By Keith Lobdell
ELIZABETHTOWN - Denton Publications recently announced the hiring of a new assistant managing editor and account executive in the Tri-Lakes region.
"We are thrilled to welcome Andy Flynn and Kristen B. Hardman to the Denton Publications team and bringing their experience and knowledge of the region to our community newspapers," Daniel Alexander, publisher and owner of Denton Publications, said.
Andy Flynn is an author and publisher living in Saranac Lake who was hired as the assistant managing editor Jan. 3.
Flynn is an award-winning journalist, garnering merits of excellence from the National Newspaper Association, New York Newspaper Publishers Association and the New York Press Association (NYPA) for photography, headline writing, editorial writing, news writing, feature writing, front-page layout and community service reporting. While the staff writer at the Lake Placid News, he was named the 1996 NYPA Writer of the Year for weekly New York state newspapers with circulation under 10,000.
In 2004, Flynn founded Hungry Bear Publishing and self-published his first book, "New York State's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Volume 1," and his catalog now includes six Adirondack Attic books.
From 2003 to 2009, Andy wrote a weekly Adirondack history column - "Adirondack Attic" - for several newspapers in northern New York. In 2010, he began producing the "Adirondack Attic" radio show, which airs monthly on North Country Public Radio. For the column and radio series, Andy works with curators at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake to tell stories about the facility's artifact collections.
In 2008, Andy was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Upstate History Alliance (now called Museumwise) for the Adirondack Attic History Project, which he founded in 2003 to actively preserve Adirondack history by collecting artifact-based, human-interest stories.
Andy currently operates Hungry Bear Publishing with his wife, Dawn, publishing the Adirondack Attic book series and the Meet the Town community guides. From 2001 to 2009, he was employed as the Senior Public Information Specialist at the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smiths.
Prior to the VIC, he was a writer and managing editor for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake and the Lake Placid News, a correspondent for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, an announcer for WNBZ 1240-AM in Saranac Lake, and a general assignment news reporter and radio documentary producer for North Country Public Radio in Canton. He is a graduate of the SUNY College at Fredonia and the Tupper Lake High School.
Kristen B. Hardman
Hardman has been a full-time resident of the Adirondacks for 20 years. Together with husband, Jim, she owns and operates the Woodruff House Bed and Breakfast in Elizabethtown and also runs a seasonal shop in Willsboro, Cornerstone Rustic Gallery.
Hardman also works with interior decorating and home staging, along with the art of preparing houses to sell, as hobbies.
"I'm delighted to be representing Denton Publications in the Tri-Lakes area," Hardman said. "As a small business owner myself, I understand how tough it can be, especially now. It's no secret marketing budgets are as slim as ever. Helping folks determine the best use of those dollars is what I enjoy most. My clients know I only pitch what I think will work best."