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Free Summer Fun and Expanded Hours at NYPA's Hawkins Point Visitors Center

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May 24, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MASSENA— The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch will offer expanded summer hours beginning Memorial Day, Mon. May 27.
 
The admission-free visitors center, part of NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Hydroelectric Power Plant, will now be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Rehabilitation work at the Hawkins Point Boat Launch has been completed and the docks have been installed for public use.
 
Last year NYPA welcomed more than 25,000 visitors to the Hawkins Point Visitors Center which offers many 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. The center also hosts a community room that is available for public use. Inside and out, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the plant’s power dam from spectacular windows and an outdoor walkway at the center.

The visitors center will again host its “Beat the Heat” summer movie festival with a full day of free movies every Tuesday from July 2 through August 27. Family-friendly films will be shown at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. in the visitors center’s auditorium.

In addition, throughout the year, NYPA offers Friday matinees at 1:30 p.m. featuring contemporary and classic films. These events are free of charge and open to the public.

Current movie schedules and information on other visitors center events can be found at www.nypa.gov/vc/stlaw.htm.  Future movie schedules, including “Beat the Heat,” will be announced shortly. For more information or to book a tour, please call 315-764-0226 ext 302.

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 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 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 or follow @NYPAenergy on Twitter.



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