(Editor’s note: This is the third in a series intended to introduce members of the Keystone Central Foundation to the first class of the Keystone Central Hall of Fame.)
MILL HALL – The Alumni and Friends of the Keystone Central Foundation Association is pleased to present each inductee into the first class of the Keystone Central Hall of Fame.
Inductees will be honored at a ceremony at Central Mountain High School on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 5 p.m. Tickets, congratulatory messages and advertisements can be purchased for the event program at www.kcfoundation.com or by calling 570-660-1306.
Bucktail Class of 1968
Rich Wykoff could simply be called a local renaissance man. Rich, a 1968 Bucktail Area high school graduate, made an impact throughout Clinton County.
An educator for many years, Rich loves history, especially local history. He was recognized for his involvement in the development of the Clinton County CCC Camp Project, a more than 10-year effort to research, commemorate, and preserve the heritage of the 10 Civilian Conservation Corps camps located in the county.
Rich regularly lectures on the history of rafting and the great timber drives on the West Fork of the Susquehanna River and on the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps for local organizations such as Clinton County Leadership, the Clinton County Genealogical Society, and the Clinton County Historical Society.
Whether it’s helping grow events like the LH JAMS Music Festival, Renovo ATV Cruise For A Cure, a drive-through tour of CCC Camps, or helping expand ATV trails in the area, producing the “Renovo through time” podcast, or helping to establish a Renovo Area 4-H program, Rich is an asset to many local groups and organizations.
He is currently a board member and past president of Greater Renovo Area Heritage Park, Inc. and a longtime member of the Clinton County Arts Council Board. Rich is a former board member of the Kettle Creek Watershed Association, Clinton County Cooperative Extension, Keystone Central Foundation, and Central Mountains ATV Association, Inc.
Rich is also a strong advocate for our local tourism and natural resources. He received the Carl Bergdahl Tourism Award from the Clinton County Economic Partnership for Tourism Promotion for his continued efforts. He was a member of the Northcentral PA ATV Trail Initiative development team and represented Heritage Park at meetings, workshops and projects with the Susquehanna Rivertown Committee (Renovo area), Lumber Heritage Region and PAs Wilds.
Rich is a member of the Renovo Elks Club, Sons of Italy (Renovo), and the Clinton County Tourism Committee and is also a former member of the Lock Haven Area Jaycees, which he credits as the organization that sparked his lifelong interest in public service. .
Each of us has a particular passion or interest that serves as a pathway through our life experiences leading us to interesting people, places, and discoveries. For Rich, it has been education, living in Clinton County, and working with the innovators and visionaries in our communities who are driven to find unique and enjoyable solutions to our challenges – especially when those solutions benefit our youth. and life in our Clinton County neighborhoods. .
Full tributes for all inductees can be found at kcfoundation.com. Others honored in the class of 2022 include: Harris and John Lipez, Yvonne Weaver, Howard Peters, Malcolm Heimer and Stephen “Turbo” Toboz.