Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's The Scoop: June 18, 2014

Nearly Unbearable
Are bears becoming the new deer? Maybe.
Bear sightings in the Catskills are not nearly as rare as they once were. “Common,” might even be a good description. Or, maybe Facebook postings just make it feel that way.
A bruin who is clearly disgusted by my failure to include him in my Five Guys burger run.A bruin who is clearly disgusted by my failure to include him in my Five Guys burger run.


Here's the Scoop: June 11, 2014

Father’s Day — Only For The Handy
TV shows and newspaper flyers have been filled with reminders in recent weeks — Father’s Day is right around the corner.
Let’s face it, Father’s Day takes a backseat to Mother’s Day. That’s just the way it works. I’m OK with that — children don’t need that kind of pressure within the span of little more than a month. Wives either.


Here's the Scoop: June 4, 2014

Traveling junk
Other than buying a house, purchasing a vehicle is usually among the biggest investments that people make in their lives.
I think it was writer Rick Steves who said something like, “Drive an old car and travel more.” These words of wisdom come from a fellow who has made a nice career out of globetrotting and then revealing his experiences via written word and TV shows. Good deal.


Here's the Scoop: May 28, 2014

Cupid - with a Ball & Bat
You know how life always seems to be filled with moments that leave you shaking your head and going, “If only I…” Fill in the blank with your biggest regrets.
Sometimes, though, the stars do seem to align perfectly and good fortune results. The following is a true story. Well, parts of it are true. I’ll leave it up to readers to sift through the fact and fiction.


Here's the Scoop: May 21, 2014

Burn, baby, burn
Sometimes, you just can’t rake rocks. Or shovel things. There are times when planting stuff is out of the question, too.
When you reach that point, a logical option is to burn something. Preferably, a large amount of something. It was good for news for me then, that I have been saving up a few large piles of brush for just such an occasion.


Here's the Scoop: May 14, 2014

Out of projects. Almost
Like most folks in the northeast, I was really looking forward to the end of the never-ending winter. Morning temperatures in the teens in mid-May told me we weren’t quite there yet. On the other hand, the hint of some leaves this week and the need for air conditioning on a few occasions in the past few days tells me we may be close.


Here's the Scoop: May 7, 2014

Deere to my heart
Sleep did not come easily last night. If all goes well, I’ll be firing up the lawnmower this evening!
I’ve always heard that many people get excited anticipated Opening Day — I guess I’m among those who can’t wait for the start of Deere Season.
Throughout many years of home ownership, I never own­ed a new riding mower until last year. Because I hadn’t purchased the John Deere until last mowing season was underway, there was no great excitement looking forward to the year’s initial cutting.


Here's the Scoop: April 30, 2014

Cheering for the home team
A friend sent me a link to an interesting article the other day. It seems that some enterprising folks thought it would be interesting to track the various percentages of fans for each zip code in the country.


Here's the Scoop: April 23, 2014

Season’s over. Thankfully
It’s a bittersweet time of year — the end of the Cadbury Mini Egg (CME) Season. Who am I trying to kid? There’s no “bitter” about it — those little candies are pure sugary goodness.


Here's the Scoop: April 16, 2014

Here’s a tip for you...
As a columnist, it’s my job to periodically write about things appearing on the Internet that I find annoying. Actually, I could pretty much do this non-stop, but it would be depressing. Plus, I wouldn’t have time to look at the Internet.
On the other hand, sometimes this stuff just has to be written. Faithful readers already know that I’m more than a little sick of breathless accounts of stars’ “baby bumps.” The same goes for anything remotely related to that incredibly annoying family whose name begins with “K.”


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