Hanover Park officially kicked off its 60th anniversary with special presentations by state and congressional leaders, the release of the full events schedule for the yearlong celebration and the unveiling of a commemorative logo at last Friday's annual Village Awards Banquet.
Among the honorees was Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss, who received Hanover Park's Educator of the Year Award for the district's Happiness Initiative.
Mayor Rod Craig said that while not every child comes to school from a happy place, the initiative has helped create a learning environment in which children feel comfortable and safe as they demonstrate responsibility and respect.
"I see the transformation in the classroom," said Craig, a frequent visitor of the village's schools.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg attended the event and congratulated the village on its anniversary and new logo embracing the community's diversity.
Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton sent a representative from his office who shared remarks the congressman read into the Congressional Record recognizing the village's anniversary.
State Rep. Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg presented a proclamation from the state House on behalf of both herself and fellow Democratic Rep. Fred Crespo of Hoffman Estates.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sent a letter congratulating the village on its milestone anniversary.
Of the six summer-centric events celebrating the village's Aug. 14, 1958, incorporation, the biggest and broadest will be the 60th Anniversary Family Festival at the Hanover Park Park District Community Center & Park, 1919 Walnut Ave.
The park district will get the anniversary celebration rolling at 5 p.m. Aug. 10 with a Cops Day Picnic & Movie in the Park.
Movie in the Park events tied to the anniversary also will be held at dusk June 8 at East Harbor Park, and at dusk July 13 at Heritage Park, 5400 Arlington Drive. Games and activities for both will begin at 8 p.m.
Two further events are Peddle the Preserve from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 23 at Springwood Middle School, 5540 Arlington Drive, and Wine in the Park Sept. 29 at Ontarioville Park on Devon Avenue behind the Metra station.
Updates and more details on these events can be found on the village's Facebook page.