When asked "What did you do last summer?" Montpelier resident Dylan Haversack has an interesting story to tell.

A student at St. Vincent Pallotti High School, Dylan participated in this year'sU.S. Naval AcademySummer Seminar program.

The highly competitive program is designed for rising high school seniors who are prospective USNA candidates. The participants got a taste of the life of a midshipman, undergoing physical training with Navy SEALs, and learning navigation skills and robotics. Academic and leadership workshops provided a glimpse of the skills needed to lead today's Navy.

It sounds as if Dylan is off to a great start in his post-high-school career planning. Best wishes to our local scholar.


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Looking for a family fun activity combined with remembering the events of9/11?

Try walking the Snowden Family Laurel Homes Trail with the Freestate Happy Wanderers Volksmarching Club. The trail features 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer options, all on natural surfaces and along residential sidewalks. Participants can wear a lanyard containing the name of one of the victims of the tragedy in honor of that person and all others who suffered.

The commemorative walk will be held Sept. 8, at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road. The event will begin between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and finish by 5 p.m.

For more information, email rstickle@comcast.net or call 301-725-6979. The fee for participation is $3 for adults; children participate for free.

On Sept 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sumpter Priddy III, former curator for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will present a lecture at Montpelier Mansion. The topic of the lecture is the fine antique furniture included in the Montpelier exhibits.

Priddy is one of the foremost researchers in the field of American decorative arts. He lectures frequently throughout the United States and has contributed articles to The Magazine Antiques and the Chipstone Foundation's American Furniture. Reservations are required for this popular lecture.

The fee is $15; $10 for students (with ID), museum professionals (with ID), Montpelier volunteers and Friends of Montpelier members. Payment is required in advance. Please call 301- 377-7817 for more information and reservations.