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: Feb. 10, 2010

Nighttime makeover works wonders
When it was announced awhile back that a new company was purchasing the former A&P plaza, there was a collective sigh of relief from many local residents. The term “dump” is tossed around lightly these days, but an argument could be made that the former A&P plaza fit the description. Some things age well. Not strip malls. In fact, most strip malls never look good.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 3, 2010

Where have I seen you before?
We recently took quite a long break from movie rentals. It seemed there was always something going on for about two years and movie-watching was no longer a top priority. Or maybe it was because we moved and hadn’t unpacked the box with the TV.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 27, 2010

I swear — it was a mistake.
“Community paper.” That’s the best way to describe the Catskill Mountain News in two words or less. I’ve heard worse, of course. Especially in the past week! While providing coverage of “real stories,” the News still seeks to retain that wholesome, hometown flavor. With the exception, I guess, of the really, really bad swear word that made its way into print recently.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 20, 2010

There’s no time for shorcuts
I’m starting to think that I am not cut out to live in this current time. Call me old — you won’t be the first.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 13, 2010

Are they gone yet?
The 10-day “Period of Forgetfulness” has passed. Memories of “The Visit” are starting to fade. A bit. You see, over the holidays we hosted some friends and their young children. For two years…I mean two days. That’s 48 hours to those of you who don’t keep track of such things. It’s a very, very long time when half of the houseguests can’t tie their shoes.