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 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.


Here's the Scoop: May 14, 2014

Out of projects. Almost
Like most folks in the northeast, I was really looking forward to the end of the never-ending winter. Morning temperatures in the teens in mid-May told me we weren’t quite there yet. On the other hand, the hint of some leaves this week and the need for air conditioning on a few occasions in the past few days tells me we may be close.


Here's the Scoop: May 7, 2014

Deere to my heart
Sleep did not come easily last night. If all goes well, I’ll be firing up the lawnmower this evening!
I’ve always heard that many people get excited anticipated Opening Day — I guess I’m among those who can’t wait for the start of Deere Season.
Throughout many years of home ownership, I never own­ed a new riding mower until last year. Because I hadn’t purchased the John Deere until last mowing season was underway, there was no great excitement looking forward to the year’s initial cutting.