Weekly stories, facts, trends and other information from around the globe October 14, 2008  
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Industry News

CertainTeed’s Green Operations Take Root at Former Brown Field Site
Press release, PA  - Oct 10, 2008
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – A former brown field site continues to evolve into a green operation, thanks to CertainTeed’s sustainable approach at its Buffalo, N.Y., vinyl manufacturing facility. ...
Custom Vinyl Fabricators, Inc. has secured the Aluminum Railing contract for the downtown project
Press Release, MN  - Oct 9, 2008
Minnesota Vinyl & Aluminum Systems, Inc. would like to announce that its dealer in Indianapolis, IN, Custom Vinyl Fabricators, Inc. has secured the Aluminum Railing contract for the downtown project “Cosmopolitan on the Canal”. ...

Decking Industry News

Trex Company Partners With US Lumber Group to Launch TrexTrim(TM)
Earthtimes (press release), UK  - Oct 8, 2008
WINCHESTER, Va., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Trex Company today announced a strategic partnership with U.S. Lumber Group, a distributor of building materials headquartered in Atlanta. U.S. Lumber Group will serve as a full-line stocking distributor of new TrexTrim(TM), an ultra low-maintenance trim product offering superior durability and long-lasting beauty to both consumers and contractors...
Wood Composite Technologies Inc. announces Millennium Decking System joins ABC'S "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to help a deserving family
eMediaWorld.com AZ  - Oct 10, 2008
Wood Composite Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: WCT) (the "Company") is pleased to announce the confirmed date its Millennium Decking System(TM) product will be used on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". Millennium Decking System is a product line marketed by Millennium Decking Inc., a subsidiary of the Company...

Fence Contractors in the News

Fencing company treats workers for 25th anniversary
Bridgwater Mercury, UK  - Oct 9, 2008
AN established Bridgwater fencing company celebrated its 25th anniversary by treating staff to a weekend break to Bruges. In 1983, the Mercury reported on the takeover of the Barhams Close-based Coates Fencing and owner Melvin Tolchard has enjoyed 25 successful years there ever since....
Rocky Hill Contractor Sanctioned By State
Hartford Courant, CT  - Oct 14, 2008
ROCKY HILL — - The state Department of Consumer Protection has suspended the registration of a local home improvement contractor for failing to pay back customers for uncompleted work, according to Jerry Farrell Jr., the consumer protection commissioner. In February, Mitchell J. Farnham, the owner of A Plus Fence Design on the Silas Deane Highway....
Council seeks answers on cemetery fence
New Britain Herald, CT  - Oct 9, 2008
NEW BRITAIN - After several weeks without progress on the replacement fence at Fairview Cemetery, four Common Council members sent a petition Wednesday to Mayor Timothy Stewart, seeking answers as to just what is going on with the project...

Local Government Issues

Hybrid Fences Help Save Traffic From Falling Rocks
cbs4denver.com, CO  - Oct 8, 2008
GEORGETOWN, Colo. (CBS4) ? Steep hillsides in the high county can be an awesome sight, but driving next to them can be dangerous. The Colorado Department of Transportation says one of the most dangerous stretches for falling rock in the entire country is right along Interstate 70 on Georgetown Hill...
Port Authority To Make Fences Around WTC Site More Informative
NY1, NY  - Oct 8, 2008
The generic fence that wraps the site will soon have new vinyl mesh walls that will not only sport renderings of how the site will look...
Village green plan to end fence row
The Gazette, UK  - Oct 13, 2008
PROTESTERS hope that making an area a “village green” could mean the removal of a controversial fence. The two-metre high fence was put up at Allen’s Quay, Mistley, last month, sparking an ongoing row. Quay owners Trent Wharfage put the fence up for health and safety reasons...
New fence proposed for Hills quarry
Malvern Gazette, UK  - Oct 9, 2008
AN EXTRA fence is to be placed along the edge of a quarry on the Malvern Hills to make sure cattle grazing the area do not fall over the edge. Malvern Hills Conservators had been recommended by conservation officer Rob ...

Local Government Issues - Ordinances

Sartell OKs total privacy fences, other changes
St. Cloud Times, MN  - Oct 14, 2008
SARTELL — The Sartell City Council voted unanimously Monday to update its fencing ordinance. The ordinance changes reflect the availability of new building materials, standards and norms. They include clarification on appropriate materials, fence placement and maintenance...
Amendment to fence ordinance set for October 20 public hearing
Denison Bulletin, Iowa  - Oct 10, 2008
The Denison City Council will conduct a public hearing at 5:10 p.m. on October 20 on a proposed change to the city's ordinance on fences. The city council had adopted the ordinance just last year. ...
Homeowner told to take down fence he repaired due to planning laws
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom  - Oct 13, 2008
A homeowner has been told to take down a fence he repaired at his 18th century home because he did not get planning permission. When the rotting 20 year old ...
The lowdown on high fences
Shields Gazette, UK  - Oct 12, 2008
COUNCILLORS have helped give pensioners much-needed privacy. Ken McGeorge, of Redwell Lane, Marsden, approached his ward councillors after he became concerned that people using ...

Community Issues

Residents win fight to fence dumping ground
Sheffield Telegraph, UK  - Oct 9, 2008
RESIDENTS have won a long battle to fence off waste ground which has become a haven for yobs and fly-tippers. People living near the shops at the ...
Fence a sore point
Denison Bulletin, Iowa  - Oct 10, 2008
A new fence erected at the Lambton Area Water Supply System treatment plant is a sore point with some residents, says Point Edward Mayor Dick Kirkland. "The comments aren't good, I can tell you. People are wanting to know why they've fenced it off." ...
New fence around reservoir upsets residents
Water Technology Online, NY  - Oct 10, 2008
SARNIA , ONTARIO — The chain link fence recently erected around the Lambton Area Water Supply System treatment plant has caused consternation among local ...
Gardener Ordered to Remove Barbed Wire Fence on Grounds It Could 'Wound Thieves'
FOXNews  - Oct 9, 2008
A British gardener’s local council has ordered him to remove a 3-foot high barbed wire fence around his property in case thieves hurt themselves on it, the Daily Mail reported Thursday. Bill Malcolm, 61, installed the wire at his Worcester property after burglars robbed his tool shed and vegetable plots three ...
New fence at site of serious accidents
Albany Times Union, NY  - Oct 12, 2008
TROY — A 12-foot tall fence now stands at the bottom of the Thompson Street hill, a newly erected barrier to prevent bicyclists from flying into Burden Avenue. The city installed the fence to reduce the possibility that children would be seriously injured by riding their bikes down the steep hill and being flung into traffic on the street below...


USA Mexico Border Fence

Construction begins on UTB-TSC ‘campus fence'
Brownsville Herald, TX  - Oct 14, 2008
UTB-TSC began construction Monday on their "campus fence" as their alternative to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's proposed border fence. The structure is the product of a compromise between the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College and the DHS...
As border fence lags, costs, controversy rise
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Oct 13, 2008
WASHINGTON — The federal government has completed just a half-mile section of the 110 miles of pedestrian border fence promised along the Texas-Mexico border. Texas' incomplete portion, about 109.5 miles, accounts for about a third of the 316 miles of pedestrian ...

Fences and Animals - Domestic

Building Safer Fences
HorseChannel.com, KY  - Oct 10, 2008
Three-day eventing has undergone a rash of deadly accidents over the last few years, prompting sport organizers to clean up eventing’s safety record....
Post-Hurricane Ike livestock rescue continues in southeast Texas
High Plains Journal, KS  - Oct 13, 2008
The day after 20-foot storm surges sent water destroying nearly all of the fences throughout Chambers and Jefferson counties, forcing some 20000 livestock ...
Animal Shelter Gets Alarm System
Hartford Courant, CT  - Oct 14, 2008
The security company donated five years of free security monitoring to the shelter. The fencing company that put up the razor wire also donated much of their time and products....

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Lake couple fed up with fence damage by bear
Lake Cowichan Gazette, Canada  - Oct 13, 2008
For the first 18 years that Walter and Norma Cosby lived on Eldred Road in Lake Cowichan they never had any problems with bears. That’s changed in the last three years...
Fence helps control geese population around Minnow Lake
Sudbury Star, Canada  - Oct 13, 2008
The cost of material was paid for by the restoration group and the labour donated by volunteers David Grant and his mother Evelyn (see attached pictures), who have spend many hours in construction the fence based on David's design. ...

Pool Safety

Maroochy pool fences fail safety test
Sunshine Coast Daily, Australia  - Oct 13, 2008
Less than a quarter of domestic swimming pools in the former Maroochy shire complied with safety requirements, new figures show. Of 513 pool inspections carried out between January and September this year, only 122, or 24%, fully complied the first time they were inspected...
Fencing lack for 'instant' pools raises safety fears
NEWS.com.au, Australia  - Oct 11, 2008
ONE in every five backyard drownings in Queensland involves a toddler in a wading pool or occurs in an inadequately fenced above-ground pool, an investigation by The Sunday Mail has found. With new materials and technology providing bigger, deeper and cheaper inflatable and portable above-ground pools...
Modifications to pool fences risk kids' lives
Mackay Daily Mercury, Australia  - Oct 11, 2008
MACKAY residents are ignoring council safety regulations and modifying their fences after they have been inspected, pool safety expert Kevin Dwyer said. Mr Dwyer, of PoolWerx Mackay, said he was "astounded" by the unsafe alterations some residents make to fences surrounding pools..

DIY - Consumers

Punch up the yard with a replacement fence
Houma Courier, Louisiana  - Oct 13, 2008
Have an old fence that is in need of repairs? If so, now may be a good time to consider replacing it as there is something for everyone. If it’s a small repair job, you might be able to do it yourself. If you’re not handy with a hammer, there are weekly classes on various home maintenance topics at Lowe’s and Home Depot..

Fences and Neighbors

Neighbors At Odds Over Fence
KTEN, TX  - Oct 8, 2008
Homeowners in a housing edition off of Plainview Road just south of the Ardmore city limits say their neighbor is fencing in a road he says is part of his property...

Schools and Fences

Where Does Access Control Fit in the K-12 Security Mix?
T.H.E. Journal, CA  - Oct 14, 2008
As a part of overall security initiatives in schools, electronic access control is little used, according to a recent survey of school resource officers (SROs) and administrators in K-12. Sponsored by Wren Solutions, a developer of IP-based surveillance solutions...


Babirwa Chief Want Electric Fence On Zim Border
Mmegi Online, Botswana  - Oct 13, 2008
After the outbreak of FMD in the area in 2006, there were plans to erect an electric fence on the border with Zimbabwe but the decision was reversed in ...


Weird News

Fake realtor rented out unknowing owner's home
Canoe, Canada - Oct 10, 2008
NEW YORK - A Long Island, N.Y., family thought they got a good deal when they found a rental house for $1,000 a month - until the owner showed up and asked what they were doing there....

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