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  Question of the Week 3/04/08

Invisible Fencing® - turns 35
Invisible Fencing® is celebrating their 35th anniversary today. I always looked at Invisible Fencing® as a competitor to the fence contractor, but I'll be honest, I never asked.
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Industry News - Products

CertainTeed Vinyl Fence Now Available in Almond
Press Release , PA  - Feb 26, 2008
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed has expanded the color offering for the most popular styles in its Bufftech® vinyl fence product line. Almond, a neutral shade designed to complement any outdoor decor, is now available in four Bufftech styles: Chesterfield privacy fence, Imperial semi-private fence, and the Danbury and Rothbury traditional picket style fences....
NILES EXPANDED METALS & PLASTICS PREPARES FOR ANOTHER EXPANDED METAL LINE
Press Release , OH  - Feb 27, 2008
Niles, Ohio -- February 27, 2008 -- Niles Expanded Metals & Plastics prepares for another expanded metal line. Increasing demand and quality standards for products are the grounds for the decision at Niles Expanded Metals & Plastics to order another 10 foot expanded metal line, the fourth new line in six years...
The Fence Authority Announces Expansion of Their West Chester, PA ...
PR.com (press release), NY  - Feb 29, 2008
West Chester, PA, March 02, 2008 --(PR.com)-- The Fence Authority, one of the nation’s leading sources for aluminum, vinyl and wood fencing since 1996, announces the expansion of their headquarters in West Chester, PA with two new hires. The Fence Authority also has a second full service location in Smyrna, DE....
Invisible Fence® Celebrates 35 Years
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Mar 4, 2008
Back in 1973, Peck set out to develop a technology that would keep pets in their yards. Working with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and Battelle Laboratories, Peck invented what has become the Invisible Fence® Brand pet containment system. More than two million dogs have been protected by Invisible Fence® Brand in the 35 years since Peck pioneered electronic containment...

Industry News - People

AERT Names New President
CNNMoney.com  - Mar 3, 2008
NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. has named Tim Morrison as president. Morrison takes the title that previously was held by Joe Brooks, the company founder who remains co-chief executive and chairman ...

Decking Industry News

US Home Extends Contract With Home Depot
CNNMoney.com  - Mar 3, 2008
NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Building materials maker U.S. Home Systems Inc. said Monday it extended an agreement to supply home-improvement retailer Home Depot Inc. As part of the deal, U.S. Home will stop selling wood deck products ...
Deceuninck(R) Re-Launches Kodiak(R) Decking and Railing Product Line
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria  - Mar 3, 2008
Deceuninck(R) North America, a leading manufacturer of building products, announced today it is re-launching its Kodiak(R) Building Products brand to market WPC (composite)- and PVC (vinyl)-based decking and railing. This re-launch follows both a strategic initiative to broaden the marketing scope of Deceuninck products, and a recent announcement by Alcoa Home Exteriors ...
Law Firms File Suit Vs 3 Cos On Weyerhaeuser Deck Products
CNNMoney.com  - Feb 27, 2008
A law firm consortium filed a class action law suit against three companies for profiting from allegedly defective Weyerhaeuser ChoiceDek decking products. ...

Local Government Issues

Veterans' Home, Battlefield Fence, Receive State Funding
WLFI.com, IN  - Mar 4, 2008
The State Budget Committee has also approved funding for the rehabilitation, repair, and restoration of the Tippecanoe Battlefield fence. The 3,500 foot long wrought-iron fence was built in 1873. The Battlefield is owned and operated by the Tippecanoe County Parks and Recration Department, but responsibility for maintenance is the state's...
Council upgrades fence at Lowfield Football Ground
Broxbourne Borough Council (press release), UK  - Mar 3, 2008
Broxbourne Council has recently been working on upgrades to the fencing around Barclay Park and the Lowfield Sports ground in Hoddesdon. The football clubhouse had been targeted by vandals on a number of occasions and had also suffered two burglaries...
OC council chided about pool fence
Oil City Derrick, PA  - Mar 4, 2008
The chief fund-raiser says new fencing is essential for the facility, citing safety reasons. The lead fellow in a community-driven effort to raise money for a new Oil City swimming pool last year chastised Oil City Council on Monday for welshing on its obligations to maintain the new multi-million-dollar facility...
PV adopts new rules on fences
Today's Sunbeam - NJ  - Feb 28, 2008
PENNSVILLE TWP. Township committee has adopted an amendment to its ordinance regulating the placement of fences, but one resident says officials haven't dealt with another issue overgrown bushes....

Fences in the Courts

Western Watersheds sues BLM over grazing, fence building
Twin Falls Times-News, ID  - Mar 4, 2008
Hailey-based environmental group Western Watersheds Project has sued the Bureau of Land Management, alleging the agency violated a 2005 settlement by authorizing reconstruction on 500,000 acres of federal land burned in last year's Murphy Complex Fire...
Fence blocking Peconic River is legal
Newsday, NY  - Mar 3, 2008
On the Peconic River, where it passes under Connecticut Avenue in Manorville, I'm able to canoe east to Peconic Bay if I carry my boat over land in spots. But westbound, the passage is blocked by a chain-link fence owned by the Peconic River Sportsman's Club. I thought there were laws in New York that precluded blocking a common waterway....

Interesting Fence Posts

ET: appearing in a fence near you
Broxbourne Borough Council (press release), UK  - Mar 3, 2008
You can bet ET did not think he would end up in a piece of wood when he told Elliott in the classic film that he would be “right here”. But when Mary Davis, of Telford, had a new garden fence put up she was amazed to notice that one of the knots in one of the wooden posts is the spitting image of director Steven Spielberg’s extra-terrestrial...

Community Fence Projects

Team effort leads to new fence at Torrey Park
Herald Zeitung, TX  - Mar 3, 2008
A brand new, red cedar, split-rail fence now lines the front of Torrey Park thanks to funds raised by the Gruene Lions Club. Between 30 and 35 members spent Saturday building the fence, two benches and two trash receptacles with the help of local Boy Scouts and city employees...

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Community Issues

White picket fences appease homeowners
Tuscaloosa News (subscription), AL  - Mar 3, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. | The image of a home surrounded by a white picket fence always has stayed with Lynne Gibbs of Clovis, Calif. “To me, it represented the all-American dream,” says Gibbs, 63, a retired paralegal. “It was why I wanted one...
Fence plan approved to curb attacks
Wear Valley Mercury, UK  - Mar 4, 2008
A CONTROVERSIAL fence at a home in Frosterley was given retrospective planning permission this week following advice from the Police...
Summerville Park residents continue fence fight
Rome News-Tribune, GA  - Mar 4, 2008
A score of Summerville Park residents attended the Rome City Commission meeting Monday to register complaints about a fence installed around the playing field at Tolbert Park...

USA Canada Border Fence

Officials Split on Viability of Border-Fence Project
Economist, UK  - Feb 28, 2008
A DRAMA series about the border between Canada and the United States would once have induced a yawn in the television audience. Residents of both countries...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Officials Split on Viability of Border-Fence Project
New York Times, NY  - Feb 28, 2008
A top Homeland Security Department official said Thursday that a pilot project to create a virtual fence along parts of the Mexican border had been a success, but he said the technology was never intended to be used — and would not be used — across the entire length of the border...
A Virtual Fence To Nowhere
Washington Post, DC  - Feb 29, 2008
My colleague Spencer Hsu wrote a compelling, troubling news story about Project 28, the moniker of one of those whiz-bang high-tech security projects we keep hearing about...
Chertoff Defends Border Fence on Private Land
U.S. News & World Report, DC  - Feb 27, 2008
The Department of Homeland Security, currently building real and virtual fences on the nation's southern border, won't give in to local lawsuits or complaints from landowners because protecting the nation is a larger responsibility than protecting a landowner's ...

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Fences and Animals

Low-income communities feel effect of new law prohibiting dog chains
Austin American-Statesman, TX  - Mar 2, 2008
When two tickets came in the mail, Dianna Routt said, she wasn't surprised. Animal control officers had been stopping by her aunt's house on Chicon Street in East Austin regularly to see whether Bobby, Routt's 75-pound pit bull, was on a chain...
Swampscott zoning board allows taller pit bull fence
The Daily Item of Lynn, MA  - Mar 3, 2008
SWAMPSCOTT-Vicious dogs and tall fences do not make good neighbors, according to the Zoning Board of Appeals. But the ZBA does not have authority to order dogs out of town, so it quickly granted a variance allowing a resident to put up an 8.5-foot tall stockade fence because of two allegedly vicious dogs...

Schools and Fences

School Fencing Is An Eyesore, Official Says
Tampa Tribune, FL  - Mar 3, 2008
LAND O' LAKES - Kathryn Starkey, the Pasco County School Board chairwoman and a leading proponent of school aesthetics, isn't pleased with all the chain-link fences enclosing public schools. Starkey says schools rely too much on the fences for safety and to direct foot and vehicular traffic, resulting in downright ugly campuses...
Board backs school in dispute over park fence
AZ Central.com, AZ  - Mar 1, 2008
The Peoria Parks and Recreation Board is in favor of letting a controversial fence stay put at a northern Peoria neighborhood park on Hillcrest Boulevard. "With the traffic in this particular area, the volume of traffic, I'm highly concerned there is no barrier there," said board Chairman Gregory Jones. "I'm concerned about a liability issue for the city."...

DIY - Consumers

Tricking the Wind, and Other Tips for Setting Posts
Washington Post, DC  - Mar 1, 2008
What is the preferred method to set fence posts? My five-foot-tall, solid-picket privacy fence has had some issues over the past 10 years. The latest problem is posts set in concrete that have snapped. I have installed some temporary steel posts to stabilize the fence...
Crushed gravel sets fence posts
Arizona Republic, AZ  - Feb 29, 2008
Question: What is the preferred method to set fence posts? My 5-foot-tall, solid-picket privacy fence has had issues over the past 10 years...

International

Saudi Arabia set to award fence package
MEED, United Arab Emirates  - Mar 3, 2008
One of the contracts for the Northern Border Security fence contract is expected to be awarded in the next three weeks. Two consortiums are in final negotiations with the client, the Ministry of the Interior, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: ...
Residents angered by work on President's fence
SABC News, South Africa  - Mar 3, 2008
A storm is brewing between a group of Tshwane residents and the Department of Public Works about a fence surrounding President Thabo Mbeki's residence...

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Weird News

Docs: British spies used astrologer in fight against Hitler
Canoe, Canada - Mar 4, 2008
LONDON — Desperate for a glimpse into Adolf Hitler’s unpredictable mind, British spies hired an astrologer during the Second World War to write horoscopes for him and other Nazi leaders, documents declassified Tuesday show...

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