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: May 20, 2015

Woodland creatures
Ticks. Love ’em or hate ’em. Actually, I’m not sure I know of anyone who loves these little creatures. Except maybe the bigger animals that find them to be tasty morsels.
The reason I bring up ticks is that one accompanied me into the house the other night. It was unpleasant. Making things worse was the fact that I only “discovered” the little critter as I was attempting to sleep, but was disturbed by a “crawling” sensation.

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Here's the Scoop: May 13, 2015

How dry I am. We are.
Dry enough for ya? That seems to be a common question. Well, if it isn’t, it should be.
By the time the ink is dry on this newspaper, the surrounding countryside may be wet, but the small amount of rainfall predicted this week will hardly quench the ground’s thirst.

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Here's the Scoop: May 6, 2015

Foraging time is here again
We ramped up for some foraging over the weekend. Actually, I guessed we “foraged” for ramps — wild leeks, as some folks like to call them. I looked it up and these babies are not technically leeks. Just like leeks, though, they smell… strong. Or, bad, depending on one’s senses.
Some folks (Hipsters, in particular — I saw that online, too, so it must be true) think of ramps as one of the major food groups. Washed down with Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, I’m sure.

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Here's the Scoop: April 29, 2015

Unplanned diet
I recently underwent a “My wife has been nagging me for three years ‘annual’ physical.” Like many people, visiting a doctor’s office isn’t high on my list of favorite activities. On the bright side, I wasn’t aware of any major ailments, so I wasn’t too concerned. Silly me.


Here's the Scoop: April 22, 2015

Fan food
The baseball season is now a couple of weeks old and that’s a very good thing. And not just for baseball fans. I think it’s true that non-fans can appreciate the fact that baseball signifies that spring has arrived — at least in theory.
Even for those folks who aren’t baseball fans (we know who you are and we feel sorry for you), going to the ballpark does have some appeal. Mostly, it’s the food.