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Talk On Adirondack Fire Towers Set For Power Authority Center

Steve Ramsey

May 11, 2007


NORTH BLENHEIM—The history and lore of the Adirondack fire towers will be featured in a presentation at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the admission-free visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.

Marty Podskoch, a retired reading teacher from Delhi who has written three books on fire towers in the Catskills and the Adirondacks, will be the speaker.

Podskoch, now a resident of Colchester, Conn., became interested in fire towers after climbing Hunter Mountain in 1987 and meeting a fire tower observer.  He since has interviewed several hundred tower observers, rangers and their families in compiling material for his books.

Copies of Podskoch’s books will be available for purchase at the May 20 event.

 The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, housed in a refurbished 19th-century dairy barn, features interactive exhibits for children and adults on such themes as production and uses of electricity, energy efficiency and operation of the power project.  The center, open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located 17 miles south of Middleburgh on Route 30.

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 ■    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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