Volume 10, Issue 4                             July/August 2006


THE BACK PAGE

Film in the News
Compiled from News Reports Across the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers, and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers across the world. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer or your own hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to boleary@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

Higher Calling for Film
CHARLOTTE, VT.—Energy conservation is not just a concern for architects anymore. According to the Burlington Free Press, houses of worship and the congregants thereof recently met with Vermont Interfaith Power and Light to learn about energy use and share suggestions for recognizing, evaluating and preventing energy loss in homes and buildings.

The meeting, held at the Charlotte Congregational Church in Charlotte, Vt., included an energy assessment of the facility and recommendations for its energy use. Workshop leader Colin High recommended, among other things, the installation of window film on a wall of south-facing windows at the facility to reduce air-conditioning costs.

An Episcopal diocese in California started Interfaith Power and Light six years ago, the newspaper reported, with the intent of sharing energy efficiency knowledge. The group invited other faiths to join them and the effort has now spread to 20 states, the report said. 

A Different Kind of “Hot” Film
SALINA, KAN.—Window film may be a big seller in some parts of the country, but it was definitely a hot commodity in Salina, Kan., in early May when two teenagers were arrested for allegedly shoplifting from a local Auto Zone. According to The Salina Journal, store employee Kevin E. Wood followed Sergio J. Cervantes and Edgar G. Soto out of the store and saw them get into a pickup truck and drive away.

When local police recovered a pickup truck they found a chamois, a box of window film and exterior vehicle lights, all taken from the store. A $119 car stereo system also reported missing from the store was not recovered.

Crime-Fighting Film
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.—Once again, Window Film magazine brings you a story of a public service group that has found a new way to use the industry’s product. According to the Northwest Arkansas Times, crime scene detectives—or at least those in Fayetteville, Ark.—use window film and a device that emits electricity to lift shoe prints found at indoor crime scenes.

“It all depends on the surface,” Fayetteville crime scene investigator John Brooks told the paper. “If it’s a shoe print, we have a device that uses electricity to lift the print onto what’s basically window tint. If it’s outside, we take a caste of it. When we take prints, we risk the chance of skewing it, so before we do anything, we photograph it.” WF

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