When I retired from a delightful 33-year career in veterinary medicine, I yearned to direct my energy toward a project that would enhance our Western NY community. Developing this rail corridor which travels through such spectacular landscapes seems like a perfect fit. The task requires both art and science backgrounds to complete. It also helps to truly enjoy working with and for people. Fortunately, veterinary medicine required similar types of skills, and I feel well-prepared to lead this rail trail effort.