Trees and Santa to Share NYPA
November 28, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
■ 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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