Volunteers to be honored at Lilburn Arbor Day celebration

LILBURN -- A former mayor and a longtime volunteer will be honored at this year's Arbor Day celebration in Lilburn.

At City Park on Saturday, a tree will be planted in honor of former Mayor Diana Preston, and a bench will be dedicated in honor of the late Diane Bronk, a longtime volunteer.

Bronk, who died in November, was an active member of the Lilburn Woman's Club and helped the city with elections, special events and employee lunches. According to a press release, Bronk is "remembered fondly for her many contributions to the community and for the wonderful Santa sketches she did each year."

Preston became active in the city in the 1980s and served on the city's first planning commission. Since leaving the mayor's office in 2011, she has continued her involvement, volunteering with the woman's club, serving on the Downtown Development Authority and working as a volunteer director for the Lilburn Community Partnership.

As part of the city's participation in the Tree City USA program, the Arbor Day ceremony will allow the first 50 people in attendance at the 11 a.m. ceremony to receive a 16-inch seedling to take home.

City leaders thanked McKinley Landscape for donating the tree and the Lilburn Woman's Club for providing refreshments.