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The weather was perfect for a snowshoe hikeNorth Blenheim – Saturday, January 26, 2013, was a beautiful winter's day, just perfect for a snowshoe hike! The weather cooperated with clear blue skies, cold temperatures and enough snow on the ground to make things interesting for our intrepid hikers.

With a great location adjacent to the more than five miles of hiking trails at neighboring Mine Kill State Park, the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center has a lot to offer both cross-country skiers and snow shoers! The views of the surrounding hills and valley are incredible and the visitor center is perfect to stop in afterwards to warm up and learn about how the New York Power Authority generates electricity!

North Blenheim - NYPA crews from the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project and the Clark Energy Center worked tirelessly in Long Island from October 31 through November 11, 2012, supporting LIPA and National Grid linemen. Their work included assessing the condition of high-voltage transmission lines and providing support for the restoration of service to communities and rebuilding electrical infrastructure heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

North Blenheim - Nine Schoharie and Delaware County First Responder organizations were recognized on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, as NYPA representatives presented them with more than $207,000 in grants. NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones and Lynn Hait, regional manager, Central New York, were joined by state elected officials at the Special Funding Presentation, which was held at NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center. The grants will aid in efforts to rebuild equipment and systems capabilities that were affected by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee last year.First responders receive funds from NYPA

The volunteer organizations that received funding include the Blenheim Hose Company, Conesville Fire Department,Conesville Rescue Squad, Grand Gorge Fire Department, Grand Gorge Rescue Squad, Jefferson Fire Department, Jefferson Rescue Squad, Middleburgh Emergency Volunteer Ambulance Corp. and Middleburgh Fire Department. NYPA also issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to improve cellular and wireless communications in the Northern Catskills. More...

NYPA’s Wildlife Festivals showcase animals and critters of all kinds

Utica – Things got a little ‘wild’ at NYPA’s family-friendly Wildlife Festival at the Utica Zoo on Saturday, September 15, 2012. The annual event had something for everyone, including live music, face painting, arts & crafts, tasty treats and demos by Mark Tyoe, Northeast chainsaw-carving champion. Attendees spent a fun-filled day with NYPA, meeting the many different animals from around the world that call the Utica Zoo home. See photos from the event!

North Blenheim – Visitors came early and spent the day at the 2012 Wildlife Festival at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center on Saturday, September 22. This free event featured wagon rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, reptile adventure, face painting, photo booth, balloon sculptures, magic & comedy shows, live music, Mark Tyoe’s chainsaw sculptures, the New York Wildlife Rescue Center, an Energy Expo and much more. It was great to see everyone there! See photos from the event!

North Blenhiem - NYPA will soon begin to repair shoreline erosion caused by Tropical Storm Irene last summer along the Schoharie Creek, just north of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project (B-G). The public fishing area, located off Power Plant Road near the B-G project’s North Gate, will be closed for safety reasons while workers rebuild the embankment. Heavy equipment will be used to dig out soil from the stream bed and then reinforce the embankments with rocks and gravel. The work is not expected to affect the water flow of Schoharie Creek, and access to shoreline fishing will continue to be available for anglers along the shores of the power plant’s upper and lower reservoirs. More…

Utica – On August 6, 2012, the boat launch at the Hinckley Dam and Reservoir closed because of the reservoir’s low water level, making conditions unsafe for boating. The nearby canoe and kayak launches are still open and safe to use. NYPA continues to monitor the water depth and will reopen the launch when conditions are safe again.

Built in 1985 along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365, the Power Authority opened the launch as a recreational addition to the Gregory B. Jarvis Power Project. Concrete planks extend 200 feet into the water, allowing easy access for boaters, in addition to car and trailer parking and a turnaround area.

Local students celebrate Earth Day at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center
North Blenheim
– Are those snakes and frogs and birds? Oh, my! Students from the Stamford Central School District celebrated Earth Day at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center on June 1, 2012. These budding environmentalists enjoyed the day getting up close and personal with nature, taking part in the Riparian Buffer scavenger hunt, making bird feeders and meeting some new animal friends. This year’s event was a true crowd-pleaser, just take a look at those smiles!

Local students celebrate Earth Day at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center

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