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Wildlife, Energy To Share Spotlight at September 23 Power Authority Events

Steve Ramsey

September 15, 2006


NORTH BLENHEIM—There will be a full and varied agenda at the New York Power Authority’s annual Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project’s visitors center.  For the first time, an Energy Expo will be part of the Festival activities. 

Admission and parking are free.  

The Wildlife Festival will offer numerous animal-related features, more than 75 arts and crafts vendors and local community and environmental organization displays, plus plenty of food and entertainment for the entire family.   

At the Energy Expo, local vendors and energy professionals will provide advice on saving energy in homes and businesses.  In addition, DaimlerChrysler’s concept plug-in hybrid electric vehicle—the Sprinter Van—will be displayed.  Plug-in hybrids can operate in either an all-electric or hybrid mode, reducing air emissions and reliance on imported oil. 

The Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center and the adjacent Lansing Manor House, both admission free, will be open throughout the day.  The visitors center includes a wide range of hands-on exhibits on operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa project and other energy and environmental subjects, while the Manor House, built in 1819 and restored by the Power Authority, reflects 19th-century life in one of the Schoharie Valley’s premier homes.  

For more information, please call 1-800-724-0309. 

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