Snowmobile Safety Program Set For NYPA
January 26, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM–The admission-free visitors center
at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped
Storage Power Project will play host to a New York State-certified
Snowmobile Safety Course on Saturday, Feb. 14, beginning at 9 a.m.
The free eight-hour course will be taught by Mike
Vincent, a state-certified instructor with Safe Riders.
The course is open to anyone 10 or older. It will
provide fundamental information for snowmobilers to ensure their
safety and that of other trail users. (Successful completion of the
course will result in the award of a New York State Snowmobile
Persons aged 14 through 17 may operate a snowmobile
without adult supervision only if they have completed a New York
State-recognized safety training course. Children 10 through 13 may
do so if they have completed the course and are accompanied by a
person 18 or older who is within 500 feet.
Children under 10 and those under 14 who do not
have a safety certificate may operate a snowmobile only on lands
owned or leased by their parent or guardian.
Reservations to participate in the Snowmobile
Safety Training Course are recommended. Please contact
1-800-724-0309 to reserve a space.
The Power Authority’s visitors center will be open
as usual on Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The handicapped-accessible facility, housed in a
restored 19th-century dairy barn, features hands-on exhibits for
students of all ages and abilities. Visitors can learn how NYPA’s
pumped-storage power project acts like a giant battery, generating
hydroelectricity while recycling water between two huge reservoirs.
Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy
production and conservation.
The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on
Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of
Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. School groups and
community organizations are welcome. For more information, call
800-724-0309 or visit
■ 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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