Thursday, January 8, 2015

Adirondack Attic January 2015

Laura Rice, chief curator at the Adirondack Museum, speaks with Andy Flynn about "Hough’s American Woods," a 19th-century book of thinly sliced wood samples published in Lowville, N.Y.

“We are looking at a publication by Romeyn Beck Hough called ‘Hough’s American Woods,’” Rice said. “Hough was an expert in forestry from Lowville. This particular volume is from 1898, but it is part of a whole series of books that were published between 1888 and 1928. This is a 25-year passion for Romeyn Hough."

Hear the rest of the story at North Country Public Radio.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Your Story profiles

I first noticed that readers took pride in the newspaper profiles I had written about them when I walked into the lobby of the Trudeau Institute in 1994. I was a correspondent for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican at the time. They framed my full-page profile of the Institute and founder Francis B. Trudeau Jr. and hung it on the wall.

During my stints as a writer and editor for several newspapers in northern New York over the past 20 years, I've enjoyed writing profiles of dozens of people and businesses in the region. And readers continue to frame my stories.

Several years ago, I was faced with getting Christmas gifts for my two brothers-in-law. I wasn't sure what to get them, so I made my own. I interviewed their children about the relationships they had with their fathers. I laid the profiles out newspaper style, with photos, and framed the stories as Christmas gifts. It was personal, memorable and heartfelt -- a one-of-a-kind gift that can't be returned or replaced.

I also framed a profile I had written about Scotts Florist and Greenhouse in Saranac Lake and gave it to the owners as a gift. They have it hanging above the cash register for people to read while they wait in line.

WRITER FOR HIRE: Now -- from my writer's studio in Saranac Lake -- you have the opportunity to hire me as your personal writer. I'll write your profile, lay it out newspaper style and frame it. Or hire me to write a profile as a gift for someone else.

I'd love to paint your picture with words in portraits I call "Your Story" profiles. For links to some of my profiles and to learn more, visit the Your Story page.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last chance to get full Andy Flynn book collection from author

It’s time to say good-bye to my first babies, the remaining copies of Adirondack Attic 1, which are out of print.

Cleaning my “warehouse” the other day, I found there are only five copies of “New York State’s Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Vol. 1” left at Hungry Bear Publishing. With Christmas approaching, it’s time to sell them, but only as part of the full Adirondack Attic collection, volumes 1-6.

The Adirondack Attic book series includes more than 300 stories about artifacts at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. I worked with curators at the museum to tell the human stories behind the objects in their collection.

The retail price is $106.95 for a full set (plus 8% NYS tax).

I’ll also throw in free shipping, a free Adirondack Attic bookmark with each volume, and a free copy of my 2013 book, “New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide,” a total value of $26.45.

With a full set of Adirondack Attic books, you can also get my latest book, “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories,” for only $19.95, a savings of $5.00. This way, you can have my entire collection of books – 8 in all – for $126.90 (plus 8% NYS tax).

All books will be signed, and you may have them inscribed with a personal message if you’d like.

For this special offer, please contact Andy Flynn at or at 518-891-5559. You cannot purchase this full collection online, only by contacting the author at Hungry Bear Publishing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Olympic-sized passion for history

I always have a blast visiting Alison Haas, manager of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. We share a passion for all things history.

Earlier in the year, Alison and I collaborated on a lecture program, "Lake Placid: New York's Olympic Village," which I presented at Union College during the Sochi Olympics in February. We also received much-appreciated help from Jennifer Tufano, director at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society, who provided photos for the program.

Learn more about my History Lectures. I'd be glad to visit your group and give a talk on one of these topics.

Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing the new temporary exhibit at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum called the "Olympic Prison" that explains the history of the 1980 athletes' village and the facility's use since the end of the games. More than 1,000 athletes lived at the Olympic Village while competing in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Find out who's living there today in my latest "Adirondack Attic" radio show on North Country Public Radio.

LISTEN to the program here (link to the NCPR website).

Learn more about Alison's passion for history in this profile I wrote earlier in the year for the Lake Placid News.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

More historical mysteries of the Adirondacks

ONCHIOTA – There's a good chance John Fadden's Mohawk ancestors used the dugout canoe in his family's museum.

Then again, nobody really knows for certain.

The best guess, using carbon-14 dating sent to a laboratory this summer, is that the canoe - found submerged in Lake Placid lake in the early 1960s - dates to between the mid-1600s and the late 1800s. Using Native American history in New York state, this gives the more likely timeline between 1669 and 1780.

Read more in Andy Flynn’s Lake Placid News story.

Listen to Andy Flynn’s "Adirondack Attic" report on North Country Public Radio.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

‘Adirondack Park User’s Guide’ now available

Hungry Bear Publishing recently released the print version of “New York's Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide,” by Andy Flynn & Friends, which answers the question – “What is the Adirondack Park?” A Kindle version was released on in February 2013.

With information from the Adirondack Park’s leading government, not-for-profit and historical organizations, the “User’s Guide” gives the public – residents and visitors – a valuable reference guide that helps them safely and responsibly use the state-owned Forest Preserve. It gives them informational links to community assets, such as attractions, special events, communications, transportation, tourism organizations, and recreational opportunities. There are also helpful tips on using the Forest Preserve, hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, bicycling and more.

“If there’s one book every Adirondack visitor should have in hand when they arrive, it is the ‘Adirondack Park User’s Guide,’” said Flynn, who drew upon his eight years of tourism industry experience as a public relations specialist for the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Visitor Interpretive Centers to compile this book. “This is a quick reference to who operates the Adirondack Park and why it is so special. I wish we had these to distribute at the VICs.”

Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and APA contributed to this book, along with members of the Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership: the DEC, Adirondack Regional Tourism Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, Wildlife Conservation Society, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and Leading Edge.

“We should pass a law: I really think this book should be included with the deed when people buy property in the Park,” said Kimberly Rielly, director of communications, Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

The book includes 13 of Flynn’s stories from the “Adirondack Attic,” straight from the archives of the Adirondack Museum, to help illustrate the “how-to” aspects of using the Forest Preserve and give a much-needed historical perspective. The stories also humanize the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park, since it’s the communities that make this place so unique.

“‘New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide’ belongs on everyone’s book shelf, whether Park resident or visitor,” said Caperton Tissot, author of “Adirondack Ice: A Cultural and Natural History.” “Finally there is a good resource to help us understand what goes on inside the Blue Line. Clearly organized, with here and there amusing essays, this is an easy-to-use guide.”

Andy Flynn is an author, publisher and award-winning newspaper editor living in Saranac Lake. In his spare time, he operates Hungry Bear Publishing with his wife, Dawn. During the day, he is the assistant managing editor at Denton Publications in Elizabethtown and editor of the North Creek News Enterprise.

Flynn has published eight books, including the six-part “Adirondack Attic” book series and “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories.” He is also a news correspondent for North Country Public Radio and has two radio programs on NCPR, “The Adirondack Attic” and “New York’s Bluegrass Trail.”

Flynn is a graduate of the Tupper Lake High School and SUNY Fredonia, where he received a bachelor’s degree in communication.

“New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide” is 96 pages and retails for $8.95. It is available in Adirondack bookstores, at and online at