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Village of Hillsburgh marks 200th birthday with commemorative stamp

'A very affordable way to spread a little Hillsburgh love this holiday'
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The Hillsburgh commemorative postage stamp is available in books of 12.

Stamp collectors and Hillsburgh residents have a chance to get their hands on a piece of the village's history. 

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Hillsburgh, the Let's Get Hillsburgh Growing Committee has released a commemorative stamp. Member Jeff Duncan explains the committee, which reports to the Town of Erin, is a bit like a BIA but with a broader focus.

"We thought we wanted to do something that could serve as kind of like a souvenir," said Duncan, who is also a county of Wellington councillor but sits on the Let's Get Hillsburgh Growing Committee in his capacity as a private citizen. 

Aware of a Canada Post program which allows people to create custom stamps using their own photos, the committee decided to design a piece of postage to mark the anniversary. 

While Hillsburgh, a village of just over 1,000 people, has several nice vistas, it was ultimately decided none of those would fit well on a stamp, Duncan said. 

So the committee elected to use an image of one of the distinctive metal maple leaf Hillsburgh signs, which the village fundraised for and had installed in the downtown around 12 years ago. 

"They're sort of like a local landmark," said Duncan. 

The image also hints at a connection to the land, he continued. 

"Hillsburgh used to have quite a maple leaf tree canopy back years ago."

The committee's first order of around 30 stamp booklets sold out quickly. A second batch is on the way and expected to arrive next week, said Duncan. 

They can be purchased at QuickPick Convenience and Video, 99 Trafalgar Rd. in Hillsburgh. 

"At just $15.00 per book (cash only), they are a very affordable way to spread a little Hillsburgh love this holiday," the Town of Erin said on its website. 



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