Weekly stories, facts, trends and other information from around the globe November 18, 2008  
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Industry News

Encon hosts first CDO Seminar
Press Release  - Nov 14, 2008
Gate/Door operator and access control distributor, Encon Electronics collaborated with The Chamberlain Corporation (Chamberlain) for a Commercial Door Operator (CDO) seminar on Wednesday, October 29th at Encon’s training facility in Hayward, California...
Fiber Composites Announces Strategic Partnership with Huttig Building Products for Western Distribution
MarketWatch  - Nov 17, 2008
Fiber Composites LLC, a leading manufacturer of composite decking, railing and fencing solutions, announces the strategic partnership with Huttig Building Products to expand the Fiberon brand decking and railing presence in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico and Texas...
Access Control Doctor: Access partners
Info4Security, UK  - Nov 18, 2008
Adam Stroud of Paxton Access answers installers’ questions ...Q: What's the point of integrating an access control system with an intruder alarm?...

Association News

Get a free lunch at FENCETECH and help improve the market for vinyl
Press Release  - Nov 18, 2008
Companies that fabricate and install vinyl products with representatives in attendance FENCETECH'09 are invited to a free lunch! AFA’s Division, the Vinyl Fence, Deck and Railing Manufacturers Association, is picking up the lunch tab on Thursday, January 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p....
Grow and learn at Deck & Railing University
Press Release  - Nov 18, 2008
Are you in the deck and railing business or considering entering it? Want to learn from the experts to be sure you are building safe decks and heeding the relevant standards and codes? If so, put Deck and Railing University on your calenda...
Press Release  - Nov 17, 2008
Mark your calendars! New Jersey ’s imminent fence show “Jackpot 09” will be held at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City , NJ on March 6th and 7th! Over 100 Exhibitors displaying products for all aspects of the Fence Industry will be in attendance from around the globe...

Decking Industry News

AERT sees losses grow for quarter; shares dive
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR  - Nov 12, 2008
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. reported widening a year-overyear third-quarter net loss during an earnings call Tuesday in which executives kept the tone positive...

Fence Contractors in the News

Fencing Business Creates Controversy With Obama Sign
Midland Mirror, Canada  - Nov 17, 2008
OCALA -- A sign is raising a lot of eyebrows, with many saying it's offensive to President-elect Barack Obama. Hercules Fence Company posted the sign that reads "From The Ghetto To The White House. What Next. A Book Or A Movie??"...
The tale of the disappearing fence contractor
KING5.com, WA  - Nov 13, 2008
Fran Aiello saw the fence at his Renton home blown down by hurricane-force winds during the fierce wind storm in November of 2006. ...

Local Government Issues

Fence picked for suicide prevention on bridge
Ballard News Tribune, WA  - Nov 17, 2008
After presenting an updated design of the Aurora Bridge suicide-prevention barrier, the Architect Review Committee favored the fence. Still, the frame's size for the barrier was still seen as a possible obstruction to the bridge's view and historic nature...
Upgrades To Enhance Security At Agassiz
Portage Online, Canada  - Nov 17, 2008
The Agassiz Youth Centre will soon have state of the art security enhancements to its perimeter fence...
Daggett County doesn't have money to build extra jail fence
Salt Lake Tribune, UT  - Nov 12, 2008
MANILA - One year after two killers escaped from the jail here, Daggett County is still waiting to build the extra fence it was supposed to have long ago. ...
Town to fence off concrete slab where Windsor Fire Museum was
The Coloradoan, CO  - Nov 15, 2008
Plans to relocate the Windsor Fire Museum have progressed well, and the Windsor Town Board took a moment during Monday night’s work session to tie up a loose end for the winter: fencing off the concrete slab that remains at the museum’s original site...
Commission approves fence ordinance
Madison Daily Leader, SD  - Nov 11, 2008
Close to 20 Madison residents attended Monday night's city commission meeting to hear the final reading of a city ordinance on fence construction...

Community Issues

Fences aren’t just American
Prairie Pioneer, SD  - Nov 13, 2008
On Sunday, Nov. 16, at 1:15 p.m., area residents will have an opportunity to better understand how other nations and cultures use fences. Mobridge international exchange students from four very different countries will be at the Pollock Senior Citizens Center to share their own experiences with fences in their part of the world ...
WTC Fence To Bear Info, Directions
NY1, NY  - Nov 17, 2008
The agency is wrapping the fence that surrounds the site with vinyl mesh. The fence wrap will have renderings of some of the buildings being constructed at ...
Temporary cyclone fence put up where 3-year-old nearly fell off cliff
KCBY.com 11, OR  - Nov 15, 2008
A new temporary fence has been installed at a state park viewpoint where a 3-year-old girl slipped between the railings of a fence and nearly fell 150 feet e...
City officials to kick down eyesore fence
San Mateo Daily Journal, CA  - Nov 18, 2008
After years of bureaucratic red tape, the city of Millbrae is finally saying good-bye to the unsightly fence along Skyline boulevard between Millbrae and Larkspur avenues...
Homeowners near MacArthur apartments petition to build taller fences
The State Journal-Register, IL  - Nov 17, 2008
A group of people who live near the MacArthur Park Apartments plan to ask the Sangamon County Board for permission to erect 8-foot fences between their neighborhood...

Community Fence Projects

GICC student earns Eagle Scout with fence project at museum
Grand Island Independent, NE  - Nov 14, 2008
He said the Milisen house had a picket fence in front, but a split rail fence in back. Geis said the split rail fence was removed so the two fences would ....
In lieu of flowers, please give to fence
Canada.com, Canada  - Nov 17, 2008
OTTAWA - Public reaction to the highly publicized escape and death of Wendell the wandering wallaby may help build a $200,000 fence around the late marsupial's former home so Saunders Country Critters and Garden Centre in Kemptville, Ont., doesn't lose any more animals...

Fence Disputes

Property owner mad over fence damage
Fairplay Flume, CO  - Nov 15, 2008
On County Road 35 just off of U.S. 285 southwest of Jefferson in South Park, stands one man's monument to last winter. Denver resident and Park County landowner James Howell set in cement a destroyed gate with a sign crediting ..
Bid to resolve quay fence dispute
East Anglian Daily Times, UK  - Nov 14, 2008
THE row surrounding a controversial fence along a stretch of an historic quayside in an Essex village could finally be set for a resolution....
Commissioners agree to review resident's fence dispute
Lufkin Daily News, TX  - Nov 13, 2008
A short argument occurred during the public forum of the Angelina County Commissioners Court on Wednesday morning after a woman stood up and said she had a problem with the county....

Fences in the Courts

Charges against fence owner withdrawn
Midland Mirror, Canada  - Nov 17, 2008
A woman charged with mischief in the midst of a simmering dispute over a Balm Beach fence has escaped criminal conviction. ...
Landowners hope juries will decide compensation
Houston Chronicle, TX - Nov 12, 2008
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A federal judge will soon decide whether private landowners along the Rio Grande will have juries of their peers or a court-appointed panel of land experts decide how much the federal government owes them for land it takes to build the border fence...
Gran almost jailed in electric fence saga
The Times, South Africa  - Nov 15, 2008
A Church-going granny never thought that installing an electric fence around her house to keep criminals out would land her behind bars....


USA Mexico Border Fence

Border wall moves ahead as DHS completes contracting
AXcess News, NV  - Nov 17, 2008
The government has awarded construction contracts for all but five miles of the border wall, leaving little doubt the controversial barrier will be completed, despite missing its initial deadline. ...
Border fence: Legislature should join opposition
El Paso Times, TX  - Nov 17, 2008
Opponents of the border fence want Texas state legislators to rally behind the cause. That's a good idea. El Paso County Attorney José Rodríguez was in Austin last week talking with members of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus...
Border fence land suits continue despite construction delays
Monitor, TX - Nov 17, 2008
Government efforts to seize private land for stretches of border fencing will continue even though construction has been put on hold in parts of the Rio Grande Valley....
El Pasoans Visit Rio Bosque Before Fence Blocks View
KFOXtv.com, TX - Nov 15, 2008
EL PASO, Texas -- There are many sites to take in at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park. “I love to see it untamed,” said Sandy Saiz, who toured the park Saturday. “There's a couple of trails, which is nice for us to be able to take the kids out."...
Longer, taller fencing gives illegal migrants a higher hurdle
Arizona Republic, AZ  - Nov 15, 2008
NACO, Sonora - Mario Garcia Salcido and a friend left home in Culiacán for this dusty speck of a border town last week, headed for jobs in an Idaho milk-processing plant. They met up with the tallest obstacle the U.S. government has ever erected along the Mexican border: an 18-foot...

Schools and Fences

Castro Valley MAC to review school fencing issue
Daily Review Online, CA  - Nov 17, 2008
CASTRO VALLEY — In 1994, the school board passed a resolution exempting the Castro Valley Unified School District from any city or county building ordinance. "It's a common process used throughout the entire state," Superintendent Jim Fitzpatrick said. "I don't know any other district in the county that operates differently."..

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Power fencing mulled to ward off wild elephants
The Statesman, India  - Nov 17, 2008
Unable to check the recurrent wild elephant raids on the fringe villages by patrolling alone, the Baikanthapur forest division in Jalpaiguri district is mulling a plan for erecting energised fencing around the villages with help from the civil administration and other local governing bodies...
Fences Create Dangerous Problem For Deer In Charlotte
WSOCtv.com, NC  - Nov 16, 2008
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they are seeing more problems involving deer and a certain type of fence in the city...

Pool Safety

Pools' fence illegal, says coroner
The Dominion Post, New Zealand  - Nov 18, 2008
Council-owned pools in which a woman drowned were found to have been illegally fenced, a coroner's report says. Sheree Robson, 25, an early childhood teacher, died in the Havelock North Village Pools early on December 30 last year....
Children drown as pool owners defy fence laws
Courier Mail, Australia  - Nov 15, 2008
CHILDREN are drowning in Queensland as an increasing number of pool owners have become more complacent, ignorant or defiant of fencing laws...
Councils urged to enforce pool fence regulations
ABC Online, Australia  - Nov 15, 2008
Home owners are being urged to check the safety of backyard pools, ahead of summer. More than half of the children aged under five who drown each year...


Weird News

City threatens 74-year-old blind woman over unpaid 1-cent bill
Canoe, Canada  - Nov 18, 2008
ATTLEBORO, Mass. - A 74-year-old blind woman was shocked when her daughter found a letter from the city of Attleboro in Massachusetts saying a lien would be placed on her home unless she paid an overdue water bill ...

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