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Leadership Saratoga graduates Class of '11

"I wasn't quite sure if I'd be the right person to do leadership but I turns out I probably am and will have more time on my hands when I retire, so my introduction to leadership will probably get me more involved in the community than if I hadn't know what was out there," said Schiraldi.

Leadership Saratoga participants broke into smaller teams to complete a project that benefits community organizations. Schiraldi was chosen to work with Saratoga PLAN to design and build a trail in the Town of Northumberland.

"A few of the projects had a lot to do with computers and outreach and Saratoga PLAN had an outdoor project and I'd rather be outdoors so I was hoping I'd get chosen," said Schiraldi.

Schiraldi's team was to take a parcel of land given to Saratoga PLAN by a local resident and construct a trail.

"They wanted to have trails built and some of the land is adjacent to other natural trails so we were hoping to get a group of people out to get lay of the land and design a trail and hopefully start more trails that would connect to other parcelts of land," said Schiraldi.

Her team had to get a permit for a bridge and hold a community outreach meeting for neighbors to tell them what was in the works. The trail isn't yet complete because of this winter's heavy snowfall and conditions that weren't conducive to trailblazing.

"We went out quite a few time but nature was not our friend because of the snow, so we ran into a lot of difficulties with that. We went snow shoeing and cross country skiing," said Schiraldi. "We haven't quite finished the project yet but my team is dedicated to getting this trail done, even if we have to go into June."

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