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: Jan. 7, 2009

Back in the old days...
The beginning of a new year, by nature, brings out several emotions. As the name implies, there’s the anticipation of a fresh start and hope for good days ahead.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 30, 2008

Winter reading time
Along with the constant tease of some nice snowstorms — quickly followed by rain, some form of icy material and early summer temperatures — I like winter in the Catskills for other reasons, as well.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 24, 2008

The scent of success
I always enjoy the frantic pace of last-minute Christmas shopping. Watching this event, not participating in it, of course.
At some point, I decided that I wasn’t going to let the commercialism of this event turn me into a nerve-wracked shopping freak. Not that I’m cynical.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 3, 2008

Celebrity bash
My mother “Peg,” had a birthday this week. So did Britney Spears. On the same day. I think the similarities end at that point.
My mother’s age is not a topic for general discussion. Or any other type of discussion. It never has been.
It can safely be said, though, that she’s a bit older than Britney.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 26, 2008

Wow, look at that poor fool!
As we all know, there are benefits and drawbacks to living in a small town.
For the most part, people are friendly and will drop everything to help a neighbor. That’s one of the best elements of rural life.
On the other hand, there are occasions when it’s not a good thing when most people know everyone else.