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NCPR News Staff: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Correspondent

Andy Flynn is the assistant managing editor for Denton Publications in Elizabethtown and editor of the North Creek News Enterprise. He has worked in radio and print media for 20 years in the Adirondacks. He produces a series of monthly "Adirondack Attic" radio programs for NCPR, exploring the Adirondack Museum's artifact collections and other museum collections around the Adirondack North Country region to highlight a broad range of New York state history.

Andy is the author The Adirondack Attic book series and Meet the Town community guides and owner/operator of Hungry Bear Publishing. He lives in Saranac Lake."

Stories filed by Andy Flynn

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Adirondack Museum curator Laura Rice holding the "schuetzen" target rifle. Photo: Andy Flynn
Adirondack Museum curator Laura Rice holding the "schuetzen" target rifle. Photo: Andy Flynn

In the Adirondack Attic: Schuetzen target rifle

The Adirondack Attick's Andy Flynn unearths a target rifle from the Loon Lake area in Warren County. Laura Rice, the chief curator of the Adirondack Museum, talks with Andy about its story.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Museum has three wooden crates full of antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County.  Photo: Andy Flynn
The Adirondack Museum has three wooden crates full of antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County. Photo: Andy Flynn

Listen: Soda bottles trace a Warren County story

In the Adirondack Attic series, with Andy Flynn, NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring local history stories to light.

In this installment, Andy talks with Adirondack Museum chief curator Laura Rice about antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County, and the story they tell about the bottling industry in the hamlet that's now called Riparius.  Go to full article
Olympians parade on a wintry day in Lake Placid. Photo: Andy Flynn
Olympians parade on a wintry day in Lake Placid. Photo: Andy Flynn

In Lake Placid, Oympians parade home

Lake Placid celebrated its Olympic heritage Sunday by welcoming back a dozen athletes who competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Many live there, full time or part time, and train at the venues that once hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games.

The celebration included a parade, speeches, fireworks and a chance to meet the Olympians.  Go to full article
From Andy's attic: the hockey puck he found at an Olympic matchup at the Lake Placid games in 1980.  Photo: Andy Flynn
From Andy's attic: the hockey puck he found at an Olympic matchup at the Lake Placid games in 1980. Photo: Andy Flynn

Listen: Lake Placid, 1980, Andy's mom, a hockey puck

Our "Adirondack Attic" series continues as Andy Flynn searches his own attic for a memento from the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, and talks with his mom about their trip to the Olympics.  Go to full article

Adirondack Attic: skater Sonja Henie

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring local history stories to air.

Today, Andy Flynn visits the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, and the Sonja Henie "Perfection on Ice" exhibit. Henie was a world champion ice skater from Norway who won a gold medal at the 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Alison Haas, director of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.  Photo: Andy Flynn
Alison Haas, director of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: sliding sports in Lake Placid

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring local history stories to air.

Today, Andy Flynn talks with Alison Haas, director of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, at what will be the International Sliding Sports Museum, at Mount Van Hoevenberg. We'll hear stories behind some sliding sports artifacts, and some of the athletes who made Lake Placid one of the most important Olympic historic sites in North America.  Go to full article
Historic Aiden Lair.  Photo: Andy Flynn
Historic Aiden Lair. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Aiden Lair

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring local history stories to air.

Today, Andy talks with at Adirondack Architectural Heritage director Steven Engelhart about an endangered historic property in the Adirondacks -- Aiden Lair. It's located in the town of Minerva, and was one of the way stations Teddy Roosevelt used during his night ride to the presidency in 1901.  Go to full article

New York's Bluegrass Trail, No. 4

The International Bluegrass Music Association celebrated its Awards Night in Raleigh, NC at the end of September. The Gibson Brothers were there, and won several awards.

Who do you thank when you win bluegrass vocal group of the year, song of the year, and songwriter of the year? If you're Eric and Leigh Gibson, you thank your mother.

NY's Bluegrass Trail reporter Andy Flynn was watching the awards online--with Eric and Leigh Gibson's mother and family members.  Go to full article
Joe Wiegand, as Teddy Roosevelt, at the North Creek Depot Museum earlier this month.  Photo: Andy Flynn
Joe Wiegand, as Teddy Roosevelt, at the North Creek Depot Museum earlier this month. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Teddy Roosevelt returns to North Creek

As part of the Adirondack Attic series, Andy Flynn catches up with Joe Wiegand, the country's premier Teddy Roosevelt reprisor at the North Creek Depot Museum. It was to the station at North Creek that then Vice President Roosevelt rode from Mount Marcy upon learning of the death of William McKinley in 1901.  Go to full article
Leonard Gereau in front of his parents' former house--once in Tahawus, since 1963--in Newcomb.
Leonard Gereau in front of his parents' former house--once in Tahawus, since 1963--in Newcomb.

50 years ago: Moving the village of Tahawus

The last couple of years there's been a lot of debate in the Adirondacks about what happens when communities struggle and shrink. There are already ghost towns across the North Country, once-thriving places that have dwindled away to nothing or been abandoned.

Fifty years ago, the National Lead company decided to move its workforce from the mining village of Tahawus, which sits at the edge of the High Peaks. An entire community vanished almost overnight.

Andy Flynn has been talking with people who remember the loss of their village a half-century ago and he has our story.  Go to full article

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