Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

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.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 22, 2010

Holiday helper
Whew. There are few times of year busier than the holiday season. For some of us.
Apparently, this “prep work” is not always evenly divided.
Those who know me, realize that I’m hardly a chauvinist. Having said that, I feel there are perfectly logical reasons why I’m not involved with many pre-holiday tasks.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 15, 2010

Drifting away
Calling all artists — your ship has come in — I mean washed ashore. This recent story — a true one — seems to have eluded a lot of folks, so I’ll call attention to it here.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 8, 2010

I dream of eating...
Most people have a “dream job.” I’m talking about something beyond working at a community newspaper. Way, way beyond that.

Back to the real dream jobs. For most of us, such gigs involve a huge amount of financial reward and not much muscle fatigue. No early hours. No stressed-out customers. Easy stuff.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 1, 2010

You’re buying...how nice!
The old saying tells us, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” For most of us, maybe.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 24, 2010

Noisy public being heard
In recent years, if you’re not “green,” you’re not good. At least, that seems to be the message in the world of marketing. As a result, most companies have peppered their advertising and promotional materials with all sorts of green claims.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 17, 2010

Too good to pass up
Despite “gloomy economic news” that has plagued the country (and much of the world) for years, there have been a few bright spots. It’s the physics of a recession, I guess.


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