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NYPA to Offer Free Hiking Expedition on Schoharie Valley Trails, July 11

Contact:
Steve Ramsey
1-800-724-0309

steve.ramsey@nypa.gov

July 1, 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 Saturday, July 11.  

Those interested in participating should meet at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center 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, Brian Strasavich, Mine Kill State Park facility manager, will point out nature’s signs of summer and new growth on trees and shrubs. Free refreshments will be served. 

Before or after the hike, participants are encouraged to stop at the 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:

■    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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■    About 75 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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