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: December 21, 2011

Cookies are meant to be eaten
“It’s not bragging, if it’s true.” I’m not sure who originated that idea, but I like it.
I mention this now, because we are in the midst of Christmas Cookie Season and, well, let’s just say that I can eat a lot of these sweet treats.

I’m not referring to those quaint little plates of cookies, the kind that many folks set out for Santa to enjoy. No, I mean the kind of cookie consumption that is definitely not healthy — even though it tastes really, really good.


Here's the Scoop: December 14, 2011

Farm out idea
I may be rushing things a bit, but I am counting down the time until the “days start getting longer.” It’s eight by the time this paper hits the street.

Nothing against winter; I have chosen to live in the northeast, so I accept the inevitabilities of the season. Still, I like to consider winter as just an annoying bump in the road as we count down to…Spring Training!


Here's the Scoop: December 7, 2011

Let’s can this idea
I’m sure many of you shared my outrage with the recent introduction of the “Arctic Home” cans – regular Coke in a white-toned can featuring a trio of polar bears — as part of a seasonal theme.
You will be happy to know that the Coca-Cola masterminds have pulled the plug on this campaign, “amid a slew of consumer complaints.” Whew!

Plus, there’s even better news: the company will be launching a new line of coke cans featuring the polar bears on the original red signature packaging! All is right with the world again.


Here's the Scoop: November 30, 2011

Cleaning up the turkey
Ah, there’s nothing like four days off to recharge one’s batteries. That’s the great thing about Thanksgiving — that one extra day that this particular holiday brings leaves plenty of time for…vacuuming!

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Thanksgiving. The overindulging. The swearing off eating…only to start again with an entire new meal about three hours after dessert. It’s all good stuff.


Here's the Scoop: November 23, 2011

The votes are counted
Well, another Election Season is over. Unlike the Presidential campaign that lasts exactly four years and involves seemingly dozens of “front-running candidates” (changing about every eight days) local election action is a bit more low-key.

Because most village, town and county races involve “neighbors running against neighbors,” the campaign season can take on a pretty personal tone.