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: Jan 12, 2011

Time flies when you’re covering news
The Catskill Mountain News ran a story last week about Russell Schebesta marking his 30th year at Middletown town clerk. In an age when job-hopping leads to resumes longer than Black Friday lines at Walmart, holding the same position for three decades is the exception, not the rule.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 22, 2010

Holiday helper
Whew. There are few times of year busier than the holiday season. For some of us.
Apparently, this “prep work” is not always evenly divided.
Those who know me, realize that I’m hardly a chauvinist. Having said that, I feel there are perfectly logical reasons why I’m not involved with many pre-holiday tasks.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 15, 2010

Drifting away
Calling all artists — your ship has come in — I mean washed ashore. This recent story — a true one — seems to have eluded a lot of folks, so I’ll call attention to it here.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 8, 2010

I dream of eating...
Most people have a “dream job.” I’m talking about something beyond working at a community newspaper. Way, way beyond that.

Back to the real dream jobs. For most of us, such gigs involve a huge amount of financial reward and not much muscle fatigue. No early hours. No stressed-out customers. Easy stuff.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 1, 2010

You’re buying...how nice!
The old saying tells us, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” For most of us, maybe.