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  Question of the Week 1/8/08

OOOPS!
There's a story in today's FenceWeek about a crew hitting the main oxygen line to a hosipital. It goes without saying that you should always call before you dig. But, do you have any of your own "ooops!". Not just digging mistakes but any jobs you wish you did differently. Remember you can answer anonymously
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Industry News

U.S. Department of Commerce Imposes Duties on Chinese Producers of Circular Welded Pipe for Dumping Below-Cost Product in the United States
Yahoo News  - Jan 4, 2008
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Six U.S. pipe makers and the United Steelworkers (USW) today applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce for its preliminary finding that Chinese producers of circular welded pipe are dumping below-cost product in the United States...
Trex Company Appoints Ronald W. Kaplan President, CEO and Director; Andrew U. Ferrari Appointed Chairman of the Board
Press Release  - Jan 2, 2008
WINCHESTER, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 2, 2008--Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TWP), manufacturer of Trex® decking, railing, fencing and trim, announced today that Ronald W. Kaplan has been appointed president, chief executive officer and a director of Trex, effective January 7, 2008. Andrew U. Ferrari, who previously served as CEO...
Fencing posts that last
Irish Independent, Ireland  - Jan 8, 2008
The Department of Agriculture has recently announced that from March 1, all fencing materials used in afforestation schemes and grant-aided farm investment schemes must comply with the new standard for timber preservation ...
Magal to protect African port
Globes, Israel  - Jan 8, 2008
Magal Security Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: MAGS; TASE: MAGS) has won a $1.25 million contract "to protect a major African seaport". The company did not disclose ...

DIY - Consumers

How to Find the Right Contractor or Home Improvement Professional for the Job
Auburn Citizen, NY  - Jan 8, 2008
Maybe your house needs a new roof or windows, or it's time to redo the siding. Perhaps you'd like to add a pool or deck. No matter what the project, one of the most important things you'll decide early on is who will do the work ...

Fences and Weather

Many locals face post-storm fence repair
Lodi News-Sentinel, CA  - Jan 8, 2008
As the storm rages outside, you sit cozy inside, waiting for the tempest to pass. Just then you hear it ... CRACK! Was it a bolt of lightning? If only. You look outside to discover a tree branch has crushed your fence. As the string of recent national insurance commercials ask, ...
Many Pets Lost When Storms Knocked Down Fences
CBS 13, CA  - Jan 7, 2008
Strong winds knocked down hundreds of fences during the weekend storms. And the damage has separated a lot of families from their pets. Elk Grove resident Roxana Goldman lost her two ittle dogs after her fence blew down...

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Fences and Neighbors

Neighbors at odds over electric fence's proximity to pool
The Tribune-Democrat, PA  - Jan 7, 2008
BY SUSAN EVANS EBENSURG - Good fences do not good neighbors make, at least in one Cambria County court case which farm agencies are watching with concern...

Local Government Issues

Flimsy fence may not ward off the curious
Baltimore Sun, MD  - Jan 8, 2008
THE PROBLEM // A fence that has for years protected a city Public Works project on North Charles Street is unsightly, and in one spot might not offer enough ...
Fence to be installed to deter more ATV damage
El Paso Times, TX  - Jan 7, 2008
Last week, City Council approved $97500 for parks officials to hire A&R Contractors to build a temporary fence around the complex ...
Pair told to remove fence put up to stop fly-tippers
The Northern Echo, UK  - Jan 8, 2008
A COUPLE who built a fence to stop fly-tippers from dumping rubbish outside their house have been warned they must take it down or face a large bill. The Burtons, who live at Kielder Drive, Darlington, had to clear up two skip loads of refuse after street cleaners refused to visit the site...

Prisons

Officials beef up Oakdale prison's perimeter
DesMoinesRegister.com, IA  - Jan 7, 2008
Security worries at the Oakdale state prison near Iowa City are prompting state officials to spend $2 million to install new high-tech fences and outdoor lighting to prevent escapes ...

Fences and Animals

Hawaii nature reserve predators targeted
Honolulu Advertiser, HI  - Jan 7, 2008
By Eloise Aguiar State and federal wildlife officials want to erect a predator-proof fence through one of the most unspoiled spots on O'ahu to create a ...
San Francisco zoo incident sparks nationwide talk about animal safety
Rock Hill Herald, SC  - Jan 2, 2008
By Charles D. Perry The Herald A chain link fence with steel poles buried deep into the ground enclose the Tigers at Tiger World ...
Norco to consider horse-trail fencing options
Press-Enterprise, CA  - Jan 5, 2008
Not every trail is lined by a fence, but where fences exist they are wooden. Questions of safety and cost have led city leaders to consider various fence...

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Community Issues

The old wrought-iron fence that once surrounded Lansing's Mt. Hope ...
Lansing State Journal, MI  - Jan 5, 2008
The old wrought-iron fence that once surrounded Lansing's Mt. Hope Cemetery? The one that city officials planned to auction off, in eight-foot-long "pieces of history" to local folks willing to spend ...
Enon Cemetery board need funds for fence
News Journal, TX  - Jan 3, 2008
Cemetery trustee members say a replacement is needed for the 60-year-old fence. Enon Cemetery in Gilmer has been around since sometime in the middle of the ...
Iris Garden: Who's Fence Is It Anyway?
Baristanet, NJ  - Jan 2, 2008
We were surprised to see an anonymous ad on page two of last week's Montclair Times - urging people to write to Montclair's First Ward Councilor, Gerry Tobin, with this message: the fence around the Presby Iris Garden must come down ...
Controversial Rishworth Moor fencing plan rears head again
Halifax Evening Courier, UK  - Jan 4, 2008
By Michael Peel YORKSHIRE Water has revived a controversial scheme to lay nine miles of fences on and around Rishworth Moor. A similar plan in 1997 had to ...

Homeland Security

Owen Sound Doesn't Like Terrorist Fence
CKNX Radio, Canada  - Jan 8, 2008
The fence is two hundred feet long, seven feet high and topped with barbed wire. Owen Sound Mayor Ruth Lovell says they weren't consulted. She says the fence is ugly and not in keeping with their plans to open up the harbour...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Attorney: Reconsider Texas border fence
United Press International - Jan 8, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Texas property owners said alternatives to a 670-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexican border may be allowed under a bill passed by the U.S. Congress ...
Texas landowners cross over border
Marketplace, CA  - Jan 7, 2008,
The government is asking landowners near the Texas-Mexico border to give access to their land to build a border fence at the risk of losing it. David Martin Davies reports many landowners are saying no...
Congress cuts funds for border fence
Fort Dodge Messenger, IA - Jan 4, 2008
One of the ways Congress found to trim spending in response to a demand by President Bush was to slash funding for the proposed fence at certain locations along the U.S.-Mexican border. Instead of the two-tier fencing called for in a 2006 law ...
Area leaders slam border fence study as public comment period closes
Brownsville Herald, TX  - Jan 3, 2008
According to Foster, the statement relies on little or no evidence in dismissing all alternatives to fencing along the Rio Grande - including proposed levee ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Oxygen line punctured at Palmyra Hospital
WALB-TV, GA  - Jan 6, 2008
Albany -- A construction crew installing a fence Sunday morning behind Palmyra Hospital in Albany punctured the main oxygen line that supplies ...

SSD

Weird News

Long Island town seeks ban on Silly String
Canoe, Canada - Jan 8, 2008
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. - Town council in Huntington, New York is getting serious about Silly String. ...

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HELP WANTED

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HELP WANTED

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