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New Summer Hours For NYPA's Visitors Center

Karen White
315-764-0226, Ext. 304          

June 5, 2009


MASSENA – The New York Power Authority’s Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch has announced extended summer hours, beginning June 5.

The admission-free visitors center, part of NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, is now open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

The visitors center offers many exciting hands-on exhibits on energy, electricity, local history and the environment. One popular attraction is the bicycle generator that turns pedal power into electricity.  For a hair-raising experience with static electricity, try touching our Van de Graaff generator. An audiovisual terrain map charts the course of the mighty St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg to Massena. Another highlight is the panoramic view of the project’s power dam from Hawkins Point.

Several events will be held at the visitors center throughout the summer. On July 11, NYPA will sponsor the North Country Crafter’s Extravaganza. This new event will feature crafters and artisans offering a variety of items for sale. There will also be demonstrations and entertainment throughout the day. Free space is still available for participating vendors and crafters. Inside the visitors center, NYPA will sponsor an energy fair with informational programs and displays from a variety of energy-related organizations and businesses on the same day.

NYPA will again be offering free family-friendly movies every Tuesday from July 7 through Aug. 25, as part of its “Beat the Heat” summer campaign.  Movies will be shown at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the visitors center’s auditorium. In addition, classic movies are shown at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays.

NYPA will also be holding craft days at 1 p.m. every Thursday in July and August. All materials will be provided for youth craft projects at the visitors center. Reservations for the craft days may be made by calling (315) 764-0226, ext. 302.

Information on visitors center events can be found at


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