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Growing up in Albany and what's to come for the next generations


By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum volunteer


Doors left unlocked, bicycles that were never stolen, and the freedom children had to come and go pretty much as they pleased are examples of what some longtime residents remember about growing up in Albany.


Albany Regional Museum board members Dennis Burkhart, Mary Arnett, and Darrel Tedisch responded to questions concerning what they like and appreciate about Albany's past and present and what their hopes are for the city, primarily in an historical context. 


Dennis Burkhart, who is descended from the town's early founders, remembers that children and adults rarely stepped out of line because punishment could be severe. 


He recalls being allowed to walk on Saturday mornings from Main Street and Seventh Avenue downtown to the Venetian Theater to watch movies.  Now he says it's fun to go to the Pix Theatre to see first-run movies, especially when the operators offer food pairings in conjunction with a film. 


"As a child, I didn't realize the significance of being part of a pioneer family until I started to study the history of Albany in high school," Burkhart said.  "We have the privilege of having our 'Auntie' Virginia Burkhart, who is a font of information of all branches of the family." 


She is a cousin to Burkhart's father, Del; but as Dennis' only living older relative, she is more like an aunt.


By working at the museum helping to catalog photographs in the Bob Potts' collection and serving on the board, Burkhart said he has learned a lot that he previously did not know about the family.


As for what's ahead for Albany, "Watching the revitalization of the downtown is wonderful to see," he said.

Mary Arnett lived in Albany from age 4 in 1943 until 1968, returning 35 years later. 


The most memorable part of her childhood was the feeling of safety and that she could be gone from home all day if she wanted. 


"It was not necessary to be in constant contact with our parents, and we all seemed to have a built-in clock to be home by a certain time or at least check in from a friend's phone," she said.


"We would go to the park, ride bikes, visit the swimming pool, or stop at the neighborhood store; Brunskill's comes to mind, and everyone had a charge account." 


After returning to Albany she finds, "I really appreciate all of the restoration projects, completed and in progress...the houses and downtown structures." 


She believes Albany to be a friendly, down-to-earth city, where there are lots of smiles and "some very generous donors."


Arnett is impressed with the City's Talking Water Gardens, the carousel now under construction, and she appreciates the City's pledging money to renew and rejuvenate the downtown.


"The City is continually investigating possibilities for downtown core improvements, which are very important to preserving Albany's history, then, now, and for the vibrancy of the future," she said. 

Albany's former fire chief Darrel Tedisch has lived in the city all of his life; but it wasn't until going to work for the Fire Department "that I began to understand the city's rich history.


"Progressive and visionary founding fathers who knew what they wanted for the community provided Albany with many alternative transportation systems, including steamboats, stagecoaches, trains, and roads - the hub of Oregon," he said. 


The founders also created state-of-the-art schools, including a college, and the Santiam-Albany Canal provided power and clean drinking water and powered many mills and businesses.


Tedisch appreciates the "beautiful and ornate" business buildings and the "rich selection" of homes that date back to the mid-1800s.  Besides the town's architecture, Tedisch is proud of the city's Veterans' Day Parade, parks system, Talking Water Gardens, and the city leaders' foresight to use public money to revitalize downtown. 


He credits the Monteith and regional museums for renewing and making known Albany's history.


"I am especially proud of the Albany Regional Museum's work to expand, preserve, and make available to the public an understanding of what Albany was all about," Tedisch said. 


"I look at Albany today and am proud to see the same spirit, vision, determination, and willingness by community leaders to provide a vision for Albany as was done in its beginning," he said.


Fall leaf pickup schedule


Republic Services will pick up autumn leaves throughout Albany over three 2-week periods this fall.Thousands of trees drop leaves every year through the 17-plus square miles inside the Albany city limits.  Residents can help keep streets, gutters, and sidewalks free of leaves by raking and sweeping regularly and putting as many leaves as possible in the yard debris carts provided by Republic Services or collecting the leaves to use as winter ground cover for sensitive plants or for compost.


Collection will be done:

  • November 3-14
  • November 17-28
  • December 8-19

Residents should rake leaves only into the street just before each pickup period.  Rows should be long, narrow, and two feet away from the curb.  Leaves should not block bike lanes, storm drains, or driveways.


Proper yard waste disposal to prevent polluted runoff


Yard debris - leaves, grass clippings, branches, fertilizers - can lead to flooding when they are swept or blown into storm drains and gutters.  They cause water pollution as they work their way from storm drains into rivers and creeks.  In addition to using yard debris for compost or disposing of it in yard debris carts (or using the leaf pickup during the designated dates ONLY): 

  • Sweep dirt onto grassy areas or place it in the trash.
  • Limit the amount of fertilizers applied and only use according to manufacturer's directions.
  • If fertilizers get on streets, sidewalks, or driveways, sweep them back onto grassy areas.

For more information on polluted runoff, call Kim Kagelaris, Environmental Services Technician, at 541-791-0087.

  • To report illegal dumping of yard waste, call 541-917-7600.
  • For information about residential yard waste collection, call Republic Services at 541-928-2551. 


Police offer landlord training November 6-7 at LBCC


Albany landlords can learn how to reduce crime in and around their rental properties and establish and maintain a stable rental environment in a two-day training November 6-7, 2014, at Linn-Benton Community College.


Albany Police Department is presenting the training session.  Cost is $60 per student with payment due at the door.  Registration closes on Monday, November 3, 2014; and the class is limited to 75 participants.


The first day's class focuses on crime prevention strategies for properties and recognition of drug and other types of criminal activity that can detract from the stability of any neighborhood.  Participants will also learn about local ordinances that affect rentals.   Albany Police officers and City of Albany staff with expertise in each of the subject areas will teach the class and answer common and uncommon questions to help property owners protect their investment.  All speakers will be available for an open panel at the end of the first day.


On the second day, John Campbell of Campbell DeLong Resources, will facilitate an expanded section on Oregon landlord-tenant law which includes the ins and outs of applicant screening, rental agreements, and the eviction process.


To register, visit 


Have you signed up for Linn-Benton ALERT?


The Linn-Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications to residents of Linn and Benton counties of emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events.


By signing up for the Linn-Benton ALERT, you will receive time-sensitive emergency and safety alerts from public safety officials in the county where you work or live.  You may choose how and where to receive alerts, including your cell phone, home landline, work phone, or all three; by e-mail, text messages, or TTY (a device for individuals with impaired hearing).  You may also prioritize how you would like to be informed.


The service is available to anyone who lives, works, or has family, friends, or property in Linn or Benton counties.  It is sponsored by a partnership of Linn County, Benton County, and the City of Corvallis.


By signing up for the Linn-Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System, you agree to and accept sole responsibility for the accuracy of the information you provide to the Linn-Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System.  All information is confidential and not shared with outside organizations.  Linn-Benton ALERT is only for use in emergency situations.


To sign up, go to 


Volunteers Needed for North Albany Roadside Litter Cleanup Event


The City of Albany is coordinating a litter cleanup event in North Albany on Saturday, November 1, 2014.  This is a perfect opportunity for families and community members to take action and help clean the community.


The North Albany Neighborhood Association is organizing the event with support from the City of Albany, Oregon Department of Transportation, and SOLVE, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving Oregon's natural resources.  SOLVE facilitates volunteering and education opportunities through various beach, river, and other environmental maintenance projects by bringing together individuals, business groups, and service and conservation groups.


Two main roadways in North Albany will be the focus of litter cleanup efforts.  Anyone interested in volunteering should come to one of two registration sites at 9:00 a.m.  For volunteers wanting to work along Highway 20 from Spring Hill Drive to Blossom Lane, register at the former Ray's Food Place, 621 Hickory Street NW; for Gibson Hill Road from the roundabout to Scenic Drive, register at Gibson Hill Park, 2880 Gibson Hill Road NW. 


Participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  All other supplies and instructions will be provided.


Children younger than high school must be accompanied by a participating adult.  All participants must sign a waiver, and those under 18 must have a parent or guardian's signature.


For more information or to preregister, contact Heather Slocum, Public Works Environmental Services Technician, 541-791-0058, or e-mail  For more information about SOLVE, visit



Human Relations awards competition open


Nominations are now open for the Human Relations Commission Award, sponsored by the City of Albany Human Relations Commission.


The Commission wants to recognize individuals and nonprofit organizations or nonprofit businesses in Albany that have worked to promote harmonious relations among the citizens of Albany.  Selection will be based on a demonstrated commitment to promoting human relations, diversity, and/or equality through community programs and activities.  Nominees need not be Albany residents.


Award recipients will be chosen in two categories:  "individual" and "nonprofit" organization/"nonprofit" business.  Up to two runners-up in each category will also be recognized.  Awards will be announced and presented at the January 28, 2015, meeting of the Albany City Council.


The first Human Relations Commission award was presented in January 2012.


Nomination forms-in English and Spanish-are available on the City website,, and hard copies will be provided on request. 


Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2014.  They may be hand-delivered to Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW; mailed to Human Relations Commission Award, P.O. Box 490, Albany, OR 97321; or faxed to 541-917-7511.


The Human Relations Commission was established in 2007 to promote harmonious relations among Albany citizens.  It was created to recommend programs, activities, ordinances, expenditures, and other appropriate governmental activities that serve the goal of maintaining respectful interactions within the community.  Annually, the Commission supports events or activities to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday; mental illness and mental health awareness; National Night Out; and Festival Latino.  The Commission also seeks opportunities to meet with groups or individuals throughout the community to learn about their experiences of living in Albany.


Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and City Councilors.


City Council reschedules meetings for holidays


The Albany City Council revises its meeting schedule for November and December to accommodate the year-end holidays.


The Council will hold work sessions at 4:00 p.m. Mondays, November 3 and 10, and regular meetings at 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, November 5 and November 12.  City Hall offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, for Veterans' Day and again Thursday and Friday, November 27-28 for Thanksgiving.


In December, the Council will hold regular meetings at 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, December 3 and 10, with a work session at 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 8.  City Hall offices will be closed on Thursday, December 25, 2014, and Thursday, January 1, 2015, for Christmas and New Year's Day.


City Council work sessions are held in the Municipal Court Room and regular meetings are in Council Chambers, both on the first floor of Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW.  All meetings are open to the public and fully accessible.


Regular Council meetings are also streamed live at, broadcast live on Comcast Channel 28 in Linn County and Channel 23 in Benton County, rebroadcast for two weeks on the Comcast channels, and archived on YouTube and the City website.  For more information, call 541-917-7507 or e-mail


Previous issues of City Bridges are available at:  
General Information: 541-917-7500
Mayor Sharon Konopa: 541-791-0300
City Manager
Wes Hare:  
Ward I Councilors:
Dick Olsen,

Floyd Collins,

Ward II Councilors:
Bill Coburn,

Ray Kopczynski,

Ward III Councilors:
Bessie Johnson,

Rich Kellum,

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