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New York Power Authority Visitors Center Will Play Host to Snowshoe Workshop and Hike

Steve Ramsey

February 8, 2008


NORTH BLENHEIM—The visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project will play host to a free snowshoe workshop, followed by a guided nature walk (weather permitting) on Saturday, Feb. 16. 

Brian Strasavich, a recreation manager at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Andrea Porter, a wildlife interpreter employed by the Schoharie County Soil and Water Conservation District, will conduct a hands-on workshop on the basics of snowshoeing, which will include fitting, clothing and techniques. The workshop will also feature a video on the history of snowshoeing. 

A representative from Eastern Mountain Sports will discuss the types of snowshoes available. He will have a selection to choose from, as well as discount coupons. 

A guided snowshoe walk on the nature trails connecting the visitors center grounds to Mine Kill State Park is scheduled immediately after the workshop. 

The admission-free 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 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.

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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