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: March 9, 2011

The simple pleasures
A Wild Weekend it was indeed. To recap: temperatures rose into the 40s on Saturday and climbed a bit over 50 on Sunday. Your basic “lamb” arrival, about three weeks early. For a few hours anyhow.

With substantial amounts of snow still piled all around, and heavy rain accompanying Sunday’s balmy temperatures, visions of flooding danced in people’s heads, and also in many basements.


Here's the Scoop: March 2, 2011

A real eye-opener
There are some things that one never wants to hear. “Honey, the basement is filled with water,” fits into this category.

Knock wood, but I haven’t had those words spoken to me lately. I have, however, heard something equally as panic-inducing: “Dear, the coffee machine isn’t working.” On a Monday morning, no less.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 23, 2011

Do I know you?
So, there’s this thing called The Facebook, you may have heard of it? Wait a minute “The” Facebook was the original name, if you watched the movie “The Social Network” (or is it “Social Network”?) you would know this fact.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 16, 2011

Let’s hair it for Pandora
For a while now, friends have been trying to sell me on the benefits of Pandora radio. As a lover of both music and free stuff, one would think this combination would be an easy sell to me. Not so.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 9, 2011

Keeping warm...piece by piece
Last week I provided some of my thoughts about this winter’s, shall we say, winter-like weather.
That means that it’s also time for my annual Firewood Assessment Test (FAT). We have had a wood-burning device in our home for many years. I am still striving for the “Perfect Firewood Supply (PFS).