Three local residents were honored Saturday morning during Lompoc's annual Arbor Day celebration held at Recognition Grove in River Park.
Lompoc Vision publisher Victor Jordan, local Toys for Tots co-founder Patricia Nuernberg and June Schwartz, who died in 2020 and served as a volunteer with numerous local organizations, were each recognized for their significant contributions to the community and honored with a planted tree and plaque bearing their name.
The honorees who were selected by the Lompoc Beautification & Appearance Commission, in partnership with the Lompoc Urban Forestry Division, also were presented with certificates of appreciation. Schwartz's family and friends accepted the honor on her behalf.
According to a city spokeswoman, as the planted trees grow and mature, they become a living legacy of the esteem in which Recognition Grove honorees are held.
Lompoc's annual Arbor Day celebration is expected to return in April 2022.
Three staff members at Maple High School, April Martin, Rebecca Ingrahm and Katherine Wallace received the highest honors for the 2020 academic year, and Superintendent Trevor McDonald was named Superintendent of the Year.
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