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Hawkins Point Visitors Center to Feature NYPA History Video

Contact:
Jill Chamberlain
315-764-0226, ext 300
jill.chamberlain@nypa.gov

June 29, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MASSENA—Special showings of a video depicting the history of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will be available from Saturday through Wednesday (July 1-5) at the admission-free Hawkins Point Visitors Center at NYPA’s  St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The history video will alternate in the visitors center theater with showings of a video on construction of the St. Lawrence-FDR project.

The visitors center also features a variety of hands-on displays and exhibits on such subjects as Waterpower and the St. Lawrence project, Basics of Electricity and Uses of Electricity.  Children and adults will enjoy being able to touch, see and listen to the many interactive attractions.

Also on display at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center are historical photos taken during construction of the St. Lawrence project from 1954 through 1959.  The framed 20-by-24 inch photos by Al Mellett, the project photographer in those years, had been stored away for a half-century and have aged gracefully, with a natural sepia tint that gives them an artistic quality.

A panoramic view of the power dam from Hawkins Point is among the visitors center’s other attractions.

DIRECTIONS:     From Massena:  Take State Route 37 east to Route 131 (across from St.Lawrence Centre Mall), turn left and proceed through the Eisenhower Lock tunnel.  Then take the second right onto Robinson Bay Road and continue for two miles.  Turn left onto Hawkins Point Road and follow the entrance road to the visitors center.

 About NYPA:

■    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.

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