New York Power Authority Visitors
Center Will Play Host to Snowshoe Workshop and Hike
February 8, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
■ 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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