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Industry News

Tek-Rail Leases Newnan Industrial Bldg
CoStar Group, MD  - May 29, 2007
Tek-Rail was founded in 1990 and produces vinyl and aluminum railing, fencing and decking for residential and commercial uses...
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Resumes Operations
Business Wire (press release), CA  - May 25, 2007
AERT converts reclaimed plastic and wood fiber waste into quality outdoor decking systems, fence systems, and door and window components...

Home Owner Associations

Fence sought to discourage crime
Baltimore Sun, MD  - May 27, 2007
The homeowners association has 1500 feet of 10-foot-high chain link fence donated by fencing company Master Halco. But Franz, who is operations manager of the homeowners association, said the association can't afford the estimated $80000 cost of ...
City, HOA miles apart over fence, sidewalk
Colorado Springs Gazette, CO  - May 23, 2007
...But city officials say that it's unfair to ask taxpayers to fix the problem, and that they are trying to force the three homeowners to pay up. At issue is a privacy fence built along Broadmoor Bluffs as the neighborhood was developed in 1982. ...

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Border fences may cut through wildlife refuges
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN  - May 26, 2007
Now they fear the hundreds of miles of border fences will undo their work and kill some land animals by cutting them off from the Rio Grande, the only source of fresh water...
Towers, 'virtual' border fence a waste
Arizona Republic, AZ  - May 26, 2007
Our fearless leader, George Bush, invited military contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Boeing to bid on the creation of a "virtual fence" that would include unmanned aerial vehicles, ground surveillance motion-detection ...
Editorial: Valley officials strive to limit fence fallout
San Antonio Express, TX  - May 26, 2007
The messages were conflicting and confusing, and now, instead of waiting for the next disavowal from the government, the border officials have reached the painful conclusion that the fence is going up, whether they want it to or not...

Pool Safety

Parents clueless about water safety: poll
CTV.ca, Canada  - May 28, 2007
Hewitt said pools account for nearly half of all child drownings and that a 1.2-metre, four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate would prevent seven out of 10 such fatalities...
Pool precautions: Gates, alarms keep kids safe
Florida Today, FL  - May 29, 2007
When the Militanos started building their pool, codes required either a barrier to the pool (a baby fence or pool cover) or an alarm system that sounds when the back door opens. Being extra cautious, they opted for the gate and alarm...
Safety gadgets can help make pools safer
Yuma Sun, AZ  - May 28, 2007
Latching and self-closing gates are also important in preventing pool accidents. Hernandez likes the "Safety Fence" because it is sturdy but not permanent. He said it is a four to five foot tall mesh fence, which can be placed into a deck, and it supports itself...

Homeland Security

Homeland Security offers $24M in grants to secure high-risk facilities
Baltimore Examiner, MD  - May 29, 2007
Eligible enhancements include closed-circuit television systems for perimeters of community facilities; vehicle barriers, lighting and fencing for perimeter security; and personal identification systems to limit unauthorized access to facilities...

Local Government Issues

Brookfield mulls allowing back-to-back fences
Riverside Brookfield Landmark, IL  - May 22, 2007
A year after changing the village's rules regarding the height of side yard fences, Brookfield's management team is asking trustees to amend the code. At the village board's Committee of the Whole session on May 14, Keith Sbiral, director of the village's Building Department, asked trustees to reconsider prohibiting back-to-back fences in side yards. ...
City should have said something before
Modesto Bee, CA  - May 28, 2007
We received a notice of violation from the Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department. The same letter, I was told, was sent to many homeowners in the Paradise Drive neighborhood about fences that have been in place for many years. The department went around measuring fences after someone complained about a fence that was going up that was over the height regulations...
Council nixes Thatchers' appeal to construct fence
Keizertimes, OR  - May 25, 2007
Karl Thatcher also said he had received "verbal" permission from city staffers during the early 1990s to build the fence on the property - prior to changes in the city code affecting fences. Fences built prior to the code revision in 1997 allowed ...
Tulsa free to fence
Pryor Daily Times, OK  - May 26, 2007
Kathy Parker - Spavinaw resident Kim Oswald doesn't want to be fenced in - or out. Oswald said recently the City of Tulsa has been fencing along the water main that carries water from Lake Spavinaw to Tulsa...
Landowners Angry With Tulsa Fence Plan
KOTV, OK  - May 23, 2007
Officials say they are vital to the water supply, and Tulsa has the right to build the fences to protect them. Residents say things have gone well over the decades, and there haven't been many problems, so why put up this fence now?...

Community Issues

Glastonbury fence decorated
Guardian Unlimited, UK  - May 27, 2007
Like most of his "weird and wonderful ideas", Michael Eavis says, it came to him like a flash in the middle of the night. At least nine miles of fencing is being erected around his farm in Somerset in preparation for next month's Glastonbury festival: why not decorate hundreds of metres of it with tapestries showing the history of radical protest?...
The fencing comes down for LBI beaches
Asbury Park Press, NJ  - May 24, 2007
SURF CITY - The yards of bright orange nylon fencing started coming down around 11 a.m., opening the beaches here and in neighboring Ship Bottom for the first time since March. Army Corps of Engineers officials had ordered the beaches closed after multiple pieces of World War I-era munitions were found buried in the sand...

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Fences and Animals

Rotterdam zoo to build extra fence to prevent apes breaking out
Earthtimes.org  - May 23, 2007
Amsterdam- Blijdorp zoo will build an extra fence between the ape island and the visitors area in Rotterdam zoo, zoo officials said Wednesday...
Wild horses back; fencing surrounding subdivision to be completed ...
Nevada Appeal, NV  - May 24, 2007
They're going to keep coming back until the fences get put up." Denio said fencing along the north section, or front, of the subdivision is complete, as is a three-strand, nonbarbed wire fence along the south section by the Carson River...
Got crops? Learn to fence out the deer
Pocono Record, PA  - May 29, 2007
I now have to fence, spray deer repellents and have hunters annually cull the herd. The valley, like much of the Poconos, is inundated with deer...
Kealia turtle fencing due for emergency repairs
Maui News, HI  - May 24, 2007
With a population of just six hawksbill turtles known to nest on Maui as the 2007 nesting season begins, the breakdown of the fences has Hawaii Wildlife Fund officials concerned. "This fence was never meant to last this long, and it's showing its age," ...

Fences and Neighbors

I'm neighborly even with a fence
Tracy Press, CA  - May 26, 2007
It is naive to think that not erecting walls and fences will make communities return to the way they once were. There was actually a time when people cared what the neighbors thought, when young and old alike treated one another respectfully...

Fence Contractors

Students try to make every fence post a winner
Waikato Times, New Zealand  - May 29, 2007
GOOD SKILLS: Dale Graham, right, and his Te Awamutu College teammates on the way to winning the fencing competition at the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Agricultural Skills Competition..

Schools and Fences

School to raise fence amid safety concerns
Basingstoke Gazette, UK  - May 24, 2007
The 4ft 6in wire fence runs between the back of the school and Lordshill Way. It will cost in the region of £6000 to replace with galvanised steel fencing. Head teacher Debbie Adamson said that the school had already identified the fence as needing ...

Community Fence Projects

Ballplayers spearhead repair of outfield fence
Press-Enterprise (subscription), CA  - May 23, 2007
Now comes a 2007 spin-off : "Good neighbors make good, rebuilt fences." It could describe a community endeavor that was organized by four Murrieta youths and completed with the assistance of the Murrieta Valley High School Baseball Booster Club and an ...

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Fences and Weather

Trego County farmers fix fences, chase cattle
Hays Daily News, KS  - May 24, 2007
Veterinarian Bryan Brunswig clambered aboard his four-wheeler and drove the fence line in a pasture south of his house along US Highway 283 south of WaKeeney to ensure his cattle weren't able to wander about as well...
Fencing anyone?
High Plains Journal, KS  - May 25, 2007
We know you all have fence to rebuild in the aftermath of this winter's wrath. Would you be interested in fencing with lower maintenance, lower installation cost, and that can be installed faster than traditional barbed wire fence?...

Weird News

Zoo appeals for French speakers to soothe tiger
Canoe, Canada - May 28, 2007
EDMONTON (CP) - Edmonton's Valley Zoo is inviting the public to say "bonjour" to its newest Siberian tiger. Staff at the zoo have discovered that while Boris has lived in the land of rodeos and roughnecks for about a year, French remains his language of choice...

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