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Industry News

Four Bufftech® Fence Systems from CertainTeed Receive Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Office NOA Number
Press Release, PA  - Jun 18, 2008
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – The Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Office has granted CertainTeed a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) number for four of its top Bufftech®vacy and semi-private vinyl fence systems that provide exceptional performance in high wind conditions.. ..
Chamberlain Awards Excelling Students With Scholarships
Professional Door Dealer, AZ  - Jun 18, 2008
Each year, the Chamberlain Group is proud to honor students who excel both inside the classroom and within their community with the Duchossois/Chamberlain College Scholarship Awards. This year's scholarship award recipients are Anna-Paula Lopez, Charles Partridge, Joanna Smith, Eric Trine and Christine Willmott...
GE Security Announces Immediate Availability of Advanced ‘Personal Identity Verification’ Card Readers
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Jun 18, 2008
BRADENTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Security Inc., a business of GE Enterprise Solutions (NYSE:GE), today announced the expansion of its Transition™ card reader series with three new Personal Identity Verification (PIV) readers – the T-500-PIV, T-520-PIV and T-525-PIV. ..
The demand for RFID and biometric security solutions
Help Net Security, Croatia  - Jun 18, 2008
Government and security agencies worldwide increasingly demand high-tech solutions to secure their borders. In response, the security industry is developing technology that will prevent rogue elements from crossing international borders without also creating bottlenecks...

Decking Industry News

Weigh concerns of appearance, maintenance when choosing deck material
The Oregonian, OR  - Jun 22, 2008
I f you're thinking about a new deck, or perhaps rehabbing an old one, you've probably noticed that there are lots of options for decking materials these days. Natural wood, treated wood and synthetics abound, and there are some pros and cons with each choice. Below is a basic rundown of things to consider when making your selection...
A.E.R.T. MoistureShield Juniper Collection Named Among Professional Builder's 100 Best New Products of 2008
Primenewswire (press release) - Jun 22, 2008
SPRINGDALE, Ark., June 20, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Professional Builder magazine has named Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (Nasdaq:AERT) MoistureShield(r) Juniper Collection(tm) as one of the 100 Best New Products of 2008. ...
Synthetic Backyard Decks: Better than wood or waste of money?
WCPO, OH  - Jun 17 2008
Is your backyard deck showing its age? Boards are splintering...and a coat of sealant wont make it like new again? In that case you may need a new deck. But these days a lot of homeowners are looking at synthetic decking. It can cost twice the price of wood ...but lasts years longer. ...

Homeland Security

TSA launches new security effort
United Press International  - Jun 18, 2008
WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has launched an initiative to reduce the potential threat to airport perimeter security. The new TSA security initiative, the Airside Vulnerability Reduction Team program, is an effort to enhance security operations around the perimeter of the airport and around the area past the airport security checks, including the tarmac..

Fences and Animals - Domestic

Cow Calf: Modern High-Power Electric Fencing 101
CattleNetwork.com, KS - Jun 23, 2008
There are many different thoughts, ideas and perceptions when it comes to basic electric fence building. There was a time when many people in the industry considered electric fence to be a waste of time and money. However, when a fence is designed and built properly using a low impedance charger, there are few circumstances in which it will not work...
Farmers halfway into 17500km fencing job
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand - Jun 23, 2008
Imagine fencing off the entire length of New Zealand's coastline and planting along large sections of it. That is the equivalent of what Taranaki farmers are aiming to have achieved by 2015 with a mass fencing and planting project along the many waterways that run through their dairy farms...

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Fencing can reduce coyote predation
Chatham Journal Weekly, NC - Jun 23, 2008
Pittsboro, NC - Animal control experts out west suggest that "Most coyotes readily cross over, under, or through conventional livestock fences. A coyote's response to a fence is influenced by various factors, including the coyote's experience and motivation for crossing the fence...
December finish date for airstrip wallaby fence
ABC Online, Australia - Jun 18, 2008
The wallabies have been causing problems for medical evacuation flights trying to take off and land at the base at night. NT Health Minister Chris Burns told budget estimates hearings in Darwin that a fence to keep the wallabies off the airstrip has received federal funding...
Turtle fence falls little short
Maui News, HI  - Jun 22, 2008
KIHEI — A project to replace the temporary fencing along Kealia Beach with a more durable plastic lumber fence has been stalled, with just a little over a half mile to go. In January, volunteers and staff of the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge began constructing the new permanent fence along North Kihei Road...
Fence erected to save Long Point turtles
Brantford Expositor, Canada  - Jun 19, 2008
Turtles in Long Point, Ont., will live a little longer thanks to temporary fencing to keep them from becoming roadkill. Crews have finished building 2500 ..

Local Government Issues

Fence restrictions frustrate resident
Kankakee Daily Journal, IL  - Jun 23, 2008
She said she priced a chain fence and it would have cost her roughly $1,000 to $1,500. A wooden fence would cost approximately $3,000 to $5,000. However, the village-recommended plastic or PVC fencing would cost her in the neighborhood of $10,000, and that's an expense she cannot justify...
Carnage warning over A31 fencing
Southern Daily Echo, UK  - Jun 23, 2008
ANIMALS breaking through poorly repaired fencing could cause carnage along one of Hampshire's busiest dual carriageways. That's the stark warning from Commoners in the New Forest who fear "unacceptable"..
Law proposes 12-ft. fence for homes near Route 18
Colts Neck News Transcript, NJ  - Jun 17, 2008
MARLBORO - A resident whose home is adjacent to Route 18, a state highway, may soon have the ability to construct a 12-foot tall fence on the side or at the rear of his yard. An ordinance permitting that to occur was introduced at the Township Council's June 5 meeting ..
New fence may be in right-of-way
Leelanau Enterprise, MI - Jun 23, 2008
The county Road Commission will wait for more information before taking any action to remove a fence along Main Street in Lake Leelanau which may be in the public road right-of-way. ..


Community Issues

Sidewalk fencing lends ambience to outdoor fine dining in Belleville
The Associated Press - Jun 23, 2008
BELLEVILLE --Downtown restaurant owners are eagerly awaiting a new streetscape feature. The city will pay $65,478 for Belleville Fence to install black-steel and aluminum fences on the sidewalks near outdoor seating areas at several restaurants on Main Street. The additions could start three weeks from now...
Fence down, bathers stay away
Newsday, NY - Jun 23, 2008
It had been two days since a fence separating a North Hempstead park from Nassau County land was demolished - signaling the merger of the adjacent beachfront parks - but most sunbathers yesterday acted as if the barrier remained. ...
Homeowner's Fence With Glass Windows Confuses Ducks
NBC5i.com, TX - Jun 23, 2008
DALLAS -- A neighbor said she fears a fence with glass windows is confusing the wildlife in a north Dallas neighborhood. A homeowner in Preston Hollow has built a fence with large, glass windows that gives the homeowner a great view....

USA Mexico Border Fence

Court rejects case on fast track for border fence
The Associated Press - Jun 23, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea by environmental groups to rein in the Bush administration's power to waive laws and regulations to speed construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border...
The Great Wall of America
TIME - Jun 19, 2008
The smuggler was surprised to see us. It's his business to monitor traffic along his stretch of the border, and he had just watched from his hiding place as a white-and-green patrol truck rolled slowly past on the U.S. side. The day shift was ending for "la migra," the border patrol, so it was time for him to move...
Breaks in border fence have residents suspicious of DHS's plans
The Brownsville Herald, TX - Jun 21, 2008
When the border fence is constructed along the Rio Grande, Fermin Leal will watch as the barrier slices through the backyards of his neighbors, bypassing his 500-acre farm in San Pedro...


Fences - History

Yankee Notebook: Good fences just make more fences
Montpelier Times Argus, VT  - Jun 21, 2008
Human societies have been building walls from time immemorial. They exist on every continent, except Antarctica, where there have been no human residents ...
Good fences do make good neighbours
Telegraph-Journal, Canada  - Jun 23, 2008
have always been fascinated by architectural restorations and renovations. A preservationist at heart, I approach each project with an eye to retaining as much of the original building and outlying structures as possible. In today's column I'll focus on two buildings and the fencing associated with them that we restored or renovated in the environs of St. Andrews..

Community Fence Projects

Boys earn Eagle ranking with fencing project
Upper Rogue Independent, OR - Jun 23, 2008
Two members of White City Boy Scout Troop 103 earned Eagle status and were so honored June 10 at a ceremony at TouVelle Park, near where they completed their Eagle project. Troy Ellis, a six-year member, and Jerid Koch, a seven-year member of the troop, both just graduated from Eagle Point High School. ...

DIY - Consumers

How to pick(et) a new fence
The Southern, IL  - Jun 20, 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 Contractors in the News

Body Found Outside Fence Company
WLBT-TV, MS  - Jun 19, 2008
Authorities are waiting for an autopsy of a body found Thursday morning in Pearl to determine the cause of death. It was found around 6:50 a.m. outside the gates of Jefcoat Fence Company near...

Pool Safety

Phoenix Fire Department offers free pool fences to those in need
ABC15.com (KNXV-TV), AZ - Jun 23, 2008
Firefighters are once again emphasizing the importance of pool fencing after two children drowned in the Valley over the weekend. In both drownings, there was no fence around the pool where it happened...
Law Leaves Pool Owners High And Dry
TheDay, CT - Jun 23, 2008
Stonington - On Thursday afternoon several children splashed around in an inflatable pool behind a home at the corner of Route 27 and Church Street in Mystic. The woman who rents there was surprised to learn the pool she's used for three summers was illegal because she had not obtained a permit for it or erected a fence around it...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Fence topples, kills toddler
7Online.com, NY  - Jun 23, 2008
Investigators say she was killed by a metal fence that fell on her head. The fence had reportedly been leaning against a deck when it toppled over.....


Riyadh awards 900 kilometers long fence deal along Iraqi border
SteelGuru - Jun 23, 2008
MEED reported that a JV of Al Rashid Trading & Contracting Company and the European Aeronautic Defense & Space Company has won the SAR 3.4 billion contract to build a 900 kilometers long security fence along Saudi Arabia's northern border with Iraq. ....
Pakistan's prime minister renews proposal to fence Afghan border in bid to stop militants
International Herald Tribune, France - Jun 23, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has renewed an offer to fence the country's porous border with Afghanistan to stop crossings by militants. Afghan and U.S. officials complain militants fighting in Afghanistan freely roam the 1,500 mile (2,400 kilometer) border.....
Some 50 sub-Saharan illegals arrested in assault on Mellilia fence
Maghreb Arabe Presse, Morocco - Jun 23, 2008
Nador, June 23 - Moroccan security services arrested, over the weekend, around 50 sub-Saharan illegal immigrants during an attempt to storm the border post of Bab Mellilia (northeast) to join the Spanish-occupied city of Mellilia, local authorities said...


Weird News

Aussie in wheelchair charged with drunk rolling
Canoe, Canada - Jun 23, 2008
BRISBANE, Australia - A man found asleep in a motorized wheelchair on a highway in northern Australia has been charged with drunk driving. ...

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