Santa Claus is Coming to NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center

Steve Ramsey

December 9, 2009


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has some electrifying news this holiday season: Santa will be making an early appearance Saturday, December 12, at the Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center to hear wish lists from local youngsters and pose for free photos from to noon to 2 p.m. Wagon rides will also be available and each child will receive a special holiday ornament.

Families can also take advantage of the admission-free visitors center’s seventh annual Festival of Trees which will be on display through January 4. More than 15 evergreens gracing the visitors center will be decorated in a variety of holiday themes by local community groups, including the Landis Arboretum, Jefferson Central School, Stamford Historical Society, Summit Seniors, Summit Red Hat Society, Roxbury Central School, Jefferson Seniors, Gilboa-Conesville Central School, Mine Kill State Park, Blenheim Headstart, Breakabeen General Store, Grand Gorge Community Action Group, American Legion and Middleburgh Girl Scout Troop. This year’s holiday decorations also feature a large diorama of a country village.

The visitors center, which features numerous hands-on exhibits on such subjects as basics of electricity, uses of electricity and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project, is located in a restored 19th-century dairy barn on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh, and about 50 miles southwest of Albany.

School groups and community organizations are welcome. The center will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Dec. 24, 25, 31 and New Year’s Day.  For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit NYPA on the Web at www.nypa.gov..

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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