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Highlights of our activities in the region:

Every Day is Earth Day event featuring our annual Sculpture ContestLewiston - Thank you to all the visitors who celebrated "Every Day is Earth Day" with us. Check out our Facebook page for guest photos, sculpture contest winners, music group Solar Punch and more...

Visitors enjoyed crafts, food sold by Boy Scout Troop #855 of Lewiston, Safety IDs by Free Masons, Earth Day exhibitors and presentations, free rides on the Niagara Scenic Trolley between Niagara Power Vista and Gorge Discovery Center during event and so much more.

Our online entry form for the Sculpture Contest will soon be updated for next year's event, which will be held 4/25/15... Online Participation Form

The sculptures for the contest should be made with recyclable materials. Artistic adults and children are encouraged to be as creative and imaginative as possible, and to draw inspiration from the world around them. Participants in the program get to express their creativity and help save the planet at the same time!

The Power Vista honors Black History MonthLewiston - Throughout the month of February the Power Vista will be honoring Black History Month with a special exhibit entitled “Civil Rights – Then and Now.”

The month-long exhibit will feature student projects and more.

  • 2014 civil rights milestones: Sixty years ago, in 1954, Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, resulted in a ruling that state-sanctioned segregation of public schools was a violation of the 14th amendment and was therefore unconstitutional. (Source: ourdocuments.gov).
  • And fifty years ago, in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. The act outlawed segregation in businesses such as theaters, restaurants, and hotels. It banned discriminatory practices in employment and ended segregation in public places such as swimming pools, libraries, and public schools. (Source: ourdocuments.gov).

Annual Festival of Trees at the Power VistaLewiston - We hope you had a chance to come by and enjoy the Power Vista's month-long Festival of Trees this holiday season.

An official stop along the “Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail” our Festival of Trees featured a dazzling display of artificial evergreens adorned with energy efficient lights, decorated for the season by local not-for-profit groups. See the list of 2013 tree-decorating participants!

Would you like to participate in the Power Vista's 2014 Festival of Trees next year? Any not-for-profit organization can participate and it's not too late to sign up. Simply submit your completed form:

Online Participation Form or Printable Form

Buffalo - On November 19, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at RiverRock Gardens. The garden will be given an extensive restoration and refurbishing, and Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscaping vision in Riverside Park will be renewed. The enhancements, beautification and amenity improvements, along with similar projects in other recreational areas, is made possible in part by NYPA Greenway development funds, and will help boost Buffalo-Niagara Region tourism, offering tourists and visitors a newly revived destination.

The garden is situated in the last park the Olmsteds designed in Buffalo. The project includes extensive new plantings, a new stone bridge, benches and the revival of Olmsteds’ historic “minnow pools” based upon plans stored at the Conservancy’s Olmsted Archive.

Photo: front row, left to right - Joseph Golombek Jr. (North District Common Council Member), Gary Mucci (Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Committee & BOPC Trustee), Robin Schimminger (NYS Assemblyman), Carol Sampson (NYPA Community Liaison), Lynn Marinelli ( Erie County Legislator), Sean Ryan (NYS Assemblyman), Thomas Herrera-Mishler (President & CEO Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy).

On October 31, the Maid of the Mist boat was lifted onto new dry dock

Niagara Falls - On October 31, the Maid of the Mist boats were lifted onto the new dry dock at the site of the old Schoellkopf Power Station. Niagara Falls, NY. See photos...

Also see our Archive news page: Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement to Save Maid of the Mist from Shutting Down

Niagara Power Vista Celebrates 7 millionth visitor!Lewiston - Niagara Power Vista Celebrates 7 millionth visitor! Seen here is "Milestone Visitor" Zachary Yates, a student at nearby Niagara University.

The New York Power Authority’s admission-free Power Vista Visitors Center marked a milestone on October 28... Welcoming seven million visitors since the facility first opened its doors in 1963!

At an event to mark the milestone and the facility’s 50th anniversary, NYPA’s Regional Manager for Western New York Harry Francois was on hand to greet the visitors and to recognize the Hard Hats of Niagara, a group of retired construction workers who built the Power Vista and the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant. Details...

Power Vista's Annual Wildlife Festival, Sat. & Sun. September 28 & 29!

Lewiston - There was something for everyone at the Power Vista's 2013 Wildlife Festival! Adults and kids of all ages enjoyed the fun-filled event and got to meet some amazing creatures.

The engaging, exciting array of live animals and environmental exhibits was a real crowd pleaser - with Liberty the bald eagle and other cold-blooded characters from Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics thoroughly amazing our guests. In addition visitors enjoyed entertainment, arts & crafts, chainsaw carving, food vendors, an Energy Expo & more.

See photos from the 2012 Wildlife Festival...

– With recently approved low-cost NYPA power allocations, two key regional manufacturers will add more than 100 new jobs and make capital investments of more than $26 million in their Western New York future.

Pet food manufacturer Saturn Petcare, part of a major European pet food manufacturer, will upgrade its Ashville, Chautauqua County facility to produce wet and dry dog and cat food. Saturn will invest more than $20 million in renovations and bring 80 new jobs to the region—decisions made easier with NYPA power.

And Republic Steel, a long-time NYPA customer and a presence in Lackawanna, Erie County for more than a century, will invest $5 million in renovations, adding 26 new jobs, for production of high performance steel.

Lewiston – Students and faculty at Niagara University will soon benefit from a Shared Campus Initiative. The project will improve lighting, grading and drainage on the roads - and it also includes the construction of a mile-long bicycle and pedestrian path that will connect NYPA’s Power Vista Visitors Center with Reservoir State Park. Work is expected to begin this summer and conclude by the end of 2014.

NYPA trustees approved the contract award to Edbauer Construction of West Seneca, N.Y., on July 23. The project will include the addition of three security cameras to enhance the safety of NYPA visitors and students in the shared Power Vista parking lots.

The University entranceway will also be redesigned and enhanced with a new rock wall sign, including lighting and plantings. Details...

This summer the Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center turns 50!

Have fun & help us reach our goal of greeting 7 million visitors in 2013!Lewiston – It’s not every day that you turn 50! The Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center hit the milestone on July 19, and we invite you to join us this summer to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Take a nostalgic "Walk Through Time" via our photo display - and be sure to sign our Anniversary Card during your visit. Enjoy all our interactive exhibits, get a commemorative button and help us reach our goal of greeting 7 million visitors by the end of 2013! Details...



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