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Industry News

Press Release  - Jul 20, 2009
GTO, Inc. recently introduced a new web site for the Mighty Mule E-Z Gate Openers® (www.mightymule.com). “The Mighty Mule web site was completely redesigned to focus on the needs of the Do-It-Yourself customer ...
Master Halco opens new Austin, TX area branch location
Press Release  - Jul 20, 2009
Master Halco, Inc., the leading distributor and manufacturer of fence systems in North America, has announced it is opening a new branch location in Austin, Texas on July 27th, 2009. The facility will service the important Austin market, making it much more convenient to service the fence contractor base of the area. ...
Boost Image and Leads With Napco’s Custom Keypads
Professional Door Dealer  - Jul 17, 2009
Napco offers private window labeling to all dealers for any size order. Choose from a variety of popular keypad styles and start customizing today ...

Decking Industry News

TimberTech® Deck Planks Receive WUI Approval
Press Release  - Jul 28, 2009
Wilmington, Ohio – July 28, 2009 - As the population in the U.S. continues to expand, so does the need for developable land. This is creating areas where structures now meet with undeveloped wildlands and the difficulty ...
AERT Achieves 2nd Quarter Profitability
Industrial Laser Solutions  - Jul 28, 2009
Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:AERT), a leading plastic recycler and manufacturer of Green building products, ...
Industrial Laser Solutions  - Jul 20, 2009
Winchester, Va. – July 20, 2009 – The “Smart Home: Green+Wired” exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is again offering visitors the chance to check out the best products in ...
Deck: Wood or Plastic?
Treehugger  - Jul 27, 2009
I am building a deck and am trying to decide between wood decking and a composite materials like Trex. Which one is more environmentally friendly? ...

Building Industry News

Builder Confidence Rises Two Points In July
BuildingOnline.com  - Jul 17, 2009
WASHINGTON -- Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes notched up two points in July to its highest level since September 2008, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), . ...

Local Government Issues

A new kind of naval de-fence
Annapolis Capital  - Jul 27, 2009
The rusty, sagging, chain-link fence that surrounded part of the Naval Academy - from the baseball stadium on King George Street, up to Route 450 and down to the Severn River - is gone, replaced by a shiny new, black ornamental fence ...
Freeport mulls fence for marina project site
Brazosport Facts  - Jul 26, 2009
FREEPORT — Economic development officials want to erect a security fence around the Freeport marina site to keep passers-by from ...
Small fence request reveals major funding issue in Streetscape project
Augusta Daily Gazette  - Jul 23, 2009
There were cheaper ways to solve the problem. But sometimes cost isn't the only factor in a decision. The Augusta Historical Society faced a situation recently where they had to decide how important aesthetics were to them...
Abilene state-supported living center installs fence for security
ReporterNews.com  - Jul 21, 2009
A new fence has been erected at the Abilene state-supported living center for people who have mental retardation or developmental disabilities...
Cable barriers on West Michigan freeways are expected to reduce fatal accidents and drive up repair costs
The Grand Rapids Press  - Jul 26, 2009
CUTLERVILE — High-tension cable barriers are being installed along the median on West Michigan freeways — including -- U.S. 131 from from 76th Street south to the Allegan County line ...
Canton requests proposals for Taylor Park fence job
WatertownDailyTimes.com  - Jul 23, 2009
CANTON — The Town Council is seeking proposals to repair/replace a wire fence bordering Taylor Park on Miner Street Road. ...

Local Government Issues - Ordinances

Ohio 'line fence law' states who is responsible for fences
Akron Leader Publications  - Jul 23, 2009
Ohio’s line fence law, also referred to as the “partition fence law,” establishes rights and obligations for fences that are placed on the division line between properties in Ohio’s unincorporated areas. The Ohio General Assembly’s revisions to the line fence law became effective Sept. 30, 2008. ...
Town scraps fence and wall restrictions for now
Lewisboro Ledger  - Jul 23, 2009
After a public hearing that grew at times heated, the Town Board has decided to scrap a proposed zoning law change that would have made fences and walls throughout town non-conforming and potentially in violation of the law ...
Codes for privacy fences don't regulate aesthetics
The Tennessean  - Jul 23, 2009
PROBLEM: Helen Green objects to a neighbor's fence. It is a wooden privacy fence between their yards. One of her objections is that the vertical wood slats were installed facing the owner, which means the side facing Green shows the structural components...


The Art of Fences

Making art out of a plain wood fence
Juneau Empire  - Jul 23, 2009
SAGA volunteers recently spent a day with the women and children of AWARE, transforming a plain wooden fence in the shelter's playground into a colorful and meaningful mural ...

Pool Safety

Covers vs. fences for pools
Charleston Post Courier  - Jul 24, 2009
MOUNT PLEASANT — Residents concerned about aesthetics have asked Town Council to allow them to take down safety fences and substitute locked pool covers to keep children from falling in and drowning. ...
Fences not required around many public pools
Brandon News and Tribune  - Jul 24, 2009
If you own one of the nearly 38,000 public swimming pools around Florida, having too much algae or not enough chlorine in the water could lead state health inspectors to close it as a serious health threat ...

Community Issues

Residents split over plans to fence common
Henley Standard  - Jul 27, 2009
The proposals include fencing off the land and putting about six animals there for six to eight weeks from March to May and September to November in a bid to encourage heathland. Public consulation is taking place on the plans put forward by the Commons ...
Bosco fence is a work in progress
Sherwood Park News  - Jul 27, 2009
A fence to deter youth from running away will be installed at Bosco Homes and the number of runaways from the facility has been drastically reduced since June, yet not everyone is 100 per cent happy ...
Good fence makes skate park a better neighbor
VillageSoup Belfast  - Jul 24, 2009
If two quiet weeks is any indication of things to come, a simple fence may have rid the Belfast skate park of a perennial problem. ...
Fence isn't only new thing set for Governor's Mansion
Charleston Gazette  - Jul 26, 2009
A HALF-MILLION-DOLLAR wrought-iron fence isn't the only new security measure being installed at the Governor's Mansion. The state just awarded a $129000 ...

DIY - Consumers

Types of fences for home use
Examiner.com  - Jul 27, 2009
Surrounding your garden or enclosing part of your yard with a fence can add charm while keeping out, or at least deterring, unwelcomed visitors. ...

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Electric bear fence installed around transfer site
Sun Peaks Independent News  - Jul 24, 2009
The job was awarded to Score Construction, a Revelstoke-based company with plenty of experience in building wildlife fencing. Construction at the transfer ..
Wildlife safety fence groundbreaking
KPQ  - Jul 24, 2009
State officials hope a new fence will greatly reduce the number of car-animal collisions along State Route 97-A ..
Fencing, animal removal promote growth at Waikamoi Preserve
Maui News  - Jul 26, 2009
WAILUKU - A first-of-its kind, 14-year study on the effects of using fencing and feral animal removal to promote the growth of native plant species shows that the program has been very successful ...


Fences and Animals - Domestic

Cumberland law banning tethering takes effect Saturday
Fay Observer  - Jul 26, 2009
Saturday is an occasion for Cumberland County canines to celebrate. That's when a new anti-tethering ordinance goes on the county books. Along with the dogs, Shelby Townsend couldn't be happier. ...

Schools and Fences

School trims expense with fence bid
Burnet Bulletin  - Jul 21, 2009
The Marble Falls Independent School District saved more than $15,000 Monday at a brief July meeting of the MFISD Board of Trustees. Faced in June with a change order estimated at $39,438 for fencing to surround the secondary school with chain-link fencing...

Stolen Fences

$10K reward offered for handcrafted, wrought iron gates stolen from Kleinburg
Georgina Advocate  - Jul 23, 2009
A $10,000 reward is being offered for the recovery of a custom-made wrought iron fence stolen in Kleinburg. On July 4, the 40-foot section of fencing was taken from a Kleinburg subdivision...

AFA Education

Weird News

Tourists miss island due to GPS typo
Canoe, CA  - Jul 28, 2009
ROME (AP) — Officials say a Swedish couple looking for the pristine waters of the popular island of Capri ended some 400 miles (660 kilometers) away in the northern industrial town of Carpi after misspelling the destination on their car’s GPS...

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