Power Authority Visitors Center
to Present Film on John Burroughs, Naturalist-Author
September 27, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM –A new documentary detailing the
life and work of local 19th-century nature writer John Burroughs
will be screened for the first time in the area at 1 p.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 6 at the admission-free visitors center at the New
York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.
Joe Farleigh of Roxbury, a Burroughs fan and member
of the Woodchuck Lodge, Inc. Board of Directors, will introduce the
video, “John Burroughs: A Naturalist in the Industrial Age,” and
will be available to take questions afterward. The 40-minute video
was produced by Professor Lynn Spangler, associate dean of the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the State University of New
York College at New Paltz.
Burroughs, who died in 1921, was born in Roxbury in
1837. His work played an integral role in the evolution of the U.S.
conservation movement. He wrote more than 30 books
and published hundreds of essays and poems in magazines, and some of
his best writing came as a result of his native visits to the
Farleigh, a retired science teacher with a special
interest in environmental studies, has served as president of the
Roxbury Burroughs Club. He has written articles on John Burroughs
and on fly fishing for Kaatskill Life Magazine. He was also the
editor of “John Burroughs: Voice of the Catskills.”
Farleigh also serves as a liaison to the New York
State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP),
which oversees the John Burroughs Memorial Field State Historic
Site. The site, open year-round during daylight hours, is located on
Route 30, 1 ˝ miles north of Roxbury.
The Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center, housed in a
refurbished 19th-century dairy barn, features interactive exhibits
for children and adults on 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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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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