Greencastle businessman Boscolo recognized for community service

September 24, 2010|By DANA BROWN
  • Marty Boscolo received the James P. Oliver Outstanding Citizenship Award Thursday from the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.
Dana Brown, Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Marty Boscolo, owner of Mikie's Ice Cream and Green Cow Gifts in Greencastle, received special honors at the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and banquet Thursday at Green Grove Gardens.

Joel Fridgen, Chamber of Commerce executive director, presented Boscolo with the 2010 James P. Oliver Outstanding Citizenship Award in recognition of Boscolo's commitment and service to the community.

"He does lots of little things that make a difference to people and organizations," Fridgen said, adding that Boscolo donates ice cream tickets to support reading programs at Greencastle-Antrim schools, supports the football program, sponsors baseball and softball teams, supports the Red Cross by doing giveaways at blood drives, supports the Boy Scouts, provides donations for Fun Day at the Exchange Club and is involved with the Chamber of Commerce. Boscolo is also president of the board of St. Mark's Church in Greencastle and on the board of directors for the Cumberland Valley School of Music.


"I'm very humbled," Boscolo said as he accepted the plaque from Fridgen.

Boscolo said he feels he has been given much from the community. "I feel I am just giving back."

"I look at the list of names of past recipients and don't know how I can be on the list," Boscolo said.

The award held special meaning, Boscolo said, because Oliver was a frequent customer at Mikie's before his death in 1992.

"He gave me a lot of advice," Boscolo said. "He was always supportive of me."

Boscolo has owned Mikie's Ice Cream and Green Cow Gifts since 1988 and employs 28 people.

Boscolo acknowledged his wife Dawn and his employees for their support.

Nominees for the award must exemplify Oliver's community spirit and dedication, be members of the business community for a minimum of five years, demonstrate entrepreneurial qualities and be a volunteer. The award has been given annually since 1992.

About 190 people attended the Chamber event. Marissa Pinto Burt, chair of the Chamber board of directors, said it was "a record turnout."

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