Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: April 9, 2014

Real animal power
The strength of vehicles is typically measured in horsepower. When a car or truck is lacking in “get up and go,” it’s often joked that horsepower has been replaced by squirrel power. I’ve added a new level of action (or inaction) to this description: mouse power.
With the exception of the small group of folks who view mice as “cute” and think they make neat pets, most of us have little use for mice. Cats are an exception to this rule, of course.


Here's the Scoop: April 2, 2014

Seems like old times. Or not
I’ve been doing a considerable amount reminiscing lately While it’s not always terribly productive to search one’s memory for long ago details, it’s often enjoyable. Sometimes such recollections are even accurate.


Here's the Scoop: March 26, 2014

Here’s The Scoop ...on Peg
“You’re not going to put that in your column!” Well, I guess it’s nice to have a reputation.
Those words rang in my ears numerous times during my years of authoring Here’s The Scoop. My mother, Margaret “Peg” Sweeney, spoke them often. I’m sure others will echo similar sentiments about not wishing to be a column topic, but Peg will no longer be trying to keep her name and potentially embarrassing incidents out of this space. Peg passed away on Saturday at the age of…


Here's the Scoop: March 19, 2014

Captured on film
The other day, I was scrolling through my MacBook looking for photos to show someone regarding a particular topic. I finally found the pictures, but it took awhile because I often don’t label photos once I transfer them from the camera.


Here's the Scoop: March 12, 2014

The hungry season
When it comes to whitetail deer, the term “wild animal” hardly seems appropriate. Sure, these creatures live in nature, but that seems to be end of the “wild” description.
Deer, as anyone who lives in these parts can attest, are pretty tame specimens. Cute, too, for the most part. They aren’t quite on a par with dogs and cats, but they sometimes seem kind of like pets — and are treated that way by some people who enjoy having deer visit their yards.


Here's the Scoop: March 5, 2014

Must be that time again
It’s official. I’ve crossed the annual line — I’m hating firewood. Well, “hating” is a strong term, but my relationship with all things bark-covered is certainly strained.
This happens every almost spring, of course. After nearly constant wood burning since October, the romance with the fireplace has cooled. It’s OK, though.


Here's the Scoop: February 26, 2014

Leather season is here
It’s nine degrees this morning. The stiff breeze shaves quite a few additional degrees off the thermometer in terms of wind chill. Despite temperatures near 50 over the weekend, there’s still a thick blanket of snow all around.
The winter trudges on and there’s little for us non-snowbirds to do about the situation, but look ahead to better days. And read about baseball.


Here's the Scoop: February 5, 2014

A 50 percent chance
I have been overrun, so to speak, with feedback on last week’s column regarding my recent slipper purchase. That topic really picked up steam — a slipper-y slope, if you will.
Apparently, lots of readers have a deep connection to their in-house footwear of choice. I had no idea when I wrote about this, just how passionate folks are regarding slippers. It’s actually a bit scary. I mean that in the good way.


Here's the Scoop: January 29, 2014

If the slipper fits
One of the reasons that I prefer to buy things online is because I don’t really like hanging out with big groups of people in places such as shopping malls. It’s kind of weird, then, that I often rely on others to help me shop — based on their reviews.
In recent years, I find that I’m letting the shopping experience of the general population guide my spending habits. I recently accumulated enough credit card bonus points to put me within purchase range of a decent pair of slippers. That’s good. And bad.


Here's the Scoop: January 22, 2014

There’s no place like Home Goods...
A little chapter in local history will soon come to a close when Dorothy Maffei steps down as owner of Home Goods of Margaretville (HGM).
In a small town, businesses come and go. In fact, the “go” enterprises somehow seem to outnumber the arrivals. As opposed to mega-malls, shopping in rural areas usually offers a much different type of experience. Stores are often unique. Owners usually know your name.


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