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  Fence Contractors and the Internet 4/24/07

Bad PR and the Fence Contractor
There's a story in this week's FenceWeek about a fence company that puts offensive jokes on signs in front of its business. They got a lot of free PR - but not very good. Boycotts were launched, old customers came out to state how he's done this for years
Fence Contractors and the Internet

Decking Industry News

Low-Maintenance Composite Decking Recycled and Recyclable
PR Newswire (press release), NY  - Apr 22, 2007
BIDDEFORD, Maine, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Correct Building Products®, manufacturer of CorrectDeck® CX with Microban® antimicrobial product protection, today announced a pilot program to collect jobsite scrap, complementing its active recycling program. ...
Demand grows for environmentally friendly materials for backyard
Chicago Daily Herald, IL  - Apr 22, 2007
Here in the suburbs, the construction of backyard decks has become as much a sign of spring as baseball and barbecues. It's no wonder ...
Composite decking vs. traditional wood
Chicago Daily Herald, IL  - Apr 22, 2007
Price: Composite decking generally costs more than wood. Estimated material costs for a 12-by-16 deck built with ChoiceDek, for example, would be about $1,387, according to Lowes.com, while pressure-treated wood would cost $488 and cedar would cost ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Metro Atlanta Fence Installation Company Named 2006 Angie's List ...
PR Web (press release), WA  - Apr 22, 2007
Higher quality fencing is produced by a company that only provides fences and fence products, as opposed to a home improvement generalist...
Vinyl Makes A Comeback
Harrisonburg Daily News Record, VA  - Apr 23, 2007
Q&A: Travis Rhodes, Co-owner with Jody Cyzick, Premier Vinyl LLC- Where do you get your materials? We fabricate our own product, the fencing and boards. We have computer-controlled routers and we can fabricate the fence in any style we choose. It's some very specialized equipment and we have about $75000 invested in...
Man calls for boycott of fencing company
Ocala.com, FL  - Apr 19, 2007
OCALA - William Kennedy said he understood that Hercules Fence Co. has a right to free speech and didn't have to take an offensive message off its marquee...
Sign draws protest from disabled
Ocala.com, FL  - Apr 18, 2007
OCALA - Carol Terrillion steered her motorized wheelchair under the sign in front of Hercules Fence Co. and pointed as best she could with a paralyzed arm. "Can you show me the humor in that?" she asked...
WFTV reporter files criminal complaint, saying he was shoved at Hercules Fence
Ocala.com, FL  - Apr 18, 2007
OCALA - An Orlando television reporter filed a complaint with the Marion County Sheriff's Office today after he was shoved by at least one Hercules Fence Co. employee...

Local Government Issues

A Fence of Consequence
WTAP-TV, WV  - Apr 18, 2007
I have done some investigating about fencing, I want you to know that in Wood County, there are several elementary schools and junior highs that I'd like to mention have four foot fences," says Elizabeth Knapp, who opposes the fence extension ...
Board OKs $7000 to fence off damage to canal path
Windsor Locks Journal, CT  - Apr 20, 2007
The Board of Finance approved a $7000 expenditure earlier this month to fence the breach off from the general public before the path is opened again....
Vandal area to have 6ft fence
Shropshire Star, UK -  - Apr 19, 2007
A children's playground and recreation area in Shifnal could soon be surrounded by a 6ft ring of steel and protected by CCTV cameras to deter litter louts and yobs...
RESIDENTS TO COUNTY: TEAR DOWN THIS FENCE Crime catalyst may
Contra Costa Times, CA  - Apr 23, 2007
Montalvin Manor civic activists, tired of a decade-long struggle to persuade officials to remove a barrier blocking a street to the town park, say they're ready to act on their own....

Community Issues

Fence at Governor's Mansion to be lined with entertainer's portraits
Hattiesburg American, MS  - Apr 23, 2007
Portraits of Jerry Lee Lewis, The Williams Brothers, Marty Stuart and the North Mississippi Allstars, all Mississippi natives or longtime residents of the state, and Swedish pop star Carola, will be featured on the fence...
Lincoln Memorial fencing removed
The Spokesman Review, WA  - Apr 21, 2007
The fencing had blocked public access to the colonnade around the perimeter of the monument, where prior to 2001 tourists could walk among the columns bearing the names of the 50 states...
Incentive considered for area landowners who restore historic fences
SmallTownPapers News Service, WA  - Apr 20, 2007
Commissioners hope to have a list of all gates across public roads in the county registered and abiding by specific criteria, including allowing a legal fence, without a lock and with reflective material. Road and Bridge Supervisor Les Schrader said...

Fences and Animals

Fencing Safeguarding Livestock From Wolves
KIFI, ID  - Apr 23, 2007
Wolves are suspected of killing a few cows on the ranch two years ago, but it was never officially confirmed. Still, the presence of wolves nearby was enough to give the electrified fencing and flagging a try...
Elk problem escalating again
Central Peace Signal, Canada  - Apr 23, 2007
The Fish and Wildlife department did give us game fencing "wire only" to fence our stacks, but by the time we bought 12 foot treated posts to string this wire on and hired a contractor with the necessary equipment to drive 12 foot posts and string tall ...
Camel sex destroying enormous fence
Metro, UK  - Apr 23, 2007
Australia's Dog Fence - a vast structure twice as long as the Great Wall Of China - is being systematically destroyed by randy camels, who keep knocking bits of it down in their attempts to find a mate...

Fences and Neighbors

Fences don't always make good neighbors
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription), GA  - Apr 23, 2007
Our homes have no fences and kids are always using our backyards as a shortcut from one street to the next. We've even had to stop adults from doing this...

Prisons

Prison Perimeter Security Fence Downed in Ice Storm
KCRG, IA  - Apr 19, 2007
This time it's a prison security fence. The weight of snow and ice caused a 20 to 30 foot section of fence at the medical prison at Oakdale to sag a bit....
Storms lead to fence panel crisis
Norwich Evening News, UK  - Apr 19, 2007
We just do the slats which people can do their own fences with." A spokesman for B&Q, which has opened a new store in Hall Road, Norwich, and has another in Hellesdon, said: "Since January we have seen a considerable increase in demand for fencing ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Landowners, US agents talk about border fence
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Apr 21, 2007
Bush last May proposed 700 miles of fencing along the US-Mexico border, for which Congress has appropriated $1.2 billion. Landowners and others along the border have complained that it will do little to control immigration and will cut off water access ...
Critics say fence would cut off water access
KRGV, TX  - Apr 19, 2007
BROWNSVILLE - Border Patrol agents and Valley landowners are meeting to talk about a planned border fence. The proposal calls for fencing on 2.5 miles on either side of eight bridges along the border. Supporters of the idea say the fence would help ...
Virtual Border Fence Plans Raising Questions
KOLD-TV, AZ -  - Apr 19, 2007
The camera towers we're talking about are part of the virtual fence going up along the Southern Arizona border. Part of it's supposed to be set up here near Arivaca...

DIY - Consumers

Finding the right fence for your yard
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH  - Apr 18, 2007
Good fences may make good neighbors, but they also make a good frame for the work of art that is your home. This is the time of year people come in for fencing, said Tim Baker, manager of the hardware department at the Home Depot in Strongsville...
Fencing for the Homestead
Mother Earth News, KS  - Apr 23, 2007
You've got a piece of land and a dream to keep some livestock, but your place doesn't have good fences-not yet, anyway...

International

Trans-Kgalagadi Highway Fencing On Cards?
Mmegi, Botswana  - Apr 23, 2007
The Department of Roads has allayed fears that the environmental impact assessment (EIA) study they are commissioning on the Trans-Kgalagadi Highway (TKH), will necessarily lead to the fencing of Botswana's outlet to the Atlantic coast...
Pak-Afghan border fencing at all costs: Kasuri
DailyIndia.com, FL  - Apr 22, 2007
Islamabad, Apr 22: Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri has said that the decision to fence the porous Pakistan-Afghanistan border would be implemented at all costs...

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Weird News

Mozzarella turns Chicago Skyway into a cheesy mess
Canoe, Canada - Apr 23, 2007
CHICAGO (AP) - No more cheese please. The Chicago Skyway is open again, thanks to work crews who spent several hours scraping chunks of mozzarella cheese off the busy roadway...

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