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New York Power Authority Visitors Center to Play Host to Snowmobile Safety Course

Steve Ramsey

January 7, 2008


NORTH BLENHEIM—The admission-free visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project will play host to a free New York State-certified snowmobile safety course on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Mike Vincent, a state-certified instructor with Safe Riders, will present the program. The course, open to anyone at least 10 years old, will provide fundamental information for snowmobilers to ensure both their safety and the safety of other trail users.  Successful completion of the course will result in the award of a New York State Snowmobile Safety Certificate.

People from the age of 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.

Reservations to participate in the snowmobile safety course are recommended.  Please contact 1-800-724-0309 to reserve a space.

The Power Authority’s visitors center will be open as usual on Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is located on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge.

 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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