Thursday, September 9, 2010

Chronicle Book Fair set for Nov. 7 in Glens Falls

If you’ve ever attended The Chronicle Book Fair in Glens Falls, you’ll remember the warmth and hospitality of Cathy DeDe, former arts editor and current managing editor. She’s been organizing the event for many years and does an excellent job.

Calling all authors! Cathy recently sent out her annual email asking authors in the region to sign up for the book fair, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Queensbury Hotel. The book fair basically takes over the entire first floor with tables to meet the authors and buy signed books and rooms where the public can hear panel discussions and author presentations. It is free and open to the public.

The table fees this year will remain the same as last year: $25 for individual authors; $25 for booksellers/publishers/non-profits with fewer than five titles to sell; $45 for booksellers/publishers/non-profits with five or more titles; and free for non-profit groups who are not planning to sell anything at their tables. The fee must be paid by Friday, Oct. 22. The sign-up isn’t official until The Chronicle receives your table fee.

Cathy wrote: “Again last year, more than 120 authors, book sellers, publishers and non-profit groups participated in the Chronicle Book Fair. We’re expecting a good turn-out again for the anniversary year! It is possible that we will run out of space. Please don’t be left out. Be sure to get all of your sign-up forms to us as soon as possible. Please note that The Chronicle reserves the right to select the mix of authors, book sellers and other presenters we believe will best serve the local reading public.”

For more information, call (518) 792-1126 or email

Monday, September 6, 2010

Historic Saranac Lake to host Adirondack Artifact Night Sept. 14 at Saranac Laboratory

Historic Saranac Lake is inviting area residents to dig out historical artifacts from their homes and businesses and share stories behind the objects for their first-ever “Adirondack Artifact Night” on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Author Andy Flynn will moderate “Adirondack Artifact Night” starting at 7 p.m. in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory, 89 Church St. in Saranac Lake. During the first half of the program, he will present a brief “Community History Writing Workshop” and show the audience how he performs research for his award-winning Adirondack Attic History Project with the Adirondack Museum. For the second half of the program, the show-and-tell portion, audience members will be showing off their artifacts and telling stories about the objects. The program is free and open to the public.

“This is community history at its best,” Flynn said, “but Adirondack Artifact Night only works if people bring in historical objects from home. The more the merrier. Piece by piece, we’ll get an interesting and very personal snapshot of Saranac Lake history.”

Flynn’s Adirondack Artifact Night program was inspired by the Warrensburgh Historical Society, which holds similar programs throughout the year. In 2010, Flynn has presented successful Adirondack Artifact Night programs in North Creek, Wilmington and Tupper Lake.

Flynn reminds residents that Adirondack Artifact Night is set up differently from the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” in which experts appoint monetary value to antiques that guests bring in from home.

“We will not be identifying or appraising objects,” Flynn said. “We expect that people will bring historical artifacts, photos, paintings, etc. to the library and share their stories with the rest of the audience. In this case, the guests are the experts.” 

For more information, call Andy Flynn at (518) 891-5559 or Historic Saranac Lake at (518) 891-4606.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

'Adirondack Attic' radio series page on NCPR

North Country Public Radio launched the Adirondack Attic Radio Series web page today to celebrate the program's third month of airing. Nice job, Dale! Dale Hobson is the NCPR web god. You can hear him talk with news director Martha Foley during the second half of the Eight O'Clock Hour Friday mornings for an update on all the NCPR web site news.

The Adirondack Attic Radio Series airs the first Tuesday of the month during the second half of the Eight O'Clock Hour with Todd Moe. The program is supported by the Adirondack Museum and singer/songwriter Dan Berggren. The radio series features Dan's music.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Flynn twins making books and wine in Adirondack and Rocky mountains

As only twins can do, Tupper Lake natives Andy and Steve Flynn each launched their own small businesses in early summer 2009, a few months before their 40th birthday. Andy makes books. Steve makes wine.

Andy's sixth volume in the book series, " New York State 's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic," was released on May 27, 2010. He uses his college degree to write, edit and publish history books and the Meet the Town community guide series and to produce a monthly "Adirondack Attic" radio series for North Country Public Radio. He lives in Saranac Lake , N.Y. with his wife, Dawn.

Steve opened his winery, Vino Salida Wine Cellars, on May 28, 2010. He uses his college degrees to create unique photography and paintings and to illustrate the finest winery newsletter in the Arkansas River Valley . Rumor has it he makes damn good wine. He lives in Salida, Colo. with his fiancée, Judy.

Andy and Steve Flynn, born 1 minute apart on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1969 to Michele and James Flynn, in Jersey City, N.J., lived near their extended family in Glen Cove, Long Island for the first six years of their lives, then moved to Tupper Lake, N.Y. in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in 1976, close to their mother's college alma mater, SUNY Potsdam, and in the same town as her college roommate.

The twins graduated from the Tupper Lake High School in 1987, Steve as the valedictorian, Andy ranked No. 5 in his class. Both were outgoing children, keeping busy with school work, extracurricular activities, jobs, and their passions. Andy secretly wrote poems during his newspaper route, and Steve secretly made wine in his closet.

Andy graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 1991 with a degree in communication (major in radio production, minor in English). He moved back to New York 's Adirondack Mountains . Steve graduated from Cazenovia College (1989) and SUNY Purchase (1991) with art degrees. He finally found a home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Learn more about Andy’s books by calling (518) 891-5559 or visiting online at He works out of the Hungry Bear Publishing home office at 40 McClelland St. , Saranac Lake , NY 12983.

Learn more about Steve's wine by calling (719) 539-2674. The winery is located at 7729 County Route 150, Unit C, Salida , CO 81201 . Tours are available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through October.

The Flynn twins are holding special events this year to share their passions with neighbors and friends. Andy will host the “Adirondack Attic 6” Book Release Party at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Saranac Village at Will Rogers in Saranac Lake . It is free and open to the public. Steve will host the annual grape-stomping festival, SmelterStomp 2010, from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 25-26 at Vino Salida Wine Cellars in Salida.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Adirondack Attic 6 has arrived!

Well, folks, it's here. "New York State's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Volume 6," by Andy Flynn, arrived in Saranac Lake this afternoon. It includes 53 "Adirondack Attic" columns I wrote in 2008. Yes, believe it or not, there were 53 Wednesdays in 2008, even though there were only 52 weeks. Go figure. My columns were always released on a Wednesday. Each chapter features a story about a different artifact in the collection of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.

Learn more about the book: See the Table of Contents.

Better late than never. Initially, Attic 6 was supposed to be printed in 2009; however, due to finances, I was not able to print it at the time. So, here it is, better late than never. Actually, it's great timing since my monthly Adirondack Attic Radio Series just started airing on North Country Public Radio.

The cost for Adirondack Attic 6 is the same as the previous Adirondack Attic books, $18.00, and you can purchase them online at the Hungry Bear Publishing Bookstore.

Also, join me at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Saranac Village at Will Rogers in Saranac Lake for the Adirondack Attic 6 Book Release Party. It is free and open to the public. Help me celebrate this final book in the Adirondack Attic series.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Is there ever enough time to write?

Oh boy. May has been a whirlwind month, both personally and professionally. So much going on and not enough time to write.

Prayers go out to my mother-in-law, Alice, who has been in and out of the hospital since Mother's Day. We've been traveling a lot to see her in the hospital at Plattsburgh (even spending her 70th birthday, May 21, at CVPH). She has good days and bad days, and I hope she can make it home soon. She at least needs to attend my June 26 Book Release Party for "New York State's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Volume 6," which should arrive in Saranac Lake by Friday (fingers crossed). The party will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Saranac Village at Will Rogers in Saranac Lake. It is free and open to the public. I hope Alice can make it; after all, I dedicated this book to her. She has to come!

The new Meet the Town booklet for Canton is currently at the printer and should arrive by mid-June. The new Potsdam Meet the Town will be going to the printer today or Thursday and should arrive shortly after the Canton booklet gets here. Right now, I'm also putting together the new Saranac Lake and Au Sable Valley Meet the Town community guides. And I'm busy distributing all the books to communities now that the busy season is upon us.

I'm planning a few events for June, including a PR101 Workshop on June 9 in Tupper Lake (free for Meet the Town advertisers and Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce members) and on June 16 in Newcomb (free for Meet the Town advertisers and Newcomb Chamber members). Also, I have two Adirondack Artifact Night programs set: June 18 (7 p.m.) with the Wilmington Historical Society at the Wilmington Grange Hall; and June 29 (7 p.m.) at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library. I encourage people to bring in artifacts from home for a show-and-tell session. I want to hear all about your objects and local history! The Artifact Night programs are free and open to the public.

And I finally have a time slot for the new Adirondack Attic Radio Show on North Country Public Radio: the first Tuesday of the month during the Eight O'Clock Hour with Todd Moe. That means June 1 for the next one. Listen to the two previous programs on the Hungry Bear Publishing web site. Thanks to my sponsors: Dan Berggren and the Adirondack Museum.

I've also begun developing a new web site for the Adirondack Attic History Project.

Now that I've taken some time to write, it's back to work.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Social media writers unite on May 7

I'm looking forward to attending the Adirondack New Media/Social Media event on May 7 at the Adirondack Museum.

Adirondack region new media/social media writers and producers are invited to gather at the Adirondack Museum from 5 to 7 p.m. for a networking event and backstage tour of the Adirondack Museum's newest exhibit "Let's Eat: Adirondack Food Traditions."

Local bloggers, Twitter users, social media writers and producers, and new media journalists will be getting together in the Adirondack Museum's "Living With Wilderness Gallery" for food, drink, and networking, before taking an early behind the scenes look at the Museum's featured 2010 exhibit.

This event is sponsored by the Adirondack Pub and Brewery and the Adirondack Winery and Tasting Room (both in Lake George), the Adirondack Museum, and Adirondack Almanack.

For more information, contact John Warren at

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Adirondack Attic radio show debuts April 23

I just learned that North Country Public Radio will begin airing my monthly Adirondack Attic radio show during the 8 O'Clock Hour, hosted by Todd Moe, on Friday, April 23. Listen to the whole hour, even though the show will most likely run between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Listen to my 60-second promo.

In this first program, I talk with Adirondack Museum Chief Curator Laura Rice about a new artifact in the museum's collection, a sketchbook that shows detailed illustrations from Blue Mountain Lake in 1875. Several photos of the sketchbook will be posted on the NCPR web site. Here is one of the Blue Mountain House as it looked in 1875. This is the site of the modern-day Adirondack Museum.

Here's another treat: Listen to the "Adirondack Attic" song, written and performed by Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren, of Ballston Spa. Dan will be performing this song at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at Tannery Pond Community Center, just after my Adirondack Artifact Night program (starts @ 7 p.m.) and just before his concert with Jamcrackers (Dan, Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan), starting @ 8:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Hope to see you then.

The Adirondack Attic radio show is sponsored by Hungry Bear Publishing, Dan Berggren and the Adirondack Museum.

Friday, April 16, 2010

'Adirondack Attic' resurrected on NCPR

A year ago, I sadly had to discontinue writing my self-syndicated weekly column, "Adirondack Attic," which had been running in several northern New York newspapers since 2003. The economic downturn had forced some newspapers to cut back, and that included local content such as my modestly priced column. Let me say, it was a bargain! Still, the Press-Republican dropped me in the fall of 2008, and the Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise dropped me from weekly to every other week in March 2009. Soon it was costing me money to write, and that's not a good business model. So I stopped writing the column altogether in May 2009.

Looking around at other media outlets, I noticed that public radio seemed to make a better transition to the modern era of electronic gadgetry: computers, smart phones, etc. While newspapers were struggling to transition to a hybrid print/online platform and still make money, it seemed to me that radio was doing just fine. Radio stations could simply stream their signal on the Internet, add a lot of rich content to their Web sites, and gain listenership from around the world. They are now building bigger audiences.

So, as my writing for newspapers was doomed, I looked toward public radio for a new chapter in the life of the "Adirondack Attic." It's time now for the "Adirondack Attic" radio show.

I've been developing the "Adirondack Attic" radio show with North Country Public Radio for almost a year, and now the first program is set to air sometime during the week of April 19, 2010. I'm not sure which time slot, maybe the 8 O'Clock Hour in the morning with Todd Moe. This show is 5 minutes long, and I will produce 13 programs in 2010.

The radio show format will be similar to my newspaper column, which featured stories about artifacts in the collection the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. I worked with curators to find one interesting artifact a week. The radio show will also feature one artifact from museum collections. And while I will be using the Adirondack Museum as my base of operation for history exploration, I will also be visiting other collections throughout the Adirondack North Country region for the radio show.

This radio program would not be possible without the support of North Country Public Radio, the Adirondack Museum and singer/songwriter Dan Berggren, who penned the "Adirondack Attic" song and provided music for the radio series. Hungry Bear Publishing (that's my company) is also underwriting the program. I produce the series out of my home office and email the files to NCPR HQ in Canton.

Photos of the "Adirondack Attic" artifacts will be posted on the NCPR web site along with all the programs. So, if you missed it on the air, you can always listen to the "Adirondack Attic" on the Web.

By the way, I'm not new to radio. In fact, this is a homecoming of sorts. I earned a communications degree at SUNY Fredonia in 1991, studying radio production and English. My goal was to become a radio documentary producer. I eventually landed a part-time reporter's job at NCPR in October 1992 and stayed until August 1993 when I became homesick and moved back to the Adirondacks. I produced public radio documentaries into 1994 and soon made a transition to newspapers, then government public relations, then self employment. Now, I'm back on the radio and I couldn't be happier. The folks at NCPR and the Adirondack Museum are like family to me. Oh, and who was my radio professor at SUNY Fredonia? Dan Berggren. He's the best!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Adirondack Artifact Night and PR101 Workshop

As the snow melts, the busy lecture and workshop season gets underway for Hungry Bear Publishing. I'm trying to keep my public appearances light in the spring because I'm not sure when I'm going to California to see my father. In any case, I already have two programs lined up, a history workshop and a public relations workshop.

The public is invited to attend my first-ever Adirondack Artifact Night, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek, N.Y. It will be sponsored by the North Creek Depot Museum, NYSCA and the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council. It is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Adirondack Artifact Night will start with a brief Community History Writing Workshop and end with a show-and-tell session featuring Adirondack artifacts. People are asked to bring historical artifacts from their homes or businesses and participate in this part of the program by telling stories about their objects.

I will also be presenting a public relations workshop for small businesses from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12 at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce offices on River Street. The program is called "PR101: Think Big on a Small Budget."

During the workshop, I will cover a wide variety of public relations topics and give small business owners a primer on getting their messages out to customers. Topics will include press releases, media kits, promotional items, publications, web sites, special events and media relations. The workshop is free to Meet the Town advertisers and Chamber members and $10 for people who are non-members and non-advertisers. Preregistration is required by May 11 by calling the Chamber at (518) 891-1990.

I am also making book tour plans for "Adirondack Attic 6," which will be released in June. For more information on my public appearances, check out the calendar on the Hungry Bear Publishing web site.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Genealogy, gout and the California Zephyr

The past several days have been filled with thoughts of health and family. All the while, I have't got much work done, but I did manage to finish my book proposal and I'm currently researching how to send queries to literary agents.

The biggest Easter bunny I ever saw came to my house on Sunday. My mom came over to have dinner. It was her birthday, so it was a double celebration, with prime rib, potatoes with kielbasa, mashed potatoes, asparagus, cake and ice cream. My wife and mom had wine; I couldn't have alcohol because I was having an acute attack of gout in my left foot. After dinner, my mom and I spent a couple of hours going through her new account, which we gave to her for her birthday. She wants to learn more about her grandparents of Polish and Canadian descent. Since it's technically my family tree in the account (she doesn't have a computer, and I'm doing the legwork), I've been having fun learning about all sides of my family.

I found out Friday night that my father, who lives in Sacramento, Calif., had a heart attack and underwent triple bypass surgery. It took my two days to locate the hospital he was in, and I finally got a chance to speak with him Easter evening. He's doing better and will probably be out of work for a couple of months. He's 68 and a nurse. We're not that close and only speak a few times a year, but I wanted to make sure he was okay. I've been thinking more about him lately since I've been tracking his Irish and German roots. I plan on visiting him soon, traveling by train on the Lakeshore Limited from Albany to Chicago and then by the California Zephyr from Chicago to Sacramento. I've never been to California, so this will be quite an adventure for a mountain boy.

The gout has kept me on the couch and in bed for a few days. If all goes well, I should be able to leave the house in a day or so. Right now I can't even put my sneakers on because it is so painful. The best thing for me right now is to keep my leg up and drink lots of water. TV, reading and writing are keeping me busy. Oh, and the dogs are grateful to have the constant company.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Time to send a book proposal

For more than six years I’ve been self publishing, mainly because I have the skills and tools to do so and because my books are only about the Adirondack North Country region. There is no mass appeal for Adirondack history across the United States. Now, however, I am writing a timely nonfiction book that has mass appeal, and I am preparing to send book proposals out.

With no formal training, I taught myself how to self publish. It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade and a practice I plan to continue. But there is so much more I want to learn about the writing and publishing business. It’s time to experience the world of book proposals and queries and all the things writers do to get “traditionally” published.

I’d love to write a bestseller, but I’d settle for cult classic rather than a one-shot wonder. And, yes, I dream big, but I’m also realistic. How would a backwoods author like me ever get on the New York Times bestseller list? Come on. I’ll do my best and hope for the best, that’s all.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I was a writer and didn’t even know it

For months, my wife has been telling me that I’m living my dream at 40 years old, while she is still waiting to live hers, but I haven’t agreed with her until now.

Only six months into self employment for both of us, we ran into the cash flow wall, nothing coming in for bills. It was winter 2009-2010. My wife’s former employer, Adirondack Bank, asked her if she wanted to return to her old job as a teller. The answer was easy: yes. In order to make our business survive and grow, one of us had to go back to work full time (part time in our business). Dawn bit the bullet, made the sacrifice, for me, for us, for our future.

Now I’m reminded, fairly, that I am living my dream job: working for myself. After all, isn’t that what I wanted when I left my cushy state job in June 2009? Yes, but what I really want to do when I grow up is become a writer first, a publisher second. I kept reminding my wife that I’m a publisher first, a writer second, because our bread and butter is in the publishing side of the business: the advertising-driven Meet the Town community guides. I don’t want to be a full-time salesman, I want to be a full-time writer. My dream job, I kept telling my wife, is a long way off.

Then I had one of those epiphany things. I sat back and looked at my work day and noticed the lack of structure. I can do anything I want during the day and nobody’s going to say anything, as long as I earn enough money to pay the bills. Then I thought of Stephen King and his “On Writing” book. He locks himself away from society to write and sets daily writing goals for himself. I thought to myself, “That’s what writers do.”

So I scratched out a short Daily Checklist for myself, including sales goals and writing goals. Now I look at things differently. As I check off the items on my list, I actually feel as though I’m getting something done in my life. I just needed that tiny bit of structure.

And now I’m writing, every work day, and my wife is right, again.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Video marketing and the book trailer

I'd love to get a camcorder and video-editing software and create my own author interviews and book trailers, like those of Monica Holloway, Kelly Corrigan and hundreds of other authors at companies such as HarperCollins Publishers. I'm just as market savvy as the rest of them, I just don't have much money. There's no way I can pay thousands of dollars to a marketing company to create slick videos of me and my "Adirondack Attic" books. And I don't have hundreds of dollars to get a camera and software. Someday I'd like to make the videos myself, post them on my web site and YouTube and wait for book orders to stream in.

One expense at a time. There's nothing in the budget for online video marketing. Printing is my number one cost at the moment for my Adirondack books and Meet the Town community guides. Then there's operating expenses, business loans, food, gas, the light bill, and yes, the mortgage. And there's never money for a vacation (well, every five years we go to Nashville, but that's about it).

I'm left daydreaming ... I wonder how much a video could drum up my book business, with "Adirondack Attic" or "Mostly Spruce and Hemlock" going viral. I feel as though my marketing plan is collecting dust along with antiquated books underneath spider webs on the top shelf in the basement of a second-hand bookstore in the middle of the woods. That musty odor is the smell of missed sales.

As I publish new books this year, I'd like to spark interest with online video, just to see what the hubbub is all about. Does it really work? I suppose it can't hurt. Yet, when money is tight, how do you really know whether the return will be worth the investment?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Submissions needed for new 'Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories' book

Hungry Bear Publishing is seeking essays and photos from past and current residents for an upcoming book titled, “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories.”

Formally announced on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at the weekly Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee meeting, Publisher Andy Flynn said the book will be filled with people’s favorite Winter Carnival memories. In addition, it will help raise funds for the Committee.

“This will be a book by the community, for the community,” said Flynn, who will collect the submissions and be the editor of the project. “Since the Winter Carnival is the most community-oriented festival I’ve ever seen, this book must reflect the heart and soul of Saranac Lake. It needs to be written by the community.”

“Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories” will be a memory book, not a complete history of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, which traces its roots to a small festival in 1897 during the tuberculosis-curing days. The Pontiac Club organized and hosted the event during the early years. The Ice Palace, a long-held Winter Carnival tradition, was first built for the 1898 Carnival, when hundreds of visitors traveled to Saranac Lake for the festivities by train.

“The Committee was very excited to learn of Andy's plans,” said Jeff Dickson, Chairman of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee. “Winter Carnival is all about the creation of memories and everyone who has ever attended has some. Unfortunately, most of them get lost with the passage of time. This book’s value to us as a fundraiser is wonderful, and the personal history that it will present is even more exciting.”

Every good story has a theme. Residents are asked to pick one memorable moment from a past Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, good or bad, and explain why it was so memorable. Give details, give names. Describe the scene. How did it affect you or others? Were you a king or queen? If you choose to write about a Winter Carnival artifact, explain where you got it or how it was used and submit a photo.

“If you ever wanted to have your essay or photo published in a book, this is your chance,” Flynn said. “In return for the community’s donation of memories, we will donate 10 percent of the book’s proceeds to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee to help ensure that this annual event stays around for a very long time.”

People may submit essays of no longer than 450 words and/or a maximum of two photographs. Poems and illustrations are also accepted. The inside pages will be black and white. Entry/permission forms and Rules & Directions are available as PDF downloads at Hungry Bear Publishing or by contacting Andy Flynn at 40 McClelland St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983, (518) 891-5559, or email at Entry/permission forms must be filled out and sent via snail mail to Hungry Bear Publishing, while essays and photos must be sent via email. Specifications are listed on the Rules & Direction form.

“Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories” will be released in the fall of 2010, just in time for the Christmas shopping season. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2010.

Cover photos for the book were provided by Mark Kurtz Photography, of Saranac Lake. Mark Kurtz is the official photographer for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. One photo shows the fireworks display over the 2008 Ice Palace, and the other photo shows one of the famous Lawn Chair Ladies, Saranac Laker Sue Grimm, in action during the 2009 Gala Parade.

Based in Saranac Lake, Hungry Bear Publishing produces community-based publications and programs promoting the heritage and towns of the Adirondack region. In 2008, the company was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Upstate History Alliance for the Adirondack Attic History Project, which Andy Flynn founded in 2003 to actively preserve Adirondack history by collecting artifact-based, human-interest stories. Those stories have been compiled into the five-part “Adirondack Attic” book series. Hungry Bear Publishing also produces the Meet the Town community guide series and most recently published the re-print version of “Mostly Spruce and Hemlock,” the classic history of Tupper Lake by Louis Simmons, a project that was a fundraiser for the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.