Center Caters to Disabled * Raising Ethan Klima is no easy task. The 12-year-old with Down syndrome and autism behaves erratically, requiring his parents' constant attention. Ethan's parents say they have virtually no time for such activities as shopping or a movie. Getting a good night's sleep is nearly impossible. They have long wanted a place to drop their son off for the day but found none near their home in Fauquier County.

Robert Klima said he even considered moving the family to Long Island after touring a state-funded day-care center there. On Saturday, a similar service opened in Fauquier. Now, parents of disabled children can leave them with professional caregivers one day a month while tending to their own needs or maybe just spending time with their other children.

Sunday

Anthrax Decontamination Effort * Technicians have begun gutting the State Department's diplomatic mail facility in Sterling, launching an arduous decontamination effort more than a year after a mailing sickened a sorting contractor with the inhaled form of anthrax.

Tuesday

Middleburg Historic District * The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has voted to create a historic district in Middleburg that property owners hope will keep their rural roads from being widened. The new Beaverdam Creek Historic Roadways District is 80 miles long and only 70 feet wide because it extends only 35 feet on either side of the center line on a series of unpaved roads.

It is designed to protect such features as stone walls, fences, buildings, signs and trees. Participation is voluntary and applies only to the 189 property owners who have agreed to be in it.

Thursday

Guilty Plea in Stabbing * A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder, admitting that he helped friends carry out the slaying of a respected Loudoun County scientist. Michael Paul Pfohl's plea in Loudoun County Circuit Court came little more than a year after Robert Schwartz, 57, was slashed and stabbed with a sword in his remote Leesburg area farmhouse. Pfohl admitted in court that a friend, Kyle Hulbert, planned to kill Schwartz and that he agreed to drive Hulbert to Schwartz's house.

Saturday