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: March 28, 2012

Transmission failure
Over the years, fax machines have occasionally been a topic in this column. I recall the early days of this technology when the equipment was quite expensive and it was more cost-effective to make a five-mile round-trip to send and receive faxes from a local business that offered such services. Today, I find it annoying to walk two steps across my office to grab a fax off my machine.

“Don’t these people know about e-mail?” I shout to no one in particular when a fax appears.


Here's the Scoop: March 21, 2012

Imported foods...from up north
Even if you’ve never been there, or aren’t entirely certain where it’s located on the map, Greece has played an influential role in your life recently.


Here's the Scoop: March 14, 2012

Who uses these words?
Even during a season like this year, without much snow or many frigid days, winter tends to drag on like a parental lecture.

For this reason, it’s good to have a hobby to help pass the long, chilly days and nights. Hobbies are something that I don’t have many of — unless you count napping on the couch. That’s one that I spend a fair amount of time at during winter and, I modestly state, I have extraordinary skills in this area.


Here's the Scoop: March 7, 2012

Out of tune with the music scene
The world lost some major musical talents with the recent deaths of Whitney Houston and Davy Jones.

As far as I know, Whitney was never in a rock band or anything. I recall that she had fantastic vocal range and wasn’t shy about showing off her talents.

Davy Jones, on the other hand, was the standout star of the hit-making group The Monkees. Many of
the stories I read labeled Davy as a “heartthrob.” The New York Times called Davy “The handsomest Monkee.” I do remember him making the girls go ape, I guess. Sorry.


Here's the Scoop: February 29, 2012

Things will never be the same
It’s the end of an era here at the Catskill Mountain News. This week’s paper marks the last one on the job for jack-of-all-trades Esther Snyder of Roxbury.

At a few years north of the traditional retirement age, Esther will be stepping down from her twice-a-week chores as typesetter/proofreader/obituary editor. I doubt, however, that she’ll be slowing down much.