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: June 18, 2014

Nearly Unbearable
Are bears becoming the new deer? Maybe.
Bear sightings in the Catskills are not nearly as rare as they once were. “Common,” might even be a good description. Or, maybe Facebook postings just make it feel that way.
A bruin who is clearly disgusted by my failure to include him in my Five Guys burger run.A bruin who is clearly disgusted by my failure to include him in my Five Guys burger run.


Here's the Scoop: June 11, 2014

Father’s Day — Only For The Handy
TV shows and newspaper flyers have been filled with reminders in recent weeks — Father’s Day is right around the corner.
Let’s face it, Father’s Day takes a backseat to Mother’s Day. That’s just the way it works. I’m OK with that — children don’t need that kind of pressure within the span of little more than a month. Wives either.


Here's the Scoop: June 4, 2014

Traveling junk
Other than buying a house, purchasing a vehicle is usually among the biggest investments that people make in their lives.
I think it was writer Rick Steves who said something like, “Drive an old car and travel more.” These words of wisdom come from a fellow who has made a nice career out of globetrotting and then revealing his experiences via written word and TV shows. Good deal.


Here's the Scoop: May 28, 2014

Cupid - with a Ball & Bat
You know how life always seems to be filled with moments that leave you shaking your head and going, “If only I…” Fill in the blank with your biggest regrets.
Sometimes, though, the stars do seem to align perfectly and good fortune results. The following is a true story. Well, parts of it are true. I’ll leave it up to readers to sift through the fact and fiction.


Here's the Scoop: May 21, 2014

Burn, baby, burn
Sometimes, you just can’t rake rocks. Or shovel things. There are times when planting stuff is out of the question, too.
When you reach that point, a logical option is to burn something. Preferably, a large amount of something. It was good for news for me then, that I have been saving up a few large piles of brush for just such an occasion.