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Solon barn sold at auction


The old Stout barn will soon be torn down. Photo by Len Allington.

The old Stout barn will soon be torn down. Photo by Len Allington.

By Judy Reed

The long-running campaign to save a Solon barn came to an end last week, when the barn was sold at auction for $300.

The barn, known as the Stout barn, is located on property that Solon Township bought in a foreclosure sale several years ago. It is located behind the Township hall, at 15185 Algoma Ave. It is one of several barns on the property.

The barn has been a bone of contention since the Township bought the property. They originally investigated putting money into it for the new township hall, but decided to build after finding out what needed to be done.

The barn has been used for the flea market portion of the Solon farmer and flea market in the past, and this past winter was used for storage of RVs.

In March, the Solon Township board voted to remove the barn, and have Supervisor Bob Ellick facilitate the removal as economically as possible.

Ellick said that the demolition could start as early as next week, and should only take a few days, according to the buyer, a Mr. Bonthuis, of Ravenna. Under the agreement, he has 120 days to complete the job, and gets everything, even the concrete.

The buyer has to show proof of liability and comprehensive insurance, and the payment has been put into escrow. “If they do something wrong, then we keep the money,” Ellick explained.

According to current drawings for the park to be built on the Solon property, it shows a barn in the spot where the old one is. Ellick said the idea is to relocate the other three barns on the property, although he didn’t know where they were going to be put. He also said it’s also possible they could build a new one, but the plans have not yet been completed.

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Opening Day at Solon Market June 7


School’s out and Mom’s already frazzled. The kids have already started their, “I’m bored!” blues.  What to do?  Head on over to Solon Market for a fun-filled summer! The Market kicks off Opening Day Saturday, June 7, with give-aways and a petting zoo, free samples and plenty of seasonal produce as well as crafts, baked goods and flea market items.  Browse the open-air market and visit with your friends, neighbors and family.

Solon Market is bringing back many favorites such as Christmas (in July this year), Fire Fighter Days and the popular Dog Daze Pet Expo. For a complete calendar of events, check out their facebook page at Solon Market or call 696-4227.

Solon Market is a free market charging nothing to vendors for set-up. Located at 15185 Algoma Ave. behind Solon Township Offices in and near the picturesque barn once owned by the Stout Family. It is family-oriented and kid friendly.  Market hours are every Saturday through October from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Come and join the fun!

 

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Farmer and flea market in Greenville


Would you like to get some great deals and have the profits go for a good cause at the same time? Now you can! The Jesus Non-Denominational Church and community impact center has started a farmer and flea market in the old Meijer store parking lot on 1220 N. Lafayette, Greenville. According to Pastor Tom Turner, the profit goes to feed 3,000 people monthly.

The market is open on Fridays and Saturdays, and shoppers can expect to find everything you would normally find—fresh fruits and vegetables, and everything from antiques to hand-crafted woodwork.  And a big plus for both shoppers and vendors is that it is open all day! “We have 1,000 cars that pass us every hour,” explained Turner, “so vendors stay set up all day. Other farmer and flea markets close at noon because the public leaves. But we have customers all day.”

Turner said they only ask for a $10 donation for three full car spaces from vendors—about a 30X18 space per day. He said that in the future they would like to build their market to around 300 vendors and use the profits to build their community impact center dream.

They are open for vendors starting at 6 a.m. and the public at 7 a.m. Call 616-225-9999 or visit www.jesusndc.com for more info.

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Solon Farm market


The Solon farm, craft and flea market was bustling last week with vendors and customers from around the area.

There were a lot of items to choose from, including fresh produce, plants and flowers, farm fresh eggs, pure maple syrup, jams and jellies, homemade candles, wood crafts, pet supplies, horse supplies, free wagon rides, popcorn, and even a spray paint artist creating and selling his pictures on site.

“I really appreciate the way everyone worked together to make it happen, and especially thank Rich Straub for bringing his horses, Ford and Chevy—to offer the free wagon rides,” said Vicky Babcock, who is helping organize the farm market. She said the free wagon rides would be there again this Saturday.

If you haven’t checked out the Solon Township farm market yet, head on over this weekend it’s located at 15185 Algoma Avenue, between 18 and 19 Mile, and is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They offer free sites to vendors to sell their goods and a covered pole barn. Doors open at 8 a.m. Interested vendors should call 696-4227.

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Man arrested for larceny from flea market


Montcalm County Sheriff deputies received a call early Thursday morning, June 30, that a man was a man going in and out of the tents at the flea market in Trufant. The man also tried later to get into the caller’s car and caused damage. When Deputies arrived they investigated and found money was missing from the vendors at the flea market.

Meanwhile, homeowner Tony Sorenson was awakened by noises downstairs in his home, and thought it was his son. He went to check on him and found him still sleeping. He then noticed several patrol cars outside shining spotlights in the area of his home. Sorenson heard another noise and turned around to find a man standing behind him. He grabbed the man by the arm and took him outside to deputies. The intruder matched the description of the man police were looking for in the flea market break-ins and he was taken into custody.

A large amount of money was found on the man, and he was arrested on numerous charges, including larceny, illegal entry, malicious destruction of property, and disorderly conduct. The man was identified as a 37-year-old from White Pigeon, Michigan. The case is still under investigation.

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