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    Cochrane Launches Skywalk 2012

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    From WBEN AM:

    He’s been walking tightropes for 50 years, and Jay Cochrane will be spending his summer walking over a part of Niagara Falls, Ontario. He’ll be walking each night for 12 weeks from Niagara Fallsview Hilton Hotel’s north tower to the top of the Skylon Tower, 600 feet in the air.

    Cochrane says the goal is to help raise money for a pair of children’s charities, the Boys and Girls Club and Tender Wishes, which helps terminally ill children have their wishes granted. “I always have a goal, and I try to surpass it. Instead of setting a limit, I’d rather be able to say I raised more than I expected,” explains Cochrane in not mentioning how much he’d like to raise. The walks are free, as are posters, and spectators can give donations. They can also buy DVDs of his performances, the proceeds of which will go to charities.

    Sudbury native to walk between buildings in Niagara Falls daily for 12 weeks

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    From the Sudbury Star:

    It’s the summer of skywalks.

    Hot off the heels of Nik Wallenda’s historic wirewalk across the Horseshoe Falls, Jay Cochrane is getting ready to perform the greatest building-to-building skywalk in North American history – every day for 12 weeks.

    “It will be a continuation of a blockbuster summer of what this particular region was famous for ever since 100 years ago,” said Cochrane. “This is what put Niagara Falls on the map. You go anywhere else in the world, they all talk about the wirewalkers walking over Niagara Falls.”

    The 68-year-old Sudbury native believes Wallenda’s tightrope performance from Goat Island, N.Y. to Table Rock last Friday will lead to more interest in his once-a-day wirewalk between the top of the Hilton Hotel to the top of the Skylon Tower.

    Wallenda hopes to follow in footsteps of tightrope walkers

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    By Wednesday afternoon, Nik Wallenda will find out if he will be come the first person in more than a century to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.

    The Niagara Parks Commission says it will announce its decision on Wallenda’s proposal for a cross-gorge skywalk at some point Wednesday. If they say yes, the 32-year-old American will move forward with his plan for a late-spring walk that he says will draw more than 125,000 spectators.

    If it’s a no, Wallenda plans to immediately appeal to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to overrule the decision.

    Either way, he plans to hold a press conference in Niagara Falls Thursday or Friday. “Hopefully, we’ll be celebrating the good news,” he said from his home in Sarasota, Fla., Monday.

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