A business that was started more 75 years ago, a business that has been a staple of downtown Port Clinton for all that time, has been formally recognized. The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce awarded its Business Member of the Year Award to Bolte Real Estate at Thursday night’s annual meeting held at Catawba Island Club.
Bolte won the award in competition with Croghan Colonial Bank. The long history of one of the oldest existing real estate businesses in Ohio has been well documented over the years. Four generations have been through the business’s management team, starting with Ann Bolte in 1936. In those days, few women worked, let alone started companies. Ann was followed by her son, Eugene, who added the insurance side of the business. He was followed by his daughter Cindy, who first joined the firm in 1980. In 2001, Cindy’s son Phillip joined up, and has also started a construction affiliate to the growing business.
The Lighthouse Award went to Ida Rupp Public Library. It was chosen over three other nominees who were judged to be outstanding business in their individual fields. The other nominees included Home Instead Senior Care, Loadmaster Trailer Company and Riverview Healthcare Campus.
There were two nominees for the Beautification award, including Dock’s Beach House and Coffee Express. Ed Fitzgerald won the award for Dock’s Beach House. The Fitzgerald team also owns and operates Mr. Ed’s, Beachfront Hotel and Commodore Perry Inn and Suites in Port Clinton, and Mr. Ed’s and the Commodore Hotel on Put-in-Bay.
Janeane and Tony Cipiti, tireless volunteer workers for the City of Port Clinton, won the Outstanding Citizen Award over two other nominee couples, Maxine and Gil Carnicom and Barb and Max McLaury. Janeane has declined nomination for the award on a number of occasions, but finally relented. Her handiwork can be seen by all in the garden at the corner of Jefferson and Perry Streets, a task she has performed for years. She and Tony have been married for 62 years.
Main Street Port Clinton gave out two awards. The Business of the Year recognition went to Erie Cottage Trading Company, located behind Coffee Express in the old Carriage House building. The business is owned by Doug and Tony Garrett as well as Debbie Coppeler.
Roseann Hickman, owner of Perfect Color Hair and Tan on North Madison Street and wife of Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman, was honored as Volunteer of the Year.
An overflow crowd of 160 attended Thursday’s event.
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