Boscolo’s community service leads to James P.Oliver award

Marty Boscolo, flanked by his wife, Dawn, and Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce executive director Joel Fridgen, received the Jamees P. Oliver Citizenship Award at the annual chamber banquet.

One of the people who provided support and encouragement to Marty Boscolo when he was getting his business started more than 20 years ago was Jim Oliver. So it was all the more fitting that the owner of Mikie’s Ice Cream & Green Cow Gifts be presented the 2010 James P. Oliver Citizenship Award by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce last week.

“He gave me a lot of advice,” Boscolo said of Oliver. “He was always supportive of me.”

Entrepreneur, honest, philanthropic, humble, hard worker, modest, visionary, generous, humble, fair, loyal, unassuming, nice, respectful, professional and hands-on were just some of the words used to describe Boscolo during the award presentation during the chamber’s annual meeting and banquet.

Boscolo purchased Mikie’s from his brother Mike in 1988. It has grown to include the ice cream shop, arcade and gift shop and now employs 28 people.

His support of community makes a long list, including service to schools, youth sports, youth organizations, church and numerous other organizations.

“In the time I spent with Marty, he credits Dawn and others,” said Joel Fridgen, chamber executive director. “This is his nature and is personified by Dawn’s words when I asked about their reasons for giving and support of community.”

The Boscolos wrote, “Gratitude — our success is not our own. Family, friends, all those who patronize have helped us succeed. To whom much is given, much is expected. We have been blessed and we need to take care of those less fortunate and give back to the community.”

The James P. Oliver Citizenship Award was first presented in 1992, posthumously to Oliver, in commemoration of his service to community.

Nearly 200 people attended the banquet at Green Grove Gardens, which Marissa Pinto-Burt, chairman of the chamber board of directors, said was a record turnout.

“We are here to celebrate the success of the Greencastle-Antrim business community,” she said. “The strength of us is in each of us. Each individual shines and by working together it makes us a success.”