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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Caz Liszewski, a friend and one of the founding fathers of the Yough River Trail/ Great Allegheny Passage. He worked building the trail and was a member of the WYTC Original Over the Hill Gang. He also served as a Director of the WYTC for many years. As a mechanical engineer, his skills were highly valued as a dedicated member of the Original Over The Hill Gang.
Remarking about the beginning of trail building, Caz said “people took it on their own to volunteer because they felt it was their civic responsibility if the trail was to succeed.” He continued “the biggest factor for the trail’s success was its volunteers.”
Caz Liszewski mailed letters requesting people to clean the trail. Caz commented “the biggest problem was informing local people of the challenges and getting them to work.” He reminded us that using the GAP-WYTC Trail is free. This is not the case in other states. He led the effort to renovate an abandon train car and relocate it to the Yough River trailhead in West Newton, where it still stands.
Caz will be in our thoughts as we ride our bikes or take a walk on the GAP – WYTC.
There will not be a viewing, but funeral services will be held at Seven Dolors Church in Yukon, PA at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday February 15th, with internment at St Timothy's Cemetery in Smithton.
Full obituary here. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Caz's name to Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter, 111 Collinsburg Road, West Newton, PA 15089.
Read the Tribune Review article " Smithton engineer was visionary family man," by Jacob Tierney, Feb 13, 2020.
Rest in Peace Caz.
Read about old abandoned railroad lines that have been converted into recreational trails from East to West. Look for No. 9- our Great Allegheny Passage, 150 miles, from Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By Cindy Barks. 2020.11.17
Register on line or by downloading the registration form, (see below). Registration forms are also available at the West Newton Station and Walk In registration will be open on race day in at the West Newton Station registration area starting at 8:00 am.
Proceeds benefit YRT/GAP maintenance
The whole is only as good as the sum of its parts. Perhaps you are an active participant in community organizations and have wished that you had a little more help. Maybe you are not in community activities because of schedule conflicts or the activities do not coincide with your interests. Your free time is at a premium and you still want to spend quality time with your children or other family members. Retirement and an empty nest have given you time to do something you like but you are not really ready to retire. All of the current WYTC volunteers have faced the same issues and found a solution with one or more of the trail’s activities. There is also the great satisfaction that everyone receives through giving.
For example, by being a Trail Monitor, you can ride and walk with your loved ones while providing a valuable service. You can also join the Yough Trail Riders and become part of a large family of bicyclists. If you are good with your hands, want some fresh air and exercise, and wish to maintain the trail as the best in the area; become a part of the Over the Hill Gang. This job also offers flexible hours and a clothing allowance. Website, newsletter, advertising, and other communication; merchandising, grant writing and fundraising skills are also in demand. A growing collection of historical documents will require catalogers and archivists. Instead of being maybe just a participant in our Run/Walk and Poker Run events, you can participate in the events as a WYTC member. If you have good organizational and management skills, you may wish to chair our projects, create new ones and provide Board membership into the future.
The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter is good due to the active involvement of many good people. Look at the website (www.bikewytc.org), attend an event or meeting and be sure to take a ride on your trail. Did I mention your dues will be less than other organizations? With your contribution or contributions of choice, you can also be a good part of a very good organization, the Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter of the Great Allegheny Passage.
It can be part of the ride of your life.
Read all about it! What a busy and enjoyable year! The newsletter captures our fund-raising events, on-going maintenance, Yough River Trail Riders enjoying their trips, membership information, and more.
111 Collinsburg Rd, West Newton, Pennsylvania 15089, United States
11:00 am – 04:00 pm
2020 Amenities Along The GAP-WYTC
Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter GPS Coordinates for Trailheads and Gate Entries by P&LE Mile Posts and by GAP Mileposts.
Also, please note that included is an alphabetical Memorial Bench List by Mileposts- Westmoreland County section of the GAP.
Thanks to Jim Lockschmidt for this update!
Email us your pictures and story along the GAP-Westmoreland County section.
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