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Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Is Home to Nik Wallenda for Historic High-Wire Walk

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Is Home to Nik Wallenda for Historic High-Wire Walk

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – June 13, 2012 – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is home this week to Nik Wallenda, who will make worldwide history on Friday evening when he crosses directly over the breathtaking Niagara Falls on a two-inch high-wire.

Wallenda and his family previously stayed at the AAA Four Diamond Award–winning casino and hotel in May, as he trained for 11 straight days in the casino’s parking lot in front of thousands.  The May 12 to 22 practice sessions were covered by dozens of news outlets from around the world.

Senator Maziarz Co-sponsors New Legislation Protecting Consumers From Telemarketers

Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation that will further protect consumers from intrusive and unwanted telemarketer calls.  Senator George D. Maziarz is a prime co-sponsor on this legislation and is proud to announce its passage.

"One of the largest issues that I continually hear about from the community is the enormous amount of unwanted telephone calls that they receive from telemarketers,"  said Senator George D. Maziarz.  "This legislation will add more protections to New Yorkers while holding telemarketer's accountable.  No longer will the companies who are not registered in New York be able to surpass the law."

Cable Rigging for Wallenda Walk Underway

NIAGARA FALLS, NY -- Next to Nik Wallenda's actual high wire walk itself, rigging of the cable upon which he will cross the world famous Horseshoe Falls may be the biggest marvel associated with the stunt.

WEB EXTRA: Photo Gallery: Cable Rigging Begins For Nik Wallenda Walk

That task, nearly one year in the planning, began in earnest Monday when crews began setting up their needed equipment.

Terrapin Point closed at 4pm Tuesday so crews can start pulling a wire by helicopter over the Falls.  The cable Wallenda will walk across will be attached to this wire and pulled across the Falls.

Wallenda Walk: Testing Out the Harness

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - We all know Nik Wallenda will have to wear a harness when he makes his historic walk across Niagara Falls on Friday.

Crews were in Niagara Falls Tuesday testing out the apparatus that will keep Wallenda balanced.

It's called a "truck" and Wallenda's tether will attach to the top of it. It is designed to ride over a set of weighted pendulums which are suspended every 150 feet along the cable in order to keep it from twisting.

That way, it prevents Wallenda from getting hung up on the pendulums.

Click here to visit our special "Walk In 2 History" web site where you can review all of our past stories on Nik Wallenda's daring stunt.

Young Nik Wallenda Pictured Walking Over Falls One Day

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - Nik Wallenda says he can't visit a new place without envisioning a wire strung high above his head.

Even as a 6-year-old visiting Niagara Falls, he pictured walking a tightrope over the raging, whitewater maw. Now 33, the seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas is ready to live out that childhood fantasy when he attempts to become the first person ever to walk a tightrope over the brink of the falls.

A born-again Christian, Wallenda says he stays calm on the wire by talking to God, quoting Scripture and praying. The father of three also knows he'll hear another voice in his head - his 11-year-old son's request that he skip any antics Friday night and get from one side to the other as quickly as possible.

SMC Equestrian Damaged by Fire

LOCKPORT, NY - Niagara County firefighters fought a fully engulfed barn fire overnight.

The fire broke out around 2:30 Monday morning at a training and riding building on the grounds of the SMC Equestrian Center located on Robinson Road.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says no animals or people were hurt.

The building is a total loss and damages from the fire are listed at $50,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Origin and Cause Unit.

Massive Video Sign Planned for Falls Casino

NAIGARA FALLS, NY-The Seneca Gaming Corporation announced Monday plans for a high-definition video sign atop their hotel tower.    

The 108-foot wide by 20-foot tall LED sign will face downtown Niagara Falls and Canada. By comparison, the standard billboard size in Western New York is 14 by 48 feet.

Work is already underway on the $1.9 million project, which is expected to be completed later this month. The lighted board will deliver entertainment and welcome messages to visitors. 

"Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel welcomes more than six million visitors each year and is an iconic building in Niagara Falls," said Robert Mele, chairman of the board of directors, Seneca Gaming Corporation. "As a world-calss, (AAA) Four Diamond Award-winning casino and hotel, it needs an equally world-class welcome sign.