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New York Power Authority Visitors Center To Again Feature Annual Festival of Trees

Steve Ramsey

November 21, 2007 


 NORTH BLENHEIM—More than 15 evergreens will be decorated in a variety of holiday themes during the fifth annual Festival of Trees to be held at the at the admission-free visitors center at the  New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project from Dec. 1, through Jan. 2 of next year. 

Several groups, including Jefferson Seniors, Stamford Historical Society, Summit Seniors, Summit Red Hat Society, Jefferson Central School, Roxbury Central School and Gilboa-Conesville Central School, will participate in the tree decorations. Tinsel and lights will be abundantly evident. As an added bonus, NYPA staff members will be on hand to dispense energy tips for the holidays.  

The visitors center, which features numerous hands-on exhibits on such subjects as basics of electricity, uses of electricity and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project, is located in a restored 19th-century dairy barn on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh, five miles north of Grand Gorge and about 50 miles southwest of Albany.  

School groups and community organizations are welcome. The center will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the festival except for Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day.  For more information, call 1-800-724-0309 or visit NYPA on the Web at

 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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