Weekly stories, facts, trends and other information from around the globe January 16, 2007  
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History of Fences

In the beginning - there were no fences
 FenceWeek Blog- Jan 16, 2007
You wouldn't have thought anyone could really do a "history" of the fence. After all, where does it begin? At the walls of Jericho? With the Chinese wall? From the beginning of man-on-earth? Well, believe it or not, it's been studied

Industry News

US Fencing Demand to Reach 975 Million Linear Feet in 2010
Market Wire (press release) - Jan 16, 2007
CLEVELAND, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 16, 2007 -- Fencing demand in the US is expected to rise 2.2 percent per year through 2010 to 975 million linear ...
Free GPS Locating Tool at Software Design Web Site
Press Release, MT - Jan 15, 2007
Software Design Associates, Creator of the Computer Fencing System, has released another technological tool for fencing contractors
Sierra Pacific Industries Begins Cedar Fencing Production
MyMotherLode.com, CA - Jan 11, 2007
Chinese Camp, CA -- A Ribbon cutting ceremony was held this afternoon at the Sierra Pacific Industries new cedar fencing saw mill in Chinese Camp. ...
New pool fencing posts
Infolink Architecture & Building, Australia - Jan 10, 2007
Easyfit Balustrading have released their newest product - conical pool fencing posts. They are available from January 2007. ...

Decking Industry News

Trex Company Announces Agreement with Lowe's Companies
Business Wire (press release), CA - Jan 12, 2007
Beginning in the first quarter of 2007, selected Trex® decking and railing products will be stocked nationally in Lowe's stores, with the full product line ...
Ten new home products merit a closer look
Cincinnati Post, OH - Jan 12, 2007
What it does: A highly engineered polymer, Eon fencing (and decking) has the look and feel of wood plus the durability of vinyl...

Fence Contractors in the News

A journey from labs to fences
Amarillo.com (subscription), TX - Jan 15, 2007
As a high school student, Tee Jay McDaniel envisioned a career working in a lab as a scientist. Little did she know that years later she would be measuring fence posts and swinging a hammer for a living...

Pool Safety

Pool fences fail tests and toddler drownings up
Infolink Architecture & Building, Australia - Jan 16, 2007
Protect your kids - make sure your pool fence does not fail. With summer heating up and fences found to fail safety tests, all homeowners with swimming ...

The Famous and Their Fences

Church Fence Looks Set To Stay
Post Chronicle - Jan 13, 2007
Welsh pop star Charlotte Church is breathing a sigh of relief after news her local council is expected to green light giant fences she erected to keep away ...
Fence has Church in trouble with neighbors
StTammany.com, LA - Jan 12, 2007
Charlotte Church's decision to build a fence without required permission has the singer in trouble with her neighbors in the Welsh capital of Cardiff. ...

Fences in the Courts

Va. Supreme Court rules fence can stay
Staunton News Leader, VA - Jan 16, 2007
In Oct. 2005, Circuit Judge Thomas H. Wood ruled the fence in the Chetola Hills subdivision must come down, stating it was a nuisance...

Local Government Issues

Couple fights ruling about fence on property
Marin Independent-Journal, CA - Jan 12, 2007
A Kentfield couple has appealed a county Planning Commission requirement they remove two fences straddling a creek near their home. ...
OB gives cemetery new fence
commercialappeal.com (subscription), TN - Jan 16, 2007
The Board of Aldermen this evening will consider a request to authorize the city to seek bids for additional fencing. About $50000 has been budgeted to ...
Plan would preserve historic stone fences
Kentucky Post, KY - Jan 15, 2007
If approved, fence owners could take a credit for half the cost to repair or restore dry-laid stone fences and 35 percent for repairing fences made with ...
Rail fencing plan over vandals
Express & Star, UK - Jan 13, 2007
The registered charity, which is run by volunteers, is proposing the erection of new security fencing around the perimeter of Chasewater Heaths station in a ...

Local Government Permits & Regs

Special use permit issued for fence
Coldwater Daily Reporter, MI - Jan 11, 2007
COLDWATER – Verizon Communication will construct a seven-foot, wrought– aluminum, decorative fence behind its Monroe Street offices, after a special use ...
Fence codes still being developed
Burbank Leader, CA - Jan 9, 2007
Interior rear fences can be up to 8 feet in height. Having tackled only the fence- and wall-related portions of the standards, the task force has been ...
Souderton delays vote on downstown building rules and fence ...
Souderton Independent, PA - Jan 10, 2007
Front yard fences could not be more than four feet high and would have to be 50 percent open, such as a post and rail fence. Side and rear yard fences could ...
State farming regulations may hamper farmers
News 10 Now, NY - Jan 15, 2006
The new regulations include higher fencing, increased animal identification and more consistent testing. One Washington County farmer says its cost him $1.5 ...


Community Issues

Utilities look to counter squirrel threat with fence
Niles Daily Star, MI - Jan 16, 2007
If it proves to prevent animal incursions, the utilities department will consider placing fences around other substations. The fence, Lehmkuhl said, ...
Cliff death site reinforced by fence
Los Angeles Daily News, CA - Jan 14, 2007
On Thursday, city workers installed chain-link fencing at Point Fermin Park in a small gap between a metal fence and a concrete balustrade. ...
Business owner asks for fence after $200000 in thefts
WBBH, FL - Jan 11, 2007
The problem is, they say Cape leaders are ignoring their request to put up a fence around their property. Until then, the lawn care company says each night ...

The Art and Culture of Fences

Exhibit looks at how fences impacted history in America
Jefferson City News Tribune, MO - Jan 11, 2007
Ameristar Fence Products manufactures materials for a variety of modern fencing. Product manager Paul Bulten said the exhibit did a good job of showing how ...
TR Fehrenbach: With a fence, any man can be king
San Antonio Express, TX - Jan 13, 2007
Fences don't just make good neighbors; they are the bedrock of civilization. Perhaps you never thought about it, but before we had fences and land titles in ...

Schools and Fences

Fencing at High Springs Community School a security measure to ...
High Springs Heralds, FL - Jan 11, 2007
A chain link fence recently was installed around the school for added security. While previous fences had not encircled the entire campus, the new one does. ...
Students grill OU, city officials over Halloween fence
The Athens News, OH - Jan 16, 2007
Senators expressed concern over the fencing idea and wondered whether or not the university and council are merely trying to kill Halloween. ...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Fencing killed worker as he was set to leave for home
Toronto Sun, Canada - Jan 11, 2007
Moments before a carpet installer was killed by a safety fence that plummeted 28 storeys off an Etobicoke condo work site, he told fellow workers he was ...
Gross fence reappears
Calgary Sun, Canada - Jan 14, 2007
Neighbours say they are at wit's end after a Dover resident re-built a fence made of garbage and junk around her entire house, after bylaw officers tore it ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Environmental rules waived for border fence
MSNBC - Jan 15, 2007
AP. TUCSON, Arizona - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff waived environmental rules to clear the way for a border fence to be constructed along ...
Cost estimate for fence disputed
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - Jan 13, 2007
By DAVE MONTGOMERY. WASHINGTON - The nearly $50 billion estimate for building and maintaining a 700-mile fence along the Southwestern US border is more than ...
Proposed fence may hit snag in Congress
Albuquerque Tribune, NM - Jan 15, 2007
Several members of Arizona's new congressional delegation and a just-retired congressional veteran doubt the fencing will be built, at least not as ...
Valdez to urge 'virtual fence' on border
Del Rio News Herald, TX - Jan 15, 2006
The act, according to a summary of the Secure Fence Act on the White House web site "authorizes the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing ...
Border fence plan infuriates group of Texas mayors
Contra Costa Times, CA - Jan 10, 2007
"Americans overwhelmingly support the construction of targeted fencing along our southern border," the lawmakers wrote. "The fact remains that fences act as ...


Jerusalem fence a failure
Ynetnews, Israel - Jan 14, 2007
The defense minister declared last week that he was freezing construction work on the separation fence in the Judean desert. Earlier, in the framework of ...
Baloch parties reject border fence
Daily Times, Pakistan - Jan 14, 2007
Addressing a news conference after the APC, National Party President Dr Abdul Hai Baloch said all Baloch political parties opposed the fencing of the border ...
Peregrine Community Project may be 'Responsible' for Baby Boom in ...
e-Travel Blackboard (press release), Australia - Jan 14, 2007
According the locals, the villages surrounding Chitwan National Park in Nepal may see a baby boom following the installation of 24km of electric fence, ...
Israel to rethink fence in desert United Press International
Combined Jewish Philantropies, MA - Jan 10, 2007
JERUSALEM, Jan 10, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Israel has stopped construction on a section of the controversial border fence because it might harm the ecology ...


Weird News

Battle brewing over birthplace of the hamburger
Canoe - Jan 16, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A burger battle is brewing between a Texas state legislator and the owners of a New Haven restaurant who claim the hamburger was invented in Connecticut...

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