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: February 26, 2014

Leather season is here
It’s nine degrees this morning. The stiff breeze shaves quite a few additional degrees off the thermometer in terms of wind chill. Despite temperatures near 50 over the weekend, there’s still a thick blanket of snow all around.
The winter trudges on and there’s little for us non-snowbirds to do about the situation, but look ahead to better days. And read about baseball.


Here's the Scoop: February 5, 2014

A 50 percent chance
I have been overrun, so to speak, with feedback on last week’s column regarding my recent slipper purchase. That topic really picked up steam — a slipper-y slope, if you will.
Apparently, lots of readers have a deep connection to their in-house footwear of choice. I had no idea when I wrote about this, just how passionate folks are regarding slippers. It’s actually a bit scary. I mean that in the good way.


Here's the Scoop: January 29, 2014

If the slipper fits
One of the reasons that I prefer to buy things online is because I don’t really like hanging out with big groups of people in places such as shopping malls. It’s kind of weird, then, that I often rely on others to help me shop — based on their reviews.
In recent years, I find that I’m letting the shopping experience of the general population guide my spending habits. I recently accumulated enough credit card bonus points to put me within purchase range of a decent pair of slippers. That’s good. And bad.


Here's the Scoop: January 22, 2014

There’s no place like Home Goods...
A little chapter in local history will soon come to a close when Dorothy Maffei steps down as owner of Home Goods of Margaretville (HGM).
In a small town, businesses come and go. In fact, the “go” enterprises somehow seem to outnumber the arrivals. As opposed to mega-malls, shopping in rural areas usually offers a much different type of experience. Stores are often unique. Owners usually know your name.


Here's the Scoop: January 15, 2014

Frosting on the...cupcake
The waiting, as they say, was torture. The sweet variety.
I could detect the tempting aroma of the cupcakes baking a mere 20 feet away, but was not allowed a sample. Not even a nibble. This may seem harsh, but the initial description of the setting doesn’t tell the entire story. Cupcakes and I should never be left alone in a room. Throw in a half-gallon of milk and all bets are off.