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: June 22, 2011

It’s frying season
Like many folks, I always look forward to summer. It’s the best season, in my book.
So, you can imagine my delight when I recently learned about something that promises to make Summer 2011 finger-licking memorable: Deep-Fried Kool-Aid Balls.


Here's the Scoop: June 15, 2011

The long and winding roads
Sometimes, it’s necessary to “get away from it all.” I’m not referring to the Hudson Valley Mall. I mean far, far away. Italy, to be exact.

Through a series of events — some good and some sad — we were determined to make such an excursion to mark our 20th anniversary.

I had not been to Italy since the age of five and, I must admit, my memories of that trip were foggy. Like college. So, I considered this my first “real” excursion to that country.


Here's the Scoop: May 25, 2011

Survival of the carnivores
My love for meals from Five Guys Burgers and Fries is not a secret. It’s been mentioned more than once in this space. This week, I have no choice but to bring up this scrumptious topic again.
I know that my taste for Five Guys meals (“fast-food” seems like an inappropriate description) is shared by many others. More often than not, when I hit the Kingston location, I run into diners from this area. Unfortunately, they never offer to buy my meal. That’s OK, because the food is worth the price.


Here's the Scoop: May 18, 2011

Tidal wave of support
If an athlete is termed a “competitor,” it’s a compliment. On the other hand, being tagged “competitive,” is not really a flattering term. I’m somewhere in between.

I’d prefer not to go into great detail over this, on advice from my attorney, but I’ll provide an outline. Let’s just say I entered a home renovation project into a contest. The rules of the contest were simple: the most votes from the public wins.


Here's the Scoop: May 11, 2011

It’s Pippa-watching season
Like so many others, I’ve had trouble thinking about much of anything other than “Pippa” for the past couple of weeks.

My days are filled with “Google alerts” pouring in for all things “Pippa.” The good news is that I don’t get many things that aren’t related to Pippa Middleton, because there just ain’t that many of them around. Pippa Middleton is not the only person with that name, but she’s probably the only one who is simply known by one name. Like Madonna. Or Tarzan.