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NYPA to Host Free Hiking Expedition on Schoharie Valley Trails, May 23

Contact:
Steve Ramsey
1-800-724-0309
steve.ramsey@nypa.gov

May 21, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will offer a free hiking expedition through trails of the Schoharie Valley in the northern Catskills on Sat., May 23.

Those interested in taking part in the event should meet at the visitors center for NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project at 11 a.m., rain or shine. 

Trail grades are easy, though participants are encouraged to wear hiking or other sturdy shoes. During the one-hour hike, Andrea Porter, a New York State licensed outdoor interpreter, and Brain Strasavich, Mine Kill State Park facility manager, will look for signs of spring and teach participants how to identify new growth on trees. Free refreshments will be served.

Before or after the hike, participants are encouraged to stop at the NYPA visitors center and Historic Lansing Manor, both admission-free. Visitors will enjoy the many hands-on displays and exhibits on energy, and experience the rich history of a 19th-century estate. Both facilities will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The visitors center and adjacent Lansing Manor are located on Route 30 in North Blenheim, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. For more information, please call 1-800-724-0309.

  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.   For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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