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NYPA Presents Checks to Nine Emergency Organizations in the Northern Catskills

Steve Ramsey

June 16, 2006


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority has presented checks totaling $20,000 to nine fire and rescue organizations serving communities in the area of its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.

“These emergency organizations are vital to the towns and villages surrounding our Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project—communities our employees and their families call home,” said Horace Horton, NYPA regional manager, Central New York.  “We believe it’s important to recognize the essential services these organizations perform, and that’s the reason we host our Emergency Services Appreciation Reception.”

Horton also noted that worker safety is a top priority for NYPA’s statewide generating and transmission facilities, including the Blenheim-Gilboa project.  He said the backup support and professional advice of the area fire and rescue squads is an important element in meeting this objective.

Horton presented checks on June 14 to the Middleburgh Fire Department, Middleburgh Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Conesville Fire Department, Conesville Rescue Squad, Jefferson Fire Department, Jefferson Rescue Squad, Grand Gorge Fire Department, Grand Gorge Rescue Squad and Blenheim Hose Company.

The one-million-kilowatt Blenheim-Gilboa Project produces economical power during peak-demand periods by recycling water between upper and lower reservoirs.

The admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center, housed in a refurbished 19th-century dairy barn, features interactive exhibits for children and adults on electricity production. It is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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