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Power Vista's Annual Wildlife Festival, Sat. & Sun. September 28 & 29!

Lewiston - There was something for everyone at the Power Vista's 2013 Wildlife Festival! Adults and kids of all ages enjoyed the fun-filled event and got to meet some amazing creatures.

The engaging, exciting array of live animals and environmental exhibits was a real crowd pleaser - with Liberty the bald eagle and other cold-blooded characters from Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics thoroughly amazing our guests. In addition visitors enjoyed entertainment, arts & crafts, chainsaw carving, food vendors, an Energy Expo & more.

See photos from the 2012 Wildlife Festival...

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– With recently approved low-cost NYPA power allocations, two key regional manufacturers will add more than 100 new jobs and make capital investments of more than $26 million in their Western New York future.

Pet food manufacturer Saturn Petcare, part of a major European pet food manufacturer, will upgrade its Ashville, Chautauqua County facility to produce wet and dry dog and cat food. Saturn will invest more than $20 million in renovations and bring 80 new jobs to the region—decisions made easier with NYPA power.

And Republic Steel, a long-time NYPA customer and a presence in Lackawanna, Erie County for more than a century, will invest $5 million in renovations, adding 26 new jobs, for production of high performance steel.

Lewiston – Students and faculty at Niagara University will soon benefit from a Shared Campus Initiative. The project will improve lighting, grading and drainage on the roads - and it also includes the construction of a mile-long bicycle and pedestrian path that will connect NYPA’s Power Vista Visitors Center with Reservoir State Park. Work is expected to begin this summer and conclude by the end of 2014.

NYPA trustees approved the contract award to Edbauer Construction of West Seneca, N.Y., on July 23. The project will include the addition of three security cameras to enhance the safety of NYPA visitors and students in the shared Power Vista parking lots.

The University entranceway will also be redesigned and enhanced with a new rock wall sign, including lighting and plantings. Details...

This summer the Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center turns 50!

Have fun & help us reach our goal of greeting 7 million visitors in 2013!Lewiston – It’s not every day that you turn 50! The Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center hit the milestone on July 19, and we invite you to join us this summer to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Take a nostalgic "Walk Through Time" via our photo display - and be sure to sign our Anniversary Card during your visit. Enjoy all our interactive exhibits, get a commemorative button and help us reach our goal of greeting 7 million visitors by the end of 2013! Details...

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Lewiston – It’s called a robotic crawler, but there’s nothing creepy about it...

On Wednesday, July 17, a lawnmower-sized device moved slowly along the vertical surface of the Niagara plant’s main power dam - sticking to the concrete through vacuum suction in a live demo of a robot that incorporates sound wave technology!

The demonstration, which took place along the vertical exterior of the main generating facility at the Niagara plant, is part of broader research that the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is conducting on concrete aging.

Read full press release and view photo and caption.

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Every Day is Earth Day - Most Creative Sculpture Winner! See photos...

Lewiston – We would like to say thank you to all of the visitors who made our “Every Day is Earth Day” celebration on Saturday, April 27, at the Power Vista such a wonderful event. The fun-filled day was complete with activities, art and entertainment. We had a record number of guests participate in the sculpture contest – a feature event with prizes awarded to Most Creative, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! See photos...

Throughout the day visitors enjoyed the music of the Solar Punch rock band, free rides on the Niagara Scenic Trolley between the Power Vista and Gorge Discovery Center, face painting by the YMCA of Lockport’s Teen Leaders Club, a visit by the Buffalo Zoomobile, crafts presented by the State Parks’ Interpretive Center and more!

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The Power Vista commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation

Lewiston – This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Power Vista honored the special milestone throughout February. To commemorate the historical moment, the Power Vista’s Black History Month exhibit featured artwork and projects from local students of the Lewiston-Porter Primary Education Center and Niagara Falls High School.

The display also included reproductions of historic photos about the Emancipation Proclamation from the Library of Congress and images of the Cataract House in the City of Niagara Falls from the Niagara Falls Public Library. More...

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Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA at Maid of the Mist signing ceremony

Lewiston – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and James Glynn, chairman and CEO of the Maid of the Mist Corp., signed a ceremonial agreement on Dec. 4, for the Maid of the Mist to invest $32 million to make the former Schoellkopf Power Station site suitable for the winter storage and maintenance of its Niagara Falls tour boats. Attendees included Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of the New York Power Authority (seen here), Christopher Glynn, president of the Maid of the Mist, Senator George Maziarz, and Rose Harvey, commissioner, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The signing ceremony took place at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. More...

Lewiston – October was Energy Awareness Month at the Power Vista. The Niagara Power Project Power Vista hosted family-friendly "Energy Awareness Activities" and presentations throughout the month, including "Timon & Pumbaa" and "Louie the Lightning Bug" movie shorts on electrical safety, a "Basics of Electricity" show, a "Bill Nye the Science Guy" film explaining the benefits of renewable energy, and kids even got to assemble their own model wind turbine! For the adults there was an abundance of information on alternative energy options, expert tips on how best to prepare the home for winter with simple strategies, and sessions exploring the benefits of a free or low-cost Home Performance with Energy Star home audit through the state's Green Jobs.

 

 

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