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    Cochrane delivers on promise

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Jay Cochrane came before City politicians Tuesday night bearing gifts for the Tender Wishes Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara and the City.

    The 68-year-old funambulist raised more than $10,000 to be split evenly between the two organizations.

    “He’s really an angel of men,” boys and girls club board member Flory Massi said. “When you look at what he’s done for children here and around the world, to us he’s really special.”

    Councillor seeks permanent falls backlighting

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Nik Wallenda’s walk across Niagara Falls nearly two weeks ago is still casting a glow over the city, one councillor said Tuesday.

    And councillor Wayne Thomson said he would like to see that glow carry over to the Horseshoe Falls itself — permanently.

    Thomson was impressed by the backlighting of the world famous cataract the night of the seventh-generation funambulist’s historic trek. The special lighting was done for television as the event was broadcast worldwide including on CTV in Canada and ABC in the United States.

    “The current illumination has had its day. Wallenda showed what it could be,” Thomson said at Tuesday’s council meeting as he put forward a motion asking for the city to talk will the Falls Illumination Board about backlighting the falls on a permanent basis.

    Wallenda walks the walk

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Nik Wallenda has done something no one has ever done before: crossed the Horseshoe Falls on a tight rope wire.

    The seventh generation Flying Wallenda had said crossing the falls had been a childhood dream of his. On Friday night, that dream came true when he completed the stunt across Niagara Falls in just 26 minutes.

    Leaving the American side at 10:15, the 33-year-old began his journey across the wire. After an initial round of cheers for the funambulist, the estimated crowd of 105,000 on the Canadian side became eerily silent as they watched him traverse across the wire.

    Through high winds that caused the wire to sway and swirling mist that had water dripping from the wire, Wallenda walked slowly, with purpose. Throughout the entire trip, he was in direct communication with his father. The ABC coverage of his walk featured snippets of the back and forth between the father and son, including Wallenda thanking Jesus several times.

    Blondin to get street name recognition

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Niagara Falls’ first funambulist is getting his due.

    Immortalized in miniature crossing Victoria Avenue on a highwire, Blondin will now be recognized with his very own street after city politicians approved the naming of a small north section of Falls Avenue running between John and Bender Streets. Council unanimously endorsed the renaming at its March 27 meeting.

    “The avenue’s proximity to the gorge makes it appropriate to name the road after Charles Blondin,” a staff report from the Clerk’s Department said.

    Skywalker petitions to cross Niagara Falls

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    Nik Wallenda walked his first tightrope when he was 2.

    He’s bicycled 45 metres across a wire suspended 20 storeys high.

    He even proposed to his wife on a high wire.

    But the famed funambulist’s most hair-raising feat yet may be a political one: persuading g the embattled government agency overseeing Canada’s top tourist attraction to relax a century-old ban on stunts and green-light his life-long dream of walking across Niagara Falls.

    Fearless high-wire walker eyes Niagara Falls

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    Nik Wallenda, the man who recently got approval from New York State legislators to walk across the Falls on a wire, was on the NBC Today Show a couple of days ago. it isn’t a long segment, but he talked about some of the walks he’s done, and his desire to walk over Niagara Falls. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video…

    The Great Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope

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    On June 30 I posted about one of Blondin’s trips across the gorge. The Nashua Telegraph has some more detailed information (more than the blurb I put below):

    Dressed in pink tights and a yellow tunic, world-class funambulist Jean-Francois Gravelet (better known as The Great Blondin due to his fair hair) became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope today in 1859. This extraordinary feat took him all of five minutes.

    Today in History (June 30)

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    According to the Minneapolis – St. Paul Star Tribune, on this day in 1859…

    French acrobat Charles Blondin (born Jean Francois Gravelet) walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched.

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