Lucky me! I get to write about Lantzville once a week!
I will be sharing events, happenings and stories about residents in this column. I am looking forward to sharing with the Daily News readers more about this beachside community.
So, for my first column, I want to give you some information on Lantzville. We are a town of about 3,700 residents, there are 1,550 homes and we were incorporated in 2003 - pretty exciting that we are celebrating our 10th anniversary of incorporation this year.
Lantzville began as a coal mining town in the 1800's. Lantzville is named after Harry Lantz, an American who invested in a coal mine in nearby Nanoose. Coal was a big part of Lantzville for many years. Many of our streets are named after settler type families. When the coal seams ran low and the mines closed, the waterfront miners' shacks - you can see some of the remnants of the cabins on the local beaches - were rented out to city residents in search of quiet spots on the beach.
Lantzville has grown into more of a residential area now, but maintains it's charm with great residents, amazing beaches, magnificent hiking trails and a delightful downtown core, it has everything you need: Medical office, dentist, a full service gas station, post office, restaurant, pub, elementary school, building supply store, a small grocery store, a farmer's market on Sundays, a community hall, churches, playgrounds and more.
I sound like the resident tourism recruiter. Hmm, that's not a bad idea. I would love for more people to come visit us.
Lantzville is a town with lots of offer . . . in its quiet understated way.
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We are taking on the Kom-bucha craze at the July Tea Salon. Kelli Etheridge will be on hand to talk about this fermented tea, how to make it, why it is good for us, what a SCOBY is and more. Join us on Sunday from 2: 30-4 p.m. at the Painted Turtle Guest House (121 Bastion Street).
Kelli Etheridge began her journey with food and nutrition 25 years ago when she became a vegetarian. Today she is a student at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and will be graduating soon as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Her goal is to inspire people to cook whole foods and make informed and healthy choices for themselves, their family and the planet.
When not experimenting in the kitchen and developing new recipes for an upcoming cookbook, you can find her in her portrait studio, photographing bellies and babies.
Here is a bit more about kom-bucha from Kelli. As we begin to recognize the nutritional shortfalls of the modern diet we are motivated to look back at traditional food practices for information and inspiration. Kombucha is one of those traditional foods, consisting of a yeast-bacterial colony fermenting a tea and sugar solution. It is loaded with probiotic goodness, vitamins and enzymes. Brewing it yourself is rewarding - you are co-creating with other living creatures.
Kelli is excited to teach everyone about kombucha. Come have some tea, make some friends and learn something new. As always, we encourage guests to bring a book, take a book. Bring three books, take home three . . . you get the idea. We will have tea and treats. Tea is from steeped tea and Nicolle Nattrass will be on hand with a little beauty treat from Arbonne.
If you have a story about Lantzville you would like to share with me, have a local event or think I should talk to an interesting resident, please email me at email@example.com
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