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: Dec. 16, 2009

On the wrong track
Like a few other people, I was not totally convinced that it was going to snow anytime soon this winter. I figured maybe a couple of inches in the middle of February. Naturally, there was no need for me to have snow tires put on our vehicles until that time.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 9, 2009

Just follow the rules...
Holiday work parties…you’ve got to love them. I think.
At some point, these festive events have shifted focus. One of the strangest trends I’ve noticed is that the term “holiday party” has taken on a more vague meaning. I used to think that this name was inserted so that no one’s religious beliefs were offended. That’s fine.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 2, 2009

A far out visit
Hey, man, we checked out The Museum at Bethel Woods – the Story of the Sixties and Woodstock over the holiday weekend. It was, as they say, really groovy.
For you non-hippies, that means we liked it.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 25, 2009

Name of the game
Since Baseball Season ended, Reading Season kicked off for me. I’m not always really choosy about what I read. I like a good mystery or an interesting sale catalog.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 18, 2009

For the first time in well, ever, I have our firewood supply ready long before snow is piled porch-high. Yup, the wood is all split and neatly stacked. OK, truth in firewood reporting here: “neatly” may not be the appropriate term to apply in this instance. If I were a romance novelist given to flowery descriptive passages, I would probably have referred to the pile as something like: “The winter’s fuel was carefully placed for optimum drying atmosphere in a sturdy, yet serpentine pattern.”