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Back County Survival Workshop Scheduled for Power Authority Visitors Center

Steve Ramsey

February 14, 2008


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s visitors center at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project will play host to a free back country survival workshop beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. 

Catskill Forest Association employees Ryan Traponi, education forester, and Eamon Hinchey, outdoor environmental educator, will conduct the hands-on workshop on important life-saving survival skills in a winter environment, such as primitive fire-starting and shelter building. 

The admission-free visitors center, housed in a refurbished 19th-century dairy barn, features interactive exhibits for children and adults on such subjects 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.

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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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