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: September 10, 2008

Do I know you?
Eagle-eyed readers spotted my photo in this paper a few weeks back as part of the Middletown Post 216 baseball team that captured the Delaware County American Junior Legion Baseball Championship “Back in ’73.”
However, very few of the sharp-eyed people were co-workers. Before the picture was published, I passed it around the office to see if the staff could identify me. Let’s just say if the success rate of News employees had been a batting average, they would be minor leaguers.

Here's the Scoop: September 3, 2008

Hanging with the stars
Devoted readers may recall that I mentioned here last week that I would be in charge of passes for folks to “Meet and Greet” music/film star Chris Isaak before his Saturday show at the Belleayre Music Festival.
When I heard a few weeks back that I was being assigned this duty, I had one question: “Will I have to shave?”

Here's the Scoop: August 27, 2008

Meeting the stars
Like it or not, it often pays to know “people.” For instance, I was recently fortunate to have access to tickets for a few lucky folks to “Meet and Greet” (M&G) country superstar singer Vince Gill after his nearby concert over the weekend. Let me put in a disclaimer here: I have certainly heard of Vince Gill plenty of times. I know he’s a great musician. It’s just that I not heard his music. Sure, I probably am familiar with a couple of his songs from the radio or something, but I don’t have any Vince Gill in my record or CD collections.

Here's the Scoop: August 20, 2008

Burning desire
After years of talking about it, we recently purchased a “fire pit.” As the name implies, a fire pit is a device in which you make fires. It’s not truly a pit, more of a half-moon. Maybe the name should be changed.

Here's the Scoop: August 13, 2008

A really cool idea
Like most people, I enjoy a certain amount of technical innovation. On the other hand, I think a lot of the stuff that’s invented is pretty pointless. While it’s by no means a cutting edge product, I recently found myself singing the praises of an icemaker. It is so cool — in more ways than one.