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NYPA’S Hawkins Point Center Offers Day of Free Movies

Karen White
315-764-0226, ext. 304

August 3, 2007

For Immediate Release

MASSENA—Three movies will be shown Thursday, August 9 at the admission-free Hawkins Point Visitors Center at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) 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 “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). “How to Eat Fried Worms” (2006) will follow at 1 p.m. and “Wallace & Grommet in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005) will begin at 4 p.m. All showings will be in the Visitors Center Theater.

In the “Wizard of Oz”, Dorothy runs away with her dog Toto after a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep. A cyclone then appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return, she begins to travel to the Emerald City where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who needs a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately wants courage. They all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them.

In the screen version of Author Thomas Rockwell's hugely popular book, "How to Eat Fried Worms", eleven-year-old Billy goes up against the school bully in a challenge that ends with a total gross-out dare: to eat 10 worms in one day! As the pressure mounts, Billy must summon all his strength to meet the dare while keeping his weak stomach from betraying him and his big mouth from getting him in even more trouble.

In ‘Wallace & Gromit’ there are only days to go before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition. Business is booming, but Wallace and Gromit are finding out that running a "humane" pest control outfit has its drawbacks as their West Wallaby Street home fills to the brim with captive rabbits. Suddenly, a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging "beast" begins attacking the town's sacred vegetable plots at night, and the competition hostess, Lady Tottington, commissions Anti-Pesto to catch it and save the day. Lying in wait, however, is Lady Tottington's snobby suitor, Victor Quartermaine, who'd rather shoot the beast and secure the position of the local hero – not to mention Lady Tottingon's hand in marriage. With the fate of the competition in the balance, Lady Tottington is eventually forced to allow Victor to hunt down the vegetable chomping marauder. She is unaware that Victor's real intent could have dire consequences for her and our two heroes.

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.

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 ■    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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