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Abitibi beefs ups security here

Security has been stepped up at the Abitibi-Consolidated mill here after the striking Communications, Energy and Papermakers union turned up the heat on the picket lines last week.

Mill manager Jim Gartshore said surveillance cameras were being used to keep an eye on picket-line activity.

Rink project set to go this spring

The puck should be dropped in the new indoor ice facility here in mid-November, 1999, with the town and “Ice for Kids” reps to look at the preliminary designs and cost estimates at a meeting Sept. 8.

Construction on the 1,000-seat facility is slated to start next spring to avoid the high cost of winter construction, particularly heating and hoarding.

‘Lonestar’ wows crowd

It may have been a smaller crowd than organizers wanted but “Lonestar” managed to whip them into a frenzy during their concert Friday night at the Emo fall fair.

The renowned country quartet opened with “Crazy Nights,” the title track of their latest album, then belted out two more songs before taking a break from singing.

Johnson back from national competition

She may not have walked away a finalist but Annissa Johnson still had fun and learned a lot at the Miss Hawaiian Tropic national competition in Laval, Que. on Sunday.

The competition was stiff as Johnson, who won the regional contest here last month, had to vie against 130 contestants, many of whom were from Quebec.

“The language was a real barrier,” she noted yesterday.