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Snowmobile Safety Program Set for NYPA Center          

Contact:
Jill Chamberlain, NYPA
315-764-0226, Ext. 300
jill.chamberlain@nypa.gov
Trudy Callahan,Tri-Town Trailblazers
315-705-4388
Mike Hewlett, Tri-Town Trailblazers
315-769-2195

December 4, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Tri-Town Trailblazers will sponsor a New York State-certified Snowmobile Safety Course at NYPA’s admission-free Hawkins Point Visitors Center at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. 

The free eight-hour course will be taught by state-certified instructors.  Tri-Town Trailblazer memberships will be available for purchase. 

The course is open to anyone 10 or older.  It will provide fundamental information that all snowmobilers should possess in order to ensure the safety of riders and other trail users.  Successful completion of the course results in the award of a New York State Snowmobile Safety Certificate. 

Persons aged 14 through 17 may operate a snowmobile without adult supervision only if they have completed a New York State-recognized safety training course.  Children 10 through 13 may do so if they have completed the course and are accompanied by a person 18 or older who is within 500 feet. 

Children under 10 and those under 14 who do not have a safety certificate may operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parent or guardian.  

The NYPA visitors center will be open as usual on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The center features a wide range of interactive exhibits on such subjects as Waterpower, the St. Lawrence-FDR project, Basics of Electricity and Uses of Electricity.  The Hawkins Point location also provides panoramic views of the power dam. 

DIRECTIONS:  From Massena: Take State Route 37 east to Route 131 (across from St. Lawrence Centre Mall), turn left and proceed through the Eisenhower Lock tunnel. Then take the second right onto Robinson Bay Road and continue for two miles. Turn left onto Hawkins Point Road and follow the entrance road to the visitors center.

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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