60 years ago

Nunes hurls one-hitter for Byron Merchants: The Byron Merchants, with a record of 21 wins, two losses and a tie, will enter the first of three invitational tournaments next week. The first is at Pittsburg Aug. 11-14, and then Antioch and Stockton follow.

The Merchants resumed their winning way Tuesday evening when Nunes threw a one-hitter to defeat the Walnut Creek Forgrags, 5-0. Friday evening they played a tie with Livermore VFW, the game being called because of the time limit with the score knotted at 4-4. Tonight they meet the Antioch Fibreboards.

25 years ago

Workers protest unsafe conditions at Gaylord: Members of Boilermakers Union Local 549 are picketing at Gaylord Container to protest what they call unsafe working conditions at the Wilbur Avenue mill.

The boilermakers say maintenance work now under way is knocking asbestos loose into the air and exposing workers to the carcinogenic fibers. They are not regular mill employees, however some of the boilermakers have been hired by various contractors to perform maintenance work there.

Paper workers employed at the mill are not picketing. Their union spokesman could not be reached for comment.

"Its was snowing asbestos in there," said Jeff Ando of Antioch, one of the dozen protesters picketing the plant gate Monday morning. Ando said he had worked in the plant a few weeks ago for a maintenance contractor.

Dan Casey, Gaylord's Illinois-based senior vice president, said the company is aware there is an asbestos problem, but denied it is being mishandled.

He said the asbestos is in a boiler that blew up last July and killed three workers. The plant at the time was owned by Fibreboard Corp. Gaylord bought the mill from Fibreboard in March. The boiler has been out of operation since the accident.

"I was an inherited problem," Casey said. "We're in the process now of letting a contract to tear that whole boiler down."

-- Brentwood News and Antioch Ledger news files

Our intent is to get it out of there as fast as we can."

-- Brentwood News and Antioch Ledger news files