Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

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.”


Here's the Scoop: April 9, 2014

Real animal power
The strength of vehicles is typically measured in horsepower. When a car or truck is lacking in “get up and go,” it’s often joked that horsepower has been replaced by squirrel power. I’ve added a new level of action (or inaction) to this description: mouse power.
With the exception of the small group of folks who view mice as “cute” and think they make neat pets, most of us have little use for mice. Cats are an exception to this rule, of course.


Here's the Scoop: April 2, 2014

Seems like old times. Or not
I’ve been doing a considerable amount reminiscing lately While it’s not always terribly productive to search one’s memory for long ago details, it’s often enjoyable. Sometimes such recollections are even accurate.


Here's the Scoop: March 26, 2014

Here’s The Scoop ...on Peg
“You’re not going to put that in your column!” Well, I guess it’s nice to have a reputation.
Those words rang in my ears numerous times during my years of authoring Here’s The Scoop. My mother, Margaret “Peg” Sweeney, spoke them often. I’m sure others will echo similar sentiments about not wishing to be a column topic, but Peg will no longer be trying to keep her name and potentially embarrassing incidents out of this space. Peg passed away on Saturday at the age of…


Here's the Scoop: March 19, 2014

Captured on film
The other day, I was scrolling through my MacBook looking for photos to show someone regarding a particular topic. I finally found the pictures, but it took awhile because I often don’t label photos once I transfer them from the camera.


Here's the Scoop: March 12, 2014

The hungry season
When it comes to whitetail deer, the term “wild animal” hardly seems appropriate. Sure, these creatures live in nature, but that seems to be end of the “wild” description.
Deer, as anyone who lives in these parts can attest, are pretty tame specimens. Cute, too, for the most part. They aren’t quite on a par with dogs and cats, but they sometimes seem kind of like pets — and are treated that way by some people who enjoy having deer visit their yards.


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