An article in the July 1 Loudoun Extra, "Man Killed in Bridge Crash," failed to note that numerous residents aided Leesburg police, the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department and the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Squad in righting a truck that crashed through a guardrail on Plaza Street in Leesburg and entered a creek. (Published 7/29/04)

Free Taxi Service Offered

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) will provide free taxi service in eastern Loudoun County for 12 hours beginning at 4 p.m. July 4 in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

Area residents 21 and older can call 800-200-TAXI to obtain a free (up to $50) ride home.

"People may be surprised to know that July Fourth ranks as the country's deadliest holiday when it comes to drunk driving," said Kurt Gregory Erickson, WRAP's president.

"Worse yet, in 2002, nearly half -- 48.3 percent -- of all U.S. traffic fatalities on Independence Day were alcohol-related."

Library Notification Online

Starting Tuesday, the Loudoun County public library system will be able to notify customers through e-mail that their holds are ready to pick up or that they have overdue items.

Customers who want to switch from being notified by phone can sign up for the service at any of the library's branches or through its Web site,

Man Killed in Bridge Crash

An Ashburn man died after his pickup crashed through a guardrail on Plaza Street just north of Rockbridge Drive in Leesburg about 6 p.m. Sunday and went off the bridge into the creek. The truck overturned, and the cab went under the water.

The Leesburg police, the Leesburg volunteer fire department and the Loudoun rescue squad responded within minutes and were able to right the truck and remove Thomas McCaw, 35, of Ashburn, police said.

McCaw was taken by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Leesburg police said they were investigating the cause of the accident.

Sewer Lines to Be Tested

Crews in Purcellville will conduct smoke testing of sewer lines to find breaks and defects from July 12 through Aug. 6 on weekdays.

Town officials said the sewer system has been inundated with rain and groundwater, which can cause manholes to overflow and affect the wastewater treatment plant.

Smoke testing involves pumping smoke into the lines from a manhole and monitoring where it emerges.

Town officials said the smoke can be seen coming from vent pipes on homes or from holes in the ground and might have a slight odor, but they said it is harmless to plants and animals and is not a fire hazard.

The smoke should not enter homes unless there is defective plumbing or dried drain traps.

Students 'Read to Feed'

The Leo Club at Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn raised $4,466 for Heifer International's Read to Feed project. The money will be used to buy sheep, llamas, ducks, geese, bees, goats, rabbits and a water buffalo for needy families in the United States and around the world.

The students obtained sponsors who donated money for each book read. Leo Clubs are the youth branches of Lions Club International.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD