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  Protecting the Perimeter 4/17/07

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Protecting the Perimeter

Industry News

Press Release  - Apr 10, 2007
The Chamberlain Group, Inc. has acquired the assets associated with the design and manufacture of gate operators of Edko, Inc., located in Sugar Grove, Ill. The announcement was made by Chamberlain's CEO, J. David Rolls and Edko's President, Donald Parrin. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed...
Fencers warn of timber shortages
BBC News, UK  - Apr 13, 2007
The Fencing Contractors Association said European timber producers had also been exporting more to China and Dubai which have seen construction booms...
Carmanah Technologies Provides Remote Solar Systems For Fencing
Alternative Energy Retailer magazine, CT  - Apr 16, 2007
Victoria, British Columbia-based Carmanah Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of energy-efficient technologies, recently supplied a number of its MAPPS remote solar power systems to an Ontario-based fencing manufacturer and installer through the company's power systems group...
Invisible Fence Brand Signs on as National Sponsor of AKC
AKC Gazette  - Apr 12, 2007
New York, NY—The American Kennel Club® has announced that the Invisible Fence® Brand has signed on as a sponsor of the fifth annual AKC Responsible Dog

Decking Industry News

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. Expands Product Offering
Press Release  - Apr 12, 2007
SPRINGDALE, Ark.-(Business Wire)-April 12, 2007 - Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AERT) announced that it has begun producing its latest product offering for the Weyerhaeuser ChoiceDek(R) line of composite decking products...

Local Government Issues

Wellington council approves ordinance easing fence rules
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL  - Apr 11, 2007
On Tuesday night the Village Council approved a new fence ordinance that rolls back its old, hated one, which required people on major roads to have vinyl-coated chain link fences by June...
Plans for fence at River Road property head to Planning Board
Business Gazette, MD  - Apr 11, 2007
Property owner Aris Mardirossian’s plan to install a six-foot-tall wrought iron fence around his Potomac riverfront property is headed to a public hearing before the Montgomery County Planning Board...
Fence ordinance may be necessary
Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, TX  - Apr 15, 2007
It’s an idea whose time may have arrived behind an 8-foot wooden privacy fence in someone’s front yard. The Seguin Planning and Zoning Commission opted this week to send a proposed fence ordinance to the City Council for approval that is aimed at controlling the types, size and placement of fences

Fences and Animals

Tribe seeks bison fence
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune, WY  - Apr 14, 2007
The tribe wants about 47 miles of fencing so they can enclose bison on about 32,000 acres in the northeast corner of the reservation," said Bob Budd, executive director of the trust fund...
Fencing, range riders, guard animals show some promise in safeguarding livestock
Billings Gazette, MT  - Apr 15, 2007
McLEOD - Barbed wire used to be the only thing keeping Emma Ellison's cows from the Baker Mountain wolf pack. This spring, there's a stiffer line of defense: electrified wire draped with red strips of flagging
Fried squirrel is no longer on the menu
South Bend Tribune, IN  - Apr 14, 2007
Should Niles have similar luck, more fences could be installed at other substations in the city. The electric fence isn't the only safeguard against the ...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Reward offered for fencing stolen from historical society
Palladium-Item, IN  - Apr 13, 2007
The Preble County Historical Society is offering a reward for information leading to the return of ornate iron fencing that was stolen from the organization ...

DIY - Consumers

Who Owns the Fence?
Realty Times, TX  - Apr 12, 2007
Property line issues have suddenly cropped up in the emails I've received in the past few weeks. It appears that homeowners are more aware of their property lines (specifically if a neighbor is violating it) during the spring and summer months than at other times....
Building fence requires permit; good to inform neighbors of plan
DesMoinesRegister.com, IA  - Apr 13, 2007
If you want to keep the rabbits out, the dogs in or simply want more privacy, installing a fence may be the answer. But before you dig too deep into the planning process, be sure to apply for a permit. The city of Ankeny requires that residents obtain a building permit prior to installing a fence ...

Community Issues

Over 5000 oppose fencing
Leeds Today, UK  - Apr 13, 2007
OVER 5,000 people have now signed a petition against Leeds Council's proposal to install a fence along the river in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley...
Helipad fence finding support
The Press, New Zealand  - Apr 13, 2007
Christchurch Hospital's controversial Hagley Park helipad may soon be fenced after safety concerns raised by rescue pilots...
Revised fence to offer better view of kayak rapids
CBC Ottawa, Canada  - Apr 10, 2007
A churning waterway popular with whitewater kayakers should be viewed over a fence, not from behind one, a city committee has decided ...
Neighbors upset over apartment fence plan
Bakersfield Californian (subscription), CA  - Apr 11, 2007
Neighbors in a section of west Oildale are concerned about a plan to put wrought-iron fencing around a half-finished apartment complex near their homes ...
Proposed safety fence creates conflict
TAppleton Post Crescent, WI  - Apr 12, 2007
OSHKOSH — Maureen Sturm doesn't want an 8-foot fence for privacy, or for safety around a swimming pool. Sturm wants the 8-foot fence around much of the side and backyards of her daughter's future home on Washington Avenue to protect her autistic granddaughter from being able to run into traffic or down the street into Lake Winnebago ...

Fences in the Courts

Judge: City can't prosecute couple over tall fence
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Apr 10, 2007
Joe Padgett has pointed to more than 100 other fences he believes are too tall. In the hearing Monday, the city could name only one fence, other than that ...
Blaine couple sues gov't over fence along border
KOMO, WA  - Apr 11, 2007
Shirley and Herbert Leu stand in front of their retaining wall, which border officials say must be moved back two feet, just south of the US-Canadian border ...
Healing garden fence ruled illegal
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH  - Apr 16, 2007
Linda Shay wanted to create a community healing garden on vacant land in her Cleveland neighborhood and dedicate it to the people who have been murdered on her street. But city officials declared that a fence she erected to protect the garden is illegal. And on Friday, a fence company crew tore part of the barrier down...

Border Fencing

Building on Border Fence Delayed
KTAR.com, AZ  - Apr 15, 2007
A shortage of funds and volunteer manpower has stalled plans by the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to build a border fence at a private ranch near Bisbee ...
Border fencing to start soon
Pakistan Link, CA  - Apr 12, 2007
SHOLAM POST: Pakistan will soon begin fencing a 12-kilometre area along the Pak-Afghan border in South Waziristan to halt cross-border movement by ...


Weird News

5,000 rabbits block traffic in Hungary
Canoe, Canada - Apr 16, 2007
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Five thousand rabbits blocked a Hungarian highway Monday after the truck that was carrying them crashed...

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