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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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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
From left, Newcomb Central School Superintendent Skip Hults, Rep. Bill Owens, Senior Class Advisor Martha Swan, the senior class and School Board President Steve Frieman (photo by Andy Flynn)
From left, Newcomb Central School Superintendent Skip Hults, Rep. Bill Owens, Senior Class Advisor Martha Swan, the senior class and School Board President Steve Frieman (photo by Andy Flynn)

Owens lauds international program at Newcomb graduation

The Newcomb Central School District in the Adirondacks celebrated a big milestone this week. It boosted its enrollment to 101 students. That may not seem like a lot, but considering the school had only 55 students five years ago, topping 100 is a big deal. The turnaround began after Superintendent Skip Hults began accepting foreign exchange students.

These students get a uniquely Adirondack education, the locals get more diversity and Newcomb Central fills classrooms. The program caught the attention of Congressman Bill Owens, who was the commencement speaker at Newcomb on Saturday, June 23. Andy Flynn has our story.  Go to full article
1850s map of Clinton County, with Clintonville detail
1850s map of Clinton County, with Clintonville detail

Adirondack Attic: Clinton county's mining heritage

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 a mid-1800's map of Clinton County, and some of the stories of the small towns that grew up around the iron mining industry.  Go to full article
Gore Mountain is an anchor for Warren County's winter economy. Photo: Gore Mountain website
Gore Mountain is an anchor for Warren County's winter economy. Photo: Gore Mountain website

Advocates worry Gore Mt. could get short-changed in ORDA transition

The Olympic Regional Development Authority will begin operating the Belleayre Mountain resort in the Catskills later this year. That's a huge change for the organization, which had focused exclusively on Adirondack venues, in Wilmington, Lake Placid and North Creek.

Once Belleayre is added to ORDA's list of venues, two new members from the Catskills will sit on the organization's board.

But currently, only one board member represents communities in Warren County and the North Creek area. As Andy Flynn reports, some Gore Mountain advocates say they want more representation on ORDA's board.  Go to full article

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