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NYPA Visitors Center Announces New Hours

Karen White
315-764-0226, Ext. 304

August 26, 2009


MASSENA – The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch will implement new hours of operation starting September 1. 

The visitors center, part of NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Columbus Day, October 12. After Columbus Day, the visitors center will shift to its off-season schedule, operating Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Memorial Day. 

The admission- free visitors center offers many exciting hands-on exhibits on energy, electricity, history and the environment.  Visitors can hop on a bicycle generator and turn pedal power into electricity or have a hair-raising experience with static electricity using the Van de Graaff generator. An audiovisual terrain map charts the course of the mighty St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg to Massena.

Since the beginning of the year, NYPA has welcomed more than 13,000 visitors to the Hawkins Point center.  With several community events planned for the upcoming months, that number is expected to grow by year’s end.  Mark your calendars for more free family fun at the following visitor center events: 

September 12 - Dam 4 Miler Road Race
September 19 - Wildlife Festival
October 24 - Halloween Party
November 7 - Santa Paws
December 18 - Holiday Pajama Party

The Wildlife Festival will feature shows by the World of Wildlife and Educational Encounters, a petting zoo, crafts, entertainment and other attractions and gives visitors a chance to get up-close and personal with a variety of exotic animals.

For more information on events, call 315-764-0226 ext 302 or visit 

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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