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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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John Eddy's 1818 map of the Adirondack/North Country region.  Photo: Adirondack Museum
John Eddy's 1818 map of the Adirondack/North Country region. Photo: Adirondack Museum

Adirondack Attic: an 1818 map of the North Country

Andy Flynn visits the Adirondack Museum for a closer look at an early 19th century map of the region.

Published in 1818, the map was divided into four sections, including one for the Adirondack North Country region. Governor DeWitt Clinton commissioned state Geographer John Eddy to make the map in order to sketch out the proposed route of the Erie Canal between Lake Erie and the Hudson River. Clinton was largely responsible for the canal, which opened in 1825.  Go to full article
Artifacts found near Long Lake by summer vacationers in the 1960's and 70's.  Photo: Andy Flynn
Artifacts found near Long Lake by summer vacationers in the 1960's and 70's. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Native American artifacts

Andy Flynn visits the Adirondack Museum for a closer look at Native American artifacts -- pottery and arrowheads -- found near Long Lake, for this month's edition of "The Adirondack Attic."  Go to full article
One of the Ton-Da-Lay architectural drawings from 1972.  Photo: Andy Flynn
One of the Ton-Da-Lay architectural drawings from 1972. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Remembering Ton-Da-Lay

Andy Flynn visited the Adirondack Museum to look at architectural drawings for Ton-Da-Lay, a development in the town of Altamont, now Tupper Lake, that was proposed in the 1970s.

It called for creating 4,000 lots on 18,500 acres of property in the northern part of the town, with a goal of attracting 20,000 people. That's four times the population of the villages of Tupper Lake or Saranac Lake. The proposal was approved by the town, but rejected by the state.  Go to full article
Cullen Rose of Inlet (left), his brother, Andy Quodomine of Clifton Park (center), and moose-calling contest emcee Ed Kanze (right). Photo: Andy Flynn
Cullen Rose of Inlet (left), his brother, Andy Quodomine of Clifton Park (center), and moose-calling contest emcee Ed Kanze (right). Photo: Andy Flynn

Moose callers gather in Indian lake

There are more moose living in the Adirondacks every year. Scientists put the population at about 800 this year.

One town is hoping its local moose will be a draw for visitors: Indian Lake is already capitalizing on moose tourism with an annual Moose Festival, which includes a moose calling contest.

But even with numbers up and moose sightings on the rise, nobody had reported seeing one on the first day of the Great Adirondack Moose Festival--except Bloomingdale resident Debbie Kanze.  Go to full article
Clarke and Barbara Dunham have created miniature worlds, using model trains and tiny dioramas.  (Photo:  Andy Flynn)
Clarke and Barbara Dunham have created miniature worlds, using model trains and tiny dioramas. (Photo: Andy Flynn)

An imaginary world made of model trains

As we've been hearing, trains have become a flashpoint for debate in the Adirondacks. But in Pottersville, in Warren County, a Broadway set designer has opened the Adirondack Park's newest tourist attraction devoted entirely to model trains.

There's no controversy here. Just dozens of tiny trolleys, steam engines and locomotives, each surrounded by its own tiny world, sort of a Disneyland in miniature.

Clarke and Barbara Dunham brought "Railroads on Parade" to the North Country last year, after exhibiting it for years in New York City.  Go to full article
The Campsite on the south bank of the Saranac River and near Fredenburgh Falls, and came to be called Pike's Cantonment for its commander Colonel Zebulon Pike.
The Campsite on the south bank of the Saranac River and near Fredenburgh Falls, and came to be called Pike's Cantonment for its commander Colonel Zebulon Pike.

Adirondack Attic: War of 1812 archeology in Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh commemorates a pivotal battle in the War of 1812 this week. Andy Flynn visits the 1812 Museum in Plattsburgh for a look at some recent archeological finds for the next Adirondack Attic segment.  Go to full article
A small group of VIPs takes the historic train ride on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway's Sanford Lake Branch WednesdayFrom left are Ed Ellis, president of Iowa Pacific Holdings, Inc., Charles Bracken, Jr., chairman, the Barton Group; and Brian Barnoski, operations manager at the Barton mine. Photo: Andy Flynn
A small group of VIPs takes the historic train ride on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway's Sanford Lake Branch WednesdayFrom left are Ed Ellis, president of Iowa Pacific Holdings, Inc., Charles Bracken, Jr., chairman, the Barton Group; and Brian Barnoski, operations manager at the Barton mine. Photo: Andy Flynn

Train makes opening run on Tahawus freight line

For the first time in nearly a quarter century, a freight train made the trip this week from North Creek to the Barton garnet mine six miles outside the village A new company hopes to eventually reopen tracks all the way to the old Tahawus mine on the southern edge of the High Peaks. Andy Flynn has our story.  Go to full article
Photo: Adirondack Museum
Photo: Adirondack Museum

Adirondack Attic: Sandpaper

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy looks at some Garnet sandpaper samples from the early 1900s with chief Adirondack Museum curator Laura Rice.  Go to full article
Drafting tools that belonged to Verplanck Colvin
Drafting tools that belonged to Verplanck Colvin

Adirondack Attic: tools for making maps

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy takes a close look at 19th century drafting tools from the collection at the Adirondack Museum.  Go to full article
Bernadette Speach
Bernadette Speach

Tannery Pond Community Center to have first paid employee

The Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek is marking its 10th anniversary this week with a celebration. After a decade of operating with a volunteer Board of Directors, the center will also have its first paid executive director starting on July 1. The center is owned and maintained by the town of Johnsburg.

Town officials and board members at the Tannery Pond Community Center Association say it's time the building becomes self-sufficient. And they want the center to play a bigger role in the North Creek economy. Andy Flynn sat down with the new director and has this profile.  Go to full article

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