NYPA to Bury Time Capsule at Niagara Power Vista

Teresa Martinez
(716) 286-6652

July 14, 2014


LEWISTON — The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will conclude its Niagara Power Vista 50th Anniversary celebration with the burial of a time capsule on Saturday, July 19.

Visitors can share their past and present memories of the Power Vista by signing the time capsule message banner in the reception area beginning Monday, July 14.

The closing ceremony begins at 3 p.m. when the banner and other Power Vista memorabilia are placed in the capsule and sealed by Niagara Power Project Regional Manager Harry Francois. The capsule will be buried on-site at a later date and remain buried for the next 50 years.

The time capsule was designed by University Heights Art Association Co-Founder Larry Kinney, a Buffalo sculptor who judges the Power Vista’s annual “Every Day is Earth Day” sculpture contest.

Special screenings of the Niagara Project’s 50th Anniversary video are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Relive the construction of New York State’s largest electric generating facility through the eyes of the Niagara Hardhats, the men and women who built the project.

Guided tours through the Power Vista are available at 10 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. and will include hair-raising demonstrations.

Visitors are also invited to enjoy more than 50 displays and interactive exhibits on electricity, energy efficiency and area history, along with spectacular views from an observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge.

Parking and admission are always free. For more information, call 716-286-6661 or email npvista@nypa.gov.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ 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 the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.