Leesburg Brochure Cited A video and a marketing brochure produced last year by the town of Leesburg to promote economic development recently received awards of merit from the City Hall Public Information Awards Competition, according to town manager Jeff Minor. The international contest honors American and Canadian cities for their skills in communicating with employes and with the public. Both entries were produced by Arthur Young Associates, a Reston consulting firm, although the design, script and text were the product of the town's planning staff. According to Minor, Leesburg's entries competed with nearly 250 others in eight categories. Historical Panel Discussion Set

Tonight at 7:30 the Loudoun Museum will present a panel discussion on "Loudoun in the Great Depression," to be introduced and moderated by Dr. Charles Poland Jr. author of a local history titled "From Frontier to Suburbia." Long-time county residents will share their Depression experiences and will answer questions from the audience. The panel discussion, which is free, will be at the St. James Episcopal Church Hall on Cornwall Street. Refreshments will be provided afterward at the museum on West Loudoun Street. For information call 777-7427. Crime Fighters' Reception

A reception for 58 volunteers of the Loudoun County Victim Witness program, founded by Irene Wodell five years ago, will be held at 4 p.m. Monday as part of National Victim Rights Week, which runs from April 20-26. The reception, to be held at St. James Episcopal Church Hall, will be sponsored by Xerox Corp. Said Wodell, "While crime is a serious social problem in this country, its victims have often borne the costs without help. Both the victims -- and the witnesses who are willing to help the criminal justice system -- are society's most valuable crimefighting resource." Point-to-Point Races Are Set

Fairfax Hunt point-to-point races will be held at the Belmont Plantation, just east of Leesburg, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $4. Call 777-3805 for information. Preliminary horse trials at Morven Park in Leesburg include dressage and stadium jumping at 8 a.m. Saturday and cross country over-jumps at 9 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free; food will be available. For information call 777-2890 or 777-8776. In addition, the Glenwood livestock show will be held at the 4-H Fairgrounds west of Leesburg from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Admission is free. Call 777-0373. Summer Jobs Program Offered

The Loudoun Council Office of Manpower will place about 70 young people in jobs at local nonprofit organizations and businesses this summer. According to a spokesman, persons between the age of 14 and 21 or from low-income families, or who are handicapped or receiving foster care, may qualify for job placement. For information call 777-0364 or the Metro line 478-1850. School Magazines Honored

Three literary magazines published by Loudoun County high school students recently took top honors in the National Council of Teachers of English competition, which was founded to recognize writing excellence in schools, according to school spokeswoman Molly Converse. Parkview High School's student magazine, "Common Sense," won a superior rating; Broad Run's "Unbound" and Loudoun County High School's "Crossed Sabres" were both rated excellent. The publications competed with those of more than 970 high, junior high and middle schools, Converse said. Purcellville Police Chief Chosen

The Purcellville town council last week approved the appointment of Acting Police Chief Thomas Putnam to chief of police. Putnam, who has served the town for 15 years, was chosen from among a dozen applicants, town manager William Dennis said. Bluemont Sets Authors' Reading

Award-winning local authors Henry Taylor, Jake Page, and Russell Baker have agreed to donate their services for a benefit reading at 3 p.m. Sunday April 27 that will help the mountain village of Bluemont establish its own community library. According to Library Foundation Director Linda Watts, the three authors agreed readily to read from their own works and "never intimated that it's not the kind of thing they do everyday." Although there are no plans for the Bluemont facility to become part of the county library system, Loudoun librarians have helped track down many books for it, Watts said.

Admission for the reading, which will be held in the old Bluemont Schoolhouse where the library will be located, is $2. The library founders have also received a state grant for a lecture-reading series in September, Watts said. The founders are seeking $500 in pledges, which will allow the fledgling project to receive $12,000 in classics from the Library of America. Bluemont is on Rte. 7, 15 miles west of Leesburg. For information call 554-8137. Middleburg Land-Use Plan

The Middleburg town council recenly approved a land-use plan and is now revising the zoning ordinances to bring them into conformance with the plan. According to town manager Gerard Rogers, the plan introduced a new zoning category that will allow clustering of residential development with certain open spaces left undeveloped. It also deleted an old category that would have allowed five houses to be built on one acre. It was deleted, Rogers said, because no developer ever asked for it. Spring Races

Scheduled The 65th annual running of the Middleburg Spring Races, slated for 1 p.m. Sunday, will be held at the Glenwood Park Course. The eight races offer purses as well as trophies with the combined value of the purses topping $44,000, a spokesman said. -- Donna Acquaviva