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Industry News

Apollo Gate Operators acquired by Italian company
Bizjournals.com, NC  - Apr 11, 2008
Apollo Gate Operators Inc. officials say they have sold a majority stake in the company to Nice USA and will become a subsidiary of the Oderzo, Italy-based company. The transaction is expected to result in an expanded work force and new international opportunities for the company, which will continue to be based San Antonio...
Apollo Gate Operators
San Antonio Business Journal, TX  - Apr 11, 2008
New Invisible Gate Opener
Press Release  - Apr 7, 2008
Turnstyle Introduces New Integrated Gate System that Combines Functionality with Style. April 7, 2008: Bill Duncan, Vice President of Turnstyle Enterprises, Inc. announced the introduction of the new Turnstyle Integrated Gate System. “We found the need to combine style and function...
Cookeville's Security Fence receives national award
Cookeville Herald Citizen, TN  - Apr 12, 2008
GLEN ELLYN, IL -- Security Fence Inc. of Cookeville garnered the American Fence Association's inaugural Fence Contractor of the Year award during the association's recent annual convention and trade exhibit, Fencetech'08 in Las Vegas....

Decking Industry News

Spaces now decked out with extras
Cincinnati Enquirer, OH  - Apr 12, 2008
The once-humble deck is being replaced. Cookie-cutter 10-foot decks are no longer the norm. Instead, think about constructing a larger deck with two or three levels - or more - and adding a hot tub, built-in seating, planters and a fireplace. ...
Trex: On Deck for a Comeback?
BusinessWeek  - Apr 8, 2008
The U.S. economy may already be in a recession, and the outlook for the housing sector may still be grim, but investors may be betting that one building-materials supplier may be ready for a comeback after a long winter....

Pool Safety

Codes Changing for Pool Safety
KNDO/KNDU, WA  - Apr 11, 2008
KENNEWICK, Wash.- With temperatures warming up, parents are warned about summer pool safety. Some local apartment complexes are making safety changes to keep up with recent code changes. Codes used to call for seven inch gaps in fencing, but those gaps were so big young children could just crawl right through...

The Famous and Their Fences

Richard Gere's Restaurant Battle
Starpulse.com, CT  - Apr 14, 2008
Richard Gere's upstate New York restaurant has landed him in a scrap with wealthy locals and town officials, who are demanding he tears down a fence they claim spoils their view. The actor recently opened the Bedford Post Inn, in the town of Bedford, which is 45 miles north of New York City, and where Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren and Glenn Close all own homes...
Town tells Gere to tear down fence
United Press International  - Apr 14, 2008
BEDFORD, NY, April 14 (UPI) -- Town officials in Bedford, NY, have told film star Richard Gere and his business partner the fence around their new country ......

Local Government Issues

Officials Order Fence Closed
Tampa Tribune, FL  - Apr 15, 2008
TAMPA - As a grandmother reeled with grief, code enforcement inspectors on Monday ordered an apartment complex to fix a fence on its property where a 5-year-old boy slipped through a gap and drowned in the Hillsborough River on Sunday...
Proposed anti-terrorist fence on touristy pier rankles Quebec town
The Canadian Press, MONTREAL  - Apr 10, 2008
MONTREAL — People in Les Eboulements are ready to go to the wall over suggestions government officials might install an anti-terrorist fence to block off their local pier. "We don't have problems with terrorists so far," Serge Bernier, owner of a local art gallery and auberge, said with a laugh Wednesday...
Junkyard fence issue taken before county council
Gaffney Ledger (subscription),  - Apr 11, 2008
Bobo said council members were willing to drop the fencing requirement if the junkyard operators agreed to use fast-growing trees, where appropriate...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Is The Costly Border Fence Worth It?
CBS News, NY  - Apr 8, 2008
(CBS) It had Americans clamoring for a border fence: Mexican nationals storming the border near San Diego, day and night. That was the early 1990s. Today, on that border is double fencing, stadium lighting, surveillance cameras and motion detectors. It's the most heavily fortified five miles of the border - all monitored from a command center near San Diego, CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports....
Our position: Putting the Mexican border fence through a U.S. wildlife refuge is ludicrous
Orlando Sentinel, FL  - Apr 14, 2008
It makes sense to protect the United States border from the rush of illegal immigrants. It doesn't make sense to close off 550 acres of a wildlife corridor, essentially ceding to Mexico an environmental treasure. Unfortunately, that's what's being looked at along the Rio Grande. A fence along a levee in the area, proposed by the Department of Homeland Security...
Torches, bungee cords used to breach border fence
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Apr 12, 2008
COLUMBUS, N.M. — Illegal immigrants armed with torches, hacksaws, ladders and even bungee cords are making it around a section of the border fence hailed as the most efficient way to stop them....

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

NB government applauded for wildlife fencing to prevent accidents
The Canadian Press, N.B.  - Apr 8, 2008
PETERSVILLE, N.B. — A New Brunswick woman, who became known as the moose lady, says she has won her battle to get more protective fencing along provincial highways to prevent the huge animals from endangering motorists...
Government to collect tenders for more moose fencing
CBC.ca, Canada  - Apr 8, 2008
Cathy McCollum collected more than 10000 names on a petition urging the New Brunswick government to install fences to protect highway travellers from ....
Animal fencing is an expensive proposition
Daily Gleaner, Canada  - Apr 10, 2008
Will animal fencing lead to a decrease in the number of accidents, some of them fatal, along Highway 7? That's the multimillion-dollar question the Liberal government answered "Yes" to when it announced it will put additional fencing along the roadway...
Column: Fencing with wildlife in mind
Grand Junction Free Press, Colorado  - Apr 15, 2008
I’ve seen a couple of animals caught in barbed-wire fences this past winter. It’s always tough to look at, especially if the animal died in the fence. In both cases, what appeared to happen when the animal attempted to jump over the fence was that the hind leg apparently didn’t quite clear the top wire, but got poked through the space between the top and middle wire with no chance of pulling loose...
Fraser Is locals unhappy with dingo fence consultation
ABC Online, Australia  - Apr 8, 2008
The Fraser Island Association says most residents think the Queensland Government ignored their opinions about building dingo fences around two local ....
Free the Dingoes, Cage the Humans
TIME  - Apr 14, 2008
The first thing you hear once the small plane has landed on the beach is the howling. Fraser Island, off Australia?s northeast coast, is home to some 160 dingoes — wild, dog-like cousins of wolves — which share the World Heritage-listed island?s pristine beaches, dunes and rainforests with about 200 residents, and around 350,000 tourists a year...


Community Fence Projects

Teens' handiwork earns them their Eagle Scout badges
Asbury Park Press, NJ  - Apr 15, 2008
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, which now has new split-rail fencing; and at the Oakley House, where wooden signs, a map and an information board allow visitors to more easily identify plants in the fields behind the historic structure ...

Fences in the Courts

Court Vacates City Permit for Fence on Hollywoodland Wall
Metropolitan News-Enterprise, CA  - Apr 10, 2008
The City of Los Angeles must review the environmental impact of a wooden fence placed on one of Hollywoodland’s historic granite walls before it can issue a permit allowing it to remain, this district’s Court of Appeal has ruled. In a decision issued March 12 and ordered published yesterday, Div. Seven reversed the judgment of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ...

Community Issues

Don't fence us in, plead residents
Lancashire Evening Post, UK  - Apr 14, 2008
Residents have branded a 9ft fence around their homes an eyesore more suited to an animal cage at Chester Zoo. But developers – who erected the fence after ...
Fence proves unpopular
News-Leader.com, MO  - Apr 13, 2008
Why has there been a 6-foot fence, with three strands of barbed wire at the top, around part of the parking lot at the corner of Glenstone Ave. and Bennett Street since last fall? It isn't pretty, and it isn't something you see often in a shopping center. For several months, it simply stood as an empty cage. Now it has several antiques inside its space...
Torrington residents protest plan to fence field for pooches
Waterbury Republican American, CT  - Apr 13, 2008
TORRINGTON — Neighbors irate over the city's plan to open a dog park in the heart of Drakeville were barking once again Sunday morning. Many families that live in this quiet neighborhood in the city's northwest corner were represented in a crowd ...
Despite fences, drifting sand is inevitable
The Desert Sun, CA  - Apr 14, 2008
The preserve management tries to keep the sand on the preserve with sand fences, but they can't compete with the forces of nature ...

Stolen Fences

Brazen thieves steal metal fence
Shields Gazette, UK  - Apr 14, 2008
Two men dismantled fencing at the back of Vic Young in Newcastle Road, South Shields, about 9am on Friday, before escaping in a white flat-bed transit van. ...

DIY - Consumers

How to pick(et) or post a new fence
Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN  - Apr 13, 2008
It's spring, that time of year when pieces of fencing, all sizes and materials, show up on the curb, waiting to be picked up by the trash-collection crews. Falling tree branches have smashed these fences, or homeowners have neglected them. ...


Fence Exhibits

Exhibit gets to the heart of fences
Billings Gazette, MT  - Apr 15, 2008
CODY - Whether they are built with barbed wire, split rails or simple piles of stones, fences are a defining characteristic of the Western landscape that are usually taken for granted...

Weird News

17th-century violin left on train
Canoe, Canada - Apr 15, 2008
LONDON - A retired shipping consultant says he lost a 17th-century violin worth nearly $400,000 after leaving it on a train. Rob Napier said Monday he did not realize the instrument - made by master Venetian craftsman Matteo ...

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