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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com and online at www.hungrybearpublishing.com.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Andy Flynn to write Gibson Brothers biography

IT’S IN THE WORKS!

Hungry Bear Publishing is planning to release a biography on The Gibson Brothers bluegrass band by Andy Flynn in 2015. The working title is “The Gibson Brothers.”

This book will explore the lives of Eric and Leigh Gibson from farm life in upstate New York to success on the international bluegrass stage.

This early biography documents the Gibson Brothers shortly after they were named the 2012 IBMA Entertainers of the Year. It’s a critical time in their careers, as they try to stay on top of the charts with a new album – “They Called It Music” – and focus on the music while dealing with music business challenges. Both in their early 40s, Eric and Leigh are reaping the benefits of 30 years playing together.

Author Andy Flynn is working with the Gibson Brothers to produce an accurate, honest and compelling biography. He will be interviewing the band on tour and at home in the off season to get a unique behind-the-scenes view of what it takes to become a bluegrass music star.

“We’re not as big as you think we are,” Leigh said in April 2013, showing that the brothers remain grounded as their stars shine brighter every day.

The book will tell stories about Eric and Leigh Gibson, home life, the band, life on the road, making the music, and earning awards. And there will be plenty of pictures.

The project started in May 2013 and is expected to take a couple of years to complete.

RECEIVE UPDATES

To receive updates on the progress of this book, please send your name and email address to Andy Flynn at adkhungrybear@yahoo.com.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Winter Carnival books being distributed

Now that the Winter Carnival book has been published, many are asking where they can buy them. You can buy them directly from me, the author, by contacting me at (518) 891-5559 or by email at adkhungrybear@yahoo.com. Or you can buy them online here on my website or at Amazon.com. Or you can buy them around the Adirondack region at the following locations:

Adirondack Museum, Route 28N/30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Adirondack Reader, Route 28, Inlet, NY
Blue Line Brewery, Lake Flower Ave., Saranac Lake, NY
Bookstore Plus, 2491 Main St., Lake Placid, NY
Hoss's Country Corner, Corner Routes 28N/30, Long Lake, NY
Moose Maple Books, 169 Olive St., Saranac Lake, NY
Saranac Lake Community Store, 97 Main St., Saranac Lake, NY
The Wild Center, 45 Museum Dr., Tupper Lake, NY

I'll update this list as more store sign up. You can always find the updated list on my website on the Books page.

Thanks and happy reading.

Andy

Sunday, February 17, 2013

"Adirondack Park User's Guide" eBook now available


Hungry Bear Publishing Feb. 17 released an eBook on Amazon.com’s Kindle platform titled “New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide,” by local author Andy Flynn and friends from the Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership (AFPEP).

The “User’s Guide” answers the question – “What is the Adirondack Park?”

Using 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 from respected sources that helps them responsibly use the Forest Preserve while giving 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.

The book includes 13 of Flynn’s stories from the “Adirondack Attic” book series, straight from the archives of the Adirondack Museum, to help illustrate the “how-to” aspects of using the Forest Preserve and give a historical perspective.

“The stories complement the resource information and educational components of this book by humanizing the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park,” Flynn said. “After all, it’s the people who live in Adirondack communities that make this protected place so special.”

In addition to Flynn’s stories, officials from the New York State Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation 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.

"It takes a lifetime to really understand the Adirondacks – the people, the zoning, the wilderness ... the everything – but this is an excellent primer,” said George DeChant, board member of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. “With all the links, phone numbers and addresses, you will have enough information to spend a lifetime learning the nooks and crannies of all that is inside the Blue Line."

The eBook is available for $6.99 on the Kindle platform at www.amazon.com. The “User’s Guide” includes convenient hyperlinks to the many organizations, attractions, and services throughout the Park. It includes more than 50 color images and can be read on a variety of electronic devices, including PC, Mac, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, iPad and iPhone with the Kindle Reading App, a free download.

“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 for the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

A print version of the book is expected to be released in the summer of 2013.

TESTIMONIALS:

“Nice job! It is an easy and interesting read, and loaded with a wide variety of essential facts that will help visitors to make the most out of their visits to the Adirondacks.” (Joe Hackett, newspaper columnist and operator of Tahawus Limited guide service, Ray Brook, N.Y.)

“Visitors from far and near will find this publication to be an essential item, not just for their book shelf, but as an important carry along reference item when visiting the Adirondacks. The reader easily connects with the author, as he discusses the seasonal necessities for preparing to cross the Adirondack Blue Line, with his personal glimpses of Adirondack living, from decades of experience as an Adirondack native.” (Gerry Lemmo, wildlife photographer, Queensbury, N.Y.)

"In ‘New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide,’ Flynn brings together and breaks down the elements that demonstrate the unique structure of the Adirondack Park as a place to visit and a place to live. From rules and regulations to the top attractions, this guide blends in historical stories so readers can be in the know before they go. Flynn shows that there is always more to learn about the Adirondack Park." (Diane Chase, author of the book series, “Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities,” Bloomingdale, N.Y.)

“’New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide’ belongs on everyone’s book shelf, whether Park resident or visitor. 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.” (Caperton Tissot, author of “Adirondack Ice: A Cultural and Natural History,” Saranac Lake, N.Y.)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wrapping up 2012


In those brief moments during the holidays when we have time to take a deep breath, memories of the past 12 months flash before our eyes like a newsreel with a twitch. Snippets come and go, sights, sounds, smells, a warm summer breeze, the bite of winter, the taste of a favorite meal.

"This year went by fast," a friend says. "But we did so much."

Yes, we did. 2012 was a productive year for me, although I wish I could have done more. I think back on my list of goals for the year, and I fell short as usual. But there were small victories.

I wrote more, including one book; I was supposed to write two, but the one I finished wasn't even on my Jan. 1 list. I'm still working on the others. But I got paid for most of my writing, which is a plus considering that's what I want to do.

I lost weight, not the 200 pounds I had planned but a modest and respectable 35 pounds for the year. I hope to do better in 2013.

I took a lot more photos than in 2011, but I'd still like to take more. This wasn't on my list, but photography gives me great pleasure, and I had hoped to be more happy in 2012. I'm pretty sure I succeeded, and the photographs help transport me back to all the places I visited and things I did in 2012.

Below is a short list of my favorite 2012 assignments writing for the North Creek News Enterprise. Spending time in North Creek wasn't even on my radar on Jan. 1, but becoming the editor there was one of my biggest highlights in 2012. It's a great little Adirondack town with warm, hard working people. I highly recommend you visit.

North Creek baker competes on Jeopardy
Justin Gonyo a fourth generation railroad man
Moose-calling contest draws crowd to Indian Lake
School super visits Newcomb on bike trip across U.S.
Railway makes historic run to North River
Friends, family honor retiring Johnsburg Coach Tim Leach