From the Board
Welcome to our first edition of Lovin’Lilburn, your monthly community newsletter that will connect you with our neighborhoods, schools, businesses, organizations, churches, events and surrounding areas. As this is our first run, no doubt there are some short comings and features that you would like in future editions. We are looking for suggestions and know that the end result will be a newsletter that truly reflects our community. As you read, you will be directed to Web sites for more info as well as the Lilburn Community Partnership Web site.
When you get to the Lilburn CP Site, take a few minutes to explore. The Site is a work in progress, and has tremendous potential to inform and connect our community. We live in a great community, and it is no wonder that Money Magazine recently singled out Lilburn as one of the top affordable places to live!
Lovin’Lilburn seeks to give you some positive news and interesting features from around our area. If you are interested in volunteering to improve LL, please contact us at info@LilburnCP.com. To learn more about the greater Lilburn community and the Lilburn Community Partnership, check out our Web site at www.LilburnCP.com. In the meantime, take a break and read about what’s happening in our community.
---Diana Preston, Secretary, Lilburn Community Partnership
It's fall and soon it will be time to rake leaves and spruce up our neighborhoods for the holiday season. To help get you in the spirit of getting your neighbors together, and help LL expand its readership, we have a great contest that starts Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 1. Step 1 is to forward this newsletter to as many of your neighbors as possible and ask them to register to receive Lovin'Lilburn. When they register, they note their neighborhood and email address. The five top neighborhoods with the most email addresses registered will get a $50 credit for shrubs, perennials, and pinestraw at Dorough Landscape Co. These items will likley be needed as you gather together for fall clean-up and replanting. Winners will be posted online and notified through email.
Email us at info@LilburnCP.com telling us who your neighborhood leader is, and we'll notify the winning neighborhood through email and follow up phone call. Click here for Link.
Dining - 1910 Public House Review
We here in Lilburn are so excited that the 1910 Public House has opened. My husband and I were there on opening night August 30. When we arrived we were greeted at the hostess desk by Danny, the General Manager of the 1910 Public House. We were seated and ordered an appetizer, the 1910’s Pimento Cheese served with homemade crackers and pickled vegetables which was outstanding. For dinner I chose the Corn Dusted and Sautéed Trout, which was prepared with Brussels sprouts and curried sweet potato in a ginger brown butter reduction. The meal was beautifully served and was a very generous portion.
My husband, Gary, ordered the Pasta Primavera in a marinara sauce with fresh spinach, garlic, basil, onion, zucchini squash, mushroom, bell pepper and carrots. It was a gorgeous platter of colorful fresh vegetables from farm to table. The restaurant prides itself on serving dishes consisting of local produce. There is a wonderful atmosphere at 1910 Public house where you can be surounded by Lilburn neighbors, elegant delicious food and extraordinary service. www.1910publichouse.com --By Kay Bennett, Lilburn Resident
Attention Business Owners and Organization Leaders!
Lilburn Community Partnership is asking you to participate in our Community Directory. Inclusion in the Directory is free for business owners whose businesses are in the CID and Non-profit, civic, and HOA's. Non-CID City businesses are $25 and Non-CID/Non-City businesses are $50. This is a one time fee.
Sponsorship ads are also available. See the Web site for more details.
Volunteers in Action – Ladybug Garden Club
If you have been on the Lilburn Greenway Trail lately, you have noticed the red with black dotted ladybugs which the Ladybug Garden Club places for trail users to enjoy. The Garden Club members, known as the Ladybugs have taken the six or so miles of trail under their wings (pun intended) since 2010 when the flood waters washed out the original plantings. The members, who reside in Lilburn, Stone Mountain and Lawrenceville areas, have lovingly tended the plantings and weeded the beds.
They decided to plant only native species in the garden beds of Phase II, from Main St. to Killian Hill Rd. In an effort to educate the public on the benefits of native plants, they labeled the plantings, which are low maintenance and resistant to insects and disease. Some of the plants installed are: Oakleaf Hydrangea, Columbine, Beautyberry, Cardinal Flower and Purple Coneflower. For a complete listing of the plants, please click Ladybugs Native Plants. Jo Pell Holbrook, president of the club said, “We hope people who walk the trail will enjoy the experience of seeing the many different plants and shrubs. We hope the gardens speak to visitors that Ladybugs are proud of our community and are striving to make it a destination they will want to visit often! “A big thank you to the Ladybugs for their long-term commitment to beautifying the Trail.
Interested in volunteering for various projects? Clink this link to go to Friends of Lilburn on our Web site.
Lilburn Woman's Club Celebrating 40 years of Service to the Community
Lilburn Daze (Oct. 12) is just around the corner and the event is a major fundraise for the Lilburn Woman's Club which is celebrating 40 years of service to the community. A special dedication of
"Adventure Mountain" water fountain in City Park will be part of this year's festivities. The fountain was made possible by Lilburn Idol funds, City Pubilic Art funds and Lilburn Woman's Club contributions. Lilburn Daze will be the best ever featuring vendors, crafters and lots of fun for the children. See LilburnDaze.org for more details.
The Lilburn Arts Alliance will feature a Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Lilburn Daze Festival. Check out the details at their Web site for this contest and other future events. www.lilburnartsalliance.org.
Attention property owners:
Do you have a detenion pond on your property? Would you like to possibly reduce your stormwater utility fee?
Gwinnett County Stormwater Management Division is holding a detention pond maintenance workshop on Thursday, November 7, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 pm. at Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30045. The workshop will cover how to recognize when a problem exists, how to maintain the vegetation and structural integrity of your dentention ponds, and tips on control of possible pest populations. Attendance at the workshop may help you qualify for a 5% credit toward next year's stormwater utility fee.
For more information or to register, please send an email to the Stormwater Management Division at
678.376.7193 and press 5.
Top Ten: Ways to Help Your Elementary Student
- Attendance - children need to be at school every day and on time.
- Read with your child and/or have them read to you at least 30 minutes every day.
- Play math games. Math is everywhere - find it!
- Keep lines of communication open with teachers and school staff.
- Teach children manners: please, thank you, excuse me, I'm sorry.
- Teach them good character traits: respect,
dependability, accountability, and responsibility.
- Volunteer at school.
- Model the behaviors you expect from your child.
- Encourage your child.
- Be a part of the School Team - attend meetings, events, and join PTA --From Jenny Nall, Assistant Principal, Lilburn Elementary School. For more on schools - GCPS www.gwinnett.k12.ga.
City of Lilburn Annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade
Join your friends and neighbors as the City of Lilburn as we welcome the holiday season with the lighting of the tree in front of City Hall on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 5-8 pm. After the tree lighting, children are welcome to stay and listen to a variety of holiday stories. Entertainment will be provided and coloring contest winners will be announced. This year, the Lilburn Co-op will be on site collecting canned food for those in need. In addition, attendees will be able to drop off pet food donations for Daffy's Pet Soup Kitchen.
Then come back to Lilburn on Saturday, Dec. 7 for the annual Christmas Parade. This year's parade theme is "My Favorite Holiday Memory". Mrs. Claus will serve as Grand Marshal for the parade.
The parade begins at 10 a.m., winding down Main Street to Lilburn City Park. Following the parade, parents are welcome to take pictures of their children visiting with both Santa and Mrs. Claus in City Park. There will also be entertainment and activities in the park. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Parade entry applications are currently being accepted. Participants are encouraged to be creative and provide some type of entertainment value, relating to the parade theme. Examples would be a decorated float, musical performance, costume characters, etc. Check the City Web site for updates. www.cityoflilburn.com
||Along Main Street
Ending in City Park
Behind Calvin Fitchett Municipal Complex
Lilburn, GA 30047
Click here for parade application for float and organization entries. Deadline is Nov. 15, 5 pm.
Beaver Hills Civic Association Meeting
Beaver Hills Civic Association held a general membership meeting in September which featured a presention on the newly reorganized Lilburn Community Partnership. Diana Preston, LCP Board Secretary, summarized the efforts of the LCP Board to engage the residents and the businesses to help make Lilburn a prosperous and vibrant community. The group of 25 was very enthusiastic with the possibilities that Preston presented. To schedule an info meeting with your neighborhood, business, or organization, contact Ms. Preston info@LilburnCP.com.
High Five's - Top Ways to Stay Fit
1. Everything starts with food. There are trillions of written words on Diet. CrossFit Developer Greg Glassman sums it up ver effioceintly. "Eat meat and vegetables, seeds and nuts, some fruit. little starch and no sugar."
2.Drink Water. Lots of water.
3. Mother said stand up straight. She was right. Posture affects your spine and the health of your nervous system. All things happenthrough your nervous systen. If it doesn't function, neither do you.
4. Move your body. Humans are made for performance, not for sitting at a desk all day.
5. Stay focused and positive. The power of positive thinking is a start but referring back to #4, you cannot sit on the couch and positively say, "I want to be thin. I want to be healthy." You actually have to get off the couch and move your body hard!
Contriubuted by Robert Pruni, DC, CCSP, FlexBuilding Developer
Benefit for Music on Main St. Owner
Scott McCreedy opened the doors to MOMS at 113 Main St. just a mere two and a half years ago and immediately began making a positive difference in the Lilburn downtown area. He renovated the house which had been a residence into a full service music school complete with recording studio and outdoor performance venue for Saturday performances. With all this going on, Scott and his wife Alicia found time to give back to their new community: volunteer judge for Lilburn Idol, gratis entertainment and/or sound for numerous events including the Lilburn Relay Rally, Lilburn Daze, Sparkle in the Park, the Christmas Parade and most recently a benefit for CURE.
Recently Scott had an unexpected medical emergency and exorbitant medical bills followed leaving him reeling at the thought of worrying about his new business expenses and supporting his family. This past Sunday, from 2 pm until 8 pm, organizers put on a benefit, called Big Love. Many from the community came out to show the McCreedy Family what Lilburn Love is all about. Despite Scott's surgery and recovery, the outdoor Saturday evening concerts (7pm -10 pm) are continuing through October: Oct. 5 - "Strung Like a Horse," Oct. 12 - "Copious Jones," and Oct. 19 - "Ramblers." See MOMS for more info.
A Tunnel is Coming to Lilburn and You Can Help!
A mural depicting a tunnel has just begun on the side of the Cofer building in downtown Lilburn. Sonny Franks has long dreamed of a mural, and it is about to come true. He is the artist behind this vision and you can help make this vision a reality. Mayor Crist announced at the Town Hall meeting a few weeks ago that "anyone who helps with painting the mural will have his or her name included on tthe credit for the mural." Of course Sonny will make sure you paint within the lines! So come out during Lilburn Daze as it will be "in progress."
Troop 555 Lives On
Sunday, September 29 was a day that over 100 attendees will long cherish. They came together in Lilburn Park at the Gartrell Nash Pavilion to reconnect and remenisce about childhood, growing up, making friends, and achieving goals. What all these attendees had in common was that they were a parent, a leader, a spouse or son/daughter with a connection to Boy Scout Troop 555 which had been based at John Wesley Methodist Church on Jimmy Carter from 1972 until 2009. During that time hundreds of young boys/men went through scouting and some of them attained Eagle Scout, one of the highest awards of Scouting. The Simmons, Hytowitz, Adams, Frisch, and Cabe familes had been planning the event for the last six months. Dr. Simmons composed a wonderful video of Troop 555 through the years and everyone contributed a wonderful display of memorabilia. One Eagle alum called in from duty in Germany to tell everyone he was thinking of them.
Evidence of Troop 555 has long been felt in Lilburn as some of their scout projects included making benches for the park bat boxes, constructing shelves for storage and a white picket fence (before the 2005 renovation). The white picket fence is all that remains of the many projects as it was moved to the Wynne Russell House when the Park was renovated. But more than that, it was wonderful to see what an impact scouting has made on individual lives. In talking to the former scouts, one could tell that they were continuing their service to the community in many ways - youth coaches, leaders, and some thinking about running for political office. No doubt Troop 555 will continue to make its presence felt throughout the community and the world.