Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney has been the author of “Here’s the Scoop” for more than 20 years. The column usually deals with the lighter side of life and the writer has been known to mix a bit of fiction in with the facts. Brian has received six awards for his column in the annual New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Here's the Scoop: April 22, 2015

Fan food
The baseball season is now a couple of weeks old and that’s a very good thing. And not just for baseball fans. I think it’s true that non-fans can appreciate the fact that baseball signifies that spring has arrived — at least in theory.
Even for those folks who aren’t baseball fans (we know who you are and we feel sorry for you), going to the ballpark does have some appeal. Mostly, it’s the food.

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Here's the Scoop: April 15, 2015

Didn’t we just do this?
April, of course, makes the official start of Spring Cleaning Season. In documenting this activity last year, I commented that the job was much harder than my wife or I had anticipated. This year, it was worse. Much worse.
The Spring Cleaning to be conducted over the weekend was limited in scope — the basement. A reasonable task, one might think. Or not. After last year’s marathon, I knew not to underestimate the amount of labor involved. Plus, somehow, we had managed to accumulate even more “stuff” than I ever remembered.

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Here's the Scoop: April 8, 2015

The search is on
As with just about everything else she does these days, Taylor Swift made waves in the news this week as she enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt with her brother. Good for her — the anti-Justin Bieber.
We hosted an egg hunt at our house, but I don’t think the event received nearly as much publicity as Taylor’s search. First of all, no offense to those in attendance, but I doubt anyone had an outfit nearly as stylish as Taylor’s — it was hard to tell, though, since everyone was bundled up against the cold.

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Here's the Scoop: April 1, 2015

Getting flighty
Things are getting serious now. The winter that was just plain annoying is now leading folks to strange new hobbies as they try to while away the days until green grass appears and bugs are welcome.
Around our house, the new pastime is the Eagle Watch. Not to be confused with the Apple Watch, which doesn’t arrive until later this month. Anyhow, a few weeks back, a friend sent a link to a camera mounted near an eagles’ nest in Pennsylvania. “This is really cool,” or something like that, were the words he used in his seemingly innocent message.


Here's the Scoop: March 25, 2015

What’s for dinner?
While humans have been complaining about The Longest Winter for quite some time, we actually have it pretty easy. Although they may be expensive and/or hard work, we have options for heating our homes. The same with eating — we head to the store and grab whatever we like. For a special treat, we get some takeout.
Deer, on the other hoof, don’t have these luxuries. Sure, they are outfitted with some pretty durable, all-natural coats, but the food and shelter aren’t automatic. Even a rugged fur coat can’t be that comfortable against sub-zero temperatures and whipping winds. I’m guessing that, in the past few years, there are plenty of deer who decided that heading south during the winter months wasn’t an idea that’s strictly for the birds.