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NYPA’s Hawkins Point Center Offers Day of Free Movies

Jill Chamberlain
315-764-0226, ext. 300

July 3, 2007


MASSENA—Three movies will be shown Thursday, July 5 at the admission-free Hawkins Point Visitors Center at the New York Power Authority’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project.

Thursday’s schedule, part of the Visitors Center’s “Beat the Heat Summer Movie Days” that will continue throughout the summer, begins at 10 a.m. with “Happy Feet.” “Bridge to Terabithia” will follow at 1 p.m. and “Shark Tale” at 4 p.m.  All showings will be in the Visitors Center theater.

“Happy Feet” is an animated film about a penguin named Mumble who can't sing, but can dance up a storm. From his first moment alive, Mumble feels the beat and can't stop dancing. Unfortunately, emperor penguins are all about discovering and singing their own heart song, and the dancing youngster -- as cute as he is -- is a misfit.  Luckily, he finds a group of Spanish-infused, little blue penguins and begins a series of adventures in an attempt to solve his problem.

“Bridge to Terabithia” tells the tale of Jesse, a fifth-grade loner, who lives in the country with his parents and four sisters, including pesky May Belle, who adores him. His strict father works in a hardware store. Money is tight and classmates make fun of his hand-me-downs, so Jesse finds refuge in running and drawing. Everything changes when two writers and their daughter Leslie move in next door. Leslie is faster than all the boys, which initially puts Jesse off, but the two soon bond over their love of make-believe. In the forest, they find a creek that can only be crossed by rope. Leslie names the land on the other side Terabithia, where they imagine themselves rulers of the kingdom.

 “Shark Tale” is a story that begins when a son of a gangster shark boss is accidently killed while on the hunt. His would be prey and his vegetarian brother both decide to use the incident to their own advantage. The sea underworld is shaken up when the son of the shark mob boss is found dead and a young fish named Oscar is found at the scene. Being a bottom feeder, Oscar takes advantage of the situation and makes himself look like he killed the finned mobster. Oscar soon comes to realize that his claim may have serious consequences.

Besides enjoying the movies, visitors can sample the array of hands-on exhibits at the $5 million Hawkins Point facility, which presents information on such themes as Water Power and the St. Lawrence-FDR project, Basics of Electricity and Uses of Electricity. Another highlight is the panoramic view of the project’s power dam from Hawkins Point.

The visitors center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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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