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FENCETECH'09 and DECKTECH'09 Take Over the Big Easy
MarketWatch  - Dec 16, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, Dec 16, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- From cutting edge products to innovative gate technology, and certification exams to informative and pertinent seminars, the world's top fence, deck, railing and security professionals will learn of the industry's latest information and products at FENCETECH'09 and DECKTECH'09 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans January 14 - 16...
Sacramento Fencing Company S&S Fence Launches New Website
The Open Press (press release)  - Dec 20, 2008
The fencing company also specializes in a wide variety of other types of fencing including and gate operator systems, ranch fencing, redwood fences, arbors...

Decking Industry News

Alternative Decking Firms Merge:
Building-Products.com, CA  - Dec 22, 2008
Fiber Composites, New London, N.C., and Sensibuilt Building Solutions, Portsmouth, N.H., have reached a definitive merger agreement to join their assets and brands...
Wood Composite Technologies Inc. announces Millennium Decking System joins HGTV with episode of "Ground Breakers" to help build a "chemical free landscape
FOXBusiness - Dec 18, 2008
Fiber Composites, New London, N.C., and Sensibuilt Building Solutions, Portsmouth, N.H., have reached a definitive merger agreement to join their assets and brands...
Tiger Claw Exceeds $10 Million in Sales
MarketWatch  - Dec 18, 2008
"We attribute this ongoing success to our ability to provide exclusive custom hidden deck fasteners to the world's premier decking manufacturers, such as Trex, TimberTech, Azek, and Fiber Composites...

Fences and Weather

Ranching a struggle after Ike
San Angelo Standard Times, TX  - Dec 22, 2008
ANAHUAC - Janet Lagow Lewis stretched barb wire across metal posts last week, rebuilding a portion of her 38 miles of fencing that Hurricane Ike washed away...
Winter Tests Snow Fence on Route 390
13WHAM-TV, NY  - Dec 23, 2008
Last February, after high winds and sheets of snow swept across Interstate 390, tragedy struck. Cars began plowing into each other in a deadly chain reaction which trapped four people, including a teenage girl, who later died...
West side whiteouts
MSNBC  - Dec 22, 2008
It was definitely blowing snow across 390 when we were out near the airport earlier today despite that fence being up. Some drivers told me they didn't have a lot of faith in that fence...

Local Government Issues

Clinic razor fence 'not regulation', dismantled
Northern Territory, Australia  - Dec 16, 2008
THE prison-like fence erected to stop vandals ransacking a Territory Government child health clinic in Darwin's northern suburbs will be partly dismantled. The Nightcliff Child and Maternal Clinic fence ...
Councillors call for end to fencing work on heath land
The Cornishman, UK  - Dec 16, 2008
PENWITH councillors have requested that fencing work at Carn Galva stops. But Cllr Hudson Smith, chairman of the social, economic and environment committee...
Funds stalled for Arborway fence
Jamaica Plain Gazette, MA  - Dec 19, 2008
PONDSIDE—The Arborway Coalition was supposed to find out Nov. 14 if it had won state funding to replace a 10-foot-high, 400-foot-long chain link fence on the median of the Arborway with 4-foot-tall steel picket version...
Median fencing is saving lives and vehicles
Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN  - Dec 18, 2008
Vicki Paulson was driving south on Hwy. 10 in Coon Rapids on Tuesday evening when she got an up-close look at the new cable fence running along the median....

Community Issues

Fence to go after seven-year divide
Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph, UK  - Dec 16, 2008
A group of neighbours in Raunds have been told they must take a fence down seven years after putting it up. ...
Estate security brings results
Penarth Times, UK  - Dec 24, 2008
SECURITY at the Billybanks has ‘significantly’ improved, according to officials from the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Mike Ingram, the council's operational manager for public sector housing...
Mending this fence has taken time
South Bend Tribune (subscription), IN  - Dec 18, 2008
Carl Littrell, South Bend city engineer, said he talked with other city officials who told him the damaged fence would be repaired by the Street Department, the Bureau of Traffic and Lighting or the Sewer Department, depending on which department’s schedule would allow time for the repairs...
Carnage avoided by second fence
Manawatu Standard, New Zealand  - Dec 18, 2008
Fortunately the catcher fence behind the main fence caught the car, stopping it from going into the grandstand...

History and Exhibits

'Between Fences' provides picket fun at Ag Museum exhibition
Brookings Register, SD  - Dec 22, 2008
The exhibit theme looks at many forms of fences in American life; ones that serve different purposes , such as for security or decoration , can mean different things, like private ownership or protection . ...
It's All Trew: Barbed wire called 'Devil's Rope' for a reason
Amarillo.com, TX  - Dec 22, 2008
During the early 1880s, Jacob and Warren M. Brinkerhoff invented and patented 13 varieties of a galvanized ribbon barbed wire with saber-type points. Most Panhandle historians agree this Brinkerhoff ribbon was the most famous barbed wire...

Schools and Fences

$15K school fence OK'd by board
The Daily Advance, NC  - Dec 22, 2008
Elizabeth City-Pasquotank School Board approved a $15,000 request to erect a fence around Pasquotank Elementary School’s playground. ..
City can pay for fence: school board
Orillia Today, Canada  - Dec 15, 2008
Orillia would have to bear the cost of adding decorative fencing to a new elementary school, according to the public school board. ..
Drake school to get fencing
Carson Times, NV  - Dec 22, 2008
The Nevada State Contractors Board and the Washoe County School District announced Monday that Florence Drake Elementary School, ..

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On the Fence Part Two: Legal Issues and Fence Building
Chicago Daily Herald, IL  - Dec 22, 2008
A post that is part of my stockade fence is loose. When the wind blows, the fence rocks back and forth and makes the post weaker. Can I fix this myself? I am a senior citizen and I don't want to be cheated. ..
Fence posts can be reset, provided the wood has not rotted
Chicago Daily Herald, IL  - Dec 22, 2008
A post that is part of my stockade fence is loose. When the wind blows, the fence rocks back and forth and makes the post weaker. Can I fix this myself? I am a senior citizen and I don't want to be cheated. ..

Fencing and Airports

LAX fence-building contract is awarded
Daily Breeze, CA  - Dec 16, 2008
About four miles of perimeter fencing were previously upgraded or replaced, according to an airport report. In a separate action, the airport commission ...
Airport must improve fencing
Beverly Citizen, MA  - Dec 16, 2008
State and federal aviation officials have ordered Beverly Airport to make improvements to its perimeter fence after a plane slammed into ...

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Fences and Animals

No sitting on the fence for dog owners
Independent Online, South Africa  - Dec 17, 2008
There shouldn't be any fences because people want big, open spaces." Taking The Star on a mini tour of the park, Brian Harris, an Emmarentia resident ...
Officials look at fencing elk out of golf course
Calgary Herald, Canada  - Dec 18, 2008
Parks Canada and Fairmont Banff Springs are investigating the possibility of fencing fairways to reduce the risk of dangerous elk encounters and cut back on high maintenance costs caused by elk tearing up the turf. ...
Fence hope for Tassie Devils
ABC Online, Australia  - Dec 17, 2008
TONY EASTLEY: Already there are rabbit and dingo fences, now Tasmanian scientists want to build a devil-proof barrier. It's hoped a fence would prevent the ...

Pool Safety

Coroner calls for tougher pool laws
Toowoomba Chronicle, Australia  - Dec 22, 2008
FOLLOWING the tragic drowning of Laidley toddler Hannah Plint in her family's swimming pool, Toowoomba Coroner Kay Ryan has recommended sweeping improvements to the standards of residential pools, locks to pool gates, and the laws governing their compliance ..

USA Mexico Border Fence

Border fence construction passes 500-mile mark
ABC15.com (KNXV-TV), AZ  - Dec 22, 2008
A fence under construction along the border in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas has surpassed the 500-mile mark, according to the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection...
Texas landowners win small victory on border fence
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Dec 22, 2008
McALLEN — Dozens of South Texas landowners whose land is being condemned for the border fence scored a victory when a federal judge ordered that juries will decide the value of their property rather than an appointed ....

Stolen Fences

Fence posts stolen from open pit mines
Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser, Canada  - Dec 22, 2008
The theft of 200 galvanized steel fence posts from an open mine site in Buchans has left the mayor fuming and area residents at risk of injury or death...
RCMP Search for Fence Posts; Buchans
VOCM, Canada  - Dec 20, 2008
RCMP in Buchans are investigating after 200 galvanized steel posts were reported missing from one of the old mine sites within the town boundaries. Police say the call came around 4:30 on Thursday afternoon...

Fences and Neighbors

Neighbour's dispute over 3ft fence ends in hammer and knife attack
Telegraph.co.uk, United  - Dec 17, 2008
What began as a simple problem over the positioning of the fence separating their 19th century country cottages escalated into violence when Allan Melling, 67, attacked John Smail with a tool knife, cutting his face and hand. ..
Local couples file lawsuits after claiming their pets were attacked by neighbors’ dogs
The Grand Island Independent, NE  - Dec 17, 2008
GRAND ISLAND — It was June 9, 2007, when Bobbie Depue heard a commotion in her Grand Island backyard, where her miniature pinschers were playing...

International

MUMBAI ATTACK: SOLAR POWER FENCE SOON AROUND CITY
Star of Mysore, India  - Dec 20, 2008
The tender process would possibly be completed in a month- and-a-half and the fencing process could take about three months, according to Avaradhi...
Indo-Bangladesh border fence to speed up
United Press International  - Dec 17, 2008
NEW DELHI, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- India's home minister said Wednesday the government will speed up the fencing of its 2,500-mile border with Bangladesh for increased security...

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Milan's poor chow down on beluga caviar
Canoe, Canada  - Dec 20, 2008
ROME - Some homeless people in Italy will be savouring beluga caviar this Christmas, thanks to officials who seized 40 kilograms of the contraband delicacy from smugglers. ...

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