Surplus Store's Sales Leap

Sales at the Loudoun County Surplus Store in fiscal 2005 totaled $34,000, nearly double the previous year's, said store manager Mike Fleming.

On some days more than 150 people visited the county-owned store, Fleming said.

It is open on the first and third Wednesdays and Fridays of the month and the last Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store was launched in April 2000, replacing the annual auction of surplus county property such as computer equipment, books, desks, chairs and items such as bicycles and sporting equipment that were confiscated by the Sheriff's Office and went unclaimed.

The store is at 14 Cardinal Park Dr., Suite 106, in Leesburg.

Leesburg Gets New Lawyer

The Town of Leesburg has hired Barbara P. Beach as its attorney, effective Sept. 1.

Beach, a graduate of American University, has been in private practice and served as a substitute judge in the juvenile and domestic relations courts in Virginia. She has been town attorney for Herndon, a lobbyist for the City of Alexandria at the General Assembly, and attorney-adviser to the chief administrative appeals judge of the Benefits Review Board for the federal Department of Labor.

Gardening Guidance Online

The Loudoun County Master Gardeners group has created a Web site with information for local gardeners. The address is

The Web site includes information about such topics as when certain pests may be a problem, when chores should be done in the garden, upcoming events and becoming involved with the Master Gardeners program.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD