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NYPA Set to Host Free Hiking Expedition on Schoharie Valley Trails, Oct. 11

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

October 2, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will play host to a free hiking expedition through trails of the Schoharie Valley in the northern Catskills on Saturday, Oct. 11. Those interested in taking part in the event should meet at the visitors center for NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project at either 11 a.m. or 12 p.m., rain or shine, for one of the two available tours. 

Trail grades are easy, though participants are encouraged to wear hiking or other sturdy shoes and seasonal outdoor attire. During the one-hour hike, Andrea Porter, New York State licensed outdoor interpreter, and Brain Strasavich, Mine Kill State Park facility manager, will teach participants how to identify various trees and animals, and offer several outdoor survival techniques. Free refreshments will be served.

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

The visitors center and adjacent Lansing Manor are located on Route 30 in North Blenheim, 17 miles south of Middleburgh, five miles north of Grand Gorge 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, please go to www.nypa.gov.

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