Sunday, October 27, 2019

Andy Flynn's Christmas Book Sale starts today

Adirondack author Andy Flynn is offering a 2019 Christmas Book Sale on most of the nine books he’s written. All copies are signed by the author and include a free Adirondack bookmark.

This sale is ONLY being offered directly from publisher/author Andy Flynn, NOT from any bookstore or other retail outlet.


Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories: $19.95 (save $5.00)
Shipping $6.00/book

New York States’s Mt. Heritage: Adirondack Attic: 5-book set (volumes 2-6): $75.00 (save $15.00)
Shipping $10.00/set

New York States’s Mt. Heritage: Adirondack Attic (individual copies): $16.00 (save $2.00)
Shipping $5.00/book
(Volume 1 is out of print.)

Lake Placid Diet: $14.95 (save $3.00)
Shipping $5.00/book


New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide: $8.95
Shipping $4.00/book


Delivery is FREE in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks (Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Ray Brook, Paul Smiths, Gabriels, Bloomingdale, Vermontville, Lake Clear, Wilmington). NYS sales tax (8%) is applied to books and shipping.


To order books from the 2019 Christmas 2019 Book Sale, contact Andy Flynn, 518-891-5559, email:, 40 McClelland St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Here's what's in the 2019 'Adirondack Park User's Guide'

“New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide”
2019 edition
By Andy Flynn & Friends

“New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide” was designed with one goal in mind: to provide visitors with information to help them safely and responsibly use the Forest Preserve owned by the state of New York.

We’ve also done our best to answer the question, “What is the Adirondack Park?”

As this is a “peopled wilderness” or a “peopled park,” we’ve provided information about our communities and given a brief guide for visitors to enjoy their stay, such as contacts for visitor bureaus, transportation and communications, and lists of some major attractions, special events and recreational opportunities in the Adirondack Park.

Pages: 120
Price: $8.95
Publisher: Hungry Bear Publishing (Andy Flynn)
Date published: August 2019


Welcome to the Adirondack Park
Keys to enjoying the Adirondacks

Chapter 1 - About the Park

Adirondack Park history
Adirondack Attic: Camp Santanoni Gate Lodge
Our Olympic heritage
Adirondack Attic: 1930s bobsled mask
New York State DEC
Adirondack Park Agency
Land Use and Development Plan
NYS Forest Preserve
Adirondack Forest Preserve map
Adirondack Forest Preserve units
Parkwide organizations
Adirondack Attic: 1856 Clinton County map
Adirondack counties map
County government
Towns, villages and hamlets
Adirondack Attic: Tim Fortune photomosaic

Chapter 2 - Adirondack Outdoors

Outdoor recreation
Birding and nature hiking
Principles for Forest Preserve use
Leave No Trace
Backcountry preparedness
Essentials for hiking & camping
Adirondack Attic: “Assaulted by Mosquitoes” photo
Adirondack 46 High Peaks
Hikes outside the High Peaks
ADK Fire Tower Challenge
Adirondack Attic: Fire tower string map
Saranac Lake 6er challenge
Other hiking challenges in the Adirondack Park
Tupper Lake Triad challenge
Lake Placid 9’er challenge
Fishing in the Adirondacks
Adirondack Attic: Tuttle Devil Bug fishing lures
Hunter safety
The Adirondacks on horseback

Chapter 3 - Nature & You

Invasive species prevention
Use local firewood at campsites
Adirondack Attic: Barienger Brakes used in logging
Technology in the backcountry
Dogs and the Forest Preserve
Leave young wildlife alone
Report moose sightings
Staying safe in moose country
Adirondack Attic: Feeding the bears photo
Black bears in the Adirondacks

Chapter 4 - Visitor Guide

Visitor information
Adirondack Attic: Blue Mt. House chamber pot
Special event highlights
Major attractions
Camping in the Adirondacks
Mud-season hiking: Avoid high-elevation trails
Frontier Town Campground
Adirondack Attic: Frontier Town memorabilia
Emergency contacts

BUY A BOOK: Copies may be purchased online at

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2019 'Adirondack Park User's Guide' now available

The updated version of "New York State's Adirondack Park: A User's Guide," by Andy Flynn & Friends, is now available. Books arrived in Saranac Lake on Aug. 13, and publisher/author Andy Flynn has been busy distributing copies around the Adirondack Park.

The updated version has more pages and content than the 2013 original edition. It is again supported by members of the Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Jack Drury, Adirondack Regional Tourism Council and Adirondack Mountain Club.

Pictured here is Rachel Karp at the Adirondack Mountain Club's Adirondak Loj with a copy of the 2019 book.

The goal of the "Adirondack Park User's Guide" remains the same: to teach outdoor recreationists -- hikers, campers, etc. -- how to safely and responsibly use the state-owned Adirondack Forest Preserve.

The book is 120 pages and sells for $8.95 retail.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Mohawk Valley Living #151 Adk Journal Andy Flynn

Oh, the good old days! Here is a video interview of me from 2008 when I only had four "Adirondack Attic" books published. Thanks to Gary VanRiper, Mohawk Valley Living and The Weekly Adirondack for the support over the past 16 years. This video was shot at the Old Forge Hardware store in the book section. Enjoy!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Adirondack Attic: Saranac Lake cure cottage stone pig

(Here is a blurb about a Saranac Lake cure cottage stone pig, first published in the "Adirondack Attic" newspaper column in 2004 and reprinted in "New York State's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Vol. 2.")


In Saranac Lake, taking the wilderness cure for tuberculosis in the late 19th and early 20th centuries meant getting plenty of fresh Adirondack Mountain air in the lungs. Spending time outdoors was an essential part of the curing regimen, and keeping warm in the winter was, as it is now, an ongoing challenge in the frozen “City of the Sick.”

With its peak population at about 8,000 people in 1930, the Franklin County village of Saranac Lake was a bustling health resort catering mostly to TB patients seeking the cure in sanatoriums and privately owned cure cottages. The world-famous Trudeau Sanatorium, founded as the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium in 1884 by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, sprawled over the east side of Mount Pisgah. Trudeau’s work inspired a health revolution in the United States and fed Saranac Lake’s economic engine until the Sanatorium closed in 1954.

The Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium was renamed in 1917 to the Trudeau Sanatorium after Trudeau’s death in 1915, according to the Trudeau Institute, a research facility founded in 1964 by E.L.’s grandson, Francis B. Trudeau Jr.

The architecture of Saranac Lake is unique because of its tuberculosis-curing past. Many buildings were constructed specifically as cure cottages, and others endured multiple renovations to keep up with the increased demand for wilderness-curing boarding space.

“By the locally evolved, time honored, unwritten definition, it is only the commercial private sanatoria, the big boarding houses bristling with porches, that can legitimately be called cure cottages,” wrote Phil Gallos in his book, "Cure Cottages of Saranac Lake."

TB patients sat in reclining chairs/beds on the cure cottage porches in all types of weather to inhale the balsam-scented air.

Some nurses used ceramic hot water bottles, also known as stone pigs, to warm those outdoor cure beds. The Adirondack Experience museum has several stone pigs in its collection, including the one featured on the cover of "New York State's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Vol. 2." It was donated in 1994 by Susan and Glenn Arnold, former owners of the Noyes Cure Cottage on Helen Street in Saranac Lake. The hot water bottle dates to between 1920 and 1940.

(For more about this artifact and others from the Adirondack Experience collection, check out Andy Flynn's six-volume "Adirondack Attic" book series. Call Andy Flynn at 518-891-5559 or email him at and order your copies today; credit cards accepted. Volumes 2-6 are available - $18 retail. Say you are a "History Nerd" and save $3 per book.)

2019 "History Nerds" book sale

Hey, it's Andy. I'm looking forward to connecting with more "Adirondack Attic" readers in 2019 as I hit the road with some "Artifact Night" events around New York state.

As such, I'm offering a sale on all my books for anyone who emails me, texts me or calls me on the phone with the code: "History Nerds." My email is and phone number is (518) 891-5559. We can take care of the order by email or phone. I accept credit cards, checks and cash and offer free delivery to the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks.

All these books are $15 each: "New York's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic" volumes 2-6, "Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories" and the "Lake Placid Diet." If you don't say "History Nerds" you don't get the discount. The regular prices are $18.00 for each Attic book, $24.95 for the Winter Carnival book and $17.95 for the "Lake Placid Diet."

So far, I have an "Adirondack Artifact Night" program slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 in Wilmington, hopefully at the community center, sponsored by the Wilmington Historical Society. I last presented this program in Wilmington several years ago, and we had a blast!

Here's a description of the program:

Artifact Night is a time to share stories about family and local history with your community. People are invited to bring artifacts from home or work and tell stories about their objects during a show-and-tell session. Beforehand, I give a brief presentation on researching local history, showcasing stories from the Adirondack Attic History Project. The most fun is when people bring in “mystery objects” and the group collectively tries to solve the mystery. You don’t have to be a history nerd to enjoy this program, but it helps.

I hope to see you on the road this year with your artifacts and stories.


Proud history nerd,
Andy Flynn

Sunday, June 3, 2018

PR workshop great training for school districts

As the Lake Placid News editor, I see a lot of press releases come into my inbox every week -- the good, bad and the ugly. Needless to say, I see a definite need to train organizations about how to properly write and distribute their press releases to newspapers.

I wish I got more releases from our local school districts. Most of what I get are very basic. A few include photos. Some are just news tips. It's all appreciated; I just wish I got more of them. My guess is that teachers and school staff are not getting enough -- or any -- training on sending out effective press releases to the local media, especially to their hometown newspapers, where parents yearn to see the accomplishments of their kids.

School districts should offer this kind of training, as it will yield benefits beyond their wildest imaginations. I'm not kidding. Empowering school staff to send the media news about all the cool projects they and their students are working on will ripple through the community -- first by having the news published and then by having people talk about the neat things they saw in the newspaper.

What I've found, working with the Lake Placid Central School District, is that when teachers, staff and administrators send me press releases or columns, they re-purpose those news items -- republishing them for the school's newsletter or website. So it's not just a news release; it's free content for the school district's publications.

It's great marketing. And, once the training is over, it doesn't cost the school district any money to get this kind of priceless publicity. Want your community flooded with "good news" from your school district? Empower your staff. Hire me to train them with "Press Release Essentials: Best Practices For Your Community Newspaper." It's worth the investment.

Learn more on the PR Workshop page.


Andy Flynn
Writer, Editor, Publisher, Public Radio Producer

Friday, March 2, 2018

Press release workshop designed to save small businesses money

This week, I'm finalizing a new workshop designed to save money for small business owners, nonprofit organizations and people interested in starting a small business. It's called "Press Release Essentials: Get Media Attention on a Shoestring Budget."

The two-hour workshop was created so chambers of commerce and Small Business Development Centers could host a training event for their constituents.

As I was writing the workshop, I thought of the proverb, "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." The same is true with press releases. As a small business owner with a limited marketing budget, I know firsthand that I can't afford to hire a public relations firm to write and distribute my press releases. So I do it myself. And I'd like to teach others how to do it for themselves. It's an essential skill when you are running a small business or a nonprofit organization.

One of the fun parts of developing this workshop was getting advice from some of my friends in the public relations and newspaper industries. They reinforced what I had already written and added their own tidbits of knowledge and experience. Some of their frustrations with poorly written press releases came out when I asked them about their pet peeves.

"Too long. Don’t follow AP style. Missing information that forces us to call (no time or location, for example)," said Plattsburgh Press-Republican Editor Lois Clermont.

The bottom line is to make it easy for editors to do their job. Then you are more likely to get a release in the newspaper, and it expedites the process.

Sandy Caligiore, the media guy for a number of organizations in Lake Placid, New York, including USA Luge, the Empire State Winter Games and the Mirror Lake Inn, summed it up clearly when he said, "The best tip I can offer is that if you are going to issue a news release, you must make sure it contains real news."

I am looking forward to meeting small business owners and people at nonprofit organizations around the Northeast. I know I can make life better for them and help them get the media attention they deserve, all on a shoestring budget.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

10k race on hold during health recovery

I'm spending more time this week recovering from a health scare that sent me to the hospital for nine days, six in Burlington and three in Saranac Lake. Needless to say, walking the Lake Placid Classic 10k race on Oct. 7 is nowhere near possible and not even on my radar right now.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Saranac Lake Rescue Squad transported me to the Adirondack Medical Center emergency room in Saranac Lake while I was on deadline for the Lake Placid News. At the hospital, they found multiple pulmonary embolisms in my lungs and a large one closer to my heart. The ambulance then transported me to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where the doctors treated me with blood thinners. That caused bleeding somewhere above my left kidney. I had returned home on Monday, Sept. 11 before the general location of the bleeding was realized. With a blocked left kidney on Wednesday, Sept. 13, I was taken off blood thinners, treated by Dr. Lieb for the blockage and bleeding, and Dr. Roland placed a filter in my inferior vena cava to break up any blood clots that may travel from my legs to my lungs. That's when I was admitted to AMC Saranac Lake, where the bleeding finally stopped. I was released on Saturday, Sept. 16, and I have been home ever since recovering and following up with the doctors.

There are more challenges yet to come. Once cleared by Dr. Lieb, I can go back on blood thinners, and once safe from any bleeding, Dr. Roland can take out the IVC filter, possibly in November. The blood thinners should take care of any potential PEs in the future. That's the plan.

In the meantime, getting enough rest, losing weight and moving my legs more are high priorities. Walking a 10k is not. Yet I hope that races are in my future. For now, I'd be happy with getting back to a normal schedule.

Thanks to all the people who sent me well wishes and visited me in the hospital.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

LAKE PLACID DIET: I had another 'Are you OK?' day

After losing 80 pounds three years ago, I walked the roadways training for the Lake Placid Half Marathon, and a number of people said, "Good for you."

Now they're saying something different: "Are you OK?"

"Good for you" was said from the heart, and I always took it that way, but it also irked me because people would never say that to a skinny person walking down the street. They just wouldn't. It's only because I'm morbidly obese, walking in public, exercising, that people say, "Good for you." They were being condescending without knowing it. In my mind, I heard, "Good for you. Glad you got off the couch and decided to walk among the rest of us, fat guy."

After gaining all the weight back, whenever I walk the roads just trying to lose a little weight, people stop in their cars when I'm resting and ask, "Are you OK?" Last summer, it happened three times, and now that I've begun training for the Lake Placid Classic 10k race in October, I'm hearing it again.

Just this morning, as I was resting during my 1-mile walk on Ampersand Avenue, a woman in a car stopped and asked, "Are you OK?" She was worried because it was getting warm out in the sunshine. I told her I was just taking a break, and I was fine. I thanked her, and she drove away.

I actually like "Are you OK?" I prefer it to "Good for you" because people are showing genuine concern, as they would for anyone who may pass out on the side of the road, no matter their weight.

I wasn't about to pass out, but she didn't know that. I was just taking a breather. After walking a half mile on Monday around the Lake Placid High School's track at the horse show grounds (in the rain), I failed to walk again until Friday, when I walked my first mile in a long time on the Ampersand Avenue route, starting at my house on McClelland Street. It's pretty hilly, so I am getting a good workout.

After walking 0.7 miles during Week 1 of training, I tallied 2.5 miles during Week 2. I also weighed in at 450 pounds on Tuesday, July 25, a loss of 2 pounds since beginning my training. It's a small improvement, but at least I'm going in the right direction.

Only 10 more weeks to go.

Although I want to lose weight and get back to the Lake Placid Half Marathon, I'm not looking forward to the "Good for you" days again. I've flirted with the idea of making a training T-shirt that says, "Good for you," throwing it back in people's faces, but I've decided against it. Instead, I may get one that says, "Yes, I'm OK."