Library to Be Renovated

Lovettsville Library will close Friday for more than two months for renovations to add 2,300 square feet of space, including a new children's area and a community meeting and storytelling room. Drainage work will also be done at Light Street and Broad Way.

The book drop will be closed during renovations. Books may be returned to other Loudoun County public library branches.

The library is scheduled to reopen Jan. 3, and a celebration is to be held Jan. 8.

Power Line Approved

A state regulatory commission has authorized Dominion Virginia Power Co. to build a 230,000-volt transmission line from the proposed Brambleton substation to the new Greenway substation in eastern Loudoun County.

The 7.6-mile line will run along a new right of way to the east of Route 606, cross the Dulles Greenway and proceed along Shelborn Road.

The State Corporation Commission said the line was necessary for Dominion Virginia to maintain reliable service and to serve increasing power demands in Northern Virginia. But it also called on the utility to work more closely with commission staff on long-term planning in such areas as Northern Virginia, where significant growth in demand is projected.

Dominion Virginia said that construction would cost about $11.4 million and that the line should be in service by Jan. 1, 2007.

Dominion Virginia recently backed away from plans to install high-voltage transmission lines along a wooded, nine-mile stretch of the Washington & Old Dominion trail in western Loudoun in the wake of opposition from residents and others who use the trail.

The company is still looking at two miles of the trail in the southeastern edge of Leesburg, prompting residents there to form a group last week called Save Scenic Loudoun.

Yearlings Sold at Auction

Thirty-one yearlings used in research programs were sold at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center's annual auction for a total of $75,025.

The average sale price was $2,420, with most selling for about $1,400.

The highest prices were for three yearlings that will probably be used for racing, said Jim M. Bowen, interim director of the center, a branch of Virginia Tech. A yearling from the sire Secret Hello and dam Cup Custard (a granddaughter of Secretariat) brought $13,000; a yearling from the sire Housebuster and dam Purposeful brought $7,700; and a yearling from the sire Storm Broker and dam Christmas Cactus brought $5,200.

The MARE center has about 45 Thoroughbred broodmares who produce 25 to 30 foals annually. The foals are part of a study on how nutrition affects metabolism and skeletal development. Proceeds of the auction last Sunday will be used to develop pastures and pasture supplements that improve the reproductive efficiency of mares, optimize growth in the young horses, enhance athletic performance and protect and improve the land and waters.

Robberies May Be Related

Three robberies in Sugarland Run last week may be related, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said. All three were similar, as were descriptions of the suspects, said sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell.

Two of the robberies were Tuesday evening. In the first one, an 18-year-old was walking home from the 7-Eleven store on Sugarland Run Drive about 5 p.m. when three men approached him, patted him down and took a small amount of cash. Six hours later, a 17-year-old Sterling youth was assaulted and robbed along Carolina Court by three men who again made off with a small amount of cash.

On Monday, a 26-year-old was walking home from the area of the Sugarland Run 7-Eleven about 11:30 p.m. when a silver or gray car, possibly a Honda, pulled up next to him and two men got out. The man was assaulted and taken to Loudoun Hospital Center with minor injuries. The suspects took his wallet.

The Sheriff's Office has stepped up patrols in the area, including members of the bicycle and community policing units. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the Sheriff's Office criminal investigations division at 703-777-0475 or Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

Gang Activity Suspected

The stabbing of two Sterling brothers last Sunday was probably gang related, the Sheriff's Office said.

Loudoun Hospital Center contacted the Sheriff's Office after the brothers, 18 and 19, were brought in with stab wounds. The two told deputies that the incident had occurred in Leesburg, but investigators later determined that it had taken place at a home in the 46000 block of Saffron Court in Potomac Falls.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 703-777-0475.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD