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Media Advisory and Photo Opportunity: Binational Educational Visit by Canadian and U.S.A. Students to NYPA’s Power Vista Celebrates Boundary Waters Week

June 5, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

As part of its participation in Boundary Waters Centennial Week, June 5-14, 2009, the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) Power Vista Visitors Center will welcome approximately 75 U.S.A. and Canadian fifth grade students for a half-day program of events and educational games on the Boundary Waters Treaty. The students are from the Henry J. Kalfas Magnet Elementary School in Niagara Falls and the Sheridan Park Public School in St. Catharines, Ontario 

DATE:             Monday, June 8

TIME:              10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

SCHEDULE:    10:00 a.m. Tour of the NYPA’s Power Vista Visitors Center

10:30 a.m.       Presentation on the history of the Boundary Waters Treaty and its impact on the region, delivered
                      by Doug Draper, a journalist, who written extensively on the treaty.

10:50 a.m.       Interactive displays/games covering such topics as, water pollution and conservation, erosion and energy
                      efficiency.

11:45 a.m.       U.S.A. and Canada square off in a game of “Jeopardy” with questions from the day's program.

12:00 a.m.       Lunch

PLACE:           Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston

CONTACTS:     Lou Paonessa, Niagara Power Project,

                       716-286-6651; louis.paonessa@nypa.gov.

                       Khisha Laguerre-Arnold, Niagara Power Project,

                       716-286-6652; khisha.laguerre-arnold@nypa.gov

                       JoAnna M. Roberto, Principal Sheridan Park Public School
                       905- 937-0510; JoAnna.Roberto@dsbn.edu.on.ca

                       Carol Gold, Administrator for Curriculum and Instruction

                       716- 286-4207, cgold@nfschools.net

The Power Vista features displays and interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history, as well as spectacular views from the observation deck, 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge.  Parking and admission at the Power Vista are always free of charge.

For more information, call 716-286-6661 or 1-866-NYPA-FUN, or visit www.nypa.gov for a complete schedule of activities.

■    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 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 the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.   For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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