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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.

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!”

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.

Chapter 7: The Adventures of Frankie

School sucks

“FRANCIS, get down here!” After three times of asking nicely, Annette, Frankie’s mom, deferred to his father to get him downstairs for breakfast. “What’s wrong honey?” she asked as he plopped down next to his younger brother. “I hate school,” Frankie pouted.

Dairy still leader in ag, regional economy

There has been some good news lately involving dairy and the local economy. New York was recently named the top yogurt producer in the nation. This is the second year our state has earned this distinction, in large part due to the Greek yogurt producers who call New York home. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York produced 741 million pounds of yogurt, up from 695 million pounds in 2012. New York also accounted for 15.7 percent of the total U.S. yogurt production in 2013.

Help me help the MDA

I need your help to make bail. No, not that kind of bail. I’ve never been arrested. But I am going to “jail.” I’ve been recruited to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with their annual Lock-Up fundraiser. Such events occur nationwide all year long. Business owners and community leaders (and, apparently, weekly newspaper reporters) agree to be “put behind bars for good.” We’re asked to raise money from friends, family, co-workers and, in your case, readers to help make “bail,” which will then benefit the MDA’s research, medical clinics and summer camp experiences.

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SAFE-ACT has serious flaws, won’t work in the long run

My opinion of the New York Safe Ammunition and Firearms Act (SAFE-ACT) is as follows: Lawmakers feel desperate to do something in the wake of violence in American schools and American society in general. I get it. The next time something horrible happens in an American school or workplace, the lawmakers can say they were trying, we have a new law and it will help. It’s not that their hearts are in the wrong place, they have children and families they worry about, too. It’s their reasoning and intellect that is not in the right place.

Shifty’s: A local Syracuse favorite

Shifty’s Bar, off of Burnet Avenue, is a beloved Syracuse institution. Opened in 1969, it boasts live music five nights a week, award-winning chicken wings and has garnered a loyal following. Shifty’s checks off many of the dive bar conventions along with some more premium accoutrements.

Chapter 4: The Adventures of Frankie

The color of envy

Frankie wiped the grease off an open end wrench before dropping it in the toolbox. He’d catch the dickens if his father found any of his tools dirty. With the tool box back in its proper place in the basement, he was ready to give his hodge-podge of a bicycle another try.

Chapter 5: The Adventures of Frankie

Spring break

“FRANCIS, RONNIE, GET IN HERE!” Frankie’s father yelled out the front door. The two kids were taking their sweet time wandering over from Scrawny’s house. When they finally walked through the door, inside Frankie’s parents were sitting in the living room looking as though they were ready to chew them out for something or other. For the life of him, Frankie couldn’t figure what they had done wrong.

Sauced with Michael Cross: Stein’s reveals successes and shortfalls

Stein’s, located in Camillus, is a bit of a mixed bag of successes and shortfalls.