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Chapter 11: Adventures of Frankie

Go fly a kite

Paulette kicked a pinecone down the wooded path. This was the shortcut from her best friend’s house. Rita the redhead was grounded. Not that she did anything wrong, no, her father was just in one of his moods. At least that’s how she always put it. Frankie wasn’t around either, he was at Little League which gave her an idea, the kite she got when they were visiting Frankie’s grandparents in Florida, the soccer field at school would be a great place to fly!

Chapter 10: The Adventures of Frankie

Wiggly worm

Mom and Dad’s car lights shined through the dining room windows. That’s when Frankie noticed the juice from the wiggling pile of worms headed for the edge of the table. He shot a hand to the line of liquid just before it dripped onto the floor.

On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

At a press conference on July 2, Republican Congressional candidate John Katko criticized Democratic opponent Dan Maffei, the incumbent representative for the 24th Congressional District, for his grandiose infrastructure plan as well as his vote against a House measure that encourages oil drilling within the U.S.

BARCLAY: New York to allow medical marijuana

The 2013-14 NYS legislative session has come to an end. During the final week, hundreds of bills were passed. However, the legislation that got the most attention was legislation that legalized medical marijuana.

LETTERS: Cuomo fails to follow through with promise

To the editor: Andrew Cuomo let down New York’s school children by abandoning the education tax credit, even after he promised to pass it this session.

LETTERS: No new gas tax

To the editor: Recently, Dan Maffei released another one of his studies full of pre-election goodies, this time detailing 15 pages of new spending on local infrastructure.

LETTERS: B'ville Concert Series Partnership says thank you

To the editor: The Baldwinsville Concert Series Partnership would like to thank the many businesses and individuals who donated to help put on the upcoming Tuesday evening free summer concert series.

LETTERS: Baldwinsville Concert Series Partnership says thank you

To the editor: The Baldwinsville Concert Series Partnership would like to thank the many businesses and individuals who donated to help put on the upcoming Tuesday evening free summer concert series.

LETTERS: Keep the Ball Rolling (KBR) 2014 was a huge success

To the editor: Baker High School seniors and their guests attended Keep the Ball Rolling (KBR), the all-night alcohol/drug-free celebration which took place immediately following Baker High School’s senior ball on Saturday, May 31.

Letters: No evidence of illegal meeting

To the editor: At the June 9 Lysander Town Board meeting, Councilor [Melinda] Shimer asked for an update on my investigation of an illegal meeting that allegedly took place several weeks prior. I want to say that I did not observe Councilor Shimer after reviewing the security footage on the camera angles that were provided to me.

Library Focus: Summer storytimes begin June 30

School’s out for summer, but don’t panic! We have lots of things to keep the kids busy and more than a few things for the rest of us.

The Adventures of Frankie

Chapter 9: Batter up

“Dad, can you take me to the batting cage?” “Again? Frankie, that’s the third time this week.” “Yeah, I know, but next week we start softball in gym class. I gotta be ready!”

EDITORIAL: Time to build a new plan

This editorial appears in the June 25 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Chapter 8: The Adventures of Frankie

Bad hair day

Frankie’s dad ruffled his hair as he walked by the breakfast table, “Get’n a little long there kid.” A flat spot on one side from sleeping on a wet head, Frankie pushed aside the curls so he could see his Fruit Loops.

Chapter 6: The Adventures of Frankie

Checking account

Both hands gripping the wheelbarrow, sleep still thick in his head, Frankie twisted to wipe an eye on his sleeve. Never excited about getting up early on a Saturday morning, but for a new bicycle, right now he’d do just about anything.