SOLAR: An organization called Florida Solar is trying to establish a solar power cooperative in Polk County that would make it easier for residents to get good deals on home solar installations. Solar advocates addressing the League of Women Voters on Wednesday urged supporters to lobby the city of Lakeland to remove its solar demand charge since that removes some of the financial benefits of a solar installation.

TEACHER: Polk’s Teacher of the Year is Michelle Dinwiddie, who urges her 10th-grade language arts students at Lake Gibson High School to display good character through “a tucked-in shirt, a kind word, a diligent heart and a capable attitude.”

THINGS TO DO: Mary Poppins at Lakeland Community Theatre the next three weekendsArt and Music Under the Stars at the Music Ranch Saturday evening

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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