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Snowmobile Safety Program Set For NYPA Visitors Center

Steve Ramsey

January  26, 2009


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 Safety Certificate.) 

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

   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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