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Industry News

MASTER HALCO REORGANIZES ITS SALES FORCE AND ADDS EXECUTIVE TEAM MEMBERS
Press Release, CA  - Jun 18, 2007
Master Halco, Inc., the world's leading distributor and manufacturer of perimeter security and fencing announces a reorganization to form its North American sales force into two regions, dividing associated territories into eight sales districts...
Pulte Homes Specifies More Than 18 Miles of CertainTeed® Bufftech™ Vinyl Fencing For New California Active Adult Community
BusinessWire, CA  - Jun 15, 2007
(Valley Forge, Pennsylvania) -The periodic re-staining or re-painting of a wood fence is a tiresome task that most homeowners dread, especially when they look forward to an active retirement...
Australian scientists invent virtual fence for cows
IT News, Australia  - Jun 14, 2007
SYDNEY - Australian scientists have invented a virtual fence for cattle, doing away with the need to erect real barriers or keep gates closed to secure livestock. A battery-powered collar around the neck of the cattle gives off a warning sound as they move within a metre or two of the virtual fence, which has been mapped using a computer linked to a satellite global positioning system...
Integrated Security Systems, Inc. Announces B&B ARMR Corporation ...
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Jun 19, 2007
...B&B ARMR Corporation, has received a significant order destined for delivery and installation at a U.S. embassy in North Africa. For security reasons, the exact location of the embassy was not disclosed...

Decking Industry News

Garden decking can add value to property
UKTV Gardens, UK  - Jun 19, 2007
A survey among estate agents has revealed that installing decking in your garden can increase the value of your property and make small areas look more appealing to potential buyers...

Building Industry News

Home Depot in $10 bln deal to sell unit
Yahoo News, CA  - Jun 19, 2007
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD - News) has agreed to sell its supply division to three private equity firms, sources said on Tuesday, in a roughly $10 billion deal that unloads a business the home-improvement retailer's former chief executive worked to expand...
Harvard Releases the 2007 State of the Nation's Housing Report
Building Online, CA  - Jun 14, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- The U.S. housing market continues to struggle under a cloud of sharp drops in housing demand and an oversupply of stock according to this year's State of the Nation's Housing report from the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies...

Local Government Issues

Anger as river fencing approved
Yorkshire Post Today, UK  - Jun 15, 2007
A COUNCIL has been accused of "shocking incompetence" over its handling of controversial plans to fence off a river at a West Yorkshire park. There has been overwhelming opposition to plans for safety fences by the river Wharfe in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley, approved by councillors this week...
Aerodrome fence plan rejected
Croydon Guardian, UK  - Jun 15, 2007
A planning application to install a 1.2metre high fence around Kenley aerodrome has been refused by Croydon Council. The development on the Ministry of Defence land was turned down because it would harm the conservation area in a way the planning committee felt was detrimental to its open character ...
City wrong to fence mobile home park
Gary Post Tribune, IN  - Jun 14, 2007
The Cressmoor Trailer Park has been at the southeast corner of 37th Avenue (Ridge Road) and Wisconsin Street in Hobart for years. While the mobile homes are small and not the most attractive, the park is in compliance with city ordinances. Now, in the name of future development, the city wants to pretend that the mobile home park doesn't exist ..

Fencing and Airports

Security Fences to Protect New York Airports
Consumer Affairs  - Jun 13, 2007
Fencing the four airports was a no-brainer in the wake of threats that have left the aviation alert level at orange, the second-highest, for months...
IN YOUR TOWN: LAKEWOOD: SECURITY FENCE TO GO UP AT AIRPORT
Asbury Park Press, NJ  - Jun 15, 2007
THE FENCE: The grant will pay for 6,000 more feet of fence. The first 3,000 feet were completed about 18 months ago, using another FAA grant. The chain-link fence is 7 feet high with another foot of barbed wire on top. Bidding by contractors on the project will end June 25. The fence is expected to be finished this summer...

Community Issues

Homeowner Stands By Decision to Install Fence
Core Media Group, CA  - Jun 15, 2007
A fence installed at the Sawpit Wash walking trail has sparked contentious debate over the public's right to use the trail and property owner Steve Buckner's desire to regulate access on the trail next to his home. ...
TECO Promises Upgrades At Older Substation
Tampa Tribune, FL  - Jun 13, 2007
TECO will spend $60000 to install an 8-foot, chain-link fence, add sod and plant jasmine vines to cover the black vinyl fence, spokesman Rick Morera said...
Plea made for fence reconsideration
NewsOK.com (subscription), OK  - Jun 14, 2007
Friday, Cox visited several Spavinaw-area residents whose Mayes County land will be affected by the construction of the fences ...
SSAB supports fence-out laws
Reno Gazette Journal, NV  - Jun 14, 2007
SILVER SPRINGS--The Silver Springs Advisory Board joined the Stagecoach Advisory Board in supporting the Wild Horse Preservation League's efforts to educate the public on range land disclosure laws.....
Fence for Mill Pond sought after fall
DetNews.com, MI  - Jun 14, 2007
BRIGHTON -- City officials say they will discuss a request to fence in the downtown's scenic Mill Pond after a recent incident in which a 2-year-old fell in ...
Viaduct proposal arrives
Columbus Telegram, NE  - Jun 18, 2007
...A concern brought up by some citizens the last time the council addressed this issue was the inclusion of fencing, which is not included in the master agreement, but such a design would be the responsibility of the city, according to the agreement. ...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Scrapping Victims Fight Back
WNDU-TV, IN  - Jun 13, 2007
Apparently, cages aren't just for animals anymore. Chain link cages are increasingly being used to protect valuable items, from scrap metal thieves. The Unity Church of Peace in South Bend had one built last summer to protect it's air conditioning units...
Vandals destroy split rail fence at park
Neosho Daily News, MO  - Jun 15, 2007
This fence, about 250 feet in length, was designed to keep people out of this small area until the young trees could take root and begin helping the life of the stream. "This fence is only temporary," Horton explained. "The creek runs for about a mile and we're closing only 250 or so feet...

DIY - Consumers

Putting up a fence this summer? Get a permit first
Shakopee Valley News, MN  - Jun 14, 2007
The city of Shakopee is now requiring permits for fences in an effort to prevent building in restricted areas. It has had to tell one man to take down his fence and hopes to prevent situations like this from re-occurring. The City Council also last week revised its ordinances to clarify where landscaping can occur around utility easements...

Electric Fencing

Council allows electric security fencing
ABC Regional Online, Australia  - Jun 13, 2007
The City of Bunbury has voted in favour of amending its private property law to allow electric fencing as a security tool for local businesses. The amendment had been proposed by a private company, which sells security measures for industrial property owners and commercial yards...
Electric fencing options
Farmers Guardian, UK  - Jun 15, 2007
THE Electro Power - a high-power, versatile electric fencing system - is now available in the UK from Shropshire-based KiwiKit. The systems `comfortably exceed' 2,500 volts (the level needed for effective livestock control) so they can provide power over long distances, `even under extreme vegetation growth conditions'...
Nine Facts About Electric Fencing
EquiSearch.com, NY  - Jun 15, 2007
Do place ground rods in permanently damp ground. About 95 percent of all electric fence problems are due to poor grounding. ...
How to Select, Install Electric Fence
EquiSearch.com, NY  - Jun 16, 2007
When you need to build a new fence or replace an existing one, there's a major reason for using electric fence: Properly selected, installed and maintained, it's the most effective way to safely contain your horse...

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Fence Competitions

Fencing champion teaches footballers a lesson when it comes to training
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand  - Jun 18, 2007
The All Blacks' Rugby World Cup preparation has nothing on the work Hawkes Bay farmer Paul Van Beers put in to winning his 10th national fencing championship. Van Beers couldn't take a break from top-line fencing for eight weeks a la rugby players' ...
Pliers winner pays tribute to wife
Waikato Times, New Zealand  - Jun 18, 2007
Mr van Beers was named winner of the prestigious fencing award at the Fieldays, beating Owhango's Owen Petersen, who has held the title the past two years and came third. Mr van Beers was modest in his win. "Since the 1990s really, a lot of them have deserved to win it as well. There's great camaraderie...

Fences and History

Fences make good subjects for exhibition
Birmingham News, AL -  - Jun 17, 2007
Good fences not only make good neighbors, they also make for great stories. From a rail splitter for president to Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters belting out, "Don't Fence Me In," fences are a part of our history...
Crusading spirit
Akron Beacon Journal, OH -  - Jun 18, 2007
Goodness gracious! Someone picked the wrong fence to paint with a beer sign. Minnie Ellet saw red when the Akron Brewing Co. slathered a barley malt advertisement on her property without asking...

USA Mexico Minuteman Fence

White House opposes mandated local input on border fence
Monitor, TX  - Jun 13, 2007
After months of debate, federal authorities and Rio Grande Valley leaders may have finally found something about a proposed border fence that they can agree on: The time for talking is over...
Virtual Fence Tested in Arizona
NPR-  - Jun 18, 2007
The federal government has begun testing a virtual fence along parts of the Arizona-Mexico border where there are steep hillsides that make a real fence impractical....

Community Fence Projects

Volunteer fence builders needed
Billings Gazette, MT  - Jun 14, 2007
ABSAROKEE - Harvest Church in Billings is seeking volunteers to help rebuild fence lost in the Derby fire. Work days are June 23 and June 30....

Schools and Fences

Fencing plan for school
Chard & Ilminster News, UK  - Jun 14, 2007
A PROPOSAL to put up security fencing around Chard's Holyrood School was recommended for approval last night (Tuesday). As reported in the News, Chard Town Council's planning and highways committee discussed ...

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Weird News

Weggie's invisible fence
Welland Tribune, Canada  - Jun 18, 2007
Recently, William's eighth book of humour was published by Penguin Books: The Cat Rules (Everything Including The Dog!). This is an excerpt from the book. In my ongoing quest to keep Weggie from being turned into a fur mat on the road in front of my house, I have enlisted the help of Dick and Tommy Smothers, the spokesbrothers for the Invisible Pet Containment System....

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