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Power Authority Visitors Center to Play Host to Lecture on Butterflies and Nature Walk

Steve Ramsey

October 1, 2007


NORTH BLENHEIM – The New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project Visitors Center will play host to a free lecture on butterflies and their habitats, which will be followed by a nature walk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.

Maraleen Manos-Jones of Shoken will be at the visitors center to discuss her book, “The Spirit of Butterflies: Myth, Magic & Art.” It is a unique book of art and story, celebrating the cross-cultural significance of butterflies from ancient times to the present. Manos-Jones also shares here insights on butterfly gardening.

Manos-Jones has taught at the college level for many years and is a storyteller and performer. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit LaCruz Habitat Protection Project: an organization that has planted over three million trees in and around the monarchs over wintering habitats in Michoacan, Mexico.

Manos-Jones initiated a Spirit of Butterfly Tour to Mexico to help raise funds for reforestation; the tour was the recipient of the Smithsonian Magazine Conservation Award in 2002. She has also been a guide and storyteller at the American Museum of Natural History’s live Butterfly Exhibit for the past ten years.

Immediately following the lecture, there will be a guided walk on the nature trails connecting the grounds of the New York Power Authority Visitors Center to Minekill State Park.

The admission-free 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 Blenheim-

Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. The center, located 17 miles south of Middleburgh on Route 30, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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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