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Trees and Santa to Share NYPA Holiday Spotlight

Steve Ramsey

November 28, 2006


NORTH BLENHEIM—The admission-free visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project will be transformed into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights during the center’s fourth annual Festival of Trees from Friday, Dec. 1 through Jan. 2, 2007.

More than 20 evergreens will be adorned to feature the holiday scent of the gingerbread man; patriotic red, white and blue colors; ideas for saving energy; and other themes.  The trees will be decorated by representatives of a number of local entities, including the Stamford Historical Society, Jefferson Central School, Jefferson Seniors, Gilboa Central School, South Kortright School and Roxbury Central School.

The arrival of Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 9 will be among the festival’s highlights.  Children will receive a special NYPA ornament and will have the opportunity to give Santa their wish lists, have a free photo taken with him and provide him with an energy-saving idea.  A free raffle will be held for a package of energy-efficient holiday trees, courtesy of Middleburgh Hardware.

The visitors center, located in a restored 19-century dairy barn, will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Dec 23-25 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1.  School groups and community organizations are welcome. 

The center, which features numerous hands-on exhibits on such subjects as the basics of electricity, uses of electricity and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa project, is located on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge.  It is about 50 miles southwest of Albany.

For more information, call 1-800-724-0309 or visit on the Web at www.nypa.gov.

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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