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Adapting to the Economy
There was an interesting article in today's FenceWeek about a landscape contractor embracing the do-it-yourself er. They will come out, dig the holes and set the posts ... Question of the Week Blog

Industry News

Fence Professionals Honored During FENCETECH’09
Press release  - Mar 28, 2009
The fence industry’s top professionals were recognized for excellence recently during the American Fence Association’s annual award ceremony at FENCETECH’09 in New Orleans, LA...
Artisan Precast Concrete Fence Products May Enhance Eligibility for Sustainable Building Recognition
Trading Markets (press release)  - Mar 30, 2009
Creating a green building in today's world is more important than ever. Not only does a sustainable building help protect our environment, but it can offer many advantages to the building owner and occupants. The United States Green Building Council...
SourceWire (press release)  - Mar 30, 2009
A MAJOR fencing company, AVS Fencing Supplies Ltd, is launching a range of timber fence posts that have been through a brand new treatment process for longer life...

Decking Industry News

TAMKO's now supplying Envison PVC decking
Joplin Independent  - Mar 24, 2009
In response to PVC decking’s increasing popularity among consumers, TAMKO Building Products, Inc. introduces Envision PVC deck boards. Envision PVC deck boards are lightweight, easy to install and require no pre-drilling with the added convenience of low-maintenance...

Fence Contractors in the News

Leaving the job half-done
Star Community Newspapers  - Mar 31, 2009
No one likes a contractor who only does the job halfway, until now. Ron Rasmussen owner of Rasmussen Landscape & Irrigation in Anna, Texas, is offering new services aimed at helping costumers make affordable home improvements by embracing the “do-it-yourself” craze...

Local Government Issues

County to consider placing fence at Riverfront fountains
WALB-TV  - Mar 30, 2009
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County commission is considering placing a fence around the water fountains at Riverfront Park to keep kids safe. Last month, ...
How Will Ohio's New Fence Law Affect You? Find Out April 8
Ohio Farm Bureau (press release)  - Mar 26, 2009
OLD WASHINGTON, Ohio — Ohio State University Extension’s Guernsey County office invites you to a Fence Law Workshop on Wednesday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m., in Old Washington. The topic: Ohio’s new fence law and how it will affect you...
‘Colditz’ fence to be torn down
Aspen Daily News  - Mar 30, 2009
RESIDENTS are hoping they will no longer be fenced in after seemingly winning a Holmfirth planning battle. Angry homeowners on Dunford Road complained when 3m tall spiked metal fencing was put up in quaint woodlands behind Holmfirth Dyers, off Dunford Road..
Stimulus to pay for anti-suicide fence in Ohio
The Associated Press  - Mar 30, 2009
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city plans to use federal stimulus money to install fencing on a bridge to keep people from jumping to their deaths..

Schools and Fences

JU wants a security fence to protect campus
Florida Times-Union  - Mar 30, 2009
Jacksonville University has such a safety problem that it is taking construction bids to build a barrier around the campus. The problem is, it doesn’t have the money...

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Deer Gets Stuck in Fence
WTAJ  - Mar 25, 2009
The Mifflin County Police helped dislodge a deer from a fence in Lewistown. It happened on Monday at 12:30 p.m. Police found the deer stuck on top of the picket fence...
Tribe installing electric fence to prevent buffalo slaughter
Great Falls Tribune  - Mar 27, 2009
A month after a Blaine County landowner shot down four wandering buffalo belonging to the Fort Belknap tribes, tribal employees next week will begin installing an electric fence designed to prevent a similar incident..
Plans submitted at last for fence at Abbey Lawn
Rutland and Stamford Mercury  - Mar 27, 2009
A PLANNING application has been submitted for a long-awaited security fence around Bourne's Abbey Lawn. Bourne United Charities, which owns the land..

Fences and Animals - Domestic

Put away those fencing pliers
Bismarck Farm & Ranch Guide  - Mar 27, 2009
Those handy fencing pliers that have been an important tool for every livestock producer may soon start rusting away in a corner of the farm shop. Last July I wrote about a device that had been developed by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Las Cruces, N.M...
Unchain dogs; fence instead
TheNewsTribune.com  - Mar 30, 2009
So how do you keep your pet happy and at home without resorting to tethering them in the yard? Fences are the obvious choice, but there are dogs that jump, ..


Mean dogs stand guard at Idaho prison
Associated Press  - Mar 24, 2009
Most facilities have gone to electronic motion detectors or electrical fencing," said Jay Christensen, deputy warden of security at the Idaho prison. "But technology can be circumvented...
Mansfield prison fence topped with razor wire
Mansfield Today  - Mar 24, 2009
The minimum-security prison currently has a row of razor wire - also known as razor ribbon - circling the base of the compound’s perimeter fence...


Fences and Neighbors

‘Unneighborly fence’ blocking condo ski access
Aspen Daily News  - Mar 30, 2009
A slopeside Aspen condo complex has been unwittingly dragged into a spat between two neighbors, losing their ski-in, ski-out access because of it...

Fencing and Airports

Fence them out
Blue Springs Examiner  - Mar 27, 2009
With help from FAA, fence helps save airplanes – and deer. Lee's Summit, MO — Shortly after rising into the Lee’s Summit morning, SkyFox pilot Steve Culli and Nick Vasos spotted the trickle of deer grazing in an open field near the airport’s ribbon of runways...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Fence building in Brownsville leaves rough edges
The Brownsville Herald  - Mar 27, 2009
BROWNSVILLE - Eva Lambert woke up one morning in late February to the sound of heavy machinery. When she stepped outside, she saw tractor-trailers and cranes along the levee behind her home in El Calaboz, 15 miles west of Brownsville...
Fenced In by Border Fence
KRGV  - Mar 27, 2009
EL RANCHITO - A 20 foot steel wall is what some residents in El Ranchito wake up to every day. George Canales lives in one of those homes...

Community Issues

Plans submitted at last for fence at Abbey Lawn
Akron Beacon Journal  - Mar 27, 2009
The Y-Bridge project, which includes plans to add fencing to try to prevent people from jumping to commit suicide, has resulted in criticism from some who say it's a waste of money. City leaders estimate the fencing will cost about $1.5 million, with the remainder of the price tag going to new decking on the 28-year-old bridge...
Stay safe; gates won't deter determined thief
The Desert Sun  - Mar 28, 2009
Community living is intended to be neighborly living. This means living in a way where we all take care of one another. This doesn't mean we lose our privacy, but it does mean we are aware of our neighbors....
New Fence to Shield Kaena Point
KGMB9  - Mar 26, 2009
The state and federal government are collaborating on a project to protect native plants and animals at Oahu's Kaena Point. Plans call for a six foot high mesh fence to be built from one side to the other...

Pool Safety

Bill to Force Alarms or Fences on Pool Owners
KLAS-TV  - Mar 24, 2009
An effort to save young lives from drowning may be too expensive and hard to enforce. Lawmakers are looking at forcing all homeowners with swimming pools to install a protective barrier...
Keeping kids safe aim of pool fence inspections
Scoop.co.nz (press release)  - Mar 24, 2009
Keeping young children safe main aim of swimming pool fence inspections. One of the biggest tragedies a family can face is the accidental drowning of a young child in a home swimming or spa pool...
Couple Sued For Not Fencing Swimming Pool
The Chattanoogan  - Mar 24, 2009
Hamilton County is suing a couple on grounds that they have not fenced their swimming pool. Dan Wade, county building commissioner, is suing Chuck and Amy Lynn in Chancery Court....

Community Fence Projects and Volunteers

Blue Mountain Humane Society seeks help with dog run
TheNewsTribune.com  - Mar 30, 2009
WALLA WALLA -- The Blue Mountain Humane Society is looking for a few good post hole diggers, donations of several hundred feet of chain link fencing and gravel, lots of gravel..
A Queensland-based farming charity says it has been overwhelmed with donations of stock feed from Darling Downs farmers and is now looking for donations of fencing materials
ABC Austrailia  - Mar 27, 2009
Aussie Helpers has delivered 40 truckloads of hay from the Darling Downs to more than 50 Victorian families affected by the bushfires and the ongoing drought...

Fences and Weather

Frustrated farmers fork out for fences
Latrobe Valley Express  - Mar 30, 2009
FRUSTRATED farmers have been forced to fork out tens of thousands of dollars to repair fences damaged by the bushfires because they do not qualify for government grants..


Weird News

Man charged with DUI on bar stool
Canoe, Canada  - Mar 31, 2009
NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say a man has been charged with drunken driving after crashing his motorized bar stool...

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