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: Feb. 9, 2011

Keeping warm...piece by piece
Last week I provided some of my thoughts about this winter’s, shall we say, winter-like weather.
That means that it’s also time for my annual Firewood Assessment Test (FAT). We have had a wood-burning device in our home for many years. I am still striving for the “Perfect Firewood Supply (PFS).


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 2, 2011

A matter of inches
The weather this winter has had a unifying effect on many folks. Complaining about the cold and snow has been more popular than “Happy Holidays” greetings in December.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 26, 2011

All that’s lost...
You win some, you lose some. That’s how the saying goes. Last week, it felt like I lost more than just some.


Here's the Scoop: Jan 19, 2011

Cat got your tongue?
Unlike some folks who visit their hairdresser or barber on a regular schedule, I basically know it’s time for a haircut because of several “natural” factors.

The first sign that it’s time for a trim is when my showers start taking much longer than usual because of prolonged hair-washing time.


Here's the Scoop: Jan 12, 2011

Time flies when you’re covering news
The Catskill Mountain News ran a story last week about Russell Schebesta marking his 30th year at Middletown town clerk. In an age when job-hopping leads to resumes longer than Black Friday lines at Walmart, holding the same position for three decades is the exception, not the rule.