Trail Power Line Opposed

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority has backed a resolution opposing high-voltage electric transmission facilities on the W&OD trail from Leesburg to Purcellville.

The action is aimed at a proposal by Dominion Virginia Power Co. to erect an 11-mile, 230kV transmission line along the last wooded portion of the 45-mile trail, which runs from Arlington to Purcellville.

The park authority bought the former railroad route in increments in the 1970s from Virginia Electric and Power Co., now known as Dominion Virginia. Although the utility retained an easement for power lines, the State Corporation Commission must approve the project.

Students Dig Up Artifacts

Loudoun County students taking part in an archaeological dig around the site of Bridges' Schoolhouse in Sterling have found pottery, nails, animal bones and a layer of 17-yearcicadas, the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services said.

The dig is sponsored by the Friends of Claude Moore Park, which hopes that such artifacts might help determine more accurately the years when students were schooled there. Records contain conflicting information between 1845 and 1875.

Fourth-graders from Forest Grove Elementary School in Sterling, who were involved with the early phases of the dig, found pig bones in addition to pottery and nails.

"Just in the process of taking off the sod, we have found a square nail, pottery, glass and a prehistoric toolmaking fragment," said Merry Breed, assistant park manager.

The Park View High School History Club found more artifacts, as well as the cicadas, about four inches below the surface.

County in Top Tier

Loudoun County has the fifth-highest quality of life of more than 3,100 U.S. counties and cities surveyed, according to American City Business Journals, a chain of 41 local business newspapers.

Los Alamos County, N.M., topped the list, followed by Olmsted County, Minn., and the Colorado counties of Pitkin and Douglas.

Loudoun was one of eight Virginia counties to make the national top 50. The others were Fairfax, Chesterfield, Stafford, York, Goochland, Hanover and James City.

The study used 20 statistical indicators to rate living conditions, including affluence, racial diversity, short commuting times and availability of affordable housing.

Leesburg Streets to Close

Some streets in downtown Leesburg will be closed June 5 for the 18th annual Custom Cruisers Car Show. An antique and classic car show, concert and dance will be held from 6 to 10 p.m.

The streets that will be closed from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. are two blocks of Market Street from Church Street to Wirt Street and three blocks of King Street from North Street to Loudoun Street.

Leesburg Lawyer to Teach

The Virginia College of Trial Advocacy has asked Leesburg lawyer Barbara S. Williams to serve on its faculty. Each May, the college teaches trial advocacy to lawyers at the William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law in Williamsburg.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD