Visitors Center Announces Holiday Season Schedule
December 15, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority has
announced the days and hours of operation for the admission-free
visitors center at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project
this holiday season.
For Christmas week, the center will be closed on
Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25. It will reopen on Friday,
Dec. 26, resuming its regular hours of operation, from 10 a.m. to 5
Similarly, for New Year’s week, the center will be
closed on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and Thursday, Jan. 1. It will reopen
on Friday, Jan. 2, continuing its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Throughout the year, the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors
Center is open to the public seven days a week, except for certain
NYPA’s handicapped-accessible facility is housed in
a restored 19th-century dairy barn and features hands-on exhibits
for students of all ages and abilities. Visitors can learn how this
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.
As a special holiday feature, more than 15
decorated evergreens will be on display throughout the visitors
center grounds as part of the annual Festival of Trees, which runs
through Jan. 2. Local community groups—including girl scouts, senior
centers and school districts—have put their own unique designs on
the trees, providing a fun excuse for a brisk walk outdoors.
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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