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NYPA Visitors Center Celebrates 'Woodsman's Day'

Steve Ramsey

October 2, 2009 


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will celebrate Woodman’s Day with a free hiking expedition and other activities at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, Saturday, October 10. 

Activities will begin at 11 a.m. with demonstrations by students from SUNY Cobleskill of certain wood-chopping techniques and other useful outdoor skills.    

At 12 p.m., Marty Podskoch will give a presentation of his new book, “Adirondack Stories II: 101 More Historical Sketches,” featuring illustrated stories of hermits, forestry, hotels, summer camps, writers, artists, animals, mining, farming, canals, boats, sports, amusement parks and other subjects.  Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.  

Events wrap up with a one-hour hike through trails of the Schoharie Valley in the northern Catskills with Wildlife Interpreter Andrea Porter at 1 p.m.  Trail grades are easy, though participants are encouraged to wear hiking or other sturdy shoes.  

Visitors are welcome to stop by for any one or all of the free activities; refreshments will be served. In addition to these activities, the visitors center will be open with hands-on displays and exhibits on energy. Guests can also experience the rich history of Historic Lansing Manor, a 19th-century estate that is part of the visitors center complex, open through Oct. 31. 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,

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