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As we traverse the WYTC, we often think about how the trail was formed, who was involved and what was needed to transform it from a rail bed to a trail for biking and walking. Please read the Feature Story – The Original Over The Hill Gang.
The purpose of this article is to pay tribute to the men and women who made this happen – The Original Over The Hill Gang. (OOTHG).
Then view their names and pictures (when available) below. Please feel free to send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org of anyone not identified who was a member of this group.
Please read the following news articles submitted by Caz Liszewski about the early days of the WYTC.
Three WYTC Presidents: L-R: Harry Morrison, Rowan Reid, Ron Bobby
Also, we recognize the following OOTHG members for which we have no pictures:
Joe Harash Sr.
Rowan and Mary Reid; Harry and Donna Morrison with Rowan and Mary Reid
Ron Bobby and Franklin Reese
Rowan Reid, Jim Linaberger, Bob McKinley
Harry and Donna Morrison on right; Mary Reid left
Caz and Terry Liszewski; Terry with Marilyn Cusick
Bill Kretchun center right in blue jacket and Jim Ritenour in front
Dave and Dorothy Hamilton; Dave and Caz Liszewski
Jack and Marilyn Cusick
Jack 3rd from left; Mary Reid in front of Bob McKinley
Ron and Carol Bobby
Rick and Carol Bianchi
From Donna Morrison “He was so conscientious about Trail activities, developing strategies to promote growth and usage, and engaging community volunteers and trail users to join together and make the trail enjoyable for all.” When Donna was employed as the Director of Career Services at Saint Vincent College, she provided the RTC with students who served as interns under Bob’s supervision.
The Original Over The Hill Gang:
(Early 1990’s to around 2005)
Bob McKinley (deceased). Bob was the first WYTC Manager and worked from 1994-2004. According to Peggy Pings, an Outdoor Recreation Planner and Program Manager of the WV Field Office of the Rivers Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service “Bob really spearheaded the development of the Yough River Trail in 1991, and led the way in taking creative steps to try to new ideas. Bob shared a big vision of broadening the net to expand the trail system with linking rail-trails, something we are still working on with the Power of 32+ Regional Trail Initiative across 53 counties in the 5 states of PA, WV, OH, NY, MD. His great spirit moved others to join in and take ownership of their trail segments. He was an inspiration to me. I’ll always remember Bob’s easy smile and laugh and the twinkle in his eyes that would go into slits of laughter! He was always so supportive too. He made the place a better place.”
MOVING FORWARD – APPRECIATING THE PAST
The Original Over The Hill Gang
By Donna Morrison