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: Nov. 11, 2009

It’s the end of the world...and I feel fine
“The sky is falling!” How many times have we heard that one? Quite a few. Apparently, it’s going to fall permanently in 2012. Again. This news is certainly making a lot of folks quite anxious.

Here's the Scoop: Nov. 4, 2009

Vote for your elders
Election Day in a small town. There’s nothing like a little mud-slinging to get one’s heart racing and make you feel alive! Here in Middletown, the whole thing has been pretty low-key this year. Ask most people who is on the ballot this year and often you’ll get blank stares.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 28, 2009

Keep a lid on it
When I returned home from the transfer station the other day, I lamented the fact that “We finally have plenty of garbage cans…but far fewer lids than cans.” Aside from leaving the cans outside during really breezy weather, I’m not sure how this happens.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 14, 2009

Disappearing mystery
It had to be here. Without a doubt. Triple pinky swear.
My memory is not always so great. But, in this case, I knew with certainty that I had brought the item in question home. If only I could find it.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 7, 2009

Sweet turns sour
I read something truly disturbing this week. And I quote, “According to a new study, kids who eat too many treats at a young age risk becoming violent in adulthood.”
This story made me so mad I wanted to…whoa…wait a second.