Sesquicentennial has own logo

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Sesquicentennial has own logo

The village has a new logo to commemorate its 150th anniversary.

The planning committee selected a design by Kyle Poff, VP design director at Leo Burnett in Chicago, and son-in-law of committee member Cynthia Curry.

Poff and his wife, Julia Curry, who grew up in Hinsdale, also are former residents, having lived in the Woodlands for three years.

"I thought, 'Oh, this would be great to add back to the community,' " said Poff, noting he does a lot of freelance work.

"I kept trying to thing of something that was really symbolic for Hinsdale," he said. "You want it to be something recognizable. I feel like the one thing you always see is the clock tower."

He said he also was motivated to create a logo that was elegant and timeless, much like the village.

His artwork will be used on village letterhead, email signatures, flags and the village vehicle sticker.

The stories behind seeds

Learn about the Magic of Heirloom Seed Varieties at a special program Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Hinsdale Public Library.

Heirloom varieties are an important link between the past and the future, said program organizer Susan McBride, adult services senior assistant at the library.

"Most of our seeds have been brought over from other countries, other places of origin when people immigrated," she said, noting the fewer heirloom seeds are available now than a century ago due to hybridization.

Heirloom seeds like those for the Inciardi tomato carry the story of the family that brought them to Illinois from Italy.

"It's a link between present and past, the United States and other countries where people immigrated from," McBride said.

Vicki Nowicki, founder of the Downers Grove Seed Library, will discuss what heirlooms are, what a Hinsdale garden might have looked like 150 years ago and how heirloom varieties can be used today.

The program is from 3 to 4 p.m. at the library, 20 E. Maple St.

Preservation topic of talk

What better way to celebrate the past than to preserve it?

Village planner Bethany Salmon and building commissioner Robb McGinnis will discuss new changes to Title 14 and the Hinsdale Zoning Code that offer incentives for historic preservation at a special Hinsdale Public Library program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the library, 20 E. Maple St. John Bohnen and Alexis Braden from the Hinsdale Historic Preservation Commission also are slated to attend.

This will be the second presentation from Salmon and McGinnis in about six weeks. Salmon hopes this session is more interactive.

"Hopefully people can come to that and ask some questions as well," Salmon said. "Hopefully that has more of a back and forth."

The two will discuss the incentives available to homes that are on Historically Significant Structures Property List in the Historic Overlay District.

- by Pamela Lannom