve a negative contact for our
residents. We appreciate the chance to sit down with citizens and
discuss crime issues, police work, and crime prevention."
Volunteers from Target and Albany Fire Department personnel also attended a number of the functions.
"We look forward to next year's event and continuing to build connection with our community," Roberts said.
Learn about black people in Oregon September 7 at the Library
and educator Walidah Imarisha will visit Albany Public Library, 2450
14th Avenue SE, on Sunday, September 7, 2014, to lead a presentation and
discussion of black history in Oregon. The public is invited and
participation is free.
are there so few Black people in Oregon?" is scheduled from 4:00-6:00
p.m. in the Library's Community Meeting Room. Imarisha will lead
participants through an interactive timeline of black history in Oregon,
addressing race, identity, and power in Oregon and the nation.
Participants will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped
and continue to shape the landscape for all Oregonians.
facilitated poetry and journalism workshops in schools, community
centers, youth detention facilities, and women's prisons. She directed
and coproduced the Katrina documentary "Finding Common Ground" in New
Orleans. She has taught in the Portland State University's Black
Studies Department, Oregon State University's Women's Studies
Department, and Southern New Hampshire University's English Department.
event is hosted by Occupy Albany, the Rural Organizing Project, and the
Oregon Humanities and cosponsored by the Albany Human Relations
Commission and Linn-Benton Community College Department of Equity,
Diversity & Inclusion
For more information, contact Peter Goodman, 541-981-2882.
Allow grass clippings to stay on the lawn instead of bagging them.
The cut grass will quickly decompose and return to the soil, helping the lawn stay healthy.
Mow high; taller grass saves water.
the grass grow and raise the mower blade to at least 3 inches. A
taller lawn will help shade the soil, so it requires less water.
When grass grows taller, its roots grow deeper and makes a healthier
lawn with less time and money spent on lawn maintenance.
Willamette River Relay draws 100-plus
than 100 competitors participated in the first Willamette River Relay
and Paddle Me Plunge in Albany on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The paddle,
bike, and run event started at Hyak Park and ended with a post-race
river celebration at Monteith Riverpark.
Calapooia Watershed Council and Calapooia Brewing Company partnered to
create a family-friendly event that highlights outdoor recreation and
many restoration projects happening around Albany to improve the health
of the Willamette River. The day featured music from the Crescendo
show, local food vendor Stuffed Cheesy Burger, and a beer garden with
Calapooia Brewing Company and 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Booths for local
conservation and nonprofit groups provided activities and
Proceeds will benefit local river restoration and conservation.
sponsors and partners included the Nature Conservancy, City of Albany,
Oregon Community Foundation, Albany Downtown Association, ATI Wah Chang,
Patagonia, No Dinx, River Design Group, Cabela's, Hammer Nutrition,
Greenbelt Land Trust, McKenzie River Trust, Benton Soil and Water
Conservation District, Luckiamute Watershed Council, Middle Fork
Willamette Watershed Council, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District,
US Army Corps of Engineers, Mary's River Watershed Councils, and Linn
Soil and Water Conservation District.
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