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: July 16, 2008

No big surprise
I recently marked a “special” birthday. I am unsure why people make such a big deal out of turning 35, but so be it. Not being much of a “party person,” I gently reminded loved ones — many times — that I really, really didn’t want a party on my behalf. Cake was another story, though.


Here's the Scoop: July 9, 2008

Long & winding road
Dedicated fans of this column, Scoopies, as they like to be called, were fairly quick to notice that the News was Scoop-less for a couple of weeks recently.


Here's the Scoop: July 2, 2008

Animal rights. And Wrongs.
A few weeks back, our “Cub Reporter” outgrew her title. What started as an innocent tip about a prospective story ended happily a few days ago with another fine piece of journalism by our new “Buffalo Reporter.” Quite a promotion.
Apparently, bear stories in the Catskills have become a bit boring. Even the tale of a bear breaking into a home and chugging down some champagne doesn’t grab folks like it used to when bear sightings were relatively rare.


Here's the Scoop: June 11, 2008

A real turnoff
Like most people, I am frustrated and angered by the spiraling rise in oil/gas prices. Do I think it’s all a scam? Yes. But my conspiracy theories don’t help fill the gas tank.
Long before prices started cranking up about every 15 minutes, I always believed in driving fuel efficient cars. And not keeping the thermostat at 82 degrees.
It’s finally becoming clear that many folks who were driving vehicles the size of a football field are “trading down” for rigs that can be filled for less than an entire week’s paycheck. Still, one has to wonder if drivers could be doing more to cut gas usage.


Here's the Scoop: June 4, 2008

Easy as PB&J
Somewhere along the line, I’ve pretty much become a “brown bagger.” I think that “somewhere” was when gas hit $3 per gallon. It’s not that I don’t enjoy buying my lunch — I do — but when necessities start costing way more than is reasonable, adjustments must be made. Therefore, my solution to the absurd cost of fuel is peanut butter!