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Old Stone Chimney in Spotlight at Power Vista Event

Cathy Blood

February 13, 2007


LEWISTON—Local historian and author Paul Gromosiak will recount the history of the Old Stone Chimney at 1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 17) as the “Sensational Saturdays” series continues at the Power Vista, the admission-free visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project.

The Old Stone Chimney was atop Fort Schlosser, built in 1760 by the British about 2 l/2 miles above Niagara Falls on the former site of France’s Little Fort Niagara.

Gromosiak, a Niagara Falls native and retired teacher in the city’s schools, will explain how the French, the British and the Americans occupied and used the site, where the water intakes for the Niagara project are now located.  He will share a song with the audience on “The Old Stone Chimney.”

The presentation will be among the Historical Series Events that are part of the “Sensational Saturdays” series that is scheduled throughout the year at the Power Vista.

The Power Vista will be open as usual on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It features numerous displays and interactive exhibits on such subjects as electricity production, energy efficiency and the history of power development in the region.

Additional information on the “Sensational Saturdays” program can be obtained by calling 716-286-6661 or 866-NYPA-FUN (toll-free from outside the local area), or by visiting on the web at

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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