Leesburg Town Manager Jeff Minor last week hired Steven C. Brown as assistant town manager. According to Minor, Brown's duties will include economic development, personnel, public information and the Leesburg Municipal Airport. Brown left the post of assistant city manager in Naples, Fla., to take the job.

Grant Approved for Leesburg Museum

The Leesburg Town Council last week authorized a $7,500 grant to the Loudoun Museum to help pay for the renovation of the museum annex. It also approved a more than 200-acre rezoning application for a planned residential development near Sycolin Road that would include recreational facilities, a child care center and open space, and reappointed B. Calloway Jones to the Board of Architectural Review and John Pumphrey, Terry Jones and Alvin Dodson to the Cable Television Advisory Commission.

Lovettsville Budget Passed

The Lovettsville Town Council last week approved a $71,000 budget, 4 percent lower than last year's. However, the $110,000 utilities fund the council also approved is a 68 percent increase over last year. According to town recorder Tom Kane, the budget was pared by "cutting corners," but the utility fund was increased to pay for a new well and for the repair and replacement of the town's sewer lines.

"It was money that had to be spent," Kane said. "There's a big demand for development around here, and our water and sewer capacity was limiting the amount of development we could accommodate." Work on the sewer system, paid for in part by a federal grant of more than $600,000, is nearly complete, Kane said. The new well, which has been drilled in an area that has produced the highest quality water in the past, is being tested. If it is approved by the state health department, the well could be operating by the end of the summer.

Red Cross Honors Volunteers

The Loudoun County chapter of the American Red Cross recently awarded exceptional-service plaques to four Loudoun residents for their volunteer work. They are Leesburg chiropractor Dr. Robert King; JoAnn Simmons, sales manager at a Dulles International Airport hotel; Jay Rutherford, marketing director for The Loudoun Easterner, a weekly newspaper; and Tom Berezoski, who is running for the Loudoun Board of Supervisors' Dulles District seat.

Vaudeville Performance Set

The Bluemont Concert Series will present the Chesapeake Vaudeville Review at 7 p.m. Sunday on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown Leesburg. The performance will include jugglers, rope walkers, mimes and clowns. "Rumor has it," said Bluemont director Peter Dunning, "that the retinue has a performing rooster." Families are encouraged to bring blankets and a picnic if they wish. Donation is $2; for information, call 777-0574.

Students Visit Germany

Ten Loudoun County High School students, proficient in conversational German, will return this weekend from a two-week trip to Bonn that was the first phase of a German-American youth exchange program sponsored by Lufthansa Airlines. In the program's second phase, Lufthansa will fly 10 German students to Loudoun in the fall. The Loudoun students were chaperoned by German language teacher Deborah Hershman.

Voter Registration on Wheels

The Loudoun Library Board of Trustees last week approved a request by County General Registrar JoAnn Bodmer to allow its bookmobile staff to register voters at the bookmobile's 27 weekly stops throughout the county. "This would allow voters to register without leaving their neighborhoods and it will increase voter registration," a spokesman said.

In other business, the board elected new officers for 1987-88. They are Guilford District Trustee Joyce Hardcastle, who will serve as chairman, and Sterling District Trustee Joan Alsop, elected as vice chairman. Outgoing Chairman Lurlene Willoughby presented a certificate of appreciation to Mercer District Trustee Donald Musch for the four years he served as finance chairman.

Oatlands Woos Businesses

As part of an effort to involve area businesses with Oatlands, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation six miles outside Leesburg, Oatlands President B. Powell Harrison named Warren Braham chairman of the landmark's corporate membership campaign. Braham is a former School Board chairman and president of the Loudoun region's First American Bank of Virginia. He and other Loudoun business leaders will try to introduce the business community to the role that Oatlands, as a tourist and local attraction, can play in the county's economic growth, Oatlands director Michael Sheehan said.