The Loudoun Library Foundation needs a new place to store and sort its donated books.

The nonprofit group must reduce its storefront operation at the Battlefield Shopping Center, where volunteers have used 3,000 square feet in four empty storefronts to collect, sort and store book donations--free, for seven years.

But three of the shops are about to be rented, and the group will have only a 1,000-square-foot space starting Nov. 15. The group has about 300 boxes of books that need to be stored.

"We hope to have our book sale in April, but if we don't have the space to sort anything, we won't be able to," said Mary Fishback, a member of the group's board of directors.

The group holds book sales in April and during August Court Days at the Douglass Community Center.

Fishback said the group is looking for a 3,000-square-foot space with heating and cooling systems, preferably in a shopping center in Leesburg. She said that she hopes it will be free but that the board is willing to negotiate.

For more information, call 703-779-2252.

Town Backs Condemning Land for Park

The Leesburg Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to support the condemnation of a 141-acre tract to add to Balls Bluff Regional Park, where much of the famous 1861 Battle of Balls Bluff occurred.

Over the last six months, the Northern Virginia Park Authority has tried to negotiate with the property's owner, William L. Walde, of Glen Echo, Md. But those efforts failed, said David Hobson, executive director of the park authority, which manages the Balls Bluff park. Hobson said the condemnation process will begin over the next several months, but a deal still could be struck with Walde.

Walde did not return phone calls seeking comment. In August 1998, he submitted plans to the county to build four houses on part of the parcel at Battlefield Parkway and Balls Bluff Road.

The park authority and the town plan to combine funds to buy the parcel. About 55 acres will be used to make a buffer beside the cemetery, where 54 soldiers are buried. The remaining land, which borders the Potomac River in some areas, would be used by the town for walking trails, picnic shelters and a possible boat launch, said Kaj Dentler, the town's director of parks and recreation.

Airport Takes New Name, Attitude

The Leesburg Town Council also voted Tuesday to change the name of the Leesburg Municipal Airport to the Leesburg Executive Airport--a move that some leaders say will add some clout to the area.

"It's a marketing tool," said Juan Rivera, the airport's director. Leesburg Municipal Airport "gave you a connotation of a small-town type flavor. The Leesburg Executive Airport tells you there's a lot more services at the airport."

Leesburg Expands Finance Staff

New personnel will be added to the Town of Leesburg's 11-person financial staff. The Town Council agreed to hire a budget officer and budget analyst to help Finance Director Paul E. York oversee the annual budget preparations. The officer will be paid $48,584 to $77,612, and the analyst will receive $28,969 to $46,278.

The Town Council also voted to increase the town attorney's salary from a range of $48,584 to $77,612 to a package of $57,723 to $92,210. The full-time position is being advertised and should be filled by the end of year, said Nancy Fixx, the town's personnel director.

Spooky Parade Will Detour Traffic

To make way for ghosts and goblins, traffic will be detoured around parts of downtown Leesburg for the Kiwanis Club's Halloween parade.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, southbound traffic on King Street will be detoured onto Battlefield Parkway, and northbound traffic will be sent onto Catoctin Circle. Eastbound and westbound vehicles will be rerouted to Dry Mill Road, Catoctin Circle and Harrison Street. There will be no access to King Street from Union to Fairfax streets, and parking along King will be prohibited from North to Loudoun streets.

The parade will start at 6 p.m. and is expected to last until 7:30.