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A Trip to Power Authority Visitors Center Can Take a Bite out of Summer Gas Costs

Steve Ramsey

June 27, 2006


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority wants to help keep soaring gas prices from taking a bite out of your wallet and putting the brakes on your vacation plans as it kicks off a summer travel campaign July 1 that promises “More Cruisin’ Less Fuelin’… No Foolin’!”  Activities start with a trip to NYPA’s own admission-free Visitors Center at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, and continue on to other nearby attractions in beautiful Schoharie County. 

Steve Ramsey, community relations representative at the Blenheim-Gilboa Project, said: “Your family summer vacation doesn’t need to break the bank.  There’s so much to see and do at our Visitors Center and in surrounding Schoharie County that we’re more than happy to help you plan outings that are full of family fun…and close to fuel-less.” 

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., offers a fun-filled day with its many exciting hands-on exhibits on energy, electricity, history and the environment, in addition to the 2-1/2 mile Bluebird Trail and the many picnic areas that line its grounds.  

Another attraction, next door to the Visitors Center,  is historic Lansing Manor, a country home built in the early 1800s that’s been restored by the Power Authority to its original elegance and offers a slice of American life from the days before the Civil War.  The admission-free Manor House -- open daily, except Tuesdays, through Columbus Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- is operated as a museum by the Power Authority and the Schoharie County Historical Society.

Families can also enjoy nearby Mine Kill State Park, built by the Power Authority and operated by the Saratoga-Capital District Region of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The park’s 650 acres include three swimming pools and facilities for softball, basketball, volleyball and horseshoes. Picnic grounds and hiking trails abound and there is boating and fishing at the park as well as at the Blenheim-Gilboa Project's two reservoirs.  

The power project’s Visitors Center offers free packets of energy-saving tips on how to keep cool this summer and warm come winter.  The packets include information on a host of nearby attractions to help plan a summer of memorable day-tripping adventures for families right in their own backyards, rather than memories of costly visits to the gas pump. 

For more information on the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center and Lansing Manor, and a schedule of events, call 1-800-724-0309 or 1-866-NYPA-FUN.

About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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