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Friday, January 14, 2011; 12:17 AM

Day-care center is broken into in Ashburn

Someone used a gun to break a glass front door at a day-care center in Ashburn, leaving alcohol and personal items inside but stealing nothing, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident at Ashburn Village KinderCare in the Ashburn Shopping Plaza occurred between 11 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

Nothing was reported missing, and there appeared to be no additional damage to the building, authorities said.

"It's unclear what the intent was, but it's obvious that alcohol was involved since alcohol and personal effects were found inside the facility," said Kraig Troxell, Loudoun sheriff's spokesman.

Anyone with information is asked to call R. Bennett, investigator, at 703-777-0475. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

Route 7 intersections had most 2010 crashes

Route 7 intersections at Potomac View Road and Waxpool Road at the Loudoun County Parkway in Sterling topped the list of county sites with the most vehicle crashes last year, the sheriff's office said.

Both intersections had 75 crashes in 2010, the sheriff's office said. The top 10 crash locations for 2010, including number of accidents, are:

1. Route 7/Potomac View Road, 75.

2. Waxpool Road/Loudoun County Parkway, 75.

3. Route 7/Belmont Ridge Road, 65.

4. Route 28/Sterling Boulevard, 55.

5. Route 28/Waxpool Road, 54.

6. Route 28/Old Ox Road, 48.

7. Route 50/Route 15, 46.

8. Route 50/Loudoun County Parkway, 43.

9. Route 7/Ashburn Village Boulevard, 42.

10. Route 7/Loudoun County Parkway, 42.

Last year's traffic-related statistics included 10 fatalities in Loudoun, down from 13 in 2009, authorities said. There were no traffic fatalities at the intersections on the list of the most crash-prone spots, the sheriff's office said.

Loudoun County library receives national award

The Loudoun County Public Library is one of five libraries in the nation to receive the John Cotton Dana Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in library public relations, county officials said in a statement.

The library received the award for "Try Poetry," a year-long program aimed at building community relations through the "borderless conversation" of poetry, the statement said. The program included partnerships with the public school system and the juvenile detention center, as well as a variety of presentations to the community.

The John Cotton Dana award winners receive a grant of $5,000 from the H.W. Wilson Foundation at the annual conference of the American Library Association.

Loudoun farmers invited to take part in spring tour

Planning has begun for this year's Spring Farm Tour, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 and 22. Loudoun County farmers are invited to participate.

The Spring Farm Tour is a free, self-guided tour showcasing active farms. The goal of the tour is to promote county farms by sponsoring a weekend tourism event to increase awareness and educate the public about agriculture and the rural economy in Loudoun, and to inform consumers of what products are available locally.

Farmers who would like to take part can contact Kellie Boles at 703-737-8820 or kellie.boles@loudoun.gov to request an application and a copy of the guidelines. Information is also at www.loudounfarms.org .

Completed applications must be received at the Department of Economic Development by close of business Feb. 11.

- Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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