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Power Authority Visitors Center to Host Earth Day Activities

Steve Ramsey

April 17, 2008


NORTH BLENHEIM— In celebration of Earth Day, the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project will feature a full program of family activities on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The facility’s admission-free visitors center will highlight the importance of recycling and other Earth-friendly practices with films, a puppet show and a kids’ arts and crafts station.

The schedule:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.—Kids’ arts and crafts station, where children will be able to grow their own plants;

11 a.m.—Puppet Show on recycling, Zachary Pearson;

12 p.m. and 2 p.m.—Film, “A World at Waste,” a story of one man’s apathy for the environment and the tragic events his wastefulness brings to his family; and

1 p.m. and 3 p.m.—Film, “Where the Garbage Goes,” about George and his crew on mountains of rubbish and recycling. Children learn why it’s important to recycle.

Visitors will receive a tree seedling to plant and will be able enter a drawing for a pack of energy-efficient light bulbs.      

The visitors center will be open as usual from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attractions include a wide range of hands-on exhibits that present information on such themes as Basics of Electricity, Uses of Electricity and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa project.

The visitors center is located on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge.

Visit for information on the Power Authority’s activities across the state in celebration of Earth Day.

  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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