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Mowen honored with Oliver Award at Chamber event

October 10, 2003

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Frank L. Mowen was awarded the James P. Oliver Award at the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet on Sept. 23 at the Greencastle Special Events Center.

The annual award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the community spirit and dedication of the late James P. Oliver, demonstrates entrepreneurial qualities, is a volunteer of services and a member of the business community for a minimum of five years.

Past recipients of the award unanimously chose Mowen for the 2003 award, according to Dana Given, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber.

In addition to serving as mayor of Greencastle for eight years, Mowen also served the community in other ways, Given said in a news release.

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Some of his accomplishments include owner of the former Ge-Dunk Soda Fountain; life member of the Rescue Hose Co.; board member of Jerome King Playground; participant in the Rescue Hose Co.'s Minstrel Show since 1948, where he has appeared as the END MAN for more than 40 years; and board member of Greencastle's Old Home Week, in which he organized both the official and unofficial openings celebrations for the triennial event.

He also is an active member of the First United Methodist Church, delivers Meals on Wheels and serves on the board of directors of Quincy (Pa.) United Methodist Home.

The football-themed banquet was sponsored by PCI Insurance and was named the "PCI Chamber Bowl." The Greencastle-Antrim High School Blue Devil Marching Band, with a 45-member band, 14-member color guard and drum major, provided the banquet's halftime entertainment.

Given presented her "game plan from the coach," highlighting the Chamber's victories over the past year and her game plan for the coming year. Victories included the publication of the new Greencastle Quality of Life Book, coordinating Greencastle-Antrim Sidewalk Days and growing the Chamber membership by 35 members.

Three members were recognized with the "Chamber Team Player" awards for recruiting new members. The awards were presented to John Rotz of Citizens Bank of Southern Pennsylvania, Gary Gembe of Graphics Universal and Rick Kline of the Echo Pilot.

Given said her game plan for the coming year calls for publishing of a new Chamber directory, effectively communicating to members and potential members the benefits of Chamber membership, and continuing to build the Chamber team with new members and strengthening the activities and events of the chamber.

For more information on how to join the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, call 717-597-4610.

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