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Industry News

Press Release  - Mar 21, 2008
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CertainTeed Adds Sierra Blend to CertaGrain™ Vinyl Fence Color Palette
Press Release , PA  - Mar 19, 2008
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed has added a new color to its Bufftech® line of vinyl fence products. Sierra Blend, a beautiful multi-chromatic color blend, is now available in two Bufftech styles: Chesterfield privacy fence and Post & Rail fence, both with CertaGrain™ texture....

Decking Industry News

Trex Unveils New Design Options on Trex Brasilia ®
Press Release, VA  - Mar 23, 2008
WINCHESTER, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Known for its unrivaled beauty and uncompromising quality, Trex Brasilia® decking and railing takes its design inspiration from the exotic look of tropical hardwoods. Building upon positive consumer response to this collection, Trex introduced a new color and a new fastening system to the Trex Brasilia collection at the 2008 International Builders’ Show (IBS)....
Brad Wood Construction Wins Big in CertainTeed® Panorama® Picture Perfect Contest
Press Release , PA  - Mar 19, 2008
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation honors Brad Wood Construction of Gilford, N.H. with its Panorama® Picture Perfect Award, which salutes builders, contractors and remodelers who create outstanding projects with a Panorama Composite Railing System...Image 1 -   Image 2
Go for the Green
U.S. News & World Report, DC  - Mar 18, 2008
Promote safety and good health. For example, composite decking material, though more costly, is gaining favor over pressure-treated lumber, which is imbued with toxic agents and requires labor-intensive painting or staining as well as the use of chemical preservatives...

Building Industry News

Builder Confidence Remains Unchanged In March
BuildingOnline, CA  - Mar 21, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes remained unchanged in March, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. The HMI held firm at 20, which is near its historic low of 18 set in December of 2007 (the series began in January of 1985)....

Local Government Issues

Area parks meant for everyone’s use
Rome News-Tribune, GA  - Mar 23, 2008
Fences don’t make good neighbors. Recent squabbles about fences installed at Crane Street Park and Tolbert Park show how complex the issue is — and how different opinions of how a park should cater to those who use it the most can lead to very different expectations...
Water, fence ordnance on city council agenda
Paris News, TX  - Mar 23, 2008
The task force fence recommendation grandfathers existing fences provided they are in good condition and are not barbed wire or electrical. It prohibits new front-yard fences on residential lots smaller than two acres and recommends fences be added to the list of things for which a building permit is required...
Neighbor upset no fence in plans
The Evening Sun, PA  - Mar 22, 2008
A Conewago Township resident is upset because the proposed SAVES fire company plans do not include a fence between the company's property and his. At Monday night's township meeting, Phil Murren, of 110 Race Horse Road, demanded the supervisors do something to prevent people at the new fire company from wandering onto his farm. Murren said he is worried he could be held liable if any trespassers are injured, since a fence isn't part of the fire company's plan...

Fencing and Railroads

Park open to train tracks creates potential danger
Toronto Star, Canada  - Mar 25, 2008
What's keeping kids from wandering into the path of trains barrelling along next to a city parkette? Absolutely nothing, that's what. The Union Station rail hub is serviced by tracks that cut through the inner city...

Community Issues

Beach Barbed Wire
WKRG-TV, AL  - Mar 21, 2008
Surfers in Orange Beach say it's nearly impossible for them to catch a wave! Beachfront condos have put up fences and "No Trespassing" signs to keep people off their property, but the surfers says one condo has gone a little too far in their efforts to keep them out. ...
Neighbours of Weston golf club take shots at 'eyesore' fencing
Toronto Star, Canada  - Mar 25, 2008
When Tim Bunting looked out over the back patio of his Etobicoke home, he used to see the lush foliage and rolling greens of one of the city's most prestigious golf courses. Now he sees mound upon mound of dirt and 18 mammoth black poles...
Fence ordered for home that borders cliffs
Scranton Times-Tribune, PA  - Mar 25, 2008
MOOSIC — Starting today, a temporary fence must go up behind a recently constructed home that is wedged between two cliffs. Residents of Greenwood Estates, who attended a meeting Monday to voice safety concerns about a recently constructed home...
In the land of the big, a big fence?
The Tennessean, TN  - Mar 20, 2008
There are homes with wooden fences, brick walls and stone walls that saw Civil War soldiers march by. None is 8 feet tall. US Sen. ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

US government drops border fence lawsuit against UT-Brownsville
Dallas Morning News, TX  - Mar 19, 2008
The U.S. government dismissed its border fence condemnation lawsuit against the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College Wednesday and agreed to explore alternatives to a fence with school officials. The agreement was reached just hours before a hearing was to begin in federal court...
Virtual fence a virtual waste
Yuma Sun, AZ  - Mar 23, 2008
In the continuing effort to achieve better border security, a technological marvel was recently unveiled along a 28 mile stretch of land near Sasabe, Ariz. The test project, affectionately known as Project 28, was the brainchild of the Boeing Corporation. This "virtual fence" was to serve as a platform for future virtual networks to be deployed across various border sections and to augment the physical fencing also being constructed ...
Border Patrol chief allays fears about intrusive fence
Del Rio Live!, TX  - Mar 23, 2008
“Our interest in the Border Patrol is to keep you secure. You and the other 300 million people in this country,” affirmed Randy Hill, chief patrol agent, Del Rio Sector. Hill presented his plans and expectations to the Del Rio Rotary Club, Tuesday (March 11), for fence-building along the U.S. Mexico border, focusing on two moderate spans in Eagle Pass and Del Rio. ...


The Art of Fences

Provocation goes beyond the park and into city offices
Baltimore Sun, MD  - Mar 25, 2008
With another five days to go before its scheduled dismantling, the golden chain-link fence that is serving as the controversial opening phase of a two-month-long art exhibit in Mount Vernon Place survived the weekend - remaining up, open and a source of disagreement ...
Golden Fence Causes Controversy in Mt. Vernon
ABC2 News, MD  - Mar 23, 2008
An art exhibit featuring a golden, chain-link fence surrounding one of Baltimore City's best-known public spaces has people talking. Lee Freeman’s fence surrounds the four small parks that extend out from the Washington Monument, areas collectively known as Mount Vernon Place ...
Art for whose sake?
Baltimore Sun, MD  - Mar 23, 2008
Lee B. Freeman is no Christo, but he's caused quite a stir with his art in the park. Surrounding each of the four green spaces in historic Mount Vernon Square with an enclosed, gold-painted chain link fence was no small feat, and it was just the start of his art project ...

Fences in the Courts

Fence dispute goes to Land and Environment Court
IBN News, Australia  - Mar 24, 2008
dispute over a fence built outside a restaurant and motel in Goulburn will come before the NSW Land and Environment Court today. IBN News understands Goulburn Mulwaree Council's position is that the stone fence...
Man ordered to move fence off right-of-way
Lancaster Eagle Gazette, OH  - Mar 19, 2008
LANCASTER - A Lake Road man must begin taking steps to remove a portion of fence on his property deemed a hazard by the Fairfield County Engineer's Office. The Fairfield County Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday, upholding Engineer Frank Anderson's order for Jim Custer to remove the fence...

Schools and Fences

City looks to replace school fences
Gulf Breeze News,  - Mar 18, 2008
Installing the fence was one of the priorities listed after the community redevelopment meetings held in 2006 when citizens listed the school fencing as ...
School must remove $50K fence at park
AZ Central.com, AZ  - Mar 21, 2008
The pre-K-8 school had removed all the gates and the fencing around the playground and basketball court after residents voiced their concerns at a January ...
School fence spiked to stop vandals
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand  - Mar 21, 2008
A West Auckland school is fighting back against vandals, spending $140,000 on a spiked fence and hi-tech security surveillance cameras. Birdwood School principal Mike Carswell said in the past six years it had a classroom gutted by fire ...

Fences and Animals

Winter has been rough on $318K turtle barrier along US 31
MLive.com, MI  - Mar 24, 2008
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — It's been a rough winter for the $318,000 fence designed to keep turtles from becoming roadkill along a busy west Michigan road. Cars sliding off the snowy, icy road have knocked seven holes in the barrier. Repairs will cost about $2,800, said Dawn Garner, a Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman...
Turtle fence needs repairs: M-Dot responds to your comments
MLive.com, MI  - Mar 24, 2008
MUSKEGON COUNTY - Sections of the black chain linked turtle fence along US-31 are twisted, bent and broken. Drivers across West Michigan slid off the roads this winter, many of them took out entire ...
Dog fence will aid WA farmers
ABC Online, Australia  - Mar 19, 2008
Wild dog, emu and camel invasions in Western Australia's grain growing regions could soon be a thing of the past, with a proposed fence getting approval...
Work finally starts on NB's highway moose fence
CBC New Brunswick, Canada  - Mar 19, 2008
The fence was part of an election promise by the Liberal government, to put up 300 kilometres of wildlife fencing on highways around the province by the end ...

Pool Safety

Free pool fence program 'saves families'
AZ Central.com, AZ  - Mar 19, 2008
For a Valley-wide adopt-a-pool-fence program, a $250,000 grant from the Virginia G. Piper Foundation means about 170 more pool fences. The way Rich Bauer and Marin Davies look at it, every pool fence saves the life of a child. Sometimes two or three or five lives...


Fence Assaults

Fraser Coast Chronicle, Australia  - Mar 24, 2008
Two teenage girls have horrific facial injuries after allegedly being beaten with a fence paling by a 16-year-old boy in Maryborough on Sunday. The girls, aged 15 and 16, were initially taken to Hervey Bay Hospital but were airlifted to Brisbane for facial surgery yesterday....
Moonee Ponds man bashed with fence posts
Moonee Valley Leader, Australia  - Mar 24, 2008
The woman said that, when she went inside to call police, the group began bashing the man on her front lawn, using the fence palings...

Fences in History

Illegal Fences of the Great Plains
Amerisurv (press release), MD  - Mar 19, 2008
One of the unforeseen downfalls of having the remote regions of the plains states quickly surveyed by the General Land Office was the slow migration of settlement that came to certain areas. In areas such as the Sandhills region of central Nebraska the GLO completed the surveys in the 1870s, but by 1900 large portions of land still remained unsold ...


Fence Building
Ynetnews, Israel  - Mar 24, 2008
April's Fools day is coming shortly so one wonders if a recent federal announcement just came about 10 days early. The announcement from the State Department must be from the same batch of kidders who, due to "curiosity," peeked into the files of three presidential candidates. But, at least that silliness did not cost taxpayers any money. This project will...
IDF deploys new anti-terror system around Gaza
Ynetnews, Israel  - Mar 24, 2008
Army upgrades its capabilities in the Gaza region: New system combines camera, machine gun and enables IDF troops stationed in operations room to identify and fire at terrorists without risking themselves ...


Weird News

World's tallest man has trouble finding shoes, car, bicycle
Canoe, Canada - Mar 24, 2008
PODOLYANTSI, Ukraine - Leonid Stadnik's phenomenal height has forced him to quit a job he loved and to stoop as he moves around his house. But Stadnik, who Guinness World Records says is the world's tallest human,..

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